A quick catch-up or what I’ve been doing in between writing

So, as you know I’ve been really busy finishing the first couple of drafts of Envy and that is now with my editor. But it’s not the only thing that’s been happening lately.

Firstly, my degree course has started up again. This time it’s advanced creative writing and I’m loving it already.

Second, my lovely friend, J, took me to see the musical The Book of Mormon in Edinburgh. It was the first time I’d seen it and it was phenomenal. My face hurt so much by the end of the show, I was smiling so much and laughing that hard.  It’s about some Mormons who go to Africa to convert the locals and it’s hilarious. The songs are great as well. I really recommend this show, but only if you’re not easily offended.

Third I went with another friend to see Mrs Harris Goes to Paris at a cinema in Glasgow and it was lovely. The Dior dresses were to die for, and it was a beautifully put together film. It’s got a real feel-good feel to it, so if you’re fed up and want a cheer up, I’d recommend it.

Lesley Manville is Mrs Harris whose one dream is to go to Dior in Paris and buy a designer dress. She plans to wear the dress at a dance in her local area. There are many hiccups along the way, but she does get to Paris and Dior.  I’ll not tell you anymore. Go and see it, it’s lovely.

Ooh and it’s also a book…

What I’m reading just now: The Marvellous Miss Marie Corelli: Queen of Victorian Bestsellers by Teresa Ransom .  It’s all about the author Marie Corelli who was a best-selling writer in the late Victorian era. She’s a fascinating woman: she’s got a mysterious past and was a wee feisty woman who stood up for herself against the tyrannical reviewers of the British press.  I’m really enjoying it. I’d never heard of Marie Corelli up until recently and decided I really had to learn more, which is why I bought the book. The book itself is well written and chronicles her life from her younger years until her death in 1924, and her very long friendship with her companion Bertha Vyer. No-one knows if they were more involved or not, but Bertha played a big part in her life.

Anyway, time for me to go.  I’m going to have a cup of tea, watch some telly and then go and pick my daughter up from her friend’s house in about an hour-and-a-half. Such is my exciting life!

Till next time!

Dawn x

Envy is finished! Woohoo!

PREORDER ENVY: https://geni.us/envydanelson

She’s coming! I’ve just finished writing Envy (out Nov 5) and it’s now with my editor. This one was a hard slog. I don’t know why because I really love my main characters, Izzy and Adam, but I found it a difficult one to write in the sense of finding the time and energy to do it. Part of it was because I have been experiencing tonnes of problems with my laptop … I’ve had it fixed now and (fingers crossed) it seems to be working properly … and I’ve been desperate for a break. I’ve not had a day off writing or doing social media since probably last Christmas. So, this week and next I’m stepping back a bit and I’m putting my feet up. I have plans to do some sewing and knitting and basically whatever I like. Woohoo. Can’t wait.

What else has been happening? Well, the fabulous Lust was launched this month.

Here’s a sneak peek at the blurb:

Killing isn’t always a choice.

Even for an assassin.

Or is it?

Zoe McKnight found a way to fight for the right side of wrong until Devon Kincaid pushed his way into her life.S he wanted to kill him, but that wasn’t a sanctioned hit. Not even close.

He was sent to protect her from a lethal Drug Cartel out for revenge.

What the actual F was up with that?

She was a trained assassin for an elite international organization. She didn’t need protection. Except, perhaps from Kincaid.

Is Zoe’s lust for vengeance strong enough to take on the infuriating Kincaid?

Or would she fall victim to her own lustful desires for a man she hated?

GET YOUR COPY HERE: https://books2read.com/SOS5


Right, I’m going to love you and leave you. I have a cup of tea and a biscuit to get. I’m starting my holidays now … woohooo!


Brand new shop selling downloable printables of cards, planners and bunting

Well, things have been moving on at my house. I’ve been working away on a new short story for a charity anthology that is coming out next year and my next Sisters of Sin series book, Envy (due out November 5).

I’ve also created a new Etsy shop selling downloadable pdfs of planners, cards and bunting. I’ve added some images of my stock here and here’s the link to the page: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PennysPrintablesGB

Keep reading to the end for news of some freebies.

So, what is there? There are planners…

…for writers

And households:

There are birthday cards:

Wedding cards





And bunting


I’ve even got some Halloween cards and bunting:

See more here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PennysPrintablesGB

If you want a taste of what’s on offer, I have a free downloadables just for you on the Penny’s Printables website.


Five star reviews!

So excited by the five star reviews that are coming in for Greed. Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a review. I really appreciate it. If you have a minute, and have read the book, would you also mind leaving a review on Amazon? Every single one matters and it’ll help get my book further up the charts. Thanks.

Right, now that’s done, on to the blog. How are you today? Hope you’re all hail and hearty. Me? Well, I’ve been busy cranking up my social media for my writing and for Greed. It’s tiring, I can tell you, but I’m already seeing more people beginning to follow me and I got some more book sales, so that’s great. I haven’t gone viral on Tik Tok (yet, fingers crossed) but you never know.  If there’s anything you’d like to see me put up on social media (for instance, answering authorly questions), then comment on this post or email me on dawn@danelsonauthor.com or DM me on my author page on Facebook, which is D A Nelson Author.

So, we’ve been basking in sunshine lately in Scotland and it’s been nice, but too hot. I’ve had to have a fan running  all night in my room because it’s so hot in the room and my poor elderly pug, Bonya, gets too hot and pants… loudly. The fan seems to work though and we can all get a rest. The last couple of days, however, the weather has become pretty overcast and wet. Torrential rain yesterday, but it was good as the plants needed a good watering.

What’s been happening? I’ve gotten around 30,000 words written of my next book, Envy, which is due out in November. I’ve also got a short story due for an anthology in October and I’ve signed up for a different series next year. I also want to write my historical fantasy steampunk series. I have started it, I have notes, but I really need to finish my other projects and get on to it. I’m very excited about it. There are another two books I have finished, but not polished, in my computer and I’d love to get those out too. Busy, busy, busy.

What I’ve been watching… I’ve become addicted to Help! We Bought a Village which is a series about people who’ve bought rundown villages in rural France and Portugal and are redeveloping them. I love programmes like this.

I’m also feeling bereft having binge watched The Sandman series, which I loved. What a series. I was hooked.  However, the prequel to Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, starts next Monday at 2am. I CANNOT WAIT!! You all know I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones and this new series will hopefully be as great.

I’ve also been watching (again) my guilty tv watching secrets, which are Father Brown and Murdoch Mysteries. I love a good mystery, especially if it’s set in the past, and these two are just fab. They give me a lovely hour of gentle murder! 😉

Right, I’m going to love you and leave you. Til next time,


Cover reveal for my next book

Hello! How are you all? Hope you’re having a good week. I’ve been working away on my next novel in the Sisters of Sin series. This one is about an assassin whose codename is Envy. Her real name is Izzy, she’s Scottish and a bit of a hard-nut. She’s got a small farm on a mountain overlooking Loch Lomond where she provides a home for various waifs and strays. Anyway, I think I’ve given you enough for now, you’ll have to wait for the book to come out to learn any more.

So, what have I been up to apart from telling Izzy’s story? I’ve been having fun putting up videos on my Tik Tok account (@danelson70). There was one where I duetted with Beaubull, it was hilarious, but you’ll have to go over to my Tik Tok account to see it.

Myself and the boy did a fair bit of walking this week with the two younger dogs. We walked around a local beauty spot called Ardmore Point. When I say we walked around, I actually mean we got more than halfway there when stopped to have a snack and a drink.  Then I realised I had lost my car keys so we were retracing our steps when I found they had slipped through a hole in my jacket pocket and were inside the jacket. Phew. It was good though as we met a friend of mine I hadn’t seen for a while. She was walking with her dog and her daughter, so we had a fab catch-up.

Yesterday, we took the dogs up Ben Bouie, which is a local mountain. We got most of the way there, but it was really hot and we were all suffering so we stopped for lunch and to give the dogs some water. We stopped at a point overlooking Loch Lomond and it was just lovely. We were both exhausted last night. My son normally goes to his bed after midnight, but he was fast asleep by 9pm.  😉

A week tomorrow, this beauty launches. This is the third book in the Sisters of Sin series and is by the fantastic Sofia Aves. I just love Sofia’s writing and this book is amazing. Get it here:  https://books2read.com/sos3/https://books2read.com/sos3/

Right that’s me for just now. I’m just about to go and make tonight’s dinner. So, until next time,

Dawn xx