Pssst….did you know?

My book, Dusting Down Alcudia, is now available as an e-book for only 99c/99p. Get yours here.

And while you’re at it, why not pick up a copy of its sequel, The Jacobite’s Share, here.

A new video and the lurgy was here again

Good morning! How are you? Hope you’re all well. Do you like my video? It’s my latest make on Canva. I just love the soundtrack. Anyway, we’re only just over a month away from the launch of the first of the Sisters of Sin novels (Vanity by Terry Wells Brown) and I’m am so excited about it. My first book, Greed, comes out on July 5.

So, what have you been doing? I’ve slowed down in my writing – got a really nasty cold about three weeks ago and couldn’t shake it till last week. Was exhausted, but I did manage to edit Greed and that’s now with my editor.  I am so much better now, so am back at it. I’ve got about 20,000 words of my second book, Envy, done and will be working away at it over the coming few weeks. I’ve also been working on a new romantic short story which I’ll be giving away free soon.

Unfortunately, due to aforementioned cold, I haven’t been doing much else. I had to cancel a few meet up with friends, which was rubbish. I knew it wasn’t Covid, but I didn’t want to pass my bugs on to other people. So, I’ve been pretty boring recently. 🙂  I have been binge watching several shows including The Witcher, which I loved. I’ve also been working away at my uni course.

What else? We lost another chicken last week, which was really sad. My little white Silkie, Luna, popped her clogs. I’m not sure why, but the poor thing was found stiff as a board in the coop. So, then there were two. I hate losing birds. There’s bird flu going around in Scotland right now, but I don’t think it was that. The lady who sold the Silkies to me did say they weren’t as robust as other chickens. Sigh. My original rescue hen, Nugget, is still going strong and so is the other Silkie, Buttercup. Fingers crossed nothing else happens.

Right, on that note, I’m going to say adieu. Am taking the dogs out for a walk and then I’ve got a long list of things I want to get done today. Til next time.

Dawn xxx

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Download our Sisters of Sin original stories anthology

Free origin stories anthology.

SINFUL SECONDS
Dangerous, untamed, wild, sinful.
Innocent.
Assassins live in the dark, keeping to the shadows…until we come for our mark.
The Sisters of Sin.
Women once lost, now found, with a purpose thanks to the biggest sinner of them all.
Mother, the devil on our shoulder.
She is our rock, our mentor.
She directs the kills.
Men. Sex. Sin.
We ruin the rules, and we revel in it.
We became the Sisters of Sin.
Meet a group of women who fight for the right side of wrong.
Vanity.
Greed.
Pride.
Jealousy.
Lust.
Passion.
Read six origin stories to the femme fatale SISTERS OF SIN series by USA Today and bestselling romantic suspense authors Sofia Aves, T Wells Brown, D A Nelson, Lolo Paige, Michelle Ventura, and S C Principale in one stunning volume.

Silkies, Stardust and Feeling Sick – it’s been a busy week

What is it with chickens? This morning one of my chickens was making a lot of noise over nothing. I went out to see what was wrong with her and…guess what? Nothing. Nada. No reason for her squawking. I went back in. She started up again. So, I gave her a stare from the window and she shut up. Every day it’s the same thing. One of them starts up, I go out to see what’s wrong and there’s nothing wrong.  Sigh.

Anyway, how are you all? Hope you’re all well. I’ve got the lurgy again. Just a cold, but it’s leaving me feeling really tired and just yeuch. I spent yesterday lying on the sofa watching telly. Feeling a bit better today. Hopefully by tomorrow I’ll be back to feeling energised and ready to do stuff.

So, what have I been doing this week? Well, it started off great. I did a lot of writing Monday to Wednesday. I’ve been editing Greed to get it ready for launch in July. I’ve also been writing a short story for my readers as a freebie. I started this month’s author newsletter, I did my social media and started thinking about my next book series.

I also started this week’s book for my uni course and it’s brilliant – it’s Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, but the graphic novel one and I’m loving it. I read his novel of Stardust and didn’t like it – I think it was because I really loved the film and, unfortunately, the film isn’t like the book. I used to think the film was better than the book, but now, since reading the graphic novel, my mind has been changed. It’s illustrated by Charles Vess and is beautiful. I love it. The pictures are gorgeous. Really recommend it.

I also wrote a couple of articles for Vocal:

Twenty Prompts for Writers of Children’s Books | Education (vocal.media)

Ten Essential Things to Know About Scotland | Education (vocal.media)

I’m currently looking for some freelance writing work as my dog walking job has gone. I’m gutted because I loved working with the dogs, but my boss is downsizing the walking part of his business (he also does doggy day care) and doesn’t need me as a driver any more. Sigh. I can tell you, it was hard saying goodbye to those dogs, especially my favourite Maverick. I was also very fond of my workmates. Still, that’s just life. Just need to get on with it. So, I’m currently trawling the internet looking for writing gigs.  Wish me luck.

Right, I’m going to sign off just now. Got a document to look over for a friend’s daughter. Then I’m going to chill out for a short while before doing some work.

Til next time,

Dawn xx

Win 19 Romance Novels and Novellas

Win 19 fantastic romance novels and novellas in this free to enter competition. You’ve got only five days to enter and be in with a chance of winning some amazing books.  I’m not involved in it, but some of my brilliant author friends are. Here’s the link:

All Romance Giveaway Contest (paulajudithjohnson.com)

Giveaway ends March 21, 2022.

 

New Covers Reveal

So, I decided my old covers for Dusting Down Alcudia and The Jacobite’s Share were not fit for purpose. They were rubbish, I’ll admit it.  Therefore, I have flexed some of my Canva design-y muscles and given it another go. Here’s the result:

 

I’m pretty pleased with them, but I did have a little help…thank you to my fellow Sisters of Sin authors for your input and T and J for your input too. I tweaked the images to reflect their suggestions and they are so much better than they originally were.

Anyway, the new look books are up on Amazon. I’ve still to put up a Large print version of both books, but will do that over the next week.

Dawn x

Ukraine Anthology, Babs, The Anchor Line and Das Boot

 

I decided that in this post we all need a bit of cheering up, so I’m filling it with sunlight and flowers. Well, the images will be that. How are you all? Hope you’re all fine.

So, first things first, let’s talk about Ukraine. I’ve felt so horrified about what’s been happening and have been giving to charities helping people on the ground as much as I can. A friend of mine basically spent her entire life savings helping four families escape. They are the families of people she has been working with and they are currently in the Netherlands. They’re hoping to get them to the UK at some point. When I say life savings, I’m talking five figures, nearly six. My friend is amazing. I don’t have that kind of money, but I have been involved in a fundraising anthology to raise funds for Ukranian children in need.

Here’s the details (they were in the last post, but here you are again):

。☆✼★Preorder: https://books2read.com/u/47QGJq ★✼☆。
Protect the innocent.
Provide for families.
We stand with Ukraine.
Across the globe authors have come together to provide stories filled with hope, heart and understanding, inspired by the events of February 2022.
STAND FOR UKRAINE is a collection of romance, women’s fiction and poetry. Proceeds go to Save the Children’s efforts to provide Ukrainian children with food, warmth, shelter and psychological support.
I’ve already submitted my short story and I’m looking forward to seeing this fly off the shelves (metaphorically speaking). Well done to the ladies of the Romance Cafe who organised this, including my friend Sofia Aves (who is a superb author).
Right, moving on. What else has been happening? I managed to actually go out last weekend. I met up with three friends who were up from London. We had dinner at Babs (really nice Mediterranean food) in Glasgow and then drinks at The Anchor Line. I had a fab night. I’ve known the three of them for more than 20 years and being with them again was like no time had passed. Yes, we’ve all gotten older, but our sense of humour stays the same. Thanks for a great night guys.
Over the weekend, I also caught up with my parents and visited my niece and her wee boy who is around five months old and totally gorgeous.  So, busy weekend.
What I’ve been watching: I am totally loving the new series of The Marvellous Mrs Maisel. It’s superb. So funny, so stylish, so beautifully written.  I’ve also been watching the newer version of Das Boot (I remember the original series) and it’s also really, really good.  Gripping storyline, brilliant characters and just all round excellent series.  It’s mostly in German with some French and English. Talking of German programmes, I cannot wait until the new series of Babylon Berlin comes out. I believe they are working on it now. Cannot wait! Also cannot wait for the new series of Outlander and I’m hoping there will be a second series of Carnival Row, which is in my top three all time amazing tv series along with Babylon Berlin.
Films – I watched the majority of Marley & Me the other night, but had to switch it off when Marley got old. If you know the film, you know the outcome and I couldn’t bear watching it again, especially as we have an elderly pug, Bonya, whose legs are starting to go and who has issues with incontinence. She’s an old girl, we love her and it’s unbearable to think she might not be around soon. I’m hoping we’ve got another year with her. Keep everything crossed for us!
Yes it’s another image of tulips, but they are my favourite flowers – equal billing with peonies. Ooh can’t wait til peony season!
Right, so that’s us up-to-date so far. Please preorder the anthology and, if you’d like more information about Sisters of Sin, other authors and freebies, please sign up to my newsletter. Til next time,
Dawn xxx

Help us raise funds for the children of Ukraine – Preorder this Anthology Today

https://books2read.com/u/47QGJq
Protect the innocent.
Provide for families.
We stand with Ukraine.
Across the globe authors have come together to provide stories filled with hope, heart and understanding, inspired by the events of February 2022.
STAND FOR UKRAINE is a collection of romance, women’s fiction and poetry. Proceeds go to Save the Children’s efforts to provide Ukrainian children with food, warmth, shelter and psychological support.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/…/60546251-stand-for-ukraine

Supporting Ukraine, book news and Castle on the box

Hello, how are you? Hope you’re all well. I’m not normally political on this blog, but I just want to say I totally support the Ukrainian people against the oppressor Putin. I can’t believe in this day and age  someone like him can think he can get away with entering someone else’s country and try and take it by force. It’s horrific. I really hope the international community can do more to stop this. People are dying. I should also mention the people of Finland, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia etc who must be wondering if they are going to be next.  These are scary times.

Right, on to more pleasant things.  This week has been really busy as per usual.  I’m continuing to work on my Sisters of Sin novels (whoop whoop!) and the first one of the series, by my lovely friend Terry Wells-Brown, is due out on June 5 this year. My novel, Greed, follows on July 5 and I have a second one a few months later. Basically, myself and the SOS group of core writers will be launching one a month right into next year. So, watch this space for details.

In other book news, I’m in the process of planning my new steampunk/historical thriller series and I hope to launch that next year. I sat yesterday and planned out the next few months of work. It’s going to be hard work, but worth it. I’m not going to say any more, but sign up to my newsletter and you’ll get more news on this series, on Sisters of Sin and my friend’s new releases, as well as any freebies that are going!

TV and film wise – I’ve finally finished the last episode of Castle. I re-watched all the series and loved it all over again. It’s inspired me to watch again Nathan Fillion’s other big series, Firefly, which I love. I’ve also started watching Das Boot. I watched the original series in the 80s and this new version is superb. Really recommend it. I haven’t watched a lot of films lately, but yesterday I was hankering back to the 90s and watched Grosse Point Blank which must be the best movie to come out of that decade. It stars John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Joan Cusack and Dan Aykroyd and is a superb comedy thriller. It’s one of those films you could watch again and again. John plays Martin, an assassin for hire, who returns to his home town for a job and for the high school reunion. He meets up with Minnie Driver as Debi Newberry, his ex girlfriend and the one who got away. I’m not going to say anything more about it other than: download it, buy it, watch it, it’s superb.

Before I finish up for today, I just want to wish one of my besties, Tracy, a very happy birthday on Monday. Have a great weekend and enjoy your day. 😘😘😘

Right, I’m going to go.  Stuff to do, people to see and all that. Til next time.

Dawn xxx