Friday the 13th

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You never know what the Universe is going to throw at you. In my case, a brick wall, literally. In truth it was more like I was thrown at the wall. I fell and hit my head. A quick trip to the emergency room and a CAT scan later and the diagnosis was “A concussion”.

I’ve never researched concussions before. I had no idea that you should stay in a dark room and limit all stimulation for ten days or that you shouldn’t use anything with a screen.

Even now, six weeks later, I have problems with screens and getting over stimulated. My whole life has been put on hold, so my brain can recover. I’m happy to say, that I am better, but not well.

To my fans, who are expecting a book out this month, it’s been pushed back. I’m not sure exactly when “Katya” will be coming out, but I hope before summer is done.

I’m learning to be patient with my limitations and myself. I hope you can be patient with me as well.

If you are so moved, I am open to all prayers and healing thoughts as I recover.

Until next time,

Caryn

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Katya

Book One of the Volkov Family Chronicles

Katya Volkov is all grown-up and working in New York City. She has the unfortunate title of “Ice Princess” because she can’t get past friendship with a man. The only one she ever loved, Illarion Lebedev, left Siberia when she was sixteen and she hasn’t seen him since. Unwilling to return to Russia and a life in a pack where women are expected to mate and have babies, preferably girls. She has worked hard for the last four years at Sunrise Advertising. Now a vice-president, she’s finally accomplished a level of success she’s comfortable with. But what does success really mean when you’re all alone at the top?

Illarion Lebedev has secretly watched over Katya since she was in college. He’s proud of her accomplishments. Now that his plans are coming together and he’s the new CEO of Sunrise Advertising, he’s ready to finally claim his mate. But wooing the “Ice Princess” will take more than his good looks and social position. It will take a love strong enough to thaw her wounded heart.

 

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Daffodils, Bamboo, and…a Book Release?

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The warmer weather, here in the south, is welcome. The daffodils are already gone, and the rain has held off enough for hubby and I to do much-needed property repairs. A huge blow down of dead bamboo that grows in the no-man’s land between our house and a 4 story Condo building, had fallen on our new fence…yeah, the fence previously smashed to bits by a huge tree during Hurricane Matthew. We had the fence replaced last fall.

We pushed the bamboo onto our property, carted them up the hill to the driveway, and now need to cut them into 5ft parcels and bundle them together so the town will cart them away. It’s a lot of work, but their combined weight could have easily brought down the fence. It also opens the lane by our fence where deer used to trot by. With the 30-40ft bamboo laying on the fence, the path was blocked.

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Cleaning up and protecting our property keeps up the value, should we ever need to sell. Are you making a list of things that need fixing? Even apartment-dwellers must plan to ‘Spring Clean.’ Dusting, polishing, straightening, and decluttering leads to a great feeling.

 

Another great feeling? The release of another book!

p.s. Did I mention the main characters are aided by different ghostly voices?

 

 

Book Blurb for 

With Every Breath-An Opportunity Falls NovelWith Every Breath

The author has used her EMT, Firefighter, and 9-1-1 background to create this story about a quirky college town, an injured hiker and his beautiful rescuer. Assumptions pull the new lovers apart. Barely surviving two stalkers, a murder on campus, heartache, and hypothermia, their race up a mountain during a snowstorm keeps the pace rolling in this hot, spicy adventure-filled romance.

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DRAGONS ON MY MIND by Paranormal Author Nancy Lee Badger

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Dragons are always on my mind. Why? There is something elusive about these creatures, mainly because most peopSMOKEle consider them mythological or flights of fantasy. However, many times a fairy tale is rooted in truth.

 

Why do people believe a creature lives in Scotland’s Loch Ness? Why do the Chinese revere dragons in many of their celebrations? Why are so many books written about dragons? Why is HBO’s Game of Thrones (based on books written by George R. R. Martin) more exciting whenever the dragons fill the screen?

When stories that include dragons fill my head, I write, and create characters that follow a story line that-I hope-entertains my readers.

SMOLDER

This is why my latest series is such a hit. In SPARK, and SMOKE, and SMOLDER, in my Clan of Dragons series, three brothers-actual dragons-have learned that they can shift their forms into various creatures. The problem? No females. Follow them with their quests to find mates. And, if you are curious about why dragons can ‘shift’, read Shimmer: The Beginning.

Find Buy Links for all my books HERE

 

Book Covers designed by Nancy Lee Badger

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Happy Groundhog Day Writing Tips

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As winter plods along, I feel more and more like I should stick my head in a cave and forget about writing. Depending on whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, winter is still hanging around. Blah!

We moved from SNOWY New Hampshire to the SUNNY south to avoid snow, ice, and single-digit winters. Along came Winter Storm Inga on January 17th (yep, they now NAME them, like they do the hurricanes). The snow fell fast and furious. Everything here in Raleigh, North Carolina STOPPED! Many mornings we awoke to 9 degrees or 14 degrees F temps.

Lucky for me, I write from home, but for some reason I didn’t. I filed months of papers, got my taxes ready for the CPA, worked on volunteer organization paperwork…the frigid temperatures were a good excuse.

NO MORE EXCUSES!

An author can not make money without writing. I blog, I host authors on my blog, and I am working on several books at once. I have agents looking over two different manuscripts, a book coming out with Soul Mate Publishing this coming summer, and I have another book in the works for maybe a March release.

So, bundle up, charge up your laptops, down some coffee, nibble chocolates, and enjoy what’s left of winter.

Unlock your skills!

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*I am giving away autographed copies of  

Shimmer: the Beginning, my dragon-Fairy Fantasy romance.

Head on over to my Author Blog before February 8th to enter

(no purchase necessary)

 

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Happy Hogmanay 2018!

banner-3004353_1280Hogmanay…a strange word to this American writer.

“What did he say?” I said to a friend the first time I heard the word. Until recently, I mistakenly assumed it was the Celtic term for Christmas.

Nope!

Hogmanay is a celebration of the new year, as close to our ‘watching the ball drop’ festivities and the Rose Bowl Parade wrapped up in one lovely holiday. So, I am taking a moment to wish you all a very HAPPY HOGMANAY and a very, very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Just to wrap-up my activities in 2017, here are what books I released:

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My Favorite Paranormal Book Read During 2017

Wow! I can hardly believe 2018 is almost upon us. I’ve decided to start a new tradition at my writing blog, Dawn Marie Hamilton Writes–a year-end top 5 list of my favorite books read during the year. Since this blog is all about the supernatural, I thought I would mention my favorite 2017 paranormal read here.

Skin Deep by Marissa Doyle

Marissa Doyle is a new-to-me author. And this was the first selkie book I’ve read in a very long time. I so enjoyed the way Ms. Doyle weaved her love of quilts and quilting into the story.

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After a painful divorce, Garland Durrell looks forward to settling into her home on Cape Cod to make the quilts that are her passion. On the first morning of her new life she finds a man and a small boy washed up on the beach, both badly wounded. Since the town chief of police is strangely reluctant to help, Garland takes on the care of the mysterious pair who don’t seem to remember what happened to them–and feels her own heart begin to heal.

Alasdair does remember. He and his son Conn are the last of the ruling family of selkies from the waters around the Cape, locked in a decades-long struggle with an evil that threatens all, selkie and human. He’s not sure if he can trust the lovely, blue-eyed woman who takes them in until he touches one of her quilts and feels the magic she’s sewn into it…and the emotions that he never thought he’d feel again.

But the evil entity that stole Alasdair’s sealskin and left him for dead quickly senses both his presence and Garland’s magic, and is determined to destroy one and possess the other. Only Garland and her quilts, made with a power she barely believes she has, can save them all from destruction—if she can avoid being destroyed first.

Skin Deep at Amazon

 

My year-end top five list will go live on my blog on Thursday December 28th. Stop by for a visit

Dawn Marie Hamilton Writes

 

~Dawn Marie

 

Aqua Magic, Available for Pre-Order

Just in time for Christmas! Coming December 26, 2017  Pre-Order your copy now.

Aqua Magic
Book Four of the Witch Guardian Fantasy Romance Series

Brenna Ross is trapped in her own mind. Possessed by the Marwolaeth, that is slowly killing her, it uses her to murder those she loves. As hard as she struggles to regain control of her body, she can’t break free. Still, she will fight, desperately trying to tell her sister she’s sorry.
Marcus Ondine knew the moment the little witch and her older sister walked into his pub, The Blue Dolphin, that she was “the one” – what the magical folk call his “Destined One”. Now he’s returned to Earth to find her possessed by the Marwolaeth. Only by taking her to his home world of Aquarias can he save her from death, but what will happen when she wakes and finds herself in an underwater world?
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Yes, the Name of the Fae Horse Matters

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Does a horse mentioned in a romance novel need a name?

If you’ve read the books in the Highland Gardens series, you may recall that Caitrina rides a white stallion. The fae horse is mentioned in a couple of the books, but never by name.

In Just Beyond the Garden Gate, the fae horse is mentioned sort of as description…

When they cleared the forest and road into the glen, a mysterious woman galloped out of the mist. Tinkling music filled the air. She raced toward them across the moor, her flaming red hair flying behind her like a pennon billowing in the wind. She rode a handsome white steed with a golden bridle and with golden bells plaited in his mane. The stallion was a fine beast, fast as wind, with an arched neck and broad chest. His nostrils flared; his ears laid back.

Something similar from Just Wait For Me

A red-haired woman, richly garbed in green velvet and fur, sat a magnificent white steed with golden bridle and golden bells plaited in its mane. The beast stomped a hoof and snorted steam from flared nostrils, impatient for action. The lady murmured something in an ancient tongue and the animal calmed.

I think the stallion needs a name for the next book in the series, Just His Fae Kiss, especially since the tale is about Caitrina and Douglas. I expect Caitrina will have more interaction with the animal in this story and I hope the fae horse will become a character himself.

So I need your help. I’m running a contest over on my Facebook author page, Dawn Marie Hamilton, to find a name for Caitrina’s steed. Consider heading over there and entering the contest pinned to the top of the page. I sure will appreciate your help.

The contest will run through December 13th. Good luck!

Dawn Marie’s Facebook Author Page

~Dawn Marie

An Artist’s Point-of-View

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I need to stretch this blog’s description, so bear with me. Yes, this is a blog about all the supernatural-based books we four authors are known for, but I recently tried my hand at contemporary romance, with action and adventure mixed in. The latest book, released November 3rd, is

 

What? No supernatural, paranormal, or hocus-pocus? Nope.

However, this story has the supernatural of nature, with waterfalls, a rushing river, and a devastating storm. The beauty of nature is shared as well.

An artist bored with the city life and a Manhattan lawyer itching to escape his father’s control wind up in a New Hampshire campground. A coincidence? Not likely!

Artist Prize Package

*a personal note: With Every Kiss: an Opportunity Falls novel was released November 3rd. Since this is also my birthday month, I am giving away an Artist’s Assortment of Goodies.

Find out more about my new book, locate all the buy links AND enter my Artist’s Prize Package Giveaway on my blog HERE

(No purchase necessary, ends November 18)