July is a Month to Celebrate!

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July is known for celebrations and fireworks. In America, we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July. After the fireworks fizzle out, the real celebration starts! My new book, Heaven-sent Warrior, will be released with great fanfare on Wednesday July 18th. This full-length paranormal romance, set in North Carolina, deviates from my normal Scottish characters and shape-shifting dragons. Intrigued? Here is a taste:

 

 

HEAVEN-SENT WARRIOR

CHAPTER 1

Present Day

Raleigh, North Carolina

Henrí Chevalier materialized in human form, stretched his naked limbs, and groaned. Bones, long unused, slid into place. He arched his back, raising both arms toward the night sky. Aching in a dozen places, he inhaled and savored crisp fresh air.

I am free.

Lowering his arms, he flexed all ten fingers, and shook the numbness away. His last memory was of a cold, damp wall at his back. No longer imprisoned, he relished his newfound freedom. Rubbing phantom pain at each wrist, Henrí soon relaxed, while he slid his fingers over one cheek. As he brushed the light stubble, the tips tingled. Moving his hand lower, he paused on the pulse pounding beneath the skin of his neck.

Life beats here. I am alive again.

A clean, grassy scent lingered on the night breeze. The sweetness made his lips twitch into a slight smile. Such normalcy, he thought, even as he turned in a circle with slow determination to get his bearings. Sleep-filled eyes adjusted to the inky night’s low light. Odd forms hovered near, and he fought the urge to crouch low, into a warrior’s stance.

I shall stand my ground this night.

Odd sensations cautioned him to move slowly. Rounded pebbles pressed into the soles of his bare feet until he tripped over something low and hard. His hand shot out into blackness, slamming against something smooth and icy.

Mon Dieu!” Did God care that he was cold and achy, standing alone in a strange place? As if in answer, clouds moved aside, and the moon’s radiance spilled over a trio of statues. Familiarity made his eyebrows quiver. He brushed loose hair off his face and stared at the hard, cold bronze beneath his palm. His breath caught in his throat, remembering the pain, sorrow, and loneliness. Without love, there was no life. One-sided love did not count. This was not the time to feel sorry for himself.

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Why Paranormal?

Okay, I talked about sci fi, now the other side. For me it starts with revealing my little secret – I wrote fanfic for X-Files for ten years (10!!). Like I said, I’ve always written. What I didn’t mention was I never allowed anyone to read anything I wrote – it was just for me.

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Then I stumbled across a fanfic story that popped up on my feed. I didn’t know any such thing existed. I dived in headfirst. I wrote over 500 short stories, including a 60 chapter novel – After the Future – which got a chapter a month. You do the math, I wrote that thing for five years with monthly installments! Fanfic has no formal editors and quite often it shows, but we had fun!

That led me to writing about those little changes that make someone “different”. Again, as with sci fi, the possibilities are endless and you can create your own rules about whatever abilities your hero and/or heroine have. So now I’ve written psychics, ghosts, supernatural children . . . Having to follow the rules of physics isn’t necessary and the imagination can soar.  Small Changes, Before You, Learning Trust,  Wraith’s Heart

Talk to me, what abilities would you want to read about (or have yourself)?

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Why Science Fiction

Well, for me it came naturally. Both of my parents read extensively – Daddy, sci fi and Momma, Harlequin (I still remember those boxes arriving.).

In third grade my teacher, Mrs. Hickman, allowed us to bring in books to read when we’d finished our work to keep quiet while she helped someone who wasn’t finished. One of the books I chose came from Daddy’s paperbacks in the basement – Slan Slan new coverby A. E. van Vogt. Okay maybe that wasn’t what most third graders would read, but it was about a young boy who was an alien, and I was fascinated. Then Momma found the book in my bag and took it away. I was told that I couldn’t take that book to school because, and I quote here, girls don’t read science fiction. Well, that sealed my fate. If I wasn’t supposed to read it because of my lesser gender, it was the only thing I wanted to read.

I’ve been at it ever since. The freedom of possibilities has always drawn me in. The fact that women could be the heroes and anything could be achieved kept me going long before #MeToo came along. I’ve added my own to the mix now and added a little romance to them (hey, that’s what was missing!) and am enjoying it immensely. Below are some of my sci fi covers. Anyone want to guess what’s in the distance of the one with forest – Rth Rising.  Alien Embrace

Do you remember what led you to the love of reading? Please share – you never know what will inspire someone to pick up a book!

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Happy Summer Solstice 2018 from Dawn Marie Hamilton

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Ahhh, yes! The summer solstice arrived this morning in the northern hemisphere at 6:07 A.M. EDT. ‘Tis my favorite time of the year. I love when the days have the longest period of daylight. More time to spend in the gardens.

I imagine many a soul flocked to Stonehenge this morning in celebration. I’m celebrating getting my fingers dirty in the gardens.

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Don’t you just love the  bright blooms of this Coreopsis from my garden?

What else am I doing? I’m working on the next book for the Highland Gardens historical time travel series–Just His Fae Kiss. More about the upcoming book in a future post.

How are you celebrating the first day of summer? Please share in the comments.

I hope you have a magical day!

~Dawn Marie

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.

 

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.

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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.

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