February Means More Than a Groundhog’s Shadow

groundhog and shadowFebruary means more to me than the celebration of a groundhog’s predictions on the 2nd. Whether winter continues for six more weeks or not, February has a lot more going for it than 28 days.

For instance, the days are getting longer. I like that! Did you know the 3rd is called Feed the Birds day? (note to self: time to buy more bird seed at Home Depot). Valentine’s Day is coming on the 14th and the stores are filled with boxes of chocolates and lovely flowers. George Washington and Abe Lincoln have birthdays, although we will celebrate them together on the 18th. The whole month is considered Black History Month in the US and Canada. The 26th is Tell a Fairy Tale Day. Lots of writers enjoy that as much as the kids!cat under rug

 

My favorite? Love Your Pet Day on the 20th. I am sure all pets are looking forward to getting out from their warm cubby holes to welcome the Spring…except for that darn groundhog!

Whatever day you choose to enjoy and celebrate, we all know that February is generally cold, damp, and dark. Brighten your February by reading a book, such as the ones I have published HERE.

such as… Heaven-sent Warrior   and coming in April….  Heaven-sent Highlander

 

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Be Proud

My apologies to readers of my personal blog. This is an adaptation of my most recent post there.

Screenshot (80)Do you ever feel guilty for reading? Well, don’t! Reading is an important way for us to relax and learn. And yes, I’m talking about reading novels.

After the horrific acts of terror this past week, I wanted to stop and think about what it is that we’re doing here.  Acts of terrorism are terrible and must be stopped, but as with all horrible things that happen to us, they do make us pause and look at our lives and what we do.

We read stories. Stories that take us away from the awful things in life and give us a break from the real world.

Yes, the stories we read do contain terrible things happening to good people–if they didn’t they would be boring and unreadable, but reading about terrible things prepares us for when we have to live through such things in reality. It teaches us how to react, what to do and not do. As Lisa Cron explains in Wired For Story, it is stories that have kept mankind alive. It is stories that help us to understand life and all the messy aspects of it.

I live in Brussels. I just moved here with my husband for his work and am growing to love this city very much. Because of my work, I usually don’t leave my apartment until I force myself out in the afternoon to get some fresh air and exercise, but my husband travels and he could have easily been at the airport when those bombs exploded (in fact, one of the people who works for him was in a plane that took off from Brussels Airport just minutes before the explosions. His office was in a panic until his flight landed and he was able to check in to say that he was all right).

Screenshot (79)But yesterday, when my husband’s assistant called to make sure that I was okay (even though their office is just a few blocks from the metro station that was bombed), he told me that he wasn’t watching the news. He had turned off all communication with the outside world. It upset him too much. He couldn’t deal with it. I very nearly told him that he needed to pick up a novel and take a break–I didn’t because he was at work. 🙂

So all this is to say, that you should never feel bad for reading. Reading makes life bearable giving us an opportunity to escape.

In between reading about the horrific things that were happening in the city around me, I edited my new book Falling, rewriting and fixing scenes. I escaped into a time and place where the worst thing was that the hero was falling in love with a woman who was off-limits to him and she didn’t know who he really was.

This was my escape. This is what let me read about the real world and not break down in tears. – well, that and the wonderful outpouring of messages from my friends and family who contacted me to make sure I wasn’t anywhere near the bombings.

So don’t berate yourself, or let anyone else do so, for sitting down and reading a novel, any novel, any time.

Falling, by the way, is now available for pre-order and will be released on April 6th.

MeredithBond_Falling 300In another time…

Boundless blue skies. Oblivion. The pull of the sky through the wall of windows in Erin Freyn’s new apartment is as enticing as it is disturbing. It seems to call her to step out, to let go, to surrender herself into its terrifying embrace. But when she turns to a hypnotist for help, she never dreams it will uncover long-hidden secrets – of ageless magic and forbidden romance.

In another place…

David Elder is trying to live up to the memory of his brother, who died while working with inner-city kids.   He couldn’t save his brother, but perhaps with his magic he can save another. When he hypnotizes Erin to seek a cure for her fears, they discover instead an ancient connection. In a past life, he was a medieval knight and her illicit lover… before things went very wrong.

Today…

Fate has given them a second chance. Will they take it and finally find happiness, or will they be doomed to replay history yet again?

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I Heard that Suspense/Thriller Sales were rising so…

 SHIVER-Createspace Cover    At a recent Romance Writers of America chapter meeting, our monthly speaker was an editor with a well-known Publisher. As she explained what editors look for in a query letter and a submission, the discussion turned to what genres were currently in high demand.

Most publishers take months to years to get a book to the sales floor, so trends rise and fall, sometimes before an author realizes the book she just finished is not wanted by any agent or editor. Some writers try to write toward these trends, but that is a tricky business. This editor suggested you write a great book, and maybe give it something ‘extra’ to make it read as a fresh and new idea.

When she said that romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries were climbing high as the genres selling very well, I was thrilled (pun not intentional). You see, I have been editing a story that barely found any readers when it was published (so-called) by a very small publisher, who recently closed their doors (Thank God!) I edited the story (written 6 years ago) using everything I have learned since then; added many pages, adding to the mystery and the spicy love scenes; created an entire new cover and title; formated it and uploaded it to make it available in ebook and print.

As an extra bonus, and because the holidays are fast approaching AND because my dad will now be able to read both this story AND the bonus book at the back, I have included a military short story titled UNWRAPPING CHRIS.

Here are both Book Blurbs and Buy Links…

SHIVER

In a quirky college town surrounded by the mountains of New Hampshire new art history professor, Jacob Oliver, hikes a trail on a crisp September morning. He contemplates his life. Divorced and forced out of his job with the Boston Police due to a horrific accident, he spots a naked woman beneath a majestic waterfall. Escaping, he falls and injures his knee.

Destiny Blake hears a noise. Someone is on her mountain. She finds a handsome man sitting in the mud. Love blooms and lust consumes them after she helps him to the safety of her cabin. Soon, assumptions pull them apart, leaving her vulnerable to the unwanted attentions of other men.

When Jacob decides he cannot live without her, he must save her from a madman who chases her up her mountain through the cold, snowy darkness of a November night.

Ghostly voices push Jacob onward, and urge Destiny to fight back. Pain, hypothermia, and death threaten before the sun rises. Can Destiny and Jacob make it off Destiny’s mountain…alive?

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Kobo     AllRomance

Print versions should be available on-line soon through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.

UNWRAPPING CHRIS Unwrapping Chris-Small

Army widow Jayne Rockwell searches for a secure future for her and her two daughters. Staff Sergeant Christopher Hawkins regrets leaving young Jayne eight years ago to go off to war. A crash encounter a week before Christmas thrusts these two lonely people back into each other’s lives once more. Jayne must learn to trust a man who disappeared with her heart. Chris must overcome the guilt of taking her innocence, and then leaving her heartbroken and alone.

A Christmas wedding brings them closer when Jayne spies him as a groomsman in Highland dress, complete with kilt. He cannot keep his eyes off the woman in green velvet wearing a wedding ring. Accusations, explanations, and remorse leads to a love that erupts among candlelight, Christmas carols, and a dark room. Who needs mistletoe?

You can also purchase UNWRAPPING CHRIS by itself as an ebook at these buy links:

Amazon   NOOK   Smashwords

iTunes   Kobo   AlRomanceE

Happy Holidays!

Cover for Just in Time for a Highland Christmas

Cover Reveal: Just in Time for a Highland Christmas

Just in Time for a Highland Christmas

A Highland Gardens Novella

Book #2.5

Just in Time for a Highland Christmas

Release Date: Late November

Can a determined brownie craft a perfect match in time for Christmas?

When the Chief of Clan MacLachlan travels to the stronghold of his feuding neighbors to fetch his betrothed, she is gone. A year later, she is still missing. Making life more vexing, a band of reivers are stealing clan cattle, leaving behind destruction. Archibald MacLachlan determines to capture them and administer harsh punishment.

Though once in love with the man, Isobell Lamont refuses to wed her clan’s enemy. After running away, she joins the band of reivers set on revenge.

Can Archibald forgive the raven-haired beauty? Will a journey through time bring them together for a Highland Christmas?

~Dawn Marie

Just Wait For Me – Cover Reveal

The other day I mentioned the Highland Gardens time travel with faeries romance series so I thought I should share the cover of the next novel in the series–Just Wait For Me.

Just Wait For Me

A Highland Gardens Novel

Book #3

Just Wait For Me

Release Date: TBA

In the chaotic aftermath of the battle of Flodden, an injured Highland warrior makes a bargain with a twenty-first century lass cast back in time by a meddling, matchmaking faerie. Stephen MacEwen promises that if the lass will help him get home, he’ll find a way to send her forward to her own time. But is that a promise he’ll want to keep after finding love in Jillian O’Donnell’s arms? And after saving Stephen’s life, will Jillian want to go?

 

~Dawn Marie