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Happy New Year!

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Goodbye to 2009 and a decade that seemed to fly by with a blink of an eye. I started the decade married and pregnant with my son and ended the decade, a divorced mom of two in a long term relationship with a man who is the love I have been looking for. My kids are happy and settled, I have a career I love and many friends-online and offline. As 2009 closes, I look back at he decade as one where I finally found the woman I was to be after a few years of hardship and heart broken sadness. We said goodbye to friends, family and others as they flew the nest, lost their battle to illness or other ways and we faced adversity with a smile and toughed it out until we saw that lining in the sky.

Here is to all of you who faced the ups and downs of life with a smile and wink, who always had a joke to make others smile and giggle, May 2010 and this new decade bring you success, happiness and all you desire.

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!

Meet Author Keta Diablo & A Contest

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CONTEST: TWO People who comment will win a copy of The Sin Eater's Prince, the latest release from Keta Diablo.

Tell us about your latest release. What inspired it?


First of all, thank you so much for having me, Dawn. I appreciate the opportunity to chat with your fans and readers.

The Sin Eater’s Prince was born out of a short story I wrote for an anthology called Boys of the Bite. Edited by Cecelia Tan, the anthology was released by Ravenous Romance in the fall of 2009. Soon after, Lori Perkins, agent and one of the owners of Ravenous, asked me to develop the short story into a full-length novel. It didn’t take much convincing on her part.

Like so many readers/writers today, I’m fascinated with the concept of vampires and all other undead creatures. This includes, werewolves and zombies, put in particular, I love to research historical witches, druids, magic and sorcery.

What originally drew me to the concept of The Sin Eater’s Prince or the basis for the plot was a true story …

Holiday Craziness Continues

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Christmas is finally over and is it me or did the year fly by way too fast? I swear the other day it was November not the end of December. *sighs*

The holidays were nice and even though we spent the last few weeks running all over doing shopping and such, it was nice to see kids faces light up over their gifts and to see that our significant other found the perfect gifts for you.

My kids are off from school this week and with all their loot from Christmas, it has been a bit quiet today, thank god. They got a ton of gifts from both my side and DH's side of the family. I got some beautiful sweaters from DH and a ton of gift cards to my favorite places (bookstores and Cheesecake Factory) pkus some great movies/TV shows on DVD I was itching to watch. Seems DH was listening to me natter on when I mentioned somethng I wanted to see.LOL

We are planning on taking the kids bowling and maybe dinner out next weekend if time permits. My brother is home on leave from his Army National Guard u…

Ed Williams talks Sucky Songs

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“Sucky Songs Are Brain Heroin!”


I’m trying my best to write an article, but my brain is not cooperating one bit, and it’s driving me crazy! Every time I try to put some words together, this horrible song from the seventies goes through my head. I can’t remember who sung it, although I keep thinking of the name Terry Jacks, but it’s about as sucky a song as I can remember. The words just keep routing themselves through my brain,

“We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun....”

I can’t remember anymore of it, thank God. What I can’t figure out is why I would even remember such a dorky song? Frankly, it stinks worse than a pair of unwashed drawers dropped into a pig sty. Maybe it was so bad that my brain stored it away in some untold of place that preserves really horrible memories, stuff like having to kiss an old maid aunt, eat beets, or sitting around in a cramped room with some college buddies after a big dinner at an all-you-can-eat Mexican restaurant. Maybe that’s it. Oh great,…

Season's Greetings to you all

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I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope this holiday season brings much joy to you.

Many bright blessings upon you and yours.

Have a great holiday season.


Rachel Vincent is giving away TWO Soul Screamer Books

Check out author Rachel Vincent's latest contest and enter to win two of her Soul Screamer books (YA)- My Soul to Take & My Soul to Save.

Read how to enter and more at http://urbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2009/12/soul-screamers-giveaway.html

CONTEST ENDS DECEMBER 23rd, 2009 at 11:59 PM CST

Win a Nook and a book a day from Authors Lauren Dane and Anya Bast

Anya Bast and Lauren Dane are giving away a book a day and a Nook. Check out Anya's blog at http://www.anyabast.com/blog/ or Lauren's blog www.laurendane.com/blog for more information on how to enter.

Anne Kane's Blog Winner Announcement

The winner of Anne Kane's Blog Day is Anna Shah Hoque.

Congrats Anna you won a $10 Changeling Pres GC From Anna. She will contact you on your prize.

Celebrating the holidays with author Kelley Heckert

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Winter Solstice



Winter Solstice (December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and June 20 in the Southern Hemisphere) is the shortest day of the year and was also celebrated as Midwinter, Yule and later as Christmas.

Ancient people celebrated the shortest day, knowing and hoping that in a matter of weeks the sun would rise earlier, bringing back the light and banishing the cold, harsh winter. They celebrated with holly, ivy, pine boughs, lighted trees (candles), warm beer and spiced wine drinks (wassail), roasted pigs, large Yule logs, songs and gifts. The traditions are still celebrated all over the world.

I can imagine how the ancients felt when they extinguished the fires, relighting them to celebrate the return of the sun. The bleak reaped fields would soon ripple with endless golden wheat. The herds of cattle would soon swell with life, udders engorged with sweet milk for butter and cheese. Life would soon return to the earth.

It is no wonder they celebrated with such merriment on Wint…

Grateful for the Important Things in Life

It was not a Norman Rockwell moment. I was sitting on the living room floor in front of my laptop. Ruby was rubbing her chin against my wireless connector, threatening to knock me off line in the hopes I'll pay attention to her, and when that didn't work she proceeded to scratch at my back to get noticed. Cocoa laid spread out on the floor beside me, begging to be petted. Outside, snow quickly piled up on my driveway and front lawn. If the meteorologists are correct, northern Virginia will get 20 inches of the white stuff before the storm passes through on Sunday (and as a transplanted New Englander who misses snow, I'm excited about this). And in the midst of all this, I stared blankly at the computer screen, at a loss for anything to write.


So I started surfing my favorite horror-related websites, if not to get ideas for this blog, to at least waste some time under the illusion that I was working. That's when I discovered that the horror writing community suffered t…

Guest Author Day with Anne Kane & CONTEST!

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CONTEST: One Lucky Commenter will win a $10 Changeling Gift Certificate. Contest ends 12/20/09. Winner Announcement on 12/20/09.

How to Avoid the Christmas Panic…


Christmas! It’s almost here. Are you excited, or is that last minute I-still-haven’t-got-the-shopping-done panic starting to surface? I’m past the panicky point. That was last week, when I finally got over the flu and realized that I simply couldn’t manage to bake up a storm, show up for work every morning, elbow my way through the crowds at the mall, put up a tree, and still have fun – all in the three weeks left before the big day. So, I decided to prioritize. Let me share some of my tips with you.

1. The tree. If you put enough lights and shiny things on it, no one will notice that the ornaments are not perfectly spaced. Lets face it, most of my family knows that I have no clue who Martha Stewart is, and they expect cheerful and sloppy. It’s a matter of conditioning them over the course of decades to just be happy that yo…

Guest Author Day with Gracen Miller & A CONTEST!

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CONTEST: Comment to win a copy of Elfin Blood. Ends Friday 12/18/09.

Hello all! I’m excited to be here and want to give a huge thanks to Dawn for having me! My book, Elfin Blood, was recently released by Noble Romance Publishing. Be sure to read my post and leave me a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of Elfin Blood.


During this busy time of year, I wanted to talk about something fun so we could take our mind off our hectic schedules. So, I decided on “Guilty Pleasures”. We all have them, some more risqué than others, some more fun than others, some we indulge in more than others, but one thing remains constant…they’re still guilty pleasures.

Here’s a countdown of my ten guilty pleasures:

10. Eating an entire box of chocolate glazed Krispy Kreme donuts. The thought is orgasmic! If only I wouldn’t gain an ounce. Unfortunately, I gain at least five pounds when I drive by Krispy Kreme and sniff the air. It’s soooooo unfair.

9. Silky/lacy undergarments. I’m a sucker for pretty panti…

Author Eva Gordan Talks Wolves

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Power Totem or Feared Werewolf

By Author of Paranormal Romance Eva Gordon

Why I was moved to create my ‘werewolf’ paranormal romance series, The Wolf Maiden Chronicles

My blog is about why I created the epic paranormal lycan series, The Wolf Maiden Chronicles. Book 1, Werewolf Sanctuary released May 2009 followed by Beast Warrior (August 2009), which takes place during the Viking era. White Wolf of Avalon: Werewolf Knight will be release late fall 2009 and Lycan Gladiator late spring 2010. My passion for wildlife, especially wolf biology (my degrees are in Zoology and Biology) and my love of mythology was like the mixing of chocolate and peanut butter to create the Reeses Peanut Cup. I had to combine my two great loves. The call of the wild meets romance. Why the wolf? That was easy. The wolf is one of my totem guides and in fact has been the totem guide for numerous cultures. Nothing sends a chill down your spine more than hearing a wolf’s howl in the night. While at a wolf sanctuary, I…

Getting to know Jayden Chelcee and a CONTEST

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CONTEST FOR TODAY: All who leave a comment, I'll put their name in a hat and have a drawing about 5pm CST and the winner will win a fee E-copy of Too Close to the Fire.

What is your favorite movie of all time? The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?
Gone With The Wind…(Laughs) There’s just something about those Southern gentlemen and Rhett Butler…


If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? *mind you, you do have a strong hunky man to help you with things*
*grins*…Hmm…Coconut Oil, Definitely a toy or two…(Giggles), Strawberries, Whipped Cream, and how about some soft padded cuffs?…I think I can handle everything else. (Laughs)

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?
I like to watch a good action movie with hubby, or a very romantic one…(Giggles)

What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?
Pre-Civil War…Again those Southern gents…


What is one historical …

Good News, Bad News for Digital Publishing

First, the good news.  The digital publishing market is steadily growing. 

For those of you who missed it, this past Sunday The New York Times published a brief Q&A with Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.  Naturally, the discussion turned to the Kindle.  When asked what percentage of books that Amazon sells are digital, Jeff responded that for every 100 copies of a physical book sold by Amazon, 48 copies are sold in digital format.  Jeff also noted that when they launched the Kindle two years ago, 90,000 titles were available for download.  Currently, Amazon has 350,000 titles and is adding thousands more every week.  According to Jeff, his goal is to eventually have available in digital format every book ever printed in all languages.

Now the bad news.  At present, Amazon adds digital books to its holdings based on the popularity and sales of that book in printed format. 

Okay, so that's not really bad news.  It just means new authors are going to have to hustle to increase the…

Snow, Snow, Snow

You know, I grew up around the great lakes in Western NY and since moving back here, I just can not get warm anaymore. Maybe it has to do with me living down south for many years and being used to the weather down there. No idea but when this huge moster winter storm hit us late Wednesday this week, I buckled down and hoped I wouldn't lose power. Yesterday was the worst- 60 MPH winds whipping over a foot of snow all over, drifts close to a foot high and nothing plowed until it was done. All said and done, we got almost 2 feet of snow and the southern tier part of NY (near PA border) is getting pounded with up to 18 more inches of the white stuff.

I heard snowmobilers and skiers this morning and I just read several ski places opened up with smiles and cheers. The kids have another snow day so they are geting a four day weekend. :) DH shoveled out the car after the snow plow guy buried it after plowing the driveway and was able to get to work in reasonable amount of time today.

No…

Guest Author Day with Shiela Stewart

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Angels and Demons: Taboo or the new in thing?




Heaven and hell. Good and evil. God and Satan. We’ve all learnt about it, talked about it, debated it. God is the divine Lord, ruler of good. Satan, bad man, sins, fear him. But is writing about Satan wrong? What about a demon and an angel mating? The child would be divine and evil all in one. Do you think God would tolerate one of his angels procreating with a demon? What do you think the punishment would be if he found out? And what about Satan? What would he do if one of his minions were to bed an angel and get her pregnant?

In my current work in progress, Awaken the Demon, I delve right into the good an evil. Draco Starr is a direct descendent of Satan. He was sent to earth centuries ago to collect souls for his master. But he’s grown tired of it and wants something more for his life. He’s a multi-millionaire owning real estate across the world but no matter how famous or successful he becomes, he always has the shadow of his calling …

Winner of Amber Skyze's Blog Day

The Winner of a copy of Heat Waves, Amber Skyze's new release is.........orelukjp0

I sent Amber your email orelukjp0 and she will contact you on your prize. Congratulations and thanks for coming by.

Tallking with Author Ed Williams

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“I Hate Telephones!”


I hate telephones. Of all the type telephones that are made, I hate cell phones worst of all!

If I were a betting man (which I am), I’d say that most of you out there wouldn’t agree with my statement. You’d probably tell me that telephones are a wonderful thing, that they allow us to communicate with just about anyone we want to, at any time we want to, and anywhere they happen to be. You’d also probably tell me some things about internet connections, conference calling, cell phone/Blackberry technology, etc, etc, etc. And I’d just sit there, listen respectfully to you, and even nod along as you rattled some of that stuff off. I’d even agree with some of your logic. Some.

I’d do all those things, but I’d still hate telephones. I genuinely do despise them, more than I hate one ply toilet paper. And, it’s pretty easy to understand why. Just consider the following:

1. Around eighty percent of the calls we receive we don’t want.

Think of all the calls we get from relat…

Contest Winner from Kris Condi's Blog Day Announcement

The winner of a copy of the Chat Pack by Kris Condi is Susan L.

Susan, please email me at dawn_roberto @ yahoo.com in order for Kris to get your prize out to you.

CONGRATS!

Winner of Cynthia Vespia's Blog Day

My kids picked the winner of Cynthia Vespia's blog day contest and the lucky person is.....Skyla11377

Skyla, please email me at dawn_roberto AT yahoo DOT com so I can get your info. to Cynthia.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Meet Author Amber Skyze & A CONTEST

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CONTEST: One Lucky Person will win a copy of HEAT WAVES. Contest is open til Monday Dec. 7th.

What would you tell aspiring young writers about the publishing business?


If you think it’s all about making lots of money and living a grand lifestyle, find another career. It’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make it in this business.

Tell us five random things about yourself.

I’m a closet shopaholic (ooops guess that’s out of the bag)I love hard rock music

I’m actually very shy

I could eat Buffalo wings every day

I’m a Jeopardy nut

What type of writer are you—the one who experiences before writing, like Hemingway, or the one who mostly daydreams and fantasizes?

I’m definitely a daydreamer who tries to live out her fantasies! 

From the moment you conceived the idea for the story, to the published book, how long did it take?

The normal turnaround time for me is about four to six months from idea to published book.

When it comes to writing, are you an early bird, or a night owl?

Early bird……

Advice to New Authors: Don't Sell Yourself Short

So, you've finally finished your first novel. You've sacrificed endless hours of personal time with family and friends, have revised and redrafted your manuscript ad nauseum, and have finally sent out the first batch of queries. Now all you have to do is wait around for the first acceptance letter to come in, and then sign your "fame and fortune" contract.


Not so fast, my friend.

The publishing industry has undergone major changes in the past few years, and not necessarily for the better (I'll blog more on these topics in future postings). An increasing number of books are published each year, and more people are trying their luck at being writers. Inevitably, a cottage industry has infiltrated the publishing field designed specifically to take advantage of aspiring authors. Let me site two examples.

While checking out a friend's blog last week, I stumbled across this story. Link Harlequin Romance has teamed up with Author Solutions to form a new vanity pr…

Holiday Craziness begins

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I don't know about you but it seems the holiday craziness is now in full swing. From now until the holiday season ends, I am running here and there for either school functions, family parties or shopping for the holidays.

Add in the misery, we are to get a nice storm tonight into the weekend where up to 10 inches of snow will be dumped on us. This considering we just had our first snow fall the other morning of the year. Living in NY, we normally have snow already and already the drivers are all acting idiotic with snow. *sighs*

So how do I combat the craziness? Well I am stocked up on books either in my e-reader or on my book shelves, movies are coming from the library and we put up the holiday lights and tree. Making my lists for Christmas shopping, baking and other fun stuff in case kids are stuck home on a snow day as well. Add in just watching those great holiday cartoons also keeps me entertained as well as the rest of the family. I love the older Rudolph, Frosty and How The …