Saturday, May 29, 2010

OMG! Awesome!!! Review for NOT AN ANGEL (Mind-Blowing!!)

Being new at this publishing business I'm not sure if posting reviews for my book is a good or bad thing. I'm not trying to toot my own horn, but this is the second review that I happened to find while googling my name. (searching for reviews of course) Anywho, I'm tickled to death to see "someone" actually enjoying my book. Well, that is two "someones" now...(grin) So if you care to read the review please do...but if you think "how tacky" then just ignore me....
Other wise I'm sqeeeeeeeeing....when I see the words "mind-blowing" in a review - I gotta sqee....I'll email my sqee to all my buddies too so they can roll their eyes at me...haha...

Hugs to all!

4 cups
"Ms. Chartier creates an intense read that keeps the reader totally engrossed. I could feel for Kira and Trace with all their conflicts they each endured. Kira was deeply grounded in her love for her family and that definitely shined through in the story. I love the way Trace fights all obstacles to protect her. Not An Angel is a captivating read. The dialogue is wonderfully penned, the emotions mind-blowing; so incredibly sincere that the reader cannot help but have their heart pierced by the way Kira and Trace always make contact in this stirring read."

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

Friday, May 28, 2010


I always look forward to Sara's words of wisdom when it comes to queries and publishing. Here is her take on her first client and why she signed up Allison Rushby...We wish Allison much luck with her new sale Paparazzo Jo....(thanks for allowing me to share, Sara)


I am truly thrilled to be able to announce the sale of PAPARAZZO JO by Allison Rushby to Stacy Cantor at Walker!
Allison emailed us a query at the end of 2009 – yup, she was a slush pile find! Also exciting is the fact that this is my first sale as an agent! What an honor to be working with Allison – she is charming, enthusiastic, responsive, hard-working and VERY talented! PAPARAZZO JO represents the 117th book sale for the Nelson Literary Agency.
Please look her up at (there is even a teaser excerpt of JO in her News section)
So, what made PAPARAZZO JO stand out to me? First of all (and above everything else) – Allison’s query letter was professional and well-written. Great writing always stands out! Second, the concept felt unique to me – Jo is a talented 16 year-old living in LA who earns money by taking pictures of the rich and famous. Yup, she’s a paparazzo. She wants out, badly, and is offered a gig that will earn her the money to enroll in her dream classes in Paris. Unfortunately, she is going to have to betray the only star she’s ever liked.
Naturally, I asked to see the sample pages and the rest is history! I am particularly excited that Stacy Cantor will be our editor. Walker Books is the publishing house working with our client Simone Elkeles whose RULES OF ATTRACTION has been repeatedly hitting the New York Times Bestseller list. Super excited to be a part of the Walker team!!!

Congratulations Allison!

Sincerely,Sara Megibow
Associate Literary Agent

(This story sounds really great, I look forward to its release!)

Dawn Chartier
Not An Angel, TWRP

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Hi everyone,

For my new paranormal romance ebook release "Not An Angel" I'm giving away a free book to someone who posts a comment on my blog about the excerpt. (See blurb and excerpt below)


Kira McCoy wants to die. Losing her husband and daughter tragically left her without hope. Now her disturbed brother-in-law will stop at nothing to have her for himself. All she wants is to find peace, but instead finds herself on top of a bridge ready to end her suffering.

Protector of the Poryria, Trace Stuart is called to defend his race or embrace death. Defending humans is not part of the plan, but he cannot stop himself from saving Kira.

Realizing that he shares a special bond with Kira, Trace defies his Queen and rushes into the heart of darkness in order to rescue the woman he loves. Will Kira be able to reach past her own pain to pull them both into the light?


As he measured her, his gaze warmed the consuming chill that had invaded her body. She glanced down, holding the material out. Nothing she could ever afford. Standing next to him in his stunning black suit, gave her more confidence than if she wore plain clothing.
“I wouldn’t have picked it out for myself, but you have good taste.”

“I know.” Trace’s gaze traveled down her torso, to her exposed toes and slowly up to her face.

“And you take my breath away.” He kissed the inside of her wrist.

Heat shot up her inner arm overpowering any nervousness she may have felt earlier. She leaned into him and whispered, “You breathe?”

Trace half smiled. “Sometimes.”

She blinked. “Oh.” That meant sometimes he didn’t breathe either.

Trace stiffened, then glanced toward the entrance flanked with four massive columns.

It took a moment before she heard footsteps in the foyer. Five men entered the parlor. All dressed similar to Trace, except their cold penetrating eyes made her worry. Scared was more like it. One man strode toward her, eyes narrowed, mouth pulled down in a frown. She swallowed, then took a deep breath and squared her shoulders. They will not get to me. I will be strong.

“He won’t hurt you. Will you, Dev?” Trace stepped forward and crossed his arms.

Dev smirked and stared through his long dark lashes. “Depends.”

An eerie rumble vibrated the room. Kira advanced toward Trace. The sound of a wild cat drifted in the air. She tilted her head, glanced at Trace and realized the noise came from him.

“Boys. Boys. Boys. Dev won’t touch her, but I might.” A slender brunette appeared out of thin air and stood directly in front of the other men.

Oh hell.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Blog On Hold ~

My blog will be inactive due to a death in my family.
I will return next week.

Thank you,
Dawn Chartier
Not An Angel, TWRP

Friday, May 14, 2010


Last night I found an email in my inbox, and I had no idea who it was from, but I decided to open it anyway. I was so glad I did. It was my very "first" review....

Click here to see what it said...

Dawn Chartier
Not An Angel, TWRP

Thursday, May 13, 2010

FORGOT TO MENTION -- I'm at Romance Books R Us today

I'm being interviewed for the first time.

If you feel like drop by.

They asked some really fun questions....

Not An Angel, out now...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I know most of you already know this but in case you haven't heard Not An Angel is finally released.

Although this is a very exciting moment, I haven't had the time to truly let it sink in. My mom is not doing very well right now and I've been focusing on her and trying to make her as comfortable as possible. So if I don't respond to you or post on the blog right away, I hope you understand.

Thanks again to all of you who helped me along the publishing way...I couldn't have done it with out you.

Big hugs,
Dawn Chartier
Not An Angel, OUT TODAY!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Over at Musetracks today!!!

I'm over at Musetracks today. Come join me.


Monday, May 10, 2010


Today we have author Laura Bickle talking about world-building. Welcome Laura and thanks for being here tell us a little bit about world building. (something I know I need to brush up on myself)...

Laura Bickle, Author of Embers

One of the things that I really enjoyed in writing EMBERS was world-building.
Many world-building guides parked on library shelves that tend to be heavy on hard sci-fi and sword-n-sorcery. If urban fantasy or magical realism is mentioned at all, it's quickly glossed over. This lack of attention suggests that world-building isn't really necessary in a book or story that has its roots in reality.

I've gotta disagree with that approach. An urban fantasy or magical realism world needs some lovin' attention from its creator. The world has to consistently adhere to its own rules, no matter how mundane or fantastic they are. The world also has a history before the story, and will have a future afterward. It should breathe and move...essentially, the world is another character that needs to be profiled. The world isn't just a set piece for the actors to charge through. It interacts with the characters with its own moods, restrictions, and atmopshere.

In writing about Detroit, I had the opportunity for my husband (a Detroit native) to play tour guide. We visited places like the Detroit Museum of Arts that became places in my story. I gathered every last clipping I could find about the Detroit Salt Mine that stretches under the city - in my mind, it was the perfect location for a dragon lair. Slowly, the city became a character in itself, as much an important character as my protagonist.

I keep notebooks dedicated to worlds. I pull out magazine pictures of buildings, maps, and articles about cities I'm inspirted by and paste them in. I make lists of magical rules to answer questions rattling around in my notes: Is holy ground a deterrent to the ghoulies and ghosties? How far can fairies fly on those stubby little wings, anyway? Can my vampires cross running water...and if not, what about that bridge in the middle of town? These are really ugly notebooks, full of scribbles and pages stuck together with glue, but they make sense to me.
But they allow me to work out the limits of my urban fantasy world. It's built up in my mind, brick by brick. Sometimes, it spills out organically on the paged. But it's always present, in every scene, and deserves a large amount of real estate in my head.

Laura Bickle is the author of EMBERS, coming April 2010 from Pocket-Juno Books. Writing as Alayna Williams, she's also the author of DARK ORACLE, coming June 2010 from Pocket-Juno Books. More information is available on her websites, and

Publisher's blurb for EMBERS:

Truth burns.

Unemployment, despair, anger--visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit's unease. A city increasingly invaded by phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos throughout the city.

Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya--who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern--suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil's Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya--with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team --can stop it.

Anya's accustomed to danger and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she's risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest challenge she's ever faced.

Thanks everyone for stopping by. Thank you Laura for sharing your world building experience with us.
p.s. Later today I'll be over at Musetracks guest blogging about not giving up. (writing)

Dawn Chartier
Not An Angel, TWRP May 12, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Border's Romance Blog - Sue Grimshaw

I've been meaning to blog about this for at least two weeks, but I got side tracked with the oil spill stuff, RWA stuff, and my stuff (a writing class with Shirley Jump).

Anyway, a while back I posted on Sue Grimshaw's Border's blog, and then I happened to go back to her blog later and noticed that I won a book. I was so thrilled, so I emailed her about it and she said that I won more than 1 book. Really? That's great. I spend way too much money on books, but when they come free, hey that is icing on the cake....

So last week I see a package on my porch, and I notice it's from Sue. I open it up and to my surprise there was (6) books, and (2) of them are Arc's...(Advanced Reader Copies)...

I was totally stunned. I've never received an ARC before, although I know what they are and I've even sent one out to a reader who won one a ARC from me, through Barbara Vey's contest.

Anywho, if you want to win some awesome books - go on over to Sue Grimshaw's blog, read the post from the authors and comment. Today she has Elisabeth Naughton, and Elisabeth is talking about her research at a striper (sp? I always get confused with stripper and striper, ha!) club. She has a new series called "Eternal Guardians" and the first book is called "Marked."

Tomorrow ROBIN WELLS, is going to be on the blog. This woman can write some funny romance. If you need a laugh you have to buy her books. And talk about a sweet person. Yes, I know Robin, but seriously her books really are fun to read. I wouldn't lie about that.

Oh, and here is the list of books I won...Boy am I lucky!

On Fire, Carla Neggers
Strong, Sleek, and Sinful, Lorie O'Clare
Archangel's Kiss, Nalini Singh
The Border Lord's Bride, Bertrice Small
Conquering Mr. Darcy, Abigail Reynolds (ARC)
The Fire Lord's Lover, Kathryne Kennedy (ARC)

I can't wait to dig in... Thanks Sue (Borders) and the authors...

Dawn Chartier
NOT AN ANGEL, May 12, 2010