Wednesday, June 30, 2010


How can I be at two places at once for two days???

Ha. I'm not sure either...(grin) But I'm at a couple places today and then a couple tomorrow....I will give away one ebook (NOT AN ANGEL) at two of the blogs listed below, but I won't say which ones. (grin) You'll have to post a comment to be eligable to win. Sneaky huh...Kinda like gambling but with no money involved. Good luck.

(((TODAY & TOMORROW, maybe Friday too?))) - Over at Naughty Novelists with a HOT excerpt from NOT AN ANGEL.

(((Today))) Author E.J. Stevens blog - "From The Shadows"

(((Tomorrow/Thursday))), Author Rachel Brimble's blog.

Would love to have you stop by!!!

Dawn Chartier

Monday, June 28, 2010

Deep POV...

I found a wonderful article on deep pov over at
The author Karin Harlow has some great insight that every author should think about when writing their characters. If you ask her a related industry question you might win her new release.

Sorry guys, I hope I win it...she sounds like a awesome author!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Author Karen Rose visited Sola ~ See what she had to say!

Romantic Suspense author Karen Rose spoke at our local RWA chapter this past Saturday and then she did a special "after class" presentation as well. What a great lady to go all the way out like that and give us writers extra time to learn from her experiences.

Anyway, I took some notes and wanted to share a few things I learned. There was so much she went over, but these few things are still fresh in my mind.

One thing that stuck in my mind is to make the villian as real as the hero/heroine. Don't make them cardboard like. You need to know the villians back story. What makes him tick? Chilling villians are great. Give them goals, motivation and conflict just like you do your H/H. Greed and Revenge are good motivators. But they also need to have a vulnerable side to them as well.

Karen also talked about Secondary characters and how they add so much more to a book. They can provide a richness to a story. A neighbor for example. They can be funny, scary or crazy. They can give insight into your main characters. They can be a professional expert in a field that the hero or heroine happens to need or the can provide conflict.

I had the opportunity to spend some time with Karen, and I enjoyed every second. If your planning to go to Nationals, stop by Karen's book signing and tell her hello.

Dawn Chartier

Monday, June 21, 2010

On The Authors Couch Interviewed Me....

Writer Cornelle Keveen interviewed me over at "On The Authors Couch"... If you want to check out Cornelle's unique sensual charm, then come on over....

Cornelle asked some great questions...Not your "average" questions eithers...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

JOKE OF THE WEEK....(for readers)

I can't take credit for this joke, but it is cute. Enjoy!

One morning, a husband returns his boat to the lakeside cottage after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.

Although not familiar with the lake, his wife decides to take the boat out.

She motors out a short distance, anchors, puts her feet up, and
begins to read her book.
The peace and solitude are magnificent.

Along comes a Fish and Game Warden in his boat.

He pulls up
alongside the woman and says,
'Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?'

'Reading a book,' she replies, (thinking, 'Isn't that obvious?')

'You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,' he informs her.

'I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading.'

'Yes, but I see you have all the equipment.

For all I know you could start at any moment.

I'll have to take you in and write you up.'

'If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault,' says the woman.

'But I haven't even touched you,' says the Game Warden.

'That's true, but you have all the equipment.
For all I know you could start at any moment.'

'Have a nice day ma'am,' and he left.

Never argue with a woman who reads.
It's likely she can also think.

Monday, June 7, 2010


On JUNE 9TH - WEDNESDAY, Join me at The Minxes of Romance blog. You might learn a few things about me you wish you hadn't. (just kidding...)

(If you saw this post earlier, I meant to say Wednesday instead of Tuesday..sorry bout' that.)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Honored at Coffee Time Romance - But not for my writing...

This email arrived this morning from Coffee Time Romance and More.'s not another review....(hey! I've only had two so for.) Anyway, here is what is says....


I am contacting you on behalf of Coffee Time Romance & More. Your website has been chosen as this month's winner of the Caramel Corner.

Every month, our committee gets together and looks at a number of websites that have been nominated to be a spotlight website. We look at a variety of things, features, aesthetics, and functionality.
Have a wonderful month!***** Text of Critique follows:

When one thinks of the paranormal, grave stones, bats, a full moon, and a spooky Louisiana swamp definitely fit the bill. While visiting Dawn Chartier's website, soak up the atmosphere, learn more about the author on her bio page, check out her recent release, Not an Angel, and investigate New Orleans on her Links/Writer's Tools page. Here's hoping the ghost she's writing about in her newest work in progress, Deadly Destruction, won't follow you home ~ but if you'd like to "follow" Dawn, she has easy links to her Facebook and Twitter pages. So, come step inside The Graveyard, I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay.

Pam Skochinski
Review Editor, Coffee Time Romance~

Kewl...What an honor! Thank you CTR...
And a big ole' thank you to Chuck. (my web designer, see my website for his info)

Now off to write....

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My character tried to commit SUICIDE

When I wrote Not An Angel, my character Kira was very depressed. Her baby died and her husband killed himself because of the babies death. At least this is what Kira thought. (You'll have to read the book to discover the truth) But I've done some research on suicide and thought I'd post a few WARNING SIGNS & ADVICE on SUICIDE for parents or young adults who maybe have come across some one with these signs.

Please don't ignore them. Let your friend or child know you are there for them. Listen to them carefully. Avoid criticism. Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. Be direct and let them know you want to help.

Now here are a 10 changes in their behavior that are sometimes warning signs:

1.) Crying often for no reason.
2.) Lack of Energy
3.) Increase or decrease in appetite.
4.) Nothing seems fun anymore.
5.) Sleeping a lot or not enough.
6.) Loss of interest in things they once enjoyed.
7.) Work or grades suffering.
8.) Giving away possessions.
9.) Tying up loose ends such as planning a funeral, writing an obituary or will.
10.) Risky behavior - Drugs, alcohol, sex, self-harm, and violence.

If you know of someone and can't talk to them, tell a trusted adult who can seek action. Take every threat seriously. Encourage your friend/child to talk. Stay with your friend/child until someone can get there to help them. And don't handle this alone. You are not responsible for the outcome.

I hope this helps someone & remember tomorrow is a new day.
Dawn Chartier
Not An Angel, out now!