Sunday, May 20, 2012

Blog Stop Hop for Diamond Jubilee

Greeting readers,

In honor of my new release "DIAMONDS" an erotic contemporary romance, I decided to join the DIAMOND JUBILEE blog hop presented by Romance At Random with Sue Grimshaw.

Here is a little blurb from Romance At Random's blog:

Enter below (not below on my blog - on the left side) to win beginning 5/21 thru 5/31 – Romance at Random will be randomly giving away some of our jewels of romance, to celebrate the UK’s Diamond Jubilee including:

• 1 winner, 1 copy – Born To Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann
• 1 winner, 1 copy – The Proposal by Mary Balogh
• 1 winner, 1 copy – Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian
• 3 winners, 1 copy of WITCHFUL THINKING by HP Mallory
• 10 winners, 1 copy of a PREVIEW from Net Galley of ABOUT LAST NIGHT by Ruthie Knox
• 10 winners, 1 copy of PREVIEW from Net Galley of DEEP AUTUMN HEAT by Elisabeth Barrett

That’s right, 26 winners in all!

Enter the hop using the Rafflecopter then visit all of the participating sites to increase your chances – winners will be randomly chosen and this is a big one . . . it could be you! US only for this one - Good luck!

OKAY, THE LINK IS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF MY BLOG...CLICK THE DIAMOND JUBILEE picture and it will take you there...Good luck!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Bitter Sweet Mother's Day

I can always tell when Mother's Day is approaching. I start feeling mellow and blue. I know this is not how Mother's Day should be, but to be honest it is.

Two years ago on Mother's Day my mother took a trip to visit my sister. I sort of pushed her to get out the house and head on over to see my sister's new place. So I went to my Mom's house early that morning, and helped her get ready for the trip. My Dad was hesitant, but I wasn't. I thought it would do her good to get out. (She had RA, and stayed home due to her illness.)

While my husband's family came over my house, and we celebrated with his family. I never knew I would never spend another Mother's Day with my Mom.

After my guests left I called my sister to see how my Mom's visit went. My sister was frantic on the phone, stating that my Mom was passed out on the ground, and she would call me back. Long story short my Mom's back broke after attempting to get back into my Dad's van to leave. She said she passed out from the pain, and it scared her to death. An ambulance came, and took my Mom to one hospital, and then moved her to another one.

I don't know if I ever had the chance to apoligize for insisting she go. My family tells me that no matter where she went next, that this could have happened, and yes I know that, but you know how it is...

Long story short, she died about five days or so later. So Mother's Day is hard every year.

I do enjoy being with my girls for Mother's Day, and I work hard to keep my "blue side" hidden for them, because I do enjoy my time with them. I also enjoy spending time with my In-Laws as well... I'm guessing it will take me a few more Mother's Day to get past the "blues"....

I have a great family who does understand, and I thank God for each moment with them.

This Mother's Day the hubby gave me a day of beauty at the spa, and my daughter's gave me a swim suit cover up to match my new bathing suit, a scent warmer and oil, and a pretty "C" decorative flag to put outside. We all spent the day with the In-Laws, and had a wonderful family lunch. I don't know what I would do without them.

Today, I'm back to my old self...(cause' that's how Mom would want it.)

Off to go write!
~ Dawn

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

4th Annual U.S. Military Wives Contest - Open for Entries...

I met author, Sara Humphrey's recently in New Orleans, and could tell right away that she was a very generous and genuine author.
So when I saw her blog event that she had on her website(blog), I knew I had to share her wonderful contest. This contest is just for Military Wives. Know any? Then please help pass the word... My father and brother both served in the military, and although I was too young to realize the impact it had on families, I do remember missing my brother a lot...

So here's Sara's contest!

For the past couple of years, as a special thank you to our service members and their families, I have held a contest just for Military Wives. It turned out to be an incredibly rewarding experience. I had the privilege of meeting several incredible women and their beautiful families. It’s so easy to forget that there are real people who are deeply affected by the conflicts overseas. Hearing the personal stories of these families helped me remember that our troops are husbands, fathers, brothers and sons who are immensely loved and sorely missed.

This contest will run from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend but start sending those entries in now! Who is eligible? Wives of any U.S. military service member may enter. Retired or active-duty. How do you enter? Send an email to with a picture of you and your family member in uniform. Tell us a bit about what branch he serves in, where you’ve been stationed, challenges and so forth. We want to hear your story! Please put “4th Annual Military Families Contest” in the subject line. Once a week, beginning Memorial Day weekend, I will pick one entrant to be highlighted on my blog. These weekly entrants are semi-finalists. Labor Day weekend I will select three winners.

Second Prize: A $25 Amazon Gift Card, Signed copies of Unleashed and Untouched.

First Prize: A $50 Amazon Gift Card, and signed copies of Unleashed and Untouched.

Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon Gift card and signed copies of Unleashed and Untouched

I hope you’ll help me spread the word about this contest. I look forward to meeting more incredible families! (Here is the link to Sara's website.)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Failing My April Goals...

Sometimes we set goals and achieve them, but sometimes we don't reach them. (at least not right now) Sure I'm disappointed with myself. Sure I'm a little blue for letting my peers down. Does this mean I'm giving up? Heck no! This just means I have a lot of catching up to do. So look out May because here I come. I will finish a book. (Not sure which book though. lol. I hope Buried Magic.) So have you reached your April goals or come close to it? I did write 7000 words in April, not a lot, (Buried Magic rewrite #3), but that's better than zero words, right? Okay, back to the day job...and then hitting the writing strong tonight... p.s. If you read DIAMONDS, please let me know what you thought...(good or bad)... ~ Hugs, Dawn Chartier DIAMONDS, OUT NOW...(Siren Bookstrand, Kindle, Nook) NOT AN ANGEL, OUT NOW...(Kindle)