New Books – “Gnomeling”

In case you haven’t heard already, I am so happy to announce the releases of my new children’s books! “Gnomeling, The Tales of Christian Tompta, Book 1” was released on March 31, and “Gnomeling, The Companion Coloring and Activity Book” was released on April 3. Both are currently available on Amazon.

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“Gnomeling: The Tales of Christian Tompta, Book 1” – https://www.amazon.com/Gnomeling-Tales-Christian-Tompta-Book/dp/1946813001/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491267905&sr=8-1&keywords=Gnomeling

“Gnomeling: The Companion Coloring and Activity Book” – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946813052/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1491267905&sr=8-2&keywords=Gnomeling

I will be offering them locally (Dayton) at an indie author book sale at the Storybrooke Cafe in Englewood Ohio on May 20, from 11am – 2pm. Invite your friends and come enjoy a cup of coffee as you peruse the books!

The Info Sheet: Part 3

Continuing from last week, this is the FAQ section of the “Information Sheet:”

For a good range of Frequently Asked Questions, plus much additional information about Harry Potter, visit www.jkrowling.com and www.pottermore.com

Here however, are some of the most commonly asked:

  1. Will there ever be another Harry Potter novel? I have always refused to say ‘never’ to this question, because I think it would be foolish to rule out something I might want to do in the future. However, I have no immediate plans to write another novel, and I do think that I have rounded off Harry’s story in the seven published books.
  2. Which character is your favorite? Harry, although I believe I am unusual in this, Ron is generally more popular (I love him too, though). Now that I have finished writing the books, the character I would most like to meet for dinner is Dumbledore. We would have a lot to discuss, and I would love his advice; I think that everyone would like a Dumbledore in their lives.’
  3. Where do you get your ideas? I wish I knew where they came from, because I would go and live there. It is a mystery to me where it all comes from, but I’m quite pleased I don’t know; it might spoil the fun if I did.”

I agree with her. I would also like to sit down to lunch or dinner with Dumbledore and ponder life’s mysteries. I was surprised to read her comment about Ron usually being more popular than Harry, because as readers we take on the role of Harry and follow his adventures!

There were a few more answered questions, but I don’t want to give away all of her secrets! To find those out, you should write to her. Maybe you’ll get a letter back from Scotland too.

Thanks for reading along with my fan letter this month! We are now just 3 days away from the release of the first book in my fantasy series, “The Tales of Christian Tompta: GNOMELING,” which will be releasing this Friday!

 

In a Literary Newsletter!

Hi friends!

Last week I was featured in a local Dayton literary newsletter by Fred Marion and thought I would share…(P.S. I was tickled!) I also want to mention that in the new year I will be reducing the blog to once per week – except in case of news…

“How can we live more creatively? A one-question interview with Dawn Paul

Q: How can people live more creatively?

A: ‘Taking advantage of opportunities that arise with an open mind allows one to access mental possibility. I often refer to my mind as a faucet of creativity that I turn on and off – which is easier after I have explored or learned something new that inspires me. Looking at art, focusing intently on a song, taking a walk through a park, a mall or a touristy location are all ways to turn on the faucet of creative flow.’

Dawn blogs biweekly at DMPaul.com. She’ll be indie publishing the first in a series of children’s books, “The Tales of Christian Tompta: GNOMELING,” on March 31, 2017. She was kind enough to share a photo of her art room. She uses one desk to make art (the left desk) and other to write.”

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The image was also included. Thanks Fred!

Thanks to all who’ve been reading my blog this past year!

Let’s start 2017 with a bang!

 

Writer’s Digest Review

You_Are_Forgiven_Cover_for_KindleLast spring I entered my first (and only-finished-so-far-personal-labor-of-love) book in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards for 2016. Alas, I did not win. Not that I expected to, but I thought it would be worth a shot, you know – to take advantage of the opportunities that arise, eh? The truth is, even with little hope or expectation, I was still disappointed. The life of a writer…

But then something AMAZING happened!

Yesterday I received a review from them – on my very personal book, “You Are Forgiven.”

They marked me with all 4’s out of 5’s. Yes, folks – that’s a 4-star review from a monolith in my industry! They are the same people that produce the Writer’s Market, which most writers have a copy of on their shelves somewhere. They opened their doors in 1920, so they know their stuff.

Needless to say, I am thrilled and feel validated. (They are back on the nice list too!) And, of course I will be fixing the typo they caught!

So thank you, Anonymous Judge, for the book review you sent me from Writer’s Digest!

And…here it is, folks!

 

Citing: WD “Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.”

 

“Entry Title You Are Forgiven

Author: D. M. Paul

Judge Number: 39

Entry Category: Inspirational

 

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4

Production Quality and Cover Design: 4

Plot and Story Appeal: 4

Character Appeal and Development: 4

Voice and Writing Style: 4

Judge’s Commentary:

The author demonstrates an impressive familiarity with and grasp of Scripture, and it’s very clear that faith is very important to this author. Reader feels that strength of belief and competency in wisdom, feeling immediately well-led in this journey. The opening, questioning why people ignore signs from God is an effective and engaging one, allowing the reader to connect not only to his or her penchant for expecting, hoping for and possibly demanding signs from God, but also to explore if and why we may ignore them when we get them. An excellent engagement section here for the reader. We are drawn in. Watch out for sections of ‘telling,’ not ‘showing’ – I spotted many sections here in which the author summarizes something that happened, scenes that would have come more to life with dialogue, action, reaction, thoughts and other scene-setting. Watch out for typos: on page 27, ‘Grow Growing into adulthood…’ Author’s writing voice is friendly and welcoming, yet still informative. Well done. I enjoyed the action statements, such as listening to Christian music only for a period of time, to assess one’s own personal effects. Well done. Author has a nice balance of insight and action here. There is comfort here in the book, some very unique insights on perennial interpretation challenges, and moments of great connection.”

 

Top 10 Gnome Foods

Now that I am full blown into my Christian Tompta books, I posted this on social media last week and thought it might be fun to have a look at here.

1. Parsley Dumpling Soup
2. Lavender Cookies
3. Dandelion Leaves and Flowers
4. Clover Tea
5. Cinnamon Barley
6. Dragon’s Mouth Tea
7. Sweet Vanilla Cake
8. Oatmeal
9. Mushrooms
10. Rosemary Buns

Summer News

IMG_3629It’s been awhile since I posted an update, so thought I ‘d share what’s been going on with me. I’m sure I’m not the only one to be whizzing through summer. It just gets faster and faster each year.

I went on vacation to Florida in June. We rented a house with some of my family across the street from the water. It was lovely and I took many sunset photos. My daughter and I got really burned the first day out – and yes – we applied sunscreen! That put us off the beach for a few days exploring the area, hitting several book stores. On the days when I did get to the beach, I was in my happy zen place emotionally and inspired to write. Hmm… I wonder if I can write that off this year, eh? A working holiday…oxymoron. You’ll be sure to see my beach inspired poems if you stay tuned.

For my birthday, my husband gave me more nights in a hotel for writing. It was amazing. I finished my first Christian Tompta book (Gnome on a Mission) and have sent it out to beta readers. I also started revisions for book 2 (The Journey Home) and wrote my first query letter. The weekend was quite the success, though I think in the future I’ll stick to two nights rather than three as I was pretty stiff walking out of the hotel. Several days in a confined space do not do a body well!

In July met friends in Cleveland to see the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time. We ate dinner at the Great Lakes Brewing Company and stopped by to see the house from “A Christmas Story.”

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This month we are reaping the benefits of my hubby’s garden and our counters are overflowing with cucumbers and tomatoes. He has already  canned  peaches, green beans and cherries (my favorite). I made pickles and we are looking forward to canning squash and tomato sauces and soup. Yum! I’ll have garden fresh flavors in the midst of winter.

This is my daughter’s senior year of high school, and that will cause me great sadness. I love her so much and am excited to see the choices she makes for her own life, but my family will be entering a new change soon, so I am going to live in these moments with her as much as I can.

This month will bring more family and fun to our home. I’m very grateful for the many blessings God has bestowed upon me. I hope you all are feeling the blessings too ,and enjoying your summers.

Peace!