Exciting News!

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I am happy to announce that “Gnomeling” was picked as a Finalist in Children’s Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards! Though I’m a bit sad to not have won, it gives me great motivation to keep working hard to publish positive stories that bring joy. Thanks, friends, for reading my books and stories, and thanks to the National Indie Excellence Award group!

Hello Friends!

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I’m so happy to announce that the third book, “Gnomeling Journeys to Joddeburg,” in “The Tales of Christian Tompta” series has released! It is currently available on Amazon, BN.com, and Books-a-Million.

Also exciting is that I’ll be doing a mini book tour with 4 events: 3 local and one in Michigan. Come out and see me at one of these venues:

April 28, 2018 – Dayton Book Expo

May 12, 2018 – Morse Elementary Book Bazaar

May 21, 2018 – Multi-Genre Authors Event

June 11, 2018 – 2nd Monday Authors

Here’s a link to my News and Events page with more info for the events: https://dmpaul.com/news-schedule/

Wanna know a secret? I’ll be running 2 specials at the Dayton Book Expo:

1) *Buy the first three “The Tales of Christian Tompta” chapter books at a discounted price of $25 and receive a free gnome plushy

2) *Buy the picture book, “Meet Christian Tompta,” and the “Gnomeling Coloring and Activity Book” for younger readers at a discounted price of $15 and receive a free finger puppet toy!

*offer good until limited supplies are gone.

Hope to see you there!

March 2018 Update

Hello friends!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written an update on what’s been happening with me, though if you follow me on social media, you’ll have a pretty good idea.

After I released “Gnomeling Goes Home” in September, I spent October doing an art challenge called “Inktober.” It was really fun and awoke the artsy side of me, making me want to sketch and watercolor—more than write. I began a new hobby called “Urban Sketching,” where I went out about town to sketch and watercolor things I saw in the community. Though amazing, it quickly grew too cold to paint outside, so I went to the mall, the local art museum, and eventually met up with other artists to draw at the downtown Dayton Metro Library. Drawing is good. Drawing with friends is even better.

In November I buried most of my artistic urges, and as has become the ritual, began NaNaWriMo with a story called “Starfrost: the Junkyard Unicorn.” I really struggled with my characters this year because though this is a side project in The World of Christian Tompta, Christian and his friend kept trying to tak

e over the story. It was very frustrating.

I found out mid-November that I had actually broken my spine in two places when I fell down some outdoor hotel stairs at a book event in August. My doctor told me I needed to slow down, rest and not lift more than ten pounds. What a good excuse to stop lugging my computer around to meetups, so I quit NaNoWriMo and decided to take the rest of the year off from writing.

I’m not good at sitting still, so I putzed with editing the third book in “The Tales of Christian Tompta,” during all the activities of the holidays. My daughter brought home a Japanese exchange student to spend Thanksgiving with us, and while she visited, we went to cut down a real Christmas tree. Christmas is my favorite time of the year so I was on board with starting early.

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My daughter came home for a month before Christmas and went back to school mid-January. This being her first year away from home, I made a point to spend as much time with her as I could. I didn’t get much work done, even though the rest had really helped heal my back.

At the end of January I did my first author talk in an elementary classroom. The class was small which made it easy to interact with the children directly. I am so grateful for this small blessing. The children and their teacher enjoyed it, and so did I. Those first events are always a bit nerve-wracking, but it turned out great!

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In a funny turn of events, my cousin requested I take pictures with her daughter’s Flat Stanley. It was great fun and ironic to take it to the Dayton Art Institute’s “Above the Fold” paper-folding exhibit. I think Stanley fit right in.

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My husband and I also celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a trip to Disney World and Universal Studios. It was truly an art experience as I took lots of photos around the parks and several resorts, participated in a Disney drawing class, and attended the Arts Festival at Epcot.

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Over the past few months we’ve gotten to see a lot of our family too. God truly blesses me in so many ways!

During February and March, I’ve been working diligently on book 3, “Gnomeling Journeys to Joddeburg (Yo-da-burg)” in preparation for its release date of April 15th. I’ve just finished the art and the edits have come back. Now it’s time to input those adjustments, design the cover, listen to it again, then format the art, and then format the book and voila! Done. lol… All these things take time. In between all this, I’ll be attending a conference at Highlights Foundation, which I am super excited about. Highlights. Amazing.

Since I missed the holiday update, I hope yours were great. I think it’s still early enough in the year to wish you a blessed 2018!

Take care and don’t catch any thistle-stickers!

Dawn

A Christmas Sonnet

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When King Herod called the money changer

to count all the people across the land

from Galilee Sea to Bethlehem sand,

mothers fretted over baby danger.

Wise men journeyed far from countries stranger,

and lowly sleeping shepherds took a stand,

when an angel came and held up his hand

to share news of hope born in a manger.

“Across the fields, follow a glowing star

to an animal-filled stable so stark,

our humble bundle lies awake this night

close to his loving parents-it’s not far.

In this broken world of despair and dark,

He is Hope-bringing peace, love, joy and light.”

(Petrarchan Style using cde/not cdc)

Merry Christmas!

May Jesus bring you hope, peace, joy, love

and light in your life-now and always.