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Being Thankful

As I enter into my fifth compassionate Thanksgiving, I find myself thinking over these last five years and how crazy they have been…

The kids and I became vegetarians.

I closed down my licensed child care to move across town and properly homeschool my daughter.

We got our first dog and shortly after, my son learned how to walk.

We lost my childhood cat, and shortly after, her younger brother.

My beloved Aunt Teresa committed suicide.

I wrote my first book. Then my second. Third. Fourth. Fifth, sixth, seventh, eight, ninth, and I’m currently working on my tenth. That doesn’t include stories I’ve done with other authors.

My husband and I celebrated our tenth anniversary.

I bought my first car.

One of my best friends got married.

My Mother had two knee replacement surgeries.

We lost my grandmother’s long-time life partner, Bob. Then shortly after, my other grandmother passed.

My husband became a vegetarian.

We rescued two additional dogs, one from Mexico and the other from the border. And an awesome cat that has twice defeated death.

Both of my in-laws retired.

My son started Kindergarten and my daughter started Middle School.

I became friends with a spider that lived outside my bedroom window for over a month.

I’ve met amazing people online, some who will be life-long friends. And I am in love with my readers.

My son went on his first roller-coaster and taught himself how to ride his bike without the training wheels.

My daughter got her ears pierced – for the second time. And she now tries to wear makeup when we leave the house.

So many other things, good and bad, have happened over the last five years, and there is so much to be thankful for. I’m glad to be alive, and that I can be home with my family tomorrow to celebrate this holiday in a compassionate way, and that my children are happy and healthy. What more could a woman want?

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Review Milestone

I woke this morning with a goal to do workish things while my kids struggle to wake up and function enough for school work, and my quick peek on Amazon divulged a rather awesome review milestone in the making!

Dying to Forget is only one spot away from 400 reviews (in the regular Amazon store – I’m not knocking those of you in other territories who have read and reviewed – thank you SO much). Mostly positive, some critical and a few…well…harsh. lol I think this is amazing, so to celebrate these 399 reviews, while trying not to bite my nails waiting for the next one to come in, I’ve decided to pull some of my favorite positive and negative reviews and share them with you here. Sure, some might see this as tortuous behavior, but I swear, I’m 100% fine. *wink*

THE GOOD

Hannah Grace says: ASTOUNDING! Dawson is a very good author, and she also makes her books very interesting. I highly recommend reading one of her books if you love adventure and creative and imaginative stories. ;)

Alicia says: Tragically Beautiful. Dying to Forget was tragic, heartbreaking, beautiful, compelling, interesting, curious, an experience from start to finish. I don’t want to give a SINGLE thing away!! I read this in 1 sitting, and I was shown mercy, as this series continues in Dying to Remember, which I just want to buy so badly I can’t think of how to express how extremely touching, comforting, and memorable the 1st Station book was!

All I will say is I kind of foresaw the end, and I’m extremely intrigued to see where it goes. I also can safely say that on her journeys, I love how creative and full of perspective Piper was.

I recommend this book-to all ages and to all people whatever stage of life they’re in. It’s a book about hope and 2nd chances, and at 171 pages, I would’ve stayed up much later than 1:16 am to finish this 1st installment! WELL DONE! Thank goodness it’s not over yet!!

Joyce D says: I loved reading Dying to Forget. I loved reading “Dying To Forget: The Station Series 1″. I read it straight through as soon as I got it. Trish Marie Dawson writes with a good sense of humor on a very sensitive subject. It is very believable and one can feel very confident in life after life after reading it. The issue of suicide is often not addressed because of the sensitivity of it, but this is a very believable look at a probable way of bringing it to the attention of those who might contemplate suicide as a way of escaping the trials of life on this Earth. I’m anxious to read the other two books in the series as well.

Coffee says: Makes me think differently. Wow. My whole thought process just went “GASP” at the ending. Absolutely wonderful read. Had a very hard time putting this book down. Cannot wait to read book two. This book really made an impact in how I think. Maybe it’s not just me in my head….

Kirstin says: Once you start, be prepared to read the whole book. You know that little voice in the back of your head, guiding you in the right direction? Do you listen to it? Not everyone does, but after reading Dying to Forget, you may listen a bit more…

This is a strong character driven story and series that tackles serious issues in a comfortable and relatable manner. I was impressed with the way the author handled it.

and the ending… WOW… all I can say is that I was glad I already had book 2 on hand because I started right after.

THE BAD

Peg says: Story idea good, but no real story line to grab and hold you. Liked the idea of a way station after death and a possible second chance. The writing was okay that’s why a 2 star review but the seriousness of suicide was totally glossed over. By half way thrum the books just closed it and left it unread. The story dragged with no point left to the story line.

M Anderson says: A smudge above average. In Dying To Forget, the main character, Piper Willow, is someone who I can empathize with on many levels. Her development is steady and logical, and the overall story is sweet. What starts out as a truly depressing introduction, turns into a lovely read.

But this is where the rise in Star points peters out. The writing style is mildly juvenile- things phrased the way I would expect a high school student to phrase things, conversationally and descriptively speaking. The plot twists were a bit obvious though I didn’t mind that so much as I minded the end. When I read the last words of the book, I had the sensation that when the author wrote them, she did so with a loud and machiavellian “Dun-Dun-DDUUUNN!” Queue creepy, hokey B-rate movie suspense music. Had there not been a “duh, of course that’s how this book would end” combined with the obvious attempt at leaving us readers with a Thrill to follow into the next book, I would have made it four stars, not three.

Otherwise, it’s a good quick read. To anyone around 16 years old and looking to read something interesting enough to pull you from your own reality for a few hours, I highly recommend this book.

THE UGLY

Jennifer says: Horrible. This book is not badly written, but that is the only good thing I can say about it. Most likely, as I don’t find suicide romantic, I should have not even started this, but I read the reviews and hoped maybe it would be worth it. And it was free that day.

The real problem I found in this book is the complete glossing over of the suicide. There is no pain, graphic description of just how horrible what she did was or how awful for those she left behind. In fact, it read to me as though if you kill yourself you get to maybe have a new chance at romance even.

While authors are not held to the duty of raising children, if you are going to write a YA story about suicide, at least have the decency to make it obvious that your after life is worse than the life you killed yourself to leave. Make it clear that you don’t get it better once you go, so maybe instead of seeing it as a way out, a way to a better place, someone would see it as an awful choice and make another one.

Redaim says: How did this book get such great reviews? This was one of the most pointless books I have EVER read. I read all the reviews and it sounded so good, but the story was seriously lacking in any type of plot and downright stupid. I kept wondering when it was going to get better and live up to all the reviews…but then it just ended.

Abby says: Nope. read the first chapter and thats as far as I got. usually I can wait to see if it gets better but I think it was just the writing style that got so far under my skin that I just had to stop reading.


Why did I share more positive reviews than negative ones? Because there are over 250 five-star reviews, and over 100 four star reviews. I think this is pretty awesome. And those people deserve a shout out. But don’t worry…I will definitely be working hard to make my writing style more enjoyable, my plot lines less pointless and will make it MORE clear that I don’t support suicide, and neither do the main characters in the Station books. In fact, I’ve gotten more private messages from people I don’t know, explaining how these books helped them during tough times – even keeping them from self-harming. And that right there, is beyond amazing.

Piper Willow would love to hug each and every reader and reviewer, and kindly remind them she is a figment of my imagination, but very much real in everyone’s hearts. Not everyone reviews a book after they read it – a small percentage do, actually – so thank you for taking the time, if you’ve reviewed. I hope to keep you entertained for many years to come. And if you have NO idea what the Station is all about – check it out yourself – the first book is FREE and available on Amazon, Nook, Smashwords and even iBooks. Happy Reading!

XOXO – Trish

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Almost There…

The last few chapters of the third Find Me book were outlined last night. Yep, we are almost there, folks. That’s the good news! The bad news is, I have a mangled ring finger on my left hand, however, I’m learning rather quickly how to utilize my middle finger to hit the keys my ring finger usually does. The only major difficulty is that drat ‘s’ key and trying to do a capital A. lol But, I predict I’ll be able to continue writing this week without too much of a setback. Editing might just really, really suck.

Anyway, if you didn’t see me post this on Instagram last night, well…here’s what will happen in Chapter 19…

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Rocking Those Man Buns

Every so often, I stumble upon something truly sexy online. And I don’t mean during writing research when I’m stalking Bing for images of my favorite celebs to match up to the make believe people in my head. Nah, I mean articles that I find that I then bookmark and return to more times then is healthy…like this glorious post from BuzzFeed that made my inner Bohemian more than a little excited. Man Buns. Hawt Man Buns. And I’m talking about hair, people…not tushies. Get your mind out of the gutter. I loved this post so much, I’m linking to it again – HERE – go check it out. Because…Man Buns. Hawt man Buns. Did I already say that? Probably. Do I care that I’m repeating myself? Nope.

And for those of you asking what this possibly has to do with writing – well, not much, other than the fact that now I simply MUST write a character who resembles #5 on the list. Or #6. Maybe #7. Or #9. Definitely #18 and #19. At this rate, I’ll have to write a book full of glorious Man Bun’s. I’ve been inspired. Sigh. Might be a difficult job, but someone’s got to do it. Thanks BuzzFeed. Yep, you ruined me.

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NEW RELEASE ALERT!

This one is for the animal lover in all of us…

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Rescue animals need love too. That’s why these nine authors got together to write stories that will warm your heart and entertain. All proceeds will go to animal shelters to help take care of and save the lives of the animals that may become your next family member. There’s a little something for everyone.

Michael Williams
The Pride
Once upon a time there was a kind elderly woman and her many cats – her many, many cats. Now her mind has left her, but it hasn’t gone far. “The Pride” is the story of a cabal of cats who one day look around and realize, “Ah – here we are, aware in a way we weren’t before and with the unpleasant task of being responsible.”

Laura DeLuca
Nine Lives
Johnny might be a nerdy gamer, but not even death can stop him from protecting his kid sister. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even if he has to do it in the form of a mangy Tom cat.

Karli Rush
Nine Lives
Come meet Trixie, a feline of a unique sort. She’s hustled the streets of the Big Easy many times but never quite like this. Trixie finds that when in New Orleans, Hoodoo is much more than a tourist shop full of souvenirs. Reality has never been stranger and the stakes are much higher than ever before. See how this sexy feline takes on every challenge thrown at her and in the process discover that there’s more to life than meets the eye.

Melissa Simmons and Alanna Kephart
The Disturbance
Adam Emerson is the latest in a long line of Emersons to join the Galena police force.
His father is the Chief of Police and his partner seems to think he’s getting a free ride on
his beat. You could say he has something to prove. When he comes away from a routine
disturbance call with a new pet puppy and a homicide to solve things get even more interesting. Can the canine witness help Adam solve his first big case?

Emily Walker
Cats
The animal kingdom is starting to act a little funny. As citizens are finding out cats big and small can be dangerous. How will humanity fight back? They won’t.

Miranda Stork and Trish Marie Dawson
A Tale of Two Kitties
One computer, two inquisitive kitties, and a Skype call that might just be the greatest thing since chunks in gravy.
Tinsel and River are both bored with their everyday lives, bored with their humans—and on different sides of the world. But when they find a mysterious device that allows them to talk to one another, their rivalry turns to friendship, and they plot to do the greatest thing any cat has ever done…
ESCAPE FROM THEIR HUMANS.
But can two little cats really succeed at their plan, especially when the world outside is full of six-toed tomcats, boorish farm cats, and no one to open packets of food?

Carolyn Wolfe
Miracle Paws, A Love Story
Something amazing happens when a lonely and abandoned dog comes into the life of four people. Trust issues, wariness and past hurts are the challenges that each and every one of them must overcome, in order to be whole again. Can one dog change the lives of four lonely people?… It would take a Miracle.

Taisheena Rayne
Win, Place or Show
Kendall Watts is excited to open PawPaws Puppy Pieces and move into her new house. What she doesn’t count on is a stray dog disrupting her life in more than one way.
Jeffery Stevens is content with his lot in life. He loves volunteering to help abused animals. He isn’t looking for love, but then again he didn’t expect his dog to stray into the neighbor’s yard.

Shauna Wilhelm
Fostering Hope
When Tristan decides he should bring in some interns to his animal foster system to help due to the low staff and high number of animals, he never thought that he would also find Bianca, the girl he would hope to be the one to build the animal shelter into what he dreamt it should be from the beginning. They both have the same opinions on the shelter, life, and more.

Help support animals from the UK to the US today by grabbing up your copy on AMAZON.

The animals and authors say THANK YOU!

Alien: Isolation…the Stuff of Nightmares

alien-isolationAlright, it might surprise some of you to know that I’m a gamer. Well, to be truthful, in the grand scheme of the gaming community, I’m an itty-bitty baby gamer. Nothing crazy. I don’t play EVERY day. Not even every MONTH. But I’m all about 1st Person experiences and the Alien franchise, so when I heard a new game was coming out, starring Ripley Jr. herself, I just had to try it. After several days, a few changes of shorts and mini-heart palpitations later, I’ve finished Alien: Isolation. I don’t normally ‘review’ games or talk about them on the blog, but this one nearly killed me, so therefor, it has earned the public mention. *wink, wink*

alien_isolation_game-wideFirst off, I play for fun and only when I have time, which as a mom and a full-time writer, means I don’t have a lot of time to sit in front of the TV and play a game from start to finish, so I set time aside for this one. From the very start, I was scared sh**less. And you can ask my kids if that’s true, because they heard me scream out loud (something I don’t really do often…yes, I’m a girl, but not a girly girl) more times than I can count on my fingers. This is a survival game, not a shoot ‘em down and blow it up, kind of game. All you are doing is trying to stay alive. Not the usual game that I’ve played, where I learn rather quickly how to take out my opponent…in Alien: Isolation, I just hoped to live long enough to make it to the next save point. I’m embarrassed to admit I died more times than I have in any other game. Ever. Don’t ask me how many times…*cough, cough – double digits – cough, cough*…because I won’t tell you the number. Nope. I’m keeping that close to the vest.

alien-isolation_01Anyway. The first time this game made me nearly jump out of my clothes and fall off the couch, my son happened to be in the room, so my loud and high-piercing scream startled him more than the high-definition Alien in the face on the TV screen did. After that, he stopped sneaking out into the living room to watch me play. This is the first game in so long I can’t remember, that I also had a hard time playing at night. Crawling through air shafts with a dead flashlight (say it isn’t SO), hiding in cabinets and under tables, sprinting down hallways when you KNOW something is behind you, and opening doors to find something unpleasant on the other side…well, none of these things were all together FUN to do when my house was dark and I was alone in the living room. See, I mostly played while my hubby was working his night shifts, so as not to spoil the game for him. I’m a good wife like that.

It’s not that this game is too terrifying for the masses, but that it hits my horror button much like the first movie did. I grew up with the Alien films, and have always loved them (the first two) and always found them happily frightening (I’m weird because I enjoy getting scared). Perhaps that is why this game freaked me out so much. Too much of that nostalgic feeling of ‘scare-the-pants-off-ya-horror-80’s style. In that regard, it might not be as intense for some players.

I will admit that it was hard for me. And I don’t mean that lightly. Some of this might be because I don’t play games every week, so my controller skills are not as impressive as a true gamer. But this one took a long time to complete and there was a lot – a LOT – of running back and forth and me getting pissed because I couldn’t figure out what to do next, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M SUPPOSED TO BE DOING!” and then, “OH, CRAP, THERE’S THE ALIEN! NO, DON’T KILL ME!” kinds of moments. There are games I’ve played that have a ton more action and are half as long as this one, but I kind of liked that the story wasn’t over in four hours. It’s complex, y’all.

So, now that I’m done, was it worth it? Heck, yeah! Will I play it again? Not until I see my Doctor for heart medication. I don’t think the intense heart rate spikes were all that healthy for me. Seriously. Still beating like I ran the mile. But enough about me! Check out Alien: Isolation for yourself, and let me know how YOU liked it. ;)

Interested in more? Check out the Launch Trailer here…


*No copyright infringement the makers and/or developers of the game name, images, or video content is intended. All were pulled from public sites such as YouTube and Google/Bing image searches.*

Friday Freebies!

Okay, if you’re anything like me, you love it when a good book is up for free, right? Of course! I know I pimp out my own freebies often **insert shameless plug here** – Dying to Forget and I Hope You Find Me – but a few times a month I’d like to feature MORE freebies from my author friends.

Some of these books and/or authors you might have read already, and some you might not have heard of yet. I say ‘yet’ because today you’re going to load up your Kindle, right? Right!

Check out the books below…and be sure to review the ones you’ve enjoyed! Oh, and FYI – most of these books are available via many online distributors, so check Smashwords, Amazon, Nook and iBooks for whatever works for you. ;) Happy Reading!!

THE AMAZING MORSE by James Rozoff

The Amazing Morse

THE DREAM VALLEY, by Robert Thomas

The Dream Valley

THE JOURNALS OF JACOB AND HYDE, by Randall Morris

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GIRL FIGHTS BACK, by Jacques Antoine

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FOMORIAN EARTH: STAR BORNE, by Lars Bergen and Sharon Delarose

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AMP MESSENGER, by Stephen Arseneault

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BETWEEN A JOCK AND A HARD PLACE, by Mona Ingram

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A SHOT IN THE BARK, by C.A. Newsome

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THE BUILDER’S REPORT, by Suzy Stewart Dubot

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JET – OPS FILES, by Russell Blake

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Cover Reveal!

November 1st will be the launch of my latest anthology collaboration – a piece for the animals! Y’all know I’m an avid animal lover and rights supporter, and I got to participate in a collaboration with other animal loving writers for a unique book about rescued animals. I am SO excited! I worked with the lovely Miranda Stork via Side Street Cookie Publishing on ‘A Tale of Two Kitties'; a funny and sarcastic interaction based on our real-life rescue kitty’s – Tinsel and River.

We can’t wait to get this book out there, because #1 – it was fun to write, and #2 – the proceeds will be going to an animal rescue shelter in the UK and one based here in the States. So…mark your calendars for this release! I want to get some great funds to these organizations for all they do! While you wait for the 1st to roll around, check out the cover and give it a share, can ya? Thank you! Mwah!

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A New Young Adult Series by USA Today Number One Best Selling Author Russell Blake

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Less Than Nothing [Kindle Edition]

R.E. Blake

Sage’s life as a teenage runaway in San Francisco is simple: Snatch a few hours of sleep on park benches and bus stops; dodge perverts, predators, and cops; and make enough as a street musician to eat. But her world flips upside down when she meets Derek – hot, tattooed, and charming, a singer from Seattle whose looks and talent take her breath away.

What begins as a reluctant partnership quickly develops into a cross-country race against time – and awakens a hunger in Sage that’s unfamiliar and exciting.

As they travel from coast to coast, Sage and Derek pursue their dream, only to discover that they can never run far enough to escape the demons from their…

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