Sunday Snippet!

Drake sighed and sat down hard on the edge of the bunk, sending a quiver of squeaky bounces through the mattress springs. “Look, Riley, something happened earlier. With Keel.”

“I already know all about it.”

Both the men stiffened into statues.

The room felt cooler, more still, like no one was breathing. With a quick sigh, I shrugged a shoulder and put on the best nonchalant expression I could muster. “He came down here to see me. We had words. Balls were kicked. Then…I just took a walk.” I pulled a blanket over my legs. Partly because they were still numb from trudging through two feet of snow in just jeans, but also because I felt exposed in my lie.

“You just took a walk.” Drake’s face twisted in a grimace, as if he was struggling to swallow a bee without getting stung.

“And I’m back now and perfectly fine, see?”

The side of Drake’s neck flushed with pink splotches. His face was scruffy, his hair ruffled, and his dirt-streaked clothes were deeply pressed with wrinkles. He was a mess. More so than usual.

“You need to stay away from that man, Riley. I don’t trust him,” Winchester said.

“Who, Keel? Well, I suppose you shouldn’t. It’s a mistake to trust anyone these days. Has Drake been dragging you around this place for the last hour? I’m sure you’re needed somewhere else. There’s nothing exciting going on with me, I assure you.” Roughly, I rubbed my legs to get some warmth back into my feet. I hadn’t felt the cold on my walk to the Tank, but my bones nearly froze solid on the way back.

Winchester shook his head sharply before crossing and uncrossing his arms. “I was looking for you, too. Thought you would want to know…the baby’s sick.”


Daryl Dixon…gay?

Let me preface by saying this: Gay or straight, The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon is still one hawt badass. I could care less either way, but the suspense is KILLING ME. Norman Reedus…I might need some mouth-to-mouth. Just sayin’.

Read more HERE on TVLine

Do you care what Daryl Dixon’s sexuality is?

Friday Freebies & Deals!

Woot! It’s Friday – and most of us are probably still suffering from a food coma from yesterday. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We did, even without the turkey! Since I know you all love reading, and not everyone goes out for shopping this weekend (I don’t lol), here are more freebies and deals for y’all! Some of the following titles may be on SALE, so double-check before you one-click, just to make sure. *wink*


Erin the Fire Goddess by LAVINIA URBAN

From Pheonix Flames by LENA WINFREY SEDER

Trial Run by ELLA MEDLER

Geek of Legend: The Elvish Screwdriver by Geekus Maximus

Fierce Winds and Fiery Dragons by Nan Sweet


Girl Fights Back by Jacques Antoine

The Road to Cordia by Jess Allison

I Hope You Find Me by TMDBooks

Dying to Forget by TMDBooks

Sacrifice of Innocence by ALLISON COSGROVE


Enter HERE to win a paperback copy of A Dog’s Guide to Humans by Karen Davison.

So there you have it – a nice list of freebies or deals for you to chomp down on over the holiday weekend!!

Happy Black Friday Everyone!

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*


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.


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.


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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