A New Audio Book Release is Here

Dying to Return Audio

Piper Willow’s adventure in the afterlife continues as she struggles to discover who she is and what is expected of her. Faced with decisions that could change everything, she must weigh her desire to be with the ones she has come to love, or satisfy her curiosity and find out what lies beyond her world with someone new. What Piper experiences and the choices she makes could not only alter the delicate inner workings of the Station, but the delicate balance that Piper has managed to maintain inside herself. In the end, will it all be worth it?

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About the Narrator

Julia Farmer is a narrator and voice over artist in Chicago, IL, with an obsession for RPG video games and detective/espionage stories.  She’s also an experienced improv actor, having trained at Chicago’s famed Second City school and iO Theatre.  Outside of her narration work, you can hear her as the voice of Sarita in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season 2 video game.

About the Studio

Actors Audio is a division of Cerny/American Creative dedicated to producing audiobooks and audio drama. Actors Audio gives listeners a chance to hear quality books narrated by Chicago’s talented voice actors. They produced the award winning audio Bible “The Word of Promise” starring Jim Caviezel and Richard Dreyfuss, as  well as numerous “Twilight Zone” radio dramas.


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COMING SOON, a NEW AUDIO BOOK!

COMING SOON…KERRY-ANNE on AUDIBLE!


Some people think that when a loved one is in a coma, you should talk to them and touch them, so as to let them know you are there. This way the person doesn’t feel alone. And just maybe, they’ll fight to come back – back from death. But no one really gets what it’s like. Being stuck in the middle of where you were and where you’re going – it’s not a choice the person can make. I know this now, because today I realized that the hazy memory fog I’ve been trapped in is a coma. As the Doctor stood over me, explaining to my parents what their choices were, I heard it all.

“No chance of recovery,” he’d said. Brain-dead. Gone.

But the Doctor was wrong. I’m still here – trapped. Screaming. Crying. Hurting. But they can’t hear me. They can’t feel me. Those experts have it all backwards – it’s me who needs to talk to them, to touch them, to let them know I’m here. But I can’t. Even if I was awake, I know my fingers are gone. And my tongue. The flames melted half my flesh away. I know my brain can’t work anymore – the connections that used to fire from one cell to the other are frozen in place – but I’m still here. Like my soul is stuck in time, waiting for permission to move on. I guess that means they’ll have to unplug me.

When you have the sort of empty time I do now, the mistakes you’ve made are all you can think about. And I guess I’ve made some big ones. Setting myself on fire probably tops the list of stupid things I’ve done. I don’t think about that moment much. Not because it’s so unpleasant, but because I just can’t remember it all. I was in the bathroom, the matches in my hand, the lower half of my dress drenched in Daddy’s BBQ lighter fluid, my eyes red from crying, staring back at me in the mirror. I know what I did. And I remember I tried to put myself out with the shower curtain, but it wrapped around me and the plastic melted to me and acted like a funnel, sending the uncontrollable flames licking up my body. Eating at my skin. Devouring me. And then the memory sort of fades to an endless dark nothing.

Dark, like the inside of my no longer working mind.

I know I’m wrapped up with strips of fabric and gauze and dosed with medications, because every once in a while, someone pries open what is left of my eyelids, and for the briefest moment, I can see again. But the damaged skin of my lids is heavy with blisters, and they slide closed when released, and the world around me vanishes once more. It’s the way things go for a long time. A very long time. So long, in fact, that I’m sure I’ve hallucinated my entire life. All fifteen years of it.

Maybe I wasn’t adopted. Maybe Lavinia wasn’t one of those hard-core mothers with a martini constantly in her right hand who pushed her only daughter to be as exceptional as her sister’s adopted kid. Maybe Luke wasn’t one of those fathers who cared only about what everyone else thought of him and his golf swing. Maybe none of it was real, not one single minute. For a while I even thought that I’m a fetus, growing inside some strange woman’s womb, ready to be reborn into a different life. But I know I’m not that lucky…


The third Station Series Novelette is coming to audio! Releasing soon on Audible.com and Amazon – narrated by Kadee Coppinger. If you haven’t read KERRY-ANNE just yet, no worries – you’ll be able to listen to it soon! Stationers won’t want to miss the insight into Piper Willow’s best Station friend’s life…and death. A story about redemption and second chances. Keep an eye out for this release. *wink*

NILES is also available on Audible (for only $3.95!) and Amazon for your listening pleasure. You can find it HERE.


If you’re new to The Station Series, start the first book for FREE!

DYING to FORGET, book 1 of The Station Series

Sometimes the day you die, is only the beginning…

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Writing about Suicide…

Let’s face it, suicide is a touchy subject most don’t want to talk about, let alone write about. In 2012, when I began putting together the first draft of the Station Series, I wasn’t thinking about all the negative stigma the subject matter endures, instead I was thinking about how to give my characters a second chance after making the heartbreaking choice to take their own life. And I wrote the book with my Aunt Teresa in mind, who took her life a short time before I began writing my first book. She was an amazing person with a huge personality and even huger laugh. She was my biggest cheerleader in life, helping me through some tough personal times. I guess in a way, I wrote the book for her so that I could imagine her “spirit” or “energy” moving on and never dying out.

The first book has obviously gotten negative feedback about tying in suicide with humor or moments of light teenager romantic angst. I understand that, but I didn’t want to write a book that sucked all the breath out of one’s soul. I wanted to write a book that left someone smiling after and thinking, ‘What if…’. Which was why there are scenes meant to be light and fluffy…

I’ve waded through enough of Abby’s memories to understand why she almost threw herself off the top of a tree. The next few days would be critical, so I crack my imaginary knuckles and stretch my imaginary neck, and roll my imaginary sleeves up to prepare myself for this tough case. Abby is going to need all of the training I’ve had and probably more, to successfully pull her back from the edge she seems ready to launch herself from.

It’s not going to happen on MY shift, kiddo. We’ll find a way out of the dark, don’t you worry. I have big hopes for you…but for now…baby steps. When’s the last time you’ve had a candy bar?

For girls, chocolate fixes almost everything.

But the story isn’t about fixing a suicidal person’s world with sweets. I think this is something perhaps a few readers may not understand. It’s about redirecting and offering up alternatives and trying to help those in need by showing them they are worth living. And doing all that with a little humor and things that most YA’s will relate to.

When I first published Dying to Forget, I had no idea what would come out of it. I thought it was a creative peek into a fictional afterlife. I didn’t know it was going to touch some in a rather powerful way. Without going into details, I’ve received several messages from readers who thanked me for publishing this series. People, just like you and me, who happened to stumble upon my little series at a down time in their life, and then wrote me via my author page or email to say my words helped keep them from cutting themselves, or actually taking their lives, or that this book helped them get over the loss of a family member who committed suicide. To say I was blown away is a gross understatement. Some of these people I’ve stayed in contact with and become friends with online. And I love them all.

Because I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to lose a loved one to suicide. The guilt and sadness that follows. I know what it’s like to feel down and unreachable and as if the world just doesn’t need me. But you know what, I’m still here. And you are still here. And that’s the way it should be.

This week’s Throwback Thursday is an homage to all those impacted in whatever way by self-harm, suicide or the loss of a loved one. I hope that if you do read Dying to Forget, or any of the Station books, that you’ll take with you one thing: hope.

Our hope is that you left an impression that will make a difference...


You can find DYING to FORGET for free on Amazon, Nook and Smashwords.

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I hope you enjoy the story and take something positive away with you.

Happy Reading, Everyone! Be kind to yourself and your loved ones.

Cover Reveal – Kerry-Anne

KERRY-ANNE, A Station Series Novelette

Kerry-Anne is the third and final (for this summer, anyway) Station Series novelette, and now you get to see her cover!

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You’ll get to read more about her past and how she came to arrive at the Station, just like Mallory and Niles. Read on for an excerpt…

“Some people think that when a loved one is in a coma, you should talk to them and touch them, so as to let them know you are there. This way the person doesn’t feel alone. They fight to come back – back from death. But no one really gets what it’s like. Being stuck in the middle of where you were and where you’re going – it’s not a choice the person can make. I know this now, because today I realized that the hazy memory fog I’ve been trapped in is a coma. As the Doctor stood over me, explaining to my parents what their choices were, I heard it all.

No chance of recovery, he’d said. Brain-dead. Gone.

But the Doctor was wrong. I’m still here – trapped. Screaming. Crying. Hurting. But they can’t hear me. They can’t feel me. Those experts have it all backwards – it’s me who needs to talk to them, to touch them, to let them know I’m here. But I can’t. Even if I was awake, I know my fingers are gone. And my tongue. The flames melted half my flesh away. I know my brain can’t work anymore – the connections that used to fire from one cell to the other are frozen in place – but I’m still here. Like my soul is stuck in time, waiting for permission to move on. I guess that means they’ll have to unplug me…”

– Kerry-Anne, A Station Series Novelette

COMING SOON to Amazon

Release Day for ‘Dying to Remember’ is finally here!!!

The next installment in The Station Series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow.

Piper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation. Did she make the right choice – choosing to stay at the Station and become a Volunteer? Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper?

She must ask herself once again if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it’s about discovering what lies beyond death. Would you want to know?

 

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A taste of ‘Dying to Remember‘…

If I thought the exceedingly happy mood that has me perched atop my favorite velvet throne would last very long I’m mistaken after I enter the Ones building. Niles is standing near the counter talking to Laney. I know the moment I see him that he is there to give me news about my volunteering status. Poof goes my throne.

“Hey, Piper. You really are a popular girl today,” says Laney with a tight smile.

“I guess so,” I try and laugh but it sounds more like a vocal seizure.

“Piper, I came to collect you,” Niles says, all business.

“Collect me?” I try and laugh again, but the sound is simply unpleasant so I snap my mouth shut to avoid any more verbal diarrhea, and nod a goodbye at Laney while moving back outside with Niles.

I allow my eyes a few seconds to readjust to the brightness around us. He places an arm loosely around my shoulders as we begin walking and says in a comforting tone, “Before I tell you where we are going and who we will be speaking with, I need you to understand you aren’t in trouble. You’ve done nothing wrong, okay dear?”

I don’t trust my voice so I only nod.

“I’m taking you to see the Mentors and…” he pauses to glance around us, and only when he seems satisfied that no one is close enough to hear, he continues, “…and the Keeper.”

I don’t know what this means. The look on my face must further establish my confusion but Niles only nods and continues to usher me around the fountain, which is currently teeming with teens of all ages, until we reach the Staff building.

Finally, just as Niles opens the door in front of us, I find my voice, “What’s the Keeper?”

“I can’t tell you, but you will see, don’t worry, dear. Remember, you aren’t in trouble, okay?”

We walk down the empty hallway and go through a door into a room that looks nothing like the one where Mallory and I met for the first time in person. This staff room is shaped more like an oval, with no corners on the walls and there are no tables or chairs. The center of the floor dips down a good two feet, creating a sort of recessed bench that matches the curved shape of the room. This is where the Mentor’s sit in a circle. I get over my intimidation of them instantly as my eyes widen at the sight of the other person sitting with them. A man at least a good foot taller than anyone else stands and nods at me. His clothes appear to be all white but it’s hard to tell at first, because the man is glowing.

 

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