In Memory of Award-winning, Bestselling Romance author with Montlake/Amazon Publishing; Dorchester Love Spell and Leisure Books, and Kensington Books
~ Diane M. Thompson "Candy", manager
Hey Candy, this is a great way in memory of Dawn, by sharing her great work with her readers. The world lost a great author but her memory still lives.. email@example.com
Hello,I want to say how wonderful everyone is to promote Dawn Thompson's work in her memory. She must have been a very special person.Take Care,Karen
Wow what a great contest and such wonderful prizes. Good luck to everyone.
I hate to say it, but I have yet to read any of Dawn's books. They have been on my To-Be-Bought list for quite some time... don't hold it against me!I love that y'all are keeping her voice alive and making sure that Dawn isn't forgotten.
WOW what some great books. I love the bookcovers too. HOT!!!!!Please enter me.
Hi Candy!I'm a huge fan of Lord of the Deep and eagerly waiting for the release of Lord of the Dark later this month and hopefully the rest of the elementals series. I was recently introduced to Dawn's books although I had been eying her Blood Moon series for sometime. Finally I came upon them at the bookstore and swooped up the whole series, hehe. Can't wait to dive into those either.Thanks for keeping Dawn's memory alive. She was a wonderful storyteller. :-)Rae
There are a lot of readers, like myself that have only just recently discovered Dawn's books. I was saddened to hear of her parting. Dawn Thompson lives on forever in the hearts and minds of her readers through her stories.
What a wonderful tribute! Please include me in the contest. She was fantastic.
I absolutely love the covers of these books. They're sooo sexy.I didn't hear about Dawn until recently and was saddened by her passing before I had a chance to meet and talk to her on chats and things.These books seem like a fitting tribute to the memory of an extraordinary woman.Kaenarwww.kaenar.com
I never got a chance to read Dawn's Kensington books, she had just contracted with them the last time we spoke on the telephone. I miss her, and her "Rhoda" voice. We lost not only a talented author, but a truly kind person, when Dawn passed.
Hello Candy,What a great way to honor your sister's memory! Dawn was a truly AWESOME author and she will live on in our hearts through her many wonderful books. I'm sure Dawn is smiling down on all of us! God Bless you.Blessings,Rhonda :))
What a great contest. The winner will be very lucky firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi - Great contest! Please count me in! What a great way in memory of Dawn.
I, like a few others have just recently discovered Dawn and am very saddened to learn of her passing. I have one of her books in my TBB pile (blushing). The covers are beautiful.Thanks.
To Azzuhra Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so pleased that the works that Dawn left us WILL be published and out there for her readers to enjoy! I've always seen Dawn as 'MY sister'. I KNEW that she could write, and she ALWAYS wanted to, but I am now seeing her in a whole new light........NOT just as my SISTER, but as the great author that she was, and I'm seeing that through the eyes of SO MANY OTHERS!!! Dawn is a LOT MORE than 'MY sister'!!! DAWN BELONGS TO THE WORLD!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Karen YES, EVERYONE has been SO WONDERFUL in promoting Dawn's work and getting her books out there for her readers to enjoy. Her Dear friend DeborahAnne Macgillivray has been SO VERY INSTRUMENTAL in seeing this happen for Dawn through all her hard work...BEAUTIFUL COVERS AND BOOKMARKS.....WONDERFUL VIDEOS.....JUST EVERYTHING!!!!!!!! INDEED........Dawn WAS and STILL IS a VERY SPECIAL PERSON. She was a VERY SPECIAL SISTER, and She became a VERY SPECIAL AUTHOR!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hello Glenna Day Yes...I believe that Dawn's fans will really enjoy this contest. I think that the prizes are pretty cool myself, LOL! I too wish everyone the best of luck.....ENJOY!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Chris M. Thank you so much for posting!!! Oh...PLEASE...Don't "Hate to say it",........LOOK AT ALL YOU HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO READING WHEN YOU HAVE THE TIME!!!!!!!! Believe me........Dawn has a couple of books coming out that I HAVEN'T EVEN HAD THE CHANCE TO READ YET, LOL!!! I'm looking forward to reading them too!!! I feel like she is still telling me stories, just like when we were children and I have 'MORE STORIES' to look forward to, LOL!!!!!!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Kimmyl Thank you so much for posting and please consider yourself 'entered', LOL!!! Glad that you like the covers.....I think that you will find the books as unique and interesting as the covers are!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Rae I'm so glad that you enjoyed Lord Of The Deep so much!!! Lord of the Dark just came out and we are also hoping to be able to eventually have the whole elemental series out there for her readers to enjoy. I'm delighted that you were able to pick up the whole Blood Moon series!!! I KNOW that you will enjoy it!!! Dawn was SO EXCITED about that series, LOL, but then again, Dawn was VERY EXCITED about getting ALL her stories out there, LOL!!! YOU SAID IT!!! DAWN was a NATURAL STORYTELLER from the time she would sit and make up stories for me when we were children!!! NOW, they aren't just for me........Dawn is telling her stories to THE WORLD!!!!!!!! Enjoy!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Sue I am so happy that you did discover my sister, Dawn's books!!! I KNOW that you will enjoy them!!! Storytelling was what made her the happiest!!! It was a terrible shock to us to lose her so soon.....We thought that by now she would be back home and writing more wonderful stories for us all to enjoy. I am very grateful that she did leave some WONDERFUL WORKS for us all to enjoy though and that they ARE being published and WILL be out on the shelves for her readers to enjoy!!! Thank you so much for posting. Sincerely, Candy
P.S. to Rae I meant to tell you, I would LOVE to hear back from you after you've read Lord Of The Dark, and the Blood Moon series on how you enjoyed them!!! Don't forget to let me know, LOL!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Debby Thank you so much for your kind words and compliment for my sister, Dawn!!! You are ABSOLUTELY entered in the contest!!! I wish you luck and hope that you will enjoy Dawn's works that are coming out now and in the future!!! I think that we are SO LUCKY that she left us these wonderful works to enjoy even though SHE, HERSELF is not here to enjoy how much her readers are enjoying these stories.....She is smiling down on all their enjoyment for sure!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Kaenar Thank you so much for all your very kind words!!! Yes, Dawn was a very extraordinary person.....I wonder myself WHERE she got the time to write so many wonderful stories, but then again, I remember that she did it for me too, when we were children. I feel so priviledged to have had Dawn as MY sister!!! I too, am sorry that you didn't have the chance to meet her and chat with her!!! I am so pleased that I am able to help to carry on her Legacy and see her voice continue. Dawn did not want to be forgotten, and from the wonderful response that has been received, I'm sure that she won't be!!! P.S.: I too, think that the covers are REALLY COOL!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Tracy Thank you so much for your wonderfully kind words for my sister, Dawn!!! Since you haven't gotten to read her Kensington books yet, you will have that to look forward to! I too, have a few of her books that I have yet to read myself, LOL!!! Some of her books are just coming out now, and there WILL be more works that she left us to look forward to in the future!!! It was such a shock to lose Dawn so soon........I miss her SO MUCH every day!!! I am SO GRATEFUL that she was able to realize her DREAM of becoming an author!!! She left something of herself to the world and that in itself made her very happy!!! Take care!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hello Rhonda Thank you very much for your wonderfully kind words!!! You are right........I'm SURE that Dawn is smiling down on us all right now, that she is being remembered so fondly and that her Legacy is continuing!!! I feel SO FORTUNATE that I am able to help that happen!!! She was a very special sister too!!! I miss her SO MUCH every day but feel so grateful that the DREAM of being an author that she had since childhood was realized and that she left us something for the whole world to enjoy!!! Thank you again and God Bless You too!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Leah Thank you so much for posting!!! Please consider yourself entered in the contest and the best of luck to you!!! From the wonderful response, everyone is really enjoying the contest and I am so glad!!! She would be so happy that the works that she left us are going to be published and out there soon for all her readers to enjoy!!! Sincerely, Candy
To acdaisy95 Hi and thank you so much for posting!!! I'm so glad that you are enjoying the contest...Please consider yourself entered!!! From the wonderful response that is being received...Everyone is having fun with this contest and Dawn would just LOVE that!!! I am so pleased that I can be a part of seeing her works get out there for her readers and seeing her Legacy continue on!!! I'm sure that Dawn is smiling down on us all!!! Best of luck!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Drea Thank you so much for posting and for your kind comments!!! I miss Dawn SO MUCH every day, but I am SO GRATEFUL that her works continue to be released for her readers to enjoy!!! I too, just LOVE the covers and Dawn LOVED all the covers that she saw too! Dawn's dear friend, DeborahAnne Macgillivray produced MANY of Dawn's covers with her talented work!!! Even though we did, very suddenly and unexpectedly lose Dawn, she was fortunate enough to be able to actually HOLD the first proofs of several of the covers for her books including Bride Of Time.....Lord Of The Dark, and her LEGACY BOOK........Rape Of The Soul........books that were released after her passing. I am so happy that you did discover my sister, Dawn's works and I hope that you will enjoy them!!! Sincerely, Candy
I am new to Dawn's books but from what everyone says and the great cover art I won't be new for long.
I am sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences. I had read Blood Moon and really enjoyed it. Vampires are my favorite read. I would be honored to win her books!
I am new to Dawn's books, but not for long. The covers look great and I have been hearing great things about the books. This is a great way to remember your sister.
To Breiab Thank you so much for posting and I'm glad to meet one of Dawn's new readers!!! Dawn's writing career was cut so suddenly and unexpectedly short, but we are so lucky that she did have so many works out there and that she left us so many more that are being released now and WILL be released shortly. I agree with you 100% on the COVER ART!!! We have Dawn's dear friend...DeborahAnne Macgillivray to thank for that!!!!!!!! Her OUTSTANDING WORK on Dawn's COVERS, BOOKMARKS and VIDEOS has been JUST SO WONDERFUL!!! She is SO TALENTED!!!!!!!! I miss Dawn so much every day, but I am so grateful that she left us all these wonderful works for her readers to enjoy, and that I can be a part of helping to carry out her Legacy!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hello Judy Thank you so much for your kind words and condolences!!! I'm so glad that you enjoyed Dawn's book...Blood Moon!!! That was the first one in the vampire trilogy which also includes The Brotherhood and The Ravening. Dawn always wanted to be an author, from the time that we were children, and she really did enjoy writing that vampire trilogy!!! I wish you all the best in the contest and thank you so much for posting and again...Thank You for your kind words. Sincerely, Candy
To Breiab Thank you so much for your second post. I'm delighted that you have been hearing so many positive comments on Dawn's works!!! I'm SURE that you will enjoy her books!!! I have been meeting so many people lately that are just discovering her books for the first time and I am getting such a WONDERFUL REACTION from them!!! Again, I am DELIGHTED that I can help to see that Dawn's Legacy is carried out and that these works that she has left us will soon join her other books on the shelves for her readers to be able to enjoy. Sincerely, Candy
I've read some of her books and would love to read them all! I hope they will find their way overseas too!
Hello Eva I'm SO GLAD to hear that you are enjoying Dawn's books!!! YES.....They ALREADY HAVE found their way overseas, LOL!!! Her book The Ravencliff Bride has been printed IN ITALIAN...Her books are sold in the UK and she has readers all over the world!!! Dawn always wanted to be an author, from the time that we were children and I am so grateful that her DREAM was realized although her writing career was cut way too short by her very unexpected passing this past February. We ARE all very fortunate though, that she left us these other WONDERFUL finished works that are being released now and will also be released in the near future!!! I am very glad that I am able to have a part in seeing her Legacy carried out!!! Sincerely, Candy
Candy,This is a beautiful tribute to Dawn - a fantastic writer and giving friend. She will never be forgotten.Hugs,Victoria
Hi Candy!I think it's so great you are helping with the blog. Sort of special having Dawn's sister helping keep her memory alive for the readers. I am sure she would be pleased you care so much. I really enjoyed hearing you talk about Dawn on the radio show. It sounds like you were very close. I am sure you miss her very much.Dawn is my favourite author. I have all her books. Treasure each.Take care,Leeanne Grant
Hi Victoria THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your kind words!!! Dawn was a FANTASTIC SISTER TOO!!! I miss her SO MUCH every day and I am SO HONORED to be her sister!!! I always had the pleasure of knowing that she was ' MY sister ', and now I have the HONOR of sharing her with the world!!! It's so sad to me that Dawn isn't here to CELEBRATE this time with us...Seeing all the other books that she left us being published, and seeing her LEGACY BOOK...Rape Of The Soul published!!! EACH and EVERY book was SO SPECIAL to her!!! Rape Of The Soul, was the ' Book Of Her Heart '!!! ALL of these books that are being offered in this Contest were VERY SPECIAL to Dawn as well!!! She talked with me about them constantly!!! Thanks to YOU and all the others who appreciate Dawn's work, her wish to NEVER BE FORGOTTEN has come true!!! Sincerely, Candy
Hi Leeanne THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR WONDERFUL KIND WORDS AND COMPLIMENTS FOR DAWN!!! She would be DELIGHTED that she is your favorite author!!! EACH BOOK was SPECIAL to her, but this particular one was ' The Book Of Her HEART '........HER LEGACY BOOK!!! She started it so long ago and it meant to much to her!!! She didn't just want it RELEASED...She wanted her readers to ENJOY READING IT as much as SHE ENJOYED WRITING IT!!! I hope that everyone that reads it will enjoy it as much as YOU have!!! Dawn was a true ' STORYTELLER ' and fortunately, we will be having many more stories from her. She left us more WONDERFUL TALES that have just been released and others that will start to be released in the near future to collect and enjoy!!! I think that she would be very pleased that I am working on the Blog!!! I also posted a new Blog on MySpace this evening about Rape Of The Soul! Yes, we were very close and I miss her SO MUCH EVERY DAY!!! I am SO GRATEFUL that I can help to keep her memory alive and help in any way that I can to get her books out there for everyone to read and enjoy!!! I'm SO GLAD that you enjoyed the Broadcast on Tuesday morning!!! It was a lot of fun to do and I really enjoyed it!!! Talking about Dawn is ALWAYS A PLEASURE!!! Take care and HAPPY READING!!! Candy
My deepest condolences on your loss. I spent so many enjoyable hours with Dawn through her books. She will be greatly missed. I own a bookstore in Orlando, FL and always recommend her books. My customers come back to thank me.
Hi Candy...gr8 contest! Glad 2 hear that u r looking in2 continuing The Elemental series. Can't wait 2 get my hands on LOTD. Good Luck every1! Ada:)
I would be honored to win your sister's books in her memory. You are a thoughtful, wonderful sister. I have one, also! Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindijchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com
I discovered Dawn Thompson with her book "The Waterlord". I had reserved the library copy, but after I read about five pages, I literally ran to the nearest Waldenbooks and bought it, along with "The Ravencliff Bride".I've eagerly awaited all her books, and I'm so sad she died. Her books are extraordinary, and only an extraordinary person could have written them. We are diminished by her death.
I am sorry about the loss of your sister. I unfortunately have not read any of her work, but by all the comments left so far she they must be great. I can say that the covers are absolutely amazing. This contest is a great way to keep the memory of Dawn alive. My prayers are with you and your family.
How wonderful! I would love to read these books Dawn wrote. Such a great thing to do to keep her memory alive.
Candy,I was very upset when I read that Dawn had passed on. I loved her books and I am sorry that I only recently got hooked on them. I am now extra eager to go back and read the books I have missed. She was a great author, and everyone will miss her.
Candy,I was upset to hear that Dawn had passed away. She was a great writter, and I regret that I only recently discovered her delightful books about a year ago. I loved the few that I have read already, and I am now extra eager to go back and read the ones I missed. She was a great author, and everyone will miss her. But I think that this is a great way to share her memory!
What a great contest! Please enter me!
Hi MicheleThank you so much for all your kind words and condolences. It is very heartwarming to hear that both you and your customers have been enjoying Dawn's books so much! I love the way that you worded it...that you have "spent time WITH DAWN through her books."She would really appreciate that!She put so much of herself into each book! Fortunately, there are still more books to come from Dawn. Several have just been released and more will be coming in the near future. She left us many finished stories that will still be published for her readers to enjoy.Thank you so much again for posting. Sincerely, Candy
P.S. to MicheleSounds like you have a very nice, friendly book store! THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the recommendations and I'm so glad that your customers were so pleased!Take care. Candy
Hi AdaThank you so much for posting.Lord of the Dark has just recently been released, so it's out there now for Dawn's fans to read and enjoy! I can't wait to hear how you like it...please let me know.Dawn was enjoying writing the Elemental series so much and we are looking into how far she had completed the series and hoping that Lord of the Forest will be released sometime soon.I'm so glad that you're enjoying the contest. Take care. Candy
To Windy CityHi CindiThank you so much for posting. Please consider yourself entered in the contest! Best of luck!Thank you so very much for the lovely compliments! Dawn was a very thoughtful and wonderful sister to me! I'm so happy to hear that you have a great sister like that too! We spent many very happy hours together and I have all those wonderful memories. It has been very hard, losing Dawn so suddenly and unexpectedly, but I'm so grateful that she was able to realize her lifelong dream of becoming an author and that she has such wonderful fans that are enjoying her books so much. Dawn left us more, and I'm very happy to be able to tell everyone that too. There are more books from my sister that are just being released now and more to come in the near future.Take care. Candy
To Linda bancheHI and thank you so much for posting and for all your kind comments and condolences.I'm so happy to hear that the library copy of the Waterlord wasn't quite enough, LOL!Library books are great, but I agree, I always want copies that I can keep of my favorites. I hope that you enjoyed the Ravencliff Bride as well. Yes, Dawn was an extraordinary person and I miss her so much. She made life so much of an adventure and we shared many happy time together. I cherish all those memories and I am so delighted that she did fulfill her DREAM of becoming an author so she could tell her tales to the world just like she told me the stories she made up to amuse me when we were children. THAT is one of my favorite memories.Dawn did leave us more books though and they are being released now and in the near future...I hope that you will enjoy them all as well. I hope that you will let me know how you enjoy them. Take care. Candy
To TamicHi and thank you so much for posting and for all your condolences and prayers.If you haven't read any of Dawn's books yet, then you'll have a lot to look forward to. Dawn was a born storyteller from the time we were children, she was always making them up for me to amuse me...even using a coloring book to illustrate them as she went along. That is one of my favorite memories! I hope that you will let me know how you enjoy her stories in the future, after you have read any of her stories.Many of the cover's for Dawn's books were done by her dear friend and fellow author DeborahAnne Macgillivray. I agree...I think that DeborahAnne does BEAUTIFUL WORK!!! I could NEVER pick which cover I like the best, LOL!Thank you so much again. Take care. Candy
Hi CherieI surely hope that you will enjoy reading Dawn's books. She was a born storyteller! I hope that you will let me know how you enjoy what you read.Dawn did not want to be forgotten, and we are working to keep her memory alive through all the works that she left us. Fortunately, there are still more stories to come. Dawn left us finished works that are just being released now and more that will be coming very soon. Dawn really enjoyed writing these stories and I am so pleased to hear how so many people are enjoying reading them. I hope that you will as well.Sincerely, Candy
To The Book QueenHi and thank you so much for posting and for your kind words and condolences. It was really a shock to all of us to lose Dawn so suddenly and unexpectedly. We all miss her so much every day!Don't be sorry that you just started reading Dawn's books...this way you still have a lot more of her stories ahead of you. Fortunately, she did leave us more works that are just being released now and even more that will be released in the future, so there are a lot more ahead!It's very heartwarming to hear how much Dawn's readers enjoyed her books, and I hope that you will let me know in the future how you enjoy the ones that are still ahead.Dawn did not want to be forgotten, and she put so much of herself into her work It is so rewarding to see her memory and her LEGACY go on through these books.Sincerely, Candy
The Book QueenThank you so much!That is exactly what we want to do. We want to share Dawn's memory with all her readers. When we were children, her stories were only for me, made up by her using a coloring book for illustration as she went along and this is such a cherished memory. THEN, I had the pleasure of calling Dawn my sister. NOW, I have the honor of sharing her with the world through her stories.Take care. Candy
Hi Amy S.I'm so glad that you like the idea of the contest! Please consider yourself entered and best of luck!My sister, Dawn, was a born storyteller, and she left us so many tales to enjoy.We are receiving such a warm and positive response to the contest and to all Dawn's books and that is wonderful.It was very hard to lose Dawn so suddenly and unexpectedly. She did not want to be forgotten, and we love to see her LEGACY go on through all the books that she left us. More are just being released now and there are still more to come in the future.Enjoy and Happy Reading.Sincerely, Candy
Wow, that's a very unique cover with the feather overlaid on the man's physique. I likey!
HI Candy, this is so great of you to do this in Dawn's memory! Her books SHOULD live on! Thank you!!Crystal Adkinscrystaladkins722@gmail.com
Saddened to hear of Dawns passing. Would like to have met her on line or maybe in person. To be honest I haven't been able to purchase any of her books but I have read excerpts and heard great things from those that have read her work. Would so love to win 4 of her books so I would finilly get to read a whole story. Thanks, Bridget
I just love these covers. Hubba hubba.I havn't read any of her work and would love to try. I have heard she was a great author.Katie
Hi FaithGlad that you like that cover! Thank you so much for posting and joining in on the contest. We have been receiving a wonderful, warm response to the contest, and I am enjoying hearing from so many of Dawn's readers. She left us so many wonderderful stories and this is one way that we are working to keep her memory alive! Dawn did not want to be forgotten, and from the great response that we are receiving, is so reassuring to know that she won't be. Take care. Candy
To Crystal AdkinsHi CrystalThank you so much for your warm and supportive comments! I am so pleased to hear that you enjoy Dawn's writing! It was a lifelong dream of hers to become an author, and I'm so grateful that she did realize her dream. I have so many great memories of Dawn telling me stories when we were children.....It makes me so proud and happy to see that she is now telling stories to the world! There will be more books coming from Dawn also. She left us many other works that are just now being released and more that will be released in the near future. Thank you so much for posting and take care! Candy
Hi BridgetThank you so much for your kind words and condolences. Dawn would have just loved to meet many more of her readers either on-line or in person as well. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the excerpts of the books that you've read and that you've heard so many good things from others that have read Dawn's books.If you enjoyed the excerpts, they I KNOW that you have a treat in store for you when you do get to read the whole story! Dawn was a born storyteller and she put so much into each one that she wrote. We are so fortunate that there will be more stories coming too. Dawn left us more finished works. Some are just being released now.....There will also be more in the near future. Thank you so much for posting and please consider yourself entered in the contest. Best of luck.Take care. Candy
To Katie BugHi KatieThank you so much for posting and joining the contest! Glad that you like all the covers! If you are new to Dawn's books, then you have a treat in store for you. Dawn always wanted to be an author since we were children. She LOVED to tell stories, and she has many books out now for her readers to enjoy. Sadly, we lost Dawn very suddenly and unexpectedly, however she did leave us many more tales that are yet to be released. It's very comforting and heartwarming to hear so many positive comments from Dawn's readers both old and new. I hope that you will enjoy reading her stories as much as she enjoyed writing them. Dawn wanted to be remembered and this contest is one way of keeping her memory and her Legacy alive.Take care. Candy
Hi Candy, I was thrilled to read that tbere are plans for finish Dawn's Elemental series. I have the first two books, and am looking forward to reading the next two sometime in the future. Even though Dawn will be missed, her work lives on.
Hi Audrey M.I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed Dawn's first two books in the Elemental series. We would love to see that series completed too. Right now, we are in the process of reviewing what Dawn had completed with the series and hope to be able to go on with it. We are very hopeful for Lord of the Forest in the near future. Dawn didn't want to be forgotten, and from the very positive response that we are receiving, it's very reassuring to know that she won't be.Dawn loved to tell her stories, and fortunately, she did leave us many more, some of which haven't even been released yet, but will be in the near future.Thank you so much for posting. Take care. Candy
Candy, I was wondering how she passed I didn't want to ask on my previous post, but you seem to be handling her loss well enough and are very open. You said it was sudden so I was just curious.
To TamicHi AgainThank you for the compliment, LOL!I don't know how WELL I'm handling it. Some days are harder than others. What I'm TRYING to do, is what I think Dawn would WANT me to do and sometimes that isn't so easy. It was very sudden and unexpected that we lost Dawn.She was in a head-on collision eleven years ago, which left her confined to a motorized wheelchair. It's amazing how much writing she accomplished, since she only typed with two fingers due to the accident and severe arthritis as well. She was able to transfer from the wheelchair to her bed but not walk any distance. At the beginning of October she had a fall. Dawn also suffered from a severe circulatory problem in her legs which was a residual effect of the auto accident complicated by her inability to move around much.After her fall, she was doing well and we did expect her to be right back home writing again after a little bit of therapy for her legs, but that just wasn't to be.A severe infection developed in her legs which was in part due to the circulatory problem and it increased so rapidly that the medications could not counteract it. I, myself can not walk very well due to arthritis in my legs and use a wheelchair as well for any distance at all. I was sleeping at the hospital toward the end of Dawn's time there. They were very kind in arranging a place where I could be right there so that she would never be alone.It was a very difficult thing to see her go through. It was SO SUDDEN AND UNEXPECTED. We did expect her to make a full recovery but she just wasn't strong enough to fight the infection.I know that many of her readers may not know exactly what happened, since it WAS so sudden, so I hope that this will help to answer any questions that any of them may have.Take care. Candy
Candy, reading your last post I had to comment again. Your sister's story of perserverance sounds amazing and heart rending. She obviously lived to write and I'm amazed to learn she was doing it with two fingers with arthritis. Dawn is so lucky to have a sister take care of her memory like you are doing.I'm sorry to hear of your troubles too. Please take care of yourself!
Hi SueThank you so much for posting again and for all your kind words.Dawn certainly was amazing. How she did all that she accomplished under the conditions that she had to work is unbelievable. She was in CONSTANT PAIN. The arthritis that she had was mainly in her hands and that was a handicap even before the car accident. The head-on collision that she was in was a near fatal one and at the hospital, the doctor said that she broke every bone in her body but her neck. She was literally the bionic woman with so many steel rods compounding the pain of the arthritis. She was in the hospital for four months from the car accident, having to go through rehabilitation to be able to just transfer from the chair to the bed.Writing is what took the pain away. It was the place that she went to where she was the happiest. As you probably read in one of my other posts, Dawn was a natural storyteller. She made up stories for me using a coloring book to illustrate them even when we were children. Her lifelong dream was to become an author, and I am so very grateful that she finally realized that DREAM. I always had the pleasure of calling her my sister, and now I have the honor of sharing her and her stories with the world. Whatever I can do to see her LEGACY carried out, I will try to do. Dawn did not want to be forgotten, and after all that I saw her go through I can't let that happen, but from the wonderful warm response that we're receiving to this contest and to all of her books that are still being released, I have been very reassured that she will be remembered. Dawn is STILL telling her stories!Thank you so much and take care.Candy
Candy,Thank you so much for getting back to me. I was unaware of any of the events in that went on in Dawn's life. I bet she was very thankful that you stayed in the hospital with her though. I am also sorry to hear about your condition as well. I hope that you will have a wonderful day. Thanks once again for the contest and for getting back to me.TamiCullen@Hotmail.Com
To Tami C.Hi again TamiThank you so much for all your kind words and thoughts.You are very welcome! Many people didn't even know that Dawn was in a wheelchair since she was a very private person. She never once complained about all that she had to go through. I'm so glad that you asked what had happened though, because I'm sure that many of Dawn's fans were wondering the same thing since we did lose her so suddenly and unexpectedly. Of course, her fans would surely want to know the story.I know that it comforted Dawn so much that I was there with her. It comforted me too. I would have worried myself sick if I wasn't there, wondering what was happening. We never wanted Dawn to feel that she was alone there. Other family members and friends were also in and out frequently and my nephew, Dawn's son, George was there much of the time also. It's been a very tough time, but my arthritis problems are very minor compared to what Dawn had to go through. I am just so grateful that I could be there with her when she needed me the most.Take care and YOU have a wonderful weekend as well. Candy
Candy,I love that you are carrying on in Dawn's memory what she loved so much. She was a beautiful person inside and out who will be remembered fondly by all who have been touched by her and her writings. Deidredeidre_durance@hotmail.com
To D. DuranceHi DeidreThank you so much for all your kind words. It's really appreciated!It's been so heartwarming to hear how how so many were touched by Dawn's writing and enjoyed her stories so much.If there is anything that I can do to help her memory and her LEGACY live on.....I certainly will try to do that. Dawn was a wonderful sister and I miss her so very much each and every day. I know that she's smiling and she's happy that her LEGACY will go on. She never wanted to be forgotten and from all the warm and positive responses we are receiving, it's so comforting to know that she won't be. When we were children, her stories were for me...Now I have the honor of sharing her with the world and we are so fortunate that she did leave us more stories that haven't even been released yet...Something to look forward to.Thank you so much again for posting. Take care. Candy
this is a wonderful tribute! very very touching...
To RedzHi and thank you so much for posting and for your kind words.It was my sister, Dawn's, lifelong DREAM to become a writer. Although she didn't realize that DREAM until later in life, she knew that she had all these wonderful stories to tell, and she never gave up on her DREAM!We are all so fortunate that Dawn left us more stories that are yet to be published. She put so much into each story that she wrote. It was such a shock to lose Dawn so suddenly and unexpectedly. It is such a comfort to see how so many of her readers are enjoying the stories that she wrote and that her LEGACY continues on.If I can be a part of seeing that happen for Dawn, then I am very grateful indeed, and I am also very grateful for the wonderful and warm response that we have received from so many of her fans and readers.Thank you again for posting, and take care. Candy
Hi, I loved Lord of the Dark, beautiful story. I was so sad when I finished knowing I would not have the opportunity to hear the stories of the Lord of the Forest and the Lord of Fire. I haven't read the others yet but I'm looking forward to.Take care,Dee:)
Hi DeeThank you for posting and for your kind comments. I'm so glad that you enjoyed Lord of the Dark! We would all love to see this Elemental series completed. Right now, we are reviewing what Dawn had completed with her writing before she passed away, and I can tell you that there are plans to release Lord of the Forest. Sorry, I can't give you a release date just yet, but that one should be on the way!So many people have enjoyed this Elemental series and it is so pleasing to see that another one in the series will be coming soon.Dawn really enjoyed writing this series, as she did all her books. She put so much into her writing.....She was a real Storyteller! Thank you so much again for posting and take care. Candy
I love all of Dawn's books Water Lord, Blood Moon series, etc etc my favorites are the elements series I have read the books 1 & 2 Lord of the deep and lord of the dark and will be getting Lord of the forest in December according to Amazon. I truly hope there will be the 4th as well (Lord of the Fire) as I am sure Dawn would have wanted to have the last and final book in the series published and will continue to keep her memory alive. May she rest in peace. God Bless.
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