This and that

It’s been a while! Like everyone, I’ve been caught up in the holiday activities that are piled on top of working, commuting, exercising and of course, preparing for the release of my novel, Autumn Colors, in early January.

I’ve also had occasion to visit several websites and blogs in the past month. I’m constantly amazed at how much is out there.

For fans of literary work with an independent twist, check out Wanda Shapiro’s site/blog. Wanda’s a rising star in the literary world with her first book, Sometimes That Happens with Chicken, and her cutting edge observations on the state of publishing. Check her out at

If you are a fan of historic fiction, Gloria Waldron Hukle’s website is a must-see. Her three-novel series (might a fourth be coming soon?) follows the early Waldron family in colonial New York City and the Hudson Valley, with a foray in book #2 (Diary of a Northern Moon) all the way north to North Creek, NY. Her new article, Fact To Fiction, shares fascinating insights on how historic facts are transformed into a page-turning story. Go see her at

Checking out my local scene, I happened upon a blog sites of a writer/reporter that I’ve found interesting.

Lori Cullen, at the Times Union (Albany, NY) website, talks books from many angles. She shares her own opinions, of course. But she’s also started an on-line book club, where participants can post impressions of the chosen book of the month. Recently featured books have included Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo. One of the most fun and challenging activities on her site has been a challenge to any and all writers to commit to finishing their novel by year end. Sadly, I happened upon this too late to join in, as I would have loved the boost to my writing volume that a little competition would have provided. It seems to be an active and successful challenge, so maybe she’ll do it again!

And finally, I need to blow my own horn a bit. AUTUMN COLORS received a wonderfully positive review from ForeWord/Clarion this month. Here’s an excerpt:

This talented author knows how to evoke emotion, so much so that delving into her work hurts….Autumn Colors is an enlightening, though often aching, reflection on young love brought to a catastrophic end and a poignant description of spiritual healing. Expect more from this gifted writer. Rated Four Stars (out of Five). Julia Ann Carpenter, ForeWord Clarion Review.

The full review can be read at

Until next time (probably after Christmas!)….

About Dawn Essegian Lajeunesse

I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. My last three novels, THE EYES HAVE IT, IN HER MOTHER'S SHOES and STAR CATCHING, are available in e-book format through Amazon and other formats by request here or on my website. AUTUMN COLORS was my first novel and is still available through Amazon and B&N in multiple formats. My early writings are women's fiction, one also suitable for YA. My work-in-progress is a historical fiction about the Armenians who settled in Troy, NY in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Come visit me at my website:
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1 Response to This and that

  1. Thanks for the mention Dawn and I can’t wait to check out Gloria and Lori. I’m excited to read about my tiny hometown in Gloria’s second book in the series and it sounds like Lori is doing wonderful things at the Times Union. Best to you and yours this holiday season and thanks again!


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