Author Archives: Dawn Lajeunesse

About Dawn Lajeunesse

I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. MY NEW NOVEL, THE EYES HAVE IT, IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AND B&N! In Her Mother's Shoes was published in June 2013 - available through Amazon, B&N and iPad, e-book (only $2.99!) as well as paperback. Autumn Colors was my first. My third novel, Star Catching, was released in November, 2016 and has been very well-received! My writings are mostly women's fiction, most also suitable for YA. My website is www.dawnlajeunesse.com. Come visit me there!

THE THIRTY-YEAR GENOCIDE

I feel like I just struck gold in the research for my historical fiction! I have amassed so many articles and books and photos and interviews. Still, I felt my mental picture of the time frame when Armenians were subjected … Continue reading

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BIRTH OF AN ARMENIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

I grew up in a community of Armenians. Every block within a 4-5 block diameter contained multiple Armenian families, and at the center of it was the church. The groundbreaking for the first church was celebrated by the entire congregation. … Continue reading

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ARMENIAN HISTORY AND FOOD

I don’t usually do book reviews on this site. However, in my research for my eventual historical fiction about Armenians and their immigration to America during and following the 1915 genocide in Turkey, I came across a marvelous book that … Continue reading

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ARMENIAN FAIRYTALES

Shnor-ha-vor (soorp) dzu-noont!  Merry Christmas! During a visit with one of the Armenian women who was kind enough to let me interview her for my historical fiction, she shared a delightful find with me (actually, a few delightful finds, but … Continue reading

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HOW LONG IS TOO LONG FOR HISTORICAL FICTION?

This stained glass window photo is from the church I attended as a child and remained a member until it closed in 2011. Revisiting the church a little over a year ago started me on this journey–to write about the … Continue reading

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ARMENIA 100+ YEARS AGO

PA-REV-NER! GREETINGS! It’s a literary gift of gold! Thanks to my friend Roger, I learned of this resource for understanding life in Armenia prior to the 1915 genocide. I have only just begun my study of what it offers. The … Continue reading

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NETGALLEY FEATURES THE EYES HAVE IT!

I’m thrilled to announce that my novel, THE EYES HAVE IT,  is a themed-week feature book in the Romance category on NetGalley from 11/11/19-11/17/19! If you are unfamiliar with NetGalley, it is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers … Continue reading

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