Baby Step Encouragement

Have you begun your new year? I have. It started with reflection and was swiftly followed by appreciation for where I was last year and how far God has brought me to date. This time last year, I wasn’t a published author. I had no concept of how to acquire ISBN numbers or even how to get my book printed. I had never built a website, didn’t have a Twitter or Instagram account and hardly knew how to use Facebook. Social media marketing? What was that?

Not to say that I’ve arrived. I still haven’t completely grasped online marketing, but I’m not letting it stop me. Everyday, I’m gaining a new tip or trying something different because technology is constantly evolving, and the greatest achievement in this is how much I’ve learned to value my baby steps.

Case in point: Last year, Periscope quickly became the new social media craze. People began venturing from their familiar Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and started diving into this new trend of live video streaming. It’s perfect for those who love talking, love to be on camera, or love showcasing what is happening around them. I, on the other hand, am none of the aforementioned and consequently had no intention of getting on Periscope.

However, the Lord dropped a brilliant idea on me to start something called, Heather Dawn’s Book Corner, where I would have a live book excerpt reading and discussion. Of course, the kick-off topic would be––drum roll, please––my new novel, Imbroglio. (Well, whadya expect?)
Anyway, I quelled my inhibitions, stepped out of my comfort zone, and set sail on the concept. I scheduled it, even arranged to have two guests with me for commentary. When the day arrived to go live, I had the process mapped out logically. Although I had never done a single scope, I knew it wasn’t going to be rocket science.

Oh, how swiftly the ship began springing leaks. Things weren’t working the same way for me as I’d seen with others. It was actually quite comical. See the set up for yourself.



Hey, I got 67 live views!

I could’ve shied away then but I didn’t. I tried Periscoping again, and the second one was… better. I even discovered another new app for that app called Katch, making it possible to view a replay of my growth here.

So what happened to Heather Dawn’s Book Corner? When’s my next periscope reading? I get asked these questions a lot, and yes, it seems I’ve fallen off the wagon a touch, but please understand I’m trying to learn another new social craze, Snap Chat, right now.

In all seriousness, I say to that person with a vision, dream or goal who has yet to take the first steps toward making them a reality, as well as to the person who has launched and stalled, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” (Zech. 4:10)

If I can step into many realms of the unknown on wobbly legs, so can you.

Thankfully, I’ve seen a dream come to fruition. I’m selling books and getting rave reviews from my readers who are thanking me for entertainment that is refreshing and unexpected. Through the bumps, bruises, and sidebars along the way toward making it happen, I’ve grown, and the best part of my journey is the relationships I’ve developed all over the world that have blessed my heart tremendously.
So I ask again, have you begun your 2016?

Gotta run. I have a date with CreateSpace.

It’s Done!

MerryThe first chapter of Imbroglio’s audio book teaser is finished! Finally.

After thirteen straight hours of editing what I thought would only take me two or three to do, I confess that I stopped being able to count the time or see the monitor anymore. By the end of the following day, I gave up trying to keep track altogether and simply prayed for my eyes to hold on while my creativity flowed a little bit longer. Then I needed a little bit longer than that.

In other words, I had no idea when I would complete the project, but I’m so thankful for everyone who helped make it happen. Here’s a shout out to Reggie Gaskins for stepping in at the spur of the moment and pulling together the recording session when I didn’t have time. To the talent––Shauntay Tabb, Crystal Coney, Calvin Winbush, and Mr. Robinson––who brought their voices and equipment to essentially a cold reading and laid out the audio within an hour window, I throw roses at your feet.

Happy, happy, happy! One step in the process is done and in place to be gifted to everyone who signs up for my free monthly newsletter, so sign up today to hear a special treat. Now, on to the next phase of “will achieve” goals on my list that is scrolling across the floor. Won’t you pray my strength, please?

Stay tuned for the next chronicle of my journey. On this Christmas eve, may the blessings of a Merry Christmas be yours!

An Unnecessary Expense

IMG_1723Here’s a true, short story that I’ve entitled, “An Unnecessary Expense,” but you may prefer “Take the Advice” or even “Inflation.” Any will work.

This morning, I stood over the kitchen sink pondering what to do about my newly discovered frozen garbage disposal.

This afternoon, I phoned my dad who told me to push a crowbar or something sturdy inside it to dislodge the blades. I replied, “No. I’ll just buy a new one.”

This evening, I went online to price the model I presently have. And now?

That crowbar has my disposal working just fine.

Dedicated to my frugally-minded brethren.

Your Voice

Help An AuthorI so enjoy all of the feedback I get from my readers, and I don’t want to be the only one experiencing it.

This page is dedicated to your comments, thoughts, and book reviews. I’m listening––with my eyes, of course.

 

(Photo credited to J. Davies)

First Book Signing A Success

How exciting it was on Saturday to walk into Zahra's Bookstore and set up for my first book signing! I truly had no idea what the outcome would be, and I was totally amazed at the love that showed up. Family, friends, and total strangers came out to get their autographed copy of Imbroglio. We talked about the book, its inception, its title, and much more. I even had to tag one individual with a spoiler alert. It was a great time, and saying that I am eternally grateful for the support is inadequate. I think I'll still be wearing the same smile from this event a year from now. Check out a few of the moments below, captured beautifully, courtesy of Photography by Elijah. You'll see what I mean.

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Unusual Marketing

I received a message this past Thursday on my Facebook Page that I just have to share. It made my mouth gape open.

The sender asked that I share it anonymously.

“Hello, my name is UNDISCLOSED and I just wanted to share with you about how I heard of your name and your debut book.

Thursday night, I received a text message that read: “HEATHER’s Book is out!! BUY IT, READ IT! It’s GOOD! HeatherDawnRobin.com”. After looking at the text and asking who it was from, (they called themselves Aunt Cheryl) I concluded that it was sent to me by accident. I politely let them know that they had the wrong number but, I told them I wished your book well.

I love reading, love to write and I’m always adding new books to my “To Read List” when I got home, I decided to Google the book and your name. I went to your website, read the synopsis and read a teaser. With the teaser alone, I found myself chuckling at where it left off and wondering what happened next. So, your book is now on my “To Read List”. 🙂

Long story short, a text that was accidentally sent to me helped me find a new book that I want to read, inspired me to keep working on my story and getting it published one day… I believe that all of this is God nudging me; reminding me not to forget my dream.”

God is amazing! What I learned? Even in mistakes, there is success and purpose.

Behind the scenes––The Writer’s Imbroglio

IMG_1455An intricate and perplexing state of affairs. That is the definition of the title of my book, but the irony with its regard is that it is exactly what I went through while writing the story.

Imbroglio weaves the beginning tale of a woman traveling along an emotional, moral, spiritual, and political journey among a crowd of others in need of deliverance. I wrote as I was lead, not eschewing sinful aspects of the characters in the story, but taking the reader through their human choices and the consequences of those choices as it relates to God’s design and moral standards. However, as I was trying to write the story the Lord was unfolding before me, the reality is I grappled with doing so.

I was conflicted about the concerns that certain Christians might have about the content. You know, the ones who may not see the vision God had given me or understand the book’s purpose. I was concerned about inciting the reader to sin. I kept questioning, should I include the sinful elements of the world? What about showing the struggles with such? Should I tell this romantic suspense? Now, don’t get me wrong. Imbroglio is not erotica, nor is it a gory war chronicle, but it does contain real life experiences, and even with the knowledge that no novel—regardless of the premise—will ever please everyone, I still shied away from wanting to tell the story.

It was truly an interpersonal battle, until the day the Lord reminded me that in His Word, inside the greatest love story ever created, where the beauty of romance and sensuality is nestled within, are all sorts of sinful conditions––violence, immorality, and immense wickedness. So, I revisited such passages, paying close attention to the seemingly unnecessary mentions in scripture that for me incited the question of why God saw fit to include them, like the numerous accounts of rape and depravity, Onan spilling his seed on the ground (Gen. 38:9), Rahab’s mere mention as a prostitute (Josh 2:1), the graphic story of the two prostitute sisters in Ezekiel 23, and even the heated romance in the Song of Solomon. Admittedly, I’d reread those passages countless times, but the question remained until finally, I got it––the “why” of why He included it. I understood that the lucid descriptions of people’s sin the Bible are there to show us, the readers, ourselves—what we look, behave, and desire to be like. I saw that the accounts were never to glorify the acts, but rather to show how far we are from righteousness and in need of his mercy. I also saw in the Song of Solomon how the Originator of romance intends for it to be.

God turned my focus back to intention. I then asked myself, “Is my intention to glorify those elements or to send a message?” In resounding fashion, my answer was the latter. It was then God confirmed for me what I had known all along: I cannot tell a complete story without the good and the bad, and the only way we as people change is if we can see ourselves. If I was going to stay true to who my target audience is—those who need or desire something different, meaningful and thought–provoking—then I would have to stay the course.

How good it felt to gain peace! I could finally move forward through the labor pains. The result is this book, with thoughtfully selected content and carefully chosen words. Through my own imbroglio, Imbroglio was born. So, when you open the book and turn the pages, get ready.

Heather Dawn’s Book Corner Coming

Today is my birthday! The Lord has blessed me to see another year of life, and on top of that, He timed it with the arrival of a debut publication that took so very long to manifest––something I couldn’t have planned if I tried. This speaks volumes to me!

So, I want to do something different by giving everyone who’s interested a gift. To celebrate the official release of my new novel, Imbroglio, I will be reading the first chapter live on Periscope! If you don’t have the app, get it, follow me (HeatherDawnRobn) and meet me at Heather Dawn’s Book Corner on Saturday, October 10th at 1:15pm.

This will be my first Scope and out of the box for me, but I’m happily following the plans that the Lord is laying before me. I hope you can join me!

Imbroglio is Here!

So, my debut novel, Imbroglio, has arrived––right before my birthday! What an incredible birthday gift of new beginnings and adventure, by the grace of God. I was so excited to get home and open my packages, I didn’t even fix myself up. I just grabbed the scissors and went for it! I posted a video of it on my Facebook page. If you want a laugh, please take a look.

It is an amazing experience to have something I’ve worked so hard and long on to finally materialize in my hands, and I couldn’t have done it without the help and encouragement of my closest family, friends, and a few new people the Lord sent me along the way. Now, I’m anxious to hear back from you, the reader, after you’ve held the book in your hands and read it from cover to cover!

If you haven’t already, get your copy today––before the sale of 25% off AND free shipping is gone! Hmmm, it’s just the right size for Christmas stocking stuffers…

Meet the Author

Imbroglio is my exciting debut. Birthed as catharsis during a tumultuous time in my life, I penned this story for others like me in search of an undying love. I'm currently working on the next phase of this project to bring to fruition an audio book, a book trailer and, for those who want to watch it on the big screen, a feature film. What's after that? The sequel, of course!... I mean, perhaps... LEARN MORE >

The Story. Defined.

im·bro·glio / im-‘brōl-yō / n. (pl. -lios)
1) A perplexing and intricate state of affairs: Shannon Moore––professional, headstrong, and blazing her own path––starts doubting the solidity of her life and future when a charming encounter and a chain of perplexing events overtake her. Ensnared in love, lust, and a spiritual odyssey among unsavory dealings, she plunges into a heart-racing journey of intricate twists and turns, and her dangerous state of affairs provokes more questions than answers.
2) A complicated situation: She's plagued by the warnings: “Don't get involved in something you really don’t want to be a part of” and “Things aren't always what they seem...” Throughout the imbroglio, she clamors for freedom in the form of salvation and love, both of which have been strangers far too long. SEE MORE

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• Paperback: 192 pages

• Category: Romantic Suspense

• Book Dimensions: 5.5” x 8.5”


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