Dawn Montgomery

New Cover and Back in the Saddle

In #amwriting, Coverart, Goals, Publishing News on September 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

PWCicon2Welcome back to the blog! I’m back to regular posting. When I get to the end of a project, I tend to disappear from the ‘net until it’s done. Four times now I’ve done it, so I think that qualifies as a habit. I don’t duck out on purpose. When I get to the end of a book I lose all track of time. I eat, breathe, and sleep about the book until it’s done. Then, once I have it turned in, all is right with the world again.

I didn’t return empty-handed, however. Today I’ve got a new cover. 😀

Coming in November: Shift the Night, Dark Talisman #2


#ROW80 update


Goals this week:

  1. Dragons Never Lie: 2 chapters done by next Wednesday
  2. Feral Hunger Edits and new content: I’m doing this one by page count. My goal is to get through chapter two by next Wednesday. With the kids back in school, it’s been much easier to concentrate.
  3. Voodoo Carnival: Keeping the same goal and continue at 500 words a day (equates to a scene every couple of days or a chapter every four or so). It’s working for me, and anything working is going to stay that way. LOL. Until it’s not. 😉 

Weekend Goals: 

  1. Edits on Last Rites: Get halfway through the book this weekend.
  2. Edits on To Chase a Werewolf: Chapter one this weekend.
  3. First Chapter’s Edits of Carter’s Legacy in preparation for Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest.

Workshops I’m attending this month: 

  • Writing the New American Cowboy- Bikers 101
  • Steampunk American Style

The Biker one has already started and I’m LOVING IT!

I’m part of a fantastic group called A Round of Words in 80 Days, and if you’d like to see how everyone else is doing, check out the list HERE.

Would you like to be a part of our writing challenge? Check out the rules HERE.

Keep Writing!

  1. Welcome back, Dawn. I love your book cover. The red dress and B&W background are yummy. People who can work on several writing projects at once astound me. I’m tinged green and humbled. 🙂 X



  2. Hey Shah! Thanks for the welcome back.

    With Thunder and Roses, for various reasons (and some out of my control) I worked on that one project for seven months with only a three week break to write something else.

    I became so frustrated and burned out on the characters it dragged my motivation way down. Part of it was the 94k length, much longer than any of my other novels to date, and part was that it was the first time in my writing career I’d ever poured everything I had into one book.

    The recovery from T&R was pretty rough so I’ve decided to write my novels with novellas on the side to keep me working on something new when I’m growling at the longer work.

    I guess working on multiple projects is a necessary defense against burn out. Which sounds backwards, I’m sure. LOL.

  3. We all go quiet for various reasons. I spent the last two weeks of August in blog silence, so I could prep for my kids going back to school. I hated doing it, but it was for the best. I think it is something we should embrace rather than feel “bad” about.

    And I thought I had a lot of projects in rotation. You put me to shame! And I think you might have better control over yours than I do mine Go, Dawn! Keep up the awesome work.

    • I don’t think I’d feel so bad if I’d planned for it. The truth is, every day ran together until the beginning of this week. I would pull up my blog to post about #ROW80 and then lose the entire day to writing with the promise to come back and I’d forget.

      I think, by now, it really is a habit of mine, so when I get within 10k of finishing a book, I’ll post something on the wall saying I’m going to be flighty until the book is done.

      I love you taking those two weeks to prep for the kids return to school. That’s fantastic!

      And you are right about no reason to feel bad about taking time off. We put a lot on ourselves.

      If I get behind, I can never catch up, but the fall tends to be my most productive season so I’m taking advantage of it. Summer is my least productive, but I’m getting there!

  4. […] Finalized my coverart for Shift the Night (my second self-pub book). Check out the post here. […]

  5. […] Finalized my coverart for Shift the Night (my second self-pub book). Check out the post here. […]

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