Catching Up!

It’s funny how spring inspires growth in potential as well as daffodils and daisies. It’s especially wonderful when this happens under adversity.

My general health has been stinky. It happens! Instead of laying in bed thinking of all I can’t do, I’ve been laying there planning like crazy for all the things I CAN do. After all, I would never want to become a Mrs. Bennet, fretting over my nerves and needing salts. Ugh! Not in my house.

Instead, I plan to be a busy Oregon beaver for 2019. Here’s what’s happening:

  1. My latest Christie Capps went live on April 7th.
  2. I formatted the four latest Christie Capps novellas into my 2nd boxed set which will be available on April 25th (our 39th wedding anniversary).
  3. I am moving right along on “Finding Their Way” the sequel to “A Father’s Sins” that I’ve struggled with for years. Then I plan to follow up with the Colonel’s story. (That’s my plan and I hope I’m going to stick to it.)
  4. Last month, a premise for a new J Dawn King story hit me like a ton of bricks. I chewed on it and chewed on it. Simply, it would not let go of me. So I wrote everything down that I remembered, shopped for a cover with magnificent designer Jane Dixon-Smith, and have temporarily set it aside as I endeavor to exert fierce self-control so I don’t bail on Bingley again and write this story. That baby is so CUTE!!! (see below)
  5. I started back at the gym eight days ago. There’s a machine I call “The Beast” that I am determined to conquer. It’s sort of a sit-down elliptical piece of equipment that truly loathes me, I think. But the doctors promise exercise will be helpful so I’ve been each day except Sunday. I bought a FitBit yesterday to track my steps and heart rate which makes me quite in style. So far today I am at 3,709 steps. My goal is 5,000.

I hope your spring has sprung and you are enjoying life. Happy reading!


  • Sheila L. Majczan

    You are so right – that baby is adorable!!! Looking forward to all your stories. My iPhone acts as a FitBit if I remember to have it on me at all times. I won’t tell you my goal but I am happy with myself in that department. Best wishes for improved health. Good luck with your muse.

  • J. W. Garrett

    Aaaaahhhhh! What a cutie. That baby is adorable. All the mothers and grandmothers are melting in their chairs right now. I just want to stick my nose under that cute chin near the ear and nuzzle. What is it about babies that melts our hearts? Congratulations on all your success and I look forward to reading that new launch. Keep up the mantra ‘conquer the beast’ and you soon will. I have faith in you. We want you around a long time. Blessings.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      That’s what a baby does, especially when they are fresh out of the bath and squeaky clean. You just need to nuzzle them and inhale.

      I will tell you, Jeanne, the machine itself looks frightening. Yet, there are men and women older than me who are spending 20 minutes at a time on it. I’m at 15. Go forth and conquer!!! Thank you for your kind words. I’m working on it.

  • Carole in Canada

    Think of Elizabeth Bennet…”My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” when you start your day and face that ‘beast’. You can do it! I am thrilled you are back to Bingley and Jane’s story and to know there are several others in the pipeline is fantastic! The cover with the baby is adorable…nothing like holding them in your arms and singing them to sleep. Wishing you well…always.

  • Buturot

    I am so looking ofrward to these books releases. thank you Dawn. Am glad you are also taking care of your health… I came from the days when we use the refcorders. i just wonder maybe while your exercising (i.e. waking in the park or treadmill) instead of stopping you to type or record your ideas you can record in a recorder. In that way you don’t have to stop exercising 🙂 I work in healthcare so I know the importance of exercising 😉 Btw ..awesome the covers

  • Glynis

    I’m so glad you are managing your health rather than giving in to it a la Mrs Bennet! It must be so tempting sometimes.
    I’m loving all your book ideas. His Frozen Heart is on my shopping list and I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel for A Father’s Sins. As for that baby? Such a cutie, those sparkling eyes are full of mischief.
    I hope you are successful in all your challenges. Take care.

  • Shelley Hoisington

    That baby is just to cute! Excited for the sequel for A Father’s Sin. Good luck with that machine. My daughter loves her Fitbit, it tells her if she is walking, using an elliptical, running, working out, as well as her sleep times. My 85 year old mother has been wearing a Fitbit for years now, she is always telling me how many steps she has in when we are out. Once she had 10,000 steps and her wrist was buzzing when it hit that goal. Wishing you well and your health improves.

  • Anji

    So sorry to hear you’ve not been well. Your positive attitude to life will go a long way towards combating whatever ails you. Sending hugs and wishes that you get on top of it soon.

    Looking forward to seeing all of those plans coming to fruition, especially the Colonel’s story. And if cuteness sells books, A Baby for Mr. Darcy should sell millions!

    • Anji

      Oh, and I forgot to mention my walking milestone. I have both a pedometer app and a GPS tracking app on my mobile phone. Last Saturday, I broke my personal record for steps, clocking up 13,703 whilst we were out for the day with friends. And I didn’t have my phone on me for part of the morning before we set off, as I’d got it plugged in to charge. We were tired at the end of that day!

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