Exciting Book Stuff!

Well, I promised some great things this summer and I’m not going to let you down!

First off let’s get real. I just moved to California and I am in the process of adjusting to a new job. So I may not be as present on social media etc. I promise to prioritize my writing, but I’ll need a little grace.

Second. I am working on The Traveler. In fact, it is getting close! I have a shiny new cover ready to reveal later this summer. I have a few scenes to tweak and threads to tie up. It’s going to be beautiful. In the meantime I am compiling a list of ARC readers. Some of you know who you are, but if you want to jump on the bandwagon, shoot me an e-mail!

Finally! Out of Darkness has a book trailer! I am by no means an expert at this, but I am quite pleased by how it turned out. It gives quite a few hints about plot and establishes the tone and aesthetic. I hope you guys enjoy it!

There’s more…(drumroll please)…Logan has a theme song!

And finally!! For a limited time Out of Darkness is going to be FREE on Amazon this Monday! Now’s your chance to pick up a copy and tell your friends!

Hope you guys have a great week! I’ll check in again before too long!

An Open Letter About My Book “Out of Darkness”

Oh, the joys of the internet! I tend to be a private person. I’m not much of a sharer in my day-to-day life, even with friends I trust. So you can imagine how guarded I tend to be on the internet. But then I remember that I actually published two books which arguably bare my soul. Talk about vulnerability. So if I’ve put my work out for the world to see, I might as well dissect it a little bit so people understand my message clearly, right?

Some people are attracted to my debut novel, Out of Darkness because it looks ‘dark.’ But I know that others shy away from it. I’m okay with that. I know that not everybody will like it or understand it and I have to accept that. But I also wanted to put a clear statement out so that people don’t misunderstand what I represent.

My intention is not to glorify violence. 

There is a lot of that going on these days and I don’t like it. I will turn a program off or stop reading a book if I think that’s what it is doing. But simply depicting violence is not the same as glorifying it. Sometimes violence is just an honest part of the story. Even in that case, I don’t think it’s necessary to go into graphic detail. But sometimes violence is an analogy for something more. In The Lord of the Rings, we recognize that the gory battles are symbolic for the battle of good against evil in this world. Tolkien may not describe them in gory detail, but that’s what they are and there is no getting around that. But he uses them masterfully as a backdrop to get his messages of hope across.

I did not grow up in America. I grew up in a place where violence was very real. And by the age of six, I understood the atrocities men commit against each other. So I hope no one ever accuses me of taking violence lightly. Now you’re all thinking that Out of Darkness is a bloody war saga. It really isn’t, I promise! But there is some violence (non-graphic) and there are definitely some scenes on the dark side. But they only exist to amplify the light at the end (thus the title!).

I also want to add that, like Tolkien, the fighting and the struggles are symbolic of very real emotional battles that I have experienced. It would be too real to write the actual account. And so I created this science-fiction-parable of sorts to convey the emotional equivalent and show how hope can still come out of brokenness. 

It’s interesting…I started working at a behavioral treatment center for at-risk teenagers after I wrote this book. These were girls who had been abused, traumatized, and cast off by the world. They were victimized by people they trusted and eventually learned to victimize themselves. It was heartbreaking. I spent two years de-escalating them, telling them they didn’t have to be victims, encouraging their talents and skills, and trying to help them see the world through a different lens.

And that’s when I realized I really needed to publish this book. Because there is so much content out there that is sending all the wrong messages: you are a victim of your circumstances, bad choices don’t have consequences, rebellion for rebellion’s sake is cool, and “you only live once” so make stupid decisions. Most adults dismiss it as “entertainment.” But believe me when I tell you that teenagers are hearing and seeing these messages and they are acting out on them.

So I wrote this book to answer questions in my own heart:

-Am I a victim of my circumstances?

-When people make decisions that affect my life (which I have no control over), can I still find a way to be my own person?

But in truth, I published it for all of the girls I worked with, who I still dream about, and who I pray every day are not lying dead somewhere.

If you made it this far, thank you for listening! I know that many of you are writers and authors trying to put positive messages out into a dark world and I salute you for that! Let’s keep fighting together.

Click here to find out more about the actual plot of the book.

If you’d like to start a conversation, leave a comment below, or feel free to e-mail me: ebdawsonwriting@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Beth Dawson

New Covers!

So you can tell I’ve got my life back together because I’m actually posting things on social media! It got pretty busy there and I had a lot of change going on in my life including graduating from college and moving to a new state.

But I’m back. And while I’m always re-evaluating my branding, my communication, and my social media presence (read: I may not post every day), I won’t be entirely off the grid anymore.

Anyway. On to the fun part! My books have all been moved to Amazon KDP and have received new cover treatment! Check them out:

Out of Darkness (The Creation of Jack Book 1)

 

 

 

 

 

Into the Void (The Creation of Jack Book 2)

 

 

 

 

 

The Traveler

 

“Into the Void” is Coming!

I know what you’re thinking…wasn’t it supposed to be done months ago?

Yes, I suppose it was. But I am going to share a couple of facts of life with you:

  1. I am not a full time author and have to work to support myself, plus try to have a life outside of my laptop 😉
  2. I don’t have an editor or publisher to help me.
  3. My work tastes better seasoned with time.

So there’s really nothing to complain about. And you should all know that I am stinkin’ excited! You see I really thought this book was done months ago (was it late January or early February?). I even ordered a proof copy. The proof copy is an important step for me because I am a very kinesthetic person. There comes a point where scrolling through the manuscript on my laptop isn’t good enough and I get stuck. My proof copies are like a test run to get new perspective. The perspective I got a few months ago was that the story wasn’t finished yet. So I kept working on the weak spots, and I’m so glad I did!

Into the Void thumbnail

 

 

And here is my other exciting news:

These two books (“The Creation of Jack” and “Into the Void”) are intricately connected to one another. They are the same story and they need each other to be whole. So I am publishing a special volume containing both books combined!

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I am awaiting their proof copies before I start advertising to the whole world! And keep your eyes peeled for a free book giveaway!

Good News!

A friend of mine (who is a graphic design wizard) has offered to create book covers for me! She will add them to her portfolio and I will gain a little more professionalism and marketing oomph! It’s a win win and I am so excited.

She will be starting with “The Creation of Jack,” then probably doing “Into the Void” next before “The Traveler.” This gives me time to finish a few edits on “Into the Void” and (especially) “The Traveler.”

But we don’t have any deadlines set, so I can’t promise you any dates. You all will just have to wait in anticipation with me!

I realize that this news probably doesn’t excite you as much as it does me. But I invite you to ignore the duties and stressors of your life and jump up and down with me at the thought of professional eye-candy for my books! If that doesn’t make life a little better, I don’t know what does.

You’re welcome. Have a great week!

The Creation of Jack Soundtrack!

One time long ago I said it would be cool if I could tell my readers what songs to listen to as they read my book. I was half joking. I just kind of assumed that people don’t do that sort of thing 😉

Well the idea never really left my head. I’ve always had specific songs for specific projects. Finally, the other week I saw another author had done it: created a playlist “soundtrack” for her book. So here is mine. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. At the bottom I will list the songs with a word of how they connect to the book. (If videos below aren’t working try clicking here: COJ Soundtrack)

 

  1. All My Days (Alexi Murdoch)- America
  2. A Whisper (Coldplay)- Into the Maze
  3. Nara (E.S. Posthumus)- Rinty
  4. 300 Violin Orchestra (Jorge Quintero)- Confrontation
  5. The Interview (AFI)- Blackmail
  6. Prelude 12/21 (AFI)- Point of No Return
  7. Let Go (Red)- Hajjar
  8. Bring Me To Life- (Evanescence) Druce

Part 2

  1. Pieces (Red)- Harbor
  2. Breathe (Alexi Murdoch)- A Life On the Ocean
  3. Break Me Down (Red)- The Past Comes Back
  4. Polarize (twenty one pilots) – A New Team
  5. Rivers In Your Mouth (Ben Howard)- Cambodia
  6. Breath (Breaking Benjamin)- The Chase
  7. Taking Over Me (Evanescence)- Dark Memories
  8. Blow Me Away (Breaking Benjamin)- Assault on the Compound

Part 3

  1. Comptine d’Un Autre Ete (Yann Tiersen)- Hospital
  2. Numb (Linkin Park)- Revelations
  3. Hurt (Johnny Cash)- Runaway
  4. Let Go (Frou Frou)- In the Rain
  5. Born to Lead (Hoobastank)- Destiny
  6. Holding On to You (twenty one pilots)