What the Reviewers are Saying

Five Stars for Courtesan Boot Camp. "This one is a gonna read again keeper." ~ Mahalia Levey

Five Stars for My Boogie Woogie Bugle Guy. "It may only be 36 pages long, but My Boogie Woogie Bugle Guy packs the wallop of a full-length novel...and then some!" ~ Long and Short Reviews

"I laughed out loud at some of the images that came to mind as I read this one, and enjoyed watching as this mature woman went through the insecurities more often faced by teens as they move into adulthood. The world here is realistic and charming, and the characters are a true delight." ~ Whipped Cream Reviews, 4 1/2 Cherries

Reviewer's Top Pick "With her original plot elements, light dose of comedy and wildly creative world-building, D. L. (Dawn) Jackson is proving to be a fresh new voice in Sci-Fi romance that's not to be missed. She follows up her hugely successful Last Flight of the Ark (Liquid Silver Books) with the first two novellas in her “explosive” Blown Away series." ~Two Lips Reviews

"The only thing I wondered about was how soon we can expect to read the next story about this fascinating planet and its new inhabitants."
~ Got Erotic Romance!Reviews

"Ms. Jackson is a master of science fiction plots. She draws in readers using a combination of thrilling action, challenging characters and imaginative scenery."
~ Just Erotic Romance Reviews

"The writing is fast-paced, grabbing my attention on the first page and keeping it until the baby-making end. It's filled with romance, blistering hot sex, mystery and chilling revelations that will shock and thoroughly amaze you. If you were a fan of Stargate: Atlantis, you'll love this book."
~ Two Lips Reviews

5 Cup Review from HEA. "I have to say I was completely fascinated from the first moment of the prologue. I knew I was reading something I’d never even imagined reading before."
~ Happily Ever After Reviews

"What a wonderful, inventive and suspenseful read. From the prologue you know that you are reading a book quite different from most anything else out there."
~ Got Erotic Romance! Reviews

 "What a fabulous story. Intriguing and different. I had trouble putting it down. The tension between Gabriel and Jocelyn was fantastic and just part of the allure. The story was Fast-paced and creative and gave me chills."
~ Night Owl Reviews

What I'm Tweeting About
Saturday
Mar312018

Collateral Lives ~ Blown Away (#4) Coming Soon!

Here comes Trouble.

“Sergeant Aristasha Trouble Devoe, you have been accused of multiple crimes against the citizens of Trios Port and the League of Planets.”

When the League hands down their sentence, it’s not exactly what Trouble expects. A lifetime sentence, for however long that may be, in the League’s Company X, onboard Eternity Space Station, an inescapable prison in space. Nothing like being the newest member of X, as in exterminate, a suicide company, and she’s landed herself on the EOD squad, disarming bombs. Shit! She doesn’t know anything about disarming ordnance. 

Captain Marc Avery is serving a lifetime sentence for blowing his commander’s head off. When he meets his new remote, she’s nothing like he expected. Sure, he’s guilty of murder, but he had his reasons, and that they didn’t happen to align with the League, well, let’s just say he doesn’t believe in killing thousands of innocent men, women, and children for the League’s agenda, even if he’s handed a death sentence for it. 

But the punishment doesn’t end there. The little lavender Droxie doesn’t know how to shut her mouth, and good gods, though she’s small, she’s a handful. In her case, it’s true that explosives come in small packages, and Avery has been handed more than he might be able to handle. 

Now they’re linked, through special hardware installed in their heads, each seeing, feeling, and experiencing what the other does, the nightmare only gets better. If Avery doesn’t keep the little bundle of dynamite with a death wish alive, he’s going to go down with her. Hard. 

Problem is, he’s already started to fall, and when your next mission is to save the galaxy, love has no place in your heart or mind. If they fail, not only will they die, billions will serve their death sentence along with them.

 

Sunday
Nov052017

Thinking outside the box and engaging your right brain when writing.

I believe that to keep your mind young, you need to feed it often. Learning helps us to use parts of the brain we may have neglected during the daily grind of routine life. For many, our daily jobs become mindless, something we’ve done so often, we are not challenged to put much thought into them as we go about doing what we do every day. But there are little details you will not miss with a brain in learning mode. Things that will give you different perspectives you never had before. By challenging our minds to learn something new, we force stimulation on a lax brain. And this is the one of many reasons I’ve started learning another language.

One of the things I’ve learned from my Chinese lessons so far is that the language is almost musical in sound. That when talking, the tones, the highs and lows, are like singing. Before I started learning Mandarin, I did not hear this when I’d come upon two people conversing in it. This observation has affected my writing, and the way I not only see our world, but the way I see other worlds, the ones I create. How do people who communicate telepathically sound to someone? Do they speak in pictures. Do their words have sounds in our heads? What do we sound like to them, since our speech is more verbal than visual? So where am I going with this? Humanity’s view of language can be very narrow, when communication as a whole is very broad. As writers, our job is harness communication.

When compared to other tongues, the English language can be very flat indeed, but even so, there are different tones to our language throughout the country that keep it from being drone. The South has a slow drawl, and we often hear people describe it as honey. And it’s not a surprise to many of you when I say that. But did you know the East Coast tends to lose their r’s and that the speech is often clipped and rushed, much like the pace of the bigger cities. Out West, everything slows down, including the language. In the middle of our country, vowels are drawn out, extending the time it takes for the person to say the word, and though you do see this in the South, it’s much slower in the Midwest. Another observation I’ve made, it can drive an Easterner nuts. Many Easterners will finish a sentence for a person who speaks slower than they are accustomed to. Bad manners? Maybe, or perhaps the trigger is a geographical impatience, the same one you hear in the language.

This brings my thoughts back to a wonderful art teacher and a particular class I had in high school. I remember walking downtown with my art class, talking about observing, seeing with our right brains. Now, as many of you know, the right side of the human brain is what many refer to as our creative side. When we write, paint, draw or partake in any exercise that demands creative thinking, this is the side of the brain that is most active. There are exercises you can do that will fire up this side of your brain and there are books out there that will help you with this. Learning Chinese, I have discovered, is one of those exercises. Don’t laugh. I’m 100% serious.

Back to my art class. We were doing an exercise on right brain thinking that day. As we stopped in front of a large glass window of a store front that displayed mannequins dressed in various garments in different poses, my art teacher pointed at it and asked, “What do you see?”

“I see a woman in a red dress, a man in jeans and a tee shirt,” one student piped up. Several more comments followed describing the display. What came next, I will never forget. A quiet girl spoke up from the back. I see cars moving behind us. The clouds in the sky, curious faces peering back. That girl saw a different world than what was before her. It was for me, a creative epiphany, and it has had a huge impact on my writing, as well as my art ever since.

You always hear the advice, engage all the senses in your writing. But this doesn’t always mean using them in every paragraph as you write. It means opening up your mind and really seeing, experiencing what your characters see and feel. Much like looking in the window. Ask yourself, what do they really see and feel, smell or hear?

While learning a new language, I had another illuminating experience. I realized that there is song in language. Yes, I’ve been told this, but I don’t really think it sank in until that moment while learning to speak Chinese, what they really meant. Merely writing a story is one thing, singing it another. We’re often told by our editors to listen for tones, to change sentences with the same structure, to vary. Don’t repeat words, they echo (Unless the point is to emphasize them.)And Sally selling sea shells by the sea shore, might twist up a brain, as well as a tongue. This is why you often hear advice to read your story out loud as you edit. You, my fellow authors, are listening for the song, not just the mistakes.

Okay, let’s review. What I’ve learned so far—Basic Mandarin. What I’ve really learned—the ability to hear the song in the words. So that leaves me to ask you. What have you learned today?

Keep learning, you never know what you’ll discover.

 

Sunday
Oct292017

Blown Away is Back and Better than Ever.

One of my favorite books is back. Meet the bomb squad in space and on alien worlds. Up for Preorder now!

Kindle

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Smashwords

 

One man and one woman, both on a collision course with a mad bomber and the past.

Trios Space Port City is a busy place. MacKay and Boomer must stop a bomber before he strikes again, this time closer to home. Failure is not an option. Success means they get to live another day. But more than the danger is heating up. Their attraction has grown to explosive levels, and it’s become a major distraction. Not good when they need to keep their heads.

Saturday
Apr012017

He Sphinx I'm Sexy Releases 04/04/2017

 

One night. One party of a lifetime. One deadly secret that could end it all.

All hybrids must die.

Not your average alien visitor, Lucas Saar has lived on earth for years, and there is only one reason he relocated to the green planet, to hunt down hybrids. These half-Terran, half-Saarian men and women could expose the existence of his world and his people, something that must never happen. He’s never failed a mission until Alaska, a year before, and now he’s determined to get back in his leader’s good graces by taking down a woman he’s tracked halfway across the globe.

When he discovers his target has signed up for the same dating service he tried to use in Alaska, he decides to use it again as cover to get closer to his prey. After all, the archeologist isn’t hard to look at, and there is something about her he can’t resist. Too bad he has to kill her when the date is over.

No more dating within my profession.

Doctor Nadia Crane is in Egypt, guiding her final class through a dig. She’s had bad luck with men and worse with her health. After a recent physical, her physician has determined her cells are mutating and she could be dying. Nadia signs up for Madam Eve’s 1Night Stand service, in hopes she may experience one night of bliss before she dies. A prearranged evening might get her what she desires, except, Lucas Saar isn’t what she asked for on her application. He’s an archeologist, and exactly the kind of man she didn’t want to date. Worse, her gut is sending up all kinds of red flags.

Now Doctor Nadia Crane isn’t sure if she should jump him or dump him. Only one night will tell.

 

Friday
Sep252015

Release day.

It's release day and I have a beauty for you, well Waking Beauty, the next installment in my Military 1Night Stands.

Once upon a time, a beautiful combat helicopter pilot crashed to the earth. For weeks she lies sleeping, waiting for her princess to wake her from her slumber.

Chris Carlson, her heroine and a shy school teacher, comes to her rescue, by contacting Madame Eve to make all her dreams come true. Little does she know, the one magical kiss that wakes beauty will also start a snowball reaction, one which will change her life forever.

 

Sometimes, life’s greatest challenges also bring the biggest blessings, and when you walk through fire, it makes you appreciate what you fought for so much more.

Chris is about to step into an inferno.