Monday, January 29, 2018

Finding my BLISS in 2018 as a writer...and a TASK MINDER GIVEAWAY for you!

If you've followed me for a while, you know that I'm a goal-setting, list-keeping kind-of-gal, so it will come as no surprise to hear I'm setting new goals for 2018. (If you want to check out my past goals, there is a great post HERE. and two FREE hour-long workshops I did on SMART Goals for Sunshine State Romance Authors can be found HERE.)

Except this year, I am including NON-WRITING GOALS! (Yes, gasping would be appropriate here!)

In preparing for a workshop earlier this year, I came across the super-addicting world of Vision
Boards and decided to incorporate all aspects of my life into my Vision/Goals for 2018--as you can see from the picture, I divided it up into Writing, Home/Family, Personal and Spiritual/Philanthropy. Honestly, I debated on 'sharing' it with all of you--sharing goals for me is a bit like running in tight, all-body spandex. Something I never do because it's very uncomfortable, with every ripple and blemish out there for all to see. And judge. Yikes!!

But, in the end, I decided that perhaps something in my writing journey would help others...so here it is! Keep scrolling for the TASK MINDER that I'd created for the workshop--I have several left over and will send to YOU for FREE if you'd like!

You'll notice my 2018 Word/Theme is : SEEK BLISS and I worked with each section of my goals until I was satisfied that those bullet points were those things that bring me/my family BLISS this year. Lately, I've had difficulty finding daily BLISS--a couple of years ago, it led to a heart scare and a day of wearing a heart monitor (you can read all about that here). There is so much negativity and divisiveness, it's been a challenge to focus on inner peace. Bliss. So. Back to my new goals...

In writing, bliss means TONS of giveaways to readers/fans/newsletter subscribers! I dearly love giving fun swag and other fun things away, so be sure to subscribe to my newsletter HERE. Writing new fiction brings be BLISS, so that means submitting a new manuscript to my agent in March (because while writing brings me joy...the royalty checks help pay the bills!). In Personal, I am in the throes of training for a Half Marathon with my daughter, among other things. In Philanthropy, I'm busy booking time with writers (kids and adults) to share my passion for my craft, and focusing on the quality of time spent leading Girl Scouts (going on 13 years as leader now, so the burn-out struggle is REAL!).

The Historic Pink House that I've drooled
over my whole life, lol! 

(Photo from Discover AlleganyCounty website HERE.)
Finally, in the Home/Family section, finding BLISS meant going after something I've wanted since I was 4 years old and peering through the wrought-iron gates at Wellsville's historic Victorian (the Pink House at the left)...I want to own a Victorian home as a vacation property. (Ok, truly, I'd really just like to own the Pink House. But since that's probably an unrealistic goal, I'll settle for another historic cutie!!

I hope some of my 2018 Goal posting has you thinking about your own goals this year--it's not too late to make them...or even change them! And to help you out, I've got a FUN FREEBIE for you! Simply message me before the end of February 2018 on my Contact Page here with your physical address, and I'll send you one of these adorable TASK MINDERS I've created for your goals for FREE--I'll even cover postage!
Get one of these Task Minders for YOUR 2018 Goals for FREE!
Just email/message me your address, and I'll pop one in the mail to you!

Using the little booklet is easy: simply put your goals on the left hand side, and write the tasks it'll
take to achieve those on the right hand side...and then check them off as you accomplish! Thanks for staying with me on my writing journey--your continued readership of my blog means a great deal, especially considering I'm not the most avid blogger in the world, lol! Here's to our continued BLISS in 2018!

Happily My Ever After,
Dylan


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

HORROR Short Stories for only $.99...and first story FREE. :)

BUY it HERE for $.99!
So...BIG NEWS!! As a special Halloween treat for my readers, I published a creepy collection of HORROR stories, just in time for Halloween!

Advance WARNING: These stories of mine are NOT my typical happily-ever-after stories. Not by a long shot. They are creepy. Twisted. And more than a little disturbing.

AND...it's spent over a week on Amazon's Top 100 list already!

Oh, and I should tell you....one of my short stories is offered FREE for NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS. So, put in your email address in the box to the right of this blog titled "Dylan's NEWTON NATION VIP CLUB" and the first story in DARK DREAMS will be emailed to you immediately for FREE!

Of course, the whole collection--all 63 pages of it--can be yours for the low, low price of $.99, and if you'd like to just go ahead and own it, already, click HERE and select your favorite online retailer!

Here's the official blurb:

A collection of short, scary stories, DARK DREAMS is the perfect bedtime companion. Unless you want to sleep. This compact, trilogy of tales promises no happy endings. Not by a long shot. The stories are creepy. Twisted. And more than a little disturbing. It begins with "The Pit" where a little girl and her cousin disobey the rules and explore the deep cavern beneath the house and discover...something better left to the dark. Then, in "Thin Man," you experience a suburban mom's nightmare come to life. Finally, you'll never see a deer the same way again in this cautionary tale of what happens when man disrespects nature in "A Deer in the Headlights."

Enjoy...and don't blame me if it causes nightmares. I did warn you!
Happily My Ever After,
Dylan


P.S. Here's the link again to BUY THE COLLECTION FOR $.99!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy 7th Anniversary GIVEAWAY!

In celebration of my 7th Anniversary of the release of my first book, DESPITE THE GHOSTS, I'm offering a giveaway on Goodreads! Enter below for a chance to win one of 7 signed PRINT copies of my five-star reviewed, romantic suspense, DESPITE THE GHOSTS--winner will have the book (and probably some goodies as well!) shipped to them for free by me at the end of February!




Goodreads Book Giveaway


Despite the Ghosts by Dylan Newton

Despite the Ghosts

by Dylan Newton


Giveaway ends February 28, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


Enter Giveaway


Good luck!
Happily My Ever After,
Dylan

P.S. Would you rather just GUARANTEE you get the book? Buy a copy of the book HERE and you can also message me on my Author Facebook page and I'll send you a SIGNED bookplate for your new book--stamp is on me! :)