Autumn Dawn

Biography

Autumn is a professional writer and stay at home mom with three kids, a dog and an active imagination. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, John, who is known to bring her flowers "just because".

After 34 years in Alaska, she moved to Washington with her family to enjoy a state with actual seasons.

She started self-publishing in 2010 after a string of rejections that read, “We love your writing, but we’re not sure how to market it.” She published on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, which lead to a number of bestsellers. After The Charmer hit #1 on Barnes & Noble for fantasy romance, she threw herself into editing and uploading her backlist.

The next year and a half passed in a blur as she worked non-stop, and productivity declined as she took time to homeschool her autistic son, who was suffering from bullying issues. With boxing lessons and a year to boost his confidence and academic skills, he’s now doing well in mainstream high school.

The strain of maintaining a business and home schooling while taking care of her family was draining, but God blessed her efforts and the results were worth it. Her income for 2011 was $100,000, far exceeding her best year with traditional publishing.

In 2012, Amazon acquired Dorchester books and Autumn gave Amazon the right to publish two of her Spark Series books, When Sparks Fly and No Words Alone, believing that diversification is good business.

While Autumn is grateful for the opportunities traditional publishing provided, she remains passionate about self-publishing. Keep an eye on her blog for news about upcoming books!

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My NY publisher, Dorchester, went belly up. Editors kept saying they liked my work, but weren't sure how to market it. I needed income, and heard about Smashwords. I uploaded Iron & Hemlock, then others as my contracts expired. I worked my tail off and watched in amazement as sales took off. We were so excited, my husband kept showing his buddies at work as sales shot up. Everyone was cheering, and it looked like a sporting event. It was one of the most exciting periods in our lives.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
A large part of my income comes from Smashwords; I'm one of their best sellers, which is very exciting. Their site is easy to use, statements are easy to read and I can watch sales in real time. I can write what I want without deadlines or rigid word length and they keep me apprised of new developments.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Autumn Dawn online


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Books

Wind Burn
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Fire, Stone & Water, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,110. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Category: Fiction
Tech Sergeant Gale Adam’s final flight over the North Pole is supposed to be routine; instead it changes her destiny. Transformed by the Fates, tossed out of her KC-135, Gale is alone in the desolate arctic wilderness. Cursed with the power to destroy all she loves, can she prevent elemental Nitro from extinguishing her home, her family and their future?
When the Sea Burned
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Fire, Stone & Water, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,610. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
He makes her steam. Alicia hates the water that claimed her life and washed away her humanity, leaving her forever changed. Surge is the sea, an enemy who makes her steam. His touch washes away the fear, but can she trust the element that killed her? She’d better decide fast, because there’s a greater threat closing in, and more than one way to be burned by the sea. 39,000 words
One Night to Burn
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Fire, Stone & Water, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,020. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
When the stylists told her they would make her hot, Kira didn’t believe they meant literally. She never dreamed that at the end of the free makeover, a stranger would toss the torch that would burn away her former self. To her horror, she would find more changed than her hair color. For Kira, life would never be the same. 40,000 words
Women, Whiskey & Gold
By Autumn Dawn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,680. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(3.67 from 3 reviews)
A cowgirl needs a smart horse, a good gun and a strong rope. A cowboy needs a faster horse and a head start if he hopes to catch her. Sometimes even coyote shifters have to work to catch the girl. 34,000 words
Dark Warriors: A Dark Lands Anthology
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Dark Lands. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,240. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Dark Lands 5: The quintisential geek, Vana had never had a lover. The ultimte warrior, Dagon had never had a wife. Thanks to a rift in space, she's about to become both. Dark Lands 6: Dey has a taste for ancient treasure—Keg is the one assigned to guard it. Ancient ziggurats protected by forgotten technology are no match for Dey, but Keg is one challenge she can't dismiss.
Dark Lovers: A Dark Lands Anthology
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Dark Lands. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,040. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Dark Lands: Homecoming She fears the wolf in her blood; he is the king of them all. Can a woman who fights her inner beast let the master of the hunt rule her, too? The Golden Bell Fallon is a man with a bloody past, and a rough and ready way with justice. Rain is a woman on the run, and now she’s under his command. She’s outsmarted men before, but is she woman enough to handle him?
Under the Bridge
By Autumn Dawn
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,830. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.83 from 6 reviews)
A toll, a troll and a damsel. A troll who recites Poe and looks like a handsome serial killer. He’s decided that Billy looks like the perfect mate…if he can just keep from eating her. Can Ash claim her heart before the banshee assassin rips it out? 52,000 words *bonus content: Iron & Hemlock
Through the Looking Glass
By Autumn Dawn
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,000. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2010. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Alice upside down. Ali met a biker named Rabbit in mirror, and now her life is a zoo. The wicked Queen of Hearts wants her dead and the handsome Cheshire Cat has come calling. Will their romance remain a fairytale, or can a man who lives in a mirror really share her life?
The Other Woman
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Ladies in Waiting, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,030. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Ally wants passion, adventure. She’s ready for a lover. There’s just one obstacle―her husband. Roland had little use for his bride; until he saw her again after years at war. Her distain cut, but her body promised nights of raw passion. If only he could overcome her hatred. But it’s not hatred that makes her flee his touch. Once an unwanted wife was enough; she won't be the other woman.
The Woman Inside
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Ladies in Waiting, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,080. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
One look at Uric’s mother and his fiancées run screaming. Known as the Ogress, her fearsome reputation is almost scarier than Uric’s own. So when his queen sends him on a quest to bring back a healer rumored to be a witch, he can’t resist taking the beauty home. Surely a witch is more than a match for an ogre… Can Ceylon tame the queen's berserker and defeat his evil mother?
The Sugar Fairy Adventure
By Autumn Dawn
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2010. Category: Fiction
Gabby the sugar fairy has broken her wing, and only Santa can fix it. Unfortunately, she and her friends run afoul of the black troll, and he has a taste for marshmallow. Can Gabby save her friend the marshmallow man? Will she ever get her wing fixed? Best viewed in PDF.
Ghost in Her Heart
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Dark Lands, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,030. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 7 reviews)
Every man has a little beast inside...every woman longs to tame him. Where will you be when the beast roars for you? The quintisential geek, Vana had never had a lover. The ultimte warrior, Dagon had never had a wife. Thanks to a rift in space, she's about to become both.
Dark Lands: Beast Wars
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Dark Lands, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,700. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2010. Category: Fiction
1 star(4.88 from 8 reviews)
Dey has a taste for ancient treasure—Keg is the one assigned to guard it. Ancient ziggurats protected by forgotten technology are no match for Dey, but Keg is one challenge she can't dismiss. Sexy and irrepressible, Keg doesn't understand why the woman in the pink snakeskin jacket would swagger around with a gun. What better way to keep her out of trouble than to make her his own?
Scent of Danger
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Dark Lands, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,310. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2010. Category: Fiction
1 star(4.88 from 8 reviews)
Ever fall in love with the wrong man? With a body to make a young girl sigh and a voice like black velvet, Mathin is definitely the wrong man. He’s not safe, he’s not stable…he’s not even human. Romanced by the light of the triple moons, entranced by Mathin’s fiery kisses, will Andrea give up her home on Earth in exchange for something wild?
The Golden Bell
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Dark Lands, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,000. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
A Darklands Novel You can bring them in from the wild, but you can’t always tame them. Fallon is a man with a bloody past, and a rough and ready way with justice. Rain is a woman on the run, and now she’s under his command. She’s outsmarted men before, but is she woman enough to handle him?
Dark Lands: Homecoming
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Dark Lands, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,640. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.25 from 8 reviews)
She can feel it in the air…they’re coming for her. She fears the wolf in her blood; he is the king of them all. Can a woman who fights her inner beast let the master of the hunt rule her, too?
The Charmer
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Dark Lands, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 94,190. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.70 from 10 reviews)
Jasmine didn’t realize her friend Wiley was special until they were drawn into another world. Here Wiley is betrothed to the ruler of the Haunt, a wererace both dangerous and proud. Keilor is the master of soldiers, a man few would cross, yet he’d never met a menace like the little brunette his princess calls friend. Will Jasmine find the portal home, or will she find a werewolf of her own?
Interstellar Lover
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Draconian. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,480. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Nerd gone bad...bad to the bone, that is. A rocker with more fashion sense than money, Jay thought the geek next door should be kicked to the curb...until she saw him dolled up in black leather. Will the hunk with the silver eyes trust her with his otherworldly identity? 44,000 words
Careful, He Bites
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Draconian, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,890. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Ever kissed a Drac? Careful, they bite.... Bali Itara is the daughter of a mad scientist, and daddy's favorite toy. Domino is the man who can help her escape the madness, for his bite holds the cure. There's only one catch....
Ride the Stars
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Draconian, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,450. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Strong-armed into a contract, hustled aboard an alien ship, Jaide and Sesame resent their new bosses. Mechanical geniuses, they make their living hot-rodding ships. Too bad their Draconian customers aren’t willing to sign a waiting list. Mercs with a bad rep, Skye and Nemesis aren’t above romancing their engineers. Can they overcome the ladies’ distrust and teach them to ride the stars?
Solar Flare
By Autumn Dawn
Series: Spark, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,690. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.64 from 11 reviews)
Slow burn. Azor agreed to take Brandy off planet to avoid a scandal, never knowing they’d ignite a white hot passion of their own. Sassy, sexy, Brandy makes him burn. If the hostile aliens don’t kill him, his companion just might. Hunted by a shapeshifting assassin, fighting an infection that's killing her, he knows that time is short. Can he reach her distant family before time runs out?
Iron and Hemlock
By Autumn Dawn
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,100. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Life can change in the blink of an eye. It was just an ordinary day when lightning struck and sent Jordan spinning back in time. Trapped in Victorian England, practical Jordan will have to abandon her disbelief in magic. Pursued by a sexy golden griffin and a dark fae who wants her blood, she just might rediscover the thrill of falling in love.

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