www.DaynaLCheser.com is HOME now

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I have updated my new website/blog, www.DaynaLCheser.com.  Please stop by and take a look.

My apologies for being a bit remiss in keeping my new website/blog up to date.  Life got in the way for a while, but I’m hoping things have quieted down such that I can now keep up.  After a bit of a sabbatical from blogging, I’m looking forward to getting back into that, as well.

I appreciate everyone who has followed me here, and to those who keep on checking here for new material.  While this site will stay open, it is inactive.  I have moved operations to www.DaynaLCheser.com – my new website/blog (‘Posts by Dayna’).  ‘DIY Interviews’ has also moved there, too.  All ‘DIY Interviews’ after September 24, 2012 appear there.

So, if you want to keep up with my goings on, please visit www.DaynaLCheser.com.

Also there, if you click on the ‘TIME Series’ tab on my new website, you’ll catch up with the goings on with my books – ‘Janelle’s Time,’ which was published in July of 2012, ‘Moria’s Time’ (my 2011 NaNoWriMo project), which is being edited as I write this, ‘Adelle’s Time,’ which was my 2012 NaNo project, ‘Logan’s Time,’ which is about thee quarter’s through the first draft, and ‘Clarissa’s Time,’ which will be my 2013 NaNo project.

I invite all my friends who have so faithfully followed me here to please come over to www.DaynaLCheser.com and sign up for the emails from me there.

Very soon, I’ll be posting excerpts from ‘Moria’s Time,’ as soon as the edits are done.  This is the story of Moria from her infancy to her mid-twenties.  Before she was born, Agnes, the healer from Eastwell, a village on Devonwood in England, had a vision about Moria.  Believing it was about Janelle, Moria’s mother, she was confused.  But, upon seeing the infant Moria, she knew it was about her, and not her mother.  She saw Moria as a young woman going far from home, to a dangerous place, not only to her, but to those around her, as well.

As Moria journeys through life, she meets some interesting people, including Elizabeth Blackwell, Frederick Douglass, Florence Nightingale, and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  All of these real-life historical figures had an effect on Moria’s life, leading up to the fulfillment of the vision when Moria goes far from home to a dangerous place.  She also meets Dr. Simon Hensley.

My next post on www.DaynaLCheser (‘Posts by Dayna’) will be the story of the writing of ‘Moria’s Time.’  I learned so much …

Please stop by and look around, I hope you’ll like what you see.

Happy Writing,


APW: Lots of News – A Big Move and a Big Contest

IS MOVING … er …

The Mama’s and Papa’s (the 60’s singing group) had a song entitled ‘Look Through My Window.’  One of the lines in that song that has stayed with me for all these years is: “And nothing’s quite as sure as change—”

Ain’t that the truth!

‘A Place for Writers’ is not actually moving – it will stay right here, right where it’s been for over two and a half years.  But, it will be static.  All of the posts – and all the DIY Interviews – will still be accessible. And, people will still be able to leave comments – I promise to check in here regularly – but I am moving to a new home – www.DaynaLCheser.com

Some of the APW content is cloning my new site (but will stay here, as well).  For example, all the DIY Interview information will be available on both sites. Where ‘A Place for Writers’ is a WordPress.com site – blog only – my new site is a full-fledged website with a new blog ‘Posts by Dayna.’  And, while my legal name is still Julie Jordan, my new site is for my alter-ego – Dayna Leigh Cheser – www.DaynaLCheser.com

To Celebrate the big move and my Grand Opening on my new site – AND – that my Twitter page now has (almost) 15,000 Followers, I’ve got a fun writing contest happening.  The Contest will start at 12:00 AM on September 24th and end at 11:;59 PM on October 15, 2012.  If you want to know more about the contest, please check out the Contest Information page on my new site – http://bit.ly/DLC-Contest  While you’re there, take a look around and leave a comment on the front page – www.DaynaLCheser.com

I’m not moving my mailing lists so I invite you all to come on over, take a look around, and sign up for my emails in your preferred way.

My next post, which would normally be scheduled for September 24th, is up already on my new site.  Click on ‘Posts by Dayna’ at www.DaynaLCheser.com to see the new post there.

You know?  It’s kind of sad to be leaving this site behind.  I’ve learned so much, and met so many great people while doing posts here on APW.  But, none of that will change over on DLC.  I’m sure I’ll meet lots of fine folks there, too.  Will one of them be you?

Please, come on over and look around.  I’m sure you’ll like what you see at – www.DaynaLCheser.com.

Happy Writing, and see you soon.


APW: DIY Interview – Joanne Augello

Name: Joanne Augello

Email Address:

What is your website URL?

What is the contact information you are willing to share?

Where and/or when were you born?
Savoy, MA,  November 26, 1959

What schools did you attend?  What was your course of study?
Hoosac Valley High School

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
When I was growing up I used to write poems and share them to friends or just jot them, then throw away. I discovered I wanted to write in 2004 when I left my job due to health problems.

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?
Two books of poems:

  • ‘Emotional Feelings’ – Red Lead Press, 2007
  • ‘Even Love Hurts’ – Lulu.com, 2008

Seven children’s books with my drawings:

  • ‘Hailee and her Dog Named Saddie,  Sept 2010|
  • ‘My Best Friend,’ Oct 2010
  • ‘A Child’s Dream,’ Nov 2010
  • ‘Mr. Bumblebee,’ Dec 2010
  • ‘Taxi Cab Ride,’ Jan 2011
  • ‘Helena the Lost Hippo,’ Feb 2011
  • ‘Zelda’s Hidden Treasure,’ March 2011

‘Jonick the Alien’ Series:

  • ‘Jonick the Alien, Part One,’ Nov 2011
  • ‘Jonick the Alien,  Part Two,’ Dec 2011
  • ‘Jonick the Alien, Part Three,’ Jan 2012
  • ‘Jonick the Alien, Part Four,’ Feb 2012

And, ‘Tell it Like It Is,’ August 2012

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
My books are available through lulu.com, Amazon,  or Barnes & Noble
‘Emotional Feelings’  is available at RedLeadPress.com, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
My, first publication was my book of poems titled ‘Emotional Feelings,’ with Red Lead Books. I was so happy, but there was not enough publicity for it. It was up to me to do it. It’s not easy.

Please tell about the most memorable moments in your writing career.
There are a lot. One is writing children’s books with my drawings in each book. I want all of my books to put smiles on everyone’s face. It warms my heart.

Have you won any awards?
For me, the biggest award I could receive is the warm feelings I get when I see a big smile on a child’s face.

Have you been on a ‘best seller’ list? 
No.  This is because I am not well-known! I advertise a lot on Facebook and Twitter. I also do press releases. I am working at it but it’s hard work and slow going.

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
I hit brick walls with my writing,  and sometimes want to quit. But, I keep going anyway. Nick, my husband, has been by my side all the way, and gives me courage. How I love him for that, and so much more.

What genre do you most often write?  Children’s Books Fiction

What other genres have you written?  Non-Fiction

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?
I’d tell them I’d love to help them, or provide names of authors who can.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Welcome aboard! If you need any help, please feel free to email me. Patience and Time is what it takes.

Please tell about your other activities.
Besides my writing, I spend time on Facebook, play pool, workout, and swim. I’m always looking for a place where I can read to children.

What is the name of your current project?
My current project is a book titled “Trapped in a Dream,” based on the true story of Boston Blacky.

What is the release date?
My target date is Oct 17 2012. It’s a birthday surprise for my husband, Nick, since it’s about him.

Please provide details of your upcoming blog tour, book tour, and/or book-signing.
I am doing a Book Presentation for the residents of the complex where I live.

Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series?  Stand-alone

Do you have any project(s) planned for the future?  Yes

Please provide some details of the project(s).
I’d like to do more books in ‘Jonick the Alien’ series. Then, perhaps a novel.

What would I like to see happen in my career as a writer?
I am a writer just trying to get things out to the public. Whether it would be, a smile on a child’s’ face or things to help you see what is happening in our world or had happened.


I’d like to thank Joanne for her interview about her collection of books.

You can submit your own interview by clicking on the DIY Interviews Submission Page and following the instructions.  It’s totally FREE and you don’t need to answer all the questions – only the ones you want to have us use in your interview.

Happy Writing,


Order Your Copy of Janelle’s Time:
Available now as a print book,
and  an e-book for the Kindle.

Available now for as an e-book
for the Nook at Barnes & Noble:
Other sources & formats available soon!


PS: Please take a few minutes to read the  Wedding Chapter – Final  from my adult historical romance ‘Janelle’s Time.’  You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor, from Muileach Castle, Scotland (he crashes the wedding) from ‘Logan’s Time,’ Book 4.   He’s also in ‘Moria’s Time,’ Book 2.

The TIME Series – by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Janelle’s Time – Available Now at Amazon and B&N
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned for 2013
Logan’s Time – WIP, planned for 2013
Clarissa’s Time – Planned for 2014

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