Today dawnsdaily.com recieved its one millionth visitor…

 

 

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It has been four years since I set up dawnsdaily.com. I remember those first few months I was lucky to get 30 visitors a day! Now, four years on I am getting over 3k visits a day. I do not have a magic formula or the best-dressed site out there by any means. My site is simple and advertisement free. That was important to me from the offset. I remember how irritating I found it when I visited blogs and they were jam-packed with pop-up ads I had no interest in. I wanted to keep my site personal and about the content, not about how much money I could make from it. This site was a place that I could write about the things that mattered to me.

So, to mark this milestone I have reposted the first poem and the first blog post I ever posted on my site, see below. The crazy thing about my first blog post is that I am writing about Amelia’s Story, which is my bestselling book. This book is now published and has been downloaded over 300k times worldwide. It is an Amazon bestseller and has over 700 customer reviews on Amazon.com with an average of 4 out of 5 stars. The success of Amelia’s Story got the attention of BBC RADIO WM 95.6 FM in 2013 and I was invited to give a live interview with presenter and film maker Adrian Goldberg. I am now a regular on the radio breakfast show lending my time as a paper reviewer. 

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The first poem I ever posted on my poetry corner 20/08/2011
LETTING GO

 

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I struggle to find the words needed

As you turn and walk away.

The coldness in your expression

Tells me words won’t work today.

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My tears betray my torn heart

Which is weak and bears the scar.

This heart you’re leaving behind

To start a new, somewhere afar.

 ~~~

Souls once entwined now broken

Are lost and traveling alone.

On separate roads forever

To somewhere unknown.

~~~ 

Sometimes there are no words

just the footprints you left behind.

No matter how much it hurts

Letting go is right.

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FEELING STRESSED TODAY (First blog post I ever wrote) 20/08/2011

It is not easy to write when you have an energetic toddler wanting your attention 24/7, especially today when I really need to get my website up and running. So, if it looks bad and unfinished that’s why! Last night I only typed 3,672 words of Amelia’s Story. Sounds like a lot but it is not enough.

I am a few chapters in writing my autobiography (Amelia’s Story) for my daughter. This has taken me on a very personal journey and made me look at myself in a completely new light. I am also writing a thriller based novel, which I have been writing for quite some years, during which there have been period’s where I have not written at all.  I will admit that life has got in the way often and time was just not available to me. Ever since I was a teenager, I have wanted to write. This was always my dream, my ambition! So tonight, while my princess is sleeping I am making the most of my time, with a glass of wine on the table and a galaxy CHOCOLATE bar crying out to be opened!

It is 10.31 p.m. I am shattered due to lack of sleep last night (finally caught some zzzs at 3 a.m)!  I have more research to do tonight, lots of old letters to go through and a ton of NSPCC paperwork that I was able to get copies of when I visited the records department at Besford house. This is the best part of the day for me to continue with my projects regardless of how much my body tells me I need to sleep!  The galaxy bar helps enormously, and one or two cups of coffee too. It is hard to imagine that one day other people could be reading my books. However, right now, I am obsessing over completing Amelia’s Story, and then we shall see about the rest…

AMELIA’S STORY BOOK COVER. FOUR YEARS ON AND A BESTSELLER!

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What a difference four years make. I would never have believed back then that in such a short space of time I would go on to write and publish 12 books. I would never have believed this simple website of mine would go on to receive 1 million visitors. I have no magic formula, however, what I do possess in abundance is a passion for what I do. I am annoyingly determined in my quest to pursue my dreams. I never listen to anyone who says, “you can’t do that” because I know in my heart of hearts I can do just about anything I put my mind too.

 

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Moral compass: A natural feeling that lets us know right from wrong…

MORAL COMPASS MEANING:

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A natural feeling that makes people know what is right and wrong and how they should behave: anything, which serves to guide a person’s decisions, based on morals or virtues.

 

Where is people’s moral compass? You know that feeling inside of us which guides us to do, say or act in a certain way. We all have one, only some peoples are buried so far deep within them that it rarely raises its head.

 

Over recent times, I have used theses words frequently, why? Well, because it is not visible around me so much these days. I don’t know why this is, it just is. Bad manners, rudeness and pure lack of respect for another person is so prevalent in our society that it is really bothering me.

 

In today’s society, I have noticed a lack of regard for each other. People do not respect each other the way they once did. Why? The truth is I do not know the answer to this. It is an enigma to me. I personally always think of others. I do not say anything that may hurt those around me. I respect other’s opinions and differences because after all we are all different and unique. However, irritation, impatience, lack of respect, and downright bad manners is commonplace today in a way it never has been before.

 

Could this be put down to our ever-growing population? Too many people crammed onto this small Island or could it be we are not practicing these simple yet priceless virtues anymore. I remember an elder once telling me, “Good manners will take you far and open many doors for you.” I never forgot that and I have always followed that advice. I was only young at the time and those words had a powerful and lasting effect on me.

 

I do not see this anymore, I cannot tell you how little I hear the word, please and thank you. This saddens me, irritates the hell out of me but most of all worries me. Why does this worry me you may ask? Because a society lacking in these precious virtues will suffer in the long term. People expect everything and appreciate nothing. They want more and more and more while putting very little effort in to achieve this. These virtues are priceless. If someone has been kind enough to do you a good deed then say thank you. If someone lets you go first in a queue say thank you. If someone offers up a seat for you say thank you. It is that simple. Yet, you would be surprised how many people don’t say it.

 

Moral compass, you cannot see it, yet it is one of the most powerful tools we have within ourselves. If you have not used yours recently, dig deep and you will find it…

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#GIVEAWAY #ALERT Win a signed copy of, A Soldier’s Fear by D.G. Torrens

Enter for a chance to win… The giveaway ends 30th August 2015.

I am giving away two signed paperback copies of my latest release, A Soldier’s Fear. This giveaway is open to all countries worldwide and ends Aug 30th. All you have to do is pop over to my Fan Page and post a comment on the giveaway post, so I can add you to the draw. Good luck everyone…

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Dominic, a soldier for the British Army. Olivia, a freelance photojournalist. Both of them meet by chance in Iraq. Their fate is forever entwined on the mountain. An all-consuming passion between them takes Olivia’s heart hostage and she falls irrevocably and irreparably in love with Dominic. However, she is faced with a harsh reality one she refuses to believe. Then, a cruel twist of fate on Mount Sinjar changes the course of their lives forever…

 

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