DUELING REVIEWS: A Springful of Winters by Dawn Sister

Author: Dawn Sister
Book: A Springful of Winters
Page/Word Count: 120 pages, 41,500 words
Categories: Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance, Humorous Romance, Character with a disability (Autism)
Release Date: July 281, 2018
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Cover Artist: Steve Lancaster
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Kit is a bit socially awkward. In fact, the rules of social encounters are mostly a bit of a mystery to him, but he gets by, with lots of lists and contingency plans. He doesn’t have any plans in place for when he first meets Stephan, however, and he keeps bumping into the man in the most embarrassing situations. The trouble is, Stephan keeps turning up in unexpected places, arousing suspicion that this gorgeous man might just have some contingency plans of his own where Kit is concerned.

4✨s – When I started reading this book, I was thinking “This is all over the place, what the heck is going on”. I couldn’t decide if it was writing style or the characters. The further and further I got into the book, the less and less I cared – it was so interesting and neat to read. It was a wonderful look into an autistic character’s mind and his thought processes. It was a very different read for me and I really enjoyed it!

4✨s – My first book from Dawn Winters and I’m definitely interested in more from her. The book follows Kit, a socially awkward twenty four year old working his way through life with the help of contingency plans, Bessie his support dog and Yenta his boss/landlady/friend. His first meeting with the handsome man at the hotel involves Bess covered in fox muck ruining a wedding, the second a collision between bike and car, and then a cascade of books at the library. Things don’t look good from Kit’s perspective despite how lovely he thinks the man is. However, maybe all is not what it seems and the attraction could possibly go both ways. This story is a wonderful insight into someone with Autism and the ways in which they manage to get through daily life. Kit is totally endearing with his contingency plans for every possible interaction and outcome throughout the day. Whilst we are purely reading from Kit’s POV, it’s easy to read what those who mean something to him think of him. Dawn has written their feelings very well from the way that they react and interact with Kit. The writing does seem a bit erratic in places but I love it as it flows with the way that Kit’s mind works. Some of the swear words used are clearly English and I love how the area that the book is set in is described. It’s very easy for me to imagine, living in a small town in England myself. I adore Bess, and Yenta. Those two are essential to Kit’s survival and he clearly loves them just as much as they love him. Their connection shines through and it’s great to read how they both look to accept someone new in Kit’s life. The same may not possibly be said for everyone in the book. Dawn’s writing is wonderful and draws you straight in from the beginning, wanting to experience life through Kit’s eyes. There are many comedic moments that are fully laugh out loud but there are also a couple on the flip side, pulling at your heartstrings and just wanting to give the man a hug, or at least supporting him with his contingency plan for what has just occurred. This story has brought to light an illness that is actually more common than you think and it’s so lovely reading their story of getting a HEA. I cannot recommend it enough! I received this and ARC of this book from the publisher and am happily giving a review.

About Dawn Sister:
Dawn is from the North East of England. Her life is spent juggling. The juggling balls are: children, husband, work (occasionally), voluntary work, professional knitting (notice she doesn’t class this as work), and writing. When she has time she actually sleeps. The whole point of writing for Dawn is just to get it all off her chest and out of her head. If she doesn’t write it down then she ends up having long conversations with the characters out loud and her husband thinks she’s crazy. I like chocolate, coffee and donuts, sometimes all at the same time. I love evenings around a campfire singing in the company of good friends. I like listening to the dawn chorus even if I’ve been awake all night. I like reading stories with characters that are filled with hope even in their darkest hours. I like happy endings. I write LGBTQ+ Romance (with happy endings of course). Read my blog for insights into my stories, updates on WIPs and some exclusive excerpts.

Interview with Dawn Sister:

  1. What was the inspiration behind A Springful of Winters? Beaten Track Publishing put out a submission call for stories that would appear in an anthology named Seasons of Love. The theme was exactly what the title suggests: Seasons of Love. I’d already written one story for another Beaten Track Anthology. Being part of an anthology is like enrolling your book baby into an exclusive little club and my story shares space with nine other awesome titles. I already had an idea for a story with a character named: Kit Winters, which seemed like a match made in heaven.
  2. What is your writing process? I open my laptop, which is usually on my lap, sometimes on a desk, or it could be on the kitchen table, and then I write.
  3. What is the hardest part of that process for you? Writing without distraction. It’s just not possible. I have two teenage kids, a hubby and two cats. There is a point in the day when at least one of those wants to share space on my lap with my laptop. The cats just sit on the keyboard and their contribution to my writing is often better than the gibberish I’ve just banged out. The rest of the family try to read over my shoulder, usually when I’m trying to write a sex scene. Now tell me, how am I supposed to work in those conditions?
  4. There’s a big leap a writer takes from putting words down on paper for the love of it and actually publishing those words for public scrutiny. What was that journey like for you? I’ve always wanted to write. I have boxes full of handwritten stories from when I first learned to form words with a pencil. I can’t remember when I first started writing on my computer. I began sharing my writing on a free fiction site called fictionpress about ten years ago when, really, I had no idea there were even other people out there writing the same sort of thing as I did. I got good feedback and met some supportive people that I am still in touch with today. It was through this site that I discovered on line writing groups on Facebook and Goodreads, and events such as NaNoWriMo, which is a great way to get yourself into a good writing routine. I took part in an event on Goodreads M/M Romance group called Don’t Read in the Closet, an annual event that asked readers to submit picture prompts for writers to pick up and write the story. The stories were then professionally edited and published for free on the site. The great thing about this event was that you didn’t have to have had any previous experience sharing your work and there were no stupid questions because there were plenty of people there to answer a newbie’s queries. Many of the prompts were picked up by first time writers. I wrote three stories for this event over two years. I enjoyed the process, and learned a great deal. One of my stories was edited by Debbie MacGowan, who owns and runs Beaten Track Publishing. I got in touch with her after she had edited my DritC story, Not a Word (a revised and extended version of this is now available through Beaten Track). I wrote my first story for Beaten Track in 2016, it is called Locked in the Moment. A Springful of Winters is my third title with them. Beaten Track Publishing is my writing home. I can’t imagine writing for anyone else now.
  5. What advice would you give an aspiring writer? Find your writing tribe. Whether it is a writing group at your local library, or an on line group, there are people out there writing in all sorts of sub-genres. There will be a group out there just for you. Don’t be afraid to share your stuff. The writing world is not finite so you’re not squeezing anyone out. There is room for everyone, and always room for more because there will always be someone that wants to read your story. Be supportive. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it hadn’t been for the support I received at the beginning and still appreciate now. Read. Read everything. Read in the genre you want to write and read in every other genre as well, because you never know what might fuel your creative flame. Finally, write, because you can only call yourself a writer if you actually write. Plus, if too many words get stuck in your head, your brain might explode (I’m only kidding about the brain thing. Seriously, though: write).

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