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About Dawn Lajeunesse
I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. I grew up in Troy, NY, the daughter of an Armenian “meat and grocery” man and a stay-at-home mom. Although I wanted a career that included writing, I was pressed into nursing by a guidance counselor who wanted me to be able to make a living, which writing couldn't guarantee. I never made it through surgery without fainting, but blood wasn't part of the nursing boards, so I passed with no problem and later received an M.S. in Health Administration. I spent my career in administrative positions in a variety of health care settings, each with its own set of life lessons.
Throughout my health care career, I continued to write articles and short stories and took courses in writing novels. I finished my first full-length novel, AUTUMN COLORS in 2002. There was no turning back after that. IN HER MOTHER'S SHOES, STAR CATCHING and THE EYES HAVE IT followed. My current work in progress is historical fiction about the Armenians who escaped genocide in Turkey in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and settled in Troy, NY—families like mine and so many others. I live north of Saratoga Springs, NY with my husband, Dennis, and always including a dog—currently our adorable and spirited Russell Terrier, Dubby.
Come visit me at my website: dawnlajeunesse.com
Titles By Dawn Lajeunesse
beloved grandparents, Gram and Gramps. Her favorite activity is a special
night of star catching with Gramps and her dad. On a summer night like many
others, she overhears her grandparents talking about how much they are looking
forward to retirement, selling their house, and traveling. The next day, however,
everything changes. Sarah’s parents and brother are killed in a car accident on
their way to the airport and Sarah herself is gravely injured.
It’s touch and go, but Sarah gradually recovers. Sarah, a smart girl, feels guilty
that she’s ruined her grandparents’ retirement dreams and comes up with a plan
of her own when they are forced to go back to Washington to sell her family’s
home. A custody hearing with her other grandparents, who have not been part
of her life, complicates matters but may be the answer she’s looking for. When
that doesn’t lead to an automatic stay in Washington, Sarah takes matters into
her own hands and sets out on a cold, dark night to her best friend’s house.
She escapes dangers on the street and police officers take her back home. It’s
only in the face of how much more they could have lost that her grandparents
realize their dreams—now changed—may come true after all. Star Catching, an
unforgettable young adult novel, shares the tender story of a family struck by
tragedy that discovers what is truly important, just in time for Christmas.
As she sorts through her mother’s house before selling, she finds clues to Katherine’s shadowy past. She begins to understand why her mother related so poorly to her children and is shaken by parallels in her relationships with her own children.
When Meredith finds a journal she kept in her twenties, she is reminded of the love she once felt for Keith, and the extent of her loss settles in. A series of crises forces them to confront their relationship, but will it be enough to put Meredith on the path to mending her shattered family and life?
An elderly womans memorial service triggers an avalanche of memories for Kerry Waite. Her tragic history with her first love, Tom, haunts her days and keeps her husband, Charles, at arms length.
As the memories carry her on a journey back to Tom, shes forced to confront how her mistakes and obsession with the past are eroding her marriage and life in the present. Can Kerry finally let go of her past and love the man whos been standing beside her the whole time?