Month: March 2020

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans”🌴

On March 4th, when my last post was published, I promised to share my “Author Adventure” with you today. Little did I know then that the world we live in would come to an abrupt halt while I was traveling. I was blessed that two of my events took place before social distancing was put into place, so below are a few pictures and details about the ones that happened.

DeLand, Florida is a lovely college community, about 23 miles west of Daytona Beach. Robert Macomber, Florida author of the year, told me about Muse Bookshop when we met last summer at the Florida Authors and Publishers Conference. Naturally I’m always looking for new venues for the AMI Series Books, so last fall during our annual visit to New Smyrna Beach we stopped in and met with the owner. I shared with her that I would be coming back to Florida in the spring and she invited me to be the featured author in the town’s monthly Wine, Women, and Chocolate event. How could I resist?! Three of my favorite things in a bookshop?

What a fun evening it turned out to be! The theme was St Patrick’s Day and I’ll say 90% of the women coming through were dressed for the occasion. We drank wine, ate chocolate, and of course, talked about the AMI Series.

One especially fun gal was Patti, whom I immediately felt a kinship with. We talked and laughed and she asked for a picture with me! How cool was that? This gorgeous woman also shared with me that she’s on the list for a kidney transplant. Who would have guessed?

From DeLand we stopped in Clermont and had lunch with my very first author friend, Kathryn Knight, and her husband, Tom. Katie and I are not only both tall blondes, but we have similar values and beliefs. She is a true joy and has been featured on this blog if you want to know more about her. Kathryn is the Award Winning author of The Fate & Freedom Series and The Twenty & Odd.

Our next stop was Bradenton, where my soon to  be 95 year old mother lives. We had a day to spend with her before my second event, a speaking engagement at The Woodlands Village Retirement Community in Bradenton. The Recreation Director, Betsy Verrips , had read about me last fall when I was holding a book signing on Anna Maria Island, and reached out to see if I was interested in telling my story to her residents.

The event was set for Saturday, and we had to fill out a questionnaire, and have our temperature taken before entering, but thankfully we were able to proceed. The residents were lovely, and I enjoyed telling them my “bank to books” story. The lady pictured below is such an avid reader that her family gave her a 95 books for Christmas! I love that!



With Betsy Verrips, Rec Director

That evening we had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants on the island, The Cortez Kitchen. It has the best grouper sandwiches, and is mentioned in Noah’s Lark, as well as the original AMI Series Books.

With my Mom! Going strong and as beautiful as ever.

The book festival in Venice was canceled for the safety of everyone, and as much as I hated it, I totally understood. My 3 city Author Adventure didn’t quite happen as I’d hoped, but isn’t that how things go?

John Lennon said “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans”, and it’s so true. I planned on selling lots of books, and finding lots new readers, but I’m thankful for the way things turned out, our safe travels, and our health. And most of all, I’m thankful for my husband, and his never ending support. To be honest, what more could I ask for?

Until we read again…📚


Dana L.❤️

If you’re looking for a fun read while “self isolating”, the AMI Series Box Set is available for FREE on KindleUnlimited. The link is below but you can find all of the books in both ebook and paperback options by putting Dana L. Brown books in the Amazon tool bar.



The Best That I Can Be!🥳

Today I want to talk about what makes you love a novel? Is it the characters, the storyline, or the ahem, sex?! Seriously, is there one thing that makes you sigh when you’ve come to the end of a book and wish it wasn’t over?

How about conflict? In Lottie Loser I think the tension between Nick and Lottie is part of what people enjoyed most, although when I asked they told me it was because Lottie was a strong woman, with the same body image issues that most women have.

Call Me Charlotte has done the best award wise of the three AMI Series books. A Five Star Reader’s Favorite Review, a Gold Medal from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, and named a Finalist in The Best Book Awards, Romance category, for the year 2019, CMC is a true romance novel. Yet the conflict was minimal. Was it the encompassing love story playing out that judges liked? Because, when asked, readers told me they missed the passion that Lottie and Nick shared in Lottie Loser.

So here’s the deal. I’m trying to become the best writer and best author that I can be. Everyone seem to have an opinion on what makes books successful, and I have one too. I think a book needs to grab ahold of your heart and not let go. I think the story has to be compelling and the characters have to feel real to the reader. And for me personally I need a book boyfriend. That tall…height is a big deal to me, brooding hunk of a man that makes you quiver. Even in the books I read where the man is the protagonist, I need him to have swagger and sex appeal. I read all genres of books but the ones I like best at least imply that the man knows how to romance a woman.

So where is all this leading? I need to know what it is you love, and what it is that makes you keep reading an author’s work. Why? Because I want to be the author of those books.  The ones you buy, and tell your friends about. The ones you write 5 Star Reviews for, both on Amazon and Goodreads. The ones you can’t stop thinking about and talking about. And when someone asks who your favorite author is I hope my name comes to mind!

Are my goals a little lofty? Maybe, but a goal without a plan is just a wish, and I have a plan in place! So please, reply in the comment section of my website on what makes you love a book and an author. In the new AMI Family Series I’m adding characters with diversities, as well as visits to new locations, and I’m excited about them, but I want you to be as well.

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” —J.K. Rowling

Until we read again…📚


Dana L. ❤️

*This will be my last post until March 25th. I’m taking the AMI Series on a three event adventure, and I’ll tell you all about it then!🎉