Dawn Dalton

Dawn IusDawn Dalton wrote her first book at the age of eight when she discovered writing about monsters was way less scary than looking for the beasties under her bed. Since then, she’s still leery of things that go bump in the night, but she’d like to think her storytelling skills have improved. After earning a degree in journalism, Dawn ventured into corporate communications, marketing, and public relations. She is the co-editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal.

But her heart belongs to fiction.

Though she’ll always be a BC girl, Dawn now lives in Edmonton, AB with her husband, teenage stepdaughter, and three bullmastiff hounds. You know, just skulking around.

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Anthology edited by Kat O’Shea

Contributing authors include: Maria V. Snyder, Candace Havens, Shannon Delany, Jill Williamson, Linda Joy Singleton, Heather Kenealy, Judith Graves, Kitty Keswick, Dawn Dalton, Carmen Tudor, John W. Otte, Halli Dee Lilburn, and Mark Finnemore

Augmented Reality by Karl Gee

All proceeds from the sale of SPIRITED will be donated to 826 National.

Print book available only from the Leap Books store.

Edited by Kat O’Shea
“Threads of the Past” by Dawn Dalton

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Where there is NO life – there’s Hope…

Hope has always been a bit of a freak. But when her mother crawls from her grave and her undead corpse goes MIA, Hope’s last thread of normal snaps with a vengeance.

Enrolling in a militia-style school for monster hunters seems her best bet for tracking down Mommy-dearest and putting what’s left of her mother to rest. But the stakes are raised when she’s partnered with three unique male recruits – each with their own personal demons to slay if they want to survive basic training.

But does Hope have a true killer’s instinct? If she finds her mother, will she have the guts to do what must be done to save her soul? In a place like Le Manoir, all bets are off.


Killer’s Instinct
Dawn Dalton & Judith Graves

ISBN 13: 978-1-61603-024-7
ISBN: 1-61603-024-0

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PRAISE for Killer’s Instinct

“What could be creepier than hunting down your own zombie mommy? And what could be more psychologically satisfying to a teen because … it’s just pretend? Isn’t it? I wanted to squeeze my eyes shut tight and turn away from the sublimely dark and smart Killer’s Instinct. But how could I? A single page in, I was hooked.”

~Jacqueline Mitchard, author of What We Lost in the Dark and The Deep End of the Ocean

“Killer’s Instinct by Dawn Dalton and Judith Graves is a clever and fast-paced thriller that raises the bar for monster-hunting tales. Nuanced and well-crafted, this novel is told from the points of view of four distinctly defined young characters—Hyde, a hulk in sheep’s clothing; Kain, the wild card, Caddock, the unit jock, and Hope, both gifted and cursed with a sixth sense. Hope’s inner strengths and compassion make her a fitting role model for teenage readers, yet her vulnerability renders her a satisfyingly sympathetic heroine. Killer’s Instinct is going to knock other YA monster-battling books off the shelves.”

~Gary Braver, bestselling and award-winning author of Tunnel Vision

“Hope sees dead people. It’s her greatest weapon and her ultimate curse. After the death of her father and her Mother rising from the grave as a mindless corpse, Hope joins an elite fighting team at La Manoir, a group of teens trained to deal with all manner of paranormal spooks and baddies. She wants to find what’s left of her mother and put her to rest, but first, she needs to learn how–and she might even need some help along the way. Hope is a wonderful heroine, smart, savvy, and good with a gun: my favorite kind of ass-kicker! The other members of her team kept me on my toes, never quite sure who I could trust and what their true motivations were.”

~Sherry Ficklin, author of the Gods of Fate series