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Surviving The Holy Fire.

Posted: August 13, 2018 by Joy Dawson in Uncategorized

Monday August Sixth started out like any other day for me,  Nothing different I woke up cuddled in bed with my Cats,  Loki and Princess Thor; too a phone call from the Plumber I’d called on Friday evening saying he could come by now to fix the leak we had on our outdoor water spigot in the backyard.  The worst part of that morning was the weird dream I had, about a Volcano erupting in the mountains behind my home.  Nothing to really worry my head over, not in the least.

And then as the day progressed a message popped up on Facebook.  “Where’s the Fire on The Ortega’s?”  It asked.  The Ortega’s being the mountains that surround my home.  I went outside looking around, seeing nothing I thought it was further back in the Ortega’s then were I could see it and turned to go inside when I was greeted with a sight that terrified me to my very core.


My First View of The Holy Fire on Aug 6th 2018.

My Mountain was on Fire, Not the Ortega’s but the Mountain that was literally the one I hiked through with my dogs, the one I looked out the window at every morning.  My Beautiful wild Mountain was on fire.   I looked online that point trying to get an idea of how much danger I truly was in, to get the answer that Trabuco creek was the point of origin for the Fire,  That was now being dubbed the Holy Fire.


A General idea of the distance between where the Fire started and where I live. 

To give you an idea the Red dot, is my home,  and the grey Dot is Trabuco Canyon where the Fire was started.  This gives you a direct line of sight from where the fire started to where my home is.  Terrifying in itself, but I was certain there was no way that fire could breach my mountains and come for my home.   So we watched, and we waited closing out the 6th with this view.


The View on the Evening of Aug 6th

August 7th opened with my Roommates deciding to stay home just encase we were evacuated and with the fire having breached the Ridge behind my home.  A Nerve wracking day followed, with us following the fire as closely as we possibly could and water air drops from Helicopters, and fixed winged  aircraft.  A noise we’d grown to love would soon become the stuff of nightmares.   On Tuesday I took a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up refill on a prescription, and some groceries we needed for that night.   The view from outside of my little culdasac was far more encouraging and far less terrifying.


Diamond Drive is the far side of town from my house. 

The day Progressed and the winds changed again and the fire came roaring back up our ridge and was now as the sun set visible in my little canyon home.  And by morning, I had a feeling in my guy that we would be leaving that day for safety reasons.

The View from my house’s Balcony on August 8th was down right terrifying, when I stood out there at 4am, I could not feel the heat, but I could hear the flames.


The View on the 8th From Our Balcony

By 9:30 AM we were under a Voluntary Evacuation order which meant, we could leave if we wanted to, but we didn’t have to.  The fire was slowly beginning to creep down the hill now closer to our house, and outside was like standing in every end of the world movie I’d ever watched.   By noon I’d brought cat carries into the house, and moved the car facing out of our driveway in prep for what I knew in my heart would soon be a Mandatory Evacuation.  We gathered things we could not replace if the fire did reach our home,  Photos, Jewelry of Value, Electronics that couldn’t be replaced easily,  The quilt my Grandmother made me before she passed away,  Pet food was loaded into the car, and the call out to my Roommates cousin saying that we were in Pre-Evacuation status and would be ready to go soon.


The View Just hours before we Evacuated.

The most amusing thing in the world to me here was that, despite the terror of how close this fire was coming, how much danger we all were in, the garbage truck still came through our neighborhood and collected trash that day.   I actually laughed at that even when the world looked to be about to end.

at 2 O’Clock the Mandatory Evacuation order we’d all been hoping wouldn’t come was pushed through and a short time later my Roommates cousin came over and we loaded our personal belongings and my roomies mom into her vehicle, then the dogs and four cats into our car and left our home for what may have been the very last time.

After leaving our babies behind at the Local Animal shelter (They were being sheltered there not given up)  We headed about 20 miles away to take shelter ourselves at The Room Mates Cousin’s house.


The View of the Fire from The Cousin’s Front Yard.

At that point it was just wait and see……


The Glow of The Holy Fire from Menifee Ca.

August 9th 2018 the smoke to us out in Menifee seemed less but we could of been wrong, as an update from our neighbor said it was still simmering at the top of the ridge, and so we waited holding our breaths.  Waiting to see what would come today, would the fire finally break the ridge and race down the Canyon into our backyards?  We wouldn’t know til about 4:40 PM.


Photo taken by Mark Rightmire during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore near Crystal Ridge in the McVicker Park Area. 

At about 2PM on Aug 9th one of the neighbors who opted to stay behind called me, and said he was a bit nervous as the fire had breached the ridge and was starting to come down.  He said they were making drops, but he was nervous.  We left and made our way out to pick up a few things, by the time we returned home, the neighbor was calling again with the words we had hoped not hear.    The fire was coming and he was leaving.


These are 747’s Fighting the Holy Fire above Rice Canyon and McVicker Canyon on Aug 9th 2018 Amazing Flying Skills. 

We figured that was it, the end the next call we would get would be people telling us our home was gone.  Several people on Facebook were posting video’s from the street behind us, and the fire was burning at there fence line.   And then a miracle happened about 20 minutes after the first call, our neighbor called again and said.  “I’m home, the fire’s gone…”

With in 20 minutes the Firemen managed to put the fire out in our little canyon and not a home was lost.  All that burned in my Canyon was grass and sage brush, and a few trees, no homes.  No property damage nothing, it was…safe.


Machado Street just a Mile from The Ortega Hwy. 


After that, the fire moved off east of us, towards the Ortega Hwy and thousands of other homes.  But our home was safe…..


The Glow of The Holy Fire as it bares down on people’s homes in Temescul Canyon/Horsetheif Canyon,

Over night the fire burned up into the Mountains again and down into the Temescul Canyon area, and as of right now is only 60% Contained, and has burned almost 20K Acres.    Aug 10th was spent clearing hotspots and making sure it was safe to allow us in the Rice Canyon/McVicker Canyon area to go home.


The Ridge above my home after The Holy Fire burned it’s way down.  Taken Friday August 10th 2018.

On Sat Aug 11th we were allowed to go home, to a world changed,

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All of this because one crazy man decided that his neighbor was the enemy, and that his neighbor needed to loose everything.  This man better not get an insanity plea!  Too much was almost LOST because of this MAN!


21403452How do I even begin to put into words what a profound effect this book has had on me.  Okay bare with me here folks cause oh boy this is gonna be a tough one for me to put down into words.  Sedulity is a second high sea apocalyptic adventure series by author of Voyage of the dead David P. Forsyth.  And boy oh boy was this book a powerhouse.  The first night I picked it up planning on reading 2-3 chapters and read half the book in one sitting.  The second night same story, half of the second half that night.  And last night I picked it up thinking to finish it off, only to have the reading accompanied by a legit 5.1 Earthquake here in California were I reside.  Boy oh boy did that Earthquake strike home!

Now you are most likely asking yourself what does an Earthquake in California have to do with an Apocalypse at sea.  Well let me tell you, this book is the beginning of a three part series based around the survivors of a Meteor strike and the catastrophic events that happened after.  And man oh man does this book run the gauntlet of catastrophe’s!  And the author doesn’t over do it or make it seem unbelievable either.  in fact he covers the facts very well, and you will find yourself so thoroughly entrenched in the action you can’t put this book down.  I know I struggled to do so.

Sedulity follows a well rounded cast of characters, who all have a powerful roll to play with in these pages.  From the man who knows what needs to be done for the ship to survive, all the way to the man who is only thinking of himself and what will become of him.  Though he covers those thoughts well.  When you pick up Sedulity you are in for a roller coaster ride, of emotions, horror, and absolute worry for the characters who star in this tale of the end of the world.   Now if you’re still wondering why my Earthquake hit home I’m going to spoil one thing for you,  there are several Earthquakes in this story, but only one hits home and is big enough to be terrifying.  I just happened to be reading that scene when our Earthquake hit.

So this is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone interested in high seas terror, or the apocalypse, or both…both is awesome as well.   David P. Forsyth has hit another home run with this book and I for one can not Wait for the next two books in the series.  And David informs me they both will be out before the end of the year.  YAY!

You can find Sedulity and all of David’s works here


Why do some people find stories depicting the horrific end of civilization appealing? I can’t speak for everyone, but as the author of apocalyptic zombie novels, I have given that question some serious thought. Having grown up with the constant threat of nuclear annihilation, I was always attracted to doomsday books featuring various post-apocalypse survival scenarios.

One of the most popular type of apocalyptic themes these days features zombies. Zombies engender feelings of fear and revulsion. A well told zombie tale is full of tension, suspense, and the expectation of violent conflict. Most importantly, zombies are the perfect villains because it is cool to kill them!

The audience doesn’t feel sorry for them, at least not after they become zombies. So the reader, or viewer, wants to see them cut to pieces. They want to be exposed to vivid and gratuitous violence inflicted on the undead hordes threatening the vestiges of humanity.

We live in a day and age when the impossible has become common place. Technology has changed our lives in ways that we are only beginning to appreciate, making life both easier and more complex. Things like cell phones and cloning were only science fiction when I was a boy. So who’s to say that zombies are impossible? Apocalyptic stories showing how bad life could become also remind us of how far we have come and that the farther our civilization advances, the farther it has to fall in the event of an apocalyptic event.

Even those who feel that life has treated them unfairly can relate to a fictional world where their destiny is suddenly up to their own survival drive and ingenuity. Where good and evil are truly black and white. Imagine a world where simply staying alive places you in the top 1%! If that idea is at all appealing to you, then you are a potential fan of apocalyptic fiction and might like the books I write.

Kings Champion By Cas Peace

Posted: March 11, 2014 by Joy Dawson in Uncategorized

KingsChampion Major Sullyan is in a fight for her life and for the kingdom of Andaryon…

Cas Peace’s amazing Sequel to The Kings Envoy does not disappoint, picking up where its predecessor left off its shot from the cannon, and the pace never lets up.   In the race to save Major Sulyan’s life our hero’s must reach the king of Andaryon.  To let him know the villainous plot of Lord Rykan, as he makes his bid to take the kingdom of Andaryon for himself.

Like I said above this book is off like a cannon shot, its fast paced from the first page and doesn’t let up til you reach the end and that ending screams at you to go out right now and pick up the next book in this series.   The Kings Champion Picks up right where The Kings Envoy left off, with the high paced race to save Major Sullyan.

This book takes you through every step of the way in the hero’s Journey towards finding herself, and saving herself in the same fell swoop.  This book also does more to show why everyone loves her, instead of just leaving everyone hanging on those self proclamations from the other characters, this does show us how that love comes about.  It even ties up those loose ends we had after the first book with the love story between her and Captain Tamsen.  The final and best bit of all of this is that the Author Cas Peace goes out of her way to introduce and develope secondary character well enough that while reading this book, I found  myself caring about even the smallest of characters, worrying about there well being and health, and even being choked up when characters died.

All in all this book was well written, well thought out, and leaves you wanting more, which joy of joys, the third book in the series has recently been released.

But you can find the King’s Champion here



The Kings Envoy By Cas Peace.

Posted: March 10, 2014 by Joy Dawson in Uncategorized

cas-peace-e1317865131260Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world…

My first and foremost love for books have always been the epic fantasy adventures, and Kings Envoy starts you on a journey that leaves you wanting more.  It brings you to fall in love with the characters.  Makes you worry and leaves you thinking about them long after you put the book down.    Though this is not a book, let alone a series you will be able to put down easily.  But will get to the sequel in a bit.

King’s Envoy starts you off with Taran Elijah who is desperate for knowledge and his ability to grow his powers as an Artesan.  He breaches the veil between worlds and ends up embroiled in a plot that could cost not just one world, but all the worlds.   Faced with the task of informing the king of Albia he becomes a part of the plot and must face his own fears of inadequacy to try and help save the world.


I loved loved loved this book, it was an amazing, well written start to a series that I could not wait to finish.  The story and plot line were well written, and the characters well fleshed out and very likable.  Even minor characters have enough history put to them to make them interesting and fun to read.  The only issue I had was the absolute love all the male characters had from the get go for Major Sullyan, BUT and that is a BIG BIG But, that was explained in the future and it made it all very easy to enjoy.   Sullyan is lovable and a great and easy character to sympathies with.

Like I said above, this book was hard to put down, and I didn’t want stop reading it til it was done, though…there were times I had to.  This is a quick read but, its fun and leaves you wanting more, I know I did I scrambled off to purchase the sequel.   On a scale of 1-10, whether to buy, this is a 10 all the way.

The Kings Envoy by Cas Peace can be found Here


Cas Peace was born and brought up in the lovely county of Hampshire, in the UK, where she still lives. On leaving school, she trained for two years before qualifying as a teacher of equitation. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They return whenever they can. As well as her love of horses, Cas is mad about dogs, especially Lurchers. She enjoys dog agility training and currently owns two rescue Lurchers, Milly and Milo. Milly has already had some success in the agility ring, and Milo will begin competing in late 2011. Cas loves country walks, working in stained glass, and folk singing. She has also written a nonfiction book, For the Love of Daisy, which tells the life story of her beautiful Dalmatian.