Today, I want to introduce you to an amazing new writer and her wonderful novel!
One of the great things about being an author is the opportunity to meet other authors. As you know, I'm a huge reader, so I'm as much a fan as I am a writer (but probably more!) ... which makes those opportunities pretty awesome.
A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of connecting with Cameo Renae. Cameo recently published her debut novel, In My Dreams. Through the usual haunts, I'd heard a slew of positive things about the book, so I decided to check it out.
Well, the hoopla was well deserved. In My Dreams is a page turner and Renae is the real deal. You can read my review below, but here's information about the book and its author first.
In My Dreams:
It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen year-old Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hayes thought she'd outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he's been found... dead.
Michael hasn't crossed over because he was murdered. Now, his murderer is coming for Lizzy, and his spirit won't rest until she's safe. As a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact is through Lizzy's dreams. When she dreams, it's as if he hasn't died.
Lizzy must learn to pull on her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gifts to help. But will it be enough to save her?
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My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be.
I love reading great books that whisk me away from reality, even if for a little while. :)
Writing is my passion. I love creating new worlds and new characters, and taking wonderous adventures with them. It's the most awesome feeling to have others join me on those adventures... and I've only just begun. :)
My debut novel is In My Dreams. I am shocked at how well readers are enjoying it. Lots have even shed tears! I say... mission accomlished! I'm currently working on book 2 of my new YA Paranormal/Romance Trilogy. They will be out soon... so watch for them!!! :)
One day I will find my magic wardrobe, and ride away on my magical unicorn... ♥ Until then... I'll keep writing! ;)
My Five-Star Review of In My Dreams:
I must admit that I was cautioned that Cameo Renae's debut novel, In My Dreams, might be too much of a "chick" book for my taste ... but, while it will certainly appeal to those who love a good paranormal romance, there is plenty of pulse-pounding action and danger mixed in to make a wide and diverse audience happy. The writing is tight and focused, the plot strikes a balance between being too straightforward and overly complicated, and the characters are well-constructed, likable, and--most importantly--believable.
The setting is interesting. It might not be the first book I've ever read that takes place in Alaska, but it's the first one I remember. The town, the weather, and the wildlife combined to give the book a rustic, yet otherworldly, feel that really worked for the story. But, as a native of New York--where residents like to brag that we have four distinct seasons, as if we're somehow responsible--the thought of days with only four or five hours of sun makes me claustrophobic (and happy that it's 82 degrees and sunny as I write this). I liked the reference to "I'll See You In My Dreams," the lone Top-40 hit for AOR band Giant (in 1990) and the inclusion of the Hawaiian state fish (which I still can't pronounce).
In My Dreams appears to be a stand alone novel, but the world and situations that Renae created can easily be expanded into further novels, or even an ongoing series. As I said earlier, I think many readers will enjoy this novel--males and females, alike--but I would particularly recommend it to fans of YA, Paranormal Romance, and love stories.
NOTE: Cameo's next novel, Hidden Wings, was accepted by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. It is scheduled for a January 2013 release!
Be sure to check out In My Dreams and let me (and Cameo) know what you think!