Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Book Blog-a-thon

Okaay. So I don't know if someone has already made this blog version of Booktube-a-thon but, doesn't matter. I am gonna be doing it! ^_^ I made my own goals and challenges so... it's up to you if you're gonna do it too!


Sleigh bells ring, Are you listening? Hahaha.




1st Challenge: Read a recently gifted book

I have actually read this book already buuut . . . . this was a book recently given to me just because I adore the cover so muuch! It is To All the Boys I've Loved Before by the a-mazin' Jenny Han. If you want to see my review about it, I'll link it here

I will be re-reading this because I loved it to pieces! And I read it for only hours or about a day at least. :)




2nd Challenge: Christmas-syy cover

Honestly, I don't know what this book is about except that it has a cat on its cover. That's what bought me. The cover looks somehow Christmas-syy to me because it is associated with the colors green and red. I don't know. I really think that this cover gives that Christmas vibes sooo... yeah. I'll be reading this after the 1st challenge. Which I am currently accomplishing.






3rd Challenge: Christmas Setting

This challenge requires a book that is set on Christmas or the days before it. For this challenge I picked up Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I think, this is a part of like a series or trilogy by these two amazing authors. But, I'm not sure on that one. It just sounds like it.



(I like this edition better xx)


4th Challenge: Christmas Romance

I think y'all know what I'll be reading for this final challenge. It is My True Love Gave To Me by various authors and edited by the lovely Stephanie Perkins. It is a collection of twelve short stories about love and romance. And I'm quite excited to read this. 





That is it! I am really excited to be reading all these amazing books aaand, let me know if you have read them or not in the comments below. Or you can tweet or instagram me by clicking my social links on the upper right corner of my blog. Thanks guys. x


Friday, December 19, 2014

SORRY.

I really feel bad. Even making  this post gives me a heartache. No. I am never leaving blogger and my blog. But, I  feel so ashamed that I have not been active for more than 4 months. :( I have 5 drafts left undone. And a lot of broken promises to authors. I did not expect my school year to be as hectic as this.

I am writing this not to gain sympathy, but for all of you to understand. I am sorry for those authors who submitted their books to me, I don't want you to think that I am a scumbag or a book digger. I am sincere when I say I am going to review your book. But like I said, I did not expect myself to be busy this year.

I hope that I can finish most of the reviews that I promised before this year ends. Or even before January 2015 ends.

I am not gonna promise anymore. And will rarely accept review requests. Unless of course, when I really have a lot of time to do it.

I am sincerely APOLOGIZING to everyone. The authors, the bloggers, and my viewers.



Risse,

Friday, October 31, 2014

If I Stay - Movie Review

Hello gals! I am officially back! Although I can't start with all the REVIEWS yet but still...

Just a little more patience from all of you. I just have to finish my 3rd Quarter in school and I'll be back on track. I'll try to post as much as I can. This'll be more on Excerpts, Giveaways etc. 

Either ways, I hope you'll still find this blog as helpful as it should be. 

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IF I STAY - MOVIE REVIEW


Honestly, I haven't read this book yet. It is so EMBARRASSING (I know.) There are a lot of bookworms saying that this was a great book so I decided to watch it instead.

First was the trailer. There were FEELS all over the TRAILER! It was so amazing I almost cried! Especially because the song "Say Something" matches the movie. Here, check it out if you haven't yet:


If I Stay - Trailer # 1



If I Stay - Trailer # 2



The MOVIE though, wasn't exactly what I expected. It was cool. And if I were to rate it, I'm giving it 3.7 out of 5 shimmering stars. The entire film was gloomy, sad, and every word related to it. If this is really how it was pictured in the book, well then I'm sorry but this is a MOVIE basis. Moving on, the sadness in this movie is not the typical one that would make you cry, it would just make you stare at the screen like, "Oh, that's tragic, really." It's not too dramatic which is both good and bad. In the trailer, I imagined myself to be a crybaby at the movie house but I only cried towards the ending. It was a good thing I guess. I'd also hate it to be over dramatic. 




Story-wise, I am rating it 6 out of 5 stars! Ha! I loved the plot. The characters. Everything. Except for its gloominess like I said awhile ago. So it's not really everything. Okay. That's really confusing.


What else .. what else? Oh. Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley was superb! They were amazing. Aaaaand, those kissing scenes? Awwmygaaad. Didn't realize Chloe has already grown into a lady! And such a great peerformance from Jamie Blackley Wonderful, wonderful voice I may say.


In ending this I give you a gif from If I Stay. Not much of a spoiler, don't worry.








Saturday, August 23, 2014

What's Happening? - Bittersweet Blogger Days

I know guys, I should be slapped in the face. I never got the chance to post here anymore. IM SORRY!


Here's the thing, I've been on hiatus for the month of July and August because of school. And also because I have to apply for college. That took a lot of my time! So I really really really apologize for not posting for two months! I know that that is a whole lot of days to miss!



However....

Since I finished all of that, I hope and wish that I can continue on with this blog page cause I miss doing posts so much! You don't know how much pain and sacrifice I made by not reading any books in two months. That's so heartbreaking. I really hope to get back on track sooner or later.



That will be it for now. I'll check on you guys soon!

Monday, July 21, 2014

YA Review: Shade by Marilyn Peake (Interview + Slambook)

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on April 4th 2014
Genres:  Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 286
Source: Received a paperback from the author in exchange for an honest review

Book blurb:
Thanks to her offbeat mother, Shade’s full name is Galactic Shade Griffin. Having a name like that while being the new girl in school is pretty much catnip for bullies. The summer before Shade’s junior year of high school, her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend and moves them once again to a new town.


This time, they move into a dilapidated old house where Shade has an entire attic bedroom to herself—at least until she discovers it’s haunted by the ghost of a teenaged boy named Brandon Yates. When Shade’s best friend goes missing, her life becomes even more complicated. With the help of Brandon who’s struggling with his own issues in the world beyond, Shade faces the question of whether or not she has what it takes to become a true hero.

SHADE is a Young Adult novel: Mystery with Paranormal elements.



(c) Goodreads


The book was simply a work of art, and I'm not even kidding. I was easily allured by the book because of its pretty pretty cover. And it was as gorgeous as its content. The scenes were carefully and intricately created into one beautiful story. And there weren't any romance needed! More books like this please! I am not a romance hater though. I absolutely love them! I just don't think it's necessary to have them in every book.



Aside from this book not having romantic scenes, I really adored the main characters, which I think is Shade. And Brandon. They stood out in this whole book! I was easily attached with them because the convey real feelings and personality. I've read a lot of books that has this almost-perfect character caught in between problems, and I just think they're too fictional. Shade and Brandon are like the "replicas" of every teenager. They got problems of their own, they are bullied to the point that they do rebellious things. I'm not saying that ALL teenagers are cutting themselves to death though. But I'm pretty sure that you are aware of the news?

There are bunch of good things that I can say about this book so I better list them down:
1.) The story was a combination of different genres. You won't even think it was possible to  mix them in one book.
2.) I'd like to say that the book was weird, but weird doesn't sound good. I guess what I wanted to say was ...... Ughh. It was weird in the best way. I mean it was full of things. A girl with stars in her eyes, a mother who changed her name into a plant used for drugs, and a ghost that plays Angry Birds. Like what?
3.) Reading this book is like reading my own story. As I started reading this, I actually started to think that Shade's problems are my problems. I was too stressed out when I finished this book. And I sighed with relief too. Isn't that how a book should be? It was suppose to make you feel something. Marilyn Peake crafted this book in a way that we, the readers, can understand how her main character feels. 


4.) And the best was, the story is real. This might not be based from one specific true story, but I guess the issue that revolved around this book happens everyday. At first I was intrigued by the dedication on the first page that says, "For all the girls who are lost throughout the world: may you soon be found. And may you soon find inner peace." But then after reading this I understood what she means. And I was sad about the cruel things that are still happening today.

I hope I didn't make it sound like this book is all cruel stuff. Because it was absolutely great. I was just drawn in the specific topic that was involved in this book. I am not sure if it's right to tell you what issue I was talking about because it can either be a spoiler, or a reason for you to think that this book is boring. But I assure you, it is not! It is lovely. Read it. Read it now.

For you to completely understand, I interviewed the author herself, Marilyn Peake. She is a very nice woman to begin with, and she's definitely a great author!


1.) (This is a very common one but ...) What or who inspired you to create this wonderful book?

Thank you so much for referring to SHADE as a wonderful book!  That makes me very happy and I’m deeply honored.  There were a number of inspirations for this book.  Once I knew I wanted to write a YA book, the first ideas that came to me were for a teenaged girl to be the main character and for her to move into an old house with a ghost who would help her in some way.  I’m a total news junkie.  I follow many news sources on Twitter, read news stories online and watch cable TV news.  Once I knew who Shade, the teenaged main character in my YA novel, would be, I outlined the entire book.  I quickly came up with the idea of Shade’s strong personality and her troubled relationship with her drug-and-alcohol-addicted mother.  As the story grew, news stories that troubled me became part of the world in which Shade found herself.  She became a hero, rescuing fellow high school students from some truly horrific situations.

2.) The book tackles this issue (which I'm not sure if it will be okay to tell the readers) that happens everywhere. And I can't stop wondering why you decided to add it in this book. Was it to inform the readers? Or was there a deeper reason?

I’m not sure which issue you’re referring to, but I’m assuming you’re referring to the most troubling situation in the novel, the situation from which Shade rescues her best friend Annie and other girls in her high school.  I added this to the book because it’s a story appearing on such a regular basis on the news, it’s heartbreaking.  It’s a worldwide problem affecting a large number of people, many of them young children and teenagers.  This had been on my mind for a long time and I’m guessing that’s why it became a part of Shade’s journey toward becoming a true hero.

3.) How long did it take you to conceptualize 'Shade'?

That’s a really good question.  Ideas for stories usually percolate in my mind and after I write them, I forget how long it actually took for the story to go from the first spark in my mind to a more cohesive, detailed plan for the story.  I’m guessing it probably took a few weeks for me to go from knowing I wanted to write a YA book about a heroic girl whose full name would be Galactic Shade Griffin, nicknamed Shade by her own self, to having a more cohesive idea of the personal difficulties she’d need to overcome and the troubling situations she would need to solve.

4.) Who is this character in the book that took quite a long time for you to think about?

Shade’s mom.  It took a while for me to figure out who she was, how she could be so incredibly negligent and selfish without being a totally evil person.

5.) There are a lot of things that we can get from your book but, what do you personally want your readers to learn in it?


I want readers to understand and feel for Shade and others who are in trouble, and to realize why we shouldn't judge others without knowing their life circumstances.  Shade had suffered a great deal in her life not only because she had serious family problems, but also because others made fun of her and rejected her.  She turned out to be an incredibly special person, despite all the people who had written her off as a loser.

Last book you've read:  LARKSPUR: A NECROMANCER’S ROMANCE by V. M. Jaskiernia, followed by rereading the first, second, and third books in the WOOL series by Hugh Howey.

A book you can't forget about:  THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver.

Song that you listen to while reading:  I read in silence, although I write to music that doesn’t have words.  I listen to music from a lot of computer games when I write.

Author that inspires you:  Hugh Howey

A thing you just can't live without:  Coffee

A quote that inspires you:  From Maya Angelou: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Favorite food:  Chocolate

Favorite book:  There are so many!  One of my most favorite books is THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver.

Favorite song:  There are so many of these, too!  One of my favorite songs is STAY by Rihanna.

Favorite TV Show:  UTOPIA

Favorite movie:  THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

~ QUOTE FROM SHADE ~


Marilyn Peake's Advice on Aspiring Writers:

To just keep on writing, to never give up, if writing is what you really want to do.


Message to Readers:


Thank you for this wonderful experience Marilyn! And of course for trusting me with 'Shade.' We had a long journey together. I sure hope it won't end!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han


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Published by: Simon and Schuster on April 15th 2014
Genres:  Young Adult, Contemporary-Romance
Pages:  288
Format: eBook

Book Blurb:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


I didn't expect myself to love this book so much and hate it at the same time!


I am not really used with reading a book for a day, so I was kinda surprised that I did it with this one. I just can't put it down! I am really proud that I read this. I never intended on doing so, because the book is pretty mainstream. And it's not that I have problems with popular books, but sometimes I just lose all the excitement when I hear everyone talking about it. I was actually waiting for it to lose its spotlight on the whole social network. Unfortunate for me, it never did. So what pushed me to read this book?

It was being optioned for a movie! And I hate not having to read a book before it comes out as a movie. 

There are times when I almost throw it away because I hate Lara Jean's ideas. And she was quite immature. But of course I don't do that, it's harassment. There are also times that I go crazy, constantly squealing and smiling. Either way, the book is still driving me nuts. It was so amazing yet so intriguing. You don't know whose with who. Or who likes who. Even until the end, which, is such a cliffhanger! That was actually the only reason why I hated it. There are tons of Book Freaks like I am who told me that the ending is soooooo intriguing yet I pushed through with this book. I thought they were just overreacting. But it was actually true! Oh if only I could read the book without that particular ending. I just ...ughhh. I can't even explain how I feel about it. Lucky for me, or us who read it, there will be a second book! Or so I thought.

The characters are actually soooo relatable. Even Peter! Mainly because they are teens like us, and oh did I mention? I am also writing letters with the same purpose. Lara Jean and I are twins! Except, I don't put addresses. I realized it isn't safe, especially after what happened to Lara Jean. I also loved Peter's character. Such a badass but has a sweet side.  A very sweet one. I can actually compare him to the love of my life, Killian "Hook" Jones. From'Once Upon A Time'. Do you know that TV Series? Oh goodness. He's soo mean but has a soft side when it comes to Emma. *I'm squealing while typing this right now*. I"ll stop talking now because some of you might not understand. 

Moving on, I can say that Jenny Han"s writing style was very effective. Especially in this book, maybe because I tried reading "The Summer I Turned Pretty" but didn't enjoy the first few parts so I stopped. And it didn't happen in this book. And Han made me frustrated, intrigued and mad the whole time! I wonder how she pulled this book together. (Didn't make any research so I didn't know how). 


Additional stuff here .....

Jenny Han went to the Philippines last June 20th. You, yes I am talking to those who went to the signing, are very lucky because you saw her. *cries*


QUOTE FROM TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE




Jenny Han (Han like Han Solo, not Han like hand) 
was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and she went on to graduate school at the New School in New York City, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Book Review: My Forever by Kira Adams



Genres:  Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages:  255
Source:  Received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review



Book Blurb:

Grief and loss can make a person act out in all the worst kinds of ways. Madalynne Johnson has always been a bit of a handful, but with the loss of her brother, separation of her parents, and her boyfriends unexpected news of joining the army she has gone into a full on tailspin. 


Parker Grant experienced loss firsthand when his brother took his own life. Darkness closed in. Madalynne saved him; showed him the light. And even though he isn’t sure what the future holds--he wants Madalynne and this time he won’t give up without a fight.



Over-all Comment:

I thought that the whole story was plainly cool. There were scenes that I couldn't get out of my head maybe because it was a great one or a not-so-good one. I have said this tons of times but I will say it again, I think I will regret not having to read this book. Yes, you will see that I might be giving out plenty of side comments but a book always has this 'unique' part in them that you will totally regret not being able to read.



Elaborate? Okay here you go....

The storyline itself was not on the 'oh my gosh it's so amazing' side but it was thrilling to read. The only problem that I noticed the entire time was that  it's more on the cliché side. It started With Madalynne being head over heels in love with Parker, thinking that he doesn't love her back but eventually he does. Then things got out of hand, and stuff. The ending was a major cliché too, but you should definitely find out what it is for yourself. There are those mind twisting moments wherein you never know what he/she will do, but most of the time the story was predictable. And cliché. Sorry, I was just affected by the CLICHÉ moments. But Kira please, don't stop writing. The whole storyline, plot, and stuff was great. Maybe you should be just a little little more creative and everything's cool. Like maybe you can be the next Jenny Han or Stephanie Perkins. Hahaha.

Now when it comes to the characters, it was awesome. Especially Maddy's. I get a bit irritated with her sudden change of moods but at the same time, I actually thought she was cool. And a great decision-maker (let's not forget about that). I can totally relate with her, except of course with the sexy moments. But she was definitely that indecisive teenager at first that becomes matured towards the end. And I'm screaming like 'Been there, done that". 

It was fun getting to have all of the character's POV in one book. Like there are Jacqueline and Lee, who are both minor characters that was involved with Parker and Maddy. They were each given their on POV, though it was in the ending part, I think. At least I knew how they both feel. Because what happened to them, was so expected too. So predictable. But it actually came to my mind once that maybe what I thought will happen, won't happen. Because it is __________. You're right guys, predictable. No, no, no, I wasn't going to say cliché on that one. 

I still recommend you to read this. Just like what I always say towards the end of the review. So far, I am very proud to say that most of the review requests I got were nice. And great. And fascinating. And so on. And it's not so cheesy tooo. (one of my friends is very particular with that one).





Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction.





Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Blast + Giveaway!: Killer's Instinct



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    Published by: Leap Books on November 27 2013Formats:Paperback, eBookGenres: Young Adult, ParanormalPages: 380

Synopsis:

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. What could be creepier than hunting down your own zombie mommy?....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 is going to knock other YA monster-battling books off the shelves. Gary Braver, bestselling and award-winning author of Tunnel Vision



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About the Authors


                



Dawn Dalton is the author of creepy young adult fiction. When she isn’t dodging monsters, you can find her at creepy crossroads with her husband and two hounds — you know, just skulking around. Dawn also writes adult thriller, romantic suspense ad contemporary young adult under the last name Ius. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard at D4EO Literary Agency.




Judith Graves has multiple young adult novels and short stories published with Leap Books,  Orca Book Publishers, Compass Press, and, under the pen name, Judith Tewes, is also published with Bloomsbury Spark. In addition, Judith is abscreenwriter and playwright, writes freelance articles for literary magazines, and facilitates writing workshops for both adults and young adults.





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Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Madness: JJ DiBenedetto (Author of Dreams Series)

Hello fellow book geeks. Monday Madness is basically about anything that is too much to handle. Or might contain too much information. SO if you are up for that, welcome.

Today I will be doing an author feature to the one and only author of the 'Dreams Series', JJ DiBenedetto.



Author Bio:


J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.
He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.
The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.





The 'Dreams' Series:



Dream Student (Dreams # 1)







Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace

Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook
Pages:  Kindle - 287 , Paperback - 286


Blurb:

What would you do if you could see other people’s dreams?  If you could watch their hidden fantasies and uncover their deepest, darkest secrets…without them ever knowing?
Sara Barnes is about to find out.  She thought that all she had to worry about was final exams, Christmas shopping and deciding whether she likes the cute freshman in the next dorm who’s got a crush on her.
But when she starts seeing dreams that aren’t hers, she learns more than she ever wanted to know about her friends, her classmates…and a strange, terrifying man whose dreams could get Sara killed.
“Dream Student” is the thrilling first installment of the Dreams series.

Excerpt:

I have to admit, it feels very strange to be drinking wine, like an actual adult, with my parents.  When I’m at school, obviously, I don’t have these thoughts.  I’m twenty one years old.  I’m in charge of my life, making real, important choices.  I’m working hard, making serious progress on as adult a goal as I can think of.  I’m in a real, serious relationship with a man I love.  Then of course there are the damned nightmares, and the fact that I’m still even close to being in one piece after several weeks of them qualifies me as a functioning grown-up for sure.
Still, something happens to me when I come home from school, even now, even though rationally I should know better.  It’s not that Mom and Dad do anything, really, to make me feel that way – it’s pretty much all in my head. 
I realize that partly it’s just the fact of sleeping in the same bed I’ve slept in since I was in kindergarten, and looking at the picture of Kermit the Frog that’s been on my wall since 1977 or so as I fall asleep.  Everywhere I look in my bedroom there’s a reminder of my childhood.  Especially the poor ratty, dog-chewed stuffed rabbit that’s sitting on my bed right now.  Good old Mister Pennington.
But right now, my father is looking at me very differently.  He’s been ever since lunch and I just now realized that’s why.  I guess he was right, when he said I’m slow on the uptake.  What it is, is he’s seeing me as really and truly an adult for the first time.  Well, if he thinks I am, I certainly ought to be able to believe it myself.
I get more proof when we get home.  Mom and Dad don’t know it, but I learned years ago, when the conditions are just right and the heating vents in their room and my room are both open but the heat isn’t actually blowing in either room, I can hear them quite clearly. 
What I hear tonight, as they’re getting ready for bed, is Dad telling Mom about his day with me.  Then he tells her that he’s thinking about putting off the big kitchen renovation they’ve been planning for the last year.  He wants to save the money for something much more important that he thinks might be coming a lot sooner than he expected.
My wedding.   
I don’t know what to say to that.
I’m willing to bet that Mom and I have exactly the same expression on our faces right now, and that we both just went precisely the same shade of white.  I don’t know how I keep from fainting at the shock of hearing those words. 
There’s only one reasonable thing to do then.  I jump out of bed and over to the thermostat, crank the heat as high as it will go and with the blast of hot air out of the vent, the voices of my parents are gone.  I lay back down on my bed, grab Mister Pennington to me in a death grip, and try to put my father’s crazy words out of my mind and fall asleep. 

***

Two hours later I’m still clutching Mister Pennington, and Lumpy is snoring at the foot of the bed.  I’m finally just now drifting off to sleep.  The last thing that goes through my mind before I’m out is that, maybe, my father’s crazy words might not be quite so crazy after all.




Dream Doctor (Dreams # 2)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook


Pages:  Kindle - 270 , Paperback - 270


Blurb:

“I didn’t expect to be woken up by someone I don’t know dreaming about killing somebody.  I thought I was done with that once and for all…”
But Sara’s not done with it.  As if adjusting to life as a newlywed and starting medical school weren’t difficult enough, she’s started seeing the dreams of everyone around her, again.  Before everything is said and done, those dreams might destroy Sara’s hopes of becoming a doctor, wreck her marriage and even end her life…


“Dream Doctor” is the thrilling second novel in the Dreams series.




Dream Child (Dreams # 3)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages:  Kindle - 278 , Paperback - 278


Blurb:

"I would give anything to take this away from her.  I would gladly go back to having the nightmares myself – the very worst ones, the ones that had me waking up screaming in a pool of my own vomit – rather than see Lizzie go through this..." 
As a resident at Children's Hospital, Sara can handle ninety hour workweeks, fighting to save her young patients from deadly childhood diseases.  But she's about to be faced with a challenge that all her training and experience haven't prepared her for: her four-year-old daughter has inherited her ability to see other people's dreams...
"Dream Child" is the suspenseful third novel in the "Dreams" series.



Dream Family (Dreams # 4)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages:  Kindle - 333 , Paperback - 332


Blurb:

"Why is this so hard for me?  Why am I having so much trouble?  Why do I feel so helpless, so hopeless?  What the hell is wrong with me?"
After tangling with murders and mobsters, not to mention medical school and three years of residency, Sara thought she could handle anything.  And then the police show up without warning at her new office and arrest her for a crime she can't possibly have committed.  Sara's confidence, and her grip on reality, is shattered during one terrifying night in jail.
Now, the very dreams that have endangered her life and driven her to the edge of madness may be the only thing that can help Sara find herself again...
"Dream Family" is the powerful fourth novel in the "Dreams" series.

Waking Dream (Dreams # 5)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages:  Kindle - 292 , Paperback - 292


Blurb:

“Oh, God! We can hurt each other. Whatever we do to each other in the dream, we’ll do it to ourselves for real…”

When her own dreams are visited by a mysterious woman in a red dress, Sara realizes she has something she never expected: a counterpart, someone outside her family who shares her talent to see other people’s dreams.

When the woman in red keeps showing up in other dreams as well, leaving ruined lives in her wake, Sara knows she has something she never imagined: a nemesis.

Now, Sara must track the woman in red down in the waking world, before she’s forced to fight for her life in her dreams…



Dream Reunion (Dreams # 6)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages:  Kindle - 254 , Paperback - 250


Blurb:

"I wish someone - my mother, my husband, anybody - would really let me have it, instead of telling me everything's not my fault when it obviously is..."

Sara's seen the cost of interfering in other people's dreams firsthand; it's measured in ruined lives and cemetery plots. When her supernatural dreams start up again, Sara is faced with problem after problem. And the only solution she can see is the one she's sworn never to attempt - changing the minds of the dreamers from the inside-out. Sara thought that fighting against serial killers, mobsters and crooked politicians was difficult, but she's about to come up against the most difficult foe she's ever faced: her own conscience. 

Dream Reunion is the emotional sixth book in the Dream Series.



Dream Home (Dreams # 7)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages:  Kindle - 280 , Paperback - 278


Blurb:

“Oh, my God, I’m not even starting the job for four months! How can I have an enemy already?” 

Sara thought she had found the perfect job, the perfect new house and the perfect place to build a bright future for herself and her family. But her new life is not quite perfect. Her husband and her children are fitting right in, but before Sara even shows up for her first day of work, her coworkers are dreaming about getting rid of her. If that wasn’t bad enough, the one friend she’s made is dreaming nightly about a disaster that could wipe out the entire town…and Sara is beginning to think he might be right… 

Dream Home is the exciting seventh book in the Dream Series.


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I believe that there's this 8th book coming up, not sure with it though. I think it'll be called 'Dream Vacation.' I am really hoping you'd hear about it first, on Bittersweet Blogs.