"I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest throughout. I love a good mystery. If you do, too, then you will really like this book." - Cindy
Dream, Recurring is my first book. The best short description I use is:
Cynical by nature, a photographer discovers she's haunted by a being after she has a recurring dream. Revealing a secret that only the dead know - with the entity bent on keeping it.
Lucy Blakely is the photographer, and along with her best friend Sam (Samantha Howard), they have to work together to uncover the mystery before time runs out.
Island River Tales is the series title of Dream, Recurring. The inscription is from the name of the town which Lucy and Sam live in, called Island River.
The book is an extension of a screenplay which I wrote back in the 1990's. (When I worked in movies.) It's called The Dream. It was a fifteen minute short that people loved. Although never made into a film, the positive feedback that I received helped me to expand on the concept. The script led to the novel which grew into a four book series.
Being a self-published author has shown me boundless freedom, and excitement which comes with being able to gain accomplishment in the telling of my prose. In creative writing, I don't stop learning either. Because of aiming to perfect my storytelling, I accept this need to always delve into life's wisdom as I strive to create better stories for my readers. Which means, the goal is to forge works of fiction which get people thinking, along with having a positive message inside the book.
But, let me back up a moment. To begin with, the road to my first novel took 18 years from concept to publication. Yet the "pull" to the paranormal began when I was a child. I have a sense I didn't choose the supernatural rather it chose me.
So, the path to producing this story meant that I had, sometimes, creepy events to experience. As a result of those ghostly episodes, my curiosity into the unknown spiked and I became fascinated with wanting to learn as much as possible. It drove me to explore depths of myself and the world around me in ways I had not even imagined.
But could I write the tale? My encounters were a giant jigsaw puzzle coming together, which led to this series. Ultimately, I hope you enjoy the fabled Dream, Recurring.
The next book in the series is When Night Has Fallen. The current aim is to have it published soon.
Sam realizes that something strange is starting to happen again in Island River. She tells Lucy, but Lucy doesn't see it. To Sam, it feels like an evil she hasn't felt before. It seems to grow in strength as each night falls. Realizing she's alone, there may be no way to stop it. This time, the entire island is in trouble.
I'm currently in the writing process of this story...
"To sum things up, I really liked reading the book. It's a good paranormal story with some nice twists. It has strong characters and the scary bits were done really well." - Galit Balli
"I liked reading this book most of all for the strong and well built-up plotline. The concept was not only unique but also quite smart. I liked the idea of ghosts and spirits doing something other than avenging and that in itself is a huge compliment. So I'd like to congratulate the author on the originality of the concept." - Heena Rathore
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