EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
by Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett
Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that - a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.
One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams - where they come from and what they mean - she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.
I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams. Night dreams. Dreams of grandeur and dreams of escape. If I were an onion and you peeled back the papery outside, you’d find layer after layer of eye-watering dreams. And in the center, where there’s that little curlicue of onion heart? There’d be a puff of smoke from the dreams that burned away.
It was all just brain waves, I thought - disconnected, like the notebook that my friend Talon keeps. She draws a line down the middle of the page; on the right she writes everything she remembers about a dream, and on the left she puts notes about the stuff that’s happening in real life, things that might trigger her subconscious. Reality on one side, dreams on the other - a clear line between the two.
But it turns out there are no clear lines, just a jumble of what is and what might be. And all of it is real.
Keep reading! You can check out the first three chapters here.
Praise for the Book
"Dream Boy explores the mysterious world of dreams, where we access our deepest desires…the authors expertly weave fantasy and the real world in a perfect blend." ~ Erica Orloff, author of In Dreams
"Eerie, twisty, fast and funny, Dream Boy will forever change the way you see your dreams--and your nightmares. An exciting, imaginative look at what might happen when people from the corners of your mind suddenly show up in your real life." ~ Lois Metzger, author of A Trick of the Light
"The perfect book to add to your summer reading list. An awesome balance of love, humor and action, this new read may just be your dream come true!" ~ GirlsLife
"Hits the chick-lit and romance buttons, adding suspense and an intriguing idea as well for nicely rounded entertainment." ~ Kirkus Review
"An original, twisty paranormal romance." ~ Booklist
"Five stars... Perfect writing, perfect characters … perfect plot." ~ Paperback Wonderland
"Dream Boy skillfully and creatively tackles the common theme of good and bad dreams coming alive.... The writing is tight and well-paced, and nicely balances action with Annabelle’s character development as she tries to unravel the mysteries of... her dreams. Her teenage voice is spot on: unsure of herself, but spirited, with a sarcasm that masquerades as confidence. The plot twists and moves in unexpected yet fascinating directions." ~ The Roanoke Times
Interview with the Authors
Want to find out what Mary and Madelyn really think about each other? The authors interview each other here. (You have to watch to the end to find out who doesn't like to eat snakes in their sandwiches.)
About the Authors
Madelyn Rosenberg likes cats, avocados, and the Red Sox. Mary Crockett likes turtles, licorice, and the Yankees. Luckily they both like the weirdness of dreams (and each other) enough to write novels together. The friendship has survived three moves, six kids and countless manuscript revisions.
Madelyn Rosenberg grew up in Southwest Virginia on a great dead-end street with woods, a creek, and copious amounts of mud. After college, she moved back to Virginia, where she spent more than a decade at a daily newspaper writing stories about colorful, real-life characters. These days, she's making up characters of her own. Madelyn lives just outside of Washington, D.C.
Mary Crockett's debut novel Dream Boy is about the aftermath of dreams and the desire to figure out how you fit into the puzzle of your own life. It's also about cute guys, epic kisses, and the mystical power of a really awesome pair of shoes. A native of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Mary grew up as the youngest of six children in a family of misfits. She has worked as everything from a history museum director to a toilet seat hand model. In her other life, she's an award-winning poet, professional eavesdropper, and the person who wipes runny noses. If you tweet at her, chances are she will tweet back. Mary remains in the mountains near Salem, Virginia.
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