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Stolen Dreams

This is my entry for Anna Meade’s (aka the Dark Fairy Queen) Midsummer Night’s Dream flash fiction contest. The competition calls for a 400 word story, which is officially difficult to do! My story comes in at 405 words. This story may have started a short story collection, but we’ll see how it goes. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

 

Stolen Dreams

By S.M. Lowry © 2015

A welcome breeze swept through Melaina’s hair. The sweltering heat of the city below rose to lick her skin. From her perch on the hill overlooking the city, she gazed at the dream energy of the city’s inhabitants.

The stars twinkled above her, and the full moon hung heavy. She knew now there was only one way to escape her otherworldly prison.

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She rifled through the dreams of the city until she found the woman who dreamed of him.

A smile turned up her lips as she drank in his form through the woman’s dream. How she longed to caress him, to let her fingers dance over his body, through his luscious curls.

Soon.

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The woman’s eyes widened as she stepped onto the shimmering beach in her silk pajamas. Melaina plastered a smile onto her face to welcome Rachel.

“What is this place?” Rachel asked in wonder.

“A world where dreams come true.” Holding out an apple, Melaina added, “Eat this. It will take you to a world of magic that surpasses your dreams. There, you can live forever.”

Rachel’s eyes narrowed. “I’ve seen Snow White. It’s probably poisoned. No one lives forever.”

“They do in Faery.”

“Faery,” Rachel breathed. “Is that where we are?”

Melaina shook her head. “This is the in-between. Faery is even more breathtaking than this world.”

Melaina bit the apple, letting the succulent juices flow over her tongue. She held it out to Rachel to do the same. Rachel eyed it suspiciously. Melaina held her breath. Her plan would fail if Rachel refused to eat the apple of her own free will.

The crunch of apple skin was music to Melaina’s ears. She let out a breath. The magic hit her with the force of a drum, ripping her soul to shreds. The pain brought her to her knees as her body tore itself apart. She heard a scream, but whether hers or Rachel’s, she didn’t know.

At last the pain ebbed, and Melaina stood. She looked down at her body, clothed in silk pajamas. A smile stole over face.

Rachel jumped up. “What have you done?” she screamed.

Melaina ignored her and waltzed out of the dream world.

A hand gripped her shoulder. “Baby, wake up. It’s just a dream.”

Melaina smiled to herself as she gazed up at the concerned face of the man—her man—hovering over her.

The dreams of others now belonged to her.

 

 

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Shame on you Amazon!!

As a book reviewer, I don’t like Amazon’s new “friends” policy. Read through this post, and consider signing the petition.

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So it seems that Amazon has decided that being “friends” with someone on Facebook is a like…the real thing! At first I was excited, YAY! I am totes friends with Stephen King and Norman Reedus!!! gonna go out for a beer with my FRIENDS!! …wait…oh yeah, reality bites.  In the real world I don’t know those guys.  At all. I haven’t ever met them or even talked to them on the phone.  Hard to believe right? I know! I’d totally hang with me!! Anyway…back to Amazon, (I’ll daydream later) most of us, of course realize that being friends on Facebook means you “like” a post here and there, squeee over a kitten picture or ten, and sometimes even chat on messenger.  Some of your Facebook friends are real, live, fleshy people that you actually DO interact with in the real world! But we know the difference, don’t we?  Amazon, clearly…

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Blog Tour and Review of To Eris – Human by Ann Snizek

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To Eris – Human (Payton Chronicles 1) by Ann Snizek

*Disclaimer – I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Genre – YA, paranormal, sci-fi

 

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Eris Payton has led a difficult life and struggles to reinvent herself. When she meets Nelson, her life changes in a way she would never imagine. Nelson needs Eris to follow him back to Downside before the epidemic gets worse, otherwise his brother will die. But he must convince her that he’s real and that her DNA holds the key in time to save his brother. How can he convince her to trust him? Facing truths that challenge everything she thought she knew, Eris discovers the hidden world of lucents and her own mysterious origins. She finds herself and uncovers answers to questions she never thought to ask.

 

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Excerpt:

“Oh, God. Please tell me you aren’t a ghost. I don’t want to be insane,” I said, “Or an alien. You aren’t an alien are you?” Near tears in my panic, I returned to my previously abandoned idea. And, I still couldn’t make myself run away from this guy.

“No, I’m not a ghost or alien. I’m alive and just like you… only different.” He chuckled and some of the strain in his face faded.

“Well, that clears everything up nicely, doesn’t it?” My panic instinctively kicked over to sarcasm. “Can I go now? I have to run away and get psychoanalyzed before my nervous breakdown is complete.”

“You’re not crazy, Eris,” he said gently.

“Says the non-ghost entity, half Ashley’s brother and half some unidentified being, who can make me move, or keep me from moving, and only I can see.” I said, folding my arms across my chest again and prattling on. “Who, in their right minds would believe that I’m not crazy? After all, since no one else can see you, and probably can’t hear you either, I’m standing here talking to the trees. I’m obviously not in my right mind, but I don’t even believe me.”

 

My Review:

To Eris – Human by Ann Snizek was a fun read. I absolutely loved the title! I was hooked from the first page and didn’t want to put it down because I had to know what would happen next. Snizek has created an engaging world right alongside the human world. What I enjoyed most about the world was that it was on par with our world technologically. Eris was a wonderful character to read. She deals with abuse and being an outcast, but when her life changes drastically, Eris doesn’t just move on into a new world where she is suddenly happy and comfortable. She is plagued by doubts about herself, which I felt was realistic. The struggles that Eris and Nelson encounter internally give a lovely depth to this book. Since there is a book 2 coming, not everything is wrapped up completely by the end; however, I did feel this book wrapped up much of Eris’s story well. I look forward to the next book. I enjoyed reading To Eris – Human, and I would highly recommend reading it.

 

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About the author:

 

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Originally from Vermont, Ann now lives in Virginia with her husband. She enjoys exploring nature and the freedom to pursue the dreams of her imagination through writing. Her love of books from childhood continues today as she nurtures that love others — always encouraging their imaginations.

Along with writing books Ann actively participates in the community, fighting illiteracy with the founding and facilitating of a creative writing club and volunteering as a certified ProLiteracy tutor at her local adult learning center. She also serves on the advisory board, marketing committee, and the committee for their used book store.

Struggling with disabilities of her own, she knows the thrill of triumphing over adversities. Her dry, sarcastic, and often corny wit finds its way into her writing where she pulls from life’s experiences for inspiration… always sharing, growing, and learning.

 

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Review of Danger Wears White by Lynne Connolly

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Genre: Historical romance

 

Blurb:

 

Hoping to live down her family’s connections to the traitorous Jacobite cause, Imogen wants nothing more than a quiet life in the country. When she stumbles upon a wounded man, the white cockade in his coat tells her he’s a Jacobite, and a danger to the crown. Yet there’s something about him she can’t resist . . .

In search of a document on behalf of his powerful family, Tony is shot and left for dead. Secreted away to a hidden chamber, he finds himself both a guest and prisoner of a beautiful but mysterious woman. What she wants and who she serves, he cannot know. But what he does understand is the desire burning strongly between them. And that neither of them will be spared until their lust is sated.

When the action moves to London, suddenly it’s Tony who has to act to save Imogen. Forced to become a lady in waiting to Princess Amelia, she is in peril from the Jacobites, who are convinced she is their salvation. Only the strength of Tony and Imogen’s love can save them now.

 

Praise for Danger Wears White:

 

“Full of political intrigue, steamy romance and plenty of twists and turns…a well crafted story that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. If Lynne Connolly isn’t on your auto-buy list, she should be.” ~Sharon Cullen, author of Sebastian’s Lady Spy

 

My Review:

 

Danger Wears White by Lynne Connolly kept me riveted all the way to the end. Political intrigue and fascinating characters made this a novel I had a hard time putting down. Imogen is an independent woman, in a time when that was rare, and she remained independent and with a strong identity throughout the story. Her love for Tony beautifully added to who she was. Tony was as enjoyable as Imogen. Although Tony wanted to protect and take care of Imogen, his love and desire to care for her never felt like he was implying Imogen was incapable of caring for herself. Tony was a genuinely loving man, and it didn’t hurt that he was a badass ex-soldier. Some of the minor characters were also intriguing, such as Julius and Nick, and I hope to read more about them in a future book. The plot was full of court politics, which kept me working to figure out who was good and who was bad. I enjoy being confused about whom to trust in a novel, so this was right up my alley. This was my first Lynne Connolly novel, but it will most certainly not be my last. I loved this book, and I highly recommend reading it.

 

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About Lynne Connolly:

Lynne grew up in a haunted house in Leicester, England, and got used to telling the ghosts to shut up! She has lived a variety of lives, moving from the rock music world to the business world, and then to writing.

She has won awards and written best-selling books, although the writing is always her greatest reward. As Lynne Connolly she writes historical romance, and as L.M. Connolly spicy contemporary and paranormal romance.

 

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The Emperors of London:

Rogue in Red Velvet

Temptation Has Green Eyes

Danger Wears White

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Even the Gods Fall In Love:

Lightning Unbound

Mad For Love

Arrows of Desire

Forged by Love

 

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Alluring Secrets

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Last Chance, My Love

A Chance To Dream

Met By Chance

A Betting Chance

 

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Uncovering Vanessa

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Short Story Time

Here’s a little flash fiction story I wrote in one of my creative writing classes in college a few years ago. It was one of my earlier attempts at writing, but I still like this story and thought I’d share it 🙂

Sunrise

 

Sitting on a checkered blanket, covering the dew-filled grass, Libby watches as the first light fills the sky. It’s late August, but the breeze that blows over her has the distinct chill of impending autumn. She shivers and wraps her sweater tighter around her, enjoying the peace of the early morning. She feels that something isn’t right, though she can’t put her finger on what it is. Since she couldn’t sleep, she came outside to distract her mind from such troubling thoughts.

The front door opens, and she hears his soft footsteps as he comes out to join her.

“The sunrise is beautiful, isn’t it,” he says.

“Yes, it is,” she says.

Looking over her shoulder at him, she marvels at how beautiful he is, even having just climbed out of bed. His dark hair tousled by the gently blowing breeze, his eyes blue and infinite like the open sky, and his smile that touches her very soul. He kisses her cheek and combs her brown curls with his fingers. She closes her eyes, loving the feel of him touching her. She wishes moments like this could last forever.

His hand drops from her hair, as though the universe hears her desire for him and insists on thwarting it. He sits next to her and pulls his knees close to his body, wrapping his arms around them, and joins her in staring at the sunrise.

He clears his throat. “I need to talk to you about something,” he says.

She doesn’t respond, continuing instead to stare at the sunrise, heart pounding in her chest. She takes a deep breath, willing herself to remain calm. Her mind desperately working to figure out what could have gone wrong in their relationship?

“I love you, but…” he begins.

She squeezes her eyes shut, blocking the tears threatening to fall.

“But,” she says.

He breathes deeply, exhaling as his words come out in a rush. “Libby, I have a wife.”

She stops breathing. Her heart freezes. Her stomach drops. Frantically, she tries to make sense of the sounds and form them into something tangible in her mind.

“A wife,” she repeats.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean for this to happen, it just did. When you and I hit it off, I was afraid to tell you about her. I really love you, but I can’t leave my wife.”

She cringes when he says “my wife.” Clutching her stomach she attempts to process the unbelievable. She searches her memories of the past year for clues she hadn’t seen, as her mind races with questions.

“D-do you have kids?”

“Yes, but they are from her previous marriage. I’m the only father either of them knows because they were so young when their real father died. I love them. They’re my world,” he says, looking out into the distance.

Unable to hold the tears back now, she lays her head in her hands as sobs rack her body. They had fantasized about how their children might look and who they might take after. Together they had joked that little James would have his dark hair and strong chin, and how little Kelly would have her curls and bright eyes.

“I see,” she says, drying her eyes on her sleeve. But she didn’t see. Couldn’t see or comprehend the motives of the man sitting next to her. Couldn’t fathom the truth he had revealed. She sits there in silence for a moment, letting the numbness take over. There are too many questions, and no answers she can bring herself to hear. But there is one question she must know the answer to.

“Why,” she asks. She closes her eyes, heart pounding, waiting for his answer.

“I’m not in love with her. We barely speak, and then only about the kids. But with you I connect. I can talk to you and you get it. I love the laughing we do and the sweet warmth of your body next to mine. I want that to be all there is in the world.”

“But it’s not,” she says, tears running down her cheeks despite her attempts to hold them back.

He hangs his head in response and stares silently at his fidgeting thumbs.

As her tears ebb, she becomes aware of the trees above them; she can hear the chirping of the birds. She sees neighbors walking outside to grab the morning paper. The air is warming up as the sun continues to rise.

“So, what about us,” he asks.

She looks over at him, at the man she had treasured so dearly only moments ago. But now she sees only a broken man, with a broken marriage, and a host of broken dreams.

As the sun continues to brighten the sky, she realizes that now she does see. She sees that it’s time for him to return to his family. She sees that her future lies down a different path now. Gathering herself together, she walks inside and shuts the door.

 

 

© S.M. Lowry 2015