Monday, August 17, 2009

Anna DeStefano GuestBlog: Thrill Me, Bellas, One More Time

CONTEST TODAY!!! One randomly chosen commenter wins a copy of "Dark Legacy," and another Anna's 'signature' XOXO butterfly wallet that matches the purse she's giving away this month at her site. Anna does love her purses... Have your email avail. 4 chnc 2 win.

From Michelle: Bella fave Anna DeStefano
returns! And not only to kick off her newest blog tour, but also to start the cybergig for her first foray into a bright n shiny part of her career. Please welcome her back w/your warmest "Ooo, dreammmmy" Bella buongiorno...
From Anna: Chow, Bellas!!! It's always fun to hang with you fab ladies. And what a treat—coming back from RWA Nationals in DC and Michelle's cozy breakfast for the group, knowing I'd get to hang on the blog for a bit once things settled down. Well, at least as settled as my world gets at the moment, with my paranormal romantic suspense debut DUE ON THE SHELVES ANY MINUTE NOW!!!

Eh-hem. Did someone hear shrieking? I could have sworn I heard shrieking... Then again, my "Dark Legacy" (Aug 25) is about a woman who hears things other people don't. Day dreams. Nightmares actually. Except the hallucinations have moved on from torturing Dr. Maddie Temple while she sleeps, to messing with her mind during the day. And it's not so much that no one else can hear the scary voices or see Maddie's terrifying visions/premonitions, as Maddie's starting to think someone's sending the dark dreams to her. A very specific someone—her psychic twin, who's been in a coma for the last ten years.

So maybe the uncalled-for, incomprehensible shrieking I heard just now was merely an echo of whatever drives a person to write a dark, angsty love story like "Dark Legacy." Bwahahahaha! But, seriously, I’m fine. Really. Feeling much better now. Except, I've started working the sequel, and, well, the voices don't seem to want to leave me alone... ;o)
Aren't psychological thrillers fun? I mean romantic suspense. I mean paranormal romance. I mean urban fantasy. I mean, well, turns out Dark Legacy is different things to different readers. EXACTLY what I'd hoped for.

I've never been more thrilled to see a book come to print! Those of you who've heard me talk about my Harlequin releases know I love all my books—it's a blast to take real-world conflicts and realistic characters, throw in a little creativity and imagination, shake liberally, and stand back to watch the adventure and emotional roller coaster come to life. And once I
brought paranormal world building to the party (in this case, a contemporary world where dreams can be projected and mapped by psychics and manipulated for nefarious purposes), THAT was when the suspenseful type of story that I like to tell, about family drama and heart-tugging romance and redemption, leapt to an even more exciting place.

Watching the next few weeks unfold and talking with fun folks like you Bellas feels like Christmas morning every day. Thanks so much to Michelle, for inviting me back to your fabulous word. And to say thank you, I've sent a tension-filled excerpt along to share. Click here to read it! I can't wait to hear what you think. Here's a little set up for the scene:

Maddie Temple and her sexy psychiatrist hero, Jarred, are fighting to save her sanity. Meanwhile bad guys are tracking the Temple twins and messing with their minds, determined to create an untraceable psychic weapon. And, well, things aren't going so great—except that Maddie and Jarred are growing closer by the second. You know, the kind of "closer" you'd hope to feel if you found a hunky man willing to put his life, and sanity, on the line for you over and over again. Except, wait a minute! Is Jarred starting to be able to read Maddie's mind, too??? Surely not...

An active dream world is said to be healthy. It's said to feed your creativity and satisfaction in your waking life. Dreams are our mind's way of storing and retrieving our most important memories. Maddie Temple's experience aside, our dreams are almost never literal reflections of our lives. Or dangerous, no matter how threatening they can sometimes feel. And the more we understand our dream patterns, the more our sleeping minds can actually help us.

Tell us what you think—do you dream and remember your dreams, or does your dream work slip away as soon as you wake? Can you feel the power of your dreams touch your conscious world sometimes? I've been able to since I was a child. No wonder I'm exploring dreams in my first foray into paranormal romance...
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71 comments:

Princess Bumblebee said...

Morning, Bellas! Welcome, Anna! Me, I sometimes remember my dreams, but usually only when I first wake up. Then I forget, unless something happens to trigger the memory during the day. Otherwise, it's kind of fuzzy, hehe. I likes my sleep, though, hehe.
Dreamin of California, that's for sure,hehe.

Anna Destefano said...

Hey Princess ;o)

Yeah, our minds are actually designed to forget dreams--because they're a shadow of reality, and it doesn't always pay to focus too much on the not-so-real things going on while we sleep. But remebering dreams can show us cool stuff about what our minds are focused on.

If you really want a closer look, you can try telling yourself as you fall asleep that you want to remember what you're dreaming tonight. Say, maybe you want to remember the latest hunky cover guy that Michelle's been drooling over out here, LOL! Not that you can control what you dream really, but you can condition your mind not to be afraid of remembering.

Then try to relax as you wake up the next morning. Be aware of the dream, like you said, but don't try to hold on to tightly. Don't struggle... Let the images kind of float around you. In dream theory, this is sometimes called near-sleep, where you're in between. The more comfortable you are with this place, the more likely the dreams are to stick with you.

The theory behind all this is really fascinating, and was great fodder for creating the parapsychology I needed for Dark Legacy. I have tons of books and notes from the last two years, and in the margins of all of them are excited scribbles where what I was reading not only started to feel real to me, but also sparked ideas for stories.

Dream all Bellas!!!

Michelle said...

Hello,

How are you doing? How are you doing this summer on inspirations for more writing?

Becke Davis said...

Oh, I'm going to run out and buy this the minute it hits the shelves -- my kind of story! My husband and I both have such vivid dreams, we are convinced we just close our eyes and step into a parallel universe. Not just realistic and colorful, but with plots and a full cast of characters. If I could translate my dreams into film, I'd be a millionaire. Most of the time vivid dreams are fine, but I also remember a lot of my dreams in great detail -- I can still remember several recurring nightmares from my early childhood -- and some of those nightmares were freaking scary!

Anna Destefano said...

Hey Michelle--Summer inspiration??? Nothing can top having my first paranormal romantic suspense hitting shelves ;o) I'm working on my next "Legacy" novel--Secret Legacy and revisions for my next Harlequin Suspense for my Atlanta Heroes novel. AND my 13-year-old, who's taller than me now, is starting his last year of Middle School. I guess you could say it's a FANTASTIC summer for me!

And, Becke, I so hear you on the vivid dreams. They can be spooky, but always remember that the emotions are the most important things in the dreams--they're the tie to your conscious reality (something the Dark Legacy characters have to lear). What you feel about the dreams can tell you what you're subconscious is working through in your waking life, even if the images and situations in the dreams don't seem to make sense at all.

It's really been fascinating, studying what people know and believe about our dream work. And the more I read, the more I realize that dreams, even the scary ones, are a great source of healing for our lives, if we can learn how to harness them ;o)

Anonymous said...

I don't always remember my dreams but when I do they are usually very weird. Although one night I was asleep and thought I heard my brother calling me outside the house, I actually got up to look. It turns out he was in a bad place that night emotionally and I guess he was calling out so to speak. Don't think that didn't freak me out. I think we all have a bit of the psychic in us at certain times. You know when you feel like you should call someone to check on them out of the blue.

Linda Henderson

Patricia said...

The only dreams I ever remember is when my grandmother appears in my dream. It's like the old days again, when she was alive and we would sit in rocking chairs chatting away the afternoon. I do miss her!
pboylecharley@hotmail.com

Marilyn Baron said...

Hi, Anna.

Yes, you do love your purses. You were wearing a great one at the Georgia Romance Writers meeting on Saturday where I mentioned I couldn't believe sweet Anna had written such a dark book.

I have had the privilege of reading an ARC of Dark Legacy and it is dark and scary and a great read.

As far as my dreams. I have some great ones and I remember them vividly when I first wake up but then they start to fade.

Oh well. Congratulations on your new book.

Marilyn Baron
Petit Fours and Hot Tamales
Georgia Romance Writers

Kendra Skellen said...

Some dreams do just slip away, others linger on and it seems that the scarier the dream, the more it lingers. It is funny, but life can often be scarier than our dreams, at least for some people in this world. I'm glad that my life is more like a good southern novel than a suspense thriller.

Looking forward to reading your latest book.

Kendra Skellen

Anna Destefano said...

I've had moments, too, when I see people from my past (either friends I haven't seen in a while or loved ones who've passed). And we always talk. There's always a connection emotionally, too. Something left unsaid or undone. When I wake, when I can, I contact the person, and even if everything's okay on their end I always feel better afterwards. As if my mind's more at rest.

It's the premonition dreams that have spooked me the most. Times when I see something in my waking world that reminds me I've dreamt about that very thing. Talk about spooky!

My friends and family tell me I've been dreaming up stories my whole life. And maybe I have. But they're not all fantasies. There's truth in there, too. Good stuff that I wouldn't ever want to let go ;o) For me, as Kendra said, the dreams can sometimes be a safer place when the real world gets hard. What a wonderful gift, to be able to slip away when your mind needs to...

Thanks, Marilyn, for sharing your rave for Dark Legacy! I can't wait to visit with the ladies at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales next week ;o)

robynl said...

Hi and welcome Anna; how exciting is this for you and for us readers!! I believe I hear you shrieking, lol.

I so love the butterfly wallet that would go great with my butterfly pin and butterfly anklet that I have and the butterflies bracelet that I'm pondering ordering from The Bradford Exchange. Did I tell you I love butterflies.

I dream in color, I remember most dreams and some dreams stick with me longer than others. I dream of acquaintances and I dream of people I don't know(or don't yet know).

Some dreams actually affect my day if they were haunting ones. Thank goodness this fades.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas, and welcome back, Anna! So great to see you here and congrats on "Dark Legacy," scary girl! I mean, really, who knew you had all this freaky stuff in you? It's really fascinating and we haven't talked about dreams here at RBTBliterally in years, so I'm glad you bring up the subject today. Don't you just get chills when folks talk about dreams like Linda's, where something in a dream mirrors something goin on in real life for someone.

And I think those 'grandmother' dreams can be so wonderful, Patricia. I have kind of a similar, peaceful one w/my mom's mom sometimes.

You know, Anna, it's weird, but I sometimes have pieces of really old dreams just pop up out of nowhere, sometimes from as long ago as childhood. And, like you, Becke, I've got the 'cast of thousands' dreams and wake up thinking, who are all these people?

I've always had scary dreams w/tidal waves and rivers and stuff. But I also think I had a really nice dream a couple nights ago, though I can't remember it, just remember waking and thinking, oh, that was unusual, a dream that was remarkable in how pleasant it was...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Principessa, California Dreamin' :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Kendra, I love that line: your life is like a good Southern novel, etc... :)


That's a good point, robynl, about how dreams can affect our day. And don't people associate butterflies w/ dreams a lot?

Anna Destefano said...

Butterflies and water and long-lost friends... These are all great dream symbols that can mean so many things.

Butterflies are new beginnings...changing... The new beginnings part of symbol is why I've alwasy had them on my website.

Water is the source of all life. A powerful dream symbol. How the wanter is moving and the depth of it and the source of it can be significant in looking at the dream. Water's going to be a key part of Secret Legacy, the next book in the series.

And then there are our dream guys. I know you Bellas have them ;o) Do your dreams ever show you who your mind's, shall we say, lusting after??? Do parts of stories you're reading or heroes you're currently in love with find theirw way into your dream worlds??? Inquiring minds want to know, because I KNOW the Bellas have some vivid hunky guy imaginations, LOL!

Hmmmmm. Tell, tell!!!

orelukjp0 said...

I shrieked. I'm glad you heard.

Most of my dreams just slip away but a few linger on. Unfortunately, the good ones that I remember don't come true. Maybe that's because I remember them. I've also felt my dream touch me but I always considered it deja vu.

Thank you for the great excerpt and for putting my name in the hat.

catslady said...

I've been enjoying all your excerpts!!! If I concentrate hard in the morning I can usually remember my latest dreams but usually I'm up and around and forget. Many times I can figure why or where some parts of my dreams come from but I'm not great at figuring out what I should do with them lol.

Becke Davis said...

Tidal wave dreams? Don't see that movie 2012, Michelle. My son made me watch the previews with him and it looks scary as heck. I still remember watching Peter Weir's The Last Wave years ago -- scariest tidal wave scene I'd ever seen!

I realized recently that my dreams do have a recurring theme: houses. I'm always in a different house, and some of the dreams seem to be ABOUT the house. Now, I've moved a lot, but don't have any house issues that I'm aware of. Yet these houses are so real, and so detailed, that I sometimes wonder if it's a genetic memory. Maybe my ancestors lived in these houses? Weird.

Princess Bumblebee said...

Fascinating stuff, Anna! The dream world is definatley a fantasy land all it's own,hehe. I'll try that tonight when I go to sleep.
Michelle, yes, California Dreamin, indeed! Especially of my brother's roommate! *sigh* I miss them so much.

Anna Destefano said...

Becke, houses can symbolize your family unit. Different rooms can stand for different people or different issues your family's/relationship's going through.

In Secret Legacy, I'm going to use a theme of mazes (some underwater) and hidden rooms that my heroine's searching for/through in her dreams.

So think about the emotions you're feeling in the house. What you're doing or searching for. How each room makes you feel. You could be "seeing" the current state of your "real" emotional world and exploring different parts of it while you sleep ;o) Pretty cool, hun???

Becke Davis said...

Wow, very cool! My daughter has bought a bunch of books on dream analysis, but our dreams tend to be too weird to fall into easy classifications. My husband blames his weird dreams on his *cough* experimentation with hallucinogens back in the Sixties. I don't have that excuse -- I think there are just some weird people living in my head!

I'm definitely going to be following this series - what a fascinating topic! Oh, and I love the butterfly wallet/clutch, too!

Audra said...

Great book My dreams can be pretty graphic so i'm pretty lucky i don't remember them for long.

Vanessa Kelly said...

Hi Bellas! Hi Anna! Congratulations on Dark Legacy.

I've always had vivid dreams, sometimes so vivid that I sit bolt upright, wondering if I'm asleep or awake. The residue will stay with me through the whole day. And they're weird, too. When I was in therapy many years ago, my therapist told me that my dreams were the most vivid she'd ever heard in her years of practice. Then she laughed. Hmmmm. It must have been the time I told her about the recurring dream I had about the Beatles and gorillas.

Like Michelle, I often have dreams about tidal waves and floods. That's supposed to mean you feel swamped with all the things going on in your life.

Maybe I just like tidal waves! They do look pretty cool in my dreams, and I always survive them. Fortunately!

Kimberley said...

Can't wait for your book! I usually remember bits and pieces. And those are regularly weird and absurd. I have dreamed of my parents (both who have been gone over 10 years) These I remember only the sound of their voices and their faces...It's nice because as time goes on, it gets harder to remember these things..but then the dream comes and reminds me!

chey said...

Hi Anna,
I rarely remember my dreams, even if they wake me up. I don't think they affect my conscious world.
Dark Legacy sounds like a book I'd like to read!

Meljprincess said...

Hi Anna,
LTNS! How are you? I can't wait to read DL. The cover is excellent!
I tend to remember the dreams I have early in the morning. Right before I get up. I interpret dreams. Everything is a symbol.
'Butterfly' was my first word. Hoping that brings me good luck.
Have a great day and blog tour!

Mel K.
Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

amy kennedy said...

Hi Anna! My daughter has trained herself to be a lucid dreamer, and she keeps a notebook by her bedside.

I love trying to figure out what a dream means. Sometimes I'll call my Mom or sister to help me.

Becke and Michelle, I still remember vivid dreams from my childhood...and parts of those dreams make their way into my current dreams. It's as if my subconscious is saying, "Would you listen already..."

I dreamt I was trying to talk to my ex and all my teeth fell out. Didn't take genius to figure that one out.

Anna, I've also heard a house can be symbolic of your mind.

debbie haupt said...

Anna, I can't wait to read he book. But alas I almost never remember what I dream about except for broken bits of it and then rarely does it make any sense. Now when I was younger like from 12-16 I had a recurring dream where Godzilla was walking down the street where I lived as a child and at the end just before I woke up I could see his eye looking through my upstairs bedroom window.
Deb

Emma said...

I can usually remember some of my dreams. Congratulations on your new book.A great butterfly wallet.Good excerpts .Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Jane said...

Congrats on the upcoming release. I dream a lot, but I the memory of them usually disappear as soon as I wake. There are times when I do remember snippets of the dream and I try to figure out what it means.

Lisa F. said...

The dreams I usually remember are very relevant to my life, for instance, I'll dream of the way I want a project to look like when redecorating and usually it's a better plan than the original one. The other morning my husband asked me what I dreamed about and I couldn't remember dreaming at all. He said I kept moaning in my sleep so he figured I was dreaming about him, LOL!
After reading your SuperRomance books, I'm looking forward to reading your darker stuff.

traveler said...

Thanks for this great post today and the amazing excerpt. Dreams are always elusive and hard to remember. I have in the past had disturbing ones of family members who have left. Congratulations and best wishes.

Anna Destefano said...

Vanessa, vivid IS good, from all I've read. Strong emotion running through your veins, girlfriend ;o)I'm a vivid dreamer, too--had a therapist friend tell me once that writers get to dissociate for a living. She laughed, too. Can't imagine what she meant ;o)

Kimberly, dreams have really strong ties to memories. I not only remember people from my past, but my mind has a way of reweiving the past so folks who are gone can actually be with me again--a dream within a drean, becauses dreaming about them allows them to be with me again in a way. A lovely dynamic.

Chey--most people don't remember dreams. Our minds are built that way. In fact, this reality what the "bad guys" in Dark Legacy use to hide their work. Their dream hosts don't remember that they're REM states are being programmed, so their completely unaware of the weapons their minds are being turned into. Bwahahahaha... See, dreams are completely innocent things ;o)

Anna Destefano said...

Waving at Mel K!

Amy, reading about lucid dreaming in my research was a revelation for me. I had no idea before then that I'd been doing something different that "normal" people by being able to wake from dreams and return to them. I'v also been able to think of recurring dreamd before I sleep and have those specific scenerios be where my mind goes when I fall. Such a cool thing, even if the concept sounds a little spooky!

Debbie, Godzilla, huh??? Must have scared you to death as a child. I do thing younger kids tend to dream moer vivedly and remember their dreams. I think over time we condition ourself to ignore fantasies as "not real." And we're in such a hurry as soon as our heads leave the pillow. There's no time to reflect back and relax and think about the cool stuff our imiginations can do. Pitty...

Billie Jo said...

Hi Anna, Michelle & Bellas,

I have been so looking forward to this book since Anna and I chatted about it at RT.

WOOHOO Congrats Anna...It is almost here.

I am a big dreamer and remember a fair number of my dreams. I also have had dreams protect me from being harmed. So I listen to them. Sounds a little looney, doesn't it?

I am so happy for you Anna!

Billie Jo

Anonymous said...

I don't usually remember my dreams. When I was growing up on a ranch, I used to dream snakes were chasing me. Needless to say, I don't like any reptiles. ugh
JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

annettastolpmann@bellsouth.net said...

Mostly I do not remember my dreams. Sometimes though I will have one that I remember that I wish I could continue.

Anna Destefano said...

Remember, Bellas. I don't think it's so important that you remember your dreams or what they're about. I think what's key is that you welcome derams, fantasies and imagination into your life.

That's what we do every time we open a book and lose ourselves inside the pages, right???

So, relaxe, breathe and dream ;o)

LisaK said...

Welcome Anna! The excerpt already gave me chills, so what will the whole book do? That's so my thing!

Mostly, I don't remember my dreams, but there are some I'll never forget, both good ones (like only last week when my best friend, whom I always thought to have a gay touch, lifted me over his head just outside our school and made some artistic tricks - that alone is laughable, me and artistic tricks, phffff) and bad ones (like when that scary black brain with eyes wanted to bite me *shudder*).

A thing my best friend (not the one from above, this one's a woman and my biggest BFF) once noticed is that I'm mostly naked in my dreams. That's strange. I'm not an exhibitionist, really, and I don't think I should run around naked, but obviously Dream-Lisa wants to.

And sometimes I see parts of my life in my dreams. I forget the dream but then, when the situation in the dream actually appears I (don't laugh!) know. What. Will. Happen. Really, I don't make jokes and I don't only imagine that. It's creepy, oh yes, it is. I hate it. That are always only a few seconds, but my heart starts beating like crazy and I want it to stop.

Oh my, that sounds like something you could use in a book, doesn't it?

Anna Destefano said...

I've been there, LisaK. It's the sort of thing I talked about in my September Romantic Times Article (Dream On!).

When I was a child, when things like that happened I'd tell the adults in my life and they'd just pat me on the head and tell me I had a vivid imagination (or something less charming, sometimes). So I learned to ignore the coincidental things that happened and forget that dreams were fun, until I became an adult myself. Now I "dream" up stories for a living and I'm relearning how to get in touch with my sleeping self.

Some of my dreams are difficult, especially now that I remember more of them. But I'm not sorry I'm looking more closely. It can be fun, and even when it's not I feel like I'm seeing things more closely because of it. And sometimes a closer look can be a lovely treat--like when I'm dreaming of those hunky guys I talked about this morning ;o)

joder said...

I do remember my dreams, even the not so good ones. And if I'm reading a particularly good book before bed, the characters usually show up in my dreams.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Shari C said...

Oh, I can't wait to read 'Dark Legacy'...it sounds so exciting.

Sometimes I can remember my dreams and other times I seem to only catch a glimpse of them when I wake up and then they are gone. I seem to have all types of dreams from wonderful exciting and passionate ones to horrible, scary ones with various creatures chasing me...hmmm, wonder what that means. Those I would prefer not to remember at all.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

buona sera, bellas and anna! ugh, school supplies day! just getting back in to this fun after so much work and trying to find just the right binder, etc. I wish they were still young enough that anything with a cute puppy or jimmy neutron on it worked. sigh.

becke, I wish I'd hve some house decorating dreams, cause I could use the help. And my big tidal wave movie was th ePoseidon adventure. yikers, those trailers were scary from 2012; my son wants to see it. I don't think I'll sleep to have dreams after watching it.

oo, Anna, underwater mazes -- mazes in general -- sounds cool. I love how much you've learned from this research. I've always thought dream divining was neat. My mom's friend, now deceased, used to interpret dreams and it was always wild to hear what she ahd to say.

you lucky girl, audra! I'd love to have more dreams like that. I understand you can kind of do work so your dreams happen in a certain way. maybe you know about that Anna?

Mark All said...

Hi Anna,

Hearing the premise, I thought this would be a good book, and the excerpt confirms it. Yikes!

Mark

Pat Cochran said...

Hello, Anna,

Many greetings from one of your
dream blog followers! I've enjoyed
the dream discussions that have
been on-going on your site. I am
happy to just be dreaming again.
LOL! It totally depends on the
intensity of the dream subject as
to whether or not the dream stays with me. My last dream early this
morning included a visit from my
late mother-in-law and children.
The children part probably was due
to our soon spending 5 days this week with our grandchildren. The
mil part is probably because she
loved all our children and wanted
to spend some time with them,too!

Pat Cochran

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Anna, did you figure out in your research how we can have more hot guy dreams?

kimberly, that's really moving that you remember sounds of voices in your dreams. Your description seems very peaceful.

yeah, vanessa, i kinda go with the 'swamped' interpretation, too. but i'm pretty terrified of tidal wave imagery in waking life, too, so I can't really find anything good in it. Beatles and gorillas? yikers.

hiya, billie jo! good to see you. doesn't sound odd at all. i'd pay attn, too.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

hi, lisak! what's really fascinating is that you have dreams in which you're nude, but you're comfortable! :) So many people have dreams in which they're nude and in front of their classroom giving a lecture or at their job w/out clothes or something. Big fear-of-failure dreams.

I'll admit about once a year I have a dream where I'm at Miss America in the swimsuit competition with my current body -- or at the talent competition ready to sing, but the aria the orchestra's playing isn't the one I know and when I try to sing nothing comes out.

sounds like you have some great dreams, lisaf!

lrwirum said...

Sometimes I remember all of the dream and other times I just remember bits and pieces of it.



Congrats on the newest release. Love the cover and enjoyed the posting and excerpt. :-)

Larena

Anna Destefano said...

Michelle, we're into our second week of school here. My son's over his glee at being an 8th grader, and we're officially dragging this fine Monday. I think he's dreaming of Christmas break already ;o)

Hot guy dreams, hot guy dreams... Didn't someone say when they fall asleep reading a book, the characters follow them and do all kind of naughty things? Or, was that me?

I have to say that when I dream of the hotties, they're faceless. I feel all the lovely things a Bella should be feeling in their presence, and I KNOW they're hunky, but...no faces... I think my husband must be sending my mind messages, controlling the hotness... No fair!!!

ddurance said...

Unfortunately, very few dreams stick with me. I do sometimes have dejavu feelings and remember exact portions of my day, not always important things that it seems like I dreamed about some time in the past. Is that weird? LOL

Deidre

Virginia said...

Sometimes I remember my dreams or bits of pieces of them but most of the time I don't remember them or if I do they kind of jump from one thing to another.

lead[at]hotsheet[dot]com

amy kennedy said...

I've loved reading all these comments. It makes me want to concentrate tonight on dreaming something wonderful...

Stacy S said...

Looking forward to Dark Legacy. I don't usually remember my dreams.

Joy said...

The new book looks great.. I usually remember pieces of my dreams but have a hard time remembering the whole thing.
jhoorm01 at yahoo dot com

Joyce said...

I don't always remember my dreams. There is this one house that I have dreamed about years apart.

I can't wait to read your book.

PhyllisC said...

Congratulations on your upcoming release. I don't dream very often at least I don't remember them usually. I think it may be because I have sleep issues (severe obstructive sleep apnea). Once in a while I have one that I remember but it's always fuzzy.

Becke Davis said...

Oh, here's a classic - the year I (finally) started menopause, I had a dream that I forgot I'd had a baby, and found it sleeping in my dresser drawer. In my dream, I was in a total panic -- no diapers in the house, no baby clothes, no playpen. My husband saying, "How could you forget we had a baby?" Woke up in a cold sweat.

Chelsa B. said...

I usually always remember the dreams I have. But I have really strange, random dreams that sometimes I wish I DON'T remember LOL:)

BTW, I LOVE that butterfly wallet! Butterflys are my thing :)

Anna Destefano said...

Ugh, Becke! What a horrible dream, but I think you're right. Must have had something to do such a big change in a woman's life. But would have freaked me out, too.

The first time I remember remembering that I'd dreamd what was happening was when I was around six or seven. I'd dreamed about driving a different way to my grandmother's house, taking this funky fork in the road and being behind an old truck driving really slowly. It didn't happen on the way to grandma's place--but it DID happen on the way home. Complete with a half-broken down truck in front of us that stalled out twice, trying to get past the stop sign at the fork in the road.

No one believed me when I told them I'd seen it befoer...

I'm convinced now that my parents had either taken that way before, when I was too young to consciously remember it, or they'd talked about it before the trip and I'd overheard. As for the truck, we took a country two-lane road, and we were always stuck behind someone on the trip.

But the images were so vivid in the dream, and the reality was so similar to what I'd dreamed it was very spooky at the time. My head was "always in the clouds" back then, as my dad put it. Always daydreaming and living in make-belive, in-between places... Looks like things haven't changed much ;o)

Mary Marvella said...

Yep, dreams can be confusing and take us strange places. I'm more likely to remember the crazy, trying to solve things, in a maze dreams.

This book sounds like a must have one, Anna!

Anonymous said...

Hey Anna,

Your new book looks exciting. I remember certain dreams, but I swear sometimes I'll have a dream about passing a particular place or having a conversation, and then it happens and I have this strange sense of deja vue. Very strange.
Can't wait to read the book.
Sandra M

donnas said...

Your book looks great.

I do dream and upon waking sometimes remember pieces of them. But they always fade quick. There have been times later though that something will happen that will make me remember a dream.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Patricia Barraclough said...

Yes, I do remember many of my dreams. Do they touch my conscious world? Yes. All too often, things I dream of happen, or I dream of things while they are happening. Not always a good thing.

marybelle said...

Hi, I have very vivid dreams that are strong as I awaken. I can often drift back to sleep & immerse myself back into the dream. The dreams fade quickly once I am fully awake. Cheers!

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stacey said...

sound scary the nightmares from a twin is that what it about.?but good to.Most of the time i do not renember my dreams very much some time i do but not often.
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Portia Da Costa said...

Dark Legacy sounds wonderful, Anna!

I rarely remember dreams, though I often wake up knowing I've dreamt *something*. The only fragments I remember are usually incredibly mundane. Last night I dreamt I was at an airport with James May from Top Gear, and though we could board our plane, they couldn't find our luggage... Nothing exciting, sexy or thrilling. Just lost luggage and Captain Slow... although he is cute in a scruffy, old fashioned sort of way. LOL

Laurie said...

I only occasionally remember my dreams and it's usually a nightmare! I'm being chased or I'm alone and scared. I wake up and my heart's pumping really fast and I actually wake myself up (I think) Is that from daily stress? Worries?

I had a nice dream last week like a family reunion..with all the relatives even those now dead. It was refreshing!

Your book sounds great!

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Anna Destefano said...

Thanks, Bellas, for all the fascinating dream talk and for the wonderful support for Dark Legacy!!!

I'm really proud of my paranormal romantic suspense debut. You'll have to let me know what you think once you have a chance to read it ;o)

Can't wait to hear who won yesterday's prizes, and to see what Michelle has planned next!

susan said...

I have had dreams as long as I can remember and some has come true which can be quite scary. I lost my mother when I was 17 years old and she has been in my dreams alot and still is after 46 years. She is so vivid I am sure I will wake up and she will be right there. I also had warnings by a dream and I truly feel it was a protection of some one to me. susanL.

susan said...

Love the excerpt and it makes me want to read more. I hope no one cam ever read my mind..they would no doubt be very shock. ha ha You know the old saying beware of the shy ones. ha ha I already commented on dreams earlier and I must say there is not a night goes by I don't dream..does that mean I am very healthy? ha ha Susan L garysue@dejazzd.com

Anonymous said...

How was your NYC gig?

The purses are gorgeous.

The excerpt looks wonderful.

Rosie G.