EXCERPT EXCLUSIVE: The Dreamcatcher by E.J. Mellow!

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If you follow me over on Instagram, then you know how much I am in love with E.J. Mellow’s writing. She has created an incredible and unique world that I became obsessed with from the start. Her characters are fantastically thought-out and it’s impossible to not grow obsessed with them.

So, what am I doing fangirling over E.J. on this wonderful day?? Well, I will tell you. We are super close to the publication of her novella, The Dreamcatcher!! This novella is told from the perspective of an incredibly sexy blue-eyed male from the series that you can drool over below!

Ladies and gents, I introduce to you…Dev!!!

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Synopsis:

He captured hearts and now he’s captured the spotlight.

Experience The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes from The Dreamer told from Dev’s point of view, as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!

This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read after The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers.


Excerpt:

“Twisting a path through the remains of the fallen Metus, Dev tried not to think further about his own recent loss of soldiers, knowing they would be mourned silently, the Terra way. Instead he searched for something that might explain why the creatures were able to move so close to Terra’s borders undetected. The thought sent a chill down his spine. What if they had shown up like that near him and Molly? He was a good fighter, but he wasn’t that good. Rubbing the worn area on his Arcus strap, he took a moment to look up into the night’s sky, watching the endless stream of sleeping minds zipping by. How many were infected with nightmares tonight? How many were adding to their enemy’s numbers?
His main solace rested in the fact that Molly was awake now, her mind untouchable. But they wouldn’t always get so lucky. And he wondered if that was Terra’s plan. Could the energy he knew was churning inside her be used to fight? Defend?
Turning toward the city, Dev caught the approach of the medic vehicles, their sleek chrome bodies designed to camouflage their surroundings. As they hovered to settle beside a few injured Nocturna, their soft hums grew quieter. Sweeping the perimeter, Dev looked for any lingering orange forms in the distance, but all remained dark, undisturbed. Still, his muscles stayed alert, for there was now a truth not even Rae or Aveline could deny—things were changing. The Metus hadn’t attacked in packs for decades, a behavior that meant their numbers were growing rapidly.
Shoving a hand into his front pocket, Dev sought out the tiny round object that rested within and began to trace the spiral design over and over with his thumb as his thoughts similarly looped with disquiet. For this change only meant one thing for his land.
A war was coming…”


About the author:

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E.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy The Dreamland Series. When she’s not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.

Becoming obsessed with the written word at a young age, E.J. has been swimming in the creative writing field ever since penning a story about a family of hairballs that overtook her childhood bathroom. While that story might stand as her greatest yet, she’s still determined to beat it.

E.J. resides in NYC and is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter.


Links:
[Goodreads] [Kindle] [iBooks]
[Nook] [Kobo]


My reviews for E.J. Mellow: [The Dreamer] [The Divide]

 

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Review for Unrequited by Val Frazee!

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
“Sometimes the greatest strength came from leaning on one another.”
Oh. My. Word.
What did I get myself into?! This is Val’s debut novel and if I would’ve known that this story was also going to open old wounds from MY own past… honestly, I don’t know what I would have done but I could have at least been prepared for the blow this book packed.
This story follows Caroline. She is part hairdresser, part actress, and part wife. She is married to Chandler, an incredible example of what a man, a husband, should be. My heart went out to him. He was so incredibly patient and loyal that it broke me to see him hurting so much. His unconditional love for Caroline was obvious in every part of him. But then, Caroline receives a letter that opens old wounds and she is left struggling to keep her marriage from falling apart.
This story is told in the present while cutting to flashbacks to her first love, Aidan. There were letters included in this book between Caroline and Aidan that made the story that much more powerful. The words in Aidan’s letters were always perfect. They made me smile so much and gripped my heart without mercy… They were so heart-warming that it hurt.
At times, I felt like part of the dialogue would’ve made more sense as internal thoughts. I also despised a certain character that we didn’t meet until almost the end. I had to fume for a while before getting back to the story. I wasn’t expecting that horrible plot twist and it made everything fall into place. Everything made perfect sense after the twist was revealed but it was all tainted.
I liked how everything wrapped up perfectly and I believed Caroline’s character development. It was raw and emotional. She had an amazing friend in Vangie. Vangie wasn’t afraid to tell Caroline what she needed to hear, even if it wasn’t what she wanted to hear. She helped Caroline grow into the person she should be and I respected her so much for it.
Personally, this story resonated with me to my core. There were so many similarities between me and the main character… it was impossible to not take things that happened between her and Aidan personally. I felt like Val pulled my experiences straight out of me and wrote this book about them.
I want to dedicate a section of this review to the last letter we read from Aidan… It was so unbelievably important to my rating of this book that it’s the least it deserves. It showed me how much I was invested in this story and how much I actually loved it. It made me think more than any book has ever done. I can’t tell you how many times I read that letter. I couldn’t move on with the story for a while. I read it over and over again, crying harder and harder with every reread. I read it so much that I can now recite it from the top of my head. Those words shattered me, to put it lightly. I don’t know if I can explain why this affected me so much but let’s just say that when I read that letter, it wasn’t Aidan speaking. In my mind, it was another guy from another story. My story. This book shed light to the biggest lie I’ve been telling myself for years and now I am left with a gaping heart and mind.
“Make yourself happy. That is what counts.”
(Cue in ugly sobs)

4.5/5 stars!