Friday, June 7, 2013

In Your Dreams and As You Wake by Amy Martin Excerpts and Giveaway!

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I'm so excited to share the haunting In Your Dreams series with y'all today:

In Your Dreams by Amy Martin

Series: In Your Dreams #1
Release Date: 16 August 2012
Page Count: 253
Publisher: self-published
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Dreams, Narcolepsy

Sixteen-year-old Zara "Zip" McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone's known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip's life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed.

Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip's heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret—he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams.

But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding relationship with Kieran gets a jolt when Kieran's parents reveal that his sleeping disorder is not what it seems and may be putting them in harm's way. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams, she must decide if she can live with knowing the future in advance when she's afraid of what might happen.

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Knowing that when you read aloud you should look up every once in a while to gauge your audience’s level of interest, I do so and discover I’m failing to entertain him as requested. Kieran’s right elbow teeters on the corner of my desk, his head tilted and propped up by his fist—if he’s not asleep, he’s pretty close, his eyes looking like little more than slits with eyelashes protruding from them.

"Am I boring you?"

He doesn’t move. I lean forward and wave my hands back and forth a millimeter from his face.


"Hey? Kieran?" I snap my fingers next to his ear—still nothing. He’s a peaceful little oasis, an island of calm, snoozing away as if he’s home in bed and not in the back of a classroom filled with the buzz of chattering students.

I decide to try one more thing to wake him up, even though I’ll probably piss him off by doing so. Sitting up straight, I draw my right hand back near my shoulder and then push forward, leveling a rough blow against Kieran’s left shoulder. But rather than jerking awake and yelling at me, his head slips from his fist to his bicep. Hand shaking, I reach out to his raised upper arm, but instead of responding to my touch, his fingers remain balled into an immovable fist, his skin feeling stiff and cold on my fingertips.

The term rigor mortis pops into my head.

And here's the exciting sequel...

As You Wake

Series: In Your Dreams #2
Release Date: 1 May 2013
Page Count: 293
Publisher: self-published

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Dreams, Narcolepsy

Zara "Zip" McKee and Kieran Lanier thought they had put the threats from Kieran's past behind them in the first installment of the In Your Dreams series. But when danger comes for them once again, Zip, Kieran, and their families find themselves on separate summer road trips that none of them had anticipated. When all paths converge in North Carolina, the two families are forced to deal with each other and the secrets they've kept out of love and fear.

But Kieran is keeping the biggest secret of all from everyone but Zip. He hasn’t had a dream—about the future, about anything—for months. And while Zip and Kieran are grappling with what the new twist in Kieran’s sleeping disorder might mean, a mysterious stranger reveals information that could change Kieran's life—or end it.

I grab the section of chain link fence that’s rusted away from the pole and hold it aside just enough for Kieran to crawl through to the grassy area under the press box. As I follow him, the fence snaps back into place, scraping my skin through my shirt.

"You okay?" Kieran asks after he turns just in time to see the fence smack against me. He helps me to my feet, and I lean back against one of the metal pillars hidden away in the shadows.

"Yeah. I’m good," I assure him before changing the subject. "You probably shouldn’t have rushed through your chem final."

His arms circle my waist, strands of hair falling into his face as he looks down at me. "It was worth it," he whispers, the smile I give him quickly swallowed by a wave of kisses. My hands wander up underneath his plain white t-shirt, my thumbs grazing the base of his rib cage on either side. Once we finally come up for air, my head foggy and my fingers nearly stuck to his skin with sweat, Kieran takes my face in his hands and looks at me dead on. "I love you," he says, my ears ringing on hearing him say those words to me for the first time. I couldn’t let you leave for Chicago without telling you that."

I don’t hesitate. "I love you, too."

"And I’m not just saying it because we’re going to be apart for a while," he goes on, and I hold myself back from saying Or forever in my head or out loud. "I’m saying it because I’ve known all along." He must see the question in my eyes, because he continues with "But not because I dreamed something beforehand. I’m talking about after we met... I just... I’ve always known somehow. And I kept telling myself, 'Kieran, you need to stop being such a wimp and tell her. If she doesn’t say it back, then she doesn’t say it back, but at least you’ve told her—'"

"You’re babbling," I point out, and he gives me the goofy grin that endeared him to me the day we met.

"Yeah. Little nervous, I guess."

I put my hand to his cheek. "Don’t be. I love you, Kieran." My mouth enjoys saying the words, words I’ve never said to anyone outside my family. "I love you. I’ll say it as many times as you need to hear it, because it’s the truth."

He doesn’t make me say it again. We merge once more, the now-familiar ache of desire in my stomach and the early afternoon heat building up under the press box conspiring to make me weak. I just want to lie down with him in the scrubby grass so we can kiss until all thoughts of Frank Dozier or anything else become a distant memory, but after a few minutes, Kieran pulls away, my lips straining to stay on his.

About the Author

Amy Martin wrote and illustrated her first book at the age of ten and gave it to her fourth grade teacher, who hopefully lost it in her house somewhere and didn't share it with anyone else.

The first book she published as a grown-up, In Your Dreams, was a semi-finalist in the Young Adult category of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition. The second book in the In Your Dreams series, As You Wake, was released on April 30, 2013.

A native of St. Charles, MO, Amy currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and a ferocious attack tabby named Cleo. When not writing or reading, she can usually be found watching sports, drinking coffee, or indulging her crippling Twitter habit (and, sometimes, doing all three at once).


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