Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Only In Her Dreams by Christina McKnight : Interview & Excerpt: Bewitching Tour Stop

 


 
 
 


Only in Her Dreams

Book One of the Oneiroi Series

Christina McKnight

Release date: September 30, 2012 


When Lucessa Sarcona awakes from a recurring dream, she has no idea her life is about to be turned upside down. A stranger, familiar to her dreams, shows up in the flesh, and Lucessa knows she’s either crazy or experiencing something not of this world.

A war ensues between three demigod brothers.  One, trained to rule Erebos, is violently replaced. One forced to return to his homeland and lead the dream-gods of the Oneiroi. And one is charged with the impossible task of protecting Lucessa. How is she linked to the Oneiroi? Why do two brothers seek to keep her hidden and protected? And how does another plan to use her against the two demigods who love her?

Will Lucessa’s dream man have the courage to claim her as his own or will he bow to the command of another, forsaking the one he loves?

Only in Her Dreams is a modern spin on a Greek legend--the new direction of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, moving from angels, demons, vampires, and witches and toward the realm of demigods.


 




Chapter One
 
Lucessa stared at her bed. It was time to sleep again, but it was getting harder to succumb to it. She started to think the day would never come when she could abandon herself to sleep without the feeling of being watched. He was always there--haunting her dreams. Her dreams hadn’t been her own in such a long time.
He was always there. Never talking but always watching. Intently. As if he knew her. Security, even in sleep, eluded her.
She’d lost her father and her husband. Her mother was slipping away, battling a memory loss that was progressing daily. Her dreams were the only place she could remember a family, someone who cared. But he insisted on intruding. Every happy memory and every nightmare included his presence. Why did he always show up? How could she get rid of him?
Lucessa tried for the millionth time to find a solution as she climbed under the covers. Who am I kidding? There was nothing she could do. He was a dream! A figment of her imagination. She sighed and resigned herself to another restless night.
 
Lucessa was a child again. The cold, pine-scented wind tangled her hair as she descended the mountain path in front of her parents. Her family’s annual summer camping trip to Yosemite National Park was in its third day, and that meant they’d conquered Half Dome for the third year straight. Ever since her parents deemed her old and skilled enough for the challenge, they hiked it together.  As a family.
She looked back at her smiling parents as they held hands and strolled down the path after her. Her mother, Marie, looked casual in her jeans and the blue “Keep Lake Tahoe Blue” shirt that hugged her frame. Her father wore a San Francisco Giants baseball cap, a wisp of salt and pepper hair showing through. They looked like a couple out of the travel magazine that Lucessa had seen in her father’s study weeks ago.
“Dear, watch where you’re going!”
Lucessa turned back to the trail, nearly colliding with a man lounging against a tree just off the path. Dressed in a thigh-hugging pair of dark pants and a billowy tunic that had to be from at least a century ago, he pushed off the tree trunk and tipped his hat. His blue eyes sparkled with mischief in the evening twilight, letting off a faint glow. The man looked eerily recognizable.
She looked back to reassure her mother that she was okay. Lucessa scanned the woods behind her.
But they were gone. Only the familiar stranger remained.
 




Welcome Christine.  Thanks for this opportunity to find out more about you.  I am thrilled you stopped by.  Tell us about your current release.
 
When Lucessa Sarcona awakes from a recurring dream, she has no idea her life is about to be turned upside down. A stranger, familiar to her dreams, shows up in the flesh, and Lucessa knows she’s either crazy or experiencing something not of this world.

A war ensues between three demigod brothers. One, trained to rule Erebos, is violently replaced. One forced to return to his homeland and lead the dream-gods of the Oneiroi. And one is charged with the impossible task of protecting Lucessa. How is she linked to the Oneiroi? Why do two brothers seek to keep her hidden and protected? And how does another plan to use her against the two demigods who love her?

Will Lucessa’s dream man have the courage to claim her as his own or will he bow to the command of another, forsaking the one he loves?

Only in Her Dreams is a modern spin on a Greek legend--the new direction of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, moving from angels, demons, vampires, and witches and toward the realm of demigods.
 
Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1 is set between Earth and Erebos, the land belonging to the Greek Demigods of Dreams.






Tell us about your next release.

 
OMG! I’d love to…
 
I always have something in the works, LOL. Right now, I’m going back to my roots and writing a historical romance set Regency England.
A few months ago I read Wallflower by Catherine Gayle and she wrote a scene that involved a duel. The heroine wanted to take the place of her beta male counterpart. She was scared to lose him. Talk about true love!
I started thinking...what if a young girl of the ton was responsible for the death of a man because of a duel she egged on? The next logical question was...what if BOTH men died? Then I took it one step further...what if the men were brothers? Shunned No More, The Forsaken Lady Series (Book 1) progressed from there.
I have a heroine that the reader should despise during the prologue but hopefully I can redeem her by the end of the book.
Oh, and of course I’m working on Only In Her Nightmares, The Oneiroi Book 2, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for deets on this project.

When in the day/night do you write? 


My days are pretty chaotic. To best use my time I edit in the early morning hours, usually from 4:45am to 6:15am during the week and I write in the evenings and on weekends. For me, it is hard to write a love scene first thing in the morning…all I want is to brush my teeth and take a shower, do you know what I mean? LOL. Now, in the evening after my daughter is put to bed, the clothes come off, so to speak.
 
What was the scariest moment of your life?
 
This has nothing to do with my writing, but the story is too funny not to tell. During a trip to Hawaii in 2008, my family and I went on a snorkeling trip to a reef off the coast of Maui. I entered the water, with my three-year-old daughter watching in glee from the boat. I was so energized as I began to swim out to the reef, along with the huge herd of other snorkelers…that was until someone started screaming, ‘Shark in the water! Shark in the water!’ Needless to say, me and about forty other people started scrambling back toward the boat. I was pushing people out of my way (I’m sure I dunked a few elderly ladies!). As I neared the boat I realized it was MY three-year-old screaming ‘SHARK!’ The scariest moment in my life turned into a story I can tell over and over again.
 
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
 
Growing up I was the student who wrote ten pages for a two page book report. In college my dissertation was twice the required page count. My mom hounded me for years to write fiction. We frequently read the same books and I’d guess the ending half way through…to both our surprise, I was right most of the time. If I wasn’t right, my mom said my ending was better. I think I’ve always been a writer, but it’s only been in the last nine years that I’ve really applied myself to developing a complete story.
 
What would we find under your bed?


Besides miscellaneous dog toys and cobwebs? My first book, a historical romance, of course! At the time, I read a lot of series books and loved the concept of returning characters and series that feature a whole family. I outlined books featuring eight siblings; Vanity, Temperance, Valor, Prudence, Virtue, Patience…the list goes on. At that point I was not ready, as a writer, to undertake the task of doing this series justice (that was another sibling!). So, after completing the first book in the series I hid it under my bed and there it has remained for the last nine years.

 
What do you like to do in your free time, besides read and write of course?
 
What free time? Just kidding! In my free time I lead a Girl Scout troop full of 6 to 8 year olds. They keep me very busy. I also enjoy watching tv, golfing, and spending time with my dogs.
 
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
 
Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1 is not your typical Urban Fantasy novel featuring vampires, werewolves, and angels. My novel is great for readers who want to venture out…and try something new!
 
 



Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.
 
In college, Christina took many courses to help develop and enhance her writing skills. She completed a seventy-page dissertation on the need for community policing in American society. Now, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance. Her debut Urban Fantasy novel, Only in Her Dreams, will be released on September 1, 2012. 
 
Christina lives in Northern California with her husband, daughter, two boxers, two cats, and a Beta fish named Marmaduke.  If she’s not behind a computer screen or book, she’s busy leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She is very active in several writing groups and a local book group.
 

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3 comments:

JanD said...

Great interview. Loved the shark story.
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wanda f said...

Loved the interview .Thank you for the chance to win.Have an amazing weekend

Denise Gardner said...

Great excerpt. Awesome interview. Sounds like a must read. Thank you.

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