So I’m dreamily excited to release DREAM BOY into the world today! And since I want to share this lovely glow-y feeling, I’m hosting TWO–count ’em TWO–fantastic giveaways.
Tweet @MaryLovesBooks a photo of DREAM BOY in real life (bookstore, library, mailbox, e-reader, your kitchen table, etc.) to win an gorgeous DREAM BOY T-shirt! Think of it as Elf on the Shelf, but with a book–and with a better prize than someone repinning your photo of a bendy toy. (US only)
Giveaway Numero Dos – “MY DREAM BOY IS ____________”
Tweet @MaryLovesBooks a picture of a handwritten sign (or you with your handwritten sign) describing your personal DREAM BOY. Winner gets a brand-spanking-new copy of the book! (US & Canada)
Easy, right? Your only choice — number 1 or number 2. Or both!
Okay, since I promised myself no poop jokes on launch day, I’m going to get right to the next awesome thing. Check out this DREAM BOY book trailer, with dramatic music and sepia video footage and everything. My sweet daughter ran through a wintry path barefooted for this, so give it a look!
Where can one get this amazing book? you ask (or rather, I ask for you).
Well, you have your choice of fine booksellers:
What is DREAM BOY about?
If dreams can come true…then so can nightmares
One night Annabelle dreams of the perfect boy: tall and handsome with impossible blue eyes. Then, just as suddenly as he appeared, he’s gone…until he walks into her science class the next day. Perfect and REAL. The boy of her dreams. And when he brushes past her, he whispers “Annabelle.” Suddenly, Annabelle’s got the perfect boyfriend and a date to homecoming. Her life is like a dream come true…until her dreams stop and the nightmares begin.
Could I have a sneak peek? Maybe a brief excerpt?
I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams. Night dreams. Dreams of grandeur and dreams of escape. If I were an onion and you peeled back the papery outside, you’d find layer after layer of eye- watering dreams. And in the center, where there’s that little curlicue of onion heart? There’d be a puff of smoke from the dreams that burned away.
It was all just brain waves, I thought— disconnected, like the notebook that my friend Talon keeps. She draws a line down the middle of the page; on the right she writes everything she remembers about a dream, and on the left she puts notes about the stuff that’s happening in real life, things that might trigger her subconscious. Reality on one side, dreams on the other—a clear line between the two. But it turns out there are no clear lines, just a jumble of what is and what might be. And all of it is real.
What are people saying about DREAM BOY?
“an original, twisty paranormal romance” — Booklist
“Hits the chick-lit and romance buttons, adding suspense and an intriguing idea as well for nicely rounded entertainment.” — Kirkus Review
“★★★★★ Perfect writing, perfect characters … perfect plot.” — Paperback Wonderland
“fantasy and the real world in a perfect blend.” — Erica Orloff, author of In Dreams
“Eerie, twisty, fast and funny, Dream Boy will forever change the way you see your dreams–and your nightmares.” — Lois Metzger, author of A Trick of the Light
You didn’t do this alone, right?
No way! Madelyn & I want to give big hugs to all those who shared their dreams with us along the way. Our family and friends, editors, agents — you can read all about it in the acknowledgements in the back! But I also want to give a shout out to a couple author friends who quite literally shared their dreams!
Check out these awesome “What’s Your Dream?” posts:
Rin Chupeco, author of THE GIRL FROM THE WELL. Oh wow, soooooo spooky! I got chills! We should all ask Rin to please please please write this scene into her next book!
Skylar Dorset, author of THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS. Get ready for a cliff-hanger ending! (Which means you get to tell yourself it ended however you wanted it to, right?)
Carol Riggs, author of THE BODY INSTITUTE. I bet Freud would have lots to say about this one!
Check back on my blog over the next several weeks, as I’m going to be digging out my crappy 1970s DREAM DICTIONARY to use in helping Rin, Skylar & Carol interpret their dreams! ~ insert cheesy/spooky music ~
Who are you guys anyway?
Mary Crockett likes turtles, licorice, and the Yankees. Madelyn Rosenberg likes cats, avocados, and the Red Sox. Luckily they both like the weirdness of dreams (and each other) enough to write novels together. The friendship has survived three moves, six kids and countless manuscript revisions. Madelyn lives just outside of Washington, D.C. Mary remains in the mountains near their hometowns in southwestern Virginia. You can find them on Twitter @marylovesbooks and @madrosenberg or their blogs at www.marycrockett.com and www.madelynrosenberg.com.
How in the heck do you get along well enough to write a book together?
Yeah, seems unlikely, doesn’t it? But it works! Here’s a video of Madelyn and me interviewing each other about all our dirty laundry. If you watch to the end, please know that I don’t serve my son snake sandwiches!