Guest Post/Virtual Tour ~ Dreams Of The Few by Susan Obijiski

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Life is a lesson in humility. You grow up, feeling like you have it all figured out. In your twenties, you think you are smarter than your parents. In your thirties, you think you have the rules down and you're ready to conquer the world. In your forties and fifties, you start to see that nothing is black or white. There are only shades of gray.

Over time, you discover that, no matter how solid your plans are, life will intervene; teach you what you need to know and then send you back out into the world with a better perspective on the journey. Humility is important. Watching how others handle adversity and challenges is a great lesson. Along the way, you (hopefully) find ways to cope, collaborate, and compromise.

When I sat down to write 'Dreams of the Many – the first book in the 'Legacy of Dreams' trilogy – I had no idea where the story would take me. What I discovered was that the people and places in my life informed every word I wrote and that, if I was open to accessing that information, I could tell the story of a person I admired or someone whose life was a great example of how to handle trauma and challenge and emerge as a better person. The characters in 'Dreams of the Many', and the second book in the trilogy, 'Dreams of the Few', are based on people who have something to teach us about reality, dreams, facing challenges and being a true friend. The stories honor love and friendship above all and illustrate the power of human will.

Like most authors, I will admit that the story and the characters I created took me places I never expected to go, and that I got very attached to the characters. But, I don't take any credit for that journey. I was guided at every step by the people who inspired the characters, and by their stories.

'Dreams of the Many' – When his strange dreams first started, renowned stage actor Brody Murphy could not know that the dreams would test his sanity and change his life forever. The person controlling these dreams is a young autistic boy named Casey, and for him, the stakes are high and the dream is more than fantasy. The outcome will determine Casey’s future. Brody is one of ten people brought together in a surreal dream world designed to help Casey overcome his afflictions and live a normal life. Trailer

'Dreams of the Few' – Once again, renowned New York stage actor Brody Murphy must put aside his life and career, and step into a dream world to rescue Casey Wheeler. After seven years of sobriety, and a new life with his wife and son, Brody is faced with the prospect of returning to the nightmare world he once escaped. Dreams of the Few is a story of friendship, love and devotion. It is a reminder that our purpose in life is to learn, and that we learn best from our trials and challenges. Trailer

Dear Reader, I hope you enjoy reading the Legacy of Dreams series, and that you take comfort and inspiration from these stories and renew your commitment to the journey we call 'life'. Remember, reality is what you make it – it is not defined by others, or by the expectation of those around you. 

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dreamsSeries: Legacy of Dreams (Book 2)

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC (April 17, 2014)

Genre: Metaphysical

ISBN-10: 1628575530

ISBN-13: 978-1628575538
Buy: Amazon, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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Dreams of the Few is the second in the three book Legacy of Dreams series, continuing the journey that began with Dreams of the Many. Once again, renowned New York stage actor Brody Murphy must put aside his life and career, and step into a dream world to rescue Casey Wheeler. After seven years of sobriety, and a new life with his wife and son, Brody is faced with the prospect of returning to the nightmare world he once escaped. But this time the stakes are even higher; without Brody's help, Casey is likely to die. This journey will be the most challenging of Brody's life. No one can help him find Casey and return the boy from the desolate landscape of the dream. While his friends and loved ones attempt to support him from afar, Brody grapples with sobriety, repressed memories, and a lifetime of fears and demons that threaten to sabotage Casey's rescue and the very fabric of Brody's sanity. Can Brody find Casey before it is too late? Can Casey and Brody emerge from the nightmare, whole and unbroken? Dreams of the Few is a story of friendship, love and devotion. It is a reminder that our purpose in life is to learn, and that we learn best from our trials and challenges.

Win a free eBook copy of 'Dreams of the Many' and a Reading Group Guide. The contest expires on January 31, 2015, and is open to U.S. Residents only. To enter the contest, you must send an email to the author at author AT susanobijiski DOT com. We will pick one winner at random, and notify the contest winner via email. The winner must respond to the message within 72 hr, in order to claim the prize, or we will choose another winner. 


 

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susanSusan Obijiski lives in beautiful Sedona, Arizona with her husband. She is the author of Dreams of the Many, and Dreams of the Few and a contributing author to 'Sedona Awakenings'.

 

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Excerpt ~ 

Michael held his breath, and waited. By the time he identified the sound, it was too late to run. The wolves emerged from the shadows, their fur illuminated with an iridescent glow that seemed to come from within. The pack leader was a massive beast, with eyes the color of charred steel. The animal stepped forward, and his pack lingered in the shadows. Michael stood his ground, and met the animal’s gaze with resolve. The wolf moved forward with stealthy purpose, never taking his eyes off his prey. His lips drew back to reveal razor sharp teeth, and he issued a low, guttural growl that raised the hackles on Michael's arms. The wolf turned his head slowly to the left, and then to the right.

“He’s communicating with the pack,” Michael thought.

The covey of brothers assembled around the pack leader, and looked to him for a signal. The pack leader dipped toward the earth, and rested on his front legs, ready to lunge. He glowered at Michael, and ran his tongue over his exposed teeth. It was probably his imagination, but it seemed to Michael that the wolf’s eyes had turned from gray to scarlet. He watched as the color of the wolf’s eyes shifted and spiraled, morphing with a glassy madness that threatened to pull Michael into the abyss. The animal lifted his chin, and glared at him, its teeth bared in a hideous smile.

The broad muscles in the wolf’s shoulders bunched and tightened, and he lifted off the ground, and lunged with terrifying precision. Michael stared into the open maw of the beast, and wilted from its burning breath. He spun away, narrowly avoiding the first snap of the wolf’s jaw, but the wolf circled to the left, and cut off his escape, grabbing at his outstretched arm, and locking its jaw around the bone. Michael fell hard. The pack closed around him, and the world stalled. The wolves moved in slow motion, descending on him with bared teeth. Michael waited for the pain, but there was none. The pack leader climbed onto his body, ripping at the flesh on his hip, with violent abandon. Still, Michael felt nothing. He was tumbling – winding into a kaleidoscopic tunnel – where the earth was no longer solid. He rolled onto his back, and fought for his life. He could feel it coming. His muscles failed, his arms fell to his sides, and his breathing slowed. Michael opened his eyes, and fixed the pack leader with a determined glare. The wolf hesitated, then pushed his snout closer to Michael’s face, and cocked his head, as if he was about to ask an important question. The animal’s fur glowed with an alien brilliance that defied description. The massive muscles in his shoulder girdle rolled and tightened under the skin. The wolf curled his upper lip, and bared his large fangs. Between the seconds, Michael had enough time to wonder at the animal’s pristine dental hygiene. The wolf’s eyes turned blood red as he dove to the right, and fixed his iron jaw on Michael’s neck. Michael rolled into the dream, and knew no more.

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