To go Greek or not to go Greek…that is the question!
No, this isn’t a post about pledging a college fraternity or sorority…it is way more than that . Only in Her Dreams actually came to me in a dream. Ironic, I know. Several times I dreamt of a man watching me. He never approached, moved, or spoke, but stayed silently in the background. I starting thinking: Who is this guy? What does he want?
A fellow writer -and self-proclaimed dream expert- said the man may be someone I’ve come into contact with recently. My next question: What if this mystery man from my dream showed up in real life?
Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1 started there…but I still had no concept of who this dream watcher was. An angel? A vampire? A demon? A shifter? None of these felt right, so I started researching something that did feel right and I came across The Oneiroi, the Greek Demigods of the dream world.
Here is what Micha F. Lindemans has to say about The Oneiroi:
Oneiroi are the personified deities of specific types of dreams such as nightmares, sexual dreams, etc. They were thought to dwell on the shores of the Ocean in the extreme west. True dreams issue from a gate of horn, while deceptive dreams issue from a gate of ivory. The most important one is Morpheus, the god of dreams. His brothers are Icelus, Phobetor and Phantasos. At his command, they sent forth the various shapes that appear in the dreams of humans.
After further investigation I discovered The Oneiroi were fabled to live in Erebos, outside the gates of Hell. Now this was something I could use! The evil counterparts to The Oneiroi were the Melas Oneiroi…
Do you see how my concept and list of characters came together? I’m proud to say I went Greek and didn’t go back!
Step into the Realm of the Demigods! Read Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1.
Only in Her Dreams
Book One of the Oneiroi Series
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.
Lucessa starts dreaming of this man after her husband dies .What she doesn’t know is that the man appearing in her dreams is tasked with protecting her from his twin who wants her. Then the man appears in the flesh at the coffee shop and she shocked
She gasped, her stomach clenched. It was him.
In her town.
Sitting in her coffee shop.
And he was staring straight at her.
It’s a signal of things about to come as the man is no ordinary person and he is on a mission to protect her.
Maxim and his older brother Greg are working together to protect Lucessa from Darius, Maxim’s twin, who is working for an unidentified guy. Greg is the head of the Oneiri — a dream god tasked with protecting Earth and Erebos and sends Maxim to Earth to protect Lucessa. This causes chaos as Lucessa goes running to her grief counsellor who thinks she has gone back to square one. Darius has been banished years ago with a band of renegade Oneiri and sees Lucessa as a way back to Erebos and a sure road to grasping power.
Why all this fuss on a supposedly human girl—when the brothers are demi gods— is because she is actually not human at all and is somehow related to the brothers. She is about to come face to face with one again. Maxim is forced to talk to her and not give his mission away when Darius’s henchmen break into her house and try to take her. Maxim uses the attempted kidnapping to introduce himself but her intense questioning to her savior makes problems for him because he’s under orders not to reveal himself. She’s left wondering ‘What the hell?’
She is still full of questions. He glided through the side gate.
It isn’t too much longer, though, before she discovers why Maxim is around and she becomes habituated to his frequent appearances. She has two places she regularly visits and with one being her workplace, Maxim is reduced to popping up at her coffee house. When I read this bit I was ‘what?’ but then it made sense as Maxim seems to love the coffee house atmosphere over her work environment.
She couldn’t let this become a habit, him showing up all the time. Next, he’ll be following me around the grocery store or watching through my window while I dress.’
Once again she questions him about being there and he gives the same spiel about needing to protect her from someone. The answer frustrates Lucessa and Maxim for different reasons as they forced to spend more time together again as Lucessa wants to get to the bottom of this mysterious stranger who is trailing her.
Secrets are about to be revealed that could change the course of Earth’s and Erebos’s future and reveal the secret world that Lucessa never knew of and reveal her true heritage.
This is the first book I have read featuring Greek mythology. There seem to be a movement towards this sub-genre in the adult section after the success of similar books in the YA genre. I enjoyed it on some levels and but found fault with it on others. Minor things that detract from the story is how Maxim is her uncle (for goodness sake!) and it was revealed right from the get-go. However, it’s an amusing tale filled with moments like her thinking Maxim is crazy when she is considered crazy herself by her counselor (because the counselor thinks Lucessa has made Maxim up and Lucessa coming to the conclusion they are both crazy.
Maxim would be safer in a facility—with doctors trained to help the deranged. Where will that leave me? He was the man from her dreams. She probably belonged in the padded cell next to his. What a great pair they’d make. Maybe they’d benefit from group counseling sessions and deal with both their delusions at the same time. They could swap happy pills in the general area of the hospital. Assuming, they were given permission to socialize with the general population.
Hera reclined on a cream colored pillow. A strong finger stroked her shoulder and she gazed into the still water before them.
“It has gone too far, my lover.” She made to sit up, but the hand, caressing her a moment before, tightened on her arm. The grasp held her in place.
“I prefer to see how this plays itself out,” Zeus said.
Can it get any better? 4 couples, the mix of known and little known Greek mythology has made this book magical and I could continue for pages and pages recounting my favorite parts of this novel.
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. Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/CMcKnightWriter blog: www.christina-mcknight.blogspot.com Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15734380-only-in-her-dreams