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Saturday, June 16, 2012

SFFS Snippet - 6/16/12

A scent invaded the Shepherd of Dream's nose--rotting foliage, wrongness--right before she slipped from the Nexus and into a dream, where another stench kicked the first one to the back of her mind. Ale. Not the sweet smell of it when it was freshly poured, but the nose-wrinkling fumes floating off the breath of someone who was drinking too much.

She reeled, covering her mouth with her arm, hesitant to venture further into the dream. She had to, though. This was why she existed, to improve others' dreams, in hopes of affecting their waking lives. At least that's what she thought. She'd never had a guide, no instructions on what to do when she first realized she could live in dreams and manipulate them. She was surely the will of Muska, Mother of Dreams. It was the only explanation.

From Dead As Dreams, Chapter 1 (novel currently in the revision process)

About Dead As Dreams:

Dreams are in danger and souls are chained to the earth. Aysa, the Shepherd of Dreams, and Lazarus, a spirit seeker, join forces to restore the balance between dreams and nightmares and life and death. They face a rogue spirit seeker and a manipulator of nightmares--both intent on unhinging the world, but there is yet another pulling the strings.

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  1. Bleurgh! Well, I hope she can at least improve the smell while she's there - for her own sake at least!

  2. Sounds exciting...fun snippet!

  3. Ooh! Living in dreams. Very cool!

  4. I like how you described the smell...'wrongness.' I know what that's like. Great snippet.

  5. Interesting premise! I like it and want to see more!

  6. Interesting that the dreams she enters have smell as the strongest sense.

  7. Intriguing snippet. Like the glimpse of this world.

  8. A dream walker. What a cool idea.

  9. Thank you for the comments all! I just did my reading at residency from this novel, and it was well received!