Halloween is a bad time to return to the woods . . .
Madeline MacFaddin (“Mad Mac” to fans of her bestselling magical stories) spent blissful childhood summers in Ticonderoga Falls. And this is where she wants to be now that her adult life is falling apart. The dense surrounding forest holds many memories, some joyous, some tantalizingly only half-remembered. And she’s always believed there was something living in these wooded hills.
But Maddie doesn’t remember the dark parts—and knows nothing of the mountain legend that holds the area’s terrified residents captive. She has no recollection of Ash, the strange and magnificent creature who once saved her life as a child, even though it is the destiny of his kind to prey upon humanity. And soon it will be the harvest . . . the time to feast.
Once again Maddie’s dreams—and her soul—are in grave danger. But magic runs deep during harvest. Even a spinner of enchanted tales has wondrous powers of her own . . .
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a signed copy of Feast: Harvest of Dreams, along with an official Feast tote bag, bookmarks and buttons.
The Dream Police by Merrie Destefano
On the surface, my second novel, Feast: Harvest of Dreams, tells the tale of a broken-hearted creature from another world who falls in love with an equally broken-hearted young woman. It’s a story of forbidden love and supernatural intrigue, with echoes of legendary creatures like vampires, werewolves, shape shifters and fae. Set in the densely forested mountains of Southern California, a group of Darklings have been invited to hunt the local humans during Halloween. But the hunt gets out of control and, before long, the entire village of Ticonderoga Falls is in danger.
This is the story most readers will remember. But there’s another story here, a tale of what can happen if we allow someone to steal all of our dreams. In the book, if a Darkling harvests a human too long, the human will die. This is against the Darkling code of ethics. They all know they aren’t supposed to do it, but despite this, one of them breaks the rules anyway.
Unfortunately, in the real world, this happens on a daily basis. Bullies push others around, breaking rules they know they aren’t supposed to break, causing discouragement and sometimes depression in their victims. This can happen in a microcosm—your best friend suddenly becomes negative and jealous and as a result, she ridicules you on a daily basis, or a in macrocosm—human rights can taken away during a political upheaval and as result, hundreds or thousands of innocent people might be killed or put in prison.
Dreams are tangible, real-life motivators; they’re instrumental in our ability to get from here to there. They’re the invisible matter with which we build our lives. In other words, without dreams, we will perish.
Some dreams motivate us toward life: dreams of family, career and home, for instance. Other dreams motivate us toward self-sacrifice and death: dreams of social/racial equality in a war-raved nation, dreams of peace in an inner-city slum, dreams of finding a cure for Alzheimers or Parkinsons or multiple sclerosis.
In my book, Feast, the main character must find a way to fight off the creatures who attempt to steal her dreams. She realizes this is a life-or-death situation, and she has much to live for—she has a nine-year-old son who depends upon her. Her boy is the dream she is willing to die for in order to protect.
My question for you today is this: Have you ever helped someone else succeed in achieving their dream? Or has anyone ever helped you? I’d love to hear your stories, even if they’re brief.
Merrie Destefano left a 9-to-5 desk job as a magazine editor to become a full-time novelist and freelance editor. Her first novel, Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles, is an urban fantasy published by HarperCollins/Eos, and her second novel, Feast: Harvest of Dreams released June 28, 2011. With twenty years’ experience in publishing, her background includes editor of Victorian Homes magazine and founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine. Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, their two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies include reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, while her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time. For more information, visit her website at www.merriedestefano.com.
Contest Time! Merrie is giving away a signed copy of Feast: Harvest of Dreams, along with an official Feast tote bag, bookmarks and buttons. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Have you ever helped someone else succeed in achieving their dream? Or has anyone ever helped you? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are currently a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Merrie’s novels (listed above), or any novel, through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I do not contact winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.