Dreamwalkers: a paranormal psychological suspense
Release date: February 18, 2016
My father used to tell me our pasts shaped our presents and our presents shaped our futures. As a child, the only thing I heard was “presents” and was unbelievably disappointed when there were no presents in my immediate future. By the time I reached adolescence, I had the same opinion most teenagers held of their parents: my old man was just crazy. Because the older I got, the more insistent he became that we could never really get rid of our pasts, that the deeds of our fathers and grandfathers and their fathers before them lived on forever, and we would have to live with the choices they made as well as our own so he would warn me to choose wisely.
But like I said: I was convinced my dad was nuts. One day, when I was fifteen years old, I came home from school to a house with two cop cars and an ambulance in the driveway, and one of those cops stopped me on my own porch and wouldn’t let me go inside. And it was that stranger, this cop whose name I can’t remember even though he told me his name, that sat me down on our front porch swing and said, “Gavyn, I’m so sorry. Your father ended his life today. We can’t let you go inside right now. I’m going to take you to your grandmother’s house, ok?”
I can’t remember if I told him that was ok or not.
I’ve spent almost fifteen years cycling through periods of blaming my father for abandoning me, feeling sorry for him because he really must have been crazy, hating him and loving him, feeling guilty and blaming myself for his death, and always… always wanting him back.
But honestly? I never understood my father and what he seemed to be warning me about until my thirtieth birthday. And then everything changed.
After losing his father to suicide, Gavyn Cooper becomes convinced that his dad’s odd ramblings were nothing more than the product of mental illness. But on his thirtieth birthday, Gavyn begins having vivid dreams that transport him into the world of Caleb Ellis, a young man who lived on a sugar plantation in 1835, and he is forced to question not only his own experiences but his father’s as well. Now, Gavyn will have to make a choice between following in his father’s footsteps or writing his own future.
Dreamwalkers is available for Kindle on Amazon. Print edition is forthcoming and will be available for purchase on Amazon or directly from the author on her website.
About the Author:
S.M. Schmitz has an M.A. in modern European history and is a retired world history instructor. Her novels are infused with the same humorous sarcasm that she employed frequently in the classroom. As a native of Louisiana, she sets many of her scenes here, and like Dietrich in her Resurrected trilogy, she is also convinced Louisiana has been cursed with mosquitoes much like Biblical Egypt with its locusts.
Her prior novels include the Resurrected trilogy, which are science-fiction romances, The Immortals series, which are heavily influenced by Middle Eastern mythology and world history, and The Golden Eagle, a dystopian romantic suspense.
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