||All Things That Matter Press
||Feb 18, 2010
Caught in a tangled web of dreams and nightmares, Marie Reilly is being hunted by a psychopath in the dream world she can't escape. Her single ally, a Ranger named Murphy, may be her only hope. He must help her reach the great Fortress, where they've been told there is a way back to her reality. Together, they fight their way through the twists and turns of Marie's mind so she can have her life back. But what of their burgeoning passion for each other? How can she leave the man she has come to love behind in this nightmarish world he has called home as far back as he can remember?
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Marie was surrounded by several women she felt were dear friends. Not from this world, but from what she could only comprehend as her dream world. Marie didn't have to know their names, for in this magical place names seemed unnecessary. She'd visited them often and felt their friendship more strongly than any ties she had back in her "real" life. She could feel the love they had for each other, even though few words were spoken. But she also felt the time had come to leave this strange place where she could do just about anything she wanted and go wherever her mind would take her. It was time to wake up. The way of leaving was rarely the same, though.
It used to be that all she had to do was utter the word “dream” and she would return to her body. Now that was not strong enough somehow. She could tell anyone that it was, in fact, a dream and nothing would change. Marie sat down on the floor in the house with the other women and began swirling her arm around and around in front of her. Many colors began to coalesce as her hand moved them in a circular motion.
Beautiful colors worked their way into the circle: blues, scarlets, magentas, greens, purples. Then she was suddenly gone from that place. She groggily lifted her head and felt an intense tiredness. Looking around, Marie discovered she was not in her own bed at home. She felt a man's clumsy hands on her. She tried desperately to see his face, but it was clouded. Her surroundings were strange to her, but she knew she had to be awake. Her legs felt all stretchy and weak; she couldn't move because of the bindings holding her down to a hard table. That was when she saw the hypodermic needle held in the man’s hand. It was coming at her thigh. She tried to scream.
Reality sunk in quickly. She had somehow been kidnapped in her sleep. Oh, please, no! she thought. Dread and fear coursed through her body; tears fell down her cheeks. She was completely helpless and had no idea or memory of how she came to be here in this place with this horrid man. Uselessly, she tried to push away the hand with the needle in it. Then she watched as it found its mark on her thigh. She almost passed out from fear. She felt the prick of the needle. She was terrified.
Screaming hysterically, Marie suddenly found herself in her own bed again. But how could that be? She thought for sure that she had truly woken up in that place with that monster. Nothing like this had ever happened to her before. It was the worst nightmare she had ever had—because she thought she had been awake. It took Marie several minutes to assimilate what had just happened.
An Engaging Suspense Thriller
Caught in a dream world from which she can't escape, Marie finds herself hunted by a dangerous psychopath. Her situation is far from hopeless, though, as a handsome Ranger named Murphy vows both to protect her and help her find a way back to the real world. Over the course of their shared adventures, Marie looks very much forward to getting her life back to normal - but her growing passion for Murphy makes the prospect of leaving him behind an increasingly difficult choice to make...
Skillfully crafted by author Julie Achterhoff, Deadly Lucidity is an engaging suspense thriller. In it, Achterhoff has crafted a compelling alternate nether world straight out of the darkest regions of any imagination. In addition, as Marie wends her way through a series of increasingly perilous events, you find yourself rooting not-so-silently on her behalf, turning each fresh page in rapt anticipation of precisely what fate awaits her as the story progresses. Furthermore, the genuine affection that she and Murphy feel for one another adds a layer of palpable tension to the overall tale, drawing the reader in even more as this modern twist on the age-old tale of good vs. evil plays itself out in fantastical fashion.
A dynamic, riveting thriller with a host of intriguing twists, Deadly Lucidity is a recommended read for lovers of well crafted fantasy suspense tales.
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