Now to kick this off you will have to know what the novel is about and my little sentence up there about murder mystery says nothing. Taken from barnesandnoble.com, you can find the page for the book here.
It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hayes thought she'd outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he's been found... dead.
Michael hasn't crossed over because he was murdered, and now his murderer is coming for Lizzy. His spirit won't rest until she is safe, and as a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact with her is through Lizzy's dreams. When she dreams, it's as if he hasn't died.
Lizzy must learn to pull her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gifts to help. But will it be enough to save her?
I haven't had the chance to receive and review the book for the blog tour, but I promised I would do an author week when I am done. So for now I had the honor of doing an interview with the lovely Cameo Renae and it was pretty fun. I asked her a few questions so check out her responses down below.
Who is Cameo Renae?
I was born in San Francisco, CA, and at the age of three moved to Hawaii, where my father was born and raised. My mom actually met my dad while vacationing on Maui with her friend. She saw this handsome, local guy sitting under a coconut tree, strumming his ukulele, and singing. She fell in love... he fell in love... and the rest is history.
Most would think that I'm just a normal girl... (NOT!) Well, that's what my family would say. They would call me random, or koo-koo (eyes rolling and fingers twirling around temples), because I could do or say anything, at the most odd times. I love to sing the Gold Fever them song (from the TV show) while doing the ho-down. Don't ever ask me to do it in public! I'll deny it, and say, "What! Someone must have hacked my interview question!" I also love to watch the TV show Swamp People. That show is hilarious.
I ALWAYS laugh at my own jokes, because no one else usually gets them. I find that if I laugh... they laugh too, but they're usually laughing at me, not with me. There are a few people that do "get me". They know who they are... Love you guys! ;)
I live in a beautiful place called Maui, Hawaii, but don't get a chance to enjoy it much, thanks to my two jobs. My husband is also a local here on Maui (born and raised), and his whole family lives here too. We have two beautiful teenage children (boy and girl), who keep me current on the young adult scene.
In the near future, we could making a move to Alaska, where my immediate family lives. My parents actually lived two houses away from Levi Johnston, and actually gave the media some water, while they were parked outside, stalking him. (hahaha)
I LOVE to read and was given a Kindle 3G for Christmas. :) Young adult paranormal novels have been my recent favorite, but I'll read practically anything.
I recently started my writing career. I've always wanted to write, but raising children was a priority, and I never had the time. Now that they are grown, I have a little more time to write, and have found that it is a great release for me. I started writing short stories in a writing community online called FanStory. It's a great place where authors get to share their writings, and get critiqued. You also have to critique others writing as well, so it's a win-win situation. I wrote some short stories, and had some wonderful feedback, so I wondered if I was capable of writing a novel. I thought I'd give it a shot, and In My Dreams made its debut on April 30, 2011. :) Hopefully the first of many more to come!
Can you tell those who don't know about your novel, what it's about?
In My Dreams is not a story about werewolves, if you thought that because of the cover. But there is a wolf in the story line. This novel is mainly a supernatural romance/thriller, about a boy and a girl (Michael and Lizzy) who practically grew up together. They are best friends, and can't wait to spend the rest of their lives together... until, tragedy strikes. Michael is killed, but he refuses to cross over, because his killer is now after Lizzy. He will do anything in his power to save her. The easiest way for him to make contact with her is while she sleeps. In her dreams, Michael is real. Writing In My Dreams was like being on an emotional roller-coaster. I actually cried while writing some of the scenes. (I know... pathetic) I think the hardest part of this novel, was trying to put feelings to words, and paint a picture of scenery which you are trying to portray. I love it though. Writing is definitely a part of me, and something I hope I'll be doing for a long time.
What's the story behind the idea of this novel? What drew you to it?
Well, my husband and I LOVE watching paranormal shows. IT seems that there have been a lot more shows on the paranormal lately. I've always wondered if our loved ones really hung around with us after they passed. It's a wonderful thought. Well, one day while watching a show, a medium said that one way our deceased loved ones can make contact with us is through our dreams. I thought it would be a great concept for a story.
Do you plan on writing more books?
Yes. Actually, I am about 75% of the way finished, on my next novel. It is a YA Paranormal romance, and I'm super excited about this one. Right now, it is set to be a trilogy. Who knows... I still haven't given it a title yet. Hmmmmm? I guess I'll have to figure that one out soon.
Also, if you could, who would you cast as Lizzy and Michael?
If I could... I would probably cast:
Stevent Strait as Michael & Nina Dobrev as Lizzy
And now it's time for some less serious questions!
Favorite novel and author?
I'd have to say C.S. Lewis and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Why? Because that was the first book that I read as a child that took me away from reality, into another world filled with fantasy. I loved it, and read it over and over, until my mom finally bought me the series. :)
Favorite place for you to write?
My husband is a Hawaiian wedding officiate, so I like to ride with him to his weddings on my days off. The weddings are done on the beaches, so he'll park in a way that I can see the beach. I just stay in the car with the AC blasting , surrounded by beauty, and no distractions. That's my favorite place to write. The only downfall... his weddings only last a half hour! UGH! :)
It would have to be a tie... Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Harry Potter (all of them)
Last but not least, what is an outrageous amount of novels you wish to write?
Before I kick the bucket, I'd love to write 111 novels. Why? It's a cool number. :)
And there we have it folks! The amazing interview with Cameo Renae! I found myself chuckling at her responses and hope to have the pleasure of interviewing her again in the near future. Now it's basically time for this post to end but before you go, make sure you stick around for Part 2, the giveaway post, where you will get the chance to win a print copy of the novel! Really exciting and so far the novel is great.
But also before you go make sure you check out the blog tour dates down below with a link to the blogs. =D
July 17: Review @ Books Ahoy
July 18: Author Interview @ The Fable Faerie
July 19: Author Interview & Giveaway @ The Subtle Chronicler (ME!)
July 20: Guest Post & Review @ Cup of Tea Reviews
July 21: Author Interview & Giveaway @ Bookish
July 22: Guest Post, Review & Giveaway @ A Casual Reader's Blog
July 23: Review @ The Book Addict
July 24: Review & Giveaway @ Enchantedbooks
July 25: Guest Post @ Letters Inside Out
July 26: Author Interview & Giveaway @ Darlene's Book Nook
July 27: Review @ Books for the Insomniac
July 28: Guest Post, Review & Giveaway @ I'm A Book Shark
July 29: Author Interview, Review & Giveaway @ StephLikesBooks
July 30: Guest Post, Review & Giveaway @ Much Loved Books
And that is the list. Be sure to check them all out and support both the bloggers and the author! Also don't forget to check out the author's own blog here! See you all later =D