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Book One of The Dream Waters Series
All his life, Charlie Oliver has watched the people around him morph into creatures that no one else sees. Unlike the rest of the world, Charlie remembers the Waters that transport him to the Dream World each night. And he sees glimpses of people’s Dream forms in the waking world. Condemned to spend his waking hours in a psychiatric facility because of his Dream Sight, Charlie doesn’t expect anything to change. But everything starts changing the day Emma Talbot walks through the door in the middle of a group therapy session.
Haunted by memories of the events that led to her admission, Emma plans to end her life the first chance she gets. But something about Charlie stops her. From the moment they shake hands, his friendship feels safe and familiar. As Emma begins to let down her guard, Charlie catches a glimpse of the fiery-eyed dragon that lurks behind her Dream form. Each night, as Emma dreams of the man who’s been banned from visiting, Charlie searches the Dream World for the monster that shadows her. But when Emma’s suppressed memories begin to surface, Charlie finds more monsters than he bargained for.
Dream Waters (Book 1) Excerpt #1:
“Where were you afraid I’d land when I fell in and why did you say finding the dragon wouldn’t be easy?”
She started drawing waves in the sand with her finger and I got the distinct impression she was doing it to avoid looking at me. “Honestly Charlie, I wasn’t sure where you’d land. It’s unpredictable when you don’t jump on purpose. You could end up anywhere the people you’ve met have been. You’re a mental patient. Can you imagine the sections of Dream some patients might inhabit?” Her finger stopped drawing mid-wave. “Trust me boy. There are Dark places in the Dream World, places you should never go. Venture too far into them and you risk losing a part of yourself to the Darkness.”
I was really getting tired of the cryptic shit. “Great. Thanks for the vague ominous warning. I was afraid you might give me an actual answer for a second there.”
“I’ve already said too much.” Even at a whisper there was a waver to her voice. “Just thank me for keeping you safe and jump back into the Water.”
“I don’t know which world I find you more annoying in.” It wasn’t the nicest thing to say to the one person who understood me but I said it out of frustration and maybe a little out of fear.
Nellie was about to snarl something back, but the leaves of some bushes just off the beach started rustling and I hopped to my feet to get a better look. “Something’s over there.”
Nellie stood up with a weary sigh and as she turned toward the bushes I saw the scars. Large deep identical scars marring the flesh on both of her shoulder blades.
I took a step closer to her. “What happened to your back?”
She turned and gave me a hard shove toward the Water’s edge. “It’s time for you to go now Charlie.” It caught me by surprise and knocked me off balance, back into the surf and the icy Water pulled me back in.”
An Interview with Erin Jensen
What are four things you can’t live without?
1— My family. I can’t imagine a life without my husband, my two sons and my Yorkie in it.
2— My laptop. I get pretty grumpy when I go too long without writing anything. There’s nothing like the elation that comes from capturing an idea that’s been kicking around in my head for ages on paper.
3— Coffee. Without coffee, I don’t think I’d ever manage to get moving in the morning. I’d certainly never write anything worth reading.
4— Running water. I’m not a camper, never will be. Don’t get me wrong. I love nature, but I want indoor plumbing and a warm bed at the end of the day.
What is your favorite television show?
Maybe this is cheating, but I can’t narrow it down to just one. Game of Thrones is definitely at the top of the list. It’s got dragons, kings and queens, spectacular battles. It’s epic fantasy at its finest. The Walking Dead is another of my favorites. When I first started watching it, it stressed the heck out of me but I fell in love with the characters and their struggle to band together and survive. My latest favorite is the Netflix series, Sense8. I was devastated when I finished the last episode and discovered the show had been canceled. The series is unlike anything I’ve ever watched before. It’s visually stunning, emotionally moving and it celebrates diversity while simultaneously driving home the message that we’re all the same in all the ways that matter—we’re all human beings who laugh, cry and deserve to be loved. Oh, and I have to add Supernatural to the list. My husband, son and I have been binge watching it for a while now, and all three of us are hooked.
If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? And why?
I’d have to choose Daenerys Stormborn from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. She starts out in the first book as a powerless pawn that her brother marries off to a savage warlord in order to further his own gains, and she becomes one of the most powerful rulers of the seven kingdoms. Plus, she’s the mother of dragons. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.
What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
Dream Sight (Book Three of the Dream Waters Series) will be coming out in the near future, and I’m about halfway through writing Book Four. Once I finish the series, I’ve got a few other ideas but for now, I’m staying focused on the Dream World.
What books or authors have influenced your own writing?
The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning for one. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series and her accomplishments as an author have definitely inspired and influenced me as a fantasy author. Charlaine Harris, Neil Gaiman and J.R. Ward have also influenced me. And Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights because it captivated me when I read it in college. I actually skipped class once when I was behind on the reading (I’d been busy studying for a science exam) because I didn’t want anyone to spoil any of it for me. What can I say? I’m a sucker for an impossible undying love story with a tragic ending.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a fulltime creator of imaginary worlds. She lives in upstate NY with her incredibly supportive husband, two sons (who are both taller than her) and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard. In the early days of her writing career, Erin vowed to get a dragon tattoo—once her books received a milestone number of reviews—but she won’t disclose that number any longer, for fear of actually reaching her goal and having to go through with it.
Dream Waters: Book One of The Dream Waters Series (The first book is on sale for $0.99)
by Erin A. Jensen
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