A Man Questions His Dreams in ‘The Between’

the between
Cover Image by: Harper Torch(1995)


“We’re always closest to death, when we’re asleep…”(from The Between by Tananarive Due, 1995)


Where to begin with such great writing!

In The Between, Hilton James has bad dreams that seems so real it could quite possibly be. When he was little, his grandmother saved him from drowning in Virginia Key Beach and now that a racist lunatic wants to murder his family, Hilton’s nightmares from childhood returns and this time they are making him question his own sanity.

At some point, Hilton seeks hypnotherapy from a trusted friend  and this uncovers some strange things, but it isn’t until we as the reader truly understand the supernatural-ness of what’s happening that the heart begins to pound in fear and anticipation.

Tananarive Due told such a good story I was literally upset the book was over. The book does cross all racial lines and instead has a nicely brewed blend of supernatural/horror/psychological thriller appeal to it and for this to have been her first book, is quite an accomplishment.

I feel that The Between is a hodgepodge mixture of conversations we’ve all had with ourselves and others before. In a creative way the book shares a story we all try to rationalize: Are we dreaming what is real, or really dreaming? Does a dejavu prove something more?

If a person almost dies, what can that change in their present life and is there a consequence?

I love the Final Destination movies, but I think The Between was much, much more profound.

Highly recommended!

~The Write Web


Catch Me When I Fall, Dreamcatchers, #1


Catch Me When I Fall (Dreamcatcher #1)Catch Me When I Fall by Vicki Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

His job is to catch dreams and protect the human world from nightmares.

For two hundred years, Daniel Graham has been the protector of Night fighting red eyed monsters that haunt people’s dreams. His next mission: Kayla Bartlett, a sixteen year old clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward.

Daniel finds himself attracted to her and bending(breaking) all the rules to get close to her.

But he has to be careful, because Kayla’s nightmares are not normal and what Daniel and others like him discover soon enough that they will need all the help they can get to fight her nightmares.

My Reaction:

This was definitely supernatural teen romance at its best. My two favorite parts of the book is the action and the love scenes.

The book is pretty dark because there are psychological battles and supernatural battles going on that Daniel must face. At first I thought the nightmares were just that, but they can be physical and the way the author describes scenes in the book you can pretty much imagine them on the screen. The fighting scenes are gruesome, very descriptive but important to the story.

Even the sensual/sex scene is done somewhat in taste but still there, FYI.

I actually enjoyed this one and hope that the next book is just as good.

Warning: Sex and Violence

About Vicki Leigh

Adopted by a construction worker and stay-at-home mom, Vicki grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where at the age of four she began to read and by the sixth grade she penned her first full-length screen play.

If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a hunter,(like on the show Supernatural) or a Jedi.

Book Details:

Catch Me When I Fall(Dreamcatchers, #1), Vicki Leigh

Curiosity Quills Press, LLC(2014)

ISBN: 978-1-62007-486-2(ebook)

ISBN: 978-1-62007-487-9(paperback)


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Another self pubbed author strikes the gold…

Another author who has sent in her manuscript to dozens of publishers and been rejected has finally been picked up byS&S books for young readers and she is now sitting on top of a six figure three book deal.

I’m talking about Brittany Geragotelis, author of the self pubbed Life’s a Witch. In a sentence, the protagonist is a descendant of a woman accused for being a witch, the woman was executed and now the teen must face contemporary times in high school while facing supernatural presence from the past[Read more about Brittany Geragotelis on Publisher’s Weekly]

Now, when you hear stories like these, it is easy to read the headline, the plot line and then close out of the page.

Don’t do that.

While reading the article I found that Geragotelis did some things that self pubbed and aspiring traditional pubbed writers should be doing:

  • Writing. This is the difficult part, but in order to think about publishing, you should just write.
  • Pay attention to trends. This certainly does not mean follow the trends, I certainly never do, but Brittany Gerogotelis is now capitalizing on the hugest market out there- Teen Supernatural Fiction.
  •  Huge online following. At this point, if you do not have at least a blog, a website, or even Twitter you are not getting your name out there. In fact, creating a social network now and generating buzz NOW about your genre of choice is the key to having people love you and your works.
  • Never giving up. Again, people like Amanda Hocking and Gerogotelis neve gave up. They submitted their manuscripts, got turned down, and decided to go ahead and self publish. Hey, that’s what Lulu, CreateSpace, and e-publishing is there for. When several doors close, one major free-way opens up.

Take this as a lesson: Never, ever give up.