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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Enter Now! Davis Bunn's New Novel

Here's how you enter to win Davis Bunn's new novel, Hidden in Dreams. Leave a comment answering one of these questions:

  • If you had a recurring dream, who would you ask to help you interpret it?
  • Have you ever had a dream or vision about future events that later came true?
  • Describe the scariest dream you’ve ever had.
For an extra entry, sign up for Davis's newsletter (listed on my blog post from yesterday), for a third entry 'like' him on Facebook. 
For a fourth entry, subscribe to my blog.

Be sure you leave an email address so I can contact you if you win.

When you leave a comment please tell me how many of these you did (I'll trust you to be honest). I can only count what you tell me.

You must be in the U.S. to enter and have a physical address (not just P.O. Box) 

I LOVED THIS BOOK! The words that came to mind as I was reading?  Compelling and riveting, for starters. You're instantly catapulted into the mystery that surrounds dream specialist  Dr. Elena Burroughs, and which quickly spreads to over a dozen other 'dreamers' across the world. To be quite frank, this isn't the kind of book I'd typically purchase, but the characters were so well drawn, the story and mystery so compelling that it literally drove me to finish. I HAD to find out what was causing the exact dreams that were happening, simultaneously, to people with no connection to one another. And once you begin to get an inkling of why it's happening you're driven to discover how it will end. 

Here's an interview with Davis that I think you'll enjoy...

 Q: How much research did you have to conduct to write this intriguing story?
 A: In a way, I suppose you could say I’ve been researching this story all my adult life. I did my studies in international economics and finance. Observing the difficulties our nation and economy has faced over the past three years, as well as what we personally have endured, has been tough. It really was great to have this chance to give voice to what we increasingly hear, that the people at fault need to be brought to justice, and the risk of another economic collapse needs to be halted.

Q: Why is it important for you to write about such timely themes?

A: Economic uncertainty defines the world we live in. I feel it is important to show how the timeless and eternal messages are applicable to every aspect of our world and our lives. And how the gift of peace and wisdom can be used in every circumstance we face.

Q: When you wrote Book of Dreams, did you have plans for this sequel, Hidden in Dreams?
A: Two months after Book of Dreams was released, I had the call every author dreams about and yearns for—a vice president of NBC/Universal suggested we discuss the possibility of turning it into a television series. I was put in touch with one of their producers and over the next six months began working up the basic structure of what this program might look like. One of the ideas I found most appealing became the basis for Hidden in Dreams. There is as yet no firm decision about the television project. But it has been a blast to even be considered.

Q: In writing a sequel it’s always a challenge to include enough back story to satisfy those who haven’t read the first book while still making sure the book stands alone. How do you approach this dilemma?
A: You’re right, it can indeed be troublesome, but this time it all fell together very easily. The structure just flowed. That sometimes happens, where the story seems to create itself. I wish it was true all the time. I can’t even say why it was such a smooth process with Hidden in Dreams. But there was a sense of impatience about the back story, as though I needed to fit in just a few paragraphs, but I couldn’t allow myself or the reader to be drawn too far from this new story’s flow.

Q: You’re writing about two women in this novel. Is it ever a challenge to write from the female point of view?
A: Learning to write from a woman’s point of view is very difficult for a male writer, as it usually is for a woman author writing a man’s story. Before I was published, I became friends with a husband and wife team who were both opera stars. The woman often sang a male role in a Mozart opera that was originally designed for a young boy, but which nowadays is usually sung by a woman with a slightly lower range, called a coloratura.
I discussed my difficulty with her, of trying to make my women sound real. She told me that my trouble stemmed from working on a woman character from the outside. It wasn’t about making women ’sound’ anything. It was all about making the character live from the inside-out.
 As I worked on the point of view issue, trying to put my friend’s challenge into practice, I also began going into any meeting with a woman carrying a secret tape recorder, and taping everything that was said. I then went back and wrote out every word. It was perhaps the most boring month of my entire writing career.
But gradually I found that I could ‘hear’ the speech patterns of these women, and reshape them into structures that fitted around what was happening in my stories. And through this exercise, the emotional content that lay behind the dialogue, the person who was expressing herself, became more real, more solid.
And then I met my wife, Isabella. And the process of instruction at the intimate level of a God-centered marriage began to unfold.

Q: In Hidden, Elena and her colleagues are attacked in Miami. After the attack, why did Elena not take more precautions? 
A: Elena had a choice to make, and so did I. Either she could play the delicate flower – fearing everything and going nowhere – or she could go on the hunt. I liked the balance between her internal fears and uncertainties, and her quest as a professional psychologist. She is, in effect, trained to look for clues – to go on the quest of drawing out the hidden. I felt the actions she took, despite the dangers, to be her natural response.

Q: Is there another Elena Burroughs book planned?
A: I have another idea. The question is, what do the readers want, and how positive is the reaction to this story?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.


Lynette Eason said...


lynetteeason at gmail dot com

Kimberly said...

This looks like a great book! I read the sample on line:) I would ask my husband to help me interpret a dream since he knows me so well. Please enter me.

Miralee Ferrell said...

Thanks, Kimberly! Good choice, our husbands do know us well. I hadn't thought of that.

Lynette, I'd love to enter you in the drawing, but you need to comment on one of the things listed in the post. And both of you let me know if you qualify for extra entries.

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

I really love the trailer for Davis' book!

My scariest dream was when I was a kid and this big old clock with a face was coming toward me, making a weird grinding and thumping sound. Once we moved, it stopped and I figured out it was triggered by the noisy coal-burning furnace under my bedroom!!

Aloha! --Cheryl

Barbara Moses said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your drawing!

I agree with Kimberly. For help in understanding a recurring dream my first choice would have been my husband. But since he is now in Heaven I would probably consult either my pastor or Sunday School teacher.

I already receive Davis' newsletter and am also fan of his Facebook page.

b-moses at swbell dot net

Alison Boss said...

So excited for another captivating Davis Bunn book to read!

One of the scariest dreams I had was a reoccuring dream when I was a child. I dreamed that myself & my 2 brothers & a sister were all kidnapped. We were so scared. Then my dad came to rescue us. He fought the kidnapper & in the process, they tumbled down a flight of stairs. The fall killed my father. My oldest brother, so upset with my father dying, raced after the kidnapper, fought & killed him. We were so relieved the kidnapper was dead, but devastated because our father was dead. Horrific dream as a kid & to have it reoccrring was even worse. So glad when those dreams finally stopped!

I too would ask my husband to help me interpret a dream.

Thanks, Miralee, for offering this give-away! Please enter me. I also liked Davis Bunn on Facebook. :)

Alison Boss

Alison Boss said...

Oops! I forgot to tell you, Miralee, that I also just signed up for Davis Bunn's newsletter. so if you could pleas give me one more entry for the give-away, that would be GREAT!


Pamela S. Meyers said...

Sounds like one I'd like to read. Throw my name into the hat!

Jennifer Uhlarik said...

Sounds like a fascinating book. I'd love to be entered in the drawing. My email is wkinson at verizon dot net.

To answer one of your questions: I dreamed that my husband (back then, my boyfriend) would propose to me from the altar of our church on Easter Sunday. He'd been asked to give his testimony during that service, and the morning after learning he'd accepted the call, I dreamed this dream. While he did NOT propose from the altar, he told me later that he strongly considered it. As it turns out, he proposed the evening before.

Jen Uhlarik

Miralee Ferrell said...

Thanks for sharing, Cheryl. I had to chuckle, as I could envision that old furnace grinding and puffing and you picturing something ferocious coming after you!

Barbara, you get extra entries, thank you so much for stopping by!! And I agree, I'd probably talk to my husband, pastor or maybe my mom or grown daughter.

Alison, I can't imagine having a dream like that over and over. Yikes! That's awful! I'll bet you were always so thankful when you woke up to discover your father was fine.

Miralee Ferrell said...

Pam & Lynette, I'd love to enter you both, but you have to leave a comment based on the rules in the blog post. Please come back again?

Jennifer, what a cool dream! And how neat that your husband actually thought about proposing there then changed his mind. But I'm guessing the way he decided to do it might have end up being more romantic. ;-)

Anonymous said...

The book sounds like one I'd enjoy.
My dream--- maybe not the scariest, but the most real-feeling scary one-- I dreamed my pastor's little boy was hit by a truck outside his yard. I couldn't shake it and had to call them and ask them to be very watchful of him that day.
Sylvia nade at

misskallie2000 said...

I read Rare Earth and it was fantastic. Can't wait to read both dream books.
I don't always remember my dreams but yrs ago at work I was ask about a letter from our Home Office and I replied, "We already have that info". Later went to PO Box and there was the letter but I don't remember dreaming about this but was positive we had received the info. They thought it was odd but didn't say I was crazy. lol

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Miralee Ferrell said...

Sylvia, I wonder if that dream was as much a warning from the Lord to pray for that little boy as it was a dream? I think that happens sometimes.

Brenda, thanks for entering and sharing your dream. That's pretty amazing you had the dream before the letter arrived. Wow!

Thank you both for stopping by and entering.

Jo said...

I want to win this book! Unfortunately I have a lot of very scary dreams and nightmares and really need to start writing them down. Hubby will wake up when I go through it and wake me up but I can't even talk about it with him and than don't remember them to discuss.


Martha W. Rogers said...

Wow! The book sounds very interesting. The scariest dream I ever had was driving in a car just after I learned to drive and the accelerator stuck. The car just kept going faster and faster and I couldn't stop it. I woke up just before crashing into a tree or something, not sure what. I didn't want to drive for several days after.

I'm going to Davis Bunn's facebook page to "like" him now. How do I follow your blog?

marthalrogers at sbcglobal dot net

Miralee Ferrell said...

Jo, I've had scary dreams like that, and I had to get up and walk around and MAKE myself wake completely up to shake out of it. I hate those.

Martha, scroll down to about the 3rd from the last interview question of Davis's and look in the right hand column of my blog. There's a subscription spot there where you put in your email to subscribe to my blog, or you can click 'follow' and I think that on is just above it or just below. Both are in the right column. Let me know what you end up being able to do so I can give you the extra entries.

Miralee Ferrell said...

Alison Boss WON this book!! Yay!! Alison, I'll need your mailing address, but I'll send you a note via email.

Thanks everyone for entering!

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