04 May 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Dream of Me (Dream Maker #1) by Quinn Loftis

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Dream of Me (Dream Maker #1)
by Quinn Loftis.
Audience/Genre: YA/NA Adult, Fantasy.
Publication: February 28th 2015.
“In the evening… [he] blows softly upon their necks, till their heads begin to droop. […] Under each arm he carries an umbrella; one of them, with pictures on the inside, he spreads over the good children, and then they dream the most beautiful stories the whole night.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson

Since the dawn of time, Brudair, otherwise known as the Sandman to the world, has faithfully lived out his purpose, faithfully performed his duties. He has never questioned his lot among the immortals, until now, until her. Sarah Serenity Tillman, a consummate beauty both inside and out, is a high school senior five months from her graduation. She has great plans, dreams of leaving the small town of her childhood behind her forever. But destiny has other plans, and it’s the Sandman’s job to make sure those plans are fulfilled.

The tall muscular Sandman, known as Dair to his friends, dressed in black, wrapped in shadows, is more than a myth. And he has a job to do. His very existence makes him a creature of the night, because dreams, (yes the legends got that part right), were indeed his specialty. But his purpose was more than just weaving dreams for sleeping children. No, his dreams were made to influence, made to ensure that certain special individuals, those individuals who would change the course of history, actually accepted their chosen destiny.

Little does Serenity know that she is Dair’s next assignment. And the dream that he weaves for her, if she follows its influence, will change the course of, not only her life, but possibly the whole of history as well. But she isn’t the only one being influenced. The beauty inside of her was weighing on the Sandman, lighting up the darkness that was his constant companion. Her light was warmth, it was life, and he didn’t understand how he had survived the previous millennia without it.

The Sandman was indeed greater than anything humans had ever imagined, and his purpose was vital to the course of history. So what happens when the weaver of dreams gets so distracted by a mere human that he ignores his own duties in the immortal realm? How can an immortal who was never meant to have a mate, join a young woman in her destiny without irrevocably changing the lives of millions and potentially altering history in a way the Creator never intended?

“Dream of me, Princess,” Dair whispered into her ear.
“Then weave me a dream, Sandman,” she said softly. “And we can dream together.”
As her eyes grew heavy, she heard Dair’s voice telling her to sleep, to open her mind to him and let him in. I’m all yours, she thought as sleep finally claimed her

Reviewed by Kelly.

From the beginning, I felt the words entrancing me, lulling me into this book. It was sweet and tender and then it had me crying and laughing and all sorts of emotions moving me in Dream of Me.

I love the concept of the Sandman. I remember as a child being told of the Sandman and since then, I forgot all about him until I saw this book. But Dair, the Sandman, came to life and was utterly sweet and kind and took to Sarah Serenity Tillman. And I took to him! Serenity is selfless, she volunteers many more hours than students would normally. She wasn’t sitting around a computer or books or hanging out with friends, she was giving back to others. But she was normal with thinking of leaving the small town when she finishes high school. Sarah lives with her Aunt and Uncle after her parents died and they love her.

Serenity had a smile that could make a man want to move mountains for her. It was all innocence and joy wrapped up and surrounded by love. She was a girl who truly knew how to love without strings attached and that love came bursting through when she smiled.

The Sandman reverently observed her from afar until he decided to approach her because he wanted her. Sarah was confused at what to do and told her best friend Glory about him. Glory believes her because Serenity never lies. And true to Ms. Quinn’s writing we have the funny side kick…

Well, I always think you are a few heifers shy of having a herd.

Serenity has some good inner monologue too!

Regardless, she knew one thing for sure, this shiz just got real.

Dair is not tainted by time. He is a pure being, very kind and knows how to treat people.

”Goodnight, Sarah Serenity,” he said gently as he walked to the closed window and began to step through it as if it were open to the outside world. He looked back one more time at the girl who held him captive. “I wish you could dream of me. I would dream of you if I were capable of such a thing.

I so love to read Ms. Quinn’s humor when Serenity asks him why he was there…

The deep voice finally rumbled “I am here because I want you.” Whoa, did not see that coming.”

Dair’s voice and mannerisms got to me first before they described what he looked like. But I love this description of him and who doesn’t like chocolate…

“Hello, Serenity.” Dair’s smooth voice reminded her of those Dove chocolate commercials where they showed the melted chocolate being stirred making her want to dip her whole hand in and not just a finger. It was dark and rich and quite possibly made him as lickable as a spoon covered in the stuff. Don’t think about any licking of any kind Sarah, she chastised herself.

It means I am yours – heart, body, soul. I am yours…..

This story is really good vs. evil. There is a Christian component in it. There are the roles of women in it. I like how the author put this in the book and I know it will be a sore spot for many. But she writes that the roles of men and women are different and they are a helpmate for each other. So sue me if you don’t like that! I respect that in an author willing to go out and speak on something that will believes in and may be a sore spot for others! She goes into detail in the book but it is too long for me to write it out! I am more of a gentle soul myself, quiet not rowdy and so the story suits me just fine.

As far as the good vs. evil goes, get some tissue. I was crying for most of the last 20% of the book. Evil is evil and children are innocent and this story has a little girl named Emma who is a genius and after her parents died she came to live with her Aunt who is a drunk and drugs and entertaining other activities that no child should have to hear or be around. And evil abounds in that house.

“My mama used to say that Lucifer and his demons only had as much power as we were willing to give them. She told me that if he knocks on my door and I open it to him while offering him cookies and lemonade then I shouldn’t be surprised if he kicked back and stayed while.”

Dair gave dreams to both Emma and Serenity. The dreams are given to steer mortals to a certain path and these dreams are only given to those who will make an impact in the world. Dair doesn’t know what they will do he is just instructed on who and what the dream will be. So when the two girls have the other in their dreams, we know their lives are intertwined and Emma moves into Serenity’s town. The town knows how Emma’s aunt is not someone who should have a child and Emma takes care of her as much as she can. So does Serenity’s family and Dair and the Angel Rafael, of which we see a lot of.

Dair wants to be with Serenity but he can’t as he is an immortal. He wants to grow old with her and he feels a little lost with this new emotion that he has never had before. Serenity hasn’t ever had a boyfriend before either so they are both starting at the beginning. It is sweet and innocent.

The ending fortunately isn’t a cliffhanger but you definitely want the next book because it leaves at a crucial time after a horrible scene and I definitely will be waiting patiently for the next part of the story with the evil and sweet and innocence that is this series!

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Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two sons, Nora the Doberman, and Phoebe the Cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is the author of thirteen novels, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury. Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.

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  1. Thius is a new to me author. I would love to read this book, hopefully soon !