The “I Need A Pen Name” Contest!

With every best seller book there comes a best selling author.  And their names just seem to flow off the tip of the tongue.  Some people are blessed to have an awesome name that they can use.  I’m not.  My last name is a mostly unpronounceable Ukrainian name that everyone messes up the second they try to speak it.

So please, help me come up with a new one.

How the contest works:

Until November 15, 2012, comment on this post with an idea for a pen name for me.  Keep in mind that this is a Fantasy genre book, so try and think of whose books The Dreamwalkers might be sitting next to.

Enter as many names as you would like. If you have 5 names you’d like me to consider, then write 5 names in your post.

After Nov 15th, I’ll go through the list and pick the one I like the best.  Then I get to use that name to publish books under.

The winner gets a free copy of my book.  I’ll even sign it and mail it to you wherever you might live.

Some guidelines:

I’m a female author, which means that the name must be appropriate.  I’m not going to go to a book signing and try to convince people that I’m the author named “Robert Martin”

My real first name is Melissa.  I actually kind of like it a lot.  If you want to use that, I strongly encourage it or some variation of it.  Lissa is wonderful.  I’m not a huge fan of Mel.

I would also like the names to be somewhat plausible that it could be a real person’s name.  Xerxes Dragonslayer isn’t the name for an author (but it might be for a character in an upcoming novel…)

Thanks in advance for all your positive, quality suggestions.  It’s been a long, fun, journey, and I can’t wait to see the book in print.


The Dreamwalkers – Off to the Editors!

The Dreamwalkers is finally finished.  The story has been re-written more times than I can count, and it has crept up to almost 110,000 words.  It’s a bit longer than I’d planned, but I hope the little extra length is appreciated when you see just what I’ve done with some of the supporting characters (Leonard is awesome)

Now it needs to go through line editing, cover art, and then finally we can get it printed and off for everyone to pick up in stores and online =)

The Dreamwalkers Sales Pitch

Alessa Bravio is a Dreamwalker. She can step into her dreams and bring things back with her when she wakes up. While she slumbers, Alessa falls in love with Richard Tallman: a handsome stranger who just happens to have died ten years ago.

Her peaceful dreams end when the Nightmares find her. Alessa awakens drenched in blood to find the man of her dreams imprisoned. Nightmares that can think, speak, and kill torment her dreams, desperately searching for a way out. When she discovers an artifact left behind by Richard before he died, Alessa accidentally frees one of the Nightmares from her dream, unleashing it upon the waking world.

In a world where Nightmares aren’t supposed to be real, whom can Alessa turn to for help? If she is going to stop the Nightmare threat and master her dreams, she must first convince her friends, journey back into the dream world to rescue Richard, and defeat the army standing between her and the Nightmare Queen.

When things look their bleakest, Alessa realizes that sometimes you have to face your worst nightmares and conquer your fears if you want your dreams to come true.

The Dreamwalkers is 84,757 words and both teens and adults will find the characters and themes easy to relate to. I fell in love with fantasy novels on my ninth birthday, and this passion is what drives me to be a storyteller and public speaker. I am an active participant in a writers group, and I instruct a storytelling workshop for children.

This fast-paced novel contains characters with real fears and a sense of impending doom that starts on the first page. I hope you enjoy reading The Dreamwalkers as much as I enjoyed writing it.