Cover Reveal | The Destined by E.J. Mellow

Hello guys! It’s been a long time since my last post, blame #adulting for that but that doesn’t mean that I’ll skip sharing with you the cover for The Destined, the 3rd and final book for The Dreamland Series. NOT A CHANCE. It’s so gorgeous and beautiful (like every E.J Mellow book covers) and all I’m really saying is you need to see it!!!

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Title: The Destined (Dreamland #1.5)
Author: E. J. Mellow
Publication: October 17th, 2016

How Hard Can Love Be? (Normal, #2)


synopsis

“I searched for you in the stars tonight.
But I found none
that burned as bright as you.”
—Part of a letter from Dev to Molly
With the loss of Terra’s greatest weapon, the war against darkness escalates rapidly, and time is on no one’s side. While Dev struggles to keep his home and hope alive, Molly and Rae find themselves forced to confront a desperately kept secret and quickly learn that a life-altering sacrifice is the asking price to restore order.
Nightmares, betrayal, the fate of two worlds, and one man’s hunger for vengeance lead Molly down a twisted and dark path she fears she might never come back from. Cornered into making a heart-wrenching decision, Molly teeters between deliverance and damnation. Who is worth saving most—a nation or the one she loves?
In this breathtaking conclusion of The Dreamland Series, The Destined will take you on a spine-tingling and gripping ride through self-sacrifice, the true power of love, and the importance of friendship.

abouttheauthor
ejE.J. Mellow is the Award Winning author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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Release Day Blitz | The Dreamcatcher by E.J. Mellow [Mini Review]

27844029Title: The Dreamcatcher (Dreamland #1.5)
Author: E. J. Mellow
Publication: Feb 26, 2016
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the author via Kindle
ISBN: 9780996211451

How Hard Can Love Be? (Normal, #2)


synopsisHe captured hearts and now he’s captured the spotlight.
Experience The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes from The Dreamer told from Dev’s point of view, as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!
*This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read AFTER The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers.

reviewI received a digital review copy of this book from E.J. Mellow for my participation in the release day blitz. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
The Dreamcatcher takes us back to the events that happened in The Dreamer, but this time we get to relive it in Dev’s perspective. As expected, Dev’s ever present charm is abundant and had me swooning over him and his blue, blue eyes. I enjoyed going back to this series in Dev’s shoes. In The Dreamer, we had Molly all clueless and confused about Terra being real or just a vivid dream but with The Dreamcatcher, we get to explore the world of Terra Somniorum from an inhabitant of that world. You can’t deny that the narration is purely from Devlin and I can say that’s the best thing about this novella. I did notice that 20% of Dev’s thoughts were of his fascination for Molly but I couldn’t blame him for that. LOL.
But more than Dev’s undeniable charisma, I was reminded how impressive the whole world building is in this series. And of course, Ms. Mellow’s writing style absolutely made this novella and the whole series immaculate.
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Rating:4h

abouttheauthor

Author PhotoE.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. When she’s not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.
Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is currently working on the third and final book in her series.
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Book Spotlight | The Dreamcatcher by E.J. Mellow [Excerpt Sneak Peek]

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Hear ye, hear ye! You all know how much I’ve been gushing about The Dreamland Series (which I petition for everyone to have on their reading lists) and I’m extremely excited for the novella with bonus scenes from the first book. But of course, I want to share the excitement with you guys!!! Check out this exclusive sneak peek of E.J. Mellow’s The Dreamcatcher, out February 26th.

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Title: The Dreamcatcher (The Dreamland #1.5)
Author: E. J. Mellow
Publication: February 26th 2016

Not Okay Cupid


synopsisHe captured hearts and now he’s captured the spotlight.
Experience The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes from The Dreamer told from Dev’s point of view, as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!
*This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read after The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers.*

excerpt

The Dreamcatcher
by E. J. Mellow
Twisting a path through the remains of the fallen Metus, Dev tried not to think further about his own recent loss of soldiers, knowing they would be mourned silently, the Terra way. Instead he searched for something that might explain why the creatures were able to move so close to Terra’s borders undetected. The thought sent a chill down his spine. What if they had shown up like that near him and Molly? He was a good fighter, but he wasn’t that good. Rubbing the worn area on his Arcus strap, he took a moment to look up into the night’s sky, watching the endless stream of sleeping minds zipping by. How many were infected with nightmares tonight? How many were adding to their enemy’s numbers?
His main solace rested in the fact that Molly was awake now, her mind untouchable. But they wouldn’t always get so lucky. And he wondered if that was Terra’s plan. Could the energy he knew was churning inside her be used to fight? Defend?
Turning toward the city, Dev caught the approach of the medic vehicles, their sleek chrome bodies designed to camouflage their surroundings. As they hovered to settle beside a few injured Nocturna, their soft hums grew quieter. Sweeping the perimeter, Dev looked for any lingering orange forms in the distance, but all remained dark, undisturbed. Still, his muscles stayed alert, for there was now a truth not even Rae or Aveline could deny—things were changing. The Metus hadn’t attacked in packs for decades, a behavior that meant their numbers were growing rapidly.
Shoving a hand into his front pocket, Dev sought out the tiny round object that rested within and began to trace the spiral design over and over with his thumb as his thoughts similarly looped with disquiet. For this change only meant one thing for his land.
A war was coming.

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You might want to check out more of The Dreamland Series on the blog:
Book Review: The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow
Book Blitz: The Divide by E.J. Mellow [Excerpt + GIVEAWAY!]
Interview with E.J. Mellow + Excerpt (The Divide)
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Author Interview | E.J. Mellow ft. The Divide + Excerpt

81xCfsCtfiL“It’s the yin yang of writing. So I would say I try to focus and take great care with both.” says Author E.J. Mellow when asked about writing plots and characters. Read more of this interview and learn more things about The Divide. (Like, who designed the book’s gorgeous cover. 😉 )

qnaFirst of all, I really enjoyed The Dreamer and am already looking forward for book 2! Can you tell us more about The Divide and what shall we expect from it?
Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed The Dreamer! And thank you so much for having me for this Q&A :-).
The Divide is a lot more action packed. While I think The Dreamer took a little more time in the beginning with getting to know our main protagonist and her life, The Divide definitely jumps right into things. Now that we have a familiarity with Molly and what’s going on with her dreams, the world of Terra really expands in this next one. Molly and her powers get tested in ways no one is prepared for and there were honestly a lot of scenes that were tough for me to write, emotionally. So if you’re a fan of action and surprising twists, The Divide will be a fun ride ;-).
Where did the idea of writing a series about dreams came from?
So here’s the crazy thing, the idea for The Dreamer actually started as a dream. I’ve always had very vivid ones and find them extremely fascinating. A while back I had one that lasted a whole week. Yup, a week! With the same characters and plot continuing on each night. It felt like I was going to sleep and clicking on a TV show and…there was a guy…and yes, he was very good looking (I’m sure you’re seeing some similarities here). I woke up one morning, a couple days into the dreams, and actually felt sad that I wasn’t still there. It was so odd (and probably a little insane). Eventually the dreams stopped, but I kept thinking about them and how strange it was to have recurring ones for so many nights. I told a friend about it, and through that conversation is how my story for this series came about.
If you would compare the writing process of The Dreamer to The Divide, what were the changes that you’ve encountered?
I actually wrote The Dreamer more than three years ago. So spent a very long time reworking, editing, and sending it to very trusted friends and editors to read before it was published this past May. In that regard the process was much longer than writing The Divide. I also think knowing my characters more allowed me to finish the second book quicker. But don’t get me wrong, there were the same concerns I came across in book two, like making sure the storyline was consistent and details of my world didn’t contradict itself from book 1, etc. Having really good editors helps tremendously with this! Overall though, I think the major changes were knowing how to manage my writing, marketing, and editing more fluidly. I’m hoping this will continue to smooth out with each book!
What did you enjoy most about writing book 2 for the Dreamland series?
Definitely getting to explore more of Terra and Molly’s strengths. While I set out to write a protagonist that was very relatable and, for lack of a better word, normal, I’m always a sucker for some kick-ass ladies. And I think Molly starts to step it up in The Divide that way, since she kind of has no choice but to ;-).
When writing, do you focus more on your plot or your characters?
Great question! I think to have a good story you need to concentrate on both. Without a good plot driving the characters, they can fall flat. And if you have poorly developed characters no one would really care about the story. It’s the yin yang of writing. So I would say I try to focus and take great care with both.
One of the many things that I love about your books are the covers! They’re beautiful! Who designed them?
Aw, thank you so much! I actually design the covers and all my marketing materials. My background is in advertising and graphic design, so it’s super fun to be able to apply that to my writing. The original photo for The Dreamer is from underwater photographer Elena Kalis and the one for The Divide is from Dmitry Laudin.
Is there a story of how you came up with the characters’ names?
I’m so glad you asked this question! Names are extremely important in this series as you probably learned from reading The Dreamer. So when choosing them I did a lot of research behind the meanings of each, making sure I chose ones that would invoke each characters strongest personality trait. And here’s a hint, if you ever wanted to do a little digging about certain characters introduced, look up their name for that will tell you a bit more about their ‘could be’ purpose in the book.
Molly’s perspective in the 1st book was really engaging. Was it easy to write in her POV? 
First, that’s so kind of you to say. Thank you! And it was easy and hard to write in her POV. Easy in the sense that she’s a 24 year old woman, young and new in New York where her biggest responsibilities are her job and friends—A time that I can still very vividly remember living. It was hard in the sense that some, if not most, of her behavior wasn’t aligned with my own. I think I have more Becca in me, at least when it comes to talking bluntly ;-).
Will we be seeing more of Dev’s side of the story in this book?
Most definitely! Dev’s history comes to the surface in many ways (good and bad) in The Divide.
Have you always liked fantasy stories? (Both as a reader and a writer).
Fantasy is definitely one of my favorites. There’s something about a world so unlike ours, but at the same time similar that’s very alluring. It’s the ultimate mental escape for me especially when there’s magic elements involved. I’m a sucker for magic!

excerpt

THE DIVIDE
by EJ Mellow
Clapping echoes in the room, and I glance up to find Dev casually leaning against the wall next to the door. His eyes are narrowed with appraisal, and his mouth is half-cocked in his signature amused smile. “Impressive,” he says as he pushes off the wall and slowly walks toward us. His sudden appearance and graceful saunter rock me out of my fighting mind-set. I take in his broad shoulders and the way his shirt hugs him like a jealous girlfriend.
Letting go of Rae, I tuck strands of hair that fell from my ponytail behind my ear, suddenly aware of how sweaty I am.
“Thanks.”
“I’d like to see what you could do against a real opponent,” he says with a smirk, crossing his arms. The stance calls attention to his biceps, the same ones I once found myself mortifyingly squeezing.
I leer at him. “And I’m sure you think you’re said opponent?”
“There’s only one way to find out.”
Rae fluidly stands from his fall and drapes an arm around me. “Molly here is a natural.”
I snort out a laugh. “And I’m sure retaining past Dreamers’ abilities has nothing to do with it.”
“Don’t be so modest.” He squeezes my shoulder.
“Have you practiced with any weapons yet?” Dev moves toward an empty wall in the center of the room. Placing a hand on it, the area drops out, revealing a rack of diverse armament. There’s an abundance of blades, and my eyes pause on two hook swords, knowing how they feel in my grip, before traveling on to the axes, clubs, daggers, unusual looking guns, and blunt staffs. Here is where Dev stands, taking out two Bō—a Japanese long staff weapon. Somehow I know all the names and uses of these objects, except for some of the guns. Those remain foreign.
The only difference with these weapons and the ones I’d find at home is the material in which they are made—the same strange gunmetal aluminum as the Arcus. And if my memories from past Dreamers are anything to go by, they can be filled with an altered form of Navitas, making them glow the hot blue-white, and lethal toward any opponent.
“I was saving that part of the training for later,” Rae explains soberly.
“Where’s the fun in that?” Dev asks, handling the Bō naturally as he walks back to us. “She seems to have grasped her hand-to-hand combat for today. Why not finish with a little sparring?”
“See what I mean about the tough teacher,” Rae mutters to me.
“What do you say, Molly? Care to give me a go?” Dev taunts, holding one Bō while twirling the other.
I narrow my eyes and extend a hand. “I know I won’t hear the end of it until I do.”
He gives me one of his sexy grins while throwing me the staff. I snatch it from the air, immediately knowing I’ve been trained in the art of bōjutus.
I smile back.
Oh, it’s on.
As if reading my thoughts and without any further warning, Dev sweeps toward me. His intense blue eyes are the last things I register before my mind switches off and I lunge back.

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abouttheauthor

ejE.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. When she’s not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games. Residing in Brroklyn, NY, she is a member of Romance Writers of America and their fantasy, futuristic & paranormal chapter.

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81xCfsCtfiLMolly finally uncovers the truth about the strange dreams that plagued her sanity for weeks. Now destined to accept a clandestine role, Molly must find the strength and courage buried deep to push forward and succeed.

With the help of Dev, the roguish blue-eyed man of her dreams—whose dark past resurfaces to haunt him—Molly prepares to test the limits of her newly awakened powers and set right a world on the edge of being consumed by nightmares.

But when an unknown shadow stalks her every step and a shocking revelation about her ancestry comes to light, Molly may find herself forced to make a decision that could leave her alone in the dark and standing on the wrong side of a divide.

 The Divide (Dreamland #2)

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Book Blitz | The Divide by E.J. Mellow [Excerpt + Giveaway]

81xCfsCtfiLTitle: The Divide (Dreamland #2)
Author: E.J. Mellow
Publication: October 15th 2015 by Four Eyed Owl
ISBN: 9780996211437

The Dreamer (Dreamland #1)


synopsisMolly finally uncovers the truth about the strange dreams that plagued her sanity for weeks. Now destined to accept a clandestine role, Molly must find the strength and courage buried deep to push forward and succeed.
With the help of Dev, the roguish blue-eyed man of her dreams—whose dark past resurfaces to haunt him—Molly prepares to test the limits of her newly awakened powers and set right a world on the edge of being consumed by nightmares.
But when an unknown shadow stalks her every step and a shocking revelation about her ancestry comes to light, Molly may find herself forced to make a decision that could leave her alone in the dark and standing on the wrong side of a divide.

excerpt

THE DIVIDE
by E.J. Mellow
Prologue
HE LEANED AGAINST the wall, studying the bare table before him. The surface was white, smooth, and looked entirely uncomfortable. How would it feel to wake up on such a thing? He couldn’t imagine it being pleasant, but then she’d dealt with worse than lying on a cold surface. Frowning, he wondered if she was scared to come here or if she was entirely fearless as she closed her dark eyes—eyes that he’d seen burn with determination—only to open them to an unknown beginning.
Staying perfectly still, he was unable to look at anything but the emptiness. How long had he been waiting? How long had he been trained to the same fixture? The answer didn’t matter. He would never miss this. He promised her he’d be here, promised he’d never let anything happen to her. A promise he failed to keep with someone else.
“Dev, you can wait outside,” said a soft feminine voice. “You don’t need to stand around counting the seconds. I’m sure you have responsibilities you are neglecting.”
“If I leave, I would be neglecting my greatest responsibility,” Dev said evenly.
Elena sat on the other side of the room, a small smile touching her features. She wore the traditional white robe of the Vigil elders, and her posture was straight but relaxed. Her composure was something that always, ironically, unnerved him.
“Does she return these feelings?”
At her disruptive question, Dev snatched his eyes away from his target and latched on to another. She regarded him collectedly, like she did all things, with an expression that suggested she had seen into his future, flickered through his past, and held his current desires, wondering how much he might know of them.
He stayed silent, both unwilling and unsure how to answer.
“I must speak freely,” she went on. “I am both happy and saddened by your situation.”
His brows pinched in. “What do you mean?”
She tilted her head curiously, looking straight into his soul, and he did his best to seem calm, to not show how her ominous eyes affected him. Terra only knew how her guards dealt with being around her so much.
“I see your path as one that forks. As to which road you follow, that is still to be determined.”
Dev breathed out a laugh. “Aren’t most things in life still to be determined?”
“Perhaps for some.”
“Well then, is it safe to assume the cliché that one of these roads is happy and the other sad?” he asked, quickly growing tired of this vague game of prophecies.
“That all depends.”
“On what?”
She regarded him evenly. “On her.” She paused for a moment. “And on you.”
“Me?”
She nodded.
“How?”
Elena smoothed a nonexistent wrinkle from her dress. “I think the more important question is whether your heart is willing to sacrifice again to find out?” 
Dev’s stomach tightened, and he dropped his eyes back to the empty table. Memories he’d buried deep within the ocean of time suddenly gasped for the surface, but he smothered them quickly. A shiver of past regret clicked down his spine. But that’s all it was, the past, and it could no longer bar him from having a future. Is your heart willing to sacrifice again?
He swallowed. “Was it ever willing?”
Elena stayed silent, allowing his question to echo through the room, and after a moment, Dev went back to staring at nothing and waiting for everything.

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Book Review | The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow

25309550Title: The Dreamer (Dreamland #1)
Author: E.J. Mellow
Publication: May 15th 2015 by Four Eyed Owl
Format: Finished copy/Paperback
Source: Provided by the Author
ISBN: 9780996211413

The Dreamer (Dreamland #1)


synopsisMolly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.
There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.
But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?
Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.

reviewI received a finished copy of this book from E.J. Mellow in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
I honestly don’t know where to start with this review. I’m still hung over with what I’ve read and I just can’t with this book!!! IT’S EXCEPTIONAL! I’m so glad to have come across The Dreamer and get the chance to enter its world.
Molly never dreams or it’s because she doesn’t remember them when she wakes up. But after being struck by lightning on her 24th birthday —and luckily survives— she starts having this weird dream where she visits the same place consecutively. Everything she experiences in her dreams are so vivid, it’s almost real. Including Dev.
The Dreamer is a fantasy fulfilling book. I have always been a curious fan of dreams and controlling them and reading this book is like living the dream. No pun intended. But yeah, I was crazy about this book I even had a dream about it.
Anyway, in this book, you get to experience what it’s like to live in 2 separate worlds, one being in the real world, the other in the dreamland and that’s where the conflict arises. How can Molly possibly live 2 separate lives without compromising one of them?
The world building is imaginative, the way Molly describes Terra Somniorum made it easy for the readers to access the world freely. The narrative is straightforward. The story line alone is already captivating, but Molly’s narration made it even more engaging. I love being inside her head, it’s very transparent. I didn’t have a difficult time reading this book.
And don’t get me started with the romance. THE FEELS!!! I’m starting to think this book had affected my mental state. Okay, so… this is the first book I’ve read that had me rooting for the 2 love interests. I wanted Molly with Jared, and I wanted Molly with Dev, too. I know it’s crazy but.. yeah it’s crazy. I can’t even gather my words for this. You need to read this book to know what I’m talking about. But to enlighten you, Dev is the dreamland guy, and Jared is Molly’s “boyfriend”. *squeals* both of them are gorgeous and uhm, there’re lots of kissing. SWEET.
Lastly, I can’t say that this book only begins near the end even if it may seem like that because in the first parts, we’re still clueless with what’s happening and why the strange dreams. I didn’t mind, I enjoyed every bit of it. But the big reveal near the end hints that it’s only the beginning. The story starts to unravel in the last parts and I can’t get over it. I need the next book!
Rating:

5stars


whatiliked

  • The Cover – The cover is one of the reasons I have discovered this gem. It’s seriously eye catching and beautiful. This has got to go on my list of favorite book covers.
  • Romance – Even if this book is not all romance, I really enjoyed that aspect. Every time there’s a Dev-Molly moment, I swoon. And when Molly is with Jared, I swoon. There were instances where I just pause and hug my pillow because of the emotions this book wrings off of me.
  • Storyline – The Dreamer is something new and original. This book is now a favorite. There are a few books that I love re-reading for the nth time and I can see that this book will be one of them.

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