Lisa Belcastro | SHENANDOAH DREAMS
July 3, 2014
Does anyone enjoy a bad dream? I hate nightmares. I go out of my way to avoid
anything that has the potential to produce negative, terrifying thoughts that
might creep into my subconscious and come to life while I sleep. If I see
something frightening on the news, accidentally find myself in a movie that has
too much violence or any amount of horror (before I run out of the theatre), or
if a real life incident gives me the chills, I have to put sweet thoughts into
my head before going to sleep. I will curl up with a happily ever after book or
watch ten to fifteen minutes of a sappy movie before turning out the lights so
that my last waking thoughts are pleasant ones. Yes, I am a bit of wimp. And I’m
okay with that.
In my new novel, SHENANDOAH
DREAMS, Melissa Smith believes she is experiencing one heck of a nightmare.
Melissa is chaperoning her sixth grade students on a week-long sailing cruise
aboard the historic schooner Shenandoah. This is her fifth year on the trip, and
she’s expecting it to be her best yet. Sleeping in the only cabin that is board
for the board exactly the same as it was two hundred years ago, Melissa drifts
off to sleep hoping the morning’s sunrise will offer a few stunning photo ops
for her new greeting card line. She wakes surrounded by wooden crates with two
men, dressed in colonial attire, shining a lantern in her face.
Of course it’s a dream. No one falls asleep in the twenty-first century and
wakes up in the eighteenth century on a ship built in 1770. Not just any ship,
mind you, but the original Shenandoah with Captain Isaiah Reed at the helm.
Every attempt Melissa makes to will herself back to life-as-she-knew-it fails.
What she thought was a dream quickly becomes a nightmare, one with no escape.
Can a person eat in a dream? Taste? Drink? Touch? And feel another’s touch?
Because every time Isaiah’s hand brushes against hers Melissa experiences
feelings she has never known before. But how can anything last, especially the
swirl of emotions Isaiah stirs within her? When will she wake up? When will the
dream fade and reality return? How will she survive the loss of Isaiah when the
fantasy ends? And can anyone explain to Melissa why the hottest guy she’s ever
met is apparently a figment of her imagination? Only time will tell in Melissa’s
If you fell asleep in your bed but woke in a strange place, would you want to
run home or would you go exploring?
Comment below to be entered to win your own copy of SHENANDOAH DREAMS, plus a
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33 comments posted.
Re: Lisa Belcastro | SHENANDOAH DREAMS
Oh wow, this sounds really interesting... I enjoy time travel books... I would want to run home, but if I could not... not sure what I would do... thanks for sharing!
(Colleen Conklin 9:30pm July 3, 2014)
I think I'd want to run home. Once I got over that (assuming
I couldn't run home), I'd explore and try to figure out how
to get home.
(Janie McGaugh 11:50pm July 3, 2014)
I would go exploring. And I very much enjoy time travel books.
(Sue Ahn 5:23am July 4, 2014)
If I woke in a strange place, it would depend on the place,
I suppose. If it was really interesting, I would probably
check it out a bit, to see where I was. If it was a scary
place, I would try to get out of there as fast as I could!!
That would be my shortest explanation!! Your book sounds
like a real page-turner, and the perfect Summer read!! I
can't wait to get my hands on a copy, so I can find out how
the story unfolds!! I feel the way you do as far as being
careful as to what I watch before I go to bed, but I carry
it a bit further. I also watch what I eat before I go to
bed, to make sure I don't have any nightmares!! Certain
heavy foods will bring on weird dreams!! I enjoyed your
posting immensely, and love the cover to your book, too!!
(Peggy Roberson 8:32am July 4, 2014)
I'd go exploring so I could learn more about the place.
(Kv H 9:20am July 4, 2014)
Ugh! What a hard question! I suppose it depends where and when I woke up and if I felt threatened or excited. (You know how sometimes one doesn't know where either mood comes from out of the blue.) When I hear about time travel romances I'm half and half about it. The way you describe the story maybe being a dream, it makes it more interesting to me. TY for the chance to win.
(Sally Hannoush 11:18am July 4, 2014)
Run home! I get my adventure from my safe home through my books lol
(Trasina McGahey 12:01pm July 4, 2014)
Exploring for sure!
(Elaine Seymour 12:42pm July 4, 2014)
I would go exploring. I wouldn't know which way is home unless I have done some exploring.
(Kai Wong 3:47pm July 4, 2014)
Peggy - I watch what I eat too before bed. Sugar is not good for me after dinner. My brain works overtime, and makes blissful sleep difficult. Glad you enjoyed the post!
(Lisa Belcastro 3:57pm July 4, 2014)
I love the different reasons for everyone's decisions to either run home or explore. I would tend to explore, but I'd want to be certain I could get back home, or at least back to the portal/machine that could take me home. Travel is wonderful, but there is no place like home. :-)
(Lisa Belcastro 3:59pm July 4, 2014)
I would definitely want to go exploring!
(Mary Smith 4:50pm July 4, 2014)
I would go exploring. I'd want to know where I was and how I got there. My life isn't that exciting just everyday stuff. Probably in my version I wouldn't have the great looking guy--so I'll have to read your version. Sounds like a great book.
(Sharon Extine 6:15pm July 4, 2014)
i would go out exploring if at all possible. thanks sounds like a great book
(Debbi Shaw 7:59pm July 4, 2014)
My first instinct would be to run home, but if things appeared
safe I might end up exploring. Simply depends on where I
found myself when I woke.
(G. Bisbjerg 8:23pm July 4, 2014)
Hmmm...it would depend on where I was and what was at home for
me. If I were single and childless, I'd probably stay for a
while. But if I had kids and a husband, then send me home
(Marcia Berbeza 9:33pm July 4, 2014)
I think that would depend on the place...or the time. If I woke up in the past I would definitely explore. There is so much I would love to see about the history I have learned that exploring it and living it first hand would be quite the adventure. Now, if I woke up in the future I might want to run screaming for the hills. The future is an unknown and I don't deal well with unknowns. (control freak, much?)
(Debbie Kelly 9:06am July 5, 2014)
Exploring... definitely. I am a explorer at heart. but if i
woke up i might just stay in bed for a while and go back to
sleep before i started exploring.
(Hannah Brown 10:14am July 5, 2014)
Exploring would be wonderful. I would enjoy this change of
place and pace. Great book.
(Sharon Berger 11:02am July 5, 2014)
That would a frightening experience, so I imagine I would run home.
(Anna Speed 12:33pm July 5, 2014)
I would go exploring. Its a dream right?
(Denise Austin 1:38pm July 5, 2014)
I'd have to explore - I'm a bit nosy!
(Diane Sallans 1:41pm July 5, 2014)
I would go exploring with the hope that there was something amazing about to happen...
(Darci Paice-Bailey 2:37pm July 5, 2014)
It really all depends on the place. If it was non-threatening then I would probably explore and see what I could find. On the other hand if it was a dark and dangerous place I would look for a safe hiding place or a way home.
(Denise Boyd 3:08pm July 5, 2014)
I always have the same dream...that I am stuck out in the 'burbs and am trying to get home BUT if I were in an exotic locale, I would probably want to stay and explore.
(Susan Coster 3:58pm July 5, 2014)
I would definitely go exploring! Sounds like good fun.
(Vennie Martinisi 5:05pm July 5, 2014)
I'd probably want to run home.
(Carol Woodruff 7:44pm July 5, 2014)
LOL So many variables.
But I would be scared of missing home first.
(Lisa Hutson 8:52pm July 5, 2014)
I would want to check it out first , then run home to tell
(Deb Pelletier 9:31pm July 5, 2014)
(Michelle Schafer 11:53pm July 5, 2014)
I think my first instinct would be to run home but to do that I would need to explore to figure out where I was.
(Maureen Emmons 6:00am July 6, 2014)
Ik vind deze roman zeer. Het zit vol met passie en droom. Ik
kon niet niets als het hele tijd te vinden, maar toen mijn
vriend schreef me deze link via whatsapp het me gered! Ik ben erg blij met
(Erinn Klis 10:52am July 7, 2014)
What a fascinating time-travel story! Thanks for sharing.
(Bonnie Hometchko 9:38pm July 28, 2014)
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