When I saw the cover for In My Dreams by Cameo Renae and read the synopsis, I had to check it out - and I'm glad I did! I had the opportunity to witness an amazing love story.
More than anything, Elizabeth wanted to marry Michael but she knew something was wrong when he failed to pick her up on time, yet didn't call. Falling asleep on her couch while waiting for him, she heard his voice though he wasn't in the room - and it marked the beginning of a journey unlike any other I've embarked upon.
Elizabeth soon learned that Michael was killed in a car accident but, when visions began to occur, she saw the events which led to his death - witnessing his murder. Soon she would have visions of being in danger herself.
Yet, in spite of the suspense involved in the story, I saw the way Michael and Elizabeth loved each other. Even from the grave he, literally, met her in her dreams and took her on various adventures. The things they never had an opportunity to do in life were carried out as Elizabeth slept - and they had one adventure after another which made the tragedy of Michael's death even more pronounced.
I felt Michael was a man who should have been granted a longer life so he could love Elizabeth the way she deserved to be loved - and be loved in return - but such is life.
Too often, the most loving souls are taken far too early, begging us to ask the question, "Why?" Couldn't they have lived another year or two, or ten or twenty? Why did things have to happen as they did? I'm sure you can identify with these questions - questions which can drive us crazy if we don't let them go and accept that heartbreaking things happen in each of our lives.
That being said, however, Michael knew Elizabeth was in danger - that the same person who killed him would be coming after her. He helped her in the only way he knew and fought the forces of evil on her behalf, as she tried to protect him from further danger.
Ultimately, In My Dreams made me think, even as it struck a chord in my soul as I got to know Elizabeth and Michael and witnessed the love they shared. It's the stuff dreams are really made of - indeed, the way relationships are designed to be: loving each other unconditionally, protecting and nurturing each other regardless of circumstances.
Cameo Renae is an author to watch - and I, for one, will be watching. If you would like to learn more about this beautiful story which continues on, even after death comes knocking on one's door, feel free to visit In My Dreams at Amazon.
In My Reality by bestselling author, Cameo Renae, is actually the second part of In My Dreams.
When I finished reading In My Dreams a few years ago, I didn't feel the story was finished; I felt there could be a follow up story and, apparently, numerous other people made the same request of Cameo, to tell us what happened after.
In case you haven't read In My Dreams, I don't want to spoil it for you so I will only say this: Lizzy was left in a precarious position after losing someone who was as close to her heart as her next breath is to her lungs.
I was absolutely delighted when Cameo Renae announced the publication of In My Reality. At long last, I could read what happened in Lizzy's life after such an untimely, and tragic, loss.
In My Reality sees Lizzy leaving her comfortable home in Alaska - as comfortable as it could be given the gift which had been bestowed upon her three years earlier. In short, Lizzy saw people the average person cannot see. She saw people whose souls were searching for answers, souls who were not ready to let go, not ready to embrace their eternal reality.
A trip to California, made possible by her best friend, brought her out of her comfort zone. She was now in a different place, meeting different people, but encountering the occasional soul who would seek her out no matter who she was with or where she was.
In the midst of it all, even prior to leaving her home in Alaska, Lizzy dreamed of an injured man, a man who had been injured in a car crash. She sensed he needed her but she had no idea who he was.
As the story unfolded before my eyes, I sensed who that person was and thoroughly enjoyed her interactions with him. I had hoped she might open her heart to him, to give love another chance. His character is one I truly enjoyed from the moment I first met him and I sensed Lizzy could truly be happy with this dynamic, yet caring, individual.
I could never have predicted the outcome of the story - so tragic, yet beautiful, at the same time. Even so, there is a part of me that misses what might have been had life unfolded in a different way.
I will be honest with you. Typically, stories of this nature are not something I read. I'm used to the traditional Christian romance, mystery and suspense stories. I don't read anything pertaining to werewolves and vampires, avoid erotica, and will set aside a book if the first chapter is riddled with profanity. Essentially, I have a comfort zone which I strictly adhere to in my reading and writing.
That being said, Cameo Renae is one author who can draw me into her stories no matter what she writes, no matter what her characters are. It could be because of the real elements she includes in her stories, because every scene doesn't involve some type of paranormal or supernatural element. Whatever it is, she makes me feel for her characters, think about them, wonder how they are doing. In fact, to date, such an honor only goes to two authors I've become acquainted with who write in this genre: Cameo Renae and Kelley Grealis, author of "The Descendant Vampire" series.
You may think In My Reality is out of your realm, too, but I would invite you to read In My Dreams first. I believe you'll find yourself wanting to read more and In My Reality will be right at your fingertips.