Dreams in the Dark
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: August 4, 2016
Number of pages: 197 (paperback)
Word Count: 81063
Cover Artist: Ariel LeAnn
Whispers abound in Gehenna, Zeus knows the empusae is alive and he wants her dead. A war is coming, and a war is exactly what Empusa’s been training her pets for.
Deep down, Empusa only wants one thing—the demise of those who banished her to Hell, and she will stop at nothing to escape and exact her revenge. Traveling the Dream Realm, she spends countless hours searching for her ticket out, and she’s finally found him.
Krael Connolly, the Crown Prince of Gehenna, spends his days researching demons, particularly the elusive empusae, and his nights being visited by his Emmy in his dreams. As the Demon of Vengeance, he fights a battle with his inner demon every day, but his humanity continues to win out…although, the demon of his dreams is testing that control.
He endlessly fights against the dark, while she fights against the light. She calls to his demon as he struggles to bring out her humanity. She lives for chaos, blood and destruction, but he makes her experience something she'd never experienced before—emotions.
But ultimately, what will Empusa do?
Whatever hell she wants.
Screams of torture and cries of agony surrounded Empusa. From her vantage point high atop a rock formation, inside her property line in the middle of Gehenna, the demoness looked out over the vast wasteland and liked what she saw. As far as the eye could see, numerous battles were taking place. Battles for food and power, and all of them to the death. The dark sky above shifted between varying shades of black, with a slight tint of red creating an eerie sight. The red grew thicker and darker by the minute, signaling the death of the demons below. As each one fell, the ground sought nourishment, inhaling the fallen’s essence and leaving behind a red mist. The sight comforted Empusa like a baby’s blanket would. She was raised on death and mayhem, became its lover until nothing was left of her soul but a darkened void that sought only one thing: the demise of those who banished her to the depths of Hell in the first place.
Another anguished cry split the air, causing a slow, devious smile to spread across the demoness’s blood red lips. By the gods, she loved the sound. The agonizing, helpless pleas of those of the damned who wouldn’t last another hour. Usually, Empusa forced such sounds from her fellow imprisoned demons, but she could be satisfied with someone else playing her a lullaby tonight.
Lowering herself against the hard, cold stone, Empusa stretched out on her back, one hand dangling over the edge into nothingness. She closed her eyes and allowed sleep to pull her into the Dream Realm.
Well over a century ago, Empusa had seduced the nightmare demon, Epiales, and stolen his powers, allowing her free reign over the realm. She could control it, manipulate it, and use it toward her advantage. For countless hours, she used it to search for the one who could free her from her prison. A prison her bitch of a mother tossed her into millennium ago when she was no more than a child.
Gehenna, the Demon Hell Realm, had been her home for so long, her childhood on Mt. Olympus became all but a distant memory. The sweet, loving child of her past got buried so deep, she no longer admitted to ever being such a creature. Living and surviving among the worst of the worst of the demon species, Empusa learned to become more than a survivor. She’d become the one demon all others feared, a force to be reckoned with. Not only did every being within the confines of Gehenna fear her, but they all wanted her. She’d become a legend amongst their kind. Living in a realm where once imprisoned you stayed for eternity, Empusa set her sights on the one thing no one before her ever accomplished. Escape.
The cries echoing through the night vanished the deeper into sleep she went. Soon she found herself standing in the center of a long, white hallway. Doors of the same nondescript color lined up on either side of her as far as the eye could see. She stood there for a moment, deciding on which direction she wanted to go. Epiales must seriously miss the power to control such a place. How lonely it must be to not be able to escape the prison he currently resided in. Not that Empusa cared of the hell she placed upon him. He’d possessed a power she needed, so she stole it. Out of all her weapons, it was possibly her favorite in the endless battle she fought.
The toe of her thigh-high black boot tapped with impatience against the white marble floor. The one man she wanted to be available to her wasn’t. Empusa didn’t know what time it was on the realm he resided in, but she didn’t care. She specifically came for him. The need to see him, to touch him, to taste him left her off kilter most of the day. Empusa did not appreciate the feeling. She didn’t like not having control over every aspect of her life. This particular male caused her to do the unexpected, like seek him out. The audacity of him not to be where she wanted him to be, when she wanted him to be there, grated on her nerves.
Her heart kicked in her chest as, one by one, each door around her vanished until only one remained. For a moment she thought she miscalculated and Krael would be available. Her body betrayed her with the mere thought, causing her heart to slam in her chest, but she knew right away it wasn’t Krael. The feeling in her chest changed, making it feel as if her heart plummeted to her feet signaling a disappointment she didn’t want or need. A snarl passed her lips and the urge to kill something invaded her thoughts. How dare he make her feel things? It was a good thing no one was around to witness her behavior. If there had been, she would have killed them. No way would she allow anyone to think of her as weak.
About the Author:
K. Margaret is a paranormal romance author living in Georgia. Her love for words, storytelling, and mythology started as a teenager and continues to grow. When she isn’t sucking down pots of coffee and writing, or hanging out with her teenage daughter, she can usually be found in front of her TV watching football, her other obsession.
Where are you from? I currently live outside of Atlanta, Georgia by way of Connecticut and California
Tell us your latest news? I’m getting ready for the release of Dreams in the Dark (Dark Dreams Series Book 2) on August 4th. I’ll also be attending Authors After Dark in Savannah in August. It will be my first year going as an author and I’m excited not only to get to release my book during the event, but to finally meet a lot of the reader I’ve been in touch with since my first book came out last year.
When and why did you begin writing? I was a late bloomer when it came to writing. I wrote poetry as a kid, but never full stories. I was a verbal story teller. My best friend and I would hang around, drink coffee, and make up elaborate stories. One day I decided I need to put those stories on paper.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I first considered myself a writer when I put pencil to paper and allowed the voices in my head to tell their story.
What inspired you to write your first book? My best friend got me thinking about it, but my fellow author friends really convinced me to go for it.
Do you have a specific writing style? It depends on what I’m writing. A lot of my last book came to me while I was writing it, my current project I’m spending time to plot out.
How did you come up with the title? All the books in my Dark Dream Series have “dream” or “nightmare” in the title. My current release, Dreams in the Dark, actually comes from a line in the book.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I hope my readers see that not everyone’s version of happily ever after is the same. That not ever heroine is looking for love. That a female can be a hero to herself; be selfish and brazen, but still have something deep inside her that she’ll only reveal to those who’ve earned it.
How much of the book is realistic? The majority of the setting of Dreams in the Dark is real. It takes place in Savannah, Georgia and several of the city’s landmarks are incorporated. Also, the emotions and relationships/friendships are realistic.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? No, pure work of fiction.
What books have most influenced your life most? The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was my gateway book and, to this day, is my favorite. Robert Frost and Edgar Allan Poe were the two poets I couldn’t put down when I was younger, and still can’t. The Fae Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning and the Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole have influenced and inspired me to write with every piece me. There is something haunting and magical about the way those two woman can weave a story.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? If I ever have a question, even if I think it’s a stupid one, A.L Kessler is always there to help me. She has guided me through so much of not only the writing process, but through publishing, I could never thank her enough.
What book are you reading now? I’m currently reading Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning and Celtic Myths and Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? While Kelley Armstrong has been around for a while now, I was just introduced to her books not long ago and I’ve inhaled almost all of them.
What are your current projects? I’m currently working on Lost Dreams, book 3 in the Dark Dreams Series.
What would you like my readers to know? I love talking to readers. Whether it be my book or another book your reading, I would love to hear from you and discuss all things books.