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Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fever series, featuring MacKayla Lane, and the award-winning Highlander series. She has a bachelor’s degree in society and law from Purdue University and is currently working on a new series set in the Fever world and a graphic novel featuring MacKayla Lane.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the sizzling Urban Fantasy FEVER Novels set in Dublin, featuring MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, and the paranormal romance HIGHLANDER Series, with fifteen books in print in thirty-six countries.
She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award, and multiple RITA nominee. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Society & Law.
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At first I was confused when I opened my Amazon box and found this TINY little book in the stack. Was it a freebee? A teaser of Ms. Moning's next book? But then I looked at the invoice and realized that I had paid $4.98 for this, this bookmark. I felt cheated. I thought I was buying a novel and instead I got a 100 page SHORT STORY!
After I got over the shock, I sat down to read it (it took about 30 minutes). The writing was great, the characters endearing and the story line intriguing; but all those pluses just pissed me off more. What a waste. What a way to squander a good story line. By adding a few secondary characters, a few twist and turns of the plot, this premise could have been molding into a truly memorable novel. But now I'll only remember Ms Moning's "Into the Dreaming" as a disappointment.
"Into the Dreaming" by Karen Marie Moning portraits Jane Sillee, a romance writer like Karen Marie Moning, who has been struggling since her hero and inspiration, a highlander named Aedean MacKinnon, has been lost from her dreams.
One day after misteiously receiving an ancient tapestry Jane Sillee wakes up and finds out that she has traveled back in time to middle age Scotland, a land of castles, kings and magic, where the good news is that she ran into the arms of her lost dream highlander. The bad news: his magical and dreamed highlander does not remember his own name, neither remembers her, let alone the love they once shared in her dreams. To make things worse she finds out that Aedean has been turned into an ageless creature called Vengeance by a dark and evil king. Jane Sillee finds herself in an adventure where she only has only one month to help Aedean remember who he really is, remember her and re-ignite the pasion and the love they both once felt in their own magical place that she created on her dreams.
If you like Karen Marie Moning books you will absolutely love this one.
I rarely read anthologies or short stories, but since it was Karen Marie Moning I simply had to read this book--short or not--and I must say I was definitely NOT disappointed! Ms. Moning again writes a phenomenal story with a hero redeemed by love and two soulmates who find each other--which is my ultimate favorite type of storyline. This book may be short, but it is chalk full of passion, romance, adventure & fantasy. The story is about a tortured soul saved by a time traveling romance writer who must break an evil spell, and has a clever and witty storyline, time travel, well written characters and a lovely bonus is that it takes place in Scotland. Intersperced in the book I also appreciated the humor and chuckled often at Ms. Moning poking a wee bit of fun at her profession and love the play on Jane's last name, and also what a hysterical name for the kitten! I do not feel bad saying that yes, I wish this had been a full length novel what with the intriguing passionate plot, enjoyable characters, and the delightful sense of humor throughout this tale, but please do not let that stop you from reading a fabulous book! Also, if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, go and read it.
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What's with the new trend in romance lately - publishing short stories as stand alone novels? Short stories have their place - in a collection of short stories. This should have been published as one of 3-4 short stories in a time travel romance collection.
Luckily I did not pay full price for this, as I would have been very upset if I had. In fact, I received it as a gift from someone who ordered it for me on Amazon and she probably thought she was ordering a novel. Most people don't take the time to look at the number of pages listed on an item when they purchase online. At $2.99, this is overpriced for a 100-page short story. Full length romances are 350-400 pages long and usually between $6.99-7.99. I was "tricked" this past year when I purchased Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dragonswan online and didn't know until I received it that I was paying $2.99 for a single short story. Again, that short story could have appeared in a paranormal romance collection - and should have.
In spite of this major gripe, I did like the story. Although I also think it could have been expanded into a full length novel. I have not read any of Karen Marie Moning's books previously, but now I will check out some of her other novels. I'm still a bit annoyed about the short-story-masquerading-as-a-novel issue though!
I really liked this novella. It was about 100 pages long and very to the point. I felt I had read another of Moning's Highlander book but in a much shorter time. I took the advice of other reviewers and bought it as a part of "Tapestry". I read two of the other stories in the set and am please with them all. I can't believe the used book stores here are charging $20 used an $50 new. Just buy tapestry.
In "Into The Dreaming", the Fae king tricks highlander, Aedan into serving a 5 year sentence to save his people, only 5 years is in Fae years which is 500 years. 500 years in the Fae ice prison, acting as servant to the Fae king, leaves him a shell of his former self with no memories. The Fae queen wanting to counteract this cruelty, gives him dreams to keep him sane. Jane a modern woman shares these dreams and is totally ruined for any relation in the real world because what man can compare to the highlander of her dreams. When Aedan is released from his prison, a Tapestry sends Jane back to his time. He has no memory of her and rejects all her advances. Now she has a month to get Aedan to remember his self and dreams or he will return to being a servant to the Fae king.
Definitely worth get Tapestry because the other stories are all good and quick reads.