I’m super excited to share with you the cover for my next novel, Gateway to Reality. Feast your eyes on this beauty, designed by the lovely Anna Howard. Anna has done a spectacular job turning my vision into something even better. I purchased the base photo of Chicago buildings, and she applied her creative genius to twist and meld it into art that provides a great vibe for the story’s setting. I’m especially fond of the title font.
Science Fiction Meets Urban Fantasy
Gateway to Reality falls somewhere between the science fiction and urban fantasy genres. (I’d be glad to discuss the technical qualifications for why and hear arguments for where you think it fits, but you’ll have to read it first.)
It’s written in a similar vein to The Matrix or Inception, but slightly more relationship oriented and slightly less cerebral (in other words, if those movies are too deep for you, you may still enjoy this book). Like all my works, it’s got that little bit of romance in the mix, but the story is driven by strong speculative elements. If you’ve read the Circle series by Ted Dekker (Black, Red, White, Green), you might see a common theme in this book as Wes Teague flips between two worlds, one of which lies in his dreams.
But that’s as far as the similarities, go. Gateway to Reality has a life of its own, with a few twists and turns along the way.
Gateway to Reality
Here’s a little more about the story:
Talented artists shouldn’t be waiting tables, scraping by, and living mediocre lives. But that’s exactly what art school graduate Wes Teague is doing.
Then he wakes from a bizarre dream, haunted by the sense that his life isn’t real. A harrowing truth presents itself–the real world lies in his dreams, not when he’s wide awake.
The dream world he enters each night is rich and vibrant. Chicago appears the same on the surface, but chaos runs rampant as gravity, physics, and other laws of nature become fluid, changing unexpectedly. There, Wes’s parents, brother, and sister are strangers. His girlfriend Emily doesn’t recognize him. Suddenly Wes longs to return, to unlearn the truth about his dual reality.
Wes would sacrifice almost anything to get back to blissful ignorance in a false world.
But now he has feelings for the real Emily.
The book will be released sometime in March, and when I have a specific date, I’ll be sure to let you know. That’s only a few months away, but if you’re anxious to get your hands on an early copy, keep reading.
I have a limited number of ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) of the book that will be going out sometime in February to individuals who have agreed to review the book. If you’d like to be added to my list, go here to reserve a free copy. The requirements are as follows:
- You must post an honest review on Amazon (and Goodreads, if possible), preferably around the time of the book’s release.
- You must state in your Amazon review that the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review (this is Amazon’s policy, not mine, but it will help to ensure that your review doesn’t get deleted).
- If you have a blog, a post with your review would be much appreciated (though not required).
That’s it. You can also reserve ARCs of my other upcoming books through that same link.
In the meantime, please be sure to add Gateway to Reality to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the cover art, the synopsis, or both. Does this sound like a book you’d want to read?
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