Dianna Hardy is a multi-genre author of paranormal things, dark things, poetic things, sexy things, taboo things, and sometimes funny things. She writes about witches, demons and angels. All info about her books can be found on her website DiannaHardy.com
by Dianna Hardy
Thanks so much, Carly, for having me on your blog today J
I struggled with what to write for this post. I knew it should be something a little spooky – something for Halloween, but I couldn’t for the life of me think of what. Should be easy, right? I write about witches and demons, fallen angels and all kinds of naughty deeds, but my mind just went blank.
Then, the past couple of nights, I’ve had some bad dreams. Uncomfortable ones. The kind where you wake up with an uneasy feeling. I know what they’re about – for me, they’re symbolic with what I’m feeling in my life right now, but it got me thinking about dreams in general, and, more specifically, nightmares.
Night + ‘mare’ Old English, or ‘maere’ Germanic). Mare = evil spirit. (Ref: Collins English Dictionary)
It makes me think about a giant black horse with glowing red eyes, smashing through my window at night when I sleep.
I thought about Freddy Kruger and all those B-Horror movies I love to watch. I thought about my own scary dreams I used to have when I was about four or five, about “shadow men” that stood at the corner of my room and whispered about me (true – totally true – I still believe it to this day) … and then I thought about Mary, a character in The Witching Pen Novellas, who has horrendous dreams…
With a laugh, Elena disentangled herself from the woman’s arms. It never ceased to amaze her how Mary was three years her senior, yet acted as if she was a teenager on a permanent hit of Red Bull. “Thank you, I think. Anyway … how are you? You sleeping better?”
“Not really,” she replied, with a shrug. “It’s cool. It’s just a phase – it’ll pass.”
“Normally, I’d agree, but your dreams are … shall we say, like scenes from a horror movie?”
Mary laughed. “Yep, that about sums it up. But I’ve had weird dreams before – okay, nothing this bad – but still, they’re just dreams. I doubt they’re prophetic … if they are, I pity the poor sods that star in them…”
We later (in book two, The Sands Of Time) find out her dreams inflict more pain on her than she’s ever let anyone know…
And then she was drowning in torment, shouting out, unable to breathe, as the torture no one should ever know so intimately invaded her mind … again. It felt like two giant hands were squeezing on either side of her brain, and she wondered if her ears were bleeding, the pressure was so much.
I think that dreams are a window to the soul as much as eyes are. They are our subconscious’ way of telling us that something is wrong, or that we’re not paying attention to important details… but they are also very real at times. Having spent the last fifteen years or so, studying and practicing witchcraft (solitary) and shamanism (various traditions), I’ve come to learn – and I think I always knew – that there is a huge difference between the kind of dreams your subconscious throws at you, and ‘dream journeys’. The latter are real. They are your soul travelling as you sleep (like astral projection) to do whatever it needs to do. Before my daughter was born (when I actually slept, lol), I had so many journeys: I would travel to all kinds of places, meet all kinds of guides, power animals, other people that worked within dreams too; I have done healing for others and myself on my dream journeys, and I have maybe tapped into two elements of time that were prophetic (only two I think – dream prophecy was never my natural strength).
So I guess it makes sense that I write a lot about people who dream, or put characters in situations where they are able to dream. So much is discovered when you do dream. Sometimes nice things; sometimes not so nice things; but always, always important things.
Have you ever had any significant dreams?
Happy Halloween, everyone 😉
The Witching Pen Novellas are available in digital and paperback formats. All info and buy links can be found on the series website The Witching Pen Novellas.
And thanks so much, Carly, for taking the time to review this series J
On the appearance of a magic pen, three women uncover family secrets and deep betrayal, to discover they are more than they’ve been led to believe – for better or worse.
Alongside the men, demons and angels who love them, they are thrown into a supernatural world where time becomes muddied, where new and ancient merge, where forged bonds cannot be broken, and matters of the heart are never black and white.
And then, there’s the impending apocalypse.
Unique, fun, fast-paced, sexy and passionate, this is paranormal romance that combines the dark with the light, and the sweet with the gritty.
Well hot damn, Dianna Hardy really has outdone herself with this fabulous instalment in The Witching Pen novellas! I loved getting to know the seductively hot angel ‘Gwain’ a lot more in this book *swoon*, although I still don’t think I have a proper read on him as he really is a dark, complex, multi-layered character who I just adore. As usual with these novellas there is so much going on and so many twists and turns that you really won’t know what to expect next. The storyline is amazingly tense and had me on the edge of my seat throughout. It’s safe to say that this is my favourite book out of the 3 and I think that was because this was so much darker than the others and also because we meet some new wickedly dark and dangerous characters that really will intrigue the reader.
Gwain is desperately searching for Mary after the shocking ending of The Sands of Time. Mary finds out all the shocking revelations of her past and what part she will need to play in the fast approaching apocalypse. While the search is on to find Mary, the others are rushing around trying to find the answers about how to destroy the dangerous Witching Pen, deciphering the translations of the prophecies and also rescuing Elena’s mum from the Shanka demons. Can everyone pull together and do what needs to be done in order to save mankind? Well sacrifices will have to be made on everyone’s part….
I adored the ending, it has been wrapped up nicely while still being left wide open and not forgetting the interesting opening for Dianna’s new spin off novel ‘The Last Dragon’! This really is a fantastic book that packs a big punch, I love the honesty, emotion and also the humour that will have you smiling throughout. If you haven’t started this awesome trilogy yet then you are seriously missing out!!
*Special thanks to Dianna for the review copy*
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