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In Your Dreams!

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Jamie Knight, British TV star, is ready to be a one-woman man for a trustworthy woman with compatible interests and a nice personality, who is his intellectual equal, shares his values, and is not star-struck or “needy.”

Kat Mancini, the American he met at the museum, didn’t care for his bad boy reputation, but he can’t get her out of his head. Did she feel the same spark he felt when they shook hands? Might she give an honorable man with a fake bad reputation a chance?

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Looking for your next novel? Or do you need a gift for someone else who likes to read?

The In Your Dreams!  paperback edition is now available at many bookstores and retailers

…including Barnes & Noble, Waterstone’s, Amazon, and even Walmart. Order it from them, to print on demand. The eBook is only available on Amazon (worldwide), for now. Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read it free of charge! For the rest of us, it’s only $4.99.  If you think you wouldn’t like anything called “Romance,” this is a nice gift for someone who might. I hope you or your gift recipient enjoy In Your Dreams!.

I’d really appreciate it if you would leave a REVIEW on the book’s Amazon page (or wherever you bought it). Long or short, the more current reviews a book has, the more likely it is to appear when people search for a book in its category or use the keywords associated with that title. Amazon’s algorithms don’t care whether reviews are positive or negative; they only care about the number of reviews a book has and how recent they are.  So leaving a review for a book helps readers like you find what they’re looking for. The important thing is to be honest.

 

Amazon categorizes my “Dreams” series as “Romance, Contemporary, Later in Life” and “Literature,  Women’s Fiction.” I’ve even found In Your Dreams! in the Romantic Comedy category. One Amazon reviewer agrees, writing that it has “Lots of humor and snappy dialogue.”

The stories are all set in the contemporary British Isles and North America, and feature people older than 40 (because Love is Ageless). So, if you’d like to escape your own reality for a while, In Your Dreams! will take you to 2014 with two middle aged, never-married people who were unlikely to even meet.  ♥  Read how a few days in London and an attractive (younger) British actor turn a very independent American’s comfortable, solitary life upside down.

I’m working on the sequel, which I hope to publish later this year. Eventually, you’ll find the whole series on my Amazon Author Page at https://www.amazon.com/author/Dana-Michaels.  If you frequent Goodreads, a review there and on any other book sites would help my book be seen, too.

P.S.  To anyone who’s signed up for my “occasional newsletter,” I apologize for not having had occasion to write one, yet. (I did promise not to bug you with a lot of email, didn’t I?)

 

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If, when you hear “Romance novel,” you think of bodice rippers—the 1970s paperbacks with Fabio holding a beautiful teenager on the cover—let me bring you up to date.

The Romance genre has expanded to include more than 24 subgenres, like historical and contemporary, romantic comedy, romantic mystery, suspense, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, time travel, Scottish, Regency, horror, young adult, and more. And Romance novels now include all age groups, races, nationalities, personality types, religions, settings, etc.

Most now have strong, intelligent female protagonists, not helpless damsels in distress. Their “heat levels” run from sweet romance (chaste without even a hint of sex, like Hallmark movies) to erotica (explicit, X-rated), and everything in-between.  In Your Dreams! is in the mid-range. Sex takes a back seat (no pun intended) to the emotional story, and those few scenes are moderate, not explicit.

Romance is the most profitable book category on Amazon, earning $1.44 billion in 2021 U.S. sales. Contemporary Romance is the best selling and most competitive subcategory, so I need all the help I can get.  If you’ve…

Never read a romance novel? (I was 60 when I read my first one.)  Wouldn’t be caught dead reading one? (I used to think that.)

Go on, try it. I’ll never tell. You might be surprised!  Start with In Your Dreams!

Latest from Dana

October is Bat Appreciation Month!

Bats are amazing creatures. There are more than 1,400 species of bats in the world, about 20 percent of all mammal species. About two-thirds of bats are insectivorous. They consume between 50 and 100 percent of their own weight every night. That voracious appetite for insects is worth more than $57 billion per year in protection for our food crops and the timber industry. If it weren’t for bats, farmers would surely use a lot more chemical pesticides than they do now.

Nationwide, the service bats provide by suppressing insect populations has been estimated to be worth something between $4 billion and $50 billion per year to American agriculture. Senior Environmental Scientist Scott Osborn (my former colleague at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife) told me, “Even the low end of that broad estimate, $4 billion, is an impressive amount. Bats are an important part of integrated pest management systems.”

Some bat species pollinate plants throughout the world, including agave, the main ingredient in tequila. Even their guano (feces) is valuable. It provides rich fertilizer across the landscape and is important for cave ecosystems. Without bats, the invertebrates and microorganisms that live in caves and depend on bat guano—and the amphibians that de­pend on them—couldn’t thrive.

Bats have contributed to human well-being in other ways, too. Stroke victims have been saved by a synthesized anti-clotting enzyme found in bat spit. Research conducted on bats has also led to advancements in vaccine development, sonar, and more.

Unfortunately, population declines have caused 17 of California’s 25 native bat species to need some level of state or federal protection.

In eastern North America, white-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed more than six million bats. It is caused by a fungus—Pseudogymno­ascus destructans—that grows in and on bats’ skin during winter hibernation and spreads quickly through bat colonies. The 2016 discovery of a bat with WNS in the State of Washington suddenly brought this unprecedented wildlife health crisis close to home.

The fungus has since been found at more sites in Washington. CDFW and its partners continue to do surveillance and response planning for the disease, which almost inevitably will be here in California before long.

Bats need our help. To wrap up Bat Appreciation Month, Oct. 24-31 is Bat Week. You can be a hero for bats by joining in the celebrations during Bat Week 2022 and beyond. Things a Bat Hero can do:

  1. Learn more about bats and teach others about how important they are;
  2. Take action to help protect bats and their habitat;
  3. If you drink tequila, keep an eye out for bat-friendly brands;
  4. Build and install a bat box on your property;
  5. Add bat-friendly plants to your garden; or
  6. Join a citizen-science bat monitoring project in your area.

There are many ideas for how you can be a Bat Hero at the Bat Week 2022 website, http://batweek.org. Look under the “Take Action” tab.

What Readers Are Saying

“Dana Michaels’ debut novel, In Your Dreams, is the fresh escapist air we need right now. Michaels rescues us from the photo-shopped, click-bait stories of today’s social media, and drops us into a better world that applauds intellect, manners and self-restraint.

Though a rom-com, In Your Dreams disrupts popular notions of romance and sexual tension. It is the story of Jamie Knight and Kat Mancini and their unlikely affair. Jamie is a wildly famous British actor (think High Grant or Benedict Cumberbatch) and Kat is a smart spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Game.

Kat is the antithesis of the type of woman who, looking for her own fame, orbits Jamie as he traverses the world of global celebrity. Unlike these shallow creatures, Kat recoils from Jamie’s sizzle because she knows it is superfluous, even dangerous. She is a woman who cultivates the unassailable and timeless virtues of interior beauty. Kat is picky, no fool, and her code of honor (softened by delightful wit and humor) pierces Mr. Knight’s armor where sleazy decoupages cannot.

As we follow Kat and Jamie from London to Los Angeles to Sacramento, the plot, fueled by Kat’s refreshing point of view, keeps us turning pages, seeking the denouement of Michaels’ cunning tale of a smart woman’s heart.”  —Madame P