Congrats to author Sarah Lampkin on the release if the third installment in her Dead Dreamer series, To Reap the Spirit!
Read on for an author interview, my review, schedule details, and a chance to win a digital collection of all 3 books!
To Reap the Spirit
Publication Date: October 20th, 2020
Genre: New Adult/ Urban Fantasy
Sanguis daretur. Ignis invocavit.
The third installment in the haunting Dead Dreamer series.
Somehow Brenna Whit has survived to her junior year at Nephesburg College. Despite all odds, she’s fought against the Gatekeepers and lived. But the battle for the Fade has only just begun.
New pieces have been added to the board.
The Fade opens to the Veil.
And a Shade from the past returns.
With Brenna’s secret out, everyone is after her: dead and living alike. Those from across the sea have come and they’re determined to regain control of their broken faction.
Questions will be answers
Fires will be lit
Chaos will reign
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Sarah, I’m so excited about the release of your third book release of your Dead Dreamer series, To Reap The Spirit! I’m a big fan of the series, and your writing! So having the honor to interview you is such a privilege!! Let’s get started:
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I technically began writing in high school. My stories originally included angels and demons which isn’t surprising considering I was going to a Baptist high school. Thankfully, leaving for college really opened my eyes and helped me grow as a person and a writer.
2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Writing can actually take me to a very dark place. Sometimes I can hit a severe depressive episode while writing. But thankfully it doesn’t last long and it’s usually when I get the best chapters. But now that I have my puppers, Emer, it seems like that is happening less and less. Which is hopefully a good thing.
3. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be as original as possible. Personally, I don’t want to do retellings and I hate the idea of taking from someone else. Yes my work is influenced by other cultures and mythologies, but I still tried to rework it all as my own.
4. Do you feel like it’s most important to have A) Strong characters B) Mind-blowing Plot twists or C) Epic settings?
Hmm. That’s a difficult one. You need all three to make a good book. But I’d have to say, in my opinion, strong characters. Without strong characters, who will your readers’ connect to?
5. Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series or to write the subsequent novels?
I’d say the most challenging was the first book. I wanted to throw all of the epic plot points into one but that would have been a terrible idea! Now I get to give you all of the fun ideas I’ve had.
6. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Just sitting down and writing. I have ADHD so it’s extremely difficult for me to focus. I really need to be in a dark mood to get the writing done.
7. If you had to describe Brenna Whit in three words, what would those three words be?
Blunt, Stressed, and somewhat mean
8. What do you hope your readers take away from this series?
A strong understanding of nothing is as it seems…and maybe they should go back and read the previous books to find things they missed. As I’ve said before, I wrote everything in a specific order with specific human interactions for a good reason. Nothing is black and white.
9. Do you have any new series planned, after you finish this one?
Not quite yet. I’m looking at some things here and there, but it’s all in the beginning stages. We’ll have to see!
10. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Lynne Ewing was always a favorite of mine as her books were the ones that introduced me to reading in the first place. Other than that, I’d have to point to Lovecract and Maggie Stiefvater.
11. Where online can readers find you and/or learn more about the Dead Dreamer series?
You can always find me at https://dead-dreamer.com/! From there you can find all of my social medias and even my Patreon! I’ll be putting some behind the scenes and extra Dead Dreamer stuff there sometime soon!
I have never read a series where each book gets so much better and better, but The Dead Dreamer series is one of a kind! Lampkin’s research and writing, her character development, and her amazing Dead Dreamer world are so well executed!! This series is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait for the next book!!!
There’s so much I’d love to go on and on about, but I don’t want to give anything away. But this book was fantastic!! It was shocking, with all its unexpected twists and turns. Brenna is one of my favorite characters of any series!!! She is strong, sarcastic, loyal and would die for her friends!!! Watching her character grow through the series has been so awesome!! Damon and Aeria are really great characters too, and I’ve loved seeing their character growth as the series has gone along. They are loyal to Brenna and care about her. The three of them are a tight circle of friends. The Dead Dreamer world has grown and developed in completely unexpected and surprising ways!!
If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend you grab the first book and catch up in time for book four to come out!!!!
Dead Dreamer Books
To Dream is to Die (Book #1)
Eighteen-year-old Brenna Whit is entering college as a freshman and starting to meet new people, but she hides a dark secret. Because of an accident that happened three years ago, her spirit wanders the Fade whenever she falls asleep. It’s something she wants to keep hidden from the world, but when she sees someone watching her in spirit form, she fears the secret’s out. With new friends, possibly new enemies, school, and a new crush, Brenna has too much to worry about for just her freshman year of college.
Perfect for those who enjoy Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatura
To Wake the Dead (Book #2)
Brenna Whit teeters the line between the living and the dead. Now that she’s back for her sophomore year at Nephesburg College, she’s determined to focus on the waking world. But when her own soul is trying to kill her and a new Dead Dreamer is fighting for power, Brenna is dragged back into the world of the dead.
The Gatekeepers are doing everything they can to restore the power they once held over the town of Nephesburg. With a mysterious set of twins arriving in town to help them prepare, Brenna must decide what’s important: continuing to hide her secret or reveal herself and fight for what she believes is right. The decision could end up leading to a permanent death for Brenna so she must choose wisely.
Classes have begun…
The battlefield is set…
Let the fight for the Fade begin.
About the Author
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Sarah Lampkin is a 2015 graduate from Lynchburg College [University of Lynchburg] with a master’s degree in English. Since graduation, Sarah now lives in Northern Virginia working in the IT field as a Technical Writer while continuing her research for her graduate school thesis. When she isn’t working, Sarah continues her Celtic mythology research and Gaelic studies, while working on the Dead Dreamer series.
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