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Dreams of Shadows

The Amelia Chronicles, Book 1 By:
Dreams of Shadows

Christmastime, 2017.

With a sudden, nuclear-like flash of light, the population of the planet is decimated. Every living human, save one Amelia McDougal, a 14 year old girl living in Marysville, California has perished. Or so the young girls thinks until she meets Munster Gardella, a devil-may-care boy her age.

 

Their days are filled with scavenging, wandering through the small neighborhood they once called home, and wondering what happened that caused the calamity. They get their first clue when a strange, ominous, vapor-like being emerges from her old home, and then pursues them.

 

Taking refuge inside a church, Amelia and Munster discover two other survivors—a black brother and sister hiding beneath a pew. And then two grisly-looking adults bent on doing them harm. Munster rescues the three young would-be victims, and fearing more of the same in the city, they strike out in search of safety elsewhere.

 

The four kids stumble upon a house set back in an orchard, miles south of the city limits, and there Amelia sees a flash of light from a window. Friend or foe? Munster decides to investigate, and that is when the nature and meaning of what happened to the planet begins to unfold in the terrifying, yet oddly promising days and events that follow.

 

Note: It is May 20, 2016. This is a work-in-progress.


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judycolella

What do you mean, "no cliffhanger?" They're heading off into the unknown - that begs a sequel for sure, and leaves the reader wondering what they'll find in light of everything that's happened to that point, and all that could possibly be out there. Since the story is first-person, one has to assume that survival of the main character is a foregone conclusion, but that doesn't mean the rest make it, so yes. Cliffhanger. Big... Show more

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felixthecat

Judy, a comment/review once again, coming from you...I'm heartened. I was a little worried that the "summary" of a few of the characters and the incidents mentioned in this final chapter might seem...clipped? I was also concerned, perhaps not rightly, that there was no huge... Show more

judycolella

You are most welcome!

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dysamyne

I just read the Prologue and it's interesting. I plan on reading more later.

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felixthecat

Gracias, Amber. Whenever someone takes the time to read your work and comment on it, even briefly...well, it bolsters confidence. I appreciate the fact that you took that time.

dysamyne

No problem and I know what you mean it sure is encouraging.

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judycolella

This Prologue is excellent and does exactly what it needs to do for the story. The only thing I would recommend you change is your opening sentence; change it from passive to active by rearranging it: "A small boy is playing down by the creek that runs through Marysville..." Other than that - perfect. ')

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felixthecat

Thanks so much, Judy. I've always had a tendency to write passive (groan). Can't see the forest for the trees? I'll do as you suggest.

Perfect? Well, no. As I read and re-read, it hits me that the first draft of the Prologue doesn't flow well. At least as well as it could. Could... Show more

Rookie Burwick

same here Felix

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Deleted User

This book is amazing.

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Deleted User

lol. I have to be updating my books but I don't have time. I have four books I need to finish. :P

felixthecat

Reading "Marked" :) I have to confess, I'm not a vampire fan...but good writing is good writing.

Deleted User

There books are amazing ^_^

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Killzoneruby

Ooh, It's absolutely amazing :O

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felixthecat

Thank you, Mena. Gosh, it's been a few years since I wrote that (short) novel. Thanks for reading it. Now that I've read the first two books in Yancey's trilogy...the third and final book comes out in late May...I'm kind of deflated. Little Amelia doesn't go through anything... Show more

Killzoneruby

XD alrighty :3

Lady_L3OP@RD

Yes, I thought of the 5th Wave as well while reading this but only because I just finished the first book. I would highly encourage you to continue this story: don't compare your story to others', imbue it with your personal story-telling. It was a delight:)

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felixthecat

Thanks Stephen. I'll be updating soon. Trying to complete the rewrite before the ABNA contest opens in a few weeks!

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Sabrina Jade Howard

I just finished chapters one, two, and three. Wow! You were right when you said you would a lot more action! The fact that these creatures seem to be following them is terrifying. Throughout this new draft, I am able understand why Amelia is friends with Munster. He helps get and cares for her, despite his crude mannerisms. I can't wait to see what new things you come up with for this story :)

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