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The A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2013 is moving full steam ahead, and we’re done with the first week! Are you a participant? I’m co-hosting it on Amlokiblogs, so drop me a comment there if you have something to say about the challenge itself. On this blog, I’ll be featuring mostly indie-published book excerpts for all of April. I love reading, and supporting author-friends, and this is a good way to do both.

Today, for G, I give you a new adult urban fantasy/science fiction : Gateway to Reality by Becca Campbell

Gateway to Reality

Gateway to Reality

Elevator Pitch: When Wes discovers that the real world exists in his dreams, not when he’s wide awake, he is thrown into chaos. The worst casualty of this paradigm shift is his relationship with his girlfriend Emily who only snubs him in real life. Now he wishes he didn’t know the truth—but if he returns to ignorance in the false world, he’ll never be with the woman he loves.

Excerpt: Wes turned full circle, scoping out his surroundings. This place resembled the Chicago he knew, but little things were off. He stepped up to the Bean and froze, seeing the human reflections. They made faces back out at their matches, sneering or laughing—expressions that didn’t match the people looking in.

It’s a dream. It’s just a dream. The thought helped to steady his footing. Nothing to be worried about. I’m just here for a bit, then I’ll wake up …

The colors of the world before him were vibrant—brighter than he was used to. Here, he saw—felt—what had been missing the day before. The air was sharper, crisper. His vision was clear, focused. Not like getting a prescription adjusted. More like taking off shades that shrouded reality. All of his senses seemed more alive here.

How could a dream feel more real than his own life?

Buy the book on Amazon US, Amazon UK.

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her next literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and was published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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