Hidden Meanings

Have you ever woken up from a dream and wondered what the meaning of it all was?

Please, let me explain. Dream interpretation has been around for a very long time, in fact, in many ancient societies it was considered a form of supernatural communication. Some people even debated that it could be divine intervention, a message from God that could only be interpreted by those with spiritual powers. Let’s face it, as human beings, we have always felt that our dreams held meaning -some more than others- but meaning nonetheless. As a writer, I find myself dreaming quite often of new and adventurous people and places. Most of my dreams are all things that I attribute to potential storylines, you know, thrilling adventures that take the reader to a different world and travel to far off places. Whereas, someone else might have the same dream and chalk it up to the spicy enchiladas they had for dinner the previous evening. No joke. I can turn anything into a storyline. But, I do find my characters speak to me when I sleep.

Nevertheless, that had me asking myself what it was that people searched for in their dreams.

Is it just an escape from everyday life? Or, could it be our brain’s way of taking a deeper look into our subconscious? Maybe uncovering some of those unconscious desires we’ve kept buried for so long. Let’s hope mine isn’t the desired part because if so. . .let’s just say I am seriously screwed. I could keep you entertained on my dreams alone. Anyway, I digress. Back to the topic at hand. All of the curiosity and questions about dreams stemmed from one of my characters, Colton Monroe. You’ll meet him in my latest book Beyond The Pain when it releases here shortly. Cole is a young man who struggles with life and death, and dreams as you’ll no doubt find out are an integral part of who he is and what he does. So, as I was writing this book, I found myself doing research about dreams and asking what it was that folks were looking for when they interpreted them. My research led me to find that as with anything dreams are subjective. Some things were more important to some than they were to others and vice versa. Then you had a few who were more interested in how their dreams made them feel. Yet, there were others who were more invested in the action and adventure portion of the dream sequence than anything else. I mean, who doesn’t love a swashbuckling pirate? But, ultimately, what does that pirate mean in the grand scheme of things?   

So the real question is how do we figure out what meaning our dreams hold?

Well, like Cole in Beyond The Pain, we too must navigate our way through the muddy waters known as life. As my mother always says, nothing in life worth having is ever easy. Which in the long run is a good thing, right? Because when we get right down to it our dreams hold what we wanted them to all along. What, you ask? Good question. The answer is: your dreams hold infinite possibilities anything your heart desires. It holds all of our hopes and fears, our greatest desires, and love, everything we wish we could have said to all those we’ve loved and met over the years. The most important thing is what your dreams mean to you and how they made you feel.

I encourage you the next time you wake up from a dream and you remember it, give it a little thought. Ask yourself several questions.

1. What emotions am I feeling? Anger, sadness, happiness, etc. . . Now think about why you feel the way you do.
2. What stood out the most to me during the dream? Was it a color? A bird, a song, a cloud?
3. Were you doing anything particular? Running, reading, swimming?

All of these things will open your mind and spark creativity. You’d be surprised at what kind of crazy dreams you’ll wake up remembering just so you can analyze them! 

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Title: Redemption (A Betrayed Novel)
Author: Victoria Renteria
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release: July 20, 2017
Pre-Order Special – $1.99

Two people . . . one path . . . two destinies intertwined. 

Emma Hall has everything a woman could ever want. Always in control of her surroundings, she rules every aspect of her life, mapping out every nuance of her foreseeable future . . . until she crosses paths with the one man who makes her question everything she’s ever desired. 

Brighton Sinclair has spent years running from his past. After tragedy struck early in his military career, he pushed away anyone who dared to get too close. With all of his attention focused solely on his job, he avoids all things female . . . until the day fate intervenes, sending him on a collision course with the one woman who can wreck it all.

When Brighton’s past comes crashing into his future, everything he’s ever known is called into question. Will Emma be the redemption he’s been seeking, or will fate leave them both in pieces? 

“Tell me what happened,” I say softly.
“I can’t.” His broken words are but a whisper echoed between the two of us.
 
“You can’t or you won’t?” I ask hesitantly.
 
“I can’t,” he states, his voice filled with the sadness.
 
“Why?” I press, unable to let the issue go.
 
“It hurts too much,” he says in a pained whisper.
 
Pulling me into his arms, he leans forward, pressing his forehead to mine. Inhaling deeply, he closes his eyes and murmurs, “Make it go away, Emma. Please, make it go away.” His words have barely evaporated from his lips before his mouth smashes into mine in a furious tangle of passion and need.
 
As our mouths collide, my inner voice screams, telling me this is wrong. Not to give into his demands. That Brighton Sinclair is only using me for an escape. To rid himself of all the pain and anger he feels at the loss of his best friend and whatever the hell else it is that eats away at him on a daily basis. But like a flower straining toward the sun, I know without a shadow of a doubt I won’t be able to resist. I can already feel my walls tumbling down with each swipe of his tongue.
 
Whimpering, my mouth falls open as he kisses me deeper, a painful tightness filling my chest with every surge of his tongue. Each caress he provides forces us further into my home. With a swift kick, he shoves the front door closed and spins me around, slamming my back against the door. Somewhere in the lustful fog rolling around my brain, I hear the click of the lock as he hoists me up, securing my legs around his waist. A deep rumble vibrates against me as he devours my mouth, sucking on my lips with tender abandon.
 
“Brighton,” I moan, my lips parting on his name.
 
Using my open mouth to his advantage, he slides his tongue tenderly over my lips before caressing the inside of my mouth as though they were the sweetest delicacy he’s ever tasted. With our lips still fused together, he carries me toward my bedroom, his muscles bunching and flexing under my fingertips with each stride. Entering my room, he wastes no time marching right to my bed and depositing me on my back. Ending our kiss, he leans back, searching my eyes for signs of unwillingness. Peering deeply, he watches me for several breaths. Shuddering, I can feel the heat rising in my body as his eyes caress my soul, ripping down the last of my defenses.

 

 
 
Former Director of a major corporation, Victoria has spent most of her life inside of a book. When she wasn’t reading, she was busy scribbling down stories of her own. Meeting her husband while he was in the United States Army, Victoria quickly adapted and learned the role of the military spouse. 

 

After finishing her Business Management Degree in college, she spent years working in the corporate world where her writing quickly fell to the wayside. Finally, taking time away from the corporate world, Victoria has been able to dive into her stories and create a whole new world for you to live in. 

She now resides in the sunny Tampa, Florida area with her husband, son, and two amazing boxers. When she isn’t writing, you can find her on the beach or hiking. Maybe even writing on the beach. 
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Cover Design: Parajunkee Design
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Synopsis:
 
After being reunited with the only man she’s ever loved, Kylee Parker willingly returns to the hell from which she was rescued in hopes of saving others from the nightmare she endured. While attempting to find strength in this newfound power struggle, Kylee begins to question her sanity.
 
Alexander Grant’s sole mission has been to serve his country, until the day his Goddess walked into his life and tilted his world on its axis. Having rescued her from her captors, he thought he would spend the rest of his life making up for lost time, but his world goes dark when she deliberately walks back into the hands of the underground mafia.
 
Can Kylee survive the evil surrounding her to avenge what she has lost, or is she destined to become what her mother always wanted? Will Alex risk it all to follow her into the depths of hell, or will he uphold the oath he swore to protect his country?
 
As Kylee and Alexander fight their way back to each other, love and honor will be put to the ultimate test in this shocking conclusion to The Betrayed Series.
 
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Previous Books In The Series:
 
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Betrayed by Blood
 
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Bound by Blood
 
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