Rockstar Tours: The Dream Heist (Christina Farley), Excerpt & Giveaway! ~INT

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE DREAM HEIST by Christina Farley Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out
my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: THE DREAM HEIST

Author: Christina Farley

Paperback Pub. Date: November 15, 2022

Publisher: Everbound Press

Formats: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 317

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&NiBooksKoboTBDBookshop.org

“A high action adventure with
swoon-worthy romance and a mystery that will keep you turning the pages all
night long!” — Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling
author

Your dreams are no longer safe…

Eighteen-year-old Aria Hale loves her
job at her father’s dream therapy company where she enters dementia patients’
dreams to save their memories. But when their lab is ransacked, two technicians
are murdered, and her father is kidnapped, everything changes for her.

Determined to find her father, Aria
and her friends embark on a harrowing hunt across continents using the dreams
of their enemies to guide them. But this dangerous journey plunges her into a
world she never bargained for: deception, intrigue, and even love. As she races
to save her father and hunt down her enemies, she soon realizes she’s in fact
the one being hunted. And her dreams are the greatest danger of all.

In the vein of Inception meets The
Bourne Identity
THE DREAM HEIST propels readers into a
fast-paced adventure that will send them racing to the very end.

 

Excerpt:

Chapter 1 

Mission Prep 

Orlando, Florida 

My hands shake as I check the final calculations and enter them into my sleep pod. If  only I could ignore the hollow dread that has locked itself into the pit of my stomach.  I want to chalk it up to nerves. After all, entering people’s dreams is cutting-edge science, and though Dad and I have been working on the Dreamscape for the last four years, I’m always  hoping that this time we will make a breakthrough. Or perhaps it’s because with every Dream  Walk, we get that much closer to saving the lives and memories of our patients.  No, I sigh. If I’m being honest, this is all about saving Grams’ memories and her mind.  Ever since she came down with dementia, and now watching it worsen, I’m determined to do  whatever it takes to retrieve or at least save as many memories of hers as I can. Maybe that’s  selfish. Maybe my love for her is getting in the way of everything. But right now I don’t care. I  just want results.

“You look green, Aria.” Tony chuckles at me from where he preps his sleep pod. “Or  maybe purple. It’s hard to tell in this lab’s crappy light.”

“Mornings and I don’t get along,” I grumble, smoothing down my forest green scrubs.  They hang on me, wrinkled and disheveled like they hate mornings, too. “Especially before I’ve  had breakfast. Can’t wait to go back to sleep.”

“Sleeping on the job,” Tony says. “The ultimate career choice.”

I grin. We’re the only team members at MaxLife who are interns and still seniors in high  school. But the whole experience has really pushed us to the limit, and it’s totally been worth the

lack of sleep. Sure, we might have to get to work at 4:30 am, but what high schooler gets a  chance to enter people’s dreams for a job?

“Buenos días, team,” Javier, our team leader, says as he strides into the room. He checks  the Dreamscape board on the wall, reviewing the clients scheduled throughout the day. “Looks  like today’s going to be a busy one. Tony and Aria, you’re just here for our first session,  correct?”

“Unfortunately, high school calls,” I mutter.

“Right,” Javier says, distractedly still staring at the board. “Looks like for this morning’s  patient, our number one goal is to detect any unusual brain functions. Of course, I wouldn’t be  too upset if we found that infamous Vault we’ve been looking for.”

“Dude. It doesn’t exist.” Tony adjusts his long dreads so they don’t get tangled in the  heart monitor cords. “Your Vault of Memories is as real as a pink-striped unicorn.” “I refuse to believe that.” I tap in my MaxLife employee code into the sleep pod. “We  just need more time and I know we can find it.”

Sun pads into the sleeping lab in red cashmere slippers while reading her tablet. Knowing  her, she’s doing one final check on the brain’s data before we enter the patient’s dream. Sometimes it’s annoying how over-the-top thorough she is, but then that’s why Dad hired her as  our fourth team member.

“Patient 145’s brain appears perfectly healthy.” She drums her manicured nails on the  edge of the tablet. “No sign of decomposing or atrophy. Don’t you find that strange?” “What about this patient hasn’t been strange?” I say. “I can’t remember a time when we  weren’t given a patient’s medical history before a mission. Something’s up.”

I glance over at my dad—well, Dr. Hale while we’re working—and adjust my scrubs for  the tenth time. He’s in the adjoining room with our technicians. They’re partitioned off by a glass  wall, studying the wall full of computer screens, each one that hoists our brain waves and images  our brain sends in from the Dreamscape.

MaxLife’s number one rule is complete patient privacy. It prevents us from knowing the  patient’s name or getting personally involved due to the intrusive nature of the procedure. But  Dad’s never withheld a patient’s medical history from us before.

“Every case is different.” Javier shrugs, but lines form along his forehead. “Maybe since  this client is so different, we’ll finally get our breakthrough. Stay focused on the job and make  this mission a success.”

“You are traveling through another dimension,” Tony calls out in his best Rod Serling voice. “One of dreams and imagination!”

He hums the Twilight Zone music as his clear sleep pod lid encloses his body. “See you  kids in the Twilight Zone.”

“Keep it professional in there,” Javier orders before Tony’s lid clamps shut. “Twilight Zone.” Sun huffs. “How are we supposed to make progress when no one takes  our missions seriously?”

Chuckling, I climb into my own pod, glad Tony is with us. He always knows how to calm  my nerves. My body sinks onto the soft, padded contours. These sleek white pods are  specifically designed for each team member with swooping upward sides in case we thrash about  during the dream, protecting us.

And yet, as I strap on my pulse tracker and attach the patches to my heart monitor, my  eyes seek my dad. Could he be hiding something?

“You might be right about this Vault.” Sun sets down her tablet and narrows her eyes at  me. “Just don’t do anything stupid, Aria. Got it?”

“Stupid?” I put on my most innocent face. “I never do anything stupid.”

She lifts her eyebrows, shooting me an I-totally-don’t-believe-you look. I cringe,  remembering our argument after the Dream Walk last week when I decided to not follow  Javier’s orders. She doesn’t understand that Grams doesn’t have time to wait around for  protocols and orders because every day she loses more memories.

Which is why time is so important.

“Okay, maybe the elevator wasn’t the best choice,” I concede. “Next time, we can borrow  your brother’s jet. Then we could’ve kept up with the Dreamer for sure.”

Her lips quirk. “Behave yourself, Aria, and I’ll consider asking him.”

“Deal.” I blow her a kiss as my pod’s cover rises over me.

I slip my Neuro-Read sleep mask, strapping it around the back of my head so it can read  a complete assessment of my brain waves. Between the sleep mask and my heart monitor, the techs can read my EEG’s, EOG’s, and ECG’s to measure my brain waves, eye movements, and  heart. It transfers my thought processes into the Dreamscape Network and converts them into  visuals. Dad calls it our brain connector.

Once I’m in a dream state, the technicians will connect my brain waves and the three  others on my team into our client’s dreams. Basically, it inserts our team’s consciousness into the  dreamer’s consciousness. We can’t read each other’s thoughts, but we’re able to interact and  think just like a normal dream.

As if any dream is normal.

“Sleep induction enacted, Ms. Hale,” a woman’s melodic voice vibrates through the pod.  Javier named her Celeste. “Sweet dreams.”

Within moments, the Sound Oasis kicks in, emitting the cry of seagulls and crash of  waves to my ears. Beneath these noises, a thrumming hum trickles through. It’s this noise that  will induce my brain waves into sleep mode. I count down, waiting for sleep to come. 10, 9, 8, 7…

 

 

About Christina Farley:

CHRISTINA
FARLEY is the author of the bestselling Gilded series, THE PRINCESS AND THE
PAGE, and THE DREAM HEIST. Prior to that, she worked as an international
teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie
dust before the sun rose. When not traveling the world or creating imaginary
ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida with her husband and
two sons where they are busy preparing for the next World Cup, baking
cheesecakes, and raising a pet dragon that’s in disguise as a cockatiel. Visit
her online at ChristinaFarley.com.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon GC, International.

Ends November 29th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/14/2022

@kelzstarr_bookstarr

Review/IG Post

11/14/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt/IG Post

11/15/2022

pluvioreads

TikTok Unboxing Game
& Review

11/15/2022

@jael_and_jenessa_reads

Review/IG Post

11/16/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Instagram Unboxing
Game & Review

11/16/2022

A Dream Within A
Dream

Excerpt

11/17/2022

A Blue
Box Full of Books

Instagram Unboxing
Game & Review & LFL Drop Pic

11/17/2022

YA Books
Central

Excerpt/IG Post

11/18/2022

Book Reviews by
Taylor

Review, Instagram
Review, Instagram Unboxing Game

11/18/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

Week Two:

11/21/2022

xbookwormcafe

Instagram Unboxing
Game & Review

11/21/2022

mindyourshelf

IG Review

11/22/2022

@jacleomik33

Instagram Unboxing
Game & Review

11/22/2022

@ashe_and_ink

Instagram Unboxing
Game & Review

11/23/2022

celiamcmahonreads

Instagram Unboxing
Game

11/23/2022

One More
Exclamation

Review/IG Post

11/24/2022

Book
Reviews by Alison

Instagram Unboxing
Game & Review

11/24/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

11/25/2022

Momfluenster

Instagram Unboxing
Game & TikTok Unboxing Game

11/25/2022

#BRVL Book Review
Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

 

4 thoughts on “Rockstar Tours: The Dream Heist (Christina Farley), Excerpt & Giveaway! ~INT”

  1. ldittmer says:

    This looks really good!

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