Sunday, August 24, 2014

What Do Your Dreams Really Mean?


A very warm welcome to Mary Kennedy today. I think we're all fascinated by the topic of her new Dream Club Mystery series – dreams! NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER debuts September 2nd and is available now for pre-order.

Mary is very generously giving away a copy of NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER to one lucky person who leaves a comment here today! Be sure to include your email address so she can reach you if you win!

Dreams are amazing, ephemeral and fun. As a psychologist, I enjoy listening to my clients’ dreams and I’m grateful to have a window into their world. Their dreams teach me so much about their unconscious fears and desires, their most hidden emotions. When I read about the popularity of dream clubs in the northeast, I thought it would be a great idea for a mystery series and I wrote Nightmares Can be Murder, the first in the Dream Club Mysteries (Penguin, Sept 2,2014).

A dream club is like a book club except the topic is dreams. In Nightmares Can Be Murder, business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison run an old-fashioned candy store. Allison is interested in dream interpretation and forms the Dream Club where members meet once a week to share their dreams (and solve a murder or two!)

Are dreams really the “royal road to the unconscious,” as Freud suggested? Can they give us insight into our deepest thoughts and unspoken wishes? Or are they simply random firings of neurons as the brain rests and recharges itself, processing the day’s events? Do the dream club members really uncover clues in their dreams that expose the killers? Or are they just lucky coincidences? I leave it to the reader to decide. 


 
Cherry Streusel Cake


Ingredients for cake

One package Duncan Hines yellow cake mix

One can cherry pie filling

2 eggs

Fresh cherries (optional)

Ingredients for topping

¼ cup butter, softened

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup flour

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cake ingredients with electric mixer. Add pitted cherries, if you like, and mix by hand. Turn into prepared 9 x 13 inch pan.

Mix topping ingredients until crumbly and sprinkle on top of the cake.

Bake for approximately 45 minutes. Cooking time will vary. Really good served with ice cream or whipped cream.











Mary Kennedy is a licensed psychologist in private practice and lives in the northeast with her husband and eight eccentric cats. The cats have resisted all her attempts to psychoanalyze them but she remains optimistic. You can learn more at www.marykennedy.net or at the Cozy Chicks where she blogs every Saturday. www.cozychicksblog.com


Don't forget to leave a comment below to enter Mary's giveaway. To be sure our subscription readers have an opportunity to enter, comments will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday.

Good luck!

77 comments:

  1. Thank you for the recipe. Please enter me in the contest for Nightmares Can Be Murder. I can't wait to read it. My email myrifraf @ gmail . com

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  2. I am captivated with your book and this thought provoking post. What a delectable dessert. Best wishes. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Dream Clubs - fascinating idea! Recipe sounds wonderful - must try.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  4. Nice idea for a book and the cake sounds good.
    sgiden at verizon.net

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  5. Mary so excited for this series, hoping it blasts off! And the cherry cake--yummy! xoxo

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    1. Hi Lucy, thanks so much for stopping by!! I know as a fellow psychologist, you have heard your share of dreams.

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  6. Yum, to the recipe...love, Love, LOVE the cover...hope to win!! :)


    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  7. This looks like a great series! Can't wait to read it
    Kim j
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  8. Mary, this is it! My mothers recipe!! Yay. Thank you so much :) you must have dreamed I was liking for it. Hugs
    Daryl/Avery

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    1. HI Daryl, this is your mom's recipe, wow, that is fantastic. My next door neighbor in North Carolina used to make this cake all the time and bring it over all the time. (I think I gained 8 pounds the first month I was there .) She always added fresh berries or fruit and came up with some interesting combinations. Thanks for having me on MLK!

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  9. I'll have to try this recipe! And so want to read the book!!!

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  10. must try this recipe.....ok, I must share it (I don't cook/bake!!)........
    but I WILL want to read the book!!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  11. Sounds interesting! Can't wait!
    dellilla9@yahoo.com

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  12. Would love to read!!! Thank you,
    jsescil@rochester.rr.com

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  13. I love cherries and this recipe sounds easy enough for me to try---I'm drooling already.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  14. This sounds really interesting. Looking forward to reading it.
    Laura
    frybbe@gmail.com

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  15. Sounds like a great dessert and a great book, would love to try.

    lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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  16. Sounds like a series I will love! Looking forward to it.

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  17. Looking forward to reading this new series. Love the recipe. Please enter my name in the contest. Margaret Dacko
    eulalieknight@yahoo.com

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  18. The book and the recipe sound great. Would love to win the book. Thank you

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  19. Looks like my new series. <3

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  20. This looks like an interesting new series. Always like to find something different. The recipe is a must try also. Welcome aboard.
    bobntoni@aol.com

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  21. A dreamy dessert, Mary, and the idea of a dream club is fascinating. Thanks for dropping by the Kitchen to tell us about the exciting debut of your new series. Cheers and have a delicious week...

    ~ Cleo

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    1. Hi Cleo, I am making your fabulous "peach muffins" even as we speak!! They look fantastic. I like the "hints" you give about the prep.

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  22. My favorites: mysteries, cake, cherries and a chance to win! Fingers crossed.

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  23. Thanks so much for joining us today, Mary. I love the dream concept behind your new series. Just fascinating!

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  24. This sounds like an interesting book and the recipes sounds delicious! jlsbookclub at nc dot rr dot com

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  25. I rarely remember my dreams and when I do, they are the ones that make me go hmm. The recipe sounds yummy. I will copy it for later use. Thanks.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  26. This is such an interesting idea for a series. My sister and I will share our funny dreams and our "anxiety" dreams. They can be awfully entertaining.

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  27. This book looks good! Already on my buy list.

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    1. My email is pinkobsessed@yahoo.com

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  28. Thanks for stopping by today, Mary. Dreams are fascinating--I had one of my recurring dreams last night. I hadn't had it in awhile.

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    1. Hi Peg, you will have to share your recurring dreams with me sometime!

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  29. I would love to win this. I have always been interested in dreams, I think a dream club would be great. kphans08@gmail.com

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  30. Oh my goodness this series sounds like it is going to be so much fun! I have lots of intriguing dreams...had no idea about dream clubs! Can't wait to read it and thanks for the yummy recipe!

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  31. A Dream Cllub sounds intriguing. Have had several interesting discussions with a psychologist about dreams and relevance. Recipe sounds delicious. Wonder if it could be made using blueberry filling. Have you ever tried alternative fillings? Servedogmom@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes, definitely try different fillings, this is a no-fail recipe~

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  32. Looking forward to this series!

    lkleback@hotmail.com

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  33. This looks like a delicious recipe and an intriguing series. Thank you!
    rencw@verizon.net

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  34. This looks like a great series. I can't wait to read it! Thank you!
    kpowers784@yahoo.com

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  35. looks like a great book, would love to win/read it :)

    debbiec1313@yahoo.com

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  36. The Cherry Streusel sounds divine & NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER sounds very intriguing!! Thanks for sharing!
    RW620(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. Sounds like a great cozy mystery. Can't wait it read it.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  38. Interesting! I would like to know why good dreams turn into bad dreams. Why can't they just continue to be good?

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  39. I have added this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. On my TBR list. Thank you for the opportunity to win!
    dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  41. So excited to read this! Looks like an Awesome new series. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank You for your generosity!
    b.alexander9212@gmail.com

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  42. Congrats on the new series. I can't wait to read this. elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  43. Congrats on the new series and thanks for the recipe
    ofhp@att.net

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  44. On ,my list! afarage(at)earthlink.ent

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  45. Thank you for the opportunity ! Looks like this will be a great series. Mcraekelly91@yahoo.com

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  46. Congrats on the new series (maybe I'll learn about my nightmares now) and I think I'm going to have to make that cherry cake...

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. I would love to read this thank you for the opportunity to participate in the give away. carter.karen@gmail.com

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  48. I love to find new mystery series and a new author. So much fun to immerse myself into a brand new setting with all new characters. I hope I win!

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  49. By the way, Mary (Daryl chiming in again), how do you find a dream club? I've never heard of that and would love to attend or participate. I'm in Los Angeles. :)

    Daryl / Avery

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    1. I think sometimes they are listed on "meet up"--that's a site that tells you about informal groups in your area, you can find everything from bridge groups to guitar players! Hope this helps, thanks again for having me

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  50. I am intrigued. Must buy.

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  51. The recipe sounds tasty. The book sounds interesting. I'll put it on my TBR list.

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  52. Sounds like something good to munch on while I read your new series.

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  53. I rarely remember my dreams, but I find the subject interesting. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  55. love the recipe, short and sweet. i like the mystery too. my dreams usually reflect my stress level. mardox@consolidated.net

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    1. That's a good point about dreams and stress levels, Marcy, my clients tell me the same thing. No matter how hard you try to bottle your feelings up during the day, it all comes out in dreams, eventually...

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  56. Thank you for the chance! I can't wait to read this!
    rockergoddess2002@yahoo.com

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  57. Thanks for the chance to win this it looks great. The recipes look good too.
    glxygormet@verizon.net

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  58. Looking foreword to reading this new book.
    gibsonbk@hiwaay.net

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  59. Love cherries, love mysteries, love cake, thank you for your recipe. I would love to read your new book while in rehab,please enter me in your contest aquablu34@gmail. com

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  60. Would love to read this. Thanks for the chance. sclickner@juno.com

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  61. Interesting premise for a new cozy series. I'd like to give it a try. Great recipe too.
    dotkel50 at comcast dot net

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  62. Thank you so much for the warm welcome and for having me as a guest--love this site! And thank you for the good wishes for the Dream Club series. Hope everyone tries the recipe, it's really one of my favorites.

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  63. I look forward to reading this. I have some of the most bizarre dreams, you would have a field day trying to figure them out! (and by the way, I am a psychologist also) :-)

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  64. I'll have to try that recipe sound yummy :)

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  65. The cherry cake looks scrumptious! And, I definitely want to read your new book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. This recipe sounds really good, will have to try it. I also love the description of this book and would love to win.

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  67. Mmm, cake. I'm always looking for new recipes to try! And I sure hope I win the book - I'm also always looking for new things to read!

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