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


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 or at the Cozy Chicks where she blogs every Saturday.

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Good luck!


  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

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