Falling Awake: The impossible is just a breath away by Debrah Martin
When Mary Parker finds an unusual book everything in her life changes. As she reads, she dreams, and the quiet, repressed woman is transformed. She gives the book and the phenomenon a name, ‘falling awake’. The existence of the book seems to make others act out of character too.
Joe’s usually dour father gambles with the factory where Mary works, and Joe, the romantic daydreamer, engages in a sexual eternal triangle to keep the dull routine of the accounts department at bay. The dominant partner in the triangle is Clem; dark and dangerous.
Extricating himself from Clem, Joe meets Mary. They fall in love and marry in haste when Mary falls pregnant, but this is no happy ever after tale. Their joy turns to misery when Mary miscarries and she turns inward to her darkening ‘falling awake’ world.
Then Joe’s father dies, and he has to fight for control of the factory. He falls into Clem’s clutches again, and to make things worse, he believes Mary is going mad, and the people and places she remembers all just dreams dreamt inside her insanity. But then how can Joe remember them too?
Magic or madness? For Mary and Joe, the impossible – and the deadly – is only a breath away. Just don’t fall awake…
Biography of Debrah Martin
Debrah Martin is a British author writing under three different pen names and in three very different genres. She plots fast-paced and compelling thrillers as D.B. Martin, with the first in the Patchwork trilogy, Patchwork Man, having been recently awarded a coveted B.R.A.G. Medallion.
As Debrah Martin she writes literary fiction, where often the truth IS stranger than fiction, and two new titles are due to be released in 2015. Chained Melodies is the emotionally challenging story of a transgender and the man who ultimately finds through her that love defies the accepted norms society imposes on it and Falling Awake has been described pre-release as “In the best traditions of Audrey Niffenegger and Carlos Ruiz Zafón…”.
Also not to be overlooked is her YA teen detective series, penned as Lily Stuart THE teen detective; irreverent, blunt, funny and vulnerable. Webs and Magpies are the first two books in the series. Gone is to be released in 2016.
Debrah’s past careers have spanned two businesses, teaching, running business networking for the University of Winchester (UK) and social event management. She chaired the Wantage (not just Betjeman) Literary Festival in 2014 and now also mentors and teaches new writers.