Casey Coffield has a growing list of personal flaws he keeps locked away in his head:
He’s never on time.
His list of IOUs to his best friend is endless.
Money is always short.
Goals are never in reach.
Oh, and he’s decided to add college drop-out to that list, too. He doesn’t really think that last one’s such a bad thing, but his family insists it is, so it stays on the list.
On paper, he’s a zero. But in person, when he’s mixing tracks for a sea of bodies at the hottest clubs and parties, he’s downright irresistible. Just-right stubble on his chin, body of a boxer and a smirk that stimulates all the right nerves—women have never been a problem. They flock to his swagger and fall for his charm…fast.
All except for this one.
Purple hair, gray eyes, a raspy voice and sass, Murphy Sullivan is a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. And her and Casey? They have history. He can’t remember it, but she wrote a song about him—and it’s not exactly a love song. But it is good. Damn good. And uncovering her inspiration just might be the key to solving a few of his shortcomings—not to mention open doors to his own big break in the music industry.
But sometimes dreams get messy when they collide. Sometimes life changes patterns. A past paints the wrong picture and futures get cloudy. The only question that remains is who will you choose when the dust settles—you? Or the girl of your dreams?
** This book is a Falling Series spin-off. It can be read as a standalone. **
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When her mouth closes and her hands stop, I sit still and don’t make a sound. She brings her guitar flat to her chest, hugging it while her mouth takes on a satisfied form.
In Your Dreams - In Five Words
Dreams. I suppose that one’s kind of obvious, but it’s the root of the entire story. Chasing dreams. Figuring them out. Fearing them. Wanting them. Wishing. Holding onto them. Changing them. Bending them. Letting them go. That word defined every corner of this book.
Duty. One of the most important threads to In Your Dreams is the sense of duty that is the creed Casey’s father lives by. It stands in the way of dreams, and Casey can’t understand how you could possibly choose duty first…over your passion.
Courage. This one is 100 percent Murphy’s word. She is courage. Even when she’s not being brave. Not every courageous act is grand, and some of them come in baby steps—inching your way to the goal. Murphy’s courage is quiet…until it’s not.
Family. The Sullivans and the Coffields are incredibly different families. This story also throws in a third element—Houston’s family (from book 3 in the Falling series). You get the warmth that Casey craves at Houston’s home, and you see how drawn he is to it in Murphy’s. But his own family is defined by different qualities. Providing for one another is at the center of every decision, but it comes at a cost—Casey’s youth was full of coldness and loneliness. This story really opens up those dynamics and explores the different colors of love—even its ugly side.
Selflessness. I’m not going to say much about this word, but just know that it takes us all a while to get to it. Even Casey Coffield.
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Ginger's Favourite Quotes -
Patience isn’t a virtue. Patience is a murderer of six-foot-one fools desperate to kiss girls who sing like angels and look like my dreams. - Casey Coffield
I love this little bit of inner dialogue by Casey because how often have we heard others preach about patience being a virtue. Patience is hard, and waiting sucks. And I love how eloquently it came out in his head. I high-fived myself after this line.
This visit. Him finding me. His interest. It’s all selfish. It’s all exactly what I expect from Casey Coffield. But, and I hate to admit it, it also felt really nice to hear him say I’m special. - Murphy Sullivan
Even more than Casey calling her special, I love the fact that it sticks around in her mind. She’s impervious to his charm, but that one little word finds a crack. This is where it all begins, and I love that moment of every story—whether I read it or write it.
“Hey, hey, trolley, come on pick my brother up. Hey, hey dolly, how’d you like a buttercup?” - Murphy Sullivan
I really love this entire scene, but this little snippet from a childhood song that Murphy wrote for and sings to her brother is just a special moment in the story. Her brother, Lane, has Down’s Syndrome, and I love the gentleness and sweetness and bonding between them over a silly little song that an older sister wrote for her brother when he had bad dreams.
“So, let’s get started,” I say, my voice loud and confident as I step into the soundproof door of a small studio room at the end of the hallway. My guitar case scratches against the nearby console. As I turn, it knocks over a rack of headphones. I reach to catch them, snagging my purse on the arm of a rolling chair, which both opens my purse wide, spilling my things all over the floor, and has the equal effect of slingshotting the chair into the glass wall of the sound booth. It all ends with a thunderous crack—that somehow doesn’t leave behind any permanent damage.
That’s right. I’m in charge. - Murphy Sullivan
This scene, ladies—we’ve all been there. You think you’ve got it all under control. You’re cool. This is going down and it’s going down how you want it to, and then…bam! I love this little scene because we’ve all been there. Some of us (that would be me) more than others.
I love you, Murphy Sullivan. You are better than me, and I don’t care. You will slay dragons. - Casey Coffield
This small piece of inner dialogue is maybe my favorite part of the entire book. This is the heart. It’s where his mind works out all of these things his heart kinda knew way in advance. Murphy’s the real deal. And he couldn’t be prouder. It’s the right kind of love and respect.
About The Author -
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).
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