Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dickensen Academy VBT

Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.

Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.

When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?

“I feel like there’s something big we don’t know about. Something those students were protecting. I mean, really, why are we here?”

I thought it was just me who was confused. “Well…the recruiters said we’re creative and focused.”

“Yeah, that’s what Principal Locke said too.”

“And we have the right personality.”

Ben looked up at the sky, sighed then turned toward the forest. “What did he say…something about how it will soon become clear why we’re here, and there’s some ultimate purpose for our creativity?”

“I know. That whole creativity part was a bit bizarre.”

He shrugged. “It seems everyone is going with the flow. But I have so many questions.” Then he touched my arm to stop me, so I turned toward him. “I’m thinking they’re isolating us for some special reason,” he admitted in an embarrassed tone.

I tried not to laugh—he was acting paranoid. But I didn’t know Ben well. Maybe he was joking, trying to freak me out. Or was he hitting on me? The flutter in my chest moved to my stomach. I was already anxious about being away from home and whether or not I could hack the academics. I didn’t need to obsess about anything else. But I still had to know about Ben’s dream.

“So…I also had a dream about Dickensen before I accepted the offer.”

Ben’s head snapped toward me. “You did?”

Christine Grabowski released her debut novel, Dickensen Academy, last month. Christine often finds wisdom in quotes, so she thought she’d share her favorite quotes about dreams since her young adult book deals with multiple definitions of dreams. (Some of these are used in so many places, the original author is unknown.)  

1 - A dream is a wish your heart makes when it’s fast asleep. ~ Cinderella

2 - Cherish yesterday. Dream tomorrow. Live today.

3 - Don’t dream your life, live your dreams.

4 - Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. Dreams are Forever. ~ Tinkerbell

5 - If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse. ~ Walt Disney

6 - All of your dreams can come true, if we have the Courage to pursue them. ~ Walt Disney

7 - Dream as if you could live forever… Live as if you only have today.

8 - Dreams don’t work unless you do.

9 - It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

10 - If you work hard, your dreams may become your reality. ~ Josh from Dickensen Academy

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Author Bio and Links:
Dickensen Academy is Christine’s debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading.

When she isn’t reading or writing, Christine can often be found running, skiing, or hiking. She lives in Newcastle, Washington, with her supportive husband, two avid teen readers, and their energetic wheaten terriers.

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  1. Always fun to hear about another new book. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting me today and letting my share my favorite quotes and some information about Dickensen Academy.

  3. Great cover. Did you help design it? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Thank you. I had some input. But a professional graphic artist pulled it all together.

  4. This sounds like an interesting book to read! Very nice cover

  5. Congratulations on your debut release! This sounds like a wonderful read.