Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 10th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
This thrilling sequel to Traveler doles out adventure and heartbreak in equal measure as it takes readers through a kaleidoscope of intricately crafted worlds of wonder, discovery, and danger.
You’re still you no matter where you go.
Jessa has learned the hard way that traveling to alternate dimensions isn’t all delicious, glittering desserts and fancy parties: it also means accidentally running into people she thought she’d never see again. Still mourning a devastating loss, Jessa isn’t really prepared for the arrival of a reckless version of someone she once loved who is now bent on revenge. Add an increasingly complicated relationship with her best friend Ben, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the threat of the multiverse collapsing, and Jessa’s got a lot on her plate. She may be destined to help save an infinite multitude of worlds… but in the end, all Jessa really wants to do is save her friends.
In Dreamer, the young adult fantasy follow up to Traveler, author L. E. DeLano delivers a gripping, emotional story that will leave readers on the edge of their seat.
“What the. . .? The flowers slip out of Ben’s fingers and fall to the floor as he stares open-mouthed at Finn.
“Ben,” I say, stepping between them. “We have to talk.”
“He’s here?” Ben is still staring at Finn, who has jammed his hands into his pockets and is rocking back and forth on his heels.
“Is he always this astute?” Finn asks blandly.
I give Finn a warning look, but he’s staring at Ben.
“He can’t be here!” Ben hisses. “Everyone thinks he’s gone!”
“Well, now I’ve returned,” Finn says amiably. “I’m sure I’ll pick up right where I left off.”
He gives Ben a purely taunting smile and Ben looks like he’s about to turn green and split out of his shirt. I need to diffuse this situation and fast.
“Can we take this someplace private?” I ask. “Please?”
I turn and walk back into the dressing room, holding the door for Ben. I let out a sigh and motion for Finn to enter the room before I shut the door. “Stay there,” I tell him.
He rolls his eyes at me as he leans his shoulder against the door, but he looks like he’s going to stay put. I grab Ben by the arm and walk him back toward the far corner of the room.
“He’s here to keep an eye on me while I travel,” I tell him quietly. “Like a bodyguard.”
“I thought you told Luigi -”
“Mario. I thought you told him you wanted to be away from him.”
“Mario thought that since we knew each other already, we’d be able to work together.”
“What do you mean, ‘you knew each other’?” Ben’s voice rises with alarm.
“Will you calm down?” I urge. “I met him in another reality. I met you too, over there, if that makes a difference to you. Only you weren’t a pirate.”
“He’s a pirate? Great.”
“He’s a privateer,” I correct.
Ben gives me an annoyed look. “That’s a pirate who just happens to be on the right side of the current government.”
“An important distinction,” Finn says, coming up behind me. “But I’m still the man with the ship and the dashing reputation.”
I let out a huff of air and before I can answer him, Ben reaches out to take my hand.
“Hey,” he says, “he’s not the only one watching out for you, y’know.”
“The lady doesn’t need another bodyguard.” Finn’s voice cuts in. “You can go about your business and let us handle it from here.”
“I’m not going anywhere,” Ben says. “And you don’t even belong here.”
“Yet here I am,” Finn says, folding his arms across his chest.
I grind my teeth together and look at both of them. “Listen, you two. I’ve got enough to worry about without having to play referee, here. And I don’t need either of you to play knight-in-shining-armor for me. Once I talk to Mario, I’ll have some more answers and we can take it from there.”
Finn starts to open his mouth and I shut that right down.
“Zip it,” I bite out. “I mean it. Now let’s go get some damn ice cream.”
“All of us?” Ben asks carefully.
I don’t even bother looking at Finn because I know just what look he has on his face.
“Come on.” I stomp to the door and out.
L.E. DeLano is a YA novelist rep’d by Barry Goldblatt Literary agency, author of the upcoming “Traveler” (Swoon Reads/MacMillan 2017) and lifelong writer. Her work has been featured on various online outlets and she lives in Pennsylvania with two very adventurous kids and two very ridiculous cats. In her spare time, she writes (of course) and binge-watches way too much Netflix.
- Paperback copy of Dreamer