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December 25, 2016

Listen to the Sweet Dreams Series in real-time!

Listen to the Sweet Dreams Series in real-time!

Today Victoria and Rob met for the first time. Whether you’ve already listened to the whole series or are brand new, this is the chance to listen to the series in real-time. Here is a listening schedule if you’d like to listen to their love unfold as our calendar counts forward into the New Year.

December 25th, 2016: Listen to Sweet Dreams Chapter 1 & 2

Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:

December 26th, 2016: Listen to Sweet Dreams Chapter 3 & 4

Chapter 3:

Chapter 4:

December 27th, 2016: Listen to Sweet Dreams Chapter 5

Chapter 5:

December 28th, 2016: Listen to Sweet Dreams Chapter 6

Chapter 6:

December 29th, 2016: Listen to Sweet Dreams Chapter 7, 8, 9, 10

Chapter 7:

Chapter 8:

Chapter 9:

Chapter 10:

December 30th, 2016: Listen to Sweet Dreams Chapter 11, 12, 13

Chapter 11:

Chapter 12:

Chapter 13:

December 31st, 2016: Listen to Sweet Dreams Chapter 14

Chapter 14:

January 1st, 2017: Listen to Sweet Dreams Chapter 15

Chapter 15:

January 2nd, 2017: Listen to Star Struck Chapter 1 & 2

Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:

January 3rd, 2017: Listen to Star Struck Chapter 3

Chapter 3:

January 4th, 2017: Listen to Star Struck Chapter 4, 5, 6, 7

Chapter 4:

Chapter 5:

Chapter 6:

Chapter 7:

January 5th, 2017: Listen to Star Struck Chapter 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Chapter 8:

Chapter 9:

Chapter 10:

Chapter 11:

Chapter 12:

January 6th, 2017: Listen to Star Struck Chapter 13

Chapter 13:

January 19th, 2017: Listen to True Love Chapter 1

Chapter 1:

January 25th, 2017: Listen to True Love Chapter 2, 3, 4, 5

Chapter 2:

Chapter 3:

Chapter 4:

Chapter 5:

January 26th, 2017: Listen to True Love Chapter 6, 7, 8

Chapter 6:

Chapter 7:

Chapter 8:

January 27th, 2017: Listen to True Love Chapter 9, 10, 11, 12

Chapter 9:

Chapter 10:

Chapter 11:

Chapter 12:

January 28th, 2017: Listen to Undecided Chapter 1, 2, 3

Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:

Chapter 3:

January 29th, 2017: Listen to Undecided Chapter 4 & 5

Chapter 4:

Chapter 5:

January 30th, 2017: Listen to Undecided Chapter 6, 7, 8

Chapter 6:

Chapter 7:

Chapter 8:

January 31st, 2017: Listen to Undecided Chapter 9, 10

Chapter 9:

Chapter 10:

February 1st, 2017: Listen to Undecided Chapter 11 & 12

Chapter 11:

Chapter 12:

February 2nd, 2017: Listen to Undecided Chapter 13

Chapter 13- End:

More Sweet Dreams real-time listening to come in One More Try this February!

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February 5, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day Sweet Dreamers!

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, Sweet Dreamers! In celebration of the special event, I have a Sweet Dreams Fun Quiz for you. Answer the questions below and keep track of how many you get in each category (A, B, C, etc…). When you’re done, check the chart below to see which Sweet Dreams character you are most like.

  1. On Valentine’s Day, you’d like to…
    1. Take your love on an all-expense paid weekend trip to Napa wine country.
    2. Spend the time with your loved one, no matter where that might be.
    3. Hanging out with friends would be cool, but you aren’t expecting much.
    4. Take your love to a nice romantic dinner and then night on the town.
    5. Rock out at the nearest anti-Valentine’s Day night club.
    6. Valentine’s Day sucks. Leave me alone.
  2. When picking out a Valentine’s Day gift for your love, you…
    1. Buy the most beautiful piece of jewelry you can find, with your love in mind. Price is no object.
    2. Homemade cards and lots of kisses are better than things you can’t afford.
    3. Don’t really do gifts. You might buy them a drink if they’re lucky.
    4. Whatever they want, they can choose.
    5. Write them a song.
    6. Valentine’s Day sucks. Leave me alone.
  3. Who is your perfect Valentine?
    1. A beautiful person with amazing talents.
    2. The love of my dreams
    3. My favorite singer.
    4. Someone who likes me for me.
    5. Someone who likes to have fun.
    6. Someone who leaves me alone.
  4. What would you like to get from your Sweetheart?
    1. A night together alone.
    2. Just being with them would be enough.
    3. Surprise me.
    4. Makeout session.
    5. Guitar Center gift certificate.
    6. Cash.
  5. I want a stuffed…
    1. Not quite sure I need anything stuffed, thank you.
    2. Giant bear.
    3. Bell pepper. Those are good.
    4. Huh?
    5. Guitar.
    6. Wallet
  6. Your Valentine’s Day song.
    1. “Give me a Kiss to Build a Dream On” ~ Louis Armstrong
    2. “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” ~Ella Fitzgerald
    3. “Will You Love me Tomorrow?” ~Carole King
    4. “I’ll Make Love to You” ~ Boys II Men
    5. “Punk Rock Girl” ~ The Dead Milkmen
    6. “Anything, Anything” ~ Dramarama
  7. The most romantic location to have that special kiss.
    1. In bed.
    2. Under the stars.
    3. A location on the body I can’t talk about.
    4. Somewhere the press won’t hound us.
    5. Backstage
    6. Any place where we can take it further.
  8. The perfect date ends with….
    1. Breakfast the next morning.
    2. Cuddling.
    3. Nice kiss to tie me over.
    4. Promise to meet again.
    5. Why does it have to end? Come back to my place.
    6. Leaving alone.
  9. Your love life would make a perfect…
    1. Instruction manual.
    2. Romance novel.
    3. Disaster flick.
    4. Headline.
    5. Thriller.
    6. Horror film.
  10. If you couldn’t spend Valentine’s Day with your love, you would…
    1. Make it up later in a big way.
    2. Cry, eat ice cream, and talk on the phone.
    3. Just like any other lonely Saturday night.
    4. Send flowers.
    5. Write a rock ballad.
    6. Get drunk.

Mostly A

ROBERT MALLOY

Not only do you strive for true love, you have the high class tastes and panache to pull off even the most luxuriant love affair. Like Rob, you take charge and plan everything. You think that perfection is not an unattainable goal. Be careful of those you love. Of course you want to protect and spoil them, but sometimes they may want to plan a weekend. Let them and you’ll have more fun than you can imagine.

Mostly B

VICTORIA KNOX

You’re the type of romantic person who may not always have the cash to be extravagant, but always make it special. Like Victoria, you don’t mind where you are as long as you are there with someone you love. You dream of true love and will most likely have it, as long as you don’t let your own self doubt ruin it.

Mostly C

CYNTHIA PORTER

You can see the beauty in being in love, even if you can’t always enjoy it yourself. Like Cynthia, you tend to stand back and wait for the rose to bloom rather than rush in before the bud has had time to blossom. However, if inspired by the right person, you have a tendency to get too hot too quick and cut yourself on the thorns.

Mostly D

DEREK MONTGOMERY

Injured by love, you strive to make you way back to the person who believed in that one true love. So, he/she wasn’t the one? Like Derek, you need to learn to accept that person wasn’t right for you and move on to someone who is. Your new love, who helps heal your broken heart, might need some healing too.

Mostly E

GREG STANG

Alright, so you’re not much on follow through, so what. You’ve got a great attitude and you’re fun to be around. You played, and that’s all that matters. Love to you is fun and should stay that way. Like Greg, you don’t let yourself be bogged down by rules and guidelines. Let the love in your life be expressed through music, art, or literature and you will be just as happy.

Mostly F

RAUL LaMOND

You’ve been crushed by love, and really, you don’t have time or energy to spend on some dumb game. Like Raul, you’ll stand on the sidelines and watch your friends enjoy life as you nurse your still bleeding heart. As long as they know you’re there for them in tough times, you can nurse your crush. But be careful. Sometimes your lackadaisical attitude can make people think you don’t care about them and you may end up with no one at all.

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

For entertainment purposes only.
Graphics by http://www.icondrawer.com

January 29, 2014

Sweet Dreams Game – The Results

You’ve all been hard at work playing the Sweet Dreams Game and now it’s time to find out

Which Sweet Dreams Character you are most like!

Check your game score against the tally and see which character you most resemble.

Submit your pictures of the game or game score to emzbox13@gmail.com to be entered into the drawing for the one-of-a-kind prize by February 14th! You could own Victoria’s lyric songbook!

35 points and up 

ROBERT MALLOY

Not only do you strive for true love, you have the high class tastes and panache to pull off even the most luxuriant love affair. Like Rob, you take charge and plan everything. You think that perfection is not an unattainable goal. Be careful of those you love. Of course you want to protect and spoil them, but sometimes they may want to plan a weekend. Let them and you’ll have more fun than you can imagine.

25-34 points

VICTORIA KNOX

You’re the type of romantic person who may not always have the cash to be extravagant, but always make it special. Like Victoria, you don’t mind where you are as long as you are there with someone you love. You dream of true love and will most likely have it, as long as you don’t let your own self doubt ruin it.

15-24 points

CYNTHIA PORTER

You can see the beauty in being in love, even if you can’t always enjoy it yourself. Like Cynthia, you tend to stand back and wait for the rose to bloom rather than rush in before the bud has had time to blossom. However, if inspired by the right person, you have a tendency to get too hot too quick and cut yourself on the thorns.

11-14 POINTS

DEREK MONTGOMERY

Injured by love, you strive to make you way back to the person who believed in that one true love. So, he/she wasn’t the one? Like Derek, you need to learn to accept that person wasn’t right for you and move on to someone who is. Your new love, who helps heal your broken heart, might need some healing too.

5-10 POINTS

GREG STANG

Alright, so you’re not much on follow through, so what. You’ve got a great attitude and you’re fun to be around. You played, and that’s all that matters. Love to you is fun and should stay that way. Like Greg, you don’t let yourself be bogged down by rules and guidelines. Let the love in your life be expressed through music, art, or literature and you will be just as happy.

0-4 POINTS

RAUL LaMOND

You’ve been crushed by love, and really, you don’t have time or energy to spend on some dumb game. Like Raul, you’ll stand on the sidelines and watch your friends enjoy life as you nurse your still bleeding heart. As long as they know you’re there for them in tough times, you can nurse your crush. But be careful. Sometimes your lackadaisical attitude can make people think you don’t care about them and you may end up with no one at all.

For entertainment purposes only. Graphics by http://www.icondrawer.com

January 13, 2014

SWEET DREAMS GAME: extra 3 points!

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Get extra points in the Sweet Dreams Game by completing these tasks:

+3 extra point: Leave a review on the Sweet Dreams Amazon.com page
+3 extra point: Leave a review on the Sweet Dreams, Star Struck, or True Love iTunes page
+3 extra point: Leave a review on the Sweet Dreams, Star Struck, or True Love Podiobooks page

January 10, 2014

SWEET DREAMS GAME: extra 2 points!

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Get extra points in the Sweet Dreams Game by completing these tasks:

+2 extra points: Subscribe to the Sweet Dreams blog
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+2 extra points: Leave a comment on the Sweet Dreams blog

January 7, 2014

SWEET DREAMS GAME: Jan 7th – Jan 18th

For the next week and a half, you get a breather and a chance to catch up on tasks you’ve missed. Make sure your game card is as complete as you can before we launch into the 3rd book, True Love.

Missed some tasks? Or need some extra points? Fill in the missing tasks with these easy Extra Credit tasks:

BONUS POINTS for Extra Tasks: If you’ve already done these extra tasks, you are ahead of the game! Give yourself the points! You don’t have to complete the task again.

+1 extra point: Tell someone who hasn’t heard of Sweet Dreams, how much you enjoy it.
+1 extra point: Click the “like” button on the Sweet Dreams Amazon.com page.
+1 extra point: “like” the Emmy Z. Madrigal Page.
+1 extra point: Join the Sweet Dreams Facebook Group.

PLAY ALONG! Get your Sweet Dreams Game Card Here

Here’s a list of all the tasks you should have completed up to date. If you fell behind, it’s ok. Catch up before the next leg of the journey!

Sweet Dreams Book Runs from Dec 25th – Jan 1st
Dec 25th +1 point Buy a copy of your favorite magazine, maybe you’ll run into your true love.
+1 extra point: If it is in the airport.

Dec. 26th +1 point Pluck or buy a single rose for you or a loved one.
+1 extra point: If it is at a restaurant.

Dec. 27th +1 point Have lunch with a close friend.
+1 extra point: If you have ice cream.

Dec. 28th +1 point Take a brisk walk to feel the cool wind on your skin.
+1 extra point: Ski on this day.

Dec. 29th +1 point Dance to your favorite song.
+1 extra point: Dance with someone. (Avoid fruit punch if you can)

Dec. 30th +1 point Play a game with a friend.
+1 extra point: If you play miniature golf.

Dec. 31st +1 point Go to or have your own New Year’s Eve Party.
+1 extra point: If you are able to kiss someone special.

Jan 1st +1 point Say goodbye to the old year by planning to meet with a friend.
+1 extra point: If you plan to meet in 3 days time.

End of Sweet Dreams

Star Struck Book Runs from Jan 2nd – Jan 6th

Jan 2nd +1 point Tell a friend about your holiday and share at least one intimate detail.
+1 extra point: Go to a movie with family.

Jan 3rd +1 point Watch a friend play a musical instrument.
+1 extra point: Play a musical instrument or sing along. JAM!

Jan 4th +1 point Go out with some friends.
+1 extra point: Eat Chinese food.

Jan 5th +1 point Go window shopping with a friend.
+1 extra point: Buy yourself a dress, accessory, or beauty item.

Jan 6th +1 point Make a meaningful promise to someone that you plan to keep.
+1 extra point: Profess your love to someone.

End of Star Struck

January 6, 2014

SWEET DREAMS GAME: Jan 6th

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Sweet Dreams Game Tasks:

Jan 6th
+1 point Make a meaningful promise to someone that you plan to keep.
+1 extra point: Profess your love to someone.

On January 6th, Derek leaves Cynthia in a hurry to catch his plane.

“Cyn.” Derek gazed at her as if he didn’t want to leave.  “I’m sorry, but I gotta go.  My plane, I’m gonna miss it if I don’t go now.”

She wanted to say something, but kept silent.

“Listen.” He grabbed his R.H.E. jacket and put it around her. “I’m gonna talk to Rob and come see you soon.  Until then, keep this jacket.  It’s kinda like a guarantee I’ll be back.”

She stared at him a bit confused.

He kissed her.  “Thanks Cyn, for everything.”

This brings us to the end of Star Struck. For the next few days, work on extra points and get ready to launch into the 3rd book, True Love.

January 5, 2014

SWEET DREAMS GAME: Jan 5th

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Sweet Dreams Game Tasks:

Jan 5th
+1 point Go window shopping with a friend.
+1 extra point: Buy yourself a dress, accessory, or beauty item.

On January 5th, Victoria and Cynthia go shopping for party dresses.

The taxi stopped in front of a large store with a glass façade. Victoria paid the driver and the girls entered the store.  They stood right inside the front door of the high priced establishment and gazed awkwardly at the splendor before them.  Lighted cosmetic tables organized flawlessly seemed to stand at attention, waiting for the most supreme shoppers to inspect their wares.  Saleswomen in similar black suits stood assisting several customers.  Those who were waiting to welcome new clientele stared at Victoria and Cynthia as if they were shocked that the girls would even enter the store.

Victoria adjusted her jeans and t-shirt uncomfortably, thinking she might have worn the wrong shoes to go shopping as she realized her tennis shoes were badly scuffed and the shoe strings were partially unraveled.

“You ever feel like you’ve just stepped into a bad movie scene?” Victoria whispered.

“Yeah, which one would this be? Pretty Woman or Invasion of the Body Snatchers?” Cynthia asked.

Victoria couldn’t hold back a sudden burst of laughter that made all those that had not noticed them before, turn in their direction.

A saleswoman in a fancy black lace suit with a long string of pearls and her grayish hair in a braid bun, approached them.  “Is there something I can help you find?”  Her small gray eyes studied Victoria over gold framed glasses.

Pulling out Rob’s credit card,Victoria stumbled over her words. “I um, yeah we need-” Accidentally dropping the Platinum card on the pristine white tile floor, Victoria bent over and picked it up, catching the sight of the saleswoman’s snotty smirk.  Holding up the card as if it were her passport to gain entry into the foreign land of haute couture, she found herself speechless.

Cynthia calmly pushed her friend’s arm down and stared at the snotty saleswoman square in the face, daring her to deny them entry.  “Where are your ball gowns?”

“Fourth floor,” the saleswoman replied, pointing to a row of elevators as if dismissing them.

“Thank you,” Victoria said weakly as Cynthia grabbed her arm and pulled her towards the elevators.

“What’s with you?” Cynthia asked as the elevator doors shut.

“I have no idea!  She made me all nervous with her beady eyes all staring at me as if I was homeless or something.  Maybe I shouldn’t have worn these shoes here?”

“Chill, girl.  I’m surprised you can sing in front of people.”

“That’s singing.  That’s different.”

“Maybe next time you should try singing what you need,” Cynthia joked.

“I don’t want people to think I’m crazy,” Victoria said.

Cynthia laughed.  “Oh yeah, and you were the picture of sanity just now.”

January 4, 2014

SWEET DREAMS GAME: Jan 4th

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Sweet Dreams Game Tasks:

Jan 4th
+1 point Go out with some friends.
+1 extra point: Eat Chinese food.

On January 4th, Victoria and Cynthia go out to dinner with Rob and Derek.

“We’re going up here for dinner.  Come on,” Victoria said, pointing toward a huge building that resembled a Chinese temple of some kind.

Derek and Cynthia followed Rob and Victoria into the red elevator that led to the restaurant above.  The establishment was beautiful with aquarium-sized fish tanks containing giant multi-colored goldfish and bright coral.  Black chairs and white table clothed tables set off red carpet and walls.  When the host recognized Derek, they were immediately escorted to an elegant table facing a large window overlooking the city.  Two waiters stood guard a few feet away in case the guests needed anything.  Soon after they were seated, the owner showed up at the table, asking for a photo with Derek to post proudly on his celebrity wall.  Derek graciously agreed but asked that the whole party be in the photo.

Cynthia smiled, thinking that if she ever doubted the evening occurred, she could come to the restaurant and find the evidence proudly displayed on the wall between photos of Jack Nicholson and Meg Ryan.

January 3, 2014

SWEET DREAMS GAME: Jan 3rd

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Sweet Dreams Game Tasks:

Jan 3rd
+1 point Watch a friend play a musical instrument.
+1 extra point: Play a musical instrument or sing along. JAM!

On January 3rd, Vicki jams with her friend’s band, Never Open.

 “How bout having a jam session with us.  Isn’t that what you jazzy people say when you sit around making up songs?”  Greg asked sarcastically.

“Something like that.” Victoria laughed.  She faced them; watching as Greg made sure the keyboard was on and Bill adjusted his guitar.  “But Sarah and Raul are gonna be bored listening to me singing.”

“No we aren’t, I’m sick of listening to ‘Never Open’ songs.  Sorry Greg, but it gets old after awhile,” Sarah said.

“It’s alright, Sarah.  Hm, what is that one jazz song I like?  Um it goes like this.” Greg began to pick out a tune on the keyboard.

Victoria listened to find out what it was. “Basin Street.”

“How’s it go?”  Greg asked, glancing at her.