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January 27, 2014


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Sweet Dreams Game Tasks:

Jan 27th
+1 point Make a promise to someone you care about.
+1 extra point: Go to an amusement park. (And don’t get kidnapped)

On January 27th, Victoria is terrorized by a guy from her past.

“You better work this time damnit, I’m warning you!” Victoria said to her cell phone as she dialed Derek’s number.  Hands shaking severely, she felt as if she would drop the phone, but luckily she kept both hands on it and tried to relax by placing her cheek on the cool stall wall.

“D,” Derek answered.

“Derek!” Victoria screamed, probably louder than she should have since she was in a woman’s bathroom stall.  Her voice echoed through the whole place.

“Vicki?  Is that you?  Hey how you doing?”  He sounded in high spirits and she could hear him calling for Cynthia.

“I’m fine, could I speak to Cynthia please?”  Victoria was trying to sound very calm and collected but wasn’t sure if she was achieving that goal.

“Vic?”  Victoria heard Cynthia say from the other end of the phone.

“Oh my god!  Cyn!  I am so glad to hear your voice!”  Victoria squealed.

“What’s wrong?” Cynthia asked.

“Cyn-” Victoria had waited all day and night to tell someone what was going on and now that she had the chance, she was speechless.  Feeling as if she would cry, she took a deep breath and began to speak.  “Something bad is happening Cyn.  I need to come see you as soon as possible.  Where are you?”

“Are you alright Vicki?  What’s the matter?”  Cynthia asked concerned.

“Please, don’t make me explain.  I just need to come to you and Derek and then maybe I’ll be safe or we can fix it or something.  I don’t know, I’m not sure what to do!  Where are you?”  Victoria asked.

“We’re at a restaurant across from the Riverboat Ride.  It has a shaded eating area.  Is Rob with you?”  Cynthia asked.

“No.  And listen, if you see him or any of his friends, turn the other way.  Act like you didn’t see them.  If you have to talk to them, don’t say anything about talking to me all right?  I don’t want you and Derek to be in danger.  I’m absolutely serious about that.  Don’t go with them and don’t tell them we talked.  I will be there as soon as I can.”  Victoria came out of the stall and tried to remember which way it was from the bathroom to where her friend was.

We’ve reached the end of our game, now total up your score and watch for the next post, which will tell you just exactly what type of Sweet Dreams Fan you are! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and/or friends doing one of the tasks and email pictures to: by January 27th (that’s today!).

You could be the GRAND PRIZE WINNER and receive Victoria Knox’s very own lyric song notebook. Good Luck!

January 26, 2014


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Sweet Dreams Game Tasks:

Jan 26th
+1 point Try something new.
+1 extra point: Attend a hockey game, go to a museum, or ride on a boat.

On January 26th, Cynthia and Derek spend time together exploring different sites in Los Angeles.

“Hope you like this.  If not, we can bail,” Derek said, getting out of the limo.

Tank motioned that the coast was clear and led them to a back door of a bland looking building.  When Cynthia stepped in, she could tell they were at a museum.  The smell was the same as at her mother’s work.

“Mr. Montgomery, what a pleasure to meet you!  Thank you for coming to our museum.”  The curator held out her hand to greet him and Cynthia.  “Miss, I hope you find our facility adequate.”

Cynthia took the lady’s hand and shook, smiling bashfully.  She had never had someone treat her like a star before.

“If you would like a tour, I would be happy to oblige,” the curator offered.

Derek turned to Cynthia for guidance and when she shook her head ‘no’ and stared off into the museum as if she could not wait to tackle it, he knew what the answer would be.


January 25, 2014


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Sweet Dreams Game Tasks:

Jan 25th
+1 point Plan a trip.
+1 extra point: Eat dinner with friends.

On January 25th, Rob surprises Victoria with not only some good news, but a celebratory dinner party with her friends.

When Rob pulled into the parking lot of Louie’s,Victoria’s favorite restaurant in town, she grinned.

“How’d you know?” Victoria asked.

“You told me your favorite restaurant was an Italian place downtown.  This small downtown has only one.”

Victoria kissed him on the cheek.

When they walked into Louie’s, Victoria wondered where the waiters were.  The restaurant was completely empty.  Something she didn’t notice was that Rob allowed her to walk in front of him, which made sense when suddenly all of her friends jumped out and yelled ‘surprise!’

January 21, 2014


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Sweet Dreams Game Tasks:

Jan 21st
+1 point Wake up early and get out of the house at least 20 minutes before you need to.
+1 extra point: Buy a newspaper and read the entertainment section.

On January 21st, Victoria arrives at class early and finds her teacher is (for once) glad to see her.

 “Victoria!” Mr. Vogel smiled, opening the door and motioning for her to go in.

Victoria wondered why Mr. Vogel was happy to see her.  Usually, she was far from the top of his list.  She couldn’t imagine what had effected the change in him.

“Hi?” she replied, suspiciously.

“Don’t ‘Hi’ me, why didn’t you tell me?” he asked.

“Tell you what?” Victoria asked.  She set her backpack down as he pulled out a newspaper.

“Imagine my surprise when I am relaxing yesterday, reading the entertainment section of the Chronicle and I see this.” He pointed to an article titled ‘Performers To Watch’ wedged in between the ballet show times and the announcement of a new play.  Confused, she read down a ways where she saw her name.

Speaking of lovely ladies, be on the lookout for up-and-coming jazz vocalist, Victoria Knox, high school senior by day, soulful songbird by night.  Having wowed two major parties in the last month, Malloy’s Ad Bash on New Year’s Eve and The Silverton’s party on January fifth, she is quickly becoming a real candidate for The Baxter Awards.  Those reportedly impressed?  None other than the croon-master himself Jim Sutherland and young jazz man Oliver Butler. 

Her manager and current squeeze, Robert Malloy, had this to say, “Victoria’s voice is captivating.  When people hear it, they stand in awe.”  When asked what her plans were, he was less than candid.  “She has many options,” says Malloy, “we haven’t accepted anything just yet.”  Malloy is handling all booking.  Robert Malloy is son of Ad giant William Malloy, who’s firm, Malloy Inc., has handled all of the biggest entertainment and athletic stars since the mid-sixties.  Miss Knox may be first to benefit from a rumored Malloy Inc. expansion coming to San Francisco. Supposedly Miss Knox recently recorded her first demo and in the words of those that have heard it, the sound is timeless.

Dumbfounded,Victoria stood staring at the article.  She couldn’t believe her name was in the newspaper.  Glancing up at Mr. Vogel, she smiled, gloating a bit in the wonderful glow of recognition.

“Can I borrow this real quick?” Victoria asked, walking towards the door before he could answer.

January 19, 2014


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Sweet Dreams Game Tasks:

Jan 19th
+1 point Take a walk to let off some steam.
+1 extra point: Say you’re sorry to someone you hurt.

On January 19th, Victoria and Cynthia are at a party.

Suddenly the door behind Victoria burst open and her friend Raul stormed out, his brow furrowed over dark eyes.

“Raul, what now?” Victoria asked, as he marched past her onto the lawn.

“Nothing,” Raul said and kept walking in fierce, quick steps.

“Yeah right.”  She sped after him.

Raul was a few feet taller than Victoria and his long legs made it a difficult task to keep up with him. He finally stopped when they were two blocks away from Cynthia’s house and the fog had them completely surrounded.  Raul’s breath came out in big white puffs as he paced.

“What is it?” Victoria asked again, hoping she could help him with whatever was troubling him.

“Why didn’t you tell me about your new boyfriend?  You didn’t trust me?” Raul asked.

Victoria turned from him, taking a deep breath. “It wasn’t that, I just-” She couldn’t think when Raul glared at her with his brutal Latin eyes as if she had betrayed him in some way.  “I thought you’d make fun of me, of him.”


“Well? Raul, you make fun of everyone who has money and I thought you’d make fun of him and rather than begin to hate you because of it, I didn’t bring it up,” Victoria explained.

“You don’t know me.  You don’t know anything about me!” he yelled, backing up slowly.  “Stay the fuck outta my life, I never wanna see you again!”

Raul was out of sight before Victoria could even grasp what he said. Tears streamed down Victoria’s face, but she didn’t make a sound.  Her heart was beating fast and she couldn’t move.  Slowly, as her breathing began to return to normal, she walked back towards Cynthia’s house and into the elementary school playground that was across the street.

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 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 page.
+1 extra point: “like” the Emmy Z. Madrigal Page.
+1 extra point: Join the Sweet Dreams Facebook Group.

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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


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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


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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.”