Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's happened to most of us. 
We've had a dream and wondered, 
"What did that mean?"

Author and clinical psychologist 
Mary Kennedy 
is here today to answer that question!

If you want to know what your dream means,  
post it in the comments section. 
Mary will be checking in through the day to answer

Mary is also giving away a copy of her new mystery
Book 1 in the Dream Club Mystery series

(This title releases September 2nd. 
Delivery of your prize may take several weeks due to release date.)

Enter using the Rafflecopter form
at the bottom of page

This is Mary's last Tuesday on the blog, 
(Not forever! I want her back, don't you?) 
so let's check out what she has to say!

From Anonymous - Whenever I have a dream where I am about to be intimate with a man, I hear my father calling me which of course ruins the moment. Then I wake up. What is this dream telling me?

Mary says - Was the father rather harsh and judgmental? Perhaps he had very conservative views and you feared his disapproval? Or it could be that you have mixed feelings on being intimate with someone and so your brain invents an "excuse" for you to end the dream abruptly. That would be my take...


From Mary - Apologies, folks, I thought Lisa was pulling my leg with the toilet dream, but it seems it's a genuine question {From a reader of the blog a couple of weeks ago.} I'll be glad to answer it as best I can. 

Whenever you find yourself getting undressed in a dream, going to the bathroom, etc, it usually represents a situation in which you feel vulnerable and exposed. Nothing could be more embarrassing and humiliating than having no privacy in the bathroom. I think the brain comes up with that image as a "worst-case scenario." It helps if you think of it as a metaphor. Is there some area of your life that makes you feel uncertain, exposed? It could be in a relationship, it could be in a job. Whatever the setting, it usually means that you are terrified of being "found out." People will see your darkest secrets and you feel terribly vulnerable. This is an anxiety dream, because you are afraid of something you've kept hidden. (You might not have kept it hidden deliberately, it could be on an unconscious level.). I would really stop and think a bit about this and decide if there is something that you're afraid to share with the world--and you're afraid they're going to find out anyway! Hope this helps, I apologize for my earlier attempt at levity. It's a serious dream and it deserves a serious response.


From Mary - Just wanted to say to everyone how much I've enjoyed being here and sharing my interest in dreams. Hearing your dreams was fascinating and I really appreciate the interest in my series. I'm actually thinking of adding a FB page or maybe a separate blog to dig a little deeper into dreams, and if I do, I'll be sure to tell Lisa so she can pass the word along. There's a huge dream conference coming up next spring in the northeast and I may present a paper. It looks like a fairly inexpensive conference (you can choose to go for just one day--the whole conference is five days) and I would be so happy if some of you could attend. It's in Virginia Beach. I'll give Lisa the details. Wouldn't it be fun if we could all meet up there? This is an international group of psychologists, I think you would really enjoy it. A big thank you to Lisa for helping to promote Nightmares Can Be Murder and letting me chat with you! Mary

From Lisa - Mary, a big thank you for being with us this month. It has been fascinating! You have given us some great insights into our dreams. I think the conference sounds very fun and interesting, and I would love to try and make it.  Congratulations on NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER! It is an excellent book and I look forward to the next in the series!  Please come back anytime. You are always welcome here. 

If you'd like to learn more about your dreams, check out 
Mary Kennedy's book
A Psychologist's Guide

And available September 2
Book 1 in the Dream Club Mystery series

Dream Team

Business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison turn her dream of running an old-fashioned candy store into a reality. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams.

When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, and the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting, Taylor can’t help but be intrigued. And when her sister, who was briefly involved with the dance teacher, becomes the prime suspect, Taylor and their fellow club members can’t be caught napping. It’s up to them to dream up a solution to the murder before Allison faces a real-life nightmare.

Available for pre-order 


About the author
Mary Kennedy is a national best-selling author, and a clinical psychologist in private practice on the east coast.  She has sold forty novels, all to major New York publishers, and has made the Waldenbooks, BookScan and Publishers Weekly best-seller lists.  Her early novels included middle grade fiction and young adult fiction for 
Scholastic and Penguin.
She blogs every Saturday with Cozy Chicks.
Currently, she's writing the Dream Club Mysteries for Penguin-Random House. Set in Savannah, the series revolves around a group of Savannah women who meet once a week to analyze their dreams and solve a murder or two. Since the Dream Club meets at Oldies But Goodies, a candy shop/cafĂ©, the members sample southern desserts as they do their sleuthing. The first release is Nightmares Can Be Murder (Sept 2, 2014). 

Mary Kennedy is a member of The Cozy Chicks along with  authors 

Ellery Adams / J. B. Stanley 
Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett 
Duffy Brown
 Kate Collins
 Mary Jane Maffini / Victoria Abbott
 Meggie Sefton
Leann Sweeney
 And they're having a wonderful contest!

To enter their Sweet Dreams giveaway, be sure to send an e-mail with your name, e-mail addy and DREAMS in the subject line to cozychicks@gmail.com 
The prize package contains a signed copy of Nightmares Can Be Murder, a Navajo dreamcatcher, tea and cookies and more!

As always, please leave a comment and 
let me know what you think!

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Okay everyone, I read your comments and I've listened.
Mystery Monday Mashup will go back to the original format. 
I wanted to make it a bit more challenging, but I didn't mean for it to frustrate anyone. This is suppose to be fun for you. 
So, please check back next Monday. It will be as it was. 


  1. Thank you Lisa for having Mary this month and thank you Mary, I've enjoyed learning about dreams and their meaning.

  2. I love reading cozy mysteries and this one sounds like one I would really, really enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  3. Would love to win!

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  4. I've really enjoyed reading about dreams. Thanks!

  5. Loved reading about dreams & would love to win the book!

  6. Hi Dawn, thank you so much! I hope everyone gets a chance to read it, and book 2 will be out in June. (I know it sounds like a long way away, but it isn't--really) Thanks again for the warm welcome.

  7. Don't forget, if you want to learn a little more about dreams, I've included a LOT of fun facts in my Dream Interpretation, a Psychologist's Guide. It's only 17 pages, but it give you the bare bones of how to interpret dreams. and best of all, every penny goes to the Wayne County Humane Society in Lyons, New York.

  8. Thank you Mary for being here. I'm fascinated by dreams and interpretations (I think I've said that in another blog comment) and enjoy you telling us about them. I will get that Dream Inter guide, sounds good .

    1. Kiki, and everyone, thanks so much for having me.. Dreams are really fascinating and we've only scratched the surface..

  9. This looks like a fun read, I am intrigued by dream interpretation.

  10. thanks, Mary for being here. Looks like a great book. Love cozy mysteries!

  11. What does it mean if you don't dream - or at least don't remember them?

    1. Robin, the latest research shows that most people really *do* dream (as evidence by sleep studies that measure the presence of REM sleep). Some people are taking medications that tend to suppress dreaming (certain antidepressants suppress dreaming, for example) and some people don't wake up "at the right time" to remember their dreams. They sleep so soundly, they never wake up during the 4 stages of sleep cycles that rotate through the night. Try thinking about a particular person or thing before you go to sleep and see if it turns up in a dream, it would be an interesting experiment!

  12. Sounds fun and fascinating. Yes like most people I am intrigued by the thought of the meaning of dreams and of course, I love cozies or I wouldn't be a fan of Lisa K.

  13. I'm a habitual dreamer. Sometimes the dreams are pretty close to being nightmares which is quite unsettling. Interpreting those dreams would be fascinating. Congrats on the debut of your new series!

  14. So glad to hear that everyone like cozies, they are my fave, too!

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