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'The Dreamslippers Series' Hits the Magic 7

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We can't believe it's been this long already, but the Dreamslippers Series turns seven this month. To mark the lucky 7 anniversary, we've enrolled the series in the Smashwords Summer Winter Sale. This means deep discounts (and one freebie) on the ebook versions of all three original novels, as well as the boxed set, which includes a bonus novella. The sale ends July 31.

For those of you who are new to Brunette Games, the Dreamslippers is Lisa Brunette's sexy-but-cozy murder mystery series, which we released between 2014 and 2016 under Brunette Games' book-publishing imprint, Sky Harbor Press. All three books in the series won indieBRAG medallions, awarded to only the top tier of independently published books, and the second novel in the series, Framed and Burning, was also a finalist for the prestigious Nancy Pearl Book Award and nominated for a RONE Award. The books have been praised by Kirkus Reviews, Readers Lane, Book Fidelity, Wall-to-Wall Books, BestThrillers.com, Mystery Sequels, and many others. All three enjoy Amazon ratings of 4-5 stars.

About the Books

The Dreamslippers solve crimes using their psychic ability to 'slip' into your dreams. But that isn't easy. 

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Cat McCormick comes of age both as a Dreamslipper and a private investigator in the series debut, Cat in the Flock. Following a mother and daughter on the run, she goes undercover in a fundamentalist church. FREE during the Smashwords Sale.

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It was supposed to be a much-needed vacation in Miami, meant to snap Cat out of a persistent depression. But when her great uncle’s studio goes up in flames, killing his assistant, Cat must find out who’s really to blame. Half off in the sale.

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What happens when your client thinks she knows who the killer is, but you don’t believe her? Cat and Granny Grace aren't too sure Nina Howell fell under the spell of a domineering, conservative talk show host... until he starts to look guilty. The case brings powerful new developments in Cat’s dreamslipping skill as she works to find the truth. Half off in the sale.

Boxedset

Get all three books, plus a bonus novella prequel--Work of Light, Granny Grace's origin story--only available in the boxed set. Receive a discount of 25% now in the Smashwords sale.

Rather Have a Paper Copy?

You can always purchase the Dreamslippers Series in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets. 

Interested in Other Brunette Games Books?

We also published the only guide governing the romantic lives of D&D characters.

 


Brunette Games Team Anniversaries

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Writer/Editor Amanda VanNierop, sporting her BG polo.

This spring's been an exciting time for us here at Brunette Games, with a slew of anniversaries across the team.

Amanda VanNierop, who joined Brunette Games just before COVID came to the Midwest last year, celebrated her one-year anniversary with us this February. It's been quite a year for Amanda, as she juggled her classes at Saint Louis University and many a Brunette Games project during shifting, uncertain times. She's had the enviable opportunity to write for such high-profile titles as Disney Frozen Adventures and Ava's Manor, with a total of seven released titles in her year on the job so far. She now has the polo shirt to prove it, but really, she's been a true team player all along. 

While during the school year, Amanda scales back to half-time, this summer she'll be dedicated to Brunette Games full-time. We look forward to having her around more often!

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Here in the BG jacket is Dexter Woltman, writer/designer I.

Hitting his magical three-year anniversary is Dexter Woltman, who joined Brunette Games in 2018. He's put his BA in Scriptwriting to great use as the main writer on Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, and his list of more than a dozen credits on released titles also includes such noteworthy games as Sweet Escapes, Homicide Squad: New York Stories, and Ava's Manor. Known for his meta jokes and simple, effective solutions, Dexter brings a fresh writing voice and quirky perspective to our clients' games. He's more than earned his BG jacket!

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Also receiving the "three-year jacket" is Anthony Valterra, business director/lead writer.

Also ringing in his third year with us is veteran brand guru Anthony Valterra. When he's not fielding prospective client calls or seeking out new opportunities as our business director, he pitches in as lead writer on a dozen released titles and counting. His wry sensibility can be found in such games as Sweet Escapes, Survivors: The Quest, and Ava's Manor. He came to us with extensive experience with high-profile tabletop brands (Dungeons & Dragons, Avalon Hill, and others) but has claimed mobile games as his new home, as cozy for him as his new BG jacket.

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Founder Lisa Brunette, showing off her award for five years of excellence at the helm of BG.

As Brunette Games officially turned five this spring, founder Lisa Brunette celebrated her fifth year at the helm. The team surprised her with an award for "Five Years of Excellence," a sweet glass sculpture as pictured above. Since going independent in 2016, Lisa's written and designed more than two dozen released titles, including chart-topping hits Matchington Mansion and Lily's Garden in addition to Disney Frozen Adventures, Choices: Veil of Secrets, and many others. As the team grows, encouraging their talents and development has become her primary focus, as well as pushing Brunette Games into new areas of innovation and insight.

Join us in congratulating the team on their anniversaries. We look forward to what the next five years will bring!


New Release! 'Ava's Manor: A Solitaire Story' for Uken Games and Mighty Kingdom

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By Anthony Valterra

New Brunette Games client Uken Games, in partnership with Mighty Kingdom, recently released Ava's Manor: A Solitaire Story, to great success in the app stores. Ava's Manor is a decorating game, but instead of a match-3 or collapse puzzle, it's powered by a TriPeaks solitaire game mechanic. A terrific cast of characters and an engaging storyline make this a winner and shows that there is more flexibility in the narrative puzzle genre than you might think. Brunette Games was brought in to consult on the storyline and characters as well as write narrative ad content and provide VO. We're all very proud of the game's performance already. 

While Dexter, Amanda, and I handled the bulk of the consulting work, with Andy delivering on the VO, it's no coincidence that both title character Ava and BG founder Lisa Brunette are mystery novelists.

Here's the official app store description - be sure to check it out!

Description

Romance? Decorating? Solitaire? YES! Get ready for all of this and more in Ava’s Manor! Renovate and decorate the Manor and gardens while discovering mysterious clues, unwind and relax with solitaire and dabble in a romantic love story all in this FREE solitaire game!

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Help Ava save her Great Uncle’s Manor by renovating and restoring it to its former glory. Brush off your interior design skills as you choose how to decorate the house and gardens, making into your own masterpiece! Play Tripeaks Solitaire and unlock epic boosters to blast through those puzzling levels! Stimulate your mind and train your brain with these unique solitaire card puzzles and express your inner creativity at the same time with DIY renovation and decor! Now you can work both your left brain and your right at the same time all while unwinding to relax!

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Discover hidden treasures, collect clues and uncover secrets as you restore exciting new rooms in the Manor! Experience the mystery and romance as the story plot twists keep you guessing at every turn! Sit back and relax with this Solitaire puzzle game and start the renovation makeover of your dreams!

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Features:

RENOVATE, expand & decorate your Manor with tons of decor and furniture to choose from! Personalize your style!

RELAX with calming Tripeaks Solitaire and solve addicting levels with your card skills! Conquer unique levels and unlock powerful boosters along the way!

ROMANCE is in the air as Ava encounters new love interests while struggling to move on from an ex back home. What’s a story without a little romance?!

MYSTERY awaits you as you unlock the secrets of Ava’s Manor and uncover her family's story. Not even this mystery writer can anticipate these plot twists!

DISCOVER clues to the story and the strange disappearance of Ava's Uncle Marvin.

FRIENDS new and old are ready to help you and Ava restore the Manor, including your sassy BFF, Serena and trusty canine companion, Marlowe!

STORY seems to be Ava’s forte as an accomplished mystery novelist, but will inspiration strike as she finds herself in a mystery of her own?

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Solve relaxing TriPeaks Solitaire puzzles and show off your interior design skills by furnishing and decorating the Manor Gardens, Foyer, Bedrooms, Library and more! Thousands of design options and styles give you the freedom to explore your creativity!

Ava’s Manor will be updated with more solitaire puzzles to solve, more ways to decorate and more romantic story chapters regularly! Stay tuned for updates and let us know your feedback!

What are you waiting for? Come join Ava and friends on this exciting story, unleash your creativity, and start your home makeover now!

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