Sep 16, 2010

Cecilia Tan - Guest Blog and Contest

PVN welcomes back acclaimed author Cecilia Tan who is here to discuss the role of dreams in The Incubus and the Angel the latest installment in her engaging, erotic, paranormal Magic University series! 

[see contest information at the end of the interview]

In the Land of Dreams: Incubi in Magic University

I was always told in fiction-writing classes that a dream sequence was somehow "cheating." Then again these are the same writing classes that told me not to write fantasy or science fiction at all. I have always loved dream sequences and have always wanted to put my characters into lucid dreams. I started playing with this a little in MIND GAMES, my
paranormal erotic thriller (just out in trade paperback from Red Silk Editions) in which our telepathic heroine finds herself visited (sometimes stalked) in erotic dreams by someone from real life.

Imagine my thrill then, on seeing the movie INCEPTION, in which the
main action of the movie takes place inside dreams! When I saw the
film, I had already turned in the manuscript of my latest paranormal
romance (now in ebook from Ravenous with a Red Silk paperback due next
year), The Incubus and the Angel, and I thought, "surely if this film
can succeed so brilliantly with so much taking place in dreams, then
surely my novel will be OK!"

I had been worried that maybe too many scenes took place in the dream
world, but now I think readers will indulge in it just fine.

The Magic University books (The Incubus and the Angel is the third in
the series) take place at the hidden arcane arts college on the
Harvard campus. In my world, magical creatures being spoken of in
myths and legends are usually real, but not always in the way that
mundane folk think. For example, there are no vampires in my world,
but there are magicians who can train themselves to live very long
lives on a single drop of blood per month if they forego having sex.

The same is true of incubi and succubi. Myth has it that these demonic
beings visit in the night, having sex with humans, sometimes giving
them erotic dreams. In the world of Magic University, dreams are very
powerful. People have prophetic visions in dreams sometimes, and
overall in the world of the subconscious, a magic user is closer to
his or her inner power.

An incubus or succubus is created when a person desires another so
much that they pursue their desire through dreams. It's as if each
time they are thwarted in reaching their desire, they leave behind a
horny "ghost" in the dreamworld. The incubus or succubus continues
seeking satisfaction until it finds a dream it can enter where it has
sex with the dreamer. Sometimes the dream visit of an incubus is very
pleasurable, other times frightening, as the spirit cannot be denied.

And although the sex is purely mental, not physical, it can have
magical consequences. As Kyle learns in his studies, in the world of
sex magic, virginity holds great power. But a friend of his who is
visited by the incubus finds that a pendant she wears that was white
when she was a virgin has turned black. Of course, how do you catch
something that only exists in dreams? Sleep and dream yourself. Our
hero pursues the incubus across the erotic dreamscape himself.

I hope everyone who reads the book has sweet dreams afterward.

About the Author: Cecilia Tan is a writer, editor, and the founder of
Circlet Press.. She is the author of many books, including Mind Games,
The Hot Streak, White Flames, Edge Plays, Black Feathers, The
Velderet, and Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords, as well as the Magic
University series of paranormal erotic romances, and the currently
ongoing web serials The Prince's Boy and Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

She has the distinction of being perhaps the only writer to have
erotic fiction published in both Penthouse and Ms. magazines, as well
as in scores of other magazines and anthologies including Asimov’s,
Best American Erotica, and Nerve. Learn more at

Related Links
The Magic University Series: Info page

Print Book buy links:
Mind Games
The Siren and the Sword
The Tower and the Tears

Ebook buy links:
Mind Games
The Siren and the Sword
The Tower and the Tears
The Incubus and the Angel


One lucky winner will receive an ebook copy of one book (winner's choice) from Cecilia's Magic Universe series.

To enter the contest answer this question: Do you believe in lucid dreaming?

Be sure I have access to your email.

Contest is international and ends Sept. 24, 2010.


JenM said...

I actually don't believe in lucid dreaming. I think that we can train ourselves to remember our dreams, but I don't think that dreams are ever an expression of consciousness. They are just random thoughts that our brains put together when we are asleep.

jen at delux dot com

Unknown said...

I believe in lucid dreaming. I also think we can train ourself to remember our dreams. I do believe our dreams are expressions of our consciousness and that they are not just random dreams. I think also they can be triggered if we are worried about something or if we have something on our minds. Please enter me in contest.

tina werner said...

i believe in lucid dreaming. i'm pretty sure that it's happened to me when i'm just waking up. i sometimes feel as if i can control the dream, although it doesn't always end the way i want it too... LOL!

stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway! I'd love to be entered.

No. I don't believe in lucid dreaming. It never happened to me.

Please count me in. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

SandyG265 said...

I don't believe in lucid dreaming. I'm lucky if I remember bits of a dream when I wake up.

sgiden at

Cecilia Tan said...

One interesting fact about dreams and dreaming. I studied the psychophysiology of sleep and dreams while in college. Humans go through various stages of sleep and you can hook up an EEG to their heads and see the different shapes of brain waves produced during different phases of sleep and dreaming.

Interestingly, the other animal that has EEG waves pretty much identical to humans is cats!

Not surprisingly, those who have lucid dreams believe in them, while those who don't have lucid dreams, don't believe they exist. It's not a state of consciousness you can imagine if you haven't felt it yourself, I think, but so many people report experiencing it that the existence of the phenomenon really isn't in dispute.

It remains a mystery however, whether cats have lucid dreams. Until they learn to speak, we may never know. ;-)

BookHounds said...

Just popping by to let you know this is posted on win a book!

Cora Zane said...

I absolutely 100% believe in lucid dreaming. There have been many dreams where I've realized I'm dreaming. Once, while having a particularly scary nightmare, I told myself in the dream to wake up. I don't think lucid dreaming is actually uncommon. It's sure interesting stuff to talk about though. *thumbs up*

jellybelly82158 said...

I believe in lucid dreaming. I don't think they are just random dreams.

jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

mortiana said...

I have only rarely had very very lucid dreams--as opposed to regularly intense dreams. And I have attempted to have lucid dreams
with mixed results. And I use dreams in my fiction as a way for my characters to realize something that they can't access in their waking state. The dreams also reveal the characters fears/long-ings. I've always found dreams and
their analysys quite interesting.

baileythebookworm said...

Dreams can definitely be influenced by our thoughts and actions during the day, but most actual dreams occur in such deep REM sleep that to put conscious influence on it would be almost impossible.

Anonymous said...

Def have lucid dreams. I think some people are just more receptive/perceptive.

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

elaing8 said...

Great post.I do believe in lucid dreams.

Anonymous said...

At this point I'm not really sure if I believe in lucid dreaming or not. I'd never heard of the term until a couple months ago when my son mentioned it to me. I think, though, that there may really be something to this lucid dreaming thing.
I would love to be entered in your draw.

Mysteriousrose said...

Yes I believe in lucid dreaming and I think almost every dream has a deeper meaning.