Blog Tour: ‘The Nightmare Affair’ by Mindee Arnett Excerpt and Contest Giveaway


The Nightmare Affair

Mindee Arnett

The Arkwell Academy #1

Tor Teen

Publication Date:
March 5, 2013

Hardcover, 367 pages

ePub from publisher

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

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Eli Booker was the hottest guy at my old high school, maybe in all of Chickery, Ohio, itself. He was a sophomore like me, but his hair was black and his eyes cornflower blue. Tall and with a face so handsome even old ladies swooned at the sight of it, he was the guy every girl crushed on. Didn’t hurt that he had a bit of a bad-boy, daredevil reputation, either. My eyes dropped to the scorpion tattoo on the left side of his chest. I’d heard rumors that he had one but this was the first time I’d seen proof. I wondered how he’d gotten it.

I forced my eyes away, aware of how quickly my heart was beating. So, yeah, even I had wasted a daydream or two fantasizing about him, and now I had to kneel on his chest and enter his dream.

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  1. Justine Duhart

    April 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    The Nightmare Affair is on my wish list! 🙂

  2. rachel

    March 25, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    i don’t think i remember having a night mare!

  3. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    March 11, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    I’ve heard great things about this book. I am very curious about this intriguing idea. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  4. Tanja

    March 4, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Being trapped in a room with hundreds of spiders. It was horrible.

  5. Alicia

    February 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Sounds silly but the one nightmare that woke me up almost crying was of my husband telling me he slept with my best friend. Guess I shouldn’t watch Maury!! LOL It’s not true but man did it ever feel like it was.

  6. Lisa Richards

    February 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I have nightmares where I can’t do the simplest thing- dial a phone #, find something- they are very frustrating.

  7. Leeanna

    February 25, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I have nightmares that I drive my car off the road and into a lake. Ugh.

  8. Liza @ Reading with ABC

    February 25, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Being chased by… something and I can’t scream!

  9. Shane @ Itching for Books

    February 24, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Thanks for participating 🙂

  10. Lalaa

    February 24, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    Worst nightmare ? It’s not really a nightmare with scary ghosts and stuff, it’s just a bad dream. I dreamt about my father, sister and little sister got killed. Not really a scary huh ?

  11. Tiffa @ TheBritishBookNerd

    February 24, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    I’ve been so excited for this book tour! 😀 Thanks for this, and the awesome giveaway! ^.^ The worst nightmare I’ve had is when I was being chased by this demon clown..D:
    Happy Reading! 😀

    Tiffa @ The British Book Nerd

  12. Samantha R.

    February 24, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    It’s the one nightmare I can’t forget even though it wasn’t that scary. My house was attacked by native americans and they captured me and my family, sacrificing us. Ha ha ha.

  13. Jaime Lester

    February 23, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    I am so nervous about this one. I have heard some not so flattering things. But that is not going to stop me from giving it a shot. And the cover rocks! Thanks so much for the excerpt, and being a part of the tour!

  14. Sarah p

    February 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I have one that I have a’s usually where I’m being chased

  15. Holly U

    February 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Any that involve someone I love dying. Those are the absolute worst!

  16. May

    February 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I had one about my mother-in-law….. She is so pushy…

  17. Jillyn

    February 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    My girlfriend died in a fire that I accidentally started and I couldn’t rescue her 🙁

  18. Dorothy Reading

    February 23, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Oh, man. I was being chased by monsters around Disneyland. But do you know what the worst part was? I was wearing a dress and hadn’t shaved my legs. I spent the whole dream trying to make my dress longer to hide my fur while running for my life. I just about died when there was a knee inspection to get on the train, lol.

  19. Booksie

    February 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    My worst nightmare is jumping over endless puddles as far as the eye can see and I can’t stop!

  20. Grace Lo

    February 23, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Generally, I don’t have nightmares, but I had this terrifying nightmare of torture after reading Heartsick by Chelsea Cain!

  21. Ciara @ Lost at Midnight Reviews

    February 23, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Oooh, so excited for this book! I have a tendency to have a ton of nightmares but one of the scariest was a serial-killer one after reading I Hunt Killers!

  22. Jacklin updegraft

    February 23, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a nightmare. At least one that I can remember! I don’t tend to remember anything I dream about!

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