Yesterday's Dreams

Yesterday's Dreams

by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
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Yesterday's Dreams by Danielle Ackley-McPhail


An act of self-sacrifice transforms Kara O'Keefe's simple life into one both magical and menacing. Overwhelmed by the expenses of her father’s cancer treatments, Kara finds herself forced to give up Quicksilver, her cherished violin.

At Yesterday's Dreams, a pawnshop tucked away on a quiet New York back street, she discovers her true destiny and danger begins to stalk her. Pursued by malevolent forces she does not understand, Kara O'Keefe must place her trust in a dead man she loved but never truly knew and the living myth that would teach her what it is to be other.

Has she inherited the tenacious strength of her Celtic ancestors, or will she fall beneath the onslaught of uncompromising fate?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937051075
Publisher: Dark Quest
Publication date: 02/28/2011
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (

Her published works include six novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today's Promise, The Halfling's Court, The Redcaps' Queen, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, and Transcendence, the non-fiction writers' guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Gaslight & Grimm, Dragon's Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

She is a member of Broad Universe, a writer's organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.

Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and three extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail) and Twitter (DMcPhail, eSpecBooks).

To learn more about her work, visit or

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Yesterday's Dreams 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
NTDMagazine More than 1 year ago
Protagonist Kara starts out with major problems: her father’s cancer and mounting medical bills; her caregiving responsibilities, and the loss of her job. The family’s poverty demands that she sell Quicksilver, her cherished violin and the only link with her beloved grandfather. At Yesterday’s Dreams, a pawnshop, this selfless act introduces Kara to her true legacy. Confused by the turn her life has taken and pursued by a power-hungry evil force in the form of Lucien Blank, Kara must place her trust in a mysterious woman, a living myth who would teach her who she really was. As tensions mount between good and evil, Yesterday’s Dreams becomes the location for a bloody battle. Will Kara muster the strength of her Celtic ancestors or will she crumble beneath the onslaught of unforgiving fate? Danielle’s tale kept me reading, wondering if Kara would survive. Her vivid use of the senses results in rich and alluring imagery. All of her characters are three-dimensional, including secondary characters like the sprite and Pixie. Kara starts out weak but she toughens up through the story. I can’t give you details without spoiling the story. Maggie impressed me as a lone wolf but she becomes more of a “people” person toward the end. This was my first time reading Irish mythology, and Danielle does a great job of merging Celtic lore into the urban setting of New York. I found the lore of the Sidhe fascinating. The urban setting made the story believable. The horror elements have a Stephen King feel that will appeal to his readers. Danielle gives you a realistic picture of a caregiver’s trials and responsibilities. Without an income, it’s either Kara’s home or the fiddle. I strongly recommend this book and give it five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Yesterday's Dream" is the first in Danielle Ackely-McPhail's Eternal Cycle Series which is a wonderful blending of Irish folklore, the Celtic language and highly believable characters, both human and superhuman, who battle each other, face kidnappings and beatings and brutal explosions. Each of the three books in the series is well-written, well-edited and promises the reader hours of good, rivetting fantasy reading. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yesterday's Dreams is a magical tale that pulls you in and you can't put it down! The author brings 'realness' to Irish lore through the characters - its a modern-day fantasy. Her poetic literary style is beautiful and mesmerizing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yesterday¿s Dreams By: Danielle Ackley-Mcphail Vivisphere Publishing ISBN: 1-58776-112-2 Danielle Ackley-Mchail brings the richness of Irish legend, the myth and magic of Erie to the streets of New York in her first fantasy novel, Yesterday¿s Dreams. Danielle has used in depth research into the legends of Carman, an Athenian goddess and her three sons. The Tuatha de Danaan stepped in to stop the terror and destruction that Carman and her sons were reeking on the mortals of early Ireland. They chain Carman and force her to watch as her sons are destroyed. But¿..Oclas (evil), the third son has not been totally destroyed, and has set his minion Lucien Blank lose on the unsuspecting humans. Cliodna of the Tuatha de Danaan¿the fairy folk of Ireland also known as the Sidhe¿runs the quaint antique shop Yesterday¿s Dreams, as Maggie. She collects and protects items that have ¿a bit `o¿ the magic.¿ And she waits, for those of her line have sworn to aid and protect the clan O¿keefe. Kara¿s father¿s illness and treatments have driven her to pawn her legacy from her grandfather, Quicksilver, her violin. And give up her dream of attending Julliard. While looking around Yesterday¿s Dreams, Kara is shocked to see a picture of a man she learns later really is her grandfather dancing with a woman who looks exactly like the young woman running the shop. It doesn¿t help knowing that Maggie¿s ancestor might have known her grandfather. Kara feels as if her soul is being torn from her, and pours forth all her pain and sorrow when she plays a final tune on her precious instrument before leaving it in Maggie¿s hands. Maggie knows Quicksilver is more than just a violin. There is power here, as there is in Kara, and she knows she must protect them both from the evil that stalks them from the moment Kara and Quicksilver enter her shop. Maggie knows she must gather her forces for a desperate battle against evil. For it now walks the streets of modern New York in the form of Lucien Blank, and he wants what he senses behind the walls of Yesterday¿s Dreams, and he wants the power he senses in Kara O¿keefe. Danielle Ackley-Mcphail turns fantasy to plausible reality in Yesterday¿s Dreams. The characters in this story are so charming and alive they spring from the story to haunt and taunt like a soft Irish mist long after the final page is read. I found Yesterday¿s Dreams a delightful page turning adventure into imagination, and certainly look forward to reading more works by this author. Reviewed by: Charlene Austin.