Monday, 28 September 2015

The RRBC BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY POST

Today the DREAMLESS ROADS BLOG (and head elf Jan Hawke aka Sian Glirdan) is delighted to be the sole hosting venue for

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB'S
Back-to-School Book and Blog Block Party!

RRBC is offering great grand prizes to visitors on all of the participating blogs. Each time you leave a comment on a blog stop, your name is entered into the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the tour. Winners will be announced by RRBC at the close of the tour.
For the complete tour lineup and prize details

 You are currently somewhere near 

 LAUNCESTON in North Cornwall, UK 


BUT FIRST here are our...

GRENDEL-ICIOUS GIVEAWAYS!

(we're happy to arrange shipping outside the UK!)

For SEPTEMBER 29th only we have some 

BRILLIANT PRIZES FOR 6 LUCKY VISITORS WHO LEAVE A COMMENT HERE...

(CLICK BELOW for some WILD & 'GLORIOUSLY' FANTASTIC music while you're browsing!)


 1ST PRIZE goes to D.E. HOWARD 

A basic white or black T-shirt from ZAZZLE!
(email us back with your size: small - 4XL and your snail mail address & phone details)


Dreamless Roads background design & main titles


 2ND PRIZE goes to C.S. BOYACK 

A signed paperback (by author/editor Jan Hawke) of Dreamless Roads
(email us back with your snail mail address and preferred dedication!)



 3RD PRIZES go to 
 LISA KIRAZIAN, JANELLE JALBERT & NATALIE DUCEY 

3 eBook editions of Dreamless Roads ~ a fantasy anthology

(email us back with your eReader preferences we will send you the ePub or PDF version)


 4TH PRIZE goes to TARA FAIRFIELD 

An exclusive printed desk calendar from Vistaprint 
with the same photo stock used on the DreamLandscapes 2011 calendar
(email us back with your snail mail address & phone details)



And now a bit more about these DREAMLESS ROADS...


Paperback also available at all good online stores, or by ISBN in your local high street


Join us on the Dreamless Roads where we step across the threshold into the unknown to discover words that have turned into worlds of imagination, legend and, of course, fantasy. Commune with your inner elf, or dwarf, quest with heroes and warriors, and cross the borders into the land of gods and dragons ~ and the past and future realms of possibility and adventure.

 AND HERE'S OUR BRAND NEW BOOK TRAILER 

 OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED TODAY! 




CLICK HERE for fuller story blurbs


CLICK HERE for more about the Authors



BOOK LINKS




 EXPLORING THE DREAMWORLDS 

 with the DREAMWORLDS WRITERS & PUBLISHING COLLECTIVE 


An Anthology is by its nature a collaborative, even an emotional exercise, so, besides having a look at our authors, here's an illustrated guide to the inspiration and fantasy backgrounds that have got our DreamWorlds Writers Collective off the ground (also it features  the imagery for that 4th prize desk calendar!).

A lot of us started our love affair with fantasy at an early age reading C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. Here's that one-armed lamp-post where Lucy met Tumnus at the height of White Witch Jadis' demonic 100 year winter

And of course it's only a hop, skip and a jump from Narnia to Lewis' fellow 'Inkling', J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, so this is the first of many vistas that have inspired our artistic types from his creation of Arda.
With a basis in Nordic legends the people of Middle Earth also fuelled creativity in fan art, as we see here in a depiction of Dwarvish seeker-sense for identifying precious ores and gems!

But fantasy is within us as well and colours our imaginations in the waking world, as well as our dreamscapes, where leafy paths might lead to romance and magical encounters
Then there's the hoopier realms of fantasy, like Discworld, that dare to pose questions like... Does the Chaos Butterfly do its best work in a fragrant meadow, or some exotic ornamental garden?


For this forest in miniature the Lands of the Fey prompted a nursery rhyme spoof...
Fairy, Fairy, so contrary, 
how does your forest glow? 
With leafy dells or dusky spells 
and tiny barbs shot from a bow?

Or at the other end of the scale, a great honking mountain in British Columbia, Canada suddenly becomes a dead ringer for a peak in the Misty Mountains (but with the sun out!)

We even ask ourselves what the Elven Havens in the Gulf of Lune have in common with villas on the French Riviera and Norwegian Fjords...

Folklore and ancient cultures also beg the question of what delights a Druid with a silver sickle might discover around a creeper-covered oak tree...

The familiar can also take on an otherworldly cast so you find yourself wondering whether grass can grow beyond the final frontier/ Would it still be green or greener yet?

Or pondering on the ambient life-forces of plants and stones being revealed to the Witch Peoples by light of Moon or Sun.

A quiet early morning stroll, where a tangle of Travellers Joy, lit by glinting hoar-frost in a wintry sunrise, can beguile your eyes into an enchanted wonderland.

In fact fantasy's whatever you fancy and doesn't have to have wall to wall Witches, Alien abductions, Vampires, Barbarians, Pixies, Ghosts or Dragons - it's just there in the corner of your eye, or a blink away from a daydream. We all know that truth is stranger than fiction, and so it is with our inner world, where what's on the surface may have nothing much to do with what's lurking deep down below it...


The DreamWorlds Writers and Publishing Collective is open to writers of all genres, fiction or non-fiction who are interested in sharing their world views - whatever planet that happens to be on!



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For more info on our next anthology project (scheduled for end 2016)

THE QWORKS ~ CLICK HERE 




 HAD FUN HERE? 


This party is still going on tomorrow, September 30th, so boogie on over to

As The Spirit Moves Me


and


CLICK HERE
for links


 TO OUR FINAL PARTY VENUES 

 THIS SEPTEMBER 



AND FINALLY
as the Sun descends into the Far We
st...

 SUIL VAIN! 


Sindarin ~ Fair Winds





(once again the superb Earth, Wind and Fire sum up a whole genre!)

94 comments:

  1. Just thought I'd get this on in case we had any early birds flying in! ;-) this post isn't officially open for business until around 6 am BST tomorrow - it's just that I'm not up that early soooo, I've put it on sooner rather than later :-D

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  2. Launceston in North Cornwall? Haven't been there but have been, many times to Launceston in northern Tasmania which is on the Tamar River. Bit different because the Tassie Launceston is pronounced Lawn - Cest - On and the Tamar is not so much a river as an estuary! Enjoy the party!

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  3. Hi Kathy! The Cornish have 'ideas' about pronunciation - it's Lawn-stun here (confuses transatlantic visitors no end! :-D) or even Lahhhn-son if you've been on the scrumpy (flat, strong cider) too long ROFL.
    Thanks for dropping in :-)

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  4. Hi, Jan! Now how beautiful is that cover? SIMPLY GORGEOUS! Did you do that yourself? Lovely tour stop today and since you're the only one with the drinks, I suppose you'll have a full house (I saw both "Johns" hanging around your door outside). Joy will be in here soon, hot on my heels, so let me run before she gets here. I swear I think that woman's chasing me!! Gotta go! Love ya, Jan!

    Partyyyyyy People!!!!

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    1. Yay, Nonnie! :-D Yes, indeed - that's all my own work and most of the other artwork/photo manipulation from friends' originals (the BC Mountain, Butterflies, the woodland walk and the frosty Travellers Joy) from my Tolkien fandom forum geek days. ;-)
      Now - the bar IS open and so's the buffet with plenty of local delicacies like jam & clotted cream scones, steak pasties, cider, dandelion & burdock cordial, ginger beer (with a kick! ;-) ) and some lovage to go in your ! Get stuck in! :-D

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    2. You can say that again Nonnie! :D

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  5. Beautiful post! Your project sounds great. How wonderful to have the book ready for our Back to School Block Party. I wish you success with the release, and luck with today's party. Have a wonderful day. I don't really know whether I'm talking to a person or to a group. Whichever, good luck! :)

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    1. Hi Joy! :-D Thanks for dropping in. I'm hoping that some more of the DreamWorlds crew will show up later on today to join in with celebrating our new book trailer ;-)

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  6. Best of luck with your new book! This is a beautiful blog and your trailers are great! :-)

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    1. Why, thank you Mistral! :-D The trailer was great fun to make as the artwork's a huge patchwork from my fan-art and tarot card designs that I've done over the years :-)

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  7. You had me at Lewis and Tolkein! 😍😍😍 Those are two of my childhood faves! They are the ones who helped me to open my imagination and to believe in the impossible. 😊 My fingers are crossed in hopes on winning here!

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    1. Those Inklings were certainly an inspirational lot, Yvette! Thanks for coming over and good luck with the draw! ;-)

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  8. Wow, what a great line up of prizes and the anthology looks wonderful. Your fellow Fantasy authors will be impressed by your work here Jan. The cover and trailers are fabulous. I need to go but left a bucket of margaritas for your guests.

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    1. Ooo! Yummy - off to grab some cocktail glasses and little umbrellas now! :-D Thanks for looking in John - we'll save some consumable goodies for you! ;-)

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  9. Beautiful images, and nice post.

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  10. This is a delightful post, Jan! Funny, but I didn't discover the wonderful world of Narnia until the movies came out. The visuals and trailers presented here are stunning - and I loved the finale, FANTASY by Earth, Wind, and Fire! Thank you for the romp through the lands of fantasy - and good luck with the book... I'll need to get one of those.

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    1. Hi there John - plenty of comfy chairs to settle in for a read next to the bar with nice things to put in your mouth too! ;-)
      The Chronicles of Narnia are such classics they can be enjoyed by all ages - and Disney did a pretty faithful job in doing the movies as well :-D

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  11. What a lovely blog, Jan. Visually it is amazing and the content is enticing. Congratulations on both fronts! My children grew up with me reading from the Narnia tales, so I'm excited to read Dreamless Roads. Enjoy the day of partying....you've created quite a celebration for us all!

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    1. Thanks for calling in, Gwen! :-) The anthology's a little edgier than Narnia although I think it'll be OK for YAs - we stretched the boundaries a bit so there's a mix of epic, horror, contemporary and science FANTASY (as opposed to 'straight' fiction) which should appeal to most genre addicts as all fiction is fantasy to some degree! ;-)

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  12. Dreamless is so dreamy! What a beautiful post and introduction to the anthology. I am so glad I stopped by and can't wait to read!

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    1. Welcome, Tara - thanks for coming! :-D
      Dreamless Roads is from Tolkien and describes the waking trance-like state that Elves go off into when they need to revive their spirits. In my roleplaying days this was something Jano, an elven Bard (who ran a bard's inn), needed to do after lively evenings when there were Hobbits and Dwarves around singing and doing what Hobbitds and Dwarves do after a pint or three... :-D

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  13. Lovely post and great prizes too! Have a wonderful day, Jan!

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    1. Hi there, Stevie - thanks so much for coming along! :-D

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  14. A new book; awesome. Congrats and best of luck! I haven't been much of a reader of anthology stories (the format is newer to me) but I am coming around to them.

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    1. Well met, Master Zandri! :-D Anthologys are wonderful and a good way get away with shorter stories that still showcase your work and may even be teasers for longer tales. The penultimate story, Squire, is one such, as it's author is planning to follow his hero's later adventures when he gets the time ;-)

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  15. Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing your inspiration in pictures!

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    1. Hi Rebecca! :-D I was a real geeky fan-girl back in the day, so it was fun to rummage through some of my old stuff that I rooted out while I was looking for images I could put in the trailer

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  16. What an awesome blog! And how thoughtful of you to provide "Boogie" music for us to enjoy on your stop! I loved the artwork and the music. This was a work of art in itself! Dreamless Roads looks like a wonderful read!

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    1. Lol! Thanks for the lovely comments Ernestine! :-D I'm glad you like the music - I was going to put on something tasteful by Howard Shore from LotR, but decided that we needed some hi-energy stuff and what better that Happy Feet & Earth, Wind and Fire to get our feet stomping! ;-)
      We're very proud of the anthology - it's a classy mix with some humour too and great writers who love their genre! :-)

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  17. Such an elegant blog site, Jan. Your artwork is extra special and so well suited to your genre. Very inspiring. I know you will have a hugely successful blog party day. Enjoy!

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    1. Hi there, Jonna - thank you for those lovely compliments! :-D Don't forget to visit the buffet table - the cream scone tea is to die for, with lots of Cornish Clotted Cream and we have some refreshing Darjeeling and Java brewing, as well as the 'hard' stuff! ;-)

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  18. Fantastic cover for 'Dreamless Roads'. Those world views are very entertaining. Hope you are having a great day in sunny Cornwall!

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    1. Very kind of you to say so Gordon :-D And we've been lucky with the weather as well for once - usually the mist rolls in off the moors when I have visitors, but today it's been bright and breezy all day - obviously the Cornish Piskies are working hard for us today! ;-)

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  19. Jan, how ironic that your book is named Dreamless Roads because your blog is a DREAM! I can't wait to get my hands on your book and I'll be reading it while I'm wearing that eye-catching t-shirt! Have a great blog party today and much success with your book!

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    1. Ah, Linda! - you have to read the whole story about the Dreamless Roads to find out why it's all about illusion! ;-) I've answered it a little for Tara, but there's more to it than 'safe havens' from the real world :-D
      Thanks so much for coming along today :-)

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  20. What a fun post! Anthology sounds impressives. Love the music on the trailer, and absolutely adore Earth, Wind and Fire! Listening to "Fantasy" brings back so many memories.
    Hope you have a great time today.

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    1. Glad to know you're an EW&T fan too Cassidy! :-D The trailer music's a little more sedate but I like the way it builds into such a wondrous finale - it's from The Imitation Game, which, while it's mostly about code-breaking in WW2, just seemed to lend itself to our fantasy theme :-)

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  21. I enjoyed the heck out of all that. Really, really, nice. Good luck with the book, Jan.

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    1. Thanks for coming over, Larry! :-D It was fun for me to put this together as well. ;-)

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  22. The t-shirt and calendar look awesome, Jan. Great blog post. I throughly enjoyed contributing to Dreamless Roads and good luck to the Qworks :)

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    1. Hi there, honey! Everyone - this is Louise who wrote The Rogues Odyssey - with the evil dragon! She writes a really good Rogueish romance as well :-D

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    2. I also write about a naughty dragon whose hard done by in The Magic Christmas Dragon & Other Poetry Tales. More dragon-y tales :)

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  23. Wow! What a treat! I love this blog and its wonderful colours :) I have to confess that I am a purple kind of a gal ;) Love the book cover, and the music is brill. That t-shirt is to die for! Very best of luck with everything! :)

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    1. Hi, Harmz! You know all about me and the colour purple! :-P With hindsight I should have done the black version of the T-shirt - it's much more Gothic! lol

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  24. Exciting! Beautiful! I'm glad to see all these comments, Jan. SO much work went into this lovely book, and I'm extremely pleased (I'd say proud, but pride's a deadly sin) to have two of my own stories in the collection. I'm looking forward to seeing it widely reviewed!

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    1. Hi there, (((Mary!))) :-D I know just what you mean, but pride can be well-placed too and I consider myself very lucky to have found such brilliant contributors for the anthology. With all the friends we've had around today I'm sure we'll get lots more action on the 'Bookstore that sounds like a River a Warrior Princess would live near' 'cos these RRBC folks are book-reviewing lions! :-D

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  25. Hi Jan, Nice post...as a fan of Elder Scrolls, and Skyrim in particular, love the fantasy themes with elves, dwarves, and dragons.

    I do have comments on the first trailer for Dreamless Roads. Love the music, and I think the small white font with the descriptions gets lost a bit in the overall scheme, but overall very nicely done.

    Best of luck with the new release and the series!!

    Maurice

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    1. Thanks so much for the constructive feedback Maurice - I may beef up the type size. as it is titchy unless you go to full screen! :-D I'm more an old-fashioned pen and paper D&D type but Skyrim's a great action RPG so Dreamless Roads should be right up your tavern alley! ;-)

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  26. Fab post and the design of that cover is gorgeous - plus I just adore the name Dreamless Roads - conjures up so many ideas.
    D.E.Howard :)

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    1. Hi there DE - thanks for looking in!
      If we all stand on the shoulders of giants then Tolkien is always a great choice for fantasy writers lol! :-D

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  27. Lovely pictures. I want to take a walk along the Dreamless Road. :)

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    1. Hi, Rebecca - thanks for dropping by :-D Please do take that stroll! I'm biased, but there's some lovely scenery if nothing else! ;-)

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  28. Love the pics and a great idea for an Anthology! The 'Inklings' were all some of my favorite Authors - don't forget Charles Williams and even Christopher Tolkien...!

    Thanks for being one of the more interesting stops on a month-long interesting blog tour!

    Best regards - ML

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    1. Thanks to you for all your unstinting support this month as well, Michael! :-D
      Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at the 'Bird & Baby' or the Lamb & Flag during those boozy, high literary debates - I think I may have choked on all those tobacco fumes though! ;-)

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  29. Jan Love and cuddles, hope things are smashingly good for you. <3 Pterry 4-ever Tina aka SusanStoHelit here lol

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    1. Unknown! I am in a right snit, it offered to put me in as Tina Joesten.

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    2. Oh, I'm sorry Tina! Pish-Posh! Those option thingies are soooo moronic! I had to abandon my real name sig and go with the pen-name 'cos the darn thing kept asking me to identify pictures of burritos, or boats, or food, to prove I wasn't a robot... :-S
      Thanks for coming along today m'luv - hope things are great with you ;-)

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  30. Heavenly images and video on this stop for sure. Love the cover, and I can't wait to read this book, Jan.

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    1. Hiya, Kim! :-D Thanks so much for the kind comments - enjoy the tales! ;-)

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  31. Hi Jan,
    Wow! Fantastic and beautiful imagery, videos, and I just love your book cover. You're multi-talented indeed. Bravo! Best of luck today!

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    1. Halloo there, Natalie :-D Thanks for the lovely thumbs up - go get yourself something nice to eat and drink immediately! ;-)

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  32. Sorry I'm late to your party, Jan but it's been a hectic day for me. What an awesome introduction to the anthology! I love it all, your trailer, book cover, inspiration images and the music, especially Earth Wind and Fire as I haven't heard that song in years.

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    1. No need to apologise for being fashionably late Michelle - and I haven't polished off all the margaritas yet either! ;-)
      Gotta lurve Earth Wind & Fire - unfortunately all the YouTube vids with their video for Fantasy refused to embed, but that little home-made one was super too. :-D

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  33. Love the cover. Love the writer!!! Best to you, Jan

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    1. Oo-er! Now you got me with the hot flushes, Marc! :-P Thanks so much for coming over - you may help yourself to the pasty I sneaked away for my supper. It's in the fridge I think... ;-)

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  34. What a great way to celebrate a new book release! The cover looks beautiful. Thanks for hosting today's party Jan and for being such a supportive and vivacious member of RRBC.

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    1. Hey Lizzie!!! Lovely to see you here and thanks to YOU for doing as much as you do for the club as well. :-D Your own party prizes were quite simply inspired and very special - now go find yourself some margaritas before they all run out! ;-)

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  35. Nicely done, Sian! Very colorful stop today on the block party! I'm putting Dreamless Roads on my GR shelf!

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    1. Someone had to put the purple back into our prose eventually, PH! ;-) Thanks so much for coming along and bagging a copy ;-)

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  36. This is my favourite stop so far probably because I really enjoyed the beautiful book trailer and the Fantasy video by Earth, Wind and Fire. Did you do the book trailer Jan? It's brilliant! Dreamless Roads looks so appealing and I would LOVE to win the signed paperback! I've liked the FB page and the YouTube video, I’ve followed you on Twitter, and I’ve joined you on Linkedin. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis was the first book I read as a child that showed me how magical books could really be so I've been a fan of fantasy books for a long time. I hope you’ve had a wonderful party day and I’m sorry I was a bit late arriving.

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    1. Thank you so much for these really kind comments Renae - and for all the likes and follows too! :-D LinkedIn has been especially nurturing for me as I met nearly all of my 'newer' co-authors on there after joining Robin Leigh Morgan's Fantasy Group - who also put me onto RRBC! So, Renae - Welcome to the DreamWorlds Writers Collective! :-D As for Narnia - what a true wonderland - it's possibly the most influential of the fantasy worlds to shape young lives, with it's special mix of imagination and decent principles and, in my case and so many others, made a spark of creativity burst into a flaming passion for books and writing.
      No one's late to this party - it just keeps on getting better so go enjoy yourself and see if there's any margaritas left! ;-)

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  37. Literally my FOURTH attempt at posting a comment - not sure what's going on in the server/blogosphere (on my mobile phone, no more!). But it's worth the repeated attempts because this was just a lovely post, full of wonder and enticing visuals. And the Collective is such a great idea. Your passion for fantasy is so clear, and so nicely rooted in the tradition of Lewis and Tolkien -- and I'm guessing also the mythopoetics of Joseph Campbell! But then you (and your colleagues) also move past that into your own distinctive voices and world creations. Congratulations on all the fine work and on the special blog day today! Cheers.

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    1. Oh, Lisa - thank you so much for persevering! :-) Mythopoeia IS certainly an addictive pursuit and the rest of my year is now locked into developing my work in progress on a small world far, far away and a long, long way into the future!
      I really enjoyed my visit to your musical world the other day, Lisa, so I'm very glad you've enjoyed mine today :-D

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  38. Oi'll 'ave a paasty an' a zoider please (sorry I'm terrible at accents). Jan/Sian your cover looks great. I am learning through the anthology I am putting together just how satisfying collaboration with other writers can be. Do nice people write or does writing make you a nice person. Good luck with it.
    (3rd time lucky for me too? It's all that magic dust flying about getting in the whirry bits of the computers)

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    1. I'm terrible at accents too, Steven - which is pretty embarrassing as I'm a bit of sponge with picking up local patois in 'regional' company (my 'Scottish' burr is hilarious in all the wrong ways! :-P)
      I don't know why it's so, but it seems cast in stone that writers ARE very nice people - I suspect it's perhaps because you've got to really like people to write about them, or for them?
      Magic dust's a pesky thing but it does make for happy 'accidents', so I'm glad you made it through the turbulence - the cider's over there! ;-)

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  39. Very cool indeed - have "followed" and "liked" and look forward to finding out more about this very special collective 😊😊😊

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    1. Hi Sandy! :-D Welcome to my little bit of heaven - I 'm very pleased you made it from the other side of the planet;-)

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  40. Hi Jan. I loved this post, and I especially liked those beautiful pictures. I I'm a great fan of fantasy novels, and have put yours on my TBR list. I hope you're having a great time today! πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Yay - Rhani! :-D Thanks for those kind words, I'm glad all the purple's agreeing with you ;-0

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  41. Hello, Jan. Wow! What a fantastic blog. The pictures are amazing. They put the viewer in the right frame of mind. I am so glad to see your party here is a great success. Your trailer is exceptional as well. Best wishes on your blog day! Have fun with this.

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    1. Hail and well met Beem! :-D I've had two bites at this fun cherry now and can confidently say that this RRBC Block Party is the most fun I've had online in a VERY long time! lol Thank you so much for coming along today and for all your support and encouragement all over cyberspace ;-)

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  42. Outstanding party post and what a lovely book cover... Sharing. Your talents abound, Jan! :)

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    1. Lovely, Bette - thank you for coming over and brightening up my day :-D

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  43. As others have mentioned, your cover is very impressive! Enjoy your solo day!

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    1. Ah Bruce - thank you for dropping in and for all the sterling work you put in to support everyone at RRBC. You rock! :-D

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  44. Aww, I hadn't thought of Narnia in years and your mention brought an immediate smile. Loved it all. Hope it has been a fun-filled day meeting and reconnecting with people! Have a good one

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    1. Hiya Janelle! :-D I think Narnia's been a 'happy place' for so many of my friends down the years so I can 'see' that smile of yours ;-)
      It's certainly been a great day with people like you coming in to say 'hello' :-)

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  45. I've done my bit to talk about the anthology but I need to focus on getting back to work with writing more so as it appears to have traffic already! Great work Jan, I can't say it enough.

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    1. Mae govannen, gwador nin! :-D We definitely need to hear a lot more about Bran and his comrades, so get to clearing that schedule of yours! ;-)
      Dreamless Roads is a slow burn I think - I discovered last night that we have 2 five star reviews on Amazon.com that I hadn't seen, so I guess we hit the right note. Today's drawn some more people to us, so it's all moving again and I can't wait to see what happens next for us! :-D

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  46. Just popping in to say congratulations to the lucky prize winners - I'll be in touch with you all by email very soon: DE Howard, CS Boyack, Lisa Kirazian, Janelle Jalbert & Natalie Ducey and Tara Fairfield! :-D

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  47. Just stopped by even though I missed out on the prizes. This is a very nice post--easy on the eyes. You have exquisite taste. Love the book cover for Dreamless Roads. Congrats.

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  48. (((Hi Shirley!))) and thank you for dropping by despite the prizes disappearing and, of course, for your kind comments :-D

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