Today the DREAMLESS ROADS BLOG (and head elf Jan Hawke aka ) is delighted to be the sole hosting venue for
Back-to-School Book and Blog Block Party!
You are currently somewhere near
LAUNCESTON in North Cornwall, UK
BUT FIRST here are our...
(we're happy to arrange shipping outside the UK!)
For AUGUST 15TH only we have some
BRILLIANT PRIZES FOR 3 LUCKY VISITORS WHO LEAVE A COMMENT HERE...
(CLICK BELOW for some PURE AND IMAGINATIVE music while you're browsing!)
1ST PRIZE ~ S.J. Francis!
A $10/£10 AMAZON eGIFT VOUCHER
2ND PRIZE ~ John Howell!
A basic white or black Dreamless Roads 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
3RD PRIZE ~ Shirley Harris-Slaughter
Your choice of a regular or ergonomic Dreamless Roads mouse mat (similar design to the Tee)
SPECIAL BONUS GIVEAWAY
Kindle edition of DREAMLESS ROADS ~ a fantasy anthology
all day 15th August!
I've got 3 short stories in Dreamless Roads, including the main title BUT it is NOT listed for review on RRBC, because there are non-member authors involved ~ please do leave a review anyway if you're so moved...
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 BOOK TRAILER!
NOW AVAILABLE in PAPERBACK and KINDLE formats on AMAZON
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 of classic and original fantasy backgrounds that got our DreamWorlds Writers Collective off the ground...
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. 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 Fae 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...
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as the Sun descends into the Far West...
as the Sun descends into the Far West...
Sindarin ~ Fair Winds
(and we'll play you out with a celebration of Dreams and The Cranberries!)