Dragons, and Druids, and Danger…Oh, My!
A long time ago, in a land far, far away, in a hidden room that bore a striking resemblance to a single-car garage with indoor/outdoor carpeting, a desk, more M&Ms than made sense, and a space heater, a slightly obsessed women with wild hair and an over-active imagination transported herself eight hundred years back into the past for the adventure of a lifetime. Six years after the date of her original departure, she returned from medieval Wales with an extra ten pounds packed onto her small frame (inevitable), an intense longing for a battle sword (still unfulfilled), and a story – thank goodness.
It’s a journey writers make every day, just doing their bit for the betterment of all mankind. John Cheever said, “Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos…to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream.”
Books as a triumph over the chaos in our lives – we’ve all been there, where the break we need in our day, where the solace we need to go on can be found in a story. Or if something inside us craves an adventure beyond our means or situation, we can skim across the surface of a hundred stories, reading blurbs, looking at covers, until we find the one that takes hold and blossoms in our mind. Your boyfriend doesn’t look like Channing Tatum? No problem. Go read a Cindy Gerard book and celebrate the world via one of her awesomely stupendous dreams.
For my newest ebook releases, THE CHALICE TRILOGY: THE CHALICE AND THE BLADE – Book 1, DREAM STONE – Book 2, and PRINCE OF TIME – Book 3, the journey to medieval Wales began with dreaming about castles and progressed to traveling to modern day Wales to the castle of my dreams – Chepstow, a ruined fortress overlooking the River Wye.
I knew there would be Druids in the story, but the dragons took me completely by surprise, as did the sorcerer I found in the castle tower, Dain Lavrans, a warrior of unsurpassed skill and deadly grace, a Crusader who came back from the Holy Land a changed man – a man who finds his own surprise in the mysterious woman who has been captured in the forest and given into his keeping. Theirs is a lushly erotic love story bound by redemption and destiny…THE CHALICE AND THE BLADE.
In DREAM STONE, an ancient priestess will set the young warrior Mychael and an elfin girl, Llynya, to the deadly task of their fate. They must call forth the dragons and face an unimaginable evil. But even as he brings the great and mighty dragons to heel, Mychael knows the cost of battle will be dear, and the price he must pay for victory will change him forever.
Ten thousand years in the future, sought across the vast reaches of time and space by a ruthless villain known as the Warmonger, only the priestess Avallyn can keep a dark and ancient enemy from destroying the world – and only by conquering his deepest fears and darkest memories can Morgan ab Kynan fulfill his destiny to take her back to the distant past as the PRINCE OF TIME.
Books as refuge, solace, adventure, escape, when I find a great one, I go back to it again and again. I have some books I’ve literally worn out and had to repurchase.
How about you? What books have you read more than once? Let me know by leaving a comment, and I’ll draw a winner for a free ebook of THE CHALICE AND THE BLADE (Kindle only until April 28) or another Tara Janzen ebook listed on my website at www.tarajanzen.com