The Crystal Lake Part Three of The Journey

02nd April 2014
As the morning arises through the fog a car turns in on the gravel and a quiver of excitement is now running through me. Hilary Jane Jones has arrived bringing me the very first draft of 'Book Three of The Journey, The Crystal lake'.



I can't wait to read it! It feels like forever since 'The Faerie Glen' was launched. I now have to typeset it into the pages and edit all the images Hilary has selected to go with her evocative verse. This will take some time, before we are repro-graphically ready for first proofs of imagery to be supplied to Gomer Press in Wales. Time we have. We cannot send this to press until the money is in the bank to pay for it and we need a few more sales from our other books to achieve this. So if you have yet to see 'Shirelands' our coffee table book containing landscape photography of the stunning scenery of Shropshire and the Welsh Borders each beautifully brought to life with evocative poetry inspired by the individual image. Nor entered on 'The Journey' through 'The Wicked Wood' and into 'The Faerie Glen' then pop along to [http://www.briarridgebooks.co.uk], [http://twitter.com/BriarRidgeBooks] or [http://www.facebook.com/briarridgebooks] and see what is happening on the Ridge feel free to like our pages and become a RidgeRider. Our first book 'The Wicked Wood' came Runner Up in the Best Self Publishing Book Awards 2012 and we are hoping that 'Part Two, The Faerie Glen' will have a good chance of coming first!



These books are a lifetime dream of mine a way to bring Mother Nature to life and to really reconnect people old and young with the beauty that surrounds us all if we but open our eyes and truly look at the world we live in. And it is Working! So pleased to have found a poetess that loves nature and the world of wonder as much as I. We have been into schools and met the children who have read and loved the books, who are nagging us for this one to be finished!! Approached drama and theatre groups who are very interested in working on the project with children and adults of all ages. The Beanstalk Charity has the books in their boxes, and is taking them into schools and encouraging children to read with the poetry and pictures, to help them by engaging their imagination. A project very close to my heart as I was a late learner on reading and found it extremely difficult. However once it did click in I read anything and everything and wish to pass this magical world onto others, so they can have the adventures I had within the pages of a book.

Briar Ridge Books has a YouTube video bringing the wonders of 'The Wicked Wood' to life thanks to an extremely talented friend of mine Mr Stu Mannix who has just understood 'The Journey' and our love of the landscape so very much and worked his magic and talent to bring it all together in a beautiful piece of music and imagery. His voice is truly made for reading 'The Journey' we hope you will agree! It has been said he really should be narrating books for a living as he has such a brilliant voice, 'simply made for this vocation' was the exact quote, I could listen to him for hours. Mind you he is also an ace guitarist, vocalist, Lyricist, composer, theatrical engineer in both lighting and sound, really there is no end to the talents he holds as well as being overly modest!! (Thank you Stu for all that you do we are utterly in your debt!)

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Yd9Sr7DR4]

So now I begin an exciting period of bringing the next book to life and also finding locations and imagery for 'Book Four, The Haunted Vale'! Plus of course all the other work I need to undertake to pay the bills and keep things moving forward.

What a wonderful way to work imagery art and Mother Nature. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped bring these books to life and for sharing our adventure Gomer Press for being there when they go to press and all of you out there for buying them across the globe and letting us know how much you love them and I know (by the nagging) are eagerly awaiting me to get my arse in gear and finish 'The Crystal Lake' I will be as quick as I can but remember the impossible I can do at once miracles take a little longer ;)

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