Why I Write Fantasy–Brains 2 Books Cyber Convention 2018

This post appears as part of the “Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo Fantasy Book Tour”…

Running from April 6th through April 8th 2018 this online book event brings readers and authors together for a weekend of books, and book related events.

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B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Tom Fallwell B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Mary R. Woldering B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Ashley Capes
B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Connie Cockrell B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Shakyra Dunn B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Dove Winters

Why I Write Fantasy by Dove Winters

Imagine looking into the sky and seeing a giant on a flying motorcycle descending to the ground to deliver the Chosen One to his new home. Or watching as a fae queen lifts her hand to her enemies and burns them to ash from the inside out. Or seeing an epic battle fought against an army of orcs. These are all events you will only see in fantasy novels, and they’re the reason I write fantasy. There are plenty of books about the Real World, the world our bodies inhabit daily, and many of those books are great. But fantasy books take place in those secret worlds of the mind, those uncharted spaces in the heads of writers that fantasy books give us a glimpse into.

Fantasy books take us to new worlds, never before seen, with their own sets of rules, ethics, and people. Anything can happen, within the rules of the realm. Magic can be a source of life or a danger to all. Mythical creatures can thrive. Planets can have personalities, animals can talk, and anyone can be a hero. There are no limits to what a fantasy world can include.

Writing, as well as reading, is an escape for me. Creating fantasy worlds and realms and characters is a more satisfying escape for me than abiding by the rules of the Real World.

Most fantasy involves some sort of magic or paranormal aspect, as is the case for my trilogy, Ember of the Planet. In that trilogy, the planet Otera is a living being with thoughts and feelings, even the ability to place her thoughts and feelings in a human form if she desires. The main character, Ember, is chosen as one of her representatives and can use her energy to do things like create weapons and heal people. But that’s only the beginning of what she can do, as Ember finds out through the books!

But fantasy doesn’t necessarily have to have a magical aspect to it. As in the case of my Knight Heir Series, the setting is the kingdom of the Knight Heirs, but the characters are human for the most part. There are no magical powers or mythical creatures. But the characters don’t have to be strict humans, either. Since it’s a fantasy world, strange things can happen, within the rules of the created world, as is the example of Evelina in The Laundry Maid. She rescues a wolf who has lost one of his legs and they have a special bond.

Of course, fantasy has many different sub-genres, depending on the type of story it is. All of mine have romance aspects, because I live in the belief that, even through magic, orcs, or the paranormal, love conquers all.

Would I suggest that you write fantasy? Absolutely! It’s a great way to stretch your imagination as you work on world building, character building, and exploring any magical or paranormal elements you may wish to include.

Here at the Brains 2 Books convention, you’ll find a lot of new fantasy titles to read, and I encourage you to give them all a try! But fantasy isn’t all that you’ll find here, so be sure to check out the other genres as well!

B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Tom Fallwell B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Mary R. Woldering B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Ashley Capes B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Connie Cockrell B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Shakyra Dunn B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Dove Winters

 

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The Wind of Chicanery

The Wind of Chicanery is now live on Amazon! Pick up a copy of Ember of the Planet for 99 cents (until March 8th) and you’ll be ready for book two! I hope to have book three done by the end of the year or around this time next year. Book three has some epic battles and a holy-skies-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened moment, so don’t miss it!!

Here is an excerpt from The Wind of Chicanery:

Ember peeked through the gate and saw that Otos was right; the doorway led to a corridor that branched off in two directions. A maze.

“Having second thoughts?” Aaron asked, making Ember jump. She straightened.

 

“No. I don’t think we should all march in there. Maybe if we just sneak in we can get back the crystal and not even have to face the woman. But we’ll need to get past the maze and we’ll need to be able to sneak in without being seen.” Ember had a hand on her chin as she spoke. All eyes turned to Levrin.

“What?” he asked, looking rightfully afraid.

“I think it’s time for you to earn your keep,” Aaron said. Ember swatted him away.

“Your skills as a thief might just be what we need,” she clarified.

Levrin scratched the back of his head, ruffling his red hair, his eyes looking over the maze ahead of them. “I don’t know, lass. This is a little more than what I’m used to.”

Aaron’s sword, already drawn, pointed at Levrin’s chest. “Then why are you here?”

Ember swatted him away again, placing herself between them. “Look, Levrin, you were brave enough to volunteer to escort me through Hoa. I can’t ask anymore of you than that. Give me any advice you can about it and I’ll go.”

Levrin’s face twisted, his hands going to his hips. He let out a long exhale of breath. “I can’t let you go in there alone, lass. You’re right. I’ve broken into many a residence to steal things. If I’m turning over a new leaf as an honest man, I may as well use my talent for good. I’ll go with you.”

Ember smiled and clapped him on the shoulder. “Good. The three of us will go, then. The rest of you stay behind, watch the horses, and watch for any signs of danger.”

“Be careful, Princess. If you need to, call out and we’ll come in fighting,” Kol said.

Galeran and Nerisa echoed his sentiments, but Aaron leaned against his sword.

“I didn’t volunteer.”

“I didn’t ask.” Ember threw him a look before heading to the gate with Levrin. Obviously amused, Aaron joined them.

The gate wasn’t locked and slid open without a sound. Ember produced her sword and Levrin his ax as they stepped through the grass into the start of the maze. Ember chose to go left.

The high stone walls were covered in mossy vines, some with flowers, some with thorns. They kept to the center of the path, ever alert of their surroundings, Ember choosing the way as they reached each corner. They were starting to relax a little when they reached the first dead end. Ember pushed a hand through the mossy wall, but it was stone and firm.

“We’ll have to turn back and go the other way. We should mark our path somehow so we don’t go around in circles,” she said, turning her back on the wall to talk to the men.

Aaron nodded in agreement. “We could be in here all day if that happens. We can mark the stone where we’ve been. Maybe cut off some of the vines.”

Ember agreed and had just taken a step when the vines behind her reached out and grabbed her arm. –The Wind of Chicanery

Oh, my! I wonder what’s going to happen next!

If you want more information on this book and a chance to win a copy of one of my works, don’t miss the cyber convention in April! Happy reading everyone!

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