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A Fork in the Road

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road ... but first you have to find it.
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Author: James Hartley
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Genre: Fantasy

Release: August 26, 2011

Editor: Antonia Tiranth

Line editor: Penny Ehrenkranz

Cover artist: Tiger Matthews

Word count: 4568

Pages: 17

ISBN: 978-1-927085-42-4

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Phil's girlfriend Mary was a successful fantasy writer, but then she got sucked into one of her own stories. Now Phil has to contend with the police who think he is responsible for her disappearance, and with the problem of getting her back ...


 

Excerpt: 

"Carole told me you sold another story," I said. "Congratulations."

"Yeah, to one of the most prestigious fantasy magazines in the country. I'll get you a copy so you can read it." I guess I didn’t answer quickly enough, because she looked at me and said, "You do read the stories I give you, don't you, Phil?"

I mentally crossed my fingers as I answered. "Most of them, at least the shorter ones." In truth there had been quite a few I couldn't make it all the way through. "It's just…well, I wish they could be something other than fairytales. Not even fairytales for kids, I know kids like fairytales, but you write fairytales for adults. Mary, you're a very good writer, you could end up on the bestseller lists, if only you'd write something real!"

Mary shook her head. "Real? What's so special about 'real'? Didn't you ever read any fantasy when you were a kid? The Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, that sort of stuff? Or even comic books? I just about lived those stories when I was a kid."

"No, I never read any of those," I replied. "I saw the Oz movie on TV, but it never turned me on, it was so outrageous. Talking scarecrows and tin men! Sheer nonsense. That sort of thing could never happen. What do you mean, you 'lived those stories'?"

"Oh, I was a terrible daydreamer when I was a kid. I guess I still am, many writers are. But most of the girls in my class at school wanted to grow up to be a ballerina, or a movie star, or the first woman president. I dreamed about growing up to be a sorceress, or a princess, or a super heroine. Or even that I was some kind of changeling and would eventually discover I was really a fairy or an elf. You really never had those kinds of daydreams?"

"Never!" I said.

She shook her head again. "Poor deprived Phil. You just don't know what you're missing. But let's drop it for now. Today is too nice a day to argue about this."

I nodded agreement. I also told myself silently I had to make another try, a really serious try, to read all the way through some of Mary's stories.

 

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Saturday, 31 August 2013
A FORK IN THE ROAD by James Hartley: Fantasy and magic come vividly alive when fashioned by the nimble brain of James Hartley, a multi-published author of books of magic, fantasy, life after death,and other beyond the norm themes. Here in my recent reads of his long list of books, A FORK IN THE ROAD, he gives us a unique redesigning on a theme that reminded me a bit of the movie Brigadoon, with a dash of Oz, a sprinkling of Alice's Wonderland tossed in for good measure, and if you keep your eyes open, you might even catch a glimpse of Never Never land too.

How many of us can't wait to grow up, only to come to the conclusion adulthood isn't all it's cracked up to be? I know I did...but, once we cross that threshold between youth and maturity, there is no going back...unless...you have a James Hartley writing magical books that CAN take us back to the innocence of our days as children...at least for a little while.

James Hartley's A FORK IN THE ROAD takes us to the very edges of a place much like the Brigadoon Gene Kelly finds and must relocate when he realizes his love is stronger than the ever flowing sands of time.

Mr. Hartley gives us a love tale that needs to bridge the distance between fantasy, where the one he loves now exists, and the real world the rest of us walk around in.

Five stars for taking me to a place I fell in love with the first time I saw Brigadoon, and reminding me that magic is all around us. We just need to open to it. Well done Mr. Hartley.
Lin Holmes

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