Who Speaks for the Trees: Influences of Dark Summer Dreams
I have always loved trees. My family took a road trip up the California coast with the highly ambitious goal of reaching Oregon (from southern California). We took our “adventure van”, the ’82 Westfalia that was severely underpowered under the best of circumstances, so you can imagine that it took us a long, long, long time to reach northern California. I have a true understanding of how long, twisty (and beautiful) the California coastline is; however, we ended up throwing in the towel when we hit Arcata, a really adorable college town up by Humboldt State University. It seemed just the place to stop and kick up our feet for a few days.
Why am I sharing this?
One of the stops along the way was the Avenue of the Giants where there were huge, huge, huge trees that were beautiful and awe-inspiring. California is home to the most magnificent red woods that are hundreds of years old and tower over all of us so proudly. I couldn’t get enough of walking through the forest, though we did end up hightailing it as we were a sublime feast for the mosquitoes. Another stand-out moment with trees was on my honeymoon in Hawaii on the big island. There were banyan trees that grew so chaotically, the same tree having numerous “trunks” coming out of the ground. The trees were magnificent, and welcoming. I wanted to just climb up on the limbs and rest awhile. I could stand and stare at trees without even feeling the time pass because the lines are so graceful, the colors so perfect.
The trees play an important role in Dark Summer Dreams, Book #2 of the Dreamwalker series, and will do so again down the road in Book #5, the final book. In this book, Shandria is forced to save an enemy of her people from execution, only to be captured as a pawn by that same warrior. Part of their journey is a hike through the forest to his hidden camp, which is where this discussion is leading. Loving the trees as I do, I envisioned trees for my new world that were a cross between the banyan and the redwoods. They were supersized, like the redwoods, but even wider, thicker. They also had amazing shapes within the trunks, like the banyan, that allowed animals to build small dens or humans to rest for a night. One species of tree I create has more of a pine scent, but with a blue tinge to its leaves and cones and is called a blue sage tree. The other tree that Shandria and Kraggon use to bed down within is called a burbur tree. Creating the setting for this journey was a great part of the fun of writing this book.
What fantastic scenery have you enjoyed or would like to enjoy on your travels?
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Type: Sci-Fi Romance
I freed him from imprisonment, only to become his pawn.
I, Shandria Langston, last remaining daughter of the leader of the Sunan, was charged with an impossible task. I had to rescue Kraggon Dragmor—sworn enemy of my people—from the death chamber. If I refused, our world as we know it would be destroyed.
Oh, but was he happy with my sacrifice? No. Instead of being properly appreciative of this selfless act, of being grateful that I tended to him through a deathly illness, the bastard’s kidnapped me. I’m “a symbol of retribution for his people.” The man has no heart.
I have only one advantage in captivity: I can read Kraggon’s thoughts. I know that he can’t afford to admit that I empathize with his people. He can’t afford to admit that I am more beautiful than any woman he’s ever seen, or allow me to fire his blood with every look…and he can’t afford to admit that he’ll do anything to save me, that I’ve become his heart.
Danube Adele wrote her first romance at the age of seven when she penned the story of her dogs falling in love and having puppies. She’s been dreaming up romantic tales ever since. A lifetime resident of southern California, she spends time playing at the beach, camping in Joshua Tree National Park, and hiking Mammoth Mountain.
Always a lover of adventure, she and her husband took their sons on a cross country road trip to Florida and back in an old VW Westfalia, that had no A/C, in the month of July, and still, it continues to be the best trip they ever took.
Extensive travel and trying new things has kept the creative spark alive. Danube lives in Claremont with her biggest fans, her loving husband, amazing and wonderful identical twin sons, and a teddy bear of a Rottweiler.
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