Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Guest Blogger Renee Wildes - The Power Of a Dream

I believe in the power of having a dream and working hard to make it come true. My daughter Tami is a figure skater—in training. Saturday 12/17/2011, she took her last Basic Skills (8) test and passed. Out of the minors, as it were, and into Freestyle. Her regular coach wasn’t there, so she got tested by her idol and inspiration, Leah. Ask Tami who her inspiration is, and she’ll say Leah. I thought it so fitting that on Tami’s day of days, it was Leah who passed her through to the big leagues. I’m not sure which of the two of them were more thrilled.
RIEVER’S HEART came out on Tuesday, September 27. The hero, Daq Aryk, is a man with a dream—a warrior prince who dreams of peace. He loves his children, his people and his land. He’s tired of his people being cold and hungry, of warriors dying young and illness taking its toll. They’ve been professional raiders for generation,s but Aryk has a vision of their children growing up to other career options.

The problem is old habits die hard. His own people can’t see themselves doing anything else. Even Aryk’s best friend Valkyn accuses Aryk of turning his back on their fathers. The outside nations are clearly skeptical of a message of peace coming from a riever leader. The only ones to give him a shot are the elves in Poshnari-Unai. King Loren assigns his best warrior Verdeen to accompany Aryk back to Isadorikja as a helper and witness. Part bodyguard, part counselor and part spy.

Aryk has enough on his plate with stubborn clansmen and skeptical neighbors. The last thing he needs is a beautiful cadet with no real battle experience. She’s a distraction he can’t afford. Even though she makes him burn with desire, he has to focus on the mission. He’s got to no time to think of his own needs.

With everything he’s got against him it would be so easy to give it up, to just continue things as they are. Unpopular leaders can be replaced. He takes a big risk following his dream but sometimes a dream is all a man has.

Ask Martin Luther King, Jr.

How many things have changed in history because someone stood up and said, “You know what? This is wrong. I think we can do better.”

A dream can make change happen.

Everyone has dreams. What they do about them is what defines who and what they are, and can define the future for everyone else. We have to believe in the power of the possibilities of their dreams. Words like “can’t” and “never” should never enter your vocabulary. Dreams can inspire change. Dreams can affect change. Don’t laugh at the dreamers—embrace them. Join them. Become them.

Never give up. Ever. No matter what other people say, you have to believe in yourself. Don’t ever listen to the naysayers. I hope Aryk’s and Verdeen’s story can inspire you to keep your own dreams alive.

Renee Wildes is an award-winning Wausau, WI writer. She grew up reading fantasy authors Terry Brooks and Mercedes Lackey and is a huge Joseph Campbell fan, so the minute she discovered romance novels it became inevitable that she would combine it all and write fantasy romance. Renee is a history buff, from medieval times back to ancient Greece, especially Sparta. As a Navy brat and a cop’s kid, she gravitated to protector/guardian heroes and heroines. She’s had horses her whole life, so became the only vet tech in a family of nurses. It all comes together in her Guardians of Light series for Samhain Publishing – fantasy, action, romance, heroics and lots of critters!

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Renee Wildes said...

Morning y'all! Thanks for having me this morning. Hope you're having a great pre-holiday week and aren't getting too stressed out with last-minute stuff!

Sher LeScott said...


LOve this. Dreams are so magical in that they really can transform lives.

I've got so many dreams, and I've had so many dreams come through from a wonderful husband to great kids to a career that is taking off. And most especially I love seeing the dreams of friends and family unfold. How wonderful for Tami that she has a Mom that encourages her to go after her dreams.

Very touching. Thanks for sharing this.


Renee Wildes said...

Morning Sheryl!

I agree - nothing good would happen in this world if people didn't follow their dreams and work hard to achieve them!

Keep dreaming...persevere!

katsrus said...

Renee that was a feel good post! Very inspiring. Congrats to your daughter. That is so awesome! Merry Christmas everyone.
Sue B

Mary Hughes said...

What a wonderful, uplifting post! Thank you Renee. And congratulations to Tami!

Rae-Anne said...

Hi Renee! Congrats to Tami!!! We are so proud of her!

Renee Wildes said...

Hi Guys! Got a minute on lunch to check in! Thanx so much - Tami is very excited, and it just got me thinking about dreams and how to achieve them. Can't always make them come true, but the only way they WON'T happen is to never try! So GO FOR IT!

Hope everyone has a fabulous holiday!

Kelly Jamieson said...

Welcome to the Naughty Nine Renee! Your story sounds great and very inspiring. I love what you said about believing in the power of possibilities.

Renee Wildes said...

Thanks for letting me play in your yard, Kelly! Hope we all dream big and may all our dreams come true in 2012! Have a great holiday, everyone!

Phoebe Conn said...

Everything begins with a dream. How wonderful that your daughter is on her way to realizing hers.