In a dream I strolled barefoot in a quiet garden

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In a dream I strolled barefoot in a quiet garden…

Ducking beneath roses, I escaped a glittering gathering behind mullioned windows and wandered alone amongst beds peopled with purple allium. I hailed a laburnum drunk with blossom and traced a hidden path beside a buttercup bank.

In a meadow a blackbird peeped at my intrusion and cows gathered at the fence to say, ‘Nobody is allowed, except our friend the solitary gardener.’

Now he has locked his modest shed and gone. But look around and he is everywhere, in root and leaf and sky. And in his dreams does he still tramp the lawns and greet the trees he tended?

Miranda Lewis 2018

Welcome to 100-word Friday Flash Fiction, hosted each week by the talented writer Rochelle. (Get a sneak preview of here novel in progress here.) Thanks to the appropriately named Nathan Sowers for this week’s photo prompt.

Where else could I go this week, but out into the garden? But not just any garden; this dream garden is based on the real garden tended for the past decade by the Anxious Gardener. You can read his final, wistful farewell to this particular garden on his blog here, and also catch a glimpse of some beautiful photos, including that drunk laburnum.

For more tales from Friday Fictioneers stick your trowel in here.

You can even find me in the garden here on Instagram, if that’s not one click too many.

Thanks!

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Dream Girl by Miranda Lewis

This quick-read contemporary novel is now available on Kindle.

I wrote Dream Girl for my daughter when she was a teenager. Something short and weird were her two requirements. That’s when Poppy walked into my head – strange, angry girl who never sleeps (or so she says). And I wondered what she’d done and was trying her best to forget.

If asked to define Dream Girl I’d say it’s a psychological mystery that defies categorisation – a dreamscape, a modern fairy tale. Part romance and part ghost story, it concerns sleeping and dreaming, reality and memory, a girl and a boy. Appropriate for young adults and adult adults.

If you do buy it and read it please leave a comment here – and please say what you really think. Reviews on Amazon are useful too.

dream girl cover right size

Thanks to my daughter Sophie for the fantastic art work.

Link to Amazon UK here where you can read the first few pages and the blurb. The book is 99p in the UK and an equivalent price elsewhere. (US Amazon link here.)

And now, exciting times my first Amazon review…

Dream Girl by Miranda Lewis is a compulsive page turner. She drew me in to her strangely entangled worlds of sleepless nights and dream filled days, where the lines of reality and dreams entwine. A great read, beautifully written.

Thanks to my first reviewer.

Miranda