Harmony Kent’s Fictional Tour of the Forest of Dean

Today, the Story Empire Roadshow takes me to visit author P. H. Solomon, while I host author Harmony Kent. I’m so glad to have her here for the first time. Let’s give her a warm welcome. Take it away, Harmony!


Hello, everyone, Harmony Kent here. Welcome to my tour stop on the Story Empire Roadshow. First of all, I would like to give Staci a huge thank you for hosting me today.

Over the last three days, we’ve looked at why I write and what I write. Today, I thought we’d do a bit of exploring around the murky world I created out of The Forest of Dean, the setting for my mystery/thriller, The Glade. And, remember, throughout this week, I’m offering Kindle deals on some of my books, so keep checking in for details of which books and when the discounts are happening. The most prolific commenter at the end of the tour will get to choose ONE copy of any TWO of my ebooks!

A Tour Around The Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean makes for one of the last surviving ancient woodlands in the UK. It covers about 42 square miles in roughly a triangular plateau in the western part of Gloustershire in England. Deciduous and evergreen trees populate the forest, predominantly oak, while Beech and  Sweet Chestnut have grown here for many centuries.

Harry Potter and the Forest of DeanWhile researching for my book, The Glade, it delighted me to not only come across the Standing Stone, but also the abundance of Ley Lines. Well, this got my imagination going at warp speed, I can tell you. And not only my imagination, either. The Harry Potter movies used the Forest of Dean for much of their filming, not to mention countless other films set in this historic forest.

Staunton Standing StoneThe tall stone is known as the Staunton Standing Stone. This Stone stands by the side of the A4136 about 1 mile from Staunton in the direction of Christchurch. It stands proudly amongst the trees and bushes alone of its kind in this area.

It is said that if you prick this stone at midnight it bleeds. (Mwaahaaahaaaha.)

In my story, I took certain liberties. For instance, I … err … moved the stone to a quiet glade and had it built into the cottage as the cornerstone. And, it’s not too far from the truth, as before the road got put in, this stone did stand in an incredibly isolated spot. So, I’m … err … just a ‘tad’ behind the times!

The Glade by Harmony KentAnd, of course, The Glade and forest that came out of my imagination, prove a lot scarier than the real forest …

As promised, one of my books, The Glade, is on a Kindle Countdown Deal for today only. Grab it for just 0.99! Amazon US and Amazon UK. Offer ends at 11:00 pm local time.

Moments by Harmony KentMy latest book, Moments, is available on pre-order on Amazon. Pre-order HERE (US) and HERE (UK). This is a collection of short stories and poetry that touches upon death, grieving, war, fresh starts, hope, courage, change, choices, and encouragement. Take a moment to delve into tales from the dark side, have fun with fantasy, dabble in dystopia, and court danger in a little science fiction.

I’d love to hear what some of your favourite places are, as well as those that have left you utterly spooked. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Harmony kent

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This was Harmony’s first time here, and she totally rocked her post. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize from her. Then visit all the other Story Empire blogs to continue the tour and enter to win more great prizes!

Craig | Harmony | Joan | Mae | P. H.

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28 Comments Add yours

  1. Intriguing, as always, Harmony! I’m trying to catch up from yesterday. Wow … you all rock! 🙂
    Thanks for the warm welcome, Staci!

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    1. harmonykentonline says:

      Thanks, Natalie! Yes, Staci is a great host 🙂

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      1. Staci Troilo says:

        Natalie, Harmony… thank you for the kind words. Hosting Harmony (and all the other Story Empire authors) has been my pleasure this week. I’m glad you’ve been stopping by Natalie. Thanks for the support.

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  2. carmens007 says:

    Isn’t that stone similar to a couple of stones found at Stonehenge? When you touch them they seem to be warm even if the weather is cold outside. England has many such mysterious places, a great source of inspiration. The story sounds right my alley, then. Best of luck with the rest of the tour, Harmony!

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    1. harmonykentonline says:

      Thanks, Carmens! Glad you like the sound of The Glade. Yes, merry olde England has lots of lore and myth and mysteries! Great for a vivid imagination 😃

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    2. Staci Troilo says:

      I didn’t know that about the stones at Stonehenge. That’s fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. tpolen says:

    I first heard of ley lines while reading The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – that, along with the fact that part of Harry Potter was filmed in this forest means I obviously need to visit. Got my copy of The Glade, Harmony! Seriously – you guys are killing my TBR this week.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      You like horror, so I think The Glade will be right up your alley, Teri.

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    2. harmonykentonline says:

      Thanks so much, tpolen! I’m sure The Glade will be just down your alley (or in your woods), lols. 😃

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  4. Mae Clair says:

    The standing stone is just so cool, Harmony, and I bet the actual forest must feel “old.” I read The Glade last year and found it creepy indeed! Like many here, I’m a Potter fan, so the tidbit about filming in the forst was icing on a great post!

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Someday I want to explore all these cool places in Europe. Harmony did a great job of bringing the forest right to my Kindle. It was like I was right there.

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    2. harmonykentonline says:

      It definitely gas that certain ancient feel to many parts of it 😃

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  5. Joan Hall says:

    This sounds like a great story. As fiction writers, we can use some liberty. Nice touch to take the stone and put it in an isolated place.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Harmony made a lot of smart choice in that book. It was the first thing I read by her, and I really loved it.

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    2. harmonykentonline says:

      Thanks, Joan! 😊

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  6. harmonykentonline says:

    Staci, thanks so much for hosting me today; it’s a treat to be on your blog! 🙂

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      So glad to have you here, Harmony!

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  7. I can vouch for this one. It’s a great story.

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    1. harmonykentonline says:

      Thanks so much, Craig! 🙂

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    2. Staci Troilo says:

      Agreed, Craig. Wholeheartedly.

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      1. harmonykentonline says:

        Thanks, Staci! 😊

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  8. Irene Aprile says:

    When I read Forest of Dean in the title of the post, Harry Potter’s disastrous camping experience immediately came to my mind (potterhead through and through).
    It seems like a beautiful and peaceful place, even if as a setting can be more disquieting.
    Great post, as usual!

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    1. harmonykentonline says:

      I refuse to confess how many times I’ve now read the Potter books! LOLS!!! 🙂 Glad you liked the post, Irene, and thanks for all your support during this tour! 🙂

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      1. Irene Aprile says:

        Potterheads (just like Janeites) are everywhere! I started writing with Harry Potter fan fictions, it will always held a special place in my heart.

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    2. Staci Troilo says:

      Isn’t it funny how just a name can bring whole worlds to mind? (Another Potter fan here.)

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      1. harmonykentonline says:

        Sure is! 😀

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