Monday, September 23, 2013

Deception Peak Blog Tour and Interview with Dianne Gardner

Topping Amazon's Paid Best Sellers list in 
children's Sword and Sorcery

Nominated for The Endeavor Award 2012

"Within seconds, the light show vanished and Ian opened one eye. What he had experienced was not at all what he had expected. No unusual sensations fizzled through his body. He hadn't felt like he was plummeting in an elevator, or blasting through space like in a rocket ship. It didn't even feel like he might be racing down an escape chute on an airplane. No jet sounds, or hums, or buzzes, rattled in his ears."
And so young Ian Wilson enters the Realm.
The first book of a trilogy, Deception Peak is a young adult adventure fantasy about a teenager, Ian Wilson, who follows his father through a portal that magically appears on their computer screen. They travel into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life. 

But when the two are separated, Ian is abducted by a tribe of dragon worshipers and is forced to find his courage. As he struggles for his freedom and embarks on a perilous search to find his father, Ian meets the true peacekeepers of the Realm. It's then that he learns there is a greater purpose for being there.
Book 2 and 3 The Dragon Shield and Rubies and Robbers are available now!
If you enjoy dragons, sorcery, wizards, magic, legend, and fantasy adventure, than this series is for you!

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Flames shot at Ian. He stumbled over the gravel, backing away from the dragon’s fury and from the fire surrounding him. He ran, knees buckling under him and slid toward the edge of the cliff. Hands outstretched, he grasped for something secure to break his fall, a rock, a limb, or a root protruding from the rocky precipice. There was nothing. Cold air howled against his back as he lost his balance. With a scream, he woke.
Not another nightmare!
Once Ian realized where he was, he sighed, thankful he was still in his bed under the covers. The moon cast a warm glow across his blanket and illuminated the cluttered desk, his homework, and an empty soda can. The sketches of swords he’d drawn that afternoon still fluttered in the draft from the open window. Yesterday's jeans propped the closet door open, revealing dirty socks that peeked out from the dark beyond. Ian rolled over and closed his eyes, hoping the cool breeze would bring comfort.
The breeze turned into an icy wind numbing his body. Again he fell.
He plummeted past the cold jagged boulders on a dark, lonely mountain, landing on a cliff. His body rolled and bounced off the rocks. Bits of gravel stuck to his flesh; the salty taste of blood filled his mouth. Burning hair sizzled and curled before finally being snuffed out in the dirt. He tumbled off a ledge and fell again. Flinging his hands over his head to avoid the stones and rubble that were airborne with him, he plunged even farther down the mountainside.
Men dressed in deerskin with quivers on their backs, and bows in their hands ran out of a cave as he flew by. An arrow spun out of the fire, missed the dragon, flipped in the air, and when the arrowhead made contact with the ground, it planted itself deep in the snow next to him, as though it were a tombstone, the shaft vibrating with a silent lament.
A stranger lay in a snowdrift, limbs hanging loose at his side, face bruised and swollen. It was then Ian realized he wasn’t the one who had fallen, but this stranger. The man smiled at him and then blond lashes sealed his eyes shut.
A voice broke the silence. “Father!”
Ian woke again.
Beads of sweat dripped down his forehead and trickled past his ears. The curtains that framed his open window ruffled like ghosts dancing in the night while the neighborhood dogs barked at the moon.
He lay there catching his breath as he did every night wishing the nightmares he’d had ever since his mother died would stop.

On the parchment of time a scene is drawn
Whispering lines taking animate form
Like pages of life its corners are turned
Again and again until lessons are learned
A breath of sweet wind and motion is given
A Realm is created; a Life is within.

About the Author

Dianne Lynn Gardner
253 851-0339

Dianne Gardner, an award winning author, is also an illustrator living in the Pacific Northwest, USA. She's an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American Pen Women.  She is author to The Ian’s Realm Saga, Tales of the Four Wizards and is currently writing a screenplay of her fourth book Cassandra’s Castle all published by PDMI publishing.

You can see more of Dianne’s work on her website

Interview Questions:

1.      Where did the idea come from for the book?
Fairy tales and make believe hold a special place in my heart. I was just telling my granddaughter today that whenever I lost a tooth, my mom would put a quarter in an envelope along with a little drawing she’d do of the tooth fairy she claimed she saw.

My dad would get dressed up as Santa and ring the bell on the front door which was right by my window, and he’d eat all the cookies we put out for St. Nick.
I think it was my mom and dad that fed my imagination, that and the world of Disney. My favorite movie was the Wizard of Oz. My favorite books Black beauty and Alice in Wonderland. I lived in a fantasy world when I realized that I too could write a story, paint a dragon, feed the imagination of young people, the Realm came into being. It’s a story of another world, magic, wizards, make believe. Beautiful horses and magical forests and little computer characters that come alive. It’s the kind of story that I would have wanted to read when I was little.
2.      What genre does your book fall under?
The Ian’s Realm Saga is a fantasy story for young and young at heart. Whereas it was first targeted for boys ages nine and up I found that adults are loving it as much as the kids.
3.      Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I think Alex Wolff would make a great young Ian. He’s got the dark bushy hair and innocence. It would be difficult for me to cast someone other than the actor that plays Dad in the trailer, Robert Odekirk.  I’d love Armie Hammer to play Amleth.

Bindi Irwin would make a lovely 15 year old Abbi

4.      What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
 A boy follows his father through a portal into a deceptively beautiful Realm, fall prey to a tribe of dragon worshipers and embarks on a perilous search for his father.
5.      Who is publishing your  work?
PDMI is publishing the series.
6.      How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I spent about a month and a half writing the first draft.
7.      What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’ve been told the story is a cross between Tron and Narnia. It has elements of both, but really, I’ve never read anything like The Ian’s Realm Saga.
8.      Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My grandchildren are a big inspiration. I really wanted to write a story my grandsons could enjoy.
9.  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The trilogy is only the beginning. Two more books are already written and four short stories are key ingredients to the mix. The shorts will be included with each of the first four books. If you like dragons, wizards, magic, danger, and the fight of good against evil, I think you will like The Ian’s Realm Saga.


  1. Thank you so much for this LOVELY spread! You're the best!

    1. Great pleasure, wish you all the best.

    2. Great interview. A good story, has lessons along the way. Is this a new cover for the re release? If so I need a new copy! I was happy to read Dianne's favorite stories as a child is the same as mine! That is where the similarities end, LOL, if only I could write like her. She is a inspiration.