Gardner’s Success No Deception

Dianne Lynn Gardner is celebrating the re-release of her popular YA fantasy, DECEPTION PEAK, Book 1 of the Ian’s Realm Saga, with a blog tour, and she’s starting it right here, right now!

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.

She’s not only sharing information on her book today, she’s sharing some of her glorious illustrations, AND she’s letting her young protagonists, Ian and Abbi, have a say!

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MA: How do your main characters feel about launching day, and about launching a new edition of Deception Peak?

DG: Ian? I think this question is for you.

Ian Wilson1Ian: Right! Well you know we’ve been through this before and personally, I mean, no offense, but after seeing how you explained my experience the first time through, I thought you could have left a lot of things out. Yeah, I was hesitant to step into the portal but I wasn’t scared. I just didn’t think it was a good idea.

Dad was right though. If you don’t take risks, you don’t learn and if you don’t learn, you don’t grow. So even though I protested I wanted to be with him, and to learn to be the man he was. I’m glad you made that more evident in this edition.

I’m also glad you kind of ironed things out between Abbi and I. There wasn’t any moment in my whole life that I didn’t like Abbi. I just didn’t know how to relate to her. She was really the only friend I had in high school and that was my fault. I was just too introverted.

The only thing that bothered me, really, was when she wanted to go into the Realm. I mean, I was still hesitant to go there myself. She’s definitely braver than me and much more spontaneous, more like my dad. Which made it awkward. I wasn’t used to sharing my dad. I think in this edition you brought that out more, especially that little spat we had when we were riding horseback. It wasn’t Abbi, well not exactly anyway. Not until she snuffed me.

I was a little anxious about you rewriting my story, but when I found out you weren’t telling everyone how whiney I was, I thought, “well good!” So in answer to your question about launch day-“Right on!”

DG: Abbi, how about you?

AbbiAbbi: Launching a book is probably the most exciting thing that can happen for a writer! I’m happy for you. I’m hoping to launch a book some day too. Not fiction, but a medical journal or something. You know I’m pursuing my dreams too, don’t you? Of course you do. Ian made that all possible for me, Your readers will find out about those things when the series is finished, if it ever is. You certainly are following the family with a fine point pen, aren’t you? (laughs).

I agree with Ian as far as the edits go. Of course, any time you show our affection for one another I’m going to love what you write. I agree that he had some issues in high school but he wasn’t scared. I mean, look how he stood up to Johnny Cramer! I always thought he was stronger than he gave himself credit for. Which might be why you mistook all those thoughts as fear, before.

He does have a temper though and it’s gotten him in trouble before. It’s good that you made that evident in the rewrite especially since it was his temper that turned the tide of events later in his life.

Just so you know, he has a handle on it now. (winks)

And I also think it’s really cool that our portraits and the other images are going to be on Kindle. (nudges Ian) What do you think?

Ian: (blushes) Yeah, whatever.

DG: Thanks Abbi and Ian for your input on the new edition of Deception Peak! I’m glad you like it and I hope fans enjoy it as much as you do!


Topping Amazon’s Paid Best Sellers list in children’s Sword and Sorcery
Nominated for The Endeavor Award 2012
deception-peakNewly edited, Deception Peak, Amazon’s best seller two months in a row, has a face lift and it’s better than ever now. Having combed through the edits, added some action, toughened Ian up and even gave him a better attitude toward Abbi, (something his fans have been asking for), you won’t want to miss this version!

I think you’ll like what PDMI Rara Avis has done to spiff up Book I of the Ian’s Realm Saga! And now, The Tale of the Four Wizards, Patriarchs of the Realm Silvio is a bonus feature with this book (and the other shorts will be included in the sequels) so you don’t miss any of the tale.

“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.

If you enjoy dragons, sorcery, wizards, magic, legend, and fantasy adventure, than this series is for you!

Books 2 and 3 The Dragon Shield and Rubies and Robbers are available now!

Dragon Shield Trailer

Dianne’s website

Official book blog



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Thanks, Dianne! Thanks, kids! I am wowed, as always, by your talent, Dianne. Best of luck with the blog tour.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Ask two of your characters what changes they wish you would make to the way you’ve written their story.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Gardner’s Success No Deception

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      Marian Allen

      October 7, 2013 at 8:46am

      You know she did those illustrations herself, don’t you? She blows me away!

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  1. Karen Casey Fitzjerrell

    October 7, 2013 at 8:54am

    Yes! That’s what blew me away! To be an accomplished writer AND illustrator. Now that is talent.

    BY THE WAY – Should’ve had ONE more cup of coffee before taking a look at my email this morning. I meant to type PEEK not PEAK. How embarrassing is that?

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  2. Jane

    October 7, 2013 at 9:25am

    I LOVE those illos, Ms. Gardner!! Would you please do my next cover??
    Sorry, that was RUDE, wasn’t it?
    I am heading right over to the book site ASAP.

    As to the writing prompt:
    Rosie, what do you wish I’d improve your character by doing?
    Just asking.

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      Marian Allen

      October 7, 2013 at 10:06am

      Hmmm…. Make me a beer snob and an Indian food addict. Oh, those handsome Sikhs with those black beards, brown eyes, and red turbans.

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  3. Dianne Gardner

    October 7, 2013 at 10:34am

    Man you guys get up early! PDT time here! Marian Allen that was a rocking cue to work from and the kids had a great time speaking their mind! I love your blog! Thanks for having me! And thank you Karen and Jane for your kind words!
    Dianne Lynn Gardner #fantasy #epic #dragons

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      Marian Allen

      October 7, 2013 at 11:36am

      The kids really grabbed it and ran. 🙂 That was a great way to bring readers into the story. 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      October 7, 2013 at 3:18pm

      I loved those kids! Glad you like the prompt, Sheila; I have one every day. 🙂

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  4. Joy

    October 12, 2013 at 8:12pm

    Couldn’t wait to get my own copies of the trilogy books. My son saw some reviews and has been following up on me constantly for a copy.

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  5. Kristine

    October 16, 2013 at 11:03am

    I already have a copy of the Deception Peak but I would still love to have the newly edited version. And for sure, I’m getting the two more in the trilogy series very soon. Congratulations and more power.

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