Oct 172012

Guest post: Dianne Lynn Gardner

As part of her book tour, I have Dianne Lynn Gardner here today with a guest post about theme.

The Ian’s Realm Saga has a theme.

World English dictionary on Theme:  a unifying idea, image, or motif, repeated or developed throughout a work

From the Prequel Deception Peak, its sequels The Dragon Shield and Rubies and Robbers, there’s a unifying theme that is threaded throughout its pages–an idea that’s been wound tightly to my heart.

Of all the swords and sorcerers in fantasy literature, I see the well-meaning theme of good versus evil. And even though many of those stories are fabulous in execution and exciting in delivery, I rarely see good vs evil. What I see is evil combating good, which in turn, uses a mistaken choice of evils’ weapons.

Any supernatural power available in the Realm that can be used to fight evil isn’t really obvious to our young protagonist, Ian when he first steps through the portal. After all, he’s a young man that comes from Seattle Washington, goes to high school, and spends a lot of time alone with his dad hunting, fishing and exploring computer technology.

When he steps into the pristine beauty of the countryside, befriends the wild horses and hears the haunting melodies, Ian and his father learn there’s a journey of discovery to be had, and Deception Peak is only the trailhead.

Ian is completely unaware of the battles that have been tormenting this land until he and his dad are unsuspectingly thrust into the midst of them. As suggested by the dark and dangerous mountain, much deception blinds the newcomers’ eyes.

Once caught in the turmoil Ian is forced to make choices as he learns about the people who live there. When he does, he is left with a lasting impression that will eventually tear at his heart until he returns, an impression that will be the seed to discovering the only force that could possibly conquer the evil of the Realm.

Deception Peak is only the beginning. The next installment of the trilogy, The Dragon Shield is due to come out the beginning of 2013, and the third book, Rubies and Robbers, will follow, each with their own challenges and mounting suspense.

There are four short stories that will be published before The Dragon Shield that interweave the history and magic of The Realm, and explain further the growing conflict that haunts that world.

The Tale of the Four Wizards-Patriarchs of the Realm. The first story Silvio will be released in November of this year. Watch for it on Amazon!

About Dianne Lynn Gardner

Dianne Lynn Gardner

Dianne Lynne Gardner is both an author and illustrator. She’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American Pen Women. She has written Young Adult Fantasy novels as well as articles for national magazines and newspapers and she is an award winning artist.

Dianne spent many years living out in the desert wilderness of the American Southwest, lived in a hogan made from adobe and cedar for thirteen years, co-owned 25 horses both pure bred and Native American ponies, traveled horseback and by wagon throughout the Navajo reservation, herded sheep and goat, worked in the forest planting trees and piling, farmed on barren soil and even lived in a teepee for a short while. She spent many long years using survival skills as a way of life.

Later she studied pastoral counseling and was a Pastor’s apprentice at a mainline church. She and her husband have been feeding the homeless for over twelve years. Today she draws both her survival experiences and her love for people, especially young people, into her writing seeking not only to give her readers a firm understanding of her stories’ characters, but a rich appreciation of nature.

Guest post: Dianne Lynn GardnerDeception Peak (The Ian's Realm Saga #1) by Dianne Lynn Gardner
Published by Hydra Publications on Aug 26, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads

Teenage Ian Wilson follows his father through a portal into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life.

But separation from his father puts Ian in peril as he’s abducted by a tribe of dragon worshipers and forced to find his courage.

As he struggles for his freedom and embarks on a perilous search for his father, Ian meets the true peacekeepers of the Realm and learns of a greater purpose for his being in there.

Tour Wide Giveaway

As an artist, Dianne is making available a wonderful prize of an 11X14 matte-finished print of her main character Ian, in its original color (in the print version of the book it is black and white). She’s adding a signed copy of Deception Peak, swag, and a couple runner-up prizes too! Enter via Rafflecopter below.

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  3 Responses to “Guest post: Dianne Lynn Gardner”

  1. Thanks so much for having Dianne today! Having read Deception Peak myself, this post was really interesting for me in terms of the themes she was going for.

  2. Thanks so much for taking part in the tour. We’re thrilled to have you on board and your post is so pretty 🙂

  3. Thank you for having me, Jessica. A very lovely site.

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