I would like to welcome author, Dianne Gardner, to the first annual “All Authors Blog Blitz” AND author Megan S. Johnston’s blog page!
Thank you Dianne, and I appreciate you taking time out to be here today. We all look forward to hearing more about you and your novels.
Dianne Lynn Gardner
Young Adult Fantasy-Adventure Fiction
Dianne Gardner is both an author and illustrator living in the Pacific Northwest, Olalla Washington. 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 shares both her survival experiences and her love for people, especially young people, into her writing as a way to not only to give her readers a firm understanding of her stories’ characters, but a rich appreciation of nature.
Ian’s Realm Trilogy is a best selling YA adventure fantasy saga that follows the adventure of a teen age boy as he travels into an alternate realm with is father. Filled with dragons and dragon worshippers, pirates and computer characters this saga is apt to win the hearts of young and old alike.
As said by one reviewer
Dianne Gardner takes a simple premise – that of a young boy and his father whisked away into a magical land, and transforms it into something that is a true work of art. Young Ian and his dad discover that the computer program they had worked so hard to bring to life has begun to take on a life of its own.
While it is classified under Young Adult, this book transcends all such boundaries. Sure, the characters are highly relatable to teens and middle-grade readers, but the struggles of the characters, paired with her singularly masterful writing transports the young and old to an ancient land ruled by a vengeful draconic lord. I’m astounded at how the author uses her experiences to add a realism to the work which makes you believe that, lurking behind every screen, Ian’s Realm might just wait… living, and breathing under a dragon’s eye. With wonder and enchantment worthy of Narnia, this series will not disappoint.
Book I Ian’s Realm: Deception Peak
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 dad 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 he meets the true peacekeepers of the Realm, and learns of a greater purpose for his being there.
Book II Ian’s Realm: The Dragon Shield
As a young man, Ian returns to the Realm to search for his father, and to fight against the tyranny that has befallen his friends. But the Realm is a different place, the forest is dying, the Kaermperns have lost the shield that protected them from the dragon, and Ian has a hard time proving his allegiance when trouble follows him through the portal. His struggle to do right buries him in confusion, and he must fight his own will to prove his integrity.
Ian’s Realm: Rubies and Robbers
Ian has proven his abilities as a warrior and now the most dangerous battle begins, the battle against the power of evil. Ian must unravel the secrets of the mountain and discern who his real enemy is, the enemy both without and within. He tackles with the twelve year old boy who seems to hold the fate of the entire Realm in his hands, and yet the pressing Songs of Wisdom call for compassion in his dealings. Ian leads his men in the fight against the powers of darkness. But he must also be willing to sacrifice everything he ever hoped to have in order to save those he loves.
There are four short stories The Tale of the Four Wizards that intertwine with the series, telling the myth and legends of the patriarchs of the Realm
SOCIAL LINKS FOR DIANNE GARDNER
Official book blog: http://dragontargeseries.blogspot.com/
Dragon Shield Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c2rm6mGBrM