Deception Peak is back and so is Ian and his
mis-Adventures, and this one involves not only the author but also Abbi. Welcome back for a Fourth-Wall Friday return with Dianne Gardner. In the middle of her re-launching of Deception Peak. Anyone who has read the series knows this is the most appropriate way to present this series, ever! Thank you SO much for visiting again Dianne!
Also for those whose curiousity is “peaked” by some of Abbi’s and Ian’s images, those are painted by the author herself who is an award winning artist. Her gallery has an online website and she has graced my readers with a password which after reading today’s Fourth-Wall adventure you can peruse and find more artwork which is inside each print edition of the fantasy’s first anniversary edition of Deception Peak!
~Deception Peak is Back!~
Therefore I am back. In fact, you really shouldn’t be surprised that I’m back. You do remember what happened the time I snuck up on Ian and Daryl during one of their more…how do you say it? …Interesting conversations? Remember how I hightailed it back home through the portal and then tossed the remote to Abbi?
Well, she tossed it back.
Right at my head. Bop!
Ouch! Yeah…got me good.
So there I was holding the impending welt that was growing on my temple, staring at this rather irate fifteen-year-old.
“What are you doing?” I asked reaching to the floor to retrieve the weapon.
“What am I doing?” she retorted rather indignantly. “What are you doing?”
“Look, I just got back from the Realm warning your boyfriend to be careful in there.”
“Oh really? My boyfriend? That’s a new one coming from you!”
“What do you mean?”
“Well for one, you made it pretty obvious in the story he’s NOT my boyfriend!”
She huffed and rolled her eyes. “Whatever! As if you couldn’t tell.”
Straightening my humped-over timid posture, I stood, brushing Realm dust from my jeans. I fixed my hair into a ponytail with the scrunchie that was wrapped around my wrist and took a step toward the door.
“You’d better fix this all before you leave.”
“Fix what?” Acting innocent had to be the best way out, I thought.
“You make me so mad!” she said and I could swear I heard her growl after that.
“Now, Abbi, you know no one can make you mad. We are responsible for our own actions and …”
“Really? Well, I’m taking some of the same psychology classes you did and that’s all very true except that YOU are the author and I am the character and You made me mad and now it’s time to get over it!”
“What are you referring to, dear girl?”
“Our relationship. You are not going to leave me hanging in the first few chapters of the book and then just…poof…have Ian run out without even being nice to me. I protest. I will strike! I will refuse to be in the rest of the series.”
She was serious. She started pulling things from the kitchen cupboard. I guess they were hers. A teapot, plates, forks and spoons. When she opened the freezer and pulled out the pizza, I bolted.
“Wait!” This was Ian’s house, after all. I can’t have him starve when he gets home. He’s got a humongous appetite and all he’s getting in the Realm is mutton stew and bread. He’d going to be famished when he gets home. Then I’ll get from both ends! “It’s a deal. What do you want?”
“I want some love. I want some affection. I want him to smile at me and be nice to me. And I want this thing to develop into something bigger!”
My eyes flew wide open. Bigger? Holy Moly!
I hadn’t said anything but at this point I think she could read my body language.
“Like how big?”
“Like I want us to be friends, and maybe lovers when we get older. Maybe we’ll get married or something like that, have kids!”
I admit it. I was gapping. My mouth hung wide open. Impossible! This is a boys’ adventure series. I promised my grandson there’d be no kissing in it. I stuttered. “I’m not sure I can do that.”
“No?” She was already holding onto an armful of stuff as she strutted for the door and twisted the knob with her little finger. She pushed the door open further with her foot, and backed out. “Well think about rewriting. Or rescinding every word you’ve written!” I watched her troop past Alex armory sign, push through the gate and round the corner past the honeysuckle, which I couldn’t smell at this point. Too many sour grapes.
I turned back into Ian’s house and sat at his computer with the intention of Goggling the word rescind. I wasn’t there long when I heard a tap at the door
It couldn’t be Abbi coming back could it?
I peeked out the window only to find a little girl. Dark hair, long and wavy she had a scowl on her face when she saw me. I opened the door.
Surprised at her indignant outburst (after all I didn’t even know this kid) I let her in.
“Listen to my mom. That’s all I have to say.”
She turned to leave, but before she did she grabbed the pink cell phone on the coffee table.
Newly 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!
Welcome Back Dianne!
Dianne Lynn Gardner is an award winning author and 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. Dianne has many ribbons for her portrait and plein air paintings, and uses her talents to illustrate her stories.
Besides ‘The Dragon Shield’, the second book in the Ian’s Realm Saga, she boasts authorship to Deception Peak and four short stories in A Tale of the Four Wizards series and Rubies and Robbers. She writes for middle grade and young adults targeting boys and adventure loving girls, and the young at heart.
Dianne is quite active all over the web. She truly is one of those authors to watch, and one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. My parents were threatened under pain of death to go and meet her at a book signing (they live close by) and I was honored to have Dianne brag and talk me up to them! HAH! My dad was very impressed with her art and bought all three books and so far says he is enjoying them (remember he is a weekend reader). Thank you for being such a great supporter to me Dianne and thanks again for visiting me here at Fourth-Wall Friday.. and put some ice on that, it looks like a the goose egg is getting pretty big!
A note from Dianne~
“I was really excited when I first met Ian. It happened one day when I was painting Stenhjaert, the dragon (have you seen him? He’s huge!). Ian whispered in my ear, “Some day I’m going to take that guy on.”
I nodded. I knew what I had to do.
To my surprise, it wasn’t just the dragon Ian wanted to take fight. He was going to stand up to the school bully! Maybe I had been wrong about him before, or maybe it was the fact that Abbi was by his side watching everything.
In any case, the whole scenario at the school shook me up a little until I realized Ian was angry-not just angry at Johnny Cramer, but at the things life had tossed his way.
So it’s little wonder that someone who really cared for him came knocking on my door one morning…”
For an Exclusive Peek at the artwork in Deception Peak, Dianne is sharing the portal key (password) –
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