Sunday, October 21, 2012

Deception Peak by Dianne Lynn Gardner - Blog Tour!

Happy Sunday!

I am participating today at Deception Peak Virtual Book Tour. This tour is organized by First Rule PR and by the author Dianne Lynn Gardner. My stop includes a character interview from the author together with beautiful images from the book, information about Deception Peak and about the author Dianne Lynn Gardner. You will also find tour information below and a tour giveaway. Enjoy!


"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."   (This is the first novel of the Ian’s Realm Saga)


“DECEPTION PEAK is well-named. Nothing is what it first seems in this lively tale of adventure…You won’t be able to put this book down as you struggle up Deception Peak along with Ian in the perilous quest to save his father from certain death. Will either of them survive the journey? And if they do, will they be stuck forever in the Realm?” ~ Peggy King Anderson SCBWI-WA Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011

“I really enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good adventure story! ”Author Virginia L. Jennings

“It's descriptive and action packed. ”

“Her descriptions flow through the ”Carol Caldwell


Dianne has made a character interview with Ian, the hero in the Deception Peak for Me and Reading, so ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of Deception Peak, Dianne Lynn Gardner and to Ian!

Interviewing Ian
Questions from a 15 year old.

Ian! How great that you stopped in today. We’ve received a questionnaire in the mail from one of your fans, Ami. She’s 15 too and wanted to know more about you and the Realm. She’s got some really good questions. I hope you have time for some answers?

Yeah, sure, I guess.

Ami wants to know how much of the world you designed? Did your dad do most of it? Did you do a lot of it?

Well, that’s tough one, I mean if you compare it to how much of the world there really is in the Realm, by ratio, almost nothing. But if you compare it to what was on the computer screen before the portal burst open, hmmm I’d say about half. Dad did the initial mapping and let me fill in the graphics, you know-the artwork. Well, up until that last day. But he was the engineer of the high-tech stuff.

How did you get the ideas for your designs?

Dad and I are nature freaks and that’s what we based our world on. I’m totally backwards compared to a lot of kids these days. I think that’s why I don’t click with the kids at school. If you hadn’t noticed, we don’t have cell phones. Heck, Dad doesn’t even have a power mower. We like a quiet world. Hunting, fishing, walking in the woods…yeah, I know just because I like to do that country stuff that I shouldn’t have freaked out so much in the Realm. But the whole idea of being inside a computer…that was too way too much. Still, if we were going to design a world at all, that’s what it would look like. It’s just that we didn’t really design that world. It was there and we tapped into it. The fact that Dad loved the country so much is what lured us in.

What was your first thought upon entering the world?

I’ll let you in on a secret. I was scared out of my begiebees. But I couldn’t tell Dad. He’d think I was a sissy. So I followed him, but I made a mental note of every twist and turn in those woods. It’s not that I’m afraid of the forest, or anything like that. Heck, Dad and I are out in the country all the time. But stepping into a computer? *shakes head. That’s not natural. Really, there’s no way to explain how freaky it was. Neither one of us knew what we were going to find.

Through your adventures in the Realm, did the world turn out to be what you thought you had designed or was it different?

I didn’t design that world. No way. Dad and I were just going to make a game that we could play safely at home, like all you other normal people do. We just wanted the satisfaction of having made the game ourselves. Well, I’ll tell you. That was no game. It was surreal. Dangerous. Pretty horrendous, really.

What kind of foods did you eat in the Realm?

Mutton stew, flat bread and loaf bread. I have to admit; even the Menek food was good. Delicious, actually. It had a flavor to it, some kind of spice that you can smell when you step outside but I’m not sure what it was. I’m not too familiar with spices. Rosemary maybe. Of course, most of the time I was famished, so I think that had something to do with how good the food tasted. Especially after having to eat my own oatmeal so many nights on the trail. Still, the ladies know how to cook. Britta, she was good at it.

What was your experience like?

*Ian ponders for a while before he answers. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain. It wasn’t good. I mean a lot of really horrific things happened to Dad and me. It wasn’t fun that’s for sure. And you know what happened in the caves? I don’t really want to recount that experience. Still those last words that Amleth said to me, about being one of them. *he sighs. Maybe it was worth the trauma that we went through. Nothing that meaningful has ever happened to me at home. I never felt that close to people, like they were family. So yeah, maybe there was a purpose to it all.

So, in answer to your question, the things that happened to Dad and I was like a really bad dream. And then you wake up and it’s over and you’re in your bed and you’re safe. And you remember that someone was kind of looking out for you through it all. That’s what it was like. Except…well, you’ll have to keep reading my journal.

Thanks, Dianne, for the interview with Ian!

About the Author:

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.

Dianne’s Links

Author’s Blog
Facebook fan page
Amazon Author Page

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Deception Peak from Dianne Gardner on Vimeo.

Credits for video:

Trailer written by Dianne Gardener
Directed and edited by Nancy Frye
Ian......(kid's name)
Ian's dad....Robert Odekirk
Horse wrangler: Gordon Frye
Body double: Eric Worth
Utility grip: Crystal Smithwick
All paintings and illustrations by Dianne Gardner
Music by Kevin McLeod and Ori Vidislavski

TOUR DATES – 10/15 - 10-24
10/15/2012 – I Smell Sheep – Guest Post
10/15/2012 – Cabin Goddess – Review
10/15/2012 – Ali Talks Live – Podcast
10/16/2012 – Spellbound By Books – Guest Post
10/17/2012 – Workaday Reads – Review
10/18/2012 – Ali’s Bookshelf – Review
10/19/2012 – Babs Book Bistro – Podcast
10/20/2012 – Bunny’s Review – Interview
10/20/2012 – The Book Connoisseur - Interview
10/20/2012 – The Independent Review – Review
10/20/2012 – Book and Movie Dimension – Guest Post
10/21/2012 – Babs Book Bistro – Review
10/21/2012 – Me and Reading – Guest Post
10/22/2012 – Stuck in Books – Guest Post
10/23/2012 – Splash of Our Worlds -Review
10/24/2012 – Evie Bookish – Guest Post

Thanks for coming by and enjoy the tour!

Happy reading!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. This is a fair an honest review and as part of a First Rule Publicity Tour I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

  1. Ian thanks you and Ami for the questions. He says it helped him to reflect on his experiences and sort things out a little.

    And I thank you for having us!