Virtual Book Tour for The Dragon in the Garden by Erika Gardner

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Contemporary Fantasy 

Date Published: Eformats- 2/19/16, Print 10/21/16

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

 

There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan Orsini witnesses it all. No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she could close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her grandparents’ house in California’s wine country. She encounters a talking dragon, a hot fallen angel, a demon lord, a Valkyrie, and, oh yes, her ex-boyfriend. And that is just in the first twenty-four hours. 

It’s time to find out why she has this power. 

Siobhan seeks out the Oracle and learns that only her Sight can help mankind navigate the travails of an ancient war. Our world is the prize in a battle between the dragons, who would defend us, and Lucifer’s fallen angels, who seek to take the Earth for themselves. Using her gift, she will have to make a choice that will decide humanity’s future.

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EXCERPT

The memory has haunted me for years.

In the middle of a bright California summer, dark days came. My mother and grandparents spoke in hushed, serious voice, arguing about my absent father. Was it my fault he left? A soft whimper escaped my throat and my eyes burned. I needed a hug, but no one paid any attention to me that day.  So I ran away to the refuge of my grandparents’ garden where I could hide among its statues and flowers.

My eyes lingered over the familiar garden ornaments. I passed the old birdbath, the statues of gnomes, and a cheerful squirrel. I ran one hand over the stone deer. Its brown paint had faded from years under the sun. Walking with quick steps down the gravel path, I made my way to the center of the garden, my special spot where my favorite statue waited.

A gnarled apricot tree grew there.  Right now it was covered with tiny green apricots. Later in the summer the sweet fruit I loved would ripen. I would get to pick them with my parents, no, just with my mother. My lip trembled. My father wouldn’t be here.

The bright-green dragon lay curled at the foot of the apricot tree, partially covered by vines. My mother called the color jade green—the same shade as my eyes. As a child she talked to all the statues, but I only spoke to the dragon. I named her Daisy. Sitting down next to her now, the tears welled up at last, spilling over my cheeks. I wrapped my arms around my legs, making myself into a little ball of five year old misery.

“Child, why are you sad?” said a woman’s voice.

“Who said that?” I asked, wiping my cheek.

“I did.”

“Where are you?” I stood and peered at the plants and statues around me.

“Right here.”

“Are not,” I retorted.

A soft laugh filled the air and the woman spoke again. “Perhaps you are right. Easy enough to fix, I suppose.”

The breeze picked up. The space beneath the apricot tree shimmered. Ripples warped the air like the heat over the barbecue when my father cooked. The sweet notes of wind chimes filled the yard. Grandma and Grandpa didn’t have any wind chimes. I whirled around to find the noise.

Under the branches appeared an enormous green dragon’s head.



Purchase Links

Amazon: Kindle- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AOWGL4C

Print- https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Garden-Erika-Gardner/dp/1910234249

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dragon-in-the-garden-erika-gardner/1123278539

Kobo: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dragon-in-the-garden-erika-gardner/1123278539

iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-dragon-in-the-garden/id1076426217?mt=11

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Erika is a sixth generation San Franciscan of Irish descent. She attended the University of California at Davis and completed degrees in Medieval History and Biological Sciences. A lifelong lover of books and a scribbler of many tales from a young age (her first story was completed at age five) she turned to writing full-time in 2011.

Erika resides in Northern California with her incredibly hot husband, their three amazing kids, and their chocolate Labrador named Selkie. To reach Erika regarding her books, wine recommendations, or to debate which Iron Maiden album is the best (clearly, it’s Brave New World), you can find her online at http://www.erikagardner.com.

Author Guest Post

The Rock Stars of Books- My Favorite Authors & Why

So, before we begin, let’s get one thing straight… there is NO order of preference to this. I cannot assign an order. To do so would be bad, hard, and otherwise stressful. As I write this post I am on a family vacation to Maui so stress seems contraindicated. However, there is a loose chronology to the list as I’ve “grown-up.” (Just who really does that anyway?) Also, and likely because I’m on vacation, I didn’t choose authors who necessarily made a huge contribution to literature, social consciousness, or solving the world’s problems. However, what they all possess is the ability to tell a damn good story.

  • Frank Baum because he started me dreaming of fantastical worlds and imaginary creatures as though they were mine and real.
  • Madeline L’Engle because Meg Murray was smart and awkward and funny and awesome and…. a GIRL just like me. All hail the tesseract.
  • Susan Cooper… you can’t call yourself a fantasy fan if you haven’t read her The Dark is Rising She influenced generations of writers… and readers.
  • Jane Austin. Yes, I know she’s not SciFi/Fantasy, but she is fluent in sarcasm. I respect that. Besides, good writing is writing. I can always sit down with Pride and Prejudice—safe in the knowledge that a wonderful afternoon lies ahead of me.
  • Anne McCaffrey because, well, dragons.
  • Katherine Kurtz, specifically her classic Deryni series. It combines some of my favorite elements: the Ren Fair, genetics, the politics involved in a clash between Church & State, historical romance, and, of course, magic.
  • David Eddings because a good laugh and a good cry while on an epic quest never sucks. I’m a former Dungeon Master so epic fantasy holds a special place in my heart. I’d sure love to have a drink with Belgarath.
  • I know that technically Dean Koontz gets lumped in with horror, but I find his books have elements of fantasy (Twilight Eyes), science fiction (Watchers), and romance (Lightning). Regardless, he is a master story teller. I just wish ONCE someone would make a decent movie out of one of his books. They deserve better than what they’ve gotten thus far.
  • Glen Cook and his Garrett P.I. I adore Jim Butcher, but his Dresden Files definitely should send Garrett a nice muffin basket. For that matter, I should send a gift myself as he helped inspire my newest book The Galliano Grays featuring the awesome P.I., Charlie Watts.
  • Geraldine Brooks because our world desperately needs more of the tolerance, grace, and humanity displayed in The People of The Book.

And that’s my two cents… for what it’s worth. That said, likely if you ask me in a week I’ll have a different answer. *big cheesy grin*

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