Following a Dream.

It’s interesting how one can become so obsessed with a dream. We all have them. Aspirations that we choose to make our goal in life.

When I think back in my childhood, I’m amazed that despite the decades of obstacles in my journey, my goal has always been to be part of a story-world. When I was young I wanted to be a cartoonist for Disney. We lived so close to Disneyland. Our family visited the park the first week of it’s opening and I was completely enamored by this ‘other world’.
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In those days Mickey Mouse and Snow White were simple drawings, and I wanted to be one of the artists who drew them! The thought of working with other artists and producers and musicians in a Disney environment was utopia to me!

But the time wasn’t right, not for me, and not for my parents. The early sixties was an era of turmoil. College selection was scrutinized. Vietnam and civil rights stirred controversy on college campuses. These were the days of riots in Watts, Kent, Berkeley. Just as my father had to abandon his dream of being a commercial artist because of WWII, I was discouraged from pursuing my dream. He warned me that I had better find a more stable course for my life. He wanted me safe and secure. A teacher, a lawyer, a nurse…I was to choose one of those professions or marry into them.

Needless to say there was a glitch in my life that kept me well off the trail.

Fifty years later I am in a comfortable place still following my dream. I may not get that job at Disneyland, but there are other worlds out there that need nurturing, and with the help of friends who believe in the vision, the stories are coming to fruition. I doubt I will ever give up.

Our goal now is to bring Ian’s Realm to reality. I’ve thought it, I’ve written it, I’ve recorded it, I’ve had someone sing its songs.This world is magic, intrigue, peril, and even a touch of humor. Now we want to make it a movie.

To raise funds, I’m offering some of my artwork. We’re having an auction here in Port Orchard. If there is any piece any of you are interested in, please write me a message and perhaps we can barter. We need to raise $20,000. I probably have more than enough in my studio in the form of fine art.

You can donate to the cause on our donation page where even more perks are available.

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The Portal is Opening

What would you do if your computer actually opened up and took you into an alternate world?

Not a gaming world. Not by a long shot. A world with beautiful pristine countryside. Fat healthy horses, and an intriguing landscape that included an ocean, a prairie, and steep foreboding mountain which harbors mysterious voices, dark and ominous caves…and a dragon’s lair?

Ian (Ian’s Realm Saga) stepped into such a world, and that world is coming to life – as is he and everyone he meets – in the form of a TV series.

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Only a few small keys are needed now to open the door wide enough to do the whole series. Fans, Funding, and Future.

I know we have the fans. I’ve been talking to you. The books have reached as far away from the US as China, Japan and India.

The Future is ours and anyone who believes in doing mighty things.

The Funding is brewing but we need more help. That’s why FireRing Productions LLC is offering some fabulous perks including an opportunity to get Executive Producer credit and a 9 ft long original oil painting of Draconis…Old Stenjhaert the dragon…for their very own to keep.

If you have a moment please take a look at our fundraiser, and consider helping our campaign. If you have been following me, you’ll know we did a wonderful trailer for Cassandra’s Castle two years ago. This was for book 5 of this series. The same team that directed and filmed that short will be working on this one. Only this time we plan on doing 10 minutes of footage instead of 1 1/2 minutes…which will give us access to pitch to distributors and producers needed to film the series. I’m including the video as well as the donor form so you can see the quality of our work.

Please consider a donation on the following secured website. Thank you!

https://donorbox.org/ian-s-realm-saga

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Audio to Violets

I  have been waiting impatiently for the release of this audio!

I am thrilled with the performance of Cheyenne Bizon and Paul Bugallo, both from Ohio (where the main characters of the book were from). They did an amazing job. Please do take a look and if you’re new to audible, you can get this audiobook for free!

Petworth, England 1944. First Lieutenant Janet Castner is assigned to a small hospital unit when Operation Overload begins. Amid the turbulence of nursing the critically Diannelynnwounded GIs arriving from Normandy, her arrogant commanding officer takes her aside and asserts his love for her. Passions flare when he wrongly suspects her and another officer of having an affair.
Unbeknownst to the major, Janet has instead sworn her love to a seriously injured infantry man Sergeant Lou Morrissey. When the major discovers their clandestine romance, he wields his authority in order to destroy their lives forever. Based on actual letters written by Lieutenant Janet Castner during WWII.
©2018 D.L. Gardner

The Narrators:

BizonHeadshotColor3Cheyenne Bizon is a Northeast Ohio native. Her first theatrical endeavor when she was a child of 5 hooked her firmly on the theatre, and her acting journey has led her through a wide variety of theatrical disciplines on stages all over Northeastern Ohio. An actor, singer, artist, narrator, and seasoned dabbler of all things creative, Cheyenne seeks to travel the world and sample the artistic flavors of as many cultures as possible as she pushes forward in her artistic career. She is currently based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul Breixo Bugallo was born in Miami, Florida, but raised in Seattle. This is where he discovered his passion for the performing arts. He attended Central Washington University Paul Bugallo[852]where he earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Performance. Now residing in the proud city of Cleveland, Paul has just finished his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in acting through the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. While primarily a theatrical performer, Paul is now jumping head first into a plethora of artistic formats. When Paul is not on stage you can usually find him at a local bar drinking draft or around a table playing a board game.

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New Beginnings

This is a time of year to celebrate new life. Stepping out of winter, shedding our warm coats to breath in the fresh scent of flowers, and air cleansed by rain and snow, invigorates us all, I should think. This time of year is also a time of new plans.
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I’m thrilled that I’ll be taking a short writing retreat with my author friends to beautiful Whidbey Island. I hope to finish Abbott on this venture so I can put all my energies back into our film project brewing. Aside from two more audiobooks being made, and my plans to release Dylan with Kindle Scout, I have other work ahead of me.

I want to wish you all a prosperous spring…prosperous in that your world will be well rounded, and you have quality time to spend with families and friends, as well as seeing your dreams realized. Thanks for visiting my website.

Happy Easter
Blessed Passover
Peace!

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Having trouble writing a review?

Here’s an article to help!

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Authors love readers. They also love readers willing to post their thoughts as a review because book reviews help books to sell. So if you’re puzzled as how to write one, here’s a short article that can help you.
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Where the Yellow Violets Grow

And so this weekend I introduce to you my newest novel.

Where the Yellow Violets Grow.

Maybe we’ll be home by Christmas. It’s so lovely in Pennsylvania at Christmas time. And then you and I could walk in the woods. The forest is beautiful in the winter. I’ll show you where the yellow violets grow. We’ll dig in the snow and find the trailing arbutus. They have a lovely fragrance.

-Lieutenant Janet Castner

A WWII historical romance based on a true story.

Book Signing at the Kitsap Home and Garden Show March 16 through 18.

Book Signing at Olympia Barnes and Noble March 31.

I am signing at Barnes and Noble March 3, but the store was unable to acquire Where the Yellow Violets Grow so I will be signing my other books at that time.

The eBook is distributed worldwide. Kobo, iTunes, Etc . It is on sale as a pre order for .99 and will remain .99 until March 10. perf6.000x9.000.indd

You can read more about the book on my website.

This book has come about as an effort of a lot of people. My sister-in-law, my wonderful editors, John Renehan cartographer, Les Solot Les for cover art. And right now we are making an audio narrator by actors Cheyenne Bizon and Paul Bugallo.

I hope you enjoy it! Please leave your thoughts as a review where you purchase the book. I do appreciate it! Thanks.

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Sweet Romance

 

I have a new book coming out March 3, 2018 based on a stack of letters my sister-in-law handed me with the words, “write the story!” It concerns her mother who was a nurse stationed in England during WWII.
The book is on pre order until release date, and on sale for .99. Those of you who know me know that I don’t discount my books very often, so if you want that price, now’s the time!

perf6.000x9.000.inddPetworth, England 1944. First Lieutenant Janet Castner is assigned to a small hospital unit when Operation Overload begins. Amid the turbulence of nursing the critically wounded GIs arriving from Normandy, her arrogant commanding officer takes her aside and asserts his love for her. Passions flare when he wrongly suspects she and another officer are having an affair.

Unbeknown to the major, Janet has instead sworn her love to a seriously injured infantry man, Sergeant Lou Morrissey. When the major discovers their clandestine romance, he wields his authority in order to destroy their lives forever.

Based on actual letters written by Lieutenant Janet Castner during WWII.

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