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I am a fantasy writer so it seems only fitting that my favorite aspect of the summer months lies in their magical qualities. I live in Northern California, about forty-five minutes from lovely San Francisco. My home sits just past the first set of hills past the east side of The Bay. Thus situated the days can be quite warm, even hot in June through September. However, if we are lucky then tendrils of a marine layer, fog, seep in to cool things off. It’s those evenings, those warm but not sweltering evenings, the ones with a light breeze when the magic happens.
They are the nights when anything seems possible, the senses heighten, and one has the expectation of endless promises fulfilled. It’s a bit like being sixteen again. A few years back on one of those nights with the echoes of wind chimes in my ears, I gazed at a little green statue of a dragon in my garden and driftingly musing, “What if she was alive? What if she was merely hiding, pretending to be a statue?” I never doubted that she was a she. In fact, as I realized at that moment, she’s named Daisy. Next thing I knew my first published novel, The Dragon in The Garden, launched into the world bringing Siobhan, Tim, Alex, Turel, and Nefta with Daisy.
Every summer since then a new idea has come to me in the night and another book born. This summer I’ve been outlining Dragon’s sequel, The Gryphon in The Tree, as I finish the final chapters to my latest novel, The Grays of Galliano, an urban fantasy featuring P.I. Charlotte (“Charlie”) Watts who has a devil of a client. Because during these balmy evenings with their long twilights, all things are possible and I can dream big under the stars.
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.
About the Author: 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 www.erikagardner.com.
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