Serafina and the Black Cloak

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I’m very active on the Serafina Facebook page. These posts are pulled from Facebook:

Robert Beatty reading Chapter 3 of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED...
And finally, here is my reading of Chapter 3 of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART. This is the last of the chapters I will be reading. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

CHAPTER READINGS
Chapter 1 - bit.ly/2t3hyS0
Chapter 2 - bit.ly/2sNP7Fr
Chapter 3 - bit.ly/2tHnAFS (You Are Here)

SPLINTERED HEART - SHOPPING LINKS
Amazon: amzn.to/2jjd6Gk
Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/2qlMgF7
Independent bookstores: bit.ly/2rkHiJy

SERAFINA BOOK TRAILERS
Book 1: bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book 2: bit.ly/29CUekN
Book 3: bit.ly/2rYCxmF

AUTHOR LAUNCH EVENTS (July 2-8 in the SE)
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A second panther?! Wow! Now I have that many more questions that need answers. I guess it's a good think the books coming out shortly. Will it come out in paperback right away?

Wow! Thank you so much! I am really looking forward to this book!

A second panther: Is it friend or foe?? Need answers .. Can't wait 😳😳😳💕

Noooo do not stop. Keep going. What animal was clawing at her? Was it the same one who just snuck up behind her? Tell me 😀😀

Awesome ! Thank you Robert !!!

Can't wait.

eeeeeeekkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE BOOK TO COME OUT!!!

Robert Beatty reading Chapter 2 of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED...
Here is my reading of Chapter 2 of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART. I hope you enjoy it.

CHAPTER READINGS
Chapter 1 - bit.ly/2t3hyS0
Chapter 2 - bit.ly/2sNP7Fr (You Are Here)
Chapter 3 - bit.ly/2tHnAFS

SPLINTERED HEART - SHOPPING LINKS
Amazon: amzn.to/2jjd6Gk
Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/2qlMgF7
Independent bookstores: bit.ly/2rkHiJy

SERAFINA BOOK TRAILERS
Book 1: bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book 2: bit.ly/29CUekN
Book 3: bit.ly/2rYCxmF

AUTHOR LAUNCH EVENTS (July 2-8 in the SE)
bit.ly/2sr2YkH
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I just completed the first book. Now on to number two. I now understand why students love these books.

I loved the music playing in the background. I loved it!

Finished reading book 2 on vacation. Now to see you in your for book 3.

Love it !

Thank you! 👏🏻👏🏻💕

👌👌👌👌👌👏👏👏

Author Robert Beatty reading Chapter 1 of SERAFINA AND THE SPL...
Many Serafina fans have asked me to give them a sneak peek into SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART before the July 4 launch date, so I thought I would try reading Chapter 1 on camera and see how it goes. When you have a few moments of peace and quiet, give it a try. It's about five minutes long. Let me know if you like it. In fact, let's have some fun with it. If I get at least 100 comments and 25 shares, then I'll read Chapter 2 and we'll see what happens to Serafina next. 🙂

If you've been enjoying the Serafina Series so far, it would be great if you could pre-order the new book. Amazon: amzn.to/2jjd6Gk. Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/2qlMgF7. Independent bookstores: bit.ly/2rkHiJy.

Also, be sure to watch the book trailers, now available for all three books:
Book 1: bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book 2: bit.ly/29CUekN
Book 3: bit.ly/2rYCxmF

AUTHOR LAUNCH EVENTS (July 2-8 in the SE)
bit.ly/2sr2YkH

UPDATE TO POST - HERE ARE THE REMAINING CHAPTERS
Chapter 1 - bit.ly/2t3hyS0 (You Are Here)
Chapter 2 - bit.ly/2sNP7Fr
Chapter 3 - bit.ly/2tHnAFS
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I am hooked on this series... Can not wait to get a copy !!!

Now the book can't come soon enough! I loved this little smidgen. Now all I'm going to think about is her in the coffin till I read the book.

Really enjoyed hearing you, as the author, read the 1st chapter as you intended it to be read. So awesome!! Hope to hear more and can't wait for the new release!

Can't wait to meet you at the Greensboro book signing! I'm already sucked in with the first chapter!

Thank you for reading chapter 1... now we really can't wait for the book release!

That was awesome!!!Thank you, Can't wait to read more!!

Yes, please read chapter 2. Hope to see you at one of your book signings.

Loved it Ty ive already preordered the book. Im so excited to read it, i cant wait.

Don't know who's more excited for the next book . . . Me or my daughters. 😃

I heard you read it in Knoxville but the music behind it in this video has made it much more intense! Can not wait til the release!

Noooooooo.. you can't stop there... Keep going. Why was she buried alive

My 5th graders read Black Cloak this past winter as our whole group novel! They loved it so much many have chosen Twisted Staff as their required summer read. And those who couldn't wait for summer and already read Twisted Staff this past spring are eagerly awaiting Splintered Heart as THEIR summer read! Thank you for your books and making my job of teaching reading and a love of books so easy!👍 Now it's my turn to read #2 and #3!😎📚😎

We just preordered! We are looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte at B&N for the third time! My daughter is rereading one and two now to gear up for Serifina and the Splintered Heart.❤️❤️

My daughter just finished 3rd at GA, it killed her that the BB 4th group got to peak! We will see you 7/2 for sure!! Can't wait!! Thanks for giving her something she loves to read!!

My mother got the first and second book for my daughters. They absolutely loved both books. So of course I had to give them and try and love them too. We can't wait to read the next one!!!

I looovvveeee your books! I am beyond thrilled the new one comes out soon! I'll be ordering!

My daughter is still talking about the reading you did in Knoxville in February!

My daughter and I share your books and we love them! Always preorder. Makes the stories so much more "alive" since we visit Biltmore.

#Fab job, Robert Beatty! I loved the changing #book #cover, to your left, as you #read the #chapter. Your whisper-filled voice, too, I thought, added nicely to the tales exposition, and was appropriately urgent when it needed to be for both effect, #story depth, and holding interest. (Will an audio book, with your voice reading, be coming out?) Niiice rising/falling background #music. Everything mixed quite well, I think, too, with the painted forest behind you, If someone seeing this post--just prior to pushing the play button on the video--isn't a Serafina fan yet, I'm sure they will be after watching and listening to this chapter one reading of #SerafinaandtheSplinteredHeart.

My family loves your books! Can't wait for the new one

That was great! I look forward to reading this!

Thank you for doing this...it was great! I am so excited for this new book!

I had to stop listening, I have to get the book so I can read faster to find out what happens ! Love the books !

Love your stories When our granddaughter Addalynne is old enough we will read them to her also Keep the good stories coming See you in Greenville SC 7-06

I have read Book one and two. My daughter bought them for me for Christmas. I really enjoyed them. Gotta give her a hint that series three is coming out July 4th.

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Serafina and the Splintered Heart - Book Trailer
The book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Robert Beatty. Published by Disney-Hyperion, this historical mystery-thriller for young readers and adults follows the life of a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age. In bookstores July 4. Pre-order now. Amazon: amzn.to/2jjd6Gk. Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/2qlMgF7. Independent bookstores: bit.ly/2rkHiJy. "In this epic third installment of Robert Beatty’s best selling series, Serafina takes her rightful place among literary champions as she battles fiercely to defend all she loves..."

LINKS TO THE PREVIOUS BOOK TRAILERS
Book 1: bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book 2: bit.ly/29CUekN

PURCHASE LINKS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS
Book 1: amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2: amzn.to/1LXCpuT

ABOUT THE SERIES:
The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

SPLINTERED HEART - SYNOPSIS
The storms are coming… Something has happened to Serafina. She has awoken into a darkness she does not understand, scarred from a terrible battle, only to find that life at Biltmore Estate has changed in unimaginable ways. Old friends do unthinkable things and enemies seem all around.

A mysterious threat moves towards Biltmore, a force without a name, bringing with it violent storms and flooding that stands to uproot everything in its path. Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it’s too late.

With only days to achieve the impossible, Serafina fights to reclaim herself as the Guardian of Biltmore, friend of Braeden, daughter of her Pa, and heroine of the Blue Ridge Mountains and all the folk and creatures that call it home.

AUTHOR LAUNCH EVENTS
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Awesome job. I showed my class yesterday and they were so excited. We watched it several times.

I'm 76, read your other Serafina books, can't wait to read this one. They are so good. I love the story. Visited the Biltmore in 2016. Awesome place!

I could take my eyes away! Awesome, captivating trailer.

Gosh! I cannot wait! This trailer is AWESOME! I hope to see you in Hickory at B&N. Preordering my copy today!

Excellent book trailer! Certainly captures the essence of the story magnificently.

great job! I cannot wait to read it and my sons are eagerly waiting for this to come out! We are going to try to come see you in Knoxville at the book signing

Amazing job. As usual. I can't wait to read this!

I love it! Can't wait to read the book!

Preordered a copy today. Awesome book trailer!! 🎥

I can't wait to read this!!!

I can't wait!!

Great trailer scenes

Last night, I was honored to give the commencement speech at the NC School for the Deaf for the 2017 graduating class. It was a beautiful and moving ceremony. Over the last few years, I've watched four of these students (pictured below) grow up into awesome and bold young men and women. This is Patric, Solimar, Martha, and Hunter. Many people don't know this, but it's a serious challenge for a young deaf person to learn to read because our absorption of vocabulary, grammar, syntax, sentence structure, and word meaning all comes through hearing and participating in spoken language at a very young age. The NCSD helps young people to learn to read, sign, do math, and develop all the skills they need to prosper in the world. Chandi Houpe, a very special English Teacher, introduced four of her young students to "Serafina and the Black Cloak" in 2015. Feeling a special bond with the unusual heroine of the story, the students loved the story, and moved on to the next Serafina books in the series as they were written. Chandi used the Serafina books for vocabulary, sentence structure, and storytelling. This small group of four students ended up earning the highest ACT scores in the school's history. To celebrate their fantastic accomplishment I invited the students to Biltmore Estate and gave them a special behind-the-scenes Serafina tour. It's been wonderful to get to know these fantastic kids. Recently I learned that my four young friends have all been accepted into the universities of their choice to pursue careers in English, STEM, physical therapy, and business. This is a huge accomplishment, something they should be very proud of. They are unstoppable. They are shining examples of perseverance and excellence. When the NCSD student body asked for me to give their commencement speech, I was truly touched. It was a lovely and moving ceremony. Congratulations to the entire NCSD Class of 2017. Go bears! 🙂

I've learned so much from these kids, and from my most recent visit to the NCSD school. Here's just a few small examples:

1. Use the word "deaf", NOT "hearing impaired". Deaf is the phrase that deaf people prefer.
2. American Sign Language (ASL) is a rich and beautiful language with local dialects/accents, slang, and extensive changes over time. For example, imagine the sign for "telephone" in a language that was invented in the 1800s (where you lift the device off a hook) verses the sign for "telephone" today (smartphone). The language is always changing. Some people are considered adequate and capable signers. Others are considered truly beautiful, expressive, and articulate signers, just as in a spoken language.
3. When deaf kids talk on their iPhones, they use iChat to see each other and sign to each other (how cool is that!), but they can't hold the phone and sign at the same time. At NCSD they have a robotics lab (their team won the Vex competition!) and a 3D printer. For one of their projects, they designed and printed a small iPhone stand to prop up and hold their iPhones so that they can use both their hands to sign with whoever they are talking to.

Stay Bold!

—Robert
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Last night, I was honored to give the commencement speech at the NC School for the Deaf for the 2017 graduating class. It was a beautiful and moving ceremony. Over the last few years, Ive watched four of these students (pictured below) grow up into awesome and bold young men and women. This is Patric, Solimar, Martha, and Hunter. Many people dont know this, but its a serious challenge for a young deaf person to learn to read because our absorption of vocabulary, grammar, syntax, sentence structure, and word meaning all comes through hearing and participating in spoken language at a very young age. The NCSD helps young people to learn to read, sign, do math, and develop all the skills they need to prosper in the world. Chandi Houpe, a very special English Teacher, introduced four of her young students to Serafina and the Black Cloak in 2015. Feeling a special bond with the unusual heroine of the story, the students loved the story, and moved on to the next Serafina books in the series as they were written. Chandi used the Serafina books for vocabulary, sentence structure, and storytelling. This small group of four students ended up earning the highest ACT scores in the schools history. To celebrate their fantastic accomplishment I invited the students to Biltmore Estate and gave them a special behind-the-scenes Serafina tour. Its been wonderful to get to know these fantastic kids. Recently I learned that my four young friends have all been accepted into the universities of their choice to pursue careers in English, STEM, physical therapy, and business. This is a huge accomplishment, something they should be very proud of. They are unstoppable. They are shining examples of perseverance and excellence. When the NCSD student body asked for me to give their commencement speech, I was truly touched. It was a lovely and moving ceremony. Congratulations to the entire NCSD Class of 2017. Go bears! :)

Ive learned so much from these kids, and from my most recent visit to the NCSD school. Heres just a few small examples:

1. Use the word deaf, NOT hearing impaired. Deaf is the phrase that deaf people prefer.
2. American Sign Language (ASL) is a rich and beautiful language with local dialects/accents, slang, and extensive changes over time. For example, imagine the sign for telephone in a language that was invented in the 1800s (where you lift the device off a hook) verses the sign for telephone today (smartphone). The language is always changing. Some people are considered adequate and capable signers. Others are considered truly beautiful, expressive, and articulate signers, just as in a spoken language.
3. When deaf kids talk on their iPhones, they use iChat to see each other and sign to each other (how cool is that!), but they cant hold the phone and sign at the same time. At NCSD they have a robotics lab (their team won the Vex competition!) and a 3D printer. For one of their projects, they designed and printed a small iPhone stand to prop up and hold their iPhones so that they can use both their hands to sign with whoever they are talking to.

Stay Bold!

—Robert

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I LOVE hearing this and so inspiring!!! I can't wait to let my girls read this. They are learning ASL and hope to make an impact like this with others one day. So inspirational! Again, thank you for sharing. ❤

Wonderful to learn that NCSD students learned using your Serafina Collection! I like to share this . We need to expose others that deaf students have the ability to acquire language and literacy skills using American Sign Language, reading hogh quality books and having teachers who are compassionate about teaching deaf students with high expectations.

Making our society more inclusive benefits everyone. It sounds like NCSD is doing a great job and I'm pleased to hear you and your books are part of that.

This is totally amazing. I know you are very proud of these four young people It must be an honor to you that they learned all they did from your Serafina collection. I had no idea that it was that powerful

I was so touched to hear the story last night and it was an honor to get to hear you speak and hearing my younger brother Patric talk about what he has learned from you is such an inspiration.

I love everything about this post!!! Thank you for spreading awareness ( I recently learned that "hearing impaired" is rude) and sharing their stories. Wonderful!!!!

I do not know if you are aware that Sarah is complely deaf in her right ear. She has full hearing in her left ear. I love having this and other examples to show her that sometimes our differences can be our great strength.

It was an honor n privilege to meet you last night. Your message to the graduates was so inspiring. Thank you for being such an open caring person

And thank you for sharing your story with them and your insights! I know these four young people will continue to change to world for the better, They surely will be bold!

Your speech was perfect. What an awesome job you did.

Is that the one in Wilson, NC. I grew up in Wilson and Wilson has one. We sang together when I was in Chorus at Beddingfield in the 1980's. That is a very cherished memory.

Congrats to all of them!

I love hearing this!!!

How inspiring!

SEE THE NEW BOOK TRAILER NOW! It's here, Serafina fans! The trailer for SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART has just premiered online on Entertainment Weekly. Watch the trailer here: ew.com/books/2017/06/09/serafina-splintered-heart-trailer/

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the third book in the Serafina Series, is now available for pre-order:
Amazon: amzn.to/2jjd6Gk
Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/2qlMgF7
Independent bookstores: bit.ly/2rkHiJy

The storms are coming… Something has happened to Serafina. She has awoken into a darkness she does not understand, scarred from a terrible battle, only to find that life at Biltmore Estate has changed in unimaginable ways. Old friends do unthinkable things and enemies seem all around.

A mysterious threat moves towards Biltmore, a force without a name, bringing with it violent storms and flooding that stands to uproot everything in its path. Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it’s too late.

With only days to achieve the impossible, Serafina fights to reclaim herself as the Guardian of Biltmore, friend of Braeden, daughter of her Pa, and heroine of the Blue Ridge Mountains and all the folk and creatures that call it home.

In the epic third installment of Robert Beatty’s #1 New York Times best selling series, Serafina takes her rightful place among literary champions as she battles fiercely to defend all she loves and become everything that she is meant to be.

The Official Book Trailers for Book 1 and 2:
Book 1: bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book 2: bit.ly/29CUekN

Links to Book 1 and 2:
Book 1: amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2: amzn.to/1LXCpuT
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SEE THE NEW BOOK TRAILER NOW! Its here, Serafina fans! The trailer for SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART has just premiered online on Entertainment Weekly. Watch the trailer here: http://ew.com/books/2017/06/09/serafina-splintered-heart-trailer/  

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the third book in the Serafina Series, is now available for pre-order:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jjd6Gk
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2qlMgF7
Independent bookstores: http://bit.ly/2rkHiJy

The storms are coming… Something has happened to Serafina. She has awoken into a darkness she does not understand, scarred from a terrible battle, only to find that life at Biltmore Estate has changed in unimaginable ways. Old friends do unthinkable things and enemies seem all around.

A mysterious threat moves towards Biltmore, a force without a name, bringing with it violent storms and flooding that stands to uproot everything in its path. Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it’s too late.

With only days to achieve the impossible, Serafina fights to reclaim herself as the Guardian of Biltmore, friend of Braeden, daughter of her Pa, and heroine of the Blue Ridge Mountains and all the folk and creatures that call it home.

In the epic third installment of Robert Beatty’s #1 New York Times best selling series, Serafina takes her rightful place among literary champions as she battles fiercely to defend all she loves and become everything that she is meant to be.

The Official Book Trailers for Book 1 and 2:
Book 1: http://bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book 2: http://bit.ly/29CUekN

Links to Book 1 and 2:
Book 1: http://amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2: http://amzn.to/1LXCpuT

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I will! I've watched the other 2 and I'm quit excited about the 3rd.

Can't wait to see the trailer this afternoon 😀

Can't wait to read this third book!!!!

I'm so completely stoked for this!

What time?

We Love This Notice! <3 From México, Thanks!

It on there, Robert Beatty!!

Yay!!!!!!

Audrea Jones Wilder ready for the next one?

The July launch of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the third book in the Serafina Series, is coming up quick. If you live in the southeast, be sure to check out the upcoming tour schedule. I'll be doing book signings in my home region during launch week (July 2 through July 8), including Asheville, Johnson City, Hickory, Greensboro, Charlotte, Greenville, SC, Knoxville, and Asheville (again). Let us know that your coming by clicking the "Interested" button on the event. If you don't live near one of these cities, the books will be available in a bookstore near you and/or online (you can pre-order now). In the fall, I will be doing a national tour to Chicago, Denver, Houston, St. Louis, and other large cities in the nation. ... See MoreSee Less

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I will be there early at the Knoxville, TN one! Question: is this meant to be the final book in the series? 🙂

I already preordered mine.

I am so excited about this! But, I somehow cannot find the date for the Knoxville signing. Can you post the date again? Thanks!

Is there an exact date for the Charlotte signing? My daughter can't wait for the new book!

Can't wait to read it!!! Loved the first 2!!

I've pre-ordered mine for my Kindle!

Tara Smith There is another one!!!!

I just spoke with the library about the new addition. They inform me it would be some time before they got there copy. So as soon as it hits the shelf we will order extra copies for our local library. I encourage everyone to donate the Serafina series to there local library.

Jackie Jones Smith.....this book!

Come to AZ 🙂

Wendy Waters Clark 😊

Author Robert Beatty announces Serafina Book 3
Author Robert Beatty's announcement of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the third book in the Serafina Series. Release date July 4, 2017. Available now for pre-order:
Amazon: amzn.to/2jjd6Gk
Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/2qlMgF7
Independent bookstores: bit.ly/2rkHiJy

The storms are coming… Something has happened to Serafina. She has awoken into a darkness she does not understand, scarred from a terrible battle, only to find that life at Biltmore Estate has changed in unimaginable ways. Old friends do unthinkable things and enemies seem all around.

A mysterious threat moves towards Biltmore, a force without a name, bringing with it violent storms and flooding that stands to uproot everything in its path. Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it’s too late.

With only days to achieve the impossible, Serafina fights to reclaim herself as the Guardian of Biltmore, friend of Braeden, daughter of her Pa, and heroine of the Blue Ridge Mountains and all the folk and creatures that call it home.

In the epic third installment of Robert Beatty’s #1 New York Times best selling series, Serafina takes her rightful place among literary champions as she battles fiercely to defend all she loves and become everything that she is meant to be.

The Official Book Trailers for Book 1 and 2:
Book 1: bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book 2: bit.ly/29CUekN

Links to Book 1 and 2:
Book 1: amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2: amzn.to/1LXCpuT
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Books 1 and 2 were awesome. I bought books 1 and 2 for my daughter. I brought her to the book signing in Raleigh and got to hear part of book 3. That is when I decided to read them. Now we're both anxious for book 3.

My nine year old daughter LOVES these books (as do I), we have been to three book signings, and the even at the arboretum in Asheville. It is so wonderful that her favorite author is so close to home. Thank you so much for giving so much of your time to these young readers! 💜

My 6 year old daughter and I are enjoying the books together...i read them to her and she is doing well at understanding them.

As someone who has read the advanced copy of the 3rd book, Serafina and the Splintered Heart, it doesn't disappoint!!

I am reading this book with my 6 year old and love it!

As an adult I have truly enjoyed Serafina's adventures and can't wait to read the third book in July!!

My granddaughter and I are looking forward to this 3rd book! 📕

I hope its okay for me to say, I was so happy to be an advanced reader. Book 3 is awesome, intense and great ending. A must read and plan a visit to Biltmore! I live on the other side of Sam's Gap TN/NC line so it takes no time for a quick visit.

Wow ! This epic beginning parts of the story leave you chilling and want more ! Such an amazing character is Serafina !!! She's a fierce fighting caring champion that you only read about in this era .

Wow this just chilled me the opening of this book 📚.... have preordered but now I can't wait for July to come

I have actually read the first Serafina book. It was good.

Got mine ordered... can't wait

Too slow my friend. Already on preorder.

Pre-ordered and can't wait ❤️😍❤️😍

Ordered mine today!

Can't wait!!!!

Can't wait 👍

Wonderful Amazon here I come!🎉

Pre-ordered!!!

Incredible book!

Good reads ..looking forward to reading the third Book!!

Wow, another winner in the series! Awesome

Can't wait for it to come out!

Can't wait!

Can't wait!

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Serafina and the Black Cloak

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the dark and mysterious story of Serafina and Braeden at Biltmore Estate. In this year’s book trailer, my hope (crazy dream) was to bring to life a full-scale 1899-style synchronized Viennese Waltz where all the dancers are moving in unison with the music. We brought in a top-notch choreographer, gathered a troupe of professional ballet dancers, and trained with our main characters (Serafina and Braeden) for months. Just as in the previous two years, my wife Jennifer designed and made Serafina’s dress. Also, I should note that Serafina has a very different look this year with her long black hair (if you’ve read book 2, you know why). Here are some photos from the set as we were filming the dance.

The book trailer video will be released in early June. The book itself will be released on July 3. Pre-order now on Amazon (amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore (bit.ly/2rkHiJy). Launch events here: bit.ly/2pY9kH5

Photography: Destinee Blau Photography
Choreographer: Naina Dewan
Film Company: Bonesteel Films
Make-up: Faces by Ren
Serafina: Genevieve Beatty
Braeden: Bode Lizarralde / Julie Sale LizarraldeSERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the dark and mysterious story of Serafina and Braeden at Biltmore Estate. In this year’s book trailer, my hope (crazy dream) was to bring to life a full-scale 1899-style synchronized Viennese Waltz where all the dancers are moving in unison with the music. We brought in a top-notch choreographer, gathered a troupe of professional ballet dancers, and trained with our main characters (Serafina and Braeden) for months. Just as in the previous two years, my wife Jennifer designed and made Serafina’s dress. Also, I should note that Serafina has a very different look this year with her long black hair (if you’ve read book 2, you know why). Here are some photos from the set as we were filming the dance.

The book trailer video will be released in early June. The book itself will be released on July 4. Pre-order now on Amazon (amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore (bit.ly/2rkHiJy). Launch events here: bit.ly/2pY9kH5

Photography: Destinee Gallup Blau
Choreographer: Naina Dewan
Film Company: Bonesteel Films
Make-up: Ren Allen
Serafina: Genevieve Beatty
Braeden: Bode Jorge Lizarralde
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SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the dark and mysterious story of Serafina and Braeden at Biltmore Estate. In this year’s book trailer, my hope (crazy dream) was to bring to life a full-scale 1899-style synchronized Viennese Waltz where all the dancers are moving in unison with the music. We brought in a top-notch choreographer, gathered a troupe of professional ballet dancers, and trained with our main characters (Serafina and Braeden) for months. Just as in the previous two years, my wife Jennifer designed and made Serafina’s dress. Also, I should note that Serafina has a very different look this year with her long black hair (if you’ve read book 2, you know why). Here are some photos from the set as we were filming the dance.

The book trailer video will be released in early June. The book itself will be released on July 3. Pre-order now on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (http://bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore (http://bit.ly/2rkHiJy). Launch events here: http://bit.ly/2pY9kH5

Photography: Destinee Blau Photography 
Choreographer: Naina Dewan 
Film Company: Bonesteel Films 
Make-up: Faces by Ren
Serafina: Genevieve Beatty 
Braeden: Bode Lizarralde / Julie Sale Lizarralde

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You should think aboit holding a formal black or white tie daddy daughter dance!

We (my 2 fourth grade classes) are halfway through book 2 and have 2 weeks left of school! The kids ask me every day if the trailer for the 3rd book is out yet. We can't wait!! I plan to meet with them over the summer at the local library to read the third book together. Thank you for giving this age group something to get THIS excited about! 🙂

I WANT THAT DRESS!!!! Ok, I'm a cosplayer. Can anyone do commissions? I'd love to have that dress! Of course, I'd love to have all her dresses. Can't wait for the book! Her adventures are always thrilling.

Can't wait! I'm almost done with book 2 and absolutely love them. I love seeing you bring these characters to life in the trailers. Your daughter is a beautiful Serafina ❤️

I know you already know this, but your daughter is stunningly gorgeous! She's perfect for Serafina. ❤

Can't wait for this book to be released! I loved the first 2 and hope there is many more to come!

We arent doing well handling the wait!!! We are so so SO excited!!!!

My daughter and I are enjoying your books. She asked me if I've pre-ordered the book yet. I said, "Of course!"

I am SO excited! I read book 2 in one day and was immediately ready for the next! Can.not.wait! 😊❤️

Love all the books, have book 3 pre-ordered on Kindle already!

Talented family... can't wait 😊 and the dress 👗 is gorgeous 💕💕💕

I can't wait!! Your wife is so talented also!!

When will you be back in Georgia? I cant wait for the new book!

I love the waltz and the book...should be a movie!

I'm waiting until it comes out can't wait

Can't wait for the Book to come out!!

Thank you so much for this!! <3

Will this be a movie?

O-o-o-h just can wait !!!

LOVE!!

Absolutely gorgeous!

So truly amazing !!!

Gorgeous!!!

This project has been so amazing from day one. Grateful to have been involved. 💕

Simply gorgeous and love the waltz scene 😍😍😍

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Wow, Winston-Salem, what a welcome! We had an awesome time last evening meeting you and giving you a sneak preview of the new book, Serafina and the Splintered Heart. Thanks for your enthusiasm, your great questions and your patience while you waited to have your books signed. And thanks to the great crew at Barnes & Noble for hosting us. We felt right at home!

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Serafina and the Black Cloak

Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, costumed book characters, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
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bit.ly/2rFYvtt

Serafina Book Signing - AshevilleJuly 8, 2017, 2:00pmBarnes & Noble, Biltmore Park, 33 Town Square Blvd, Asheville, NC 28803Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, costumed book characters, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt
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Lou Ann Considine Biggs Billie A. Biggs Ashley Youngblood GAshley Youngblood GibsondBrittany YoungbloodaLaura TrippehSandra AustinoStephanie Hogue- BobakWKeri Palmer ReeceiWendy DunlapkKristin Hartley Eckardarty this year will not involve this particular event but we are planning to go. I will still buy the 3rd book for your girls and I will take any girls to Asheville that want to go. Mr. Robert Beatty will Robert Beattyof Book 3 in Greenville as well.

Are you coming to Johnson City TN. again? Please say yes 🙂

Dani Chris

Do you have any events planned within your city during the first couple of weeks in August?

Looking forward to hearing if you'll come to the Atlanta area with this book, but if not, we'll have to try to make it over a state to see you all 🙂

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Serafina and the Black Cloak

Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt

Serafina Book Signing - KnoxvilleJuly 7, 2017, 6:00pmBarnes & Noble, Suburban Plaza, 8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt
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Michelle Davis Manning!!!! We have to go!

Yes!!!!! It's a date for sure! Let's make plans! I can't wait to read this new book!

1 month ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt

Serafina Book Signing - Greenville, SCJuly 6, 2017, 6:00pmBarnes & Noble, Shops at Greenridge, 1125 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt
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1 month ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt

Serafina Book Signing - CharlotteJuly 6, 2017, 11:00amBarnes & Noble, Arboretum, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt
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1 month ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt

Serafina Book Signing - GreensboroJuly 5, 2017, 6:00pmBarnes & Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Ave, Greensboro, NC 27408Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt
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Lourdes Guerra shall we make it a date???

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Will you be back in Charlottesville, va?

1 month ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt

Serafina Book Signing - HickoryJuly 4, 2017, 6:00pmBarnes & Noble, 2405 US-70, Hickory, NC 28602Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt
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Serafina Book Signing - Hickory

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1 month ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt

Serafina Book Signing - Johnson CityJuly 3, 2017, 6:00pmBarnes & Noble, 3030 Franklin Terrace, Johnson City, TN 37604Join #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the hit Serafina mystery-thriller series published by Disney-Hyperion.

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

THE 2017 SUMMER BOOK LAUNCH TOUR! This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's runaway book series.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt
... See MoreSee Less

Serafina Book Signing - Johnson City

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Here's your opportunity Jocelyn Mathewes, Heather Guidry-Margotta, Tabetha Lambert!!

1 month ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Celebrate the arrival of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART with #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty and his family at an All-Day Launch Party on Sunday, July 2, at Barnes & Noble-Asheville Mall. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Be among the first readers in the nation to get the eagerly anticipated third book in the hit mystery-thriller Serafina Series from Disney Hyperion. SPLINTERED HEART is set for nationwide release on July 3, but we’re getting things started early in Serafina’s hometown.

The SPLINTERED HEART LAUNCH PARTY is a free, open house-style event. No ticket or purchase is necessary to attend. Numbered wristbands will be distributed to manage the book signing line to meet and talk with the author.

Fun Serafina themed activities are planned throughout the day, including:
-Book signing and personalization with the author (all day)
-Costumed characters from the book trailers (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
-Photo opportunities with the costumed characters (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) and the author
-Photo opportunities with the Serafina backdrops and the props from the book trailers (all day)
-An English Tea (11 a.m.-noon)
-Ballroom dance and waltz lessons with a choreographer and dancers from the upcoming SPLINTERED HEART book trailer
-Live presentations with wolves (11 a.m-2 p.m.)
-Live presentations with birds of prey (2-5 p.m.)
-Readings by a professional actor of the opening chapters of SPLINTERED HEART (3 and 5 p.m.)
-Caricature artists (1-5 p.m.)
-Roving magician (1-4 p.m.)
-Face painting (2-5 p.m.)
-Free food and drink (all day) and Serafina Dark Forest ice cream (2-5 p.m.)
-Serafina giveaways (all day)

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt

Serafina Book 3 Launch Party!July 2, 2017, 11:00amBarnes & Noble, 3 S Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805Celebrate the arrival of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART with #1 New York Times Best Selling author Robert Beatty and his family at an All-Day Launch Party on Sunday, July 2, at Barnes & Noble-Asheville Mall. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Be among the first readers in the nation to get the eagerly anticipated third book in the hit mystery-thriller Serafina Series from Disney Hyperion. SPLINTERED HEART is set for nationwide release on July 3, but we’re getting things started early in Serafina’s hometown.

The SPLINTERED HEART LAUNCH PARTY is a free, open house-style event. No ticket or purchase is necessary to attend. Numbered wristbands will be distributed to manage the book signing line to meet and talk with the author.

Fun Serafina themed activities are planned throughout the day, including:
-Book signing and personalization with the author (all day)
-Costumed characters from the book trailers (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
-Photo opportunities with the costumed characters (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) and the author
-Photo opportunities with the Serafina backdrops and the props from the book trailers (all day)
-An English Tea (11 a.m.-noon)
-Ballroom dance and waltz lessons with a choreographer and dancers from the upcoming SPLINTERED HEART book trailer
-Live presentations with wolves (11 a.m-2 p.m.)
-Live presentations with birds of prey (2-5 p.m.)
-Readings by a professional actor of the opening chapters of SPLINTERED HEART (3 and 5 p.m.)
-Caricature artists (1-5 p.m.)
-Roving magician (1-4 p.m.)
-Face painting (2-5 p.m.)
-Free food and drink (all day) and Serafina Dark Forest ice cream (2-5 p.m.)
-Serafina giveaways (all day)

SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina, a brave and unusual cat-like girl, and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt, who live at the grand Biltmore Estate during the 1890s amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide.

The first two books in the Serafina Series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” TWISTED STAFF is also a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize.

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1, 2 & 3:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
bit.ly/2rFYvtt
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Serafina Book 3 Launch Party!

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Wow, what a lineup of FUN!!

Cary? Maybe..perhaps.. Please?!

Where can I find your other city dates? I always catch you in Charlotte and don't want to miss!

Hoping and praying I will be there, this year!!

Gina Bedford

Vicky Hicks

Bud Shevick

Carrie Taylor we need to go!!!!

Is there a booksigning schedule date closer to Fort Bragg area for the military family ?

Lee Evans... road trip!!! 👍

Congratulations to the winners of the Serafina Writing Challenge: Kaitlyn Redwine (10), Maggie Powers (11), Sydney George (14), Jami Sinclair (adult), and James Matthew Byers (adult). Their entries were selected from hundreds of creative writing submissions inspired by this video outtake (bit.ly/2q9zZ6b) from the book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK. Each will receive an Advanced Reader Copy of the forthcoming third book in the series, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART. We would also like to say that there were MANY very cool, well-written submissions. Thank you so much for participating in the challenge. Just because you or your student wasn't selected, doesn't mean you/they aren't a good writer. It was a difficult and subjective choice. Stay bold!

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now on Amazon (amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly.

The five winning entries are included below. Well done writers!

***
Serafina walked along the long, winding path. She reached up and touched the stretching vine that crept across the pergola, her thoughts drifting back to her mother and pa. Should she stay with her pa, who found her and took care of her for years? Or, should she stay with her mother, who was her fierce and loyal protector? In whose world did she truly belong? Serafina’s thoughts raced so fast that she, herself, started running toward the edge of the balcony.

Serafina, immersed in consuming thoughts, looked out on the beautiful estate, wondering how she would feel to leave it all. What about the Vanderbilts, who had been so kind to her when she came out of their basement? Serafina scanned the horizon. She was startled back to reality when she noticed a rider steadily trotting across the still dew-dampened grass. "Is that Braeden?" she wondered. No, the figure was tall, most likely an adult, but not like any that Serafina knew. "Were they a guest?" They were riding alone, on a dark steed, not like any creature Serafina had seen at Biltmore. The figure looked up, their face cloaked in a dark mask. The rider saw her. Serafina knew she should run to tell Braeden, or her mother or pa. Suddenly, in that moment, looking at the rider, Serafina knew where she belonged.

Even if she wasn’t like some of them, the people at Biltmore needed her help. She was their protector and she had to protect them from evil, whenever it came. And, she sensed it was here already.

- By KAITLYN REDWINE, age 10

***
Serafina walked under the pergola at Biltmore. She gazed out from under the pergola into the long field that stretched ahead of her. She spotted Braeden riding his horse through the field. His horse's speed was amazing and it looked as if it could soar into the clouds. She thought back to when she first met him. Then she thought of the Man in the Black Cloak. It was certainly a hard task, but nothing overcomes the Chief Rat Catcher! Serafina smiled at her thought. She remembered how she used to catch rats during night, while everyone was asleep. Then she thought of Braeden again. How did he help his animal friends so quickly? And their injuries?

She began to feel dizzy, so she snapped her focus back on Braeden. But he was gone. Serafina panicked. She lifted up her dress and ran down the pergola. "Maybe he went inside the forest," she thought, hoping he was OK.

Then she heard the screech of a horse and a smashing sound. "Oh no," she thought and tore into the undergrowth. "BRAEDEN!" she screamed, tearing through branches. "BRAEDEN!" she screamed again. Then she stopped. She heard something. A whimper.

She transformed into her catamount self and jumped into the trees. She jumped from branch to branch, scanning the ground beneath her. Then she saw it -- a limp body lying in a small meadow. She jumped out of the tree and ran. Just as she was at the edge of the meadow, she turned back to her human self.

"Oh Braeden," she said falling to her knees beside his body. His leg was twisted in an unusual way. He had cuts on his face and his pant leg was ripped open, showing the oozing gash beneath it. His chest slowly rose and fell.

"What happened?" Serafina said. Braeden slowly opened his eyes. "Run Serafina ... Run!" he said hoarsely. A twig snapped. Serafina slowly turned her head ...

-By MAGGIE POWERS, age 11

***
Serafina walked silently under the pergola, her steps slow and heavy. She needed to think. She needed a plan. How else could she solve the mystery that surrounded her? She felt the same as when the Man in the Black Cloak had first caught her and wrapped her in the dark folds of his cloak, suffocating her until she was sure she would pass out. This new danger seemed to surround her and leave her with no escape.

Serafina felt something tickle her shoulder. Swerving around, she realized with a relieved sigh that it was only a trailing vine that hung down from the pergola's roof. For a mere moment, she took in the intense green of her surroundings, and smiled. The tree boughs were laden with green foliage. Some sported tiny white blossoms that smelled like sweet honey from a beehive. A bird chirped merrily from somewhere nearby, and the flapping of wings reached Serafina's ears.

No. She couldn't be distracted by the serene beauty of the estate. She had to focus. Just as her mother had taught her, it was always better to be cautious. Never let your guard down. Danger could arise at any moment. Especially if you were the one being hunted.

Serafina noticed that she had sped up unconsciously. As she continued onward, something caught her attention. There was a disturbance in the air. How she knew, she didn't know ... but something wasn't right. All of a sudden, a cry rang out, coming from the gardens. Serafina lifted her gown and broke into a run down the pergola, her heart pumping furiously in her chest. She knew that cry. "Braeden!" she yelled, her voice hoarse. The cobblestone clacked under her heels like horse hooves, sounding in rhythm with her heart.

As she emerged onto the overlook, she collided painfully with the low stone wall. The brightness of the sun blinded her momentarily, and she blinked furiously to clear her vision. Another cry came from below. With an anxious gasp, she leaned over the wall to look down at the gardens. What she saw made her breath catch in her throat. She didn't understand what she saw, but one thing was clear: Something was terribly wrong.

-By SYDNEY GEORGE, age 14

***
A wisp of something peculiar tugged at Serafina. It wasn’t quite a scent, nor a sound, but it wrapped its tendrils around her thoughts and drew her away from the warmth of the morning fire. Rather than alarm her, she thought it mildly amusing to find herself strolling down the marble hallway for no good reason, towards the creaking oak door and some unknown destination. It was if her will and the will of some playful force outside the house had joined into a happy dreamlike alliance.

A small part of her knew her mind should be fighting to untangle herself from this mysterious summons, but she smiled instead, reveling in the click of her shoes on the stone path of the empty courtyard.

Her feet carried her across the lawn still damp with morning dew, to the pathway beneath the pergola. Fingertips grazed a wide branch that twisted overhead, as she strolled beneath the wisteria. The crisp morning air flowed through her in long, easy breaths, until a sudden fear snaked up her body and wrapped itself around her neck. The hairs on the back of her neck prickled. Some hidden menace lie ahead, drawing her in. She felt certain of it. But instead of turning back toward safety, she found herself gathering up her silk skirt and racing blindly down the path, toward the nameless, scentless, silent threat.

-By JAMI SINCLAIR, adult

***
The statue whispered in the air.
As gravel crunched below,
A breeze entwining lofty hair
Encircled in the flow
Compelled her out beyond the path.
A distance calling forth
As fingers traced a wooded lath,
The young girl headed north.
Around the vines and roots contrived;
All echoed in the clear.
And Serafina's thoughts arrived
Upon the dawning fear.
Pergola shadowed round the gown
Of red and black that danced-
Alive as if a means to drown
Adventure ere she pranced.
Enamored eyes of yellow sheen
Reflecting energy
Embraced a secret never seen-
A calling synergy.
With Biltmore fading in the dust
And sunset fading soon,
The forest offered her a trust;
A mystic, magic tune
That Serafina welcomed in.
Continuing the thought,
The girl moved swiftly with a grin.
Perhaps not getting caught
Was only just a tiny bit
Of all that lay ahead.
However, she would never quit.
She ushered on instead ..."

-By JAMES MATTHEW BYERS, adult)))

Serafina/Biltmore photo credit: Destinee Blau Photography
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Congratulations to the winners of the Serafina Writing Challenge: Kaitlyn Redwine (10), Maggie Powers (11), Sydney George (14), Jami Sinclair (adult), and James Matthew Byers (adult). Their entries were selected from hundreds of creative writing submissions inspired by this video outtake (http://bit.ly/2q9zZ6b) from the book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK. Each will receive an Advanced Reader Copy of the forthcoming third book in the series, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART. We would also like to say that there were MANY very cool, well-written submissions. Thank you so much for participating in the challenge. Just because you or your student wasnt selected, doesnt mean you/they arent a good writer. It was a difficult and subjective choice. Stay bold!

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (http://bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly.

The five winning entries are included below. Well done writers!

***
Serafina walked along the long, winding path. She reached up and touched the stretching vine that crept across the pergola, her thoughts drifting back to her mother and pa. Should she stay with her pa, who found her and took care of her for years? Or, should she stay with her mother, who was her fierce and loyal protector? In whose world did she truly belong? Serafina’s thoughts raced so fast that she, herself, started running toward the edge of the balcony.

Serafina, immersed in consuming thoughts, looked out on the beautiful estate, wondering how she would feel to leave it all. What about the Vanderbilts, who had been so kind to her when she came out of their basement? Serafina scanned the horizon. She was startled back to reality when she noticed a rider steadily trotting across the still dew-dampened grass. Is that Braeden? she wondered. No, the figure was tall, most likely an adult, but not like any that Serafina knew. Were they a guest? They were riding alone, on a dark steed, not like any creature Serafina had seen at Biltmore. The figure looked up, their face cloaked in a dark mask. The rider saw her. Serafina knew she should run to tell Braeden, or her mother or pa. Suddenly, in that moment, looking at the rider, Serafina knew where she belonged.

Even if she wasn’t like some of them, the people at Biltmore needed her help. She was their protector and she had to protect them from evil, whenever it came. And, she sensed it was here already.

- By KAITLYN REDWINE, age 10

***
Serafina walked under the pergola at Biltmore. She gazed out from under the pergola into the long field that stretched ahead of her. She spotted Braeden riding his horse through the field. His horses speed was amazing and it looked as if it could soar into the clouds. She thought back to when she first met him. Then she thought of the Man in the Black Cloak. It was certainly a hard task, but nothing overcomes the Chief Rat Catcher! Serafina smiled at her thought. She remembered how she used to catch rats during night, while everyone was asleep. Then she thought of Braeden again. How did he help his animal friends so quickly? And their injuries?

She began to feel dizzy, so she snapped her focus back on Braeden. But he was gone. Serafina panicked. She lifted up her dress and ran down the pergola. Maybe he went inside the forest, she thought, hoping he was OK. 

Then she heard the screech of a horse and a smashing sound. Oh no, she thought and tore into the undergrowth. BRAEDEN! she screamed, tearing through branches. BRAEDEN! she screamed again. Then she stopped. She heard something. A whimper. 

She transformed into her catamount self and jumped into the trees. She jumped from branch to branch, scanning the ground beneath her. Then she saw it -- a limp body lying in a small meadow. She jumped out of the tree and ran. Just as she was at the edge of the meadow, she turned back to her human self. 

Oh Braeden, she said falling to her knees beside his body. His leg was twisted in an unusual way. He had cuts on his face and his pant leg was ripped open, showing the oozing gash beneath it. His chest slowly rose and fell. 

What happened? Serafina said. Braeden slowly opened his eyes. Run Serafina ... Run! he said hoarsely. A twig snapped. Serafina slowly turned her head ...

-By MAGGIE POWERS, age 11

***
Serafina walked silently under the pergola, her steps slow and heavy. She needed to think. She needed a plan. How else could she solve the mystery that surrounded her? She felt the same as when the Man in the Black Cloak had first caught her and wrapped her in the dark folds of his cloak, suffocating her until she was sure she would pass out. This new danger seemed to surround her and leave her with no escape. 

Serafina felt something tickle her shoulder. Swerving around, she realized with a relieved sigh that it was only a trailing vine that hung down from the pergolas roof. For a mere moment, she took in the intense green of her surroundings, and smiled. The tree boughs were laden with green foliage. Some sported tiny white blossoms that smelled like sweet honey from a beehive. A bird chirped merrily from somewhere nearby, and the flapping of wings reached Serafinas ears. 

No. She couldnt be distracted by the serene beauty of the estate. She had to focus. Just as her mother had taught her, it was always better to be cautious. Never let your guard down. Danger could arise at any moment. Especially if you were the one being hunted. 

Serafina noticed that she had sped up unconsciously. As she continued onward, something caught her attention. There was a disturbance in the air. How she knew, she didnt know ... but something wasnt right. All of a sudden, a cry rang out, coming from the gardens. Serafina lifted her gown and broke into a run down the pergola, her heart pumping furiously in her chest. She knew that cry. Braeden! she yelled, her voice hoarse. The cobblestone clacked under her heels like horse hooves, sounding in rhythm with her heart. 

As she emerged onto the overlook, she collided painfully with the low stone wall. The brightness of the sun blinded her momentarily, and she blinked furiously to clear her vision. Another cry came from below. With an anxious gasp, she leaned over the wall to look down at the gardens. What she saw made her breath catch in her throat. She didnt understand what she saw, but one thing was clear: Something was terribly wrong.

-By SYDNEY GEORGE, age 14

***
A wisp of something peculiar tugged at Serafina. It wasn’t quite a scent, nor a sound, but it wrapped its tendrils around her thoughts and drew her away from the warmth of the morning fire. Rather than alarm her, she thought it mildly amusing to find herself strolling down the marble hallway for no good reason, towards the creaking oak door and some unknown destination. It was if her will and the will of some playful force outside the house had joined into a happy dreamlike alliance. 

A small part of her knew her mind should be fighting to untangle herself from this mysterious summons, but she smiled instead, reveling in the click of her shoes on the stone path of the empty courtyard. 

Her feet carried her across the lawn still damp with morning dew, to the pathway beneath the pergola. Fingertips grazed a wide branch that twisted overhead, as she strolled beneath the wisteria. The crisp morning air flowed through her in long, easy breaths, until a sudden fear snaked up her body and wrapped itself around her neck. The hairs on the back of her neck prickled. Some hidden menace lie ahead, drawing her in. She felt certain of it. But instead of turning back toward safety, she found herself gathering up her silk skirt and racing blindly down the path, toward the nameless, scentless, silent threat.

-By JAMI SINCLAIR, adult

***
The statue whispered in the air.
As gravel crunched below,
A breeze entwining lofty hair
Encircled in the flow
Compelled her out beyond the path.
A distance calling forth
As fingers traced a wooded lath,
The young girl headed north.
Around the vines and roots contrived;
All echoed in the clear.
And Serafinas thoughts arrived
Upon the dawning fear.
Pergola shadowed round the gown
Of red and black that danced-
Alive as if a means to drown
Adventure ere she pranced.
Enamored eyes of yellow sheen
Reflecting energy
Embraced a secret never seen-
A calling synergy.
With Biltmore fading in the dust
And sunset fading soon,
The forest offered her a trust;
A mystic, magic tune
That Serafina welcomed in.
Continuing the thought,
The girl moved swiftly with a grin.
Perhaps not getting caught 
Was only just a tiny bit
Of all that lay ahead.
However, she would never quit.
She ushered on instead ...

-By JAMES MATTHEW BYERS, adult)))

Serafina/Biltmore photo credit:  Destinee Blau Photography

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Love to see so much enthusiasm with our young readers and future writers. Thank you for encouraging them to write!!!!

What talented young writers! I see new book series on the horizon from these authors! This is a gorgeous photograph!

Wonderful young writers and an amazing book to begin for their future ! Always pursue your dreams. !!!

You just might have some competition in a few years.

Well done winners!

I now want that kind of dress

I love that dress Judy Sneed Patterson

Amy Kluttz Daniel

I love this behind-the-scenes photo taken as we were shooting the book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the third book in the Serafina series. In this scene, Braeden Vanderbilt, played by the intrepid Bode Lizerralde, is riding a horse through catastrophic danger (better known as a green screen). The horse trainer/handler, my daughter Camille (a.k.a. Lady Rowena)(in the white shirt on the ground in front of the horse) is staying off camera, but she's asking the horse to throw back his head and move around based on instructions shouted from the director. The director (white hat) and I (brown shirt) are watching the action through the monitor as the director of photography (dark blue shirt) and the assistant camera operator (light blue shirt) are handling the camera. Three people are acting as grips to make sure the reflector and shades don't blow over in the wind and fall onto the horse and rider. And a second horse trainer/handler stands by to assist. But the most important performer in the whole operation is our barn cat (a large Siamese-mix named Chase), sitting in front of the green screen, just behind the horse's feet. As with all cats, he thinks all this is about him and that he's going to look great on camera. This cat and horse are completely at home with one another. The cat rubs up against the horse's legs and moves all around the horse without any fear.

About the books:

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now on Amazon (amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly.

Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says that the sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." (Starred Review) A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide.

Watch the exciting Video Book Trailers:
Book 1: on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
Book 2: bit.ly/1UovAES
Book 3: Release in June.

Photo taken by Set Photographer Destinee Blau Photography.
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I love this behind-the-scenes photo taken as we were shooting the book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the third book in the Serafina series. In this scene, Braeden Vanderbilt, played by the intrepid Bode Lizerralde, is riding a horse through catastrophic danger (better known as a green screen). The horse trainer/handler, my daughter Camille (a.k.a. Lady Rowena)(in the white shirt on the ground in front of the horse) is staying off camera, but shes asking the horse to throw back his head and move around based on instructions shouted from the director. The director (white hat) and I (brown shirt) are watching the action through the monitor as the director of photography  (dark blue shirt) and the assistant camera operator (light blue shirt) are handling the camera. Three people are acting as grips to make sure the reflector and shades dont blow over in the wind and fall onto the horse and rider. And a second horse trainer/handler stands by to assist. But the most important performer in the whole operation is our barn cat (a large Siamese-mix named Chase), sitting in front of the green screen, just behind the horses feet. As with all cats, he thinks all this is about him and that hes going to look great on camera. This cat and horse are completely at home with one another. The cat rubs up against the horses legs and moves all around the horse without any fear. 

About the books:
 
SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (http://bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly.

Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says that the sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Starred Review) A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide.

Watch the exciting Video Book Trailers:
Book 1: http://on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
Book 2: http://bit.ly/1UovAES
Book 3: Release in June.

Photo taken by Set Photographer Destinee Blau Photography.

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Sarah thinks that Chase thinking the story is all about him is adorable! 🐈🐈🐈

I can't wait for this book. Love reading them.

where is this building?

Cat happy to be part of this shooting scene🐱🐱😍😍

The cat looks extremely happy with his location. 😊

We've been working hard all week shooting the footage we need for the book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the third book in the Serafina series. Here's a behind-the-scenes shot of Serafina (my daughter Genevieve) in the water at night with director Paul Bonesteel equipped with a snorkeling mask and a weighted camera.

Info about the Serafina series:
SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now on Amazon (amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly.

Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says that the sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." (Starred Review) A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide.

Watch the exciting Video Book Trailers:
Book 1: on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
Book 2: bit.ly/1UovAES
Book 3: Release in June.

Photo taken by Set Photographer Destinee Blau Photography.
... See MoreSee Less

Weve been working hard all week shooting the footage we need for the book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the third book in the Serafina series. Heres a behind-the-scenes shot of Serafina (my daughter Genevieve) in the water at night with director Paul Bonesteel equipped with a snorkeling mask and a weighted camera.

Info about the Serafina series: 
SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (http://bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly.

Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says that the sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Starred Review) A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide.

Watch the exciting Video Book Trailers:
Book 1: http://on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
Book 2: http://bit.ly/1UovAES
Book 3: Release in June.

Photo taken by Set Photographer Destinee Blau Photography.

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Yay! Just preordered the new book for my daughters 12th bday, she's having a biltmore/serafina themed party, complete with a poofy red dress I've been sewing for her 😆

We can't wait for the third book!!!! Taking my daughter to the Biltmore next week for her 11th birthday because of the series...meeting Mr. Beatty sparked a true love for reading for her! Forever grateful!

Can't wait for the third book and have you sign it at a book signing just like I did with your other two books!

Do you have an event planned for the next book release? We were at the Twisted Staff book release and we had a blast!

My daughter loves this series! She is eagerly (and a bit impatiently 😉) awaiting the third book!

Love these teasers! Can't wait for the trailer!

I can't wait for the book and the trailer to come out! I love reading and watching each trailer.

Awesome ! This is a great series of amazing books ! Can't wait to get one !

Can not wait to read this one!

So cool.

Mystical

Interesting to see trailer to this

I'M SO EXCITED FOR THE TRAILER!!!! 😀 😀 😀

A quick behind-the-scenes shot from the set on DAY 1 of shooting the book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the third book in the Serafina Series.

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now at Amazon (amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly.

Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says that the sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." (Starred Review) A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide.

Watch the exciting Video Book Trailers:
Book 1: on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
Book 2: bit.ly/1UovAES
Book 3: Release in June.

Photo taken by Set Photographer Destinee Blau Photography.
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A quick behind-the-scenes shot from the set on DAY 1 of shooting the book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the third book in the Serafina Series.

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now at Amazon (http://amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (http://bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly.

Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says that the sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Starred Review) A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide.

Watch the exciting Video Book Trailers:
Book 1: http://on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
Book 2: http://bit.ly/1UovAES
Book 3: Release in June.

Photo taken by Set Photographer Destinee Blau Photography.

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Love the new dress! My daughter is already looking for one like it.

So very excited! Oh please let the Serafina series be a movie someday!

Congrats. Can't wait for my girls to read this in a few years!

Zach Stokes, we need to show this to Haidyn. Remind me later 😊

I can't wait to see the finished trailer for this book. Love Serafina's new look.

We can't wait! We have so enjoyed your series. Thank you so much.

This was such a beautiful scene and I'm having a blast creating her new looks!!!! 💕 beautiful shot DDestinee Gallup Blau!

Its coming, it coming!!! Jamie Jones & Tina Hiss 🙂

Is there any plans to make the series in to a movie? I believe it would be a wonderful success.

Any chance there will be a full length movie???

Can't wait for the movie and new book! 😋

Can't wait! Too excited!

Will you have a book trailer release party again?

Magical!

Can't wait... ❤️ love ❤️ all your series 👍👍👍

What a beautiful dress! Stunning!

I'm reading book 2 now

LOVING THIS ADVENTURE ON THE COVER AND MORE OF THE BOOK WHERE WITHS, ETC AND LOVING THE PRESENTATION OF A MARVELOUS BOOK FOR EVERYONE. !!! THANK YOU. SIR AND ALL WHO ARE PRECIPITATING IN THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH AN UNDERTAKING

Allen Bender, When you preorder, make sure you get the hardback.

I'm gonna buy a book cause we love it she had to right an SA and she loved that to about serfina

Ekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk makenzie is dieing of happens

🍷Happy

❤️❤️❤️

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Book 3 Sneak Preview - Rough Video
BOOK 3 SNEAK PREVIEW - It's rough and dark, but here's a quick video captured at the Book 3 Sneak Preview event.

Author Robert Beatty performed a dramatic reading of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART at the historic Asheville Masonic Temple. A sold-out crowd of 400 dedicated Serafina fans attended the spooky performance, complete with a darkened theater, tombstones, coffins, lit candelabras, rolling fog, fireflies (lasers), the music the author listened to when he was writing the story, and the theater's intricately hand-painted forest backdrops. It was an exciting and unforgettable way to celebrate the upcoming launch of Book 3 in the Serafina Series this summer. Mr. Beatty also introduced the characters of the series, including Serafina's new look, with her black hair (Book 2) and her new dress. The beautiful new book cover was revealed in public for the first time.

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now at Amazon (amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (bit.ly/2qlMgF7), Malaprop's Bookstore (bit.ly/2pozeoT), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly.
This year's cover includes images of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a lovely graveyard angel, gnarly trees, a rain storm, and of course the silhouette of Serafina. The cover was designed by the ever-talented Maria Elias, the senior designer at Disney-Hyperion, as well as Laura Schreiber, the book's editor, and the rest of the team at Disney-Hyperion. It was painted by the famous artist Alexander Jansson, known for his dark and magical imagery. This is the same team that designed the previous covers.

Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says that the sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." (Starred Review) A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms across the nation and is appearing on many summer reading and Battle of the Books lists.

Watch the exciting Video Book Trailers:
Book 1: on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
Book 2: bit.ly/1UovAES
Book 3: Release in June.
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What an amazing author, family and team! You've captured my daughter's heart and we are so thrilled that she has made such an amazing connection with these books and through the events you make available for your fans! Thank you!!

It is was a wonderful event!!! The scenery was outstanding and the costumes were spectacular as always. Mrs. Beaty has out done herself again on her creation of Serafina and the other cast member's spectacular costumes.

Serafina and the Black Cloak, is this book geared toward the same age group as the books prior? We hope so, because we have been chomping at the bit to get our hands on this next work of yours!!!!

We were very sorry to have missed this event. Are there any other sneak previews planned? Thanks!

Is this video on YouTube or your website? I'd love to show it to my students when we finish the twisted staff.

Omg I cannot wait!!! I preordered the second Amazon would let me! I've been counting down ever since😆

My granddaughter loves your books. Can't wait for the next one

Scarey and thrilling. My daughter squealed when she saw it. Thank youm

Just finished #2 and can't wait for the 3rd.

Preorder complete! Now to be patient until July!

So excited about the book

Omg 😲 can't wait !!!!

Sarah Jones, look what we missed!

Love it! Can't wait until July!!

Can I die now!!!it is amazing

Got to get this ordered! ASAP!!

Makenzie life she got all her books signed and she dieing for this boor

I want to see the movie the music is wonderful😇👼

Can't wait!!

Deana Lineberry Trauth this is what we saw on Sunday.

I wish you guys could join us at our Conference this year and do a reading. We put on the Midwest largest creative writing convention in Louisville Ky every Oct called Imaginarium. www.entertheimaginarium.com

Brian Morris 🙈

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Serafina and the Black Cloak

Author Robert Beatty performed a dramatic reading of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART at the historic Asheville Masonic Temple. A sold-out crowd of 400 dedicated Serafina fans attended the spooky performance, complete with a darkened theater, tombstones, coffins, lit candelabras, rolling fog, fireflies (lasers), the music the author listened to when he was writing the story, and the theater's intricately hand-painted forest backdrops. It was an exciting and unforgettable way to celebrate the upcoming launch of Book 3 in the Serafina Series this summer. Mr. Beatty also introduced the characters of the series, including Serafina's new look, with her black hair (Book 2) and her new dress. The beautiful new book cover was revealed in public for the first time.

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now at Amazon (amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (bit.ly/2qlMgF7), Malaprop's Bookstore (bit.ly/2pozeoT), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly.

This year's cover includes images of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a lovely graveyard angel, gnarly trees, a rain storm, and of course the silhouette of Serafina. The cover was designed by the ever-talented Maria Elias, the senior designer at Disney-Hyperion, as well as Laura Schreiber, the book's editor, and the rest of the team at Disney-Hyperion. It was painted by the famous artist Alexander Jansson, known for his dark and magical imagery. This is the same team that designed the previous covers.

Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says that the sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." (Starred Review) A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms across the nation and is appearing on many summer reading and Battle of the Books lists.
Watch the exciting Video Book Trailers:

Book 1: on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
Book 2: bit.ly/1UovAES
Book 3: Release in June.
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Author Robert Beatty performed a dramatic reading of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART at the historic Asheville Masonic Temple. A sold-out crowd of 400 dedicated Serafina fans attended the spooky performance, complete with a darkened theater, tombstones, coffins, lit candelabras, rolling fog, fireflies (lasers), the music the author listened to when he was writing the story, and the theaters intricately hand-painted forest backdrops. It was an exciting and unforgettable way to celebrate the upcoming launch of Book 3 in the Serafina Series this summer. Mr. Beatty also introduced the characters of the series, including Serafinas new look, with her black hair (Book 2) and her new dress. The beautiful new book cover was revealed in public for the first time.

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART continues the adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now at Amazon (http://amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (http://bit.ly/2qlMgF7), Malaprops Bookstore (http://bit.ly/2pozeoT), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly. 

This years cover includes images of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a lovely graveyard angel, gnarly trees, a rain storm, and of course the silhouette of Serafina. The cover was designed by the ever-talented Maria Elias, the senior designer at Disney-Hyperion, as well as Laura Schreiber, the books editor, and the rest of the team at Disney-Hyperion. It was painted by the famous artist Alexander Jansson, known for his dark and magical imagery. This is the same team that designed the previous covers.

Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says that the sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Starred Review) A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms across the nation and is appearing on many summer reading and Battle of the Books lists.
Watch the exciting Video Book Trailers:

Book 1: http://on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
Book 2: http://bit.ly/1UovAES
Book 3: Release in June.

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Please tell me the book trailer comes out before June 9! That's our last day of school and we're half way through the second book and I dare not watch the trailer without my 32 fourth graders who are as obessed with this series as I am. Thanks again for their goodies you sent! 🙂

Spooky, nice and lovely! I wish I could have been there here you read the new book Serafina and the Splintered Heart.

Will there be a trailer for this one? If so, when will it be released?

We enjoyed this event and you picked the perfect place to share the first three chapters! It was a beautiful building!

I wish I had known about this. I would have attended. Ordered the book from Amazon.com today for my Granddaughter, Tess.

Wow!! This looks amazing as usual. I am so excoted for the new book to come out.

Chayney Parsons wish we'd known! I'll be watching closer for the next one announced!

We are so upset that we weren't able to make it.😭

It was a fantastic event! Well done.

This was an amazing event!

How cool is this! 🙂

Would love to see a movie😇👼

Intriguing.

Cover Reveal - Serafina and the Splintered Heart
SERAFINA BOOK 3 COVER REVEAL - We're so excited to reveal the beautiful new cover for SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty, the continued adventures of Serafina and Braeden at the grand Biltmore Estate. Pre-order now at Amazon (amzn.to/2jjd6Gk), B&N (bit.ly/2qlMgF7), or your local bookstore to make sure you get your copy on the July 4 release. If the previous two years are any indication, the books are going to sell out quickly. This year's cover includes images of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a lovely graveyard angel, gnarly trees, a rain storm, and of course the silhouette of Serafina. The cover was designed by the ever-talented Maria Elias, the senior designer at Disney-Hyperion, as well as Laura Schreiber, the book's editor, and the rest of the team at Disney-Hyperion. It was painted by the famous artist Alexander Jansson, known for his dark and magical imagery. This is the same team that designed the previous covers.

Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says that the sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." (Starred Review) A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms across the nation and is appearing on many summer reading and Battle of the Books lists.

Watch the exciting Video Book Trailers:
Book 1: on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
Book 2: bit.ly/1UovAES
Book 3: Release in June.
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I am so sad I couldn't take my daughter, Daniella to see you yesterday. We have met you both times you came to Charlotte. I actually think I may have to order two copies of book three because neither of us want to wait for the other to finish it. Are you coming to Charlotte again? You are a talented author and we love Serafina!!

We were at theater yesterday. My daughter, mother and I can not wait to read the rest of book 3.. she was so excited yesterday when she met you and had photos with you and the characters. It was well worth our 3 hour one way trip.. I just hate we couldn't stay for the signing...(my daughter was the 10 year old that had all the sticky notes on almost everypage..haha) She now wants to be Serafina for Halloween and loved the dress your wife designed for this book.

Im so excited. My lovely daughter gave me Serafina the Twisted Staff for mothers day. She purchased it her school book fair. Can't wait to start it.

I will preorder book three right away. Loved the other two and can't wait for our granddaughter to read these books 📚. Thanks

My 8-year-old daughters' and mine favorite evening time together reading out loud. Just finished first book. Of course I already finished both of them long time ago :)!

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my copy. July is so far away! The reading yesterday of the first three chapters was very dramatic, and I loved it! My students were so excited to see the pictures when they returned to school today. Thank you!

Very excited to continue reading about Serafina and her next adventure. Thank you again for sharing your delightful gift of storytelling.

I love love love this cover! It perfectly captures the Blue Ridge Mountains! So excited!

If it's anything like the last one, it's gonna be awesome 😊

Can't wait!!! Hope you have another event at the b&n asheville!

All of my students just crowded around my desk to see this video. They are so excited about Book 3!

The first 2 books were wonderful!! Can't wait for the third! Thanks

Today is my daughter's 10th birthday! She says thank you for this, she can't wait!!

I'm so excited!!! Good news when we've had a day with a lot of bad. Thank you for the smile.

Beautiful cover ! The great books ever ! So much love your riding !!!

I can't wait! Love the other two books and read them so fast. Couldn't put them down!

I'm so excited! This series is great and it makes my visits to the Biltmore so much more exciting!

I Love it!! Seeing the book cover makes me wanna read the book even more! What a wonderful job.

This is absolutely gorgeous and now my favorite cover!

Awesome Cover! Can't wait for the release!

This one is my favorite cover! Beautiful!

Can't wait till it comes out!!!!

Love it!! Can't wait to read it!

What a beautiful cover! I can't wait!!

When are the movies coming?

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Yeah....... An Appalachian Princess.

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My students were talking about this today are taking guesses at what color the cover is.

Hurry

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Serafina and the Black Cloak

If you've read Book 2 of the Serafina Series, you know that I love luna moths. My daughter Camille took these pictures of me with a live luna moth landed on my right hand while we were sitting on our back porch. The luna moth stayed with us for quite a while. It was pretty cool. ... See MoreSee Less

If youve read Book 2 of the Serafina Series, you know that I love luna moths. My daughter Camille took these pictures of me with a live luna moth landed on my right hand while we were sitting on our back porch. The luna moth stayed with us for quite a while. It was pretty cool.

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My Abby just finished it......she's anxiously awaiting the 3rd book & hoping you'll come back to the Alpharetta, Ga "Barnes & Noble" so she can meet you again.

My daughter is in love with this series. She desperately wanted a third book and when i told her she about cried!!! I hope to take her to a book signing for the third.

Found this on front door this morning! Thank you for the sneak preview event in Asheville!

Isn't wonderful living in these mountains! Nice job by your daughter.

Ive been, finished with book 2 and, can't wait for Book 3.you are a amazing writer .

I love Luna's as well. Looking forward to your third book. As an adult I enjoy this series because it takes place in my state and I visited Biltmore this year. Here is my Luna

Butterflies of the night. That's what I told my little girl to keep her from freaking out over moths and millers.

Terry Mathews, have you met Robert Beatty, author of the Serafina series? I met him a few years back in Asheville, where I plan to retire and home of my very favorite bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe.

Yes waiting for the 3rd book. I got my first book signed. but my second book was not . I hope I can have your signature on it, when I buy the third book. Thank you 😊

I bet the moth read the books and a big fan (like me!). She has come to say her greetings from a Faraway land. Don't you think she deserve a hug? 🙂

I love the Luna moth too. They're so big and beautiful. Can't wait for the 3rd book!

It would be nice to get to see the movie😇👼💓.

Awesome! Excited about reading book 3!

I saw a Luna moth at the Kmart garden center in Waynesville. Looking forward to the next installment!

Melissa show Ella if she finished the 2nd book

I love these!

So beautiful!!

Amazing!!

Such a pretty creature and a peaceful moment.

love this

2 months ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Join Asheville author Robert Beatty as he signs copies of his #1 New York Times Best Sellers, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK and SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF. Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's newest book series. There also will be the opportunity to pre-order SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the forthcoming third book in the series set for nationwide release July 4.

The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." (Starred Review)

Watch the exciting SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF book trailer here: bit.ly/1UovAES

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and is a #1 NYT Best Seller. It has also appeared on the best seller lists of Publisher’s Weekly, USA TODAY, Barnes & Noble and Amazon and independent bookstores. The Southern Independent Booksellers Association selected it the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Winner. A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in thousands of classrooms across the nation and has appeared on summer reading and Battle of the Books lists.

See the video book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK here: on.fb.me/1HoNW0G

Serafina Book Signing - Winston-Salem, NCMay 17, 2017, 6:00pmBarnes & Noble, 1925 Hampton Inn Ct, Winston-Salem, NC 27103Join Asheville author Robert Beatty as he signs copies of his #1 New York Times Best Sellers, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK and SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF. Published by Disney Hyperion, this exciting mystery-thriller series for young readers (8+) and adults follows the story of an unusual cat-like girl who lives hidden away in the basement of the Biltmore Estate amidst the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This special event includes a presentation by the author, Q&A, free food & drink, a book signing, lots of Serafina giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the author and fans of Disney Hyperion's newest book series. There also will be the opportunity to pre-order SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the forthcoming third book in the series set for nationwide release July 4.

The prestigious Kirkus Reviews says SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF is “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." (Starred Review)

Watch the exciting SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF book trailer here: bit.ly/1UovAES

The first book, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 59 weeks, and is a #1 NYT Best Seller. It has also appeared on the best seller lists of Publisher’s Weekly, USA TODAY, Barnes & Noble and Amazon and independent bookstores. The Southern Independent Booksellers Association selected it the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Winner. A fast favorite for teachers and students, the book is being taught in thousands of classrooms across the nation and has appeared on summer reading and Battle of the Books lists.

See the video book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK here: on.fb.me/1HoNW0G
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In Asheville?

Debbie Scott Norris Saw this and thought of your granddaughter

Awesome

Holly❤️❤️

You should come out to Utah someday:) My book club girls would love to meet you.

Will this be a ticketed event for the signing line?

I'm pleased and honored to announce that SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF (Book #2 in the Serafina Series) has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature.

Last year, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK (Book #1 in the series) was the winner of the 2016 Southern Book Prize.

This mystery-thriller series set inside Biltmore Estate and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains is filled with history, mystery, and magic. For young readers (9+) and adults. Here are the book trailers for the two books:
Book 1: bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book 2: bit.ly/29CUekN

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART (Book #3) comes out July 4, 2017.

About the Southern Book Prize: The Southern Book Prize is awarded by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), an organization of all the great, independent bookstores in the South. Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on the books they have most enjoyed selling to customers: the books they couldn’t stop talking about; books by southern writers, or with a southern perspective, or both. For years, the SIBA Book Award has recognized great books of southern origin.
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Im pleased and honored to announce that SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF (Book #2 in the Serafina Series) has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Southern Book Prize for representing the best in Southern literature. 

Last year, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK (Book #1 in the series) was the winner of the 2016 Southern Book Prize. 

This mystery-thriller series set inside Biltmore Estate and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains is filled with history, mystery, and magic. For young readers (9+) and adults.  Here are the book trailers for the two books:
Book 1: http://bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book 2: http://bit.ly/29CUekN

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART (Book #3) comes out July 4, 2017.

About the Southern Book Prize: The Southern Book Prize is awarded by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), an organization of all the great, independent bookstores in the South. Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on the books they have most enjoyed selling to customers: the books they couldn’t stop talking about; books by southern writers, or with a southern perspective, or both. For years, the SIBA Book Award has recognized great books of southern origin.

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I'm so excited about your third Serafina Book 📚 release. I have throughly enjoyed your first two & have given them to family & friends for gifts at Christmas, just like I've already told you before!! You are such a wonderful & inspiring Author & I'm so excited about your future books that you told me you would be writing in 2018 & 2019. I will be buying 5 copies of your third Serafina book in July to give as gifts to go with the first two books that I also bought 5 of each & gave as gifts, except one of each that I'm also collecting for myself. I'm so excited to have these for my future grandkids, as well as my son, his fiancé, my niece & my close friend!! You are amazing & I really appreciate you letting me meet you & have your signature & personal messages written in them!! You are so appreciated by me!! I appreciate our picture we took together as well!! Thank you so much!!See you soon!!

congratulations!!!! You earn it entirely!!! Serafina and all of the characters are inspiring and loveable!! Keep up the amazing work 😀 😀 😀

Rhonda:I have met the author and have the 1st and 2nd hardback books signed by him. I also received a "gold Serafina​" lapel pin given to me by the author. He only give a few of those pins out! I can bring the books and pin for you to show/share with your class if you want. Just let me know!

Can't wait for the new one. Bought the second one on Mon at my son's school from the book fair. Finished reading it today. Counting down the days until you come to Asheville.

My students and I are currently reading the second book. They have truly fallen in love with Serafina, Braedon, and all of the other characters. They groan every day when I stop reading! Thank you for helping me instill the love of reading in my fourth graders in East Tennessee!! This award is very well deserved. 🏆

Your books are amazing! My 4th/5th grade book club students have fallen in love with them and they have really sparked a love of reading in those students. You deserve it! Congrats!

Congratulations! The first 2 books were wonderful as I am sure book 3 will be also. I am looking forward to book 3!

Well deserved! You are transforming classrooms and helping foster a love for reading!

July cannot come soon enough in our home! That's all my daughter talks about!

We met you at your reading in west Knoxville and my son who hates reading, loves your books. I've read them all as well. We can't wait for splintered heart to come out! We've already preordered our copy!! Stay bold! Keep writing your amazing stories, we love them!!

Amazing books ! I hope to proof read the third book early ! Please may I be chosen to get a book to give cooments on ! Please ! You have it Mr Beatty ! The other two books in the series was so awesome ! Love them. Read them over and over ! Yes I'm an older adult ! 68 yrs old ! Everyone would love this book !

Congrats 🎉🍾... your books are fantastic and not surprised 😳 at the finalist selection..

Eeek!! So excited for July!

I hope you win. 😎🌻🌻🌻

Great news!

So deserving!

Congratulations

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Can't wait!

Teresa Guy Benson Sherry Price Montague

The Serafina Writing Challenge
UPDATE: Thanks for all the awesome entries so far. If you're still interested in participating, you have until 5 P.M. THURSDAY, APRIL 27, to post your story.

Attention students, teachers, writers, and all other Serafina fans: Would you like an advanced copy of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART (Book 3)? This is a short writing challenge for students and adults. Watch this short clip of Serafina walking beneath the Pergola at Biltmore. It is purposefully open ended. Use it as a writing prompt. Imagine that it's the opening of a story. Now continue the story. Write a short ending for it. What happens next? What is Serafina doing? Where is she going? Why is she running? Let's hear where your imagination takes you. It doesn't have to be anything fancy or elaborate or long. It can be a single sentence or a paragraph or as long as you like. Maybe something like, "Filled with an anguish she did not understand, Serafina ran until she reached the wall at the end of the Pergola, then gazed out across the estate hoping to spot Braeden riding his horse in the distance." Just watch the video, pick up the story from there, and go with it, whatever comes to mind. Post your writing here as a comment. If you're a student or you're posting the piece for a student, please mention the age. The best piece in each age group (adult/children) will be will be sent an advanced copy of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART along with some cool swag. If you're a teacher, maybe some of the students in your class might participate in the writing challenge.

The SERAFINA SERIES follows the adventures of a brave and unusual girl who lives at Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying this spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. Both books in the series are #1 New York Times best sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.”

BOOK TRAILERS
Book 1 Trailer: bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book 2 Trailer: bit.ly/29CUekN

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Book 1: amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2: amzn.to/1LXCpuT
Book 3: amzn.to/2jjd6Gk
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Serafina walked along the long, winding path. She reached up and touched the stretching vine that crept across the across the Pergola, her thoughts drifting back to her mother and pa. Should she stay with her pa, who found her and took care of her for years? Or, should she stay with her mother, who was her fierce and loyal protector? In whose world did she truly belong? Serafina’s thoughts raced so fast that she, herself, started running towards the edge of the balcony. Serafina, immersed in consuming thoughts, looked out on the beautiful estate, wondering how she would feel to leave it all. What about the Vanderbilts, who had been so kind to her when she came out of their basement? Serafina scanned the horizon. She was startled back to reality when she noticed a rider steadily trotting across the still dew dampened grass. Is that Braeden? she wondered. No, the figure was tall, most likely an adult, but not like any that Serafina knew. Were they a guest? They were riding alone, on a dark steed, not like any creature Serafina had seen at Biltmore. The figure looked up, their face cloaked in a dark mask. The rider saw her. Serafina knew she should run to tell Braeden, or her mother or paw. Suddenly, in that moment, looking at the rider, Serafina knew where she belonged. Even if she wasn’t like some of them, the people at Biltmore needed her help. She was their protector and she had to protect them from evil, whenever it came. And, she sensed it was here already. Kaitlyn (age 10)

Sarafina knew she couldn't hide from whatever stalked her. The rustling of this dress and the clip clip of her heels were giving her away. There was terrible suspense as she continued down the pergola. Suddenly there was a loud bang on the ground and what sounded like many people running toward her at full speed. She knew she had to run and hopefully make it behind the wall.luckily she made it then stood quiet as a mouse till she heard a c door close. She was barely breathing and the thing did not hear her. She did catch a qlimpse of a four legged thing as tall as a man.jet black and furry. What could this be? In true Sarafina form...... she escaped once again for now. Makayla Truett age 13

Serafina walked under the Pergola at Biltmore. She gazed out from under the Pergola into the long field that stretched ahead of her. She spotted Braden riding his horse through the field. His horse's speed was amazing and it looked as if it could soar into the clouds.She thought back to when she first met him. Then she thought of the man in the black cloak. It was certainly a hard task, but nothing overcomes the Chief Rat Catcher! Serafina smiled at her thought. She remembered how she used to catch rats durning night, while everyone was asleep. Then she thought of Braden again. How did he help his animal friends so quickly? And their injures.... She began to feel dizzy, so she snapped her focus back on Braden. But he was gone. Serafina panicked. She lifted up her dress and ran down the Pergola. "Maybe he went inside the forest?" She thought, hoping he was okay. Then she heard the screech of a horse and a smashing sound. "Oh no!" She thought and tore into the undergrowth. "BRADEN!" She screamed, tearing through branches. "BRADEN!" She screamed again. Then she stopped. She heard something. A whimper. She transformed into her Catamount self and jumped into the trees. She jumped from branch to branch, scanning the ground beneath her. Then she saw it. A limp body laying in a small meadow. She jumped out of the tree and ran. Just as she was at the edge of the meadow, she turned back to her human self. "Oh Braden.." she said falling to her knees beside his body. His leg was twisted in an unusual way. He had cuts on his face and his pant leg was ripped open, showing the oozing gash beneath it. His chest slowly rose and fell. "What happened?" Serafina said. Braden slowly opened his eyes. " Run Serafina....run!" He said hoarsely. A twig snapped. Serafina slowly turned her head... Maggie Powers, age 11

Anna Jackson Age 13 7th grade Serafina put her hand gently on the gnarled vine withering around the beautiful architecture of the Pergola. The frail texture seemed to almost dissolve in her hand. Everything seemed to be more vibrant, more fascinating in the light. It was truly strage how the apperance of ordinary things, such as plants, could appear so different. Although, it was too perfect, too peaceful. She listened carefully for the sound of chirping birds, the proud neighs of horses in the distant stables, or even, the now familiar sound of the calm chatter of estate guests. Yet, none of those dared entered her ears. She stopped her stroll abruptly. She strained her ears, and scanned the path. Nothing. Wind rushed past her, chilling her face. Every muscle tenesed. Another gust, stronger, and more sinister. Serafina was not going to run, it was wind, only wind. At least, that was what she told herself. After all, she was not prey. Then the wind whipped past her again, this time carrying the faint, painful sound of a scream. Her legs betrayed her as she ran as fast as she could towards the appaling sound. Her feet hitting the ground with hardly any sound, the air refused to stay in her lungs. Serafina's heart throbbed fearfully as she countinued to survey every detail. Her eyes searching for any measly clue as to whom had screamed. As she ran, another shriek bled through the air. Only she reconized this panicked plead. Braeden.

As Serafina runs shes lost in her thoughts ,hoping that her soul will be set free .All she wants to do is run, run away from that world that is proper an perfect .She desires to leap and escape, to the world that she loves and knows best. The Forest, filled with black magic, sorcerers and mysteries that lie beneath the surface around every corner ! Carmen Harless (Jessica Stringer Harless) (age 11) Pope Elementary Cypress, Texas

Rachael - age 9. Serafina felt awkward. She quickly escaped from a miserable afternoon tea with the Vanderbilt ladies. Serafina excused herself from the table and rushed out the front door. She took a deep breath and turned right. Serafina was so stressed, she could barely breath. She was having a brain explosion - she was not good enough, you can't do it, go back to the forest with your Mom. She was confused. Serafina was walking down the patio under a big long vine. She could feel how thick the vine was. It reminded her to be strong and bold - always. She thought over it again and she knew what to do....she ran!

Gravel crunched under her feet as she walked. Serafina made her way down the shaded path, a mask of annoyance on her normally jovial face. Where was Braedan when she actually needed to tell him something? Biltmore’s Chief Rat Catcher frowned and reached up to a branch hanging overhead. A small, brown leaf, the last on the branch, fluttered to the ground. “Winter would come early this year,” Mr. Vanderbilt had told her. “The cold will come upon us, but we’ll be safe inside.” 'Yes,' Serafina thought. 'We’ll be safe, but what of my mother and siblings, living in the forest? They have no one to protect them.' She paused, then finished her thinking. 'They are catamounts. I am a catamount. Surely a little freeze shouldn’t hurt them.' Serafina directed her attention away from the branch as a glimmer of movement caught her eye. She could clearly see a boy standing at the end of the path and he almost seemed to be bathing in the sunlight shining down on him. A dog stood beside him, and it looked very much like Gideon, Braeden’s pet. Braeden! Serafina picked up the skirt of her large dress and began to run towards him. “Braeden!” she shouted. “Braeden! Braeden! I have the most urgent thing to talk to you about!” The boy did not turn though. He must have not heard her. Serafina’s light run turned into a mad sprint as she moved her legs faster and faster, the constant pit-pit, pit-pit of well-made shoes on gravel filling her ears. “Braeden! Braeden!” she yelled, much louder this time in hopes her friend might hear her. He still paid her no attention. Finally, Serafina slowed her pace as she came before him, her breathing only slightly heavy. “Braeden, I was calling you and calling you and- Oh! I have the most urgent thing to talk to you abou…” Braeden finally turned around, but the person Serafina had expected to see was not there. “You’re not Braeden,” she breathed. “Why, it does appear I am not your little friend, now does it,” the stranger said. He smirked, and a spark of something, something evil, shone in his pitch black eyes. By Sarah Benchea {Age 12}

Serafina happily runs under the pergola, wondering if Braeden will be there waiting for her as he had said last night. Serafina stopped, astonished and afraid as Braeden's body was laying there. "Braeden", she cried, but Braeden didn't answer. Serafina quickly ran back inside, grabbing Mr and Mrs Vanderbilt telling them what had happened. The Vanderbilts called for the doctor and ran as quick as their feet could carry them back under the Pergola to Braeden's body. The doctor examined Braeden and said, "He is unconscious. Give him a few hours and he'll be well." Sure enough, Braeden was pacing around his room three hours later. Serafina stepped in and asked, "What happened?" Braeden responded, "I don't know, but all I remember is a tall man in a black cloak with a twisted wooden staff reaching his hands out for me." Blake, 10 years old

Adult 38 yrs old Serafina walked slowly, her feet rubbing the loose gravel under her bare feet. The swish of the hem of her burgundy dress tickled her toes and made her remember a time when she wouldn’t have worn anything close to “proper” ladies attire. She sighed as her hand trailed up over the thick trunk of the trees that hugged the pergola glad to have something solid to hold onto. The wind washed over her, brushing the hair over her face and she turned her face up to it, welcoming it. She sighed again as a beautiful luna moth alighted on her hand. She studied the almost translucent wings and gently let it drift away on the gentle wind. She felt like that sometimes, adrift. She wondered where she actually belonged. Part of her wanted to leave it all behind and to give into the wild beast lurking beneath her skin, while the other half of her ,the half that loved Braeden, wanted to be wholly human. Serafina stumbled, distracted by her thoughts as the cover of leaves created dappled pools of sunlight on the path. She loved nature, loved the wild, but some part of her wanted to belong to someone, to belong somewhere. She even wanted someone to belong to her. She felt the pounding before she heard it, some part of her, some wild part sensed it. She smiled as her fears flew, Braeden was coming. She picked up the hem of her dress and flew down the lane toward the sound. Her heart beat loudly in her ears as she reached the balcony. Braeden reigned in his horse and smiled, the sunlight glinting off his silky hair. Across the distance Serafina felt the connection, felt that she had found a person she wanted to belong to. She raised her hand in greeting no longer shy, no longer waiting. He smiled and dismounted as he neared her, opening his arms. She lifted her fancy skirts and ran toward him. The spring grass crunched under her feet but she barely felt it because she felt like she was flying. As she reached him she rushed into his arms curling into his chest. She finally knew what it was like to come home.

Ever since seeing the cloaked figure with glowing eyes from the nursery window that one night Sarafina had been on high alert. Even more so now that the baby was born. Mrs. Vanderbilt had taken to strolling threw the gardens on the warm sunny days with the baby. And today Mrs. Vanderbilt had arranged a lovey garden tea party with all the ladies and children of the house . Normally Serafina would not attend such events and instead find a comfortable spot to sleep in the sun. But not only had Mrs. Vanderbilt insisted but Serafinia also worried for the baby. That clocked figure had appeared many times and Serafinia worried for the child. Although she was still working out why the clocked figure seemed to be so interested in the baby, she could not risk leaving the sweet thing unguarded. Who knew what malicious, dark intent the clocked figure had for this new born. So for this reason Sarafinia had decided to attend the garden tea party. But as she strolled down the Pergola she heard it an ear piercing scream from the garden blow. Sarafinia immediately moved into action running down the path to the end of the Pergola. Oh no! The baby! Was she too late? Had the Clocked figure snatched the baby? all of these thoughts went threw her mind as she reached the wall and frantically looked down at the garden below.

Serafina was walking beneath the Pergola at Biltmore. She thought she should go explore it. Then out of no where she heard a voice, she didn't know who's voice it was, but she heard it. She started running towards the voice, and she yelled out "Is anyone there?" But no one answered. Then she heard screaming, she looked around but couldn't find anyone. She stood up on the ledge to get a better look, and once again she couldn't see anyone or anything. Then all of a sudden Serafina started getting really, really dizzy, she could feel her body getting heavy, and her eyes fluttered shut. Serafina woke unto a throbbing head ache. She was on her back in the forest looking at a pitch black sky. She slowly got up and the the ledge she was standing on, and she started running as fast as her legs could take her, she was running up a hill and back to the Biltmore Estate, all she knew was she had to get back to the Biltmore Estate. She was terrified. When she got tho the Biltmore Estate, it was pitch black. "what is going on?" Serafina wondered. She walked towards the Estate and she heard a voice, and another,and another, as if the were calling her. Brooklyn Age, 11

Serafina ran as fast as she could. She did not know what was chasing her, or why. She had not even seen it, only a flicker of movement amongst the shadows. But it was there. When she reached the end of the pergola, she looked around to see if Braeden was riding his horse. She needed to get away, and fast. Suddenly feeling the true extent of the danger she could be in, Serafina had a sudden longing for the days she had had with her pa before everything else happened. Just then, she saw yet another movement in the shadows. The thing, whatever it was, was right there. She transformed into a black panther. There was nowhere to run; and she would not hide. She was willing to die in battle, but if she managed to escape, then let the thing fear her. Let it quake in fear every time it heard her name. That was her last thought before she plunged into battle. Aibhilin, Age 11.

Her heart was filled with anger and shame. She felt more ashamed in that moment than she had ever felt in her life. She said to herself, "I never thought I would do something like that, never do something so dumb." Running over to the railing that overlooked the vast estate of Biltmore, she spied a figure roaming in the gardens. "Braeden!", she called, hoping to see her friend's warm, forgiving eyes looking back at her. But it was not her dear friend's eyes that stared back at her. Instead, the eyes shone silver, seeming to draw power from the moon, and they seemed to contain in their silvery depths, a lush for blood. Allison R, 12

As Serafina looked over and around the Pergola at Biltmore, she felt a tightening despair inside of her her. She began to run, full of hope, wanting to talk to Braeden one last time. For her heart was now splintered and she was torn in two. Should she join Waysa and her family or stay with the people and her Pa at Biltmore? She was confused and filled with emotions. Brennan, 12

Serafina walked under the pergola, saying goodbye for she didn't know how long. Biltmore was, yet again, in danger, and she was the only one who could help. She knew Braeden wouldn't let her go alone, so she went in secret. "Goodbye, Biltmore," she whispered, "I'll be back soon." With that, she ran to find who she was seeking. Talya, 11

As Serafina lifted her gorgeous gown she started running to catch a quick glimpse of Braedon riding his horse, when her muscles tensed suddenly. She heard footsteps coming from the distance. She stopped. Whatever that was walking behind her was not just one, it was three, or even four. Serafina turned around suspiciously looking, but found no sign of danger. But her mind told her that there was something wrong. As she turned back around she found a tall, thin, shadowed figure standing over her. She turned to try to escape this horrible feeling of fear when she found two more tall, thin, shadowed figures, standing over her. She was trapped, and the figures were slowly surrounding poor Serafina. Gracie Powless, 11

Still unaccustomed to "proper" ladies' attire, Serafina suppressed the urge to tug and pull at her restrictive garment. The dress was uncomfortable even when she was only sitting, much less any activity that required movement. But, a mid-morning stroll around the grounds of Biltmore, in a dress such as she donned that day, was a fitting activity for a proper lady. Although she would not assign that title to herself now, Serafina very much longed to be a proper lady, or at least convince Braeden she was one. Her thoughts were fixed on Braeden as she walked the familiar path beneath the pergola. A lot of time had passed, and much had changed since their first encounter. Next to her father, Braeden was still the most important person in Serafina's ever-expanding world. As Serafina's mind and feet wandered, she began to feel a sense of urgency. It was almost as if her body felt the sound before her ears heard it. A cry rang out from far in the distance. No one else could have heard it from that distance except for her. She knew immediately the high-pitched scream was from her mother. She also knew it was a sound of distress. Serafina and her mother had a special type of communication- certain signals, calls, and cries, only understood by the two of them. Their contact was limited, due to the obvious constraints created by their disparate social states and physical natures. Yet, there was a strong loyalty between them. Each knew, deep within, that the other would be there for them in time of need. Today was a time such as that- a time of need. Serafina's steps grew quicker, and the urge to rip away the heavy dress grew stronger. Her muscles tightened, her heart began to pound, and she realized she could not get to her mother fast enough on two feet. Right before the moment her vocal chords took on a different form, she used them to whisper, "I'm coming mother!"

(Adult, School Librarian) As Serafina strolled under the pergola in the beautiful Biltmore Estate gardens, she thought of all that had transpired during the last few months. Her life had gone from a meager existence in the depths of the massive mansion to walking freely within its great halls and ballrooms; being welcomed by the wealthy Vanderbilt family. She reached down and touched the exquisite folds of her beautiful gown and thought, "How did all of this happen?" And while she vividly recalled the dangerous events that had previously transpired, she also remembered fondly the many friendships she had built and the knowledge she had gained about her catamount heritage. Suddenly, she heard a scream, gathered up her skirt, and ran as quickly as she could to gaze out over the gardens and beyond into the mysterious and foreboding mountains that surrounded her. As usual, she was about to be swept up into the ever-present perplexity of the chilling world of Biltmore House!

Serafina was walking under the Pergola at Biltmore Estate when suddenly she hears wolves howling. The howls were close. She picked up her dress and began to run. Serafina turned to go around the corner and she realized she was trapped. Thirteen wolves surrounded her with their teeth showing. Serafina was doomed. Serafina tried to fight off the wolves but they were too powerful. Serafina thought she should surrender, but all of the sudden she saw Gideon. Gideon began to help her. Gideon tried his best to help Serafina but the wolves were just to powerful. Serafina remembered exploring the grounds of Biltmore Estates when she was six years old. There was a passageway in the wall. Serafina opened the passageway. Gideon and Serafina ran inside quickly and closed the secret passageway door. The passageway led to the basement. Serafina ran as fast as she could. She ran straight to Brayden. Serafina told Brayden about Gideon and her having to fight the wolves. She told Brayden she had to warn all the people at the Biltmore and do it fast. She asked herself, "Can I warn everyone before someone gets attacked again?" Anna Parks(student, 9yrs old)

Hi, Mr. Beatty! My name is Ramsey Jane Ferrugia and I'm in the 6th grade (11 years old). Serafina and Katniss Everdeen are my favorite heroines of all time. Thank you for creating Serafina! I can't wait for Book 3 to come out. Here's my creative story to the video clip. #staybold Serafina walked down the path, it had seemed a long time since she had been here, at the Biltmore, her home. Then she saw her mother out of the corner of her eye. She was limping into the darkness of the forest. Running as fast as she could, Serafina had turned into the Black Panther. She ran towards her mother and followed her into the forest, but when she entered there was no trace of her mother. Serafina knew she had seen her mother, but yet she could have imagined it. She needed to tell her mother and Waysa so much. So she headed in the direction of her mothers den. When she got there, she saw that the den had been ripped apart, the only thing that remained was a bit of fur that Serafina recognized as her mothers. Serafina could not believe what she was seeing. Surely her mother and her cubs got out safely in time. What if they didn't, she thought? What if whoever did this took them with it?

Serafina is strutting calmly until a mysterious phenomenon in the distance grips her attention. She believes it's her next fierce enemy. She will warn Braden and they will start a new courageous and tough journey. - Kooper 10

Serafina walked along the path of the Biltmore Estate in the dress Braden had given her many months ago. It seemed like forever since they had battled the man in the black cloak. Gideon was fully healed and running around Biltmore happy to be back. She continued on the path lost in thought. She reached out and touched a vine on the wall. She realized she couldn't let Braden go into the woods alone despite their argument before. She raced to the edge of the woods. She concentrated hard, suddenly she picked up speed. She looked behind her and saw her smooth black fur on and on she went. She reached the edge of the forest. Serafina looked frantically. "There" she said as she raced toward the shadowy figure that she knew was Braden. When she reached it she recoiled and stared right before her was Lady Roane holding a knife to Braden's throat. - Rebekah 10

Serafina knows there must be something wrong with the plants at Biltmore. She touches one of the plants at the Biltmore and confirms it. She's the only one who can feel what is happening. She breaks into a running pace. It is getting stronger. He must be expecting her. She was hoping she wasn't' late. Serafina didn't know what exactly what was happening. - Carine age 11

As Serafina walked under the pergola, she started running with fear, worry, and anxiety. While she peered over the edge, she saw Braeden running, fleeing from what looked like a woman holding something long. Serafina stepped on a stick, the woman turned around. She raised her hand and everything went black. When Serafina woke up she was in a completely empty room with a desk and the woman working on an object that looked like a wand. She turned around, pointed the object at Serafina and it was dark with a square light ahead. Serafina started to walk toward it. - Yusr 11

Serafina has yet to discover her true power as a catamount. As she already discovers her connection to nature, to all plants, an evil magical force it out to get her. She doesn't know why, but in truth it's because she will grow up to be very powerful. A fellow catamount is the enemy. He wants to rule the forest and finds Serafina as a threat. As she realizes that the catamount is not going for her first, they're going after her mom. She walks towards the edge of the pergola, she dtouches teh vine and sends a message to the forest. They will soon join forces together to save her mother that she loves deeply. Her mother was in grave danger. All of a sudden she realizes the plants messaged her back. Her stomach is in a million knots. Her mother has been captured. She broke into a run to see her mom laying on the forest ground She sees a dark shadowy animal figure, and blinks, and they're gone. - Sofia 10

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Buy your tickets now to join Robert Beatty, author of the #1 New York Times Best Selling SERAFINA SERIES, for his April 30 sneak-preview reading of the opening chapters of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in this acclaimed Disney-Hyperion mystery-thriller series. See the brand new cover and learn the details of the new book before its publication in July. This event will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early: bit.ly/2mLihl5

This exclusive event is the first public reading of the new book in WNC, and the venue – the historic Asheville Masonic Temple – is as magical and mystical as Serafina herself. Mr. Beatty will perform his dramatic reading in the beautiful theater, which once served as Asheville’s opera house and still retains the incredible hand-painted backdrops. In addition to the reading, the event will include a display of the new cover, Q&A with the author, costumed characters from the book trailers, photo opportunities, a reception with the author and his family, signings for the first two books, and Serafina giveaways.

Tickets for this special event are $24, which includes a pre-order for a signed and personalized hardcover copy of Book 3, which you’ll receive when it comes out in July. Alternatively, you can choose to receive a copy of Book 1 or Book 2 at the event, or donate a Serafina book to a local school. Tickets are available through Malaprop’s Bookstore, either at the store, online at bit.ly/2mLihl5, or by calling (828) 254-6734. Malaprop’s will also be on hand for additional Serafina book sales if you need extra copies at the signing. Food and drink will be on sale through the venue’s concession stand. Most of your ticket price will go to the cost of the book itself, but a percentage of the ticket price will go toward the preservation of this historic site.

The SERAFINA SERIES follows the adventures of a brave and unusual girl who lives at Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying this spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. Both books in the series are #1 New York Times best sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.”
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Buy your tickets now to join Robert Beatty, author of the #1 New York Times Best Selling SERAFINA SERIES, for his April 30 sneak-preview reading of the opening chapters of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in this acclaimed Disney-Hyperion mystery-thriller series. See the brand new cover and learn the details of the new book before its publication in July. This event will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early: http://bit.ly/2mLihl5

This exclusive event is the first public reading of the new book in WNC, and the venue – the historic Asheville Masonic Temple – is as magical and mystical as Serafina herself. Mr. Beatty will perform his dramatic reading in the beautiful theater, which once served as Asheville’s opera house and still retains the incredible hand-painted backdrops. In addition to the reading, the event will include a display of the new cover, Q&A with the author, costumed characters from the book trailers, photo opportunities, a reception with the author and his family, signings for the first two books, and Serafina giveaways.

Tickets for this special event are $24, which includes a pre-order for a signed and personalized hardcover copy of Book 3, which you’ll receive when it comes out in July. Alternatively, you can choose to receive a copy of Book 1 or Book 2 at the event, or donate a Serafina book to a local school. Tickets are available through Malaprop’s Bookstore, either at the store, online at http://bit.ly/2mLihl5, or by calling (828) 254-6734. Malaprop’s will also be on hand for additional Serafina book sales if you need extra copies at the signing. Food and drink will be on sale through the venue’s concession stand. Most of your ticket price will go to the cost of the book itself, but a percentage of the ticket price will go toward the preservation of this historic site.

The SERAFINA SERIES follows the adventures of a brave and unusual girl who lives at Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying this spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. Both books in the series are #1 New York Times best sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.”

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This sneak-preview event is on April 30. The book is released on July 4. There will be a July 2 launch event at the Asheville Mall.

What is the release date for book 3? My 10 year old daughter is so excited!

Hopefully, Mr. Beatty will be able to do another book reading one day. My 4-year-old daughter asked me to read to her for 1-2 hours a day straight so she could practice sitting still and quiet for the author's reading, but the event sold out before we could get the tickets. 🙁 I put our names on the waiting list, so fingers crossed!

I love this series!!!! Mr. Beatty is an exceptional writer and I do hope he will continue the series. I am saving all the books for my granddaughter, she is only 8 months now.

Me and my 8 year old have our tickets and can't wait. We attended the debut read at Barnes and Noble in Knoxville back in February, but we are excited for this event.

Will there be any events May1-8? I am flying all the way from Minnesota to visit family in the SC/NC area and would Love to attend something if so!

Lillie pretending she is a Catamount. She tells anyone that will listen about the first two books and when the third will be coming out. She is one ( I am sure ) of your biggest fans!

I have my pre order on the kindle done and waiting !!

We're on our way to biltmore right now! Serafina is in tow!

We absolutely love the Serafina series!! Can't wait 'til July!!!

O.M.Gosh!!! This makes me giddy with excitement!!! Come on, July!!!

What a wonderful book ! Mr Beatty is a truly one of a kind of a writer !!!

Nicole Strazer Hawkins I read the first one and loved it need to get the next one

I need to begin this series with my grandchildren. My very own grandmother's sister worked in the home as both Seamstress and with the children. Her husband worked the stable/coach house and occasionally other odds and ends. My grandmother would go to visit and stay with them. She traveled there by carriage.These books would be intriguing for me as well.

My one true must have are these books Robert Beatty you have out done yourself these are great book you got a nonreader reading can't wait for book 3

Just finished The Twisted Staff today. Great book. Love Beatty's writing, especially set in and around our area and the Biltmore House. Can't wait for the next one.

Love these books have already preordered the next book from Amazon I will receive it the day it comes out.

Yay! Can't wait for #3! Im excited!

How Exciting!!! I love the first 2books!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

I just bought my tickets; I'm very excited!

Love these book!!!

Monica Schultz, I hate that I will have to miss this!

Melissa Smith we should take Zoey!

EvaGrace read these books she loved them

I can not wait for the third book. So excited!

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3 months ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

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Read the entire book with My grand Daughter this last Saturday. Well I read the last chapter Sunday morning. Lol she loved it so Much and so do I , that I couldn't put it down . Well done . We will read the twisted staff this weekend. Thank you so very much. Now we need book three . Would love to have it signed for Her .

Great books both my girls and even my boy (& myself) have them and read them, got to meet Mr. Beatty and hear chapters from his newest one that we already preordered it! And we got ours signed. It was awesome 😀

I can't wait for the 3rd one. I read the other 2 books in 2 days!

Can't wait for the third one!!! Always buy two...one for me and one for my bookworm niece💙

We've got #3 on pre-order with Amazon. The kids can't wait!

Can't wait till the third book!!!PS if your other actor happens to not be able to act in the movie(if there ever is one,and there should be),give me a call (even though I've never been in a movie,I'm still a great actor)and I'm 11 Jk

it will feel like I have a splintered heart when the serafina series ends😭😭😭

Preordered book 📚 3 awhile back ... can't wait to get

I'm reading the second book now.

Whoo-hoo, can't wait!

Cant wait. It is getting closer.

Anxiously awaiting the third book.

So looking forward to the new book!

Great books ! Awesome author !!

Looking forward to#3! 📚🐛

I adore you and serafina

Excellent Book

I've read both of them, fantastic books. I couldn't put them down. Is there another one in the future???

I love both of the books, they time me on a long distance adventure.

Can't wait!

Waiting!

What the 3 book called

A third is coming! Maureen Koch

But still give me a call

3 months ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Wow, Raleigh! What an afternoon! You turned out Sunday in full force to hear a sneak-preview reading of the upcoming book, Serafina and the Splintered Heart. Thanks for your enthusiasm, your great questions, and your patience while you waited. Thanks, too, to Quail Ridge Books for hosting. You really know how to make a guy feel welcome!Wow, Raleigh! What an afternoon! You turned out Sunday in full force to hear a sneak-preview reading of the upcoming book, Serafina and the Splintered Heart. Thanks for your enthusiasm, your great questions, and your patience while you waited. Thanks, too, to @[102428366474589:274:Quail Ridge Books] for hosting. You really know how to make a guy feel welcome! ... See MoreSee Less

Wow, Raleigh! What an afternoon! You turned out Sunday in full force to hear a sneak-preview reading of the upcoming book, Serafina and the Splintered Heart. Thanks for your enthusiasm, your great questions, and your patience while you waited. Thanks, too, to Quail Ridge Books for hosting. You really know how to make a guy feel welcome!

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My daughter is obsessed with Serafina and can't wait until the next one comes out. Any plans to come north for book signings? We are near Philadelphia, PA.

I think it is amazing the overwhelming reception you have had over these two books. I can't wait until the third one comes out. My granddaughter and I have been to both of your book signings, and hopefully she will come with me to the next one. We loved the first two.

Are you having a midnight release party like you did for the second one?

When is the release date?

Please come to St Louis, please

Oh My! How did I miss this?

Buy your tickets now to join Robert Beatty, author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling SERAFINA SERIES, for his special sneak-preview reading of the opening chapters of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in this acclaimed Disney-Hyperion mystery-thriller series set at Biltmore Estate. Be the first to hear the story before the book’s publication in July. This event will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early: bit.ly/2mLihl5

This exclusive event is the first public reading of the new book in Asheville, and the venue – the historic Asheville Masonic Temple – is as magical and mystical as Serafina herself. Mr. Beatty will perform his dramatic reading in the beautiful theater, which once served as Asheville’s opera house and still retains the incredible hand-painted backdrops. In addition to the reading, the event will include Q&A with the author, costumed characters from the book trailers, photo opportunities, a reception with the author and his family, signings for the first two books, and Serafina giveaways.

Tickets for this special event are $24, which includes a pre-order for a signed and personalized hardcover copy of Book 3, which you’ll receive when it comes out in July. Alternatively, you can choose to receive a copy of Book 1 or Book 2 at the event, or donate a Serafina book to a local school. Tickets are available through Malaprop’s Bookstore-Café, either at the bookstore, online at bit.ly/2mLihl5, or by calling (828) 254-6734. Malaprop’s will also be on hand for additional Serafina book sales if you need extra copies at the signing. Food and drink will be on sale through the venue’s concession stand. Most of your ticket price will go to the cost of the book itself, but a percentage of the ticket price will go toward the preservation of this historic site.

The SERAFINA SERIES follows the adventures of a brave and unusual girl who lives at Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying this spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic.

Both books in the series are #1 New York Times best sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.”

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1 & 2:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
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Buy your tickets now to join Robert Beatty, author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling SERAFINA SERIES, for his special sneak-preview reading of the opening chapters of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in this acclaimed Disney-Hyperion mystery-thriller series set at Biltmore Estate. Be the first to hear the story before the book’s publication in July. This event will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early: http://bit.ly/2mLihl5

This exclusive event is the first public reading of the new book in Asheville, and the venue – the historic Asheville Masonic Temple – is as magical and mystical as Serafina herself. Mr. Beatty will perform his dramatic reading in the beautiful theater, which once served as Asheville’s opera house and still retains the incredible hand-painted backdrops. In addition to the reading, the event will include Q&A with the author, costumed characters from the book trailers, photo opportunities, a reception with the author and his family, signings for the first two books, and Serafina giveaways.

Tickets for this special event are $24, which includes a pre-order for a signed and personalized hardcover copy of Book 3, which you’ll receive when it comes out in July. Alternatively, you can choose to receive a copy of Book 1 or Book 2 at the event, or donate a Serafina book to a local school. Tickets are available through Malaprop’s Bookstore-Café, either at the bookstore, online at http://bit.ly/2mLihl5, or by calling (828) 254-6734. Malaprop’s will also be on hand for additional Serafina book sales if you need extra copies at the signing. Food and drink will be on sale through the venue’s concession stand. Most of your ticket price will go to the cost of the book itself, but a percentage of the ticket price will go toward the preservation of this historic site.

The SERAFINA SERIES follows the adventures of a brave and unusual girl who lives at Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying this spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic.

Both books in the series are #1 New York Times best sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.”

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1 & 2:
http://bit.ly/2dYfpO7
http://bit.ly/29CUekN

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Just ordered tickets to take my daughter, Tallulah, as a surprised! She loved the first 2 books and cannot wait for #3. Just wondering if books will be mailed out or if they have to be picked up at Malaprop's?

So I'm super late but I just finished the first book and loved it. I have my 12 yr old niece reading it as well and she loves it. I told her she needed to read it before I took her to the Biltmore ☺. I can't wait to go back now with her.

So. I finally told Lillie about the book coming out in July. She was over the moon. She is 10 and has always referred to Mount Pisgah as hers. So when we read the first two, she felt she could be a Catamount as these woods feel like home away from home. Thank you for these stories. They have kicked off her love for books! - forever greatful, Lillie Mae's Mama

Ordered mine! Can't wait to receive my new book. July is a long wait for the impatient.

Sarah Creech this is the event I was talking about.

Angie Robinette La Shier ryan loves these books! What a cool idea!

I am 50 and I love this story. Thank you for making me feel young again.

🎉🎉Can't Wait!🎉🎉

Oh boy !!!

Valerie Johnson Guyer, we should go !

Kelly Gunn Page. Amy Garrison Dowdle

Kelly Stevens

Hello. I talked to you some time back about possibly coming to Utah for a book signing. I would like to talk to you further if you are interested. My daughter age 11 is a HUGE fan. My daughter has a rare form of kidney disease. I was thinking about putting together a Awareness Event here in Utah with some other popular authors. There is a organization called NephCure Kidney International that is well known back East but I would love to bring support here to Utah. Is this something you would consider?

What's cooking?

Shirley Mitchell

I'm super excited about this upcoming Serafina event. On April 30, I'll be giving a sneak-preview reading of the first few chapters of Book 3 (Serafina and the Splintered Heart) at the historic Masonic Temple Theater in downtown Asheville. The theater is stunning. I love the hand-painted forest backdrops. It used to be Asheville's opera house. We'll also have all the costumed characters there, a reception, photos, and a book signing. If you want to come, be sure to buy your tickets soon through Malaprop's ticket page: bit.ly/2mLihl5. Seating is limited, so the event will definitely sell out. ... See MoreSee Less

Im super excited about this upcoming Serafina event. On April 30, Ill be giving a sneak-preview reading of the first few chapters of Book 3 (Serafina and the Splintered Heart) at the historic Masonic Temple Theater in downtown Asheville. The theater is stunning. I love the hand-painted forest backdrops. It used to be Ashevilles opera house. Well also have all the costumed characters there, a reception, photos, and a book signing. If you want to come, be sure to buy your tickets soon through Malaprops ticket page: http://bit.ly/2mLihl5. Seating is limited, so the event will definitely sell out.

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these events are becoming a tradition with my granddaughter and me. We go to as many as we can. She want you to name a character in your books after her. Nora.

Yea!!! My daughter is so excited. Thank you for writing such great books. She is currently reading the books again. This is her second or third time I think.

Sarah Jones we need to take your girls to this reading!

I just booked my 2 tickets. Coming back up from Jacksonville

We are excited to attend 😍

Wish I didn't live so far away.

Got tickets. i have a very excited mom and 10 year old daughter

Awesome ! Can't wait !

when's serifina and the splinterd heart coming out?

Teresa Meek!! How neat!

Got our tickets Ashley Brunjes Ruffini !

Oh I wish I could go!!! It looks amazing!

Elisabeth

A. Kilpatrick Ford Did you see this?

4 months ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Buy your tickets now to join Robert Beatty, author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling SERAFINA SERIES, for his special sneak-preview reading of the opening chapters and cover unveiling of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in this acclaimed Disney-Hyperion mystery-thriller series set at Biltmore Estate. Be the first to hear the story before the book’s publication in July. This event will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early.

This exclusive event is the first public reading of the new book in Asheville, and the venue – the historic Asheville Masonic Temple – is as magical and mystical as Serafina herself. Mr. Beatty will perform his dramatic reading in the beautiful theater, which once served as Asheville’s opera house and still retains the incredible hand-painted backdrops. In addition to the reading and cover unveiling, the event will include Q&A with the author, costumed characters from the book trailers, photo opportunities, a reception with the author and his family, signings for the first two books, and Serafina giveaways.

Tickets for this special event are $24, which includes a pre-order for a signed and personalized hardcover copy of Book 3, which you’ll receive when it comes out in July. Alternatively, you can choose to receive a copy of Book 1 or Book 2 at the event, or donate a Serafina book to a local school. Tickets are available through Malaprop’s Bookstore-Café, either at the bookstore, online at bit.ly/2ljy11T and bit.ly/2mLihl5, or by calling (828) 254-6734. Malaprop’s will also be on hand for additional Serafina book sales if you need extra copies at the signing. Food and drink will be on sale through the venue’s concession stand. Most of your ticket price will go to the cost of the book itself, but a percentage of the ticket price will go toward the preservation of this historic site.

The SERAFINA SERIES follows the adventures of a brave and unusual girl who lives at Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying this spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic.

Both books in the series are #1 New York Times best sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.”

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1 & 2:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN

Serafina Book 3 Preview Reading - AshevilleApril 30, 2017, 2:00pmAsheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St., Asheville, NC 28801Buy your tickets now to join Robert Beatty, author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling SERAFINA SERIES, for his special sneak-preview reading of the opening chapters and cover unveiling of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in this acclaimed Disney-Hyperion mystery-thriller series set at Biltmore Estate. Be the first to hear the story before the book’s publication in July. This event will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early.

This exclusive event is the first public reading of the new book in Asheville, and the venue – the historic Asheville Masonic Temple – is as magical and mystical as Serafina herself. Mr. Beatty will perform his dramatic reading in the beautiful theater, which once served as Asheville’s opera house and still retains the incredible hand-painted backdrops. In addition to the reading and cover unveiling, the event will include Q&A with the author, costumed characters from the book trailers, photo opportunities, a reception with the author and his family, signings for the first two books, and Serafina giveaways.

Tickets for this special event are $24, which includes a pre-order for a signed and personalized hardcover copy of Book 3, which you’ll receive when it comes out in July. Alternatively, you can choose to receive a copy of Book 1 or Book 2 at the event, or donate a Serafina book to a local school. Tickets are available through Malaprop’s Bookstore-Café, either at the bookstore, online at bit.ly/2ljy11T and bit.ly/2mLihl5, or by calling (828) 254-6734. Malaprop’s will also be on hand for additional Serafina book sales if you need extra copies at the signing. Food and drink will be on sale through the venue’s concession stand. Most of your ticket price will go to the cost of the book itself, but a percentage of the ticket price will go toward the preservation of this historic site.

The SERAFINA SERIES follows the adventures of a brave and unusual girl who lives at Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying this spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic.

Both books in the series are #1 New York Times best sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.”

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1 & 2:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
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Stacy Danielle Young

Will there still be something similar to this on July 2 at Barnes and noble?

Kim Cotter Cindi-Jonathan Bradshaw JW and I bought tickets!

Kimberly Bragg Hart book 3!!!

Kristin C Holder

Will you be presenting at the wnc arboretum with this book? It was so wonderful last year!

Oh no, I am out of town April 30.

I just pre-ordered my book 3. So excited.

Sherry Hilderbrand Porter

Sharon Reeves

David Autrey I so would love to go

Joann Card

Got our tix! Gonna try to keep it a surprise for Sarah!

Anna Jarrell

Just purchased tickets for my Grandson & I. Excited for this event!

A third!Sherry Henline

Sarah Elaine

Cassie Gray

Are we able to get the 3rd book yet

Any dates scheduled for Winston-Salem or Greensboro? 😊

Purchased my ticket. Pretty neat it's being held at the Lodge. That is a beautiful theater.

What about Charlotte NC

Brittany Hartley Donna Grubbs Fenton

Deidra Leigh

Rhonda Barron. I am taking Tallulah to this as a surprise. Thought you might want to take Katelyn.

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4 months ago

Serafina and the Black Cloak

I'm excited to be doing a sneak-preview reading of the first three chapters of Serafina Book 3 in Raleigh on March 19. The Asheville reading hasn't been posted yet, but save April 30 for a very special Serafina event in Asheville. 🙂

Serafina Book 3 Preview Reading - RaleighMarch 19, 2017, 2:00pmQuail Ridge Books, 4209 -100 Lassiter Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609Join Robert Beatty, author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling SERAFINA book series, for a sneak-preview reading of the opening chapters of SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART, the highly anticipated third book in the Disney-Hyperion mystery-thriller series set at Biltmore Estate. This event is the first-ever public reading of the new book in North Carolina. Other activities will include Q&A with the author, signings for the first two books in the series, Serafina giveaways, free refreshments, and SPLINTERED HEART pre-orders (which will be published July 4, 2017).

NOTE: Those who pre-order SPLINTERED HEART at the event will be given preferred placement in the book-signing line and a custom Serafina bookplate for the author to sign for the new book.

The SERAFINA series follows the adventures of a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate, amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young and old alike are enjoying the series, a spooky, Southern gothic thriller that mixes history, mystery, and magic. The book is being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide.

Both books in the series are #1 New York Times best sellers. Book 1, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and Book 2, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.”

Be sure to watch the exciting book trailers for Books 1 & 2:
bit.ly/2dYfpO7
bit.ly/29CUekN
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