Serafina and the Black Cloak

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Serafina and the Black CloakThe Serafina Fan Sign-up is in the menu on the left hand side of the page. We randomly select three winners to receive a copy of the advance reader copy!

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Jennifer FrickI am on laptop and mobile, and still dont see the contest link!

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Megan RoseYay!!! Can't wait to get my copy of the splintered heart!

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Teresa Diana Dellinger KeberWould you ever come to bryson city or Robbinsville NC for a book signing

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Kendra HensleyWould you ever come to sylva NC to do a signing

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Eileen FarrellQuesenberrySee you in Johnson City

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Rocio GarciaLove the books

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Judy AutreyLove your work

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Ruth ReauxMr Beatty I am 75 years old and enjoy your book so much. Love your imagination and creativity. Looking forward to 3rd book Library will hold it for me. Continue your good work. Looking forward to your future works

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Kim KucharMy students cannot get enough of your books. We read Black Cloak as a class and over 1/2 have now read Twisted Staff on their own and another 1/3 will b reading Splintered Heart as their summer read! Thank you for engaging my students with your books!🤗❤️😘

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Eileen FarrellQuesenberryWill there be more books in this series or I heard you might have a new series...

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Jennifer FrickMy homeschool family loves your books so much, and we cannot wait to read while at the beach this July!!!!!

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Cyndi HuntWe adore Serafina!!! I can't wait until the next release party. We are halfway through the twisted staff.

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Tahtah Lagura MalinginI got 2 of the serafina book series. My kids loves reading the book . Can't wait for the 3rd book

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Kendra HensleyHey I just want to let you know what an amazing book you have written and how much I love reading them

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Payton LambSo excited to hear there will be more books in the series LOVE them so much!!!❤️

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Teresa Diana Dellinger Keberwill there be a movie made from the books

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Eileen FarrellQuesenberrySounds awesome.... any movies planned.

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Eileen FarrellQuesenberrySo excited for the next book.

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Brandi Powers LackeySo exciting!

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Tabetha LambertMine keeps cutting out.

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Ashley Church HumphriesWill you be at Biltmore book signing this summer?

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Christina Willingham BurbageMy girls are super excited for the new book.

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Susan HerbertAll my granddaughters love your books ♡

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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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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 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 tr...

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

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Maria HendersonI 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.

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Crystal BrunnerCan'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 ❤️

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brenda Basham NewsomeI can't wait!! Your wife is so talented also!!

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

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Stephanie WesleyI love the waltz and the book...should be a movie!

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Elizabeth Liz Tolbert WoodsI'm waiting until it comes out can't wait

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Penny Simpson BalushCan't wait for the Book to come out!!

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Ginger WildeThank you so much for this!! <3

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Kim Holley DentonWill this be a movie?

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Elaine MariaO-o-o-h just can wait !!!

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Debbie DobbinsLOVE!!

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Harriet Tipton EverhartAbsolutely gorgeous!

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Beverly KittsSo truly amazing !!!

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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!

Serafina and the Black Cloak added 16 new photos to the album: Serafina Event - Winston-Salem — in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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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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 @[1395025827462580:274:Barnes & Noble] for hosting us. We felt right at home!

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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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)))

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

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

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

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Jerri Lynn DaleyYou just might have some competition in a few years.

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Shyla MillerWell done winners!

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Kathy-lee BrownI now want that kind of dress

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Jasmine-Max PattersonI love that dress Judy Sneed Patterson

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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.

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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Rebecca Lewis YoungbloodSarah thinks that Chase thinking the story is all about him is adorable! 🐈🐈🐈

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Beth MorganI can't wait for this book. Love reading them.

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Debbie Dobbinswhere is this building?

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Jane MolerCat happy to be part of this shooting scene🐱🐱😍😍

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Laura Cox GottschalkThe cat looks extremely happy with his location. 😊

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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.

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.
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Carrie Higgs McCallusYay! 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 😆

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Kelly KershnerWe 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!

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

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

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

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Lisa Carol JeffcoatLove these teasers! Can't wait for the trailer!

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

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

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Renee MawyerCan not wait to read this one!

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Alaina CulletonSo cool.

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Laura Cox GottschalkMystical

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Jane MolerInteresting to see trailer to this

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Abbe DavisI'M SO EXCITED FOR THE TRAILER!!!! 😀 😀 😀

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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.

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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Aimee-Michelle Hawn GowerLove the new dress! My daughter is already looking for one like it.

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Ginger Weaver ShehanSo very excited! Oh please let the Serafina series be a movie someday!

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

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Loren Price StokesZach Stokes, we need to show this to Haidyn. Remind me later 😊

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

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

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

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Maggie Brink CarrIts coming, it coming!!! Jamie Jones & Tina Hiss 🙂

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

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Sue PearsonAny chance there will be a full length movie???

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Alexia CretoiuCan't wait for the movie and new book! 😋

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Stephanie RiveraCan't wait! Too excited!

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Christy BryantWill you have a book trailer release party again?

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Patricia Riddle GaddisMagical!

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Jane MolerCan't wait... ❤️ love ❤️ all your series 👍👍👍

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Kenneth VernierWhat a beautiful dress! Stunning!

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Heather WatsonI'm reading book 2 now

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Beverly KittsLOVING 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

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Daira Gibbons BenderAllen Bender, When you preorder, make sure you get the hardback.

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

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Alicia Oliver HoneycuttEkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk makenzie is dieing of happens

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Kathy-lee Brown🍷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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Chris Fryzlewicz ReichartWhat 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!!

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Yvonne SullivanIt 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.

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Jennifer FrickSerafina 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!!!!

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

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

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

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Sharon Welcome BurgettMy granddaughter loves your books. Can't wait for the next one

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Laura Cox GottschalkScarey and thrilling. My daughter squealed when she saw it. Thank youm

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

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Ashley Michele Whitley WilkinsonPreorder complete! Now to be patient until July!

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Patty WedgewoodSo excited about the book

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Jane MolerOmg 😲 can't wait !!!!

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Linda Richter VictorSarah Jones, look what we missed!

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Martha Ann Young GordonLove it! Can't wait until July!!

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Sarah ShafferCan I die now!!!it is amazing

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Alicia Oliver HoneycuttMakenzie life she got all her books signed and she dieing for this boor

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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.

Serafina and the Black Cloak added 46 new photos to the album: Serafina Book 3 Sneak Preview - Asheville, NC.

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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Tobie GirardPlease 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! 🙂

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

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Ama Brantley MayWill there be a trailer for this one? If so, when will it be released?

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

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

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

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

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Tiffanie Carlson SanfordWe are so upset that we weren't able to make it.😭

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Ren AllenIt was a fantastic event! Well done.

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Marilyn RodriguezAny videos?

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Lora Cline LoftinThis was an amazing event!

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Elaine MariaHow cool is this! 🙂

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Cynthia Galvan VillarrealWould love to see a movie😇👼

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Arlys ChapdelaineIntriguing.

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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.

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Melissa Gayle ColeI 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!!

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Candice ClontzWe 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.

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Angelica Cervantes HedgesIm 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.

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

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Jenni Laakso-SteinesMy 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 :)!

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Kimberly Andrews TrivetteI 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beverly KittsBeautiful cover ! The great books ever ! So much love your riding !!!

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

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

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

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Jennifer NixThis is absolutely gorgeous and now my favorite cover!

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Janice MullinsAwesome Cover! Can't wait for the release!

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Pamela AmsThis one is my favorite cover! Beautiful!

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Tammy Howard MischlerCan't wait till it comes out!!!!

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Gina ClarkLove it!! Can't wait to read it!

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Amanda Goodwin SmithWhat a beautiful cover! I can't wait!!

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Michelle Aldridge HelmsWhen are the movies coming?

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Jackie Adams SeamsterYeah....... An Appalachian Princess.

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

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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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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.
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Mary Jane ScottMy 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.

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Samantha FouseMy 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.

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

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

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

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Audra DoxeyI 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

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

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Patty Quilantan MooreTerry 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.

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Judith B. McNortonYes 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 😊

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Atsuko JunI 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? 🙂

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

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Cynthia Galvan VillarrealIt would be nice to get to see the movie😇👼💓.

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Harriet Tipton EverhartAwesome! Excited about reading book 3!

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Marilyn RodriguezThat's pretty amazing

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

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Ann HansonMelissa show Ella if she finished the 2nd book

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Rebecca Lewis YoungbloodI love these!

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Kimberly AnnSo beautiful!!

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Kendra JoynerSuch a pretty creature and a peaceful moment.

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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.

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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Kristi BartlettI'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!!

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

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Donna LeonardRhonda: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!

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Joy BurkeCan'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.

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Rhonda Tester GuinnMy 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. 🏆

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Kelly Baxter DavisYour 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!

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

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Alyssa Mullis NicholsWell deserved! You are transforming classrooms and helping foster a love for reading!

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

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Savannah PhillipsWe 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!!

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Beverly KittsAmazing 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 !

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

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Killian Finley WalkerEeek!! So excited for July!

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Angela McKinney-McNeilI hope you win. 😎🌻🌻🌻

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Nancy DanielGreat news!

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Linda WoodwardSo deserving!

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Judy AutreyCongratulations

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Melanie Beam🎉🎉🎉🎉

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Teresa Guy BensonCan't wait!

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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.”

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Book 2 Trailer: bit.ly/29CUekN

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Sonya RedwineSerafina 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)

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Beverly HuntleySarafina 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

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Joyce Hill PowersSerafina 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

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Christine JacksonAnna 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.

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Jennifer Yoon BaekAs 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

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Colleen Cermak SaundersRachael - 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!

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Carrie BencheaGravel 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}

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Colleen HydrickSerafina 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

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Stephanie ParkeAdult 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.

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Chayney ParsonsEver 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.

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Becky Hazard JonesSerafina 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

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Cliona Stapleton SalazarSerafina 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.

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Kimberly WallerHer 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

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Kimberly WallerAs 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

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Kimberly Andrews TrivetteSerafina 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

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Autumn Dalton PowlessAs 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

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Heather Norman SmithStill 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!"

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Susan Perkins Appleton(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!

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Jessi R ParksSerafina 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)

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Stephanie Ramsey FerrugiaHi, 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?

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Andrea Lee VanSickleSerafina 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

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Andrea Lee VanSickleSerafina 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

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Andrea Lee VanSickleSerafina 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

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Andrea Lee VanSickleAs 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

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Andrea Lee VanSickleSerafina 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: 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.”

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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Serafina and the Black CloakThis 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.

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

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Amanda Brown ReynoldsHopefully, 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!

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Martha JonesI 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.

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Missy FieldsMe 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.

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Joel Megan AlbrightWill 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!

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Kathy-lee BrownLillie 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!

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April AllenI have my pre order on the kindle done and waiting !!

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Natalie Callahan KoppenhaverWe're on our way to biltmore right now! Serafina is in tow!

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

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

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

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Barbara L. JusticeNicole Strazer Hawkins I read the first one and loved it need to get the next one

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Terri Jordan PriceI 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.

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Ressie VervinckMy 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

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Rose WallenJust 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.

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

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Shaaron Sissy BoydYay! Can't wait for #3! Im excited!

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Penny Simpson BalushHow Exciting!!! I love the first 2books!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

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Amanda Black-ChandlerI just bought my tickets; I'm very excited!

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Sharon OxendineLove these book!!!

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Renee Trufant PaganoMonica Schultz, I hate that I will have to miss this!

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Gwen RevisMelissa Smith we should take Zoey!

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Karen GryderEvaGrace read these books she loved them

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Eileen BirdsongRead 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 .

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Savannah PhillipsGreat 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 😀

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

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

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

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Sarah ShafferCan'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

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

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

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Patricia Ann MarieI'm reading the second book now.

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Nancy DanielWhoo-hoo, can't wait!

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Laura Cox GottschalkCant wait. It is getting closer.

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Sarah GallagherAnxiously awaiting the third book.

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Janice MullinsSo looking forward to the new book!

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Beverly KittsGreat books ! Awesome author !!

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Ama Brantley MayLooking forward to#3! 📚🐛

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Marilyn RodriguezLove these books

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Sarah ShafferI adore you and serafina

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Sherilyn CudworthExcellent Book

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

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

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Julie Jankowski HoltanCan't wait!

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Nicole Stallard GrossWaiting!

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Wanda CorbyWhat the 3 book called

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Kayla MarieA third is coming! Maureen Koch

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Sarah ShafferBut still give me a call

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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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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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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!

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:
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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: 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:
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Angela Pressley QuinnJust 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?

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Gretchen CampbellSo 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.

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Kathy-lee BrownSo. 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

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

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Jennifer FaganSarah Creech this is the event I was talking about.

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

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

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Penny Simpson Balush🎉🎉Can't Wait!🎉🎉

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Beverly KittsOh boy !!!

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Lisa H. MathisValerie Johnson Guyer, we should go !

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Tiffany Mendenhall WilkinsHello. 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?

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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.

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

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Melanie Partonthese 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.

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Mary Ann ShoafYea!!! 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.

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Linda Richter VictorSarah Jones we need to take your girls to this reading!

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Laurie RollI just booked my 2 tickets. Coming back up from Jacksonville

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Gena Martin KrawcheckWe are excited to attend 😍

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Jennifer Gentry SmithWish I didn't live so far away.

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

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Beverly KittsAwesome ! Can't wait !

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Arielle Chubbuckwhen's serifina and the splinterd heart coming out?

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Brittany PowellTeresa Meek!! How neat!

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Karen BrunjesGot our tickets Ashley Brunjes Ruffini !

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Joanna FedewaOh I wish I could go!!! It looks amazing!

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Julie Flournoy HazbounElisabeth

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Natalie Brenneman WynnA. Kilpatrick Ford Did you see this?

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My teenage daughter Camille (who plays Rowena in the book trailer and at events) has enjoyed the art and science of photography for years. On Sunday, her photo Enchanted won a Gold Key Scholastic Art Award, was nominated for the American Visions Award, and was awarded the prestigious NC Governors Excellence Award, so it will be hung in the Governors Mansion this summer. This photograph has also now been published by Faerie Magazine (one of our favorite Facebook pages). Here at Team Serafina, were all very proud of Camille. The details and overall effect of this photo are kind of hard to make out in small size, so be sure to expand it. This whimsical photo was taken on our property here in Asheville, NC one morning with Camilles 5-year-old sister Elizabeth and our barnyard duck as the models.

My teenage daughter Camille (who plays Rowena in the book trailer and at events) has enjoyed the art and science of photography for years. On Sunday, her photo "Enchanted" won a Gold Key Scholastic Art Award, was nominated for the American Visions Award, and was awarded the prestigious NC Governor's Excellence Award, so it will be hung in the Governor's Mansion this summer. This photograph has also now been published by Faerie Magazine (one of our favorite Facebook pages). Here at Team Serafina, we're all very proud of Camille. The details and overall effect of this photo are kind of hard to make out in small size, so be sure to expand it. This whimsical photo was taken on our property here in Asheville, NC one morning with Camille's 5-year-old sister Elizabeth and our barnyard duck as the models. ... See MoreSee Less

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Alys HowardCongratulations!! Very artistic and enchanting photo. I would say that she has a gifted an illustrious career awaiting her, if she so chooses.

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Debbie DobbinsCongratulations, it is an amazing photo, looks like a painting

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Brandy Jo BrehmBeautiful photo. She is very skilled with the light and shadowing in thus photo.

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Sandi McQueenBeautiful!!!! Put her skills to work on your third book! Talent abounds in your family!

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Jani Greene DiversShe should do a book of photography. This is incredible. (And your property is beautiful.)

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Joyce Park PaxtonStunningly Beautiful! Has a dream effect to it!

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Patty Quilantan MooreRobert, that is amazing and surreal and amazing!

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Janice MullinsAbsolutely enchanting! Awesome talent!

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Melonie HillShe us a very talented young lady!

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Karen CastleberryThat is exquisite! Looks like an oil painting. ❤️

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Mindy WeaverAbsolutely gorgeous photo! And congrats!

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Kim SutherlinLove it. Will there be prints available to purchase?

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Laurie RollWould love to have a print of this!

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Lisa Carol JeffcoatCongratulations!

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Heather ShulmanGorgeous!

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D'Anne McMillenCongratulations to her! Stunning picture. Very talented family. 🙂

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Sonya RedwineStunning! You two should obviously pair up on a book...it would be amazing to have such beautiful images and words combined!!

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Dani Marie CicconeBecause all great artists use their sister in their work Sarah Esther Marcus

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Sarah BouderCongratulations! That is an amazing photograph!!

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John NormanWow, that is fantastic!

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Abbe DavisAmazing! Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland 😀

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Janice AdkinsAwesome! Congrats to all!

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Janet SchogginsCongratulations! Amazing photograph!

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Katherine TaylorCongratulations! Beautiful photo

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We love this recent post by a Serafina fan: While reading Serafina and the Twisted Staff to my 8 year old daughter, I am able to use my southern accent while at the same time expanding her vocabulary, but the best part is to hear her laugh out loud!! Love, love LOVE your work!! Thank you! Heres a wonderful photo of Keirra.
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We love this recent post by a Serafina fan: "While reading Serafina and the Twisted Staff to my 8 year old daughter, I am able to use my southern accent while at the same time expanding her vocabulary, but the best part is to hear her laugh out loud!! Love, love LOVE your work!! Thank you!" Here's a wonderful photo of Keirra.
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Brandy Miller-OvermyerI am so happy to find out the title of the third installment. I just loaned out my paperback copy of book 1 to a friend's 12 year old daughter and I hope she enjoys it as much as I have. I am thinking of reading the first book to my almost 9 year old daughter soon so she too can enjoy the adventures of Serafina and the wonders of the Biltmore Estate.

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Alys HowardGreat news to finally know the new title and to see that we can preorder. My daughter and I are hooked on Serafina! We had an amazing time meeting you at the book signing and talk in Bowling Green!!!

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Emily RosenthalI have read Serafina and the Black Cloak to my 7 year old son and he was hooked. We are currently reading Twisted Staff. He was over the moon when I told him there was going to be a third book. So excited to preorder "Serafina and the Splintered Heart". It should arrive just in time for my son's birthday!

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Susan HoltI hope you will offer the third one on Audible like the other two. I enjoy driving and listening!

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Robin BubonicMy granddaughter in CA IMed me tonight, wanting to know when the next book was out. She is so ready!

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Kimberly AnnJust pre-ordered 3 copies of book 3 for myself and gifts, I can't wait to read it.

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Kathy Elsass ThrushI'm so excited! I just pre-ordered "Serafina and the Splintered Heart"!!!

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Shaylee PhillipsI love the stories, i get so lost into the book, it takes me on a journey from stress.

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Sheryl LynnWhen will there be a preorder for the 3rd book, kindle format? WE love this series, and the fact that we were recently at the biltmore just makes it even better

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Stacie WomackI agree! Wonderful books!!

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Abbe DavisIt is beyond amazing! ♡♡♡

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Jeannie Willis SmithLove this series! It's a must read <3

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After completing the manuscript for Book 3 in the Serafina Series and sending it off to my editor at Disney-Hyperion, I decided to celebrate with my family by enjoying a hike to a local waterfall. This is quintessential Serafina country. This video shows the main waterfall (there were also many cascades, rapids, and smaller waterfalls along the way). At the end of the video, I captured a brief clip of my daughter Camille climbing down into the gorge. It was a calm, windless day, but she said the blowing wind caused by the waterfall was very powerful. She also got soaking wet from the waterfall's mist. All part of the fun.
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Jessica Lindgren CombsI can't wait for the 3rd!!!!!! Hopefully you will tour the libraries (Transylvania County Library) again so I can get the 3rd book autographed as well!

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Cheryl Cook Baker70 years old, loved the first two books...added Biltmore house to our cross country trip this fall, just to see where..... thanks for making me a kid again!

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Megan OursoI just started the second book yesterday! Excited to see more will be coming from this amazing series!! Chelsea there's going to be more!!

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Melanie BeamAbsolutely THRILLED to know there will be a 3rd book!!!!! I read the 2nd to my husband & granddaughter on a trip recently 🙂

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Kelsey MossOh I can't wait to tell the 12 year old I nanny! We read the first two together and were just discussing the third! She will be just as excited as I am!!!

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Natalie Parks StricklandOn our way to The Biltmore House now for my daughters 13 birthday gift....she can't wait to see the house in person after reading the books. Can't wait to read #3!!!

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Laura Cox GottschalkCongratulations on the 3rd book. Can't wait until July. My 5th graders will be starting the 2nd one when I return from my recovery from a surgery.

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Blanca FloresMaybe one day there will be a movie based on the books , that would be awesome

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Wynona RossJust started book 1 & LOVE it. I have some physical issues that limit what I'm able to do, so I spend A LOT of reading. (My mental escape from pain, lol)

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Kessi DickensWhen will book 3 come out, because I've read the 2nd book two time already

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Tiffiney Winchester JenkinsAwesome can't wait!!! Will you have another release party? I wasn't able to make the last one.

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Yadira SanchezCan't wait , I have the First 2 book , are awesome I love Serafina

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Sarah Garren TaylorFinally read the first book and I loved it !! Can't wait to read the second book and then the third one !!

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Sarah McDowMy class read the first two in record time! I can't wait to share this with them!! I'm excited!

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Shirley Gillespieso beautiful. Can't wait until this new one comes out.

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Tracie GibsonSimply beautiful!! Congratulation on the completion of book #3. I am very eager to read it.

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Lisa Howard FinneganOur daughter will be so excited to hear a 3rd book is coming!

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Sharon Van HornCannot wait to share the new book with my grandson. He loves the series!! 😉

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Nancy Carr Sumner Porterbeautiful and can't wait for #3. Now get on with #4 🙂

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Amanda Black-ChandlerI am so happy for you! I can't wait for its releae!

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Rebecca MooreI love how waterfalls in pictures or videos never quite seem as huge as they really are until you get a person in the shot with it. This is awesome. Can't wait to read the new book.

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Donna Helms EvansLove the books! Can't wait for the next one! Oh yeah and I,m old but they are great reads.

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Caroline MurphyCongrats on finishing your MSS of book 3, wohoo! We can't wait!:)

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Kim KucharMy Michigan 5th graders will begin Book #1 next week! They are super super excited!😀

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Suzanne Vargas AttallaCongratulations on your completion! An afternoon of rest well deserved! We can't wait for the published 3rd book!

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What a great time we had Saturday in Knoxville celebrating Disney Reads! Day. Thanks to everyone who came out for our book signing event and the first-ever public reading of the opening chapters of the Book 3, Serafina and the Splintered Heart. We hope you enjoyed hearing them as much as we did sharing them. Thanks, too, to the crew at Barnes & Noble for hosting us. You always make us feel so welcome!

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What a great time we had Saturday in Knoxville celebrating Disney Reads! Day. Thanks to everyone who came out for our book signing event and the first-ever public reading of the opening chapters of the Book 3, Serafina and the Splintered Heart. We hope you enjoyed hearing them as much as we did sharing them. Thanks, too, to the crew at Barnes & Noble for hosting us. You always make us feel so welcome!
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Amy WhiteAny chance of coming to the Memphis area? My class will begin reading your book next week. It would be extra special to get to meet the author! I teach at a small country school and this would be so amazing for them to experience!

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Heather Rosemergy RobinsonVery excited for book number three! This is the only series of books, so far, that my children have read with me consistently, night after night without getting bored!

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Laura Cox GottschalkMy entire class would come listen to you. Are you thinking about the Winston Salem or Greensboro area?

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Anita BowmanPlanning a trip to TN in the spring. I hope you have another event that we can come to!

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Michele GlassSuch a great event. Thanks Mr. Beatty and Barnes and Noble!

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Joy BurkeWill he be coming to the Barnes and Noble in Asheville, NC anytime soon?

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Lisa Taylor CaseyWill you be coming to Johnson City, Tn ? My son loved your book and did extra on it

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Nikolas McDonaldLove your books and I can't wait until the third book comes out and also when is the movie coming out?

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Tiffany Mendenhall WilkinsHave you thought about coming to Utah?

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Brenda JonesWhen will the book 3 be out

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I love this photo outside Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe! This is Ren and her kitty Merlin the Wizard Cat. Ren is the awesome make-up artist who did all the make-up for the Serafina book trailers. She operates Faces by Ren in Johnson City, TN. This quick photo was taken by her super-talented-photographer husband Keith Dixon Studios while they were taking Merlin for a little walk in Asheville. Be sure to check out Ren and Keiths work.

The Serafina Series
Book 1: Serafina and the Black Cloak
Book 2: Serafina and the Twisted Staff
Book 3: Serafina and the Splintered Heart - Due July 2017

Book Trailer 1: http://bit.ly/2dYfpO7
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I love this photo outside Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe! This is Ren and her kitty Merlin the Wizard Cat. Ren is the awesome make-up artist who did all the make-up for the Serafina book trailers. She operates Faces by Ren in Johnson City, TN. This quick photo was taken by her super-talented-photographer husband Keith Dixon Studios while they were taking Merlin for a little walk in Asheville. Be sure to check out Ren and Keith's work.

The Serafina Series
Book 1: Serafina and the Black Cloak
Book 2: Serafina and the Twisted Staff
Book 3: Serafina and the Splintered Heart - Due July 2017

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Ivette CardelliI just read books 1&2 in a matter of 3 weeks. I visited the Biltmore and purchased the books there. It was quite fun to read the books and imagine the details of the house. I am excitedly awaiting the release of book 3! I will be pre-ordering it!!!

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Angela Pressley QuinnTallulah is anxiously awaiting book 3 and keeps hoping for a movie series!

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Joan MatherlyI'm 71 and I loved the books. Glad when no. 3 is here.{JULY}

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Samantha MoonThis books need to become a movie

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Julia WoodsonI can't wait for book 3!!

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Jeannie Willis SmithLove this series <3

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Ren AllenAaaawwwww!!! Thank you!!! 💕💕💕 we all love the series so much and are crossing fingers with the rest of the Serafina fans for a feature film. 💕💕

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Snowy MonroeShana Houser I want to see this!

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I love foxes. I think its amazing that these wild little dogs live among us, out in our forests, fields, and thickets, along beaches, ravines, and woody streams, even in the suburbs and city sometimes. In Book 2 of the Serafina Series (Serafina and the Twisted Staff), young Braeden Vanderbilt befriends a wild fox, along with other animals. This is definitely a case of me projecting my own fantasies into the lives of my characters.

In the United States, we have two species: The Gray Fox and the Red Fox. The photos in this series of posts are courtesy of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, where I did my wildlife rehabilitation training and worked for a little while. Its a great place to visit and see all the animals featured in the Serafina Series. 

WNC Nature Center: http://www.wncnaturecenter.com
Friends of the WNC Nature Center - Donations: http://www.wildwnc.org
Appalachian Wildlife Rehabilitation: http://www.appalachianwild.org

The Serafina Series
Book 1: Serafina and the Black Cloak: http://amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2: Serafina and the Twisted Staff: http://amzn.to/1LXCpuT
Book 3: Due July 2017

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

I love foxes. I think it's amazing that these wild little dogs live among us, out in our forests, fields, and thickets, along beaches, ravines, and woody streams, even in the suburbs and city sometimes. In Book 2 of the Serafina Series (Serafina and the Twisted Staff), young Braeden Vanderbilt befriends a wild fox, along with other animals. This is definitely a case of me projecting my own fantasies into the lives of my characters.

In the United States, we have two species: The Gray Fox and the Red Fox. The photos in this series of posts are courtesy of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, where I did my wildlife rehabilitation training and worked for a little while. It's a great place to visit and see all the animals featured in the Serafina Series.

WNC Nature Center: www.wncnaturecenter.com
Friends of the WNC Nature Center - Donations: www.wildwnc.org
Appalachian Wildlife Rehabilitation: www.appalachianwild.org

The Serafina Series
Book 1: Serafina and the Black Cloak: amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2: Serafina and the Twisted Staff: amzn.to/1LXCpuT
Book 3: Due July 2017

Book Trailer 1: bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book Trailer 2: bit.ly/29CUekN
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Tora Bailey ChristopherI've always thought that they seem to be a cross between a dog and a cat. Beautiful and interesting animals.

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Janice MullinsI was telling my granddaughter about Book #3, and her response was "How in the world can he top The Twisted Staff"? She is 9, and so looking forward to the next book!

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Elaine MariaBook 3??? OMG!! Can't wait 🙂

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Missy OglesbyLove these books

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Kim CotterPax by Sara Pennypacker was one of the Global Read Aloud choices this year about a red fox -the kids had a great appreciation for Serafina' s connection with the little guy:) after both reads.

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Heather Ellingson DrakeI live in Connecticut and we see them some mornings when we are walking our dogs! They are beautiful!

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Lynn KilcoyneHaven't been bothered by rabbits since our foxes are taking care of them

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Christine MathaLove their big bushy tails...have a cabin in the Alleghenies they are such a lovely contrast to the greens when you can catch them not being shy. Excellent on keeping down rodents like chipmunks and stuff that carry ticks which cause Lyme disease💗

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The February issue of Girls World Magazine highlights Serafina next to Hermione (Harry Potter Series) and Annabeth (Percy Jackson Series). Honored to be in such awesome girl-power company! :)

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

Book 1 - Serafina and the Black Cloak: http://amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2 - Serafina and the Twisted Staff: http://amzn.to/1LXCpuT
Book 3 - Serafina and the Splintered Heart:  July 4, 2017

The February issue of Girls World Magazine highlights Serafina next to Hermione (Harry Potter Series) and Annabeth (Percy Jackson Series). Honored to be in such awesome girl-power company! 🙂

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

Book 1 - Serafina and the Black Cloak: amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2 - Serafina and the Twisted Staff: amzn.to/1LXCpuT
Book 3 - Serafina and the Splintered Heart: July 4, 2017
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Nikolas McDonaldDo you have any singings in Abbeville SC?If you don't it would be greatly appreciated if you did.

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Sadie Hornadayi ended up being Serafina

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Glenna Renee MartinSerafina! Stay Bold!!

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A drawing of Serafina by my 15 year old niece Susan Holtan, one of my beta readers for book 3 in the Serafina Series. I love the color, mood, and lighting of her work.

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Laura Cox GottschalkBeautiful picture and I can't wait for the third book. Does it have a name yet?

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Aimee-Michelle Hawn GowerNot sure if I'm more envious of her art talent, or that she gets to read the 3rd book first.

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Liz Camus HulseyBeautiful! Can't wait for the third book!

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John NormanGreat artist. Thanks for sharing.

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Teresa MartinBeautiful

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Marnie BrysonThis reminds me of the mermaid on the stained glass window in the prefect bathroom in the Harry Potter movies. Very beautiful 🙂

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Marilyn Rodriguezbeautiful....third book inspiration?

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Nechama Leah GodbeyBeautiful

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Judy AutreyWow she is an incredible arrest. Will her work ever be in the book?

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Chrystal BumpousSo how do we become a beta reader? Asking for a very excited fan of yours.

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SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF features many of the animals native to the Blue Ridge Mountains, so I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts that feature some of those species. I will begin with the mountain lion, which many of the mountain folk here call a catamount, panther, or painter. Its also known as a cougar or puma. The Cherokee called the big cat tlv-da-tsi (phonetic spelling). These are all different names for the same animal. The word catamount comes from the contraction of the phrase cat of the mountains” to cat-of-the-mount to catamount. Be sure to check out the catamounts depicted in the Serafina book trailers (links at the bottom).

The photos in this series are courtesy of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, a great place to visit and see all the animals featured in the Serafina Series. Just before SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK was published (and took over my life), I was, among other things, an active state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator. I took in sick and injured wild animals, nursed them back to health, and freed them to the wild. I did my training at the WNC Nature Center. I also worked there for a short time in the predator department, feeding and caring for the mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and other predators.

I would like to note that the animals at the center were not bred or captured for captivity. They are rescue animals that ran into difficulty in the wild, and for various reasons, are unable to return. For example, the two mountain lions at the center are two brothers (from out west) who lost their mother when they were little cubs and therefore were never able to learn to hunt. A mountain lion can only survive if its mother teaches it how to hunt. The status of mountain lions in North Carolina (and all of the Eastern United States) is the subject of some controversy. Some believe that mountain lions were extirpated from this region years ago, while others believe they have moved back into the region (from out west) or never completely disappeared. A number of friends, neighbors, and Serafina fans in these parts report that they have seen them. What I know for sure is that catamounts lived here in these mountains during Serafina’s time in 1899, so they are alive and well in the pristine mountain forests of my imagination. Long live the catamounts.

WNC Nature Center: http://www.wncnaturecenter.com
Friends of the WNC Nature Center - Donations: http://www.wildwnc.org
Appalachian Wildlife Rehabilitation: http://www.appalachianwild.org

The Serafina Series
Book 1: Serafina and the Black Cloak: http://amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2: Serafina and the Twisted Staff: http://amzn.to/1LXCpuT
Book 3: Due July 2017

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

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SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF features many of the animals native to the Blue Ridge Mountains, so I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts that feature some of those species. I will begin with the mountain lion, which many of the mountain folk here call a catamount, panther, or painter. It's also known as a cougar or puma. The Cherokee called the big cat tlv-da-tsi (phonetic spelling). These are all different names for the same animal. The word catamount comes from the contraction of the phrase "cat of the mountains” to "cat-of-the-mount" to "catamount". Be sure to check out the catamounts depicted in the Serafina book trailers (links at the bottom).

The photos in this series are courtesy of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, a great place to visit and see all the animals featured in the Serafina Series. Just before SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK was published (and took over my life), I was, among other things, an active state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator. I took in sick and injured wild animals, nursed them back to health, and freed them to the wild. I did my training at the WNC Nature Center. I also worked there for a short time in the "predator department," feeding and caring for the mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and other predators.

I would like to note that the animals at the center were not bred or captured for captivity. They are rescue animals that ran into difficulty in the wild, and for various reasons, are unable to return. For example, the two mountain lions at the center are two brothers (from out west) who lost their mother when they were little cubs and therefore were never able to learn to hunt. A mountain lion can only survive if its mother teaches it how to hunt. The status of mountain lions in North Carolina (and all of the Eastern United States) is the subject of some controversy. Some believe that mountain lions were extirpated from this region years ago, while others believe they have moved back into the region (from out west) or never completely disappeared. A number of friends, neighbors, and Serafina fans in these parts report that they have seen them. What I know for sure is that catamounts lived here in these mountains during Serafina’s time in 1899, so they are alive and well in the pristine mountain forests of my imagination. Long live the catamounts.

WNC Nature Center: www.wncnaturecenter.com
Friends of the WNC Nature Center - Donations: www.wildwnc.org
Appalachian Wildlife Rehabilitation: www.appalachianwild.org

The Serafina Series
Book 1: Serafina and the Black Cloak: amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Book 2: Serafina and the Twisted Staff: amzn.to/1LXCpuT
Book 3: Due July 2017

Book Trailer 1: bit.ly/2dYfpO7
Book Trailer 2: bit.ly/29CUekN
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Leslie LeonardRead the first book in October, just picked up the second at the library this week, glad to hear about a third.

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Shyla MillerThese picture are lovely!!!! I can't wait for the 3rd book. I love reading and rereading the 1st and 2nd.

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Yasmin MayersIm still reading the first book and another thing is everynight i have a dream and its about Serafina. In the dreams she is wearing a black cloak so i guess at the end of the story she is going to get or find the black cloak?

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Lisa Edison Carroll BarnettGorgeous animals! We love WNC Nature Center. Haven't seen a catamount, yet, since moving to western NC, but our neighbors claim to have seen one. In my heart, I hope they're here.

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Sandy Willis TruittThey are so BEAUTIFUL!!

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Rhonda Hendricks StraussBeautiful creatures. Thank you for sharing.

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Judy AutreyWhat a beautiful animal.

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I thought you guys might enjoy seeing this new photo called Stars taken by my sixteen-year-old daughter Camille (who plays Lady Rowena in the second Serafina book trailer). The model is her younger sister Genevieve (who plays Serafina in the book trailers). I love the warm tones and fantasy aura of the photo.

I thought you guys might enjoy seeing this new photo called "Stars" taken by my sixteen-year-old daughter Camille (who plays Lady Rowena in the second Serafina book trailer). The model is her younger sister Genevieve (who plays Serafina in the book trailers). I love the warm tones and fantasy aura of the photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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Reyna ConejoCongratulations on having such a success on your books! Hope you guys are doing well and have a wonderful new year!

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Butch PowellBeautiful model and beautiful picture your daughters are very talented !!!!

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Annie Lapallo FischerBeautiful! But I have to say, I'm disappointed that the video is just a book trailer. My daughter and I thought a movie was being released. We LOVE the books! Please make a movie!!!!

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Judy AutreyThe photo is beautiful and so is your daughter.

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Jana EvangerWow. Lots of talent in your family.

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Cassie McGintySo talented!

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Jane MolerWhen will book 3 be released???

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Martha WardYou do have beautiful children.

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Sharon GemmellAbsolutely stunning.

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Jennifer Marek DrummondVery talented!

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Jane MolerStunning

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BibiCarioca RjHow pretty looks like a painting.

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Martha Cox NewsomeStunning

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Terri Spirio AlbertsonBeautiful

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Rebekah Stollings DavisGorgeous!

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Lacey Bradley BuchananWill there be a movie?

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Wanda CorbyLove the books

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Kathy TallentAbsolutely beautiful .

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Mollie MoncriefLovely!

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Patty Quilantan MooreAmazingly surreal!

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We want to thank a Serafina fan for grabbing this photo at her local bookstore! Were also happy to report that SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK is the #1 paperback on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Last week, the Serafina Series was on the New York Times Best Sellers List in three different places: hardcover (Twisted Staff), paperback (Black Cloak), and eBook (Black Cloak). Thank you to all the awesome Serafina fans out there for spreading the word! Stay Bold! :)

We want to thank a Serafina fan for grabbing this photo at her local bookstore! We're also happy to report that SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK is the #1 paperback on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Last week, the Serafina Series was on the New York Times Best Sellers List in three different places: hardcover (Twisted Staff), paperback (Black Cloak), and eBook (Black Cloak). Thank you to all the awesome Serafina fans out there for spreading the word! Stay Bold! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Joy M CollinsMy 7 yr old daughter received these books for Christmas and she absolutely adores them we read a chapter every night before bed

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Angela ChaseMy six year old and I just finished Serafina and the Black Cloak last night. He is an incredible reader but reading always seemed like a chore to him until I bought this book for him as a Christmas gift. He loved it instantly and he looked forward to reading together every night. He has been to Asheville several times and has been by the Biltmore but now he wants to go back for a vacation to visit the place where Sera lived. I couldn't have wished for a better book. We bought Serafina and the Twisted Staff today and we're both eager to see what happens next.

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Jasmine-Max PattersonSuch great books they deserve to be number one. Can,t wait for the next book to come out

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Cheryl A. SmithWill Serafina and the Black Cloak be sold at the Biltmore Estate?

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Dawn HoffAwesome! Well deserved.

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Serafina takes the 2016 National Gingerbread Competition by storm! Congratulations to Anderson Adams of Raleigh, NC on her Serafina-themed entry into the national gingerbread contest. Anderson, age 9, imagined and created a pretend scene from SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, with Serafina in her red dress readying for a snowball fight with several rats in the gardens at Biltmore, while the Man in the Black Cloak looks on. Andersons entry was not only accepted into the contest, which is a great honor, but was a Top 10 winner in the Youth Division! Well done, Anderson! We love it! Anderson’s sweet vignette is on display, along with dozens of other wonderful gingerbread creations, at the historic The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC through Jan. 5, 2017. Thanks to Anderson’s grandmother, Joan Galvin, for sending us the photos. For more on the 2016 National Gingerbread Competition: http://bit.ly/2cZvKjv

The Serafina books are available wherever books are sold, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and independent bookstores.
Serafina and the Black Cloak: http://amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Serafina and the Twisted Staff: http://amzn.to/1LXCpuT

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Serafina takes the 2016 National Gingerbread Competition by storm! Congratulations to Anderson Adams of Raleigh, NC on her Serafina-themed entry into the national gingerbread contest. Anderson, age 9, imagined and created a pretend scene from SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, with Serafina in her red dress readying for a snowball fight with several rats in the gardens at Biltmore, while the Man in the Black Cloak looks on. Anderson's entry was not only accepted into the contest, which is a great honor, but was a Top 10 winner in the Youth Division! Well done, Anderson! We love it! Anderson’s sweet vignette is on display, along with dozens of other wonderful gingerbread creations, at the historic The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC through Jan. 5, 2017. Thanks to Anderson’s grandmother, Joan Galvin, for sending us the photos. For more on the 2016 National Gingerbread Competition: bit.ly/2cZvKjv

The Serafina books are available wherever books are sold, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and independent bookstores.
Serafina and the Black Cloak: amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Serafina and the Twisted Staff: amzn.to/1LXCpuT
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Ivy Peacock HoltHow awesome!!! I love going to this competition at Christmas 🌲. Beautiful family Ben.

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Patricia Dianne HargroveThere is a lot of talent in those good genes. Proud of our girl👏👏👏

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Michele Paula LewisSimone. Are you guys going? This is based on the books that we gave your grandma for Christmas.

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Ashley Johnson TechetAmazing!!!! Congrats on your hard work and beautiful masterpiece!!

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Ashley Clark PerryWow, that's amazing! Congratulations! We will check it out when we go next week.

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Lou GarrabrantWhat an accomplishment for this young girl!!! Lou💞

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Rebecca Nesbitt LumsdenWOW! WOW! WOW! That is amazing. Congratulations!

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Jean Davis MaupinCongratulations, Anderson! That's awesome!!!!🙌

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Ann Thomasee CampbellCongratulations Anderson!

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