Serafina and the Black Cloak

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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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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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Colleen Cermak SaundersAmazing!!

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Kendra JoynerSuch a pretty creature and a peaceful moment.

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Cindy Howardlove this

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

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Book 1: amzn.to/1SZcp1L
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Book 3: amzn.to/2jjd6Gk
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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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Melissa-Jeff ChadwellChelsea age 11- Serafina spun around hearing the weird noise. what she saw shocked her. The forest had teamed up to fight her. Every bad thing that lived there was behind her. She broke into a run as fast as she could. When she saw almost the entire forest behind her, the first thing she thought of was Breaden...her pa...they were in trouble! She knew they were in the forest screaming her name. She ran into the forest dodging attacks from the beasts. Then she came to a familiar place. She remembered the cliff she fell off of when Mr. Thorne was alive. She fell and fell hitting the jagged rocks on the way down. Then she twisted and pivoted and landed on her feet just like when Gideon attacked her. The things from the forest copied her exact moves. Even if she fought they would know her exact moves. Serafina remembered what Waysa told her about...all the catamounts fought the Conjurer. She decided to run faster than ever before and find all the catamounts and fight all the darkness that the forest holds, the part of the forest that no one ever finds their way out of. She ran and ran longer than she had before. When she turned, she found nothing behind her. She had finally lost them! But they were still out there. and she had to get help. This battle she could not fight alone. She knew the catamounts would help, especially her mom. Even if Ways and her mom couldn't help, she would still hear Waysa's words, "Stay bold".

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Melissa-Jeff ChadwellAmanda age 11- Serafina was helpless and stranded in the pathway of the woods running from a raspy voice trying to catch her as she disappears in the shadows. She tries to catch up to Braeden, but is it too late? Serafina collapsed on the ground gasping for air as a shadowy figure lurked ahead of her with a black cloak on. "Mr....trying to catch her breath...Thorne!" "Ha, you thought you killed me, well think again Serafina!, said Mr. Thorne." Serafina tried to get away but Mr. Thorne had her tightly in his hands. All of a sudden she hears something coming...it was her mother! She was coming to rescue Serafina. Her mothered snarled her teeth at Mr. Thorne and bit him. Serafina joined in and she and her mother fought Mr. Thorne once again. A crowd of animals came running towards Serafina and her mother. They were under the power of Thorne! The man with the long beard came and charged at Mr. Thorne. While attacking Thorne,, he told Searafina and her mother to run! Be safe and go! As they tried to run away they see animals surrounding them...

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Melissa-Jeff ChadwellBrooklyn age 10- Serafina was walking under the pergola admiring the alluring plants that surround it. She heard someone or something shouting, "Serafina help me please". Serafina started sprinting as she was sprinting she followed the sound of the screaming. As she got closer she recognized the voice thought she wasn't quite sure who it was. Then it came to her, Mr. Vanderbilt! She saw the figure in the distance. When she finally saw who it was, she realized it wasn't Mr. Vanderbilt, Braeden, or Mrs. Vanderbilt. It was her enemy and she knew now that this was a trap! Serafina's heart dropped in fear. All she could do was flee, but instead she stood frozen with fear.

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Melissa-Jeff ChadwellTrinity age 11- Serafina heard sounds and screams from the garden, they are shouting in fear she thought. She ran to the edge to see what was happening and who was screaming. When Serafina got to the edge, she saw something she didn't want to see. Braeden was fighting something or someone. Character isn't defined by the battles we win or lose, but by the battles we dare to fight she thought. She transformed into a panther and wen to help Braeden. She fought in anger, fear, and worry because this "thing" had hurt Braeden.

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Melissa-Jeff ChadwellAkira age 10= Serafina aimlessly wonders under the pergola hoping to see someone she knows. With no luck, she starts running. Venturing forward to look more, Serafina finds two corners. Before she looks around one or the other, she sees what she was looking for. Although they might not be in the best condition...

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Melissa-Jeff ChadwellEmma age 11=Serafina was just coming out of the Biltmore to explore the area. Then all of a sudden she heard Braeden yelling for help! She ran and ran as fast as she could. But then, when she came to the end of the pergola, she realized it wasn't Braeden yelling for help!

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Melissa-Jeff ChadwellMolly age 11- Serafina, envisioning the feeling of her surroundings...scared that maybe anything could happen. Serafina is running, sprinting, doing anything to get away from where she is! Can she make it?

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Sarrah LombardoAs Serafina touched the vines, she heard a sickening cry, as if someone's heart was splintered. Rushing towards the sound, she realizes that the scream has come from Biltmore Estate. Once inside, there is another cry for help coming from the workroom. Serafina rushes to the workroom to discover a crowd of maids, circling a pale faced man. (Lillian, age 10)

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AJ HightowerSerafina stalked through the underbrush in the gardens of Biltmore, her eyes fixed intently on her prey. Her muscles tensed as she got ready to pounce. But then she froze. She felt a surge of panic start to creep up from her middle. Suddenly she felt an icy cold hand grip her shoulder. She spun around and to her complete horror and fear she saw Mr Grathan standing over her. She shrunk back, away from his penetrating gaze. Out of pure instinct, Serafina twisted her head and bit the man as hard as she could. Blood flowed from Grathan’s hand. Serafina could taste blood and flesh in her mouth, but that didn’t matter. All that mattered was that Grathan had released his grip. Serafina turned and ran as fast as she could to the pergola, for she knew that would be her only way of escape. By Oriana Zoe Hightower (aged 9) - Australia

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Layne Rogers AustinSerafina was nearly in tears as she strolled under the pergola. It was her final day at Biltmore before she was kicked out for good, and she wanted to say goodbye to everything and everyone. She reached up and touched a vine just above her head. So many amazing things had happened here at Biltmore, and they had all crashed down on her in a day. “Serafina.” her Pa had said to her one afternoon. “The Vanderbilts wan’ta talk to ya. Said to meet ‘em in the libr’y.” Serafina nodded and dashed excitedly down the corridors to meet the Vanderbilts. Upon her arrival in the library, however, she was met with angry stares from most everyone. Including Braeden. “Serafina, we need to talk to you. Braeden here… he suggested that we- well, he suggested forcing you to leave Biltmore due to some… unmanageable actions of yours.” Mrs. Vanderbilt had said. “Wait… what?” Serafina said in utter disbelief. “You can’t… I never...” Mr. Vanderbilt nodded. “We can, and we will. Braeden claimed you’ve been putting him in many uncomfortable situations, making him help you on these… ghost hunts of yours. Physically forcing him to help you. Hurting him.” Serafina’s vision blurred. “I- I would never!” “We choose to believe our completely human son, dear. You’re a wild animal! You could go rabid and kill the entire family if you wanted to. You’re too much of a liability to keep around much longer.” Braeden nodded. “I want you gone.” He said coldly, staring Serafina directly in the eyes. Serafina let out a small sob remembering those four painful words and began running. If she wasn’t wanted, she would leave. It’s their loss. She tried to convince herself. No one ever saw Serafina again. (Maggie, 12 Years Old)

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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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Ashley BowersSerefina is running because Braeden is about to use the magic of the Python Scepter. The Python Scepter is a staff created by a sorcerer who was bitten by a python and then became mad. He created it by putting the blood of the magic python into a marble, and putting the marble onto a hollow stick. When the sorcerer used the Python Scepter, he was transformed into an evil python. As time went by, the power became weaker so it would make the user into only half python, the other half remaining human. A Pythonian. Mr. Roe, a butler at Biltmore Estate, was Pythonian. He hypnotized Braeden into thinking that the Python Scepter would give him anything he wanted. As Braeden was about to touch the evil scepter, Serefina ran toward him, grabbed the powerful stick and broke it. A python shaped ghost seemed to come out of Mr. Roe's mouth and disappeared. Now they were safe. The end. Lanie Bowers, age 9

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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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Janice Moore StoneI can not wait for the third book. So excited!

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

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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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Marilyn RodriguezLove these books

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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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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:
http://bit.ly/2dYfpO7
http://bit.ly/29CUekN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
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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
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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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Whew! What a day we had Saturday at our final book signing event of 2016. We spent the day meeting Serafina fans, chatting a bit, posing for photos, answering awesome questions, and signing and personalizing lots and lots of books. Thanks to the amazing crew at Barnes & Noble for hosting us again and helping us close out an amazing year. We loved every minute of it!

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Whew! What a day we had Saturday at our final book signing event of 2016. We spent the day meeting Serafina fans, chatting a bit, posing for photos, answering awesome questions, and signing and personalizing lots and lots of books. Thanks to the amazing crew at Barnes & Noble for hosting us again and helping us close out an amazing year. We loved every minute of it!
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Whew! What a day we had Saturday at our final book signing event of 2016. We spent the day meeting Serafina fans, chatting a bit, posing for photos, answering awesome questions, and signing and personalizing lots and lots of books. Thanks to the amazing crew at @[178749119148197:274:Barnes & Noble] for hosting us again and helping us close out an amazing year. We loved every minute of it!

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Joy PompeoI missed it! Will there be another book signing anywhere close to here?

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Lisa A MacThank-you for taking the time to have your meet and greet at the Barnes & Nobles in Greensboro .We had a wonderful time .Best wishes to you and your family .Wishing you all a happy New Year . Thank-you for gifting us with both of your Serafina stories . They provided non stop reading here in our household .

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Kelly Schulte ZagarriDo you ever make it to St. Louis? My daughter is a HUGE fan!

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Amy Woidyla IngramMy daughter and I missed the signing due to being sick. When is the next book signing in Western/Piedmont NC?

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Merry Christmas Serafina fans! My family and I thank you for all the wonderful support this year. Youve made it an amazing year for the Serafina Series. You turned both Black Cloak and Twisted Staff into #1 New York Times bestsellers, you attended all sorts of fun Serafina events, and youve been so supportive on Facebook. Thank you so much for all of that. Its been awesome getting to know everyone. I truly appreciate the welcome youve given my family and I into your hearts. Were hard at work now on the third book in the series, which will be published by Disney-Hyperion in early July 2017.

THE PHOTO: Ive always loved the mood and precise detail of this winter photo of Biltmore Estate. I can totally imagine it being 1899. It pulls me into the mysterious world of SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK and helps me focus on writing the best scenes I can. Photo Credit: Wes Harkins

Serafina and the Black Cloak (Book 1): http://amzn.to/1SZcp1L
Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Book 2): http://amzn.to/1LXCpuT

Merry Christmas Serafina fans! My family and I thank you for all the wonderful support this year. You've made it an amazing year for the Serafina Series. You turned both Black Cloak and Twisted Staff into #1 New York Times bestsellers, you attended all sorts of fun Serafina events, and you've been so supportive on Facebook. Thank you so much for all of that. It's been awesome getting to know everyone. I truly appreciate the welcome you've given my family and I into your hearts. We're hard at work now on the third book in the series, which will be published by Disney-Hyperion in early July 2017.

THE PHOTO: I've always loved the mood and precise detail of this winter photo of Biltmore Estate. I can totally imagine it being 1899. It pulls me into the mysterious world of SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK and helps me focus on writing the best scenes I can. Photo Credit: Wes Harkins

Serafina and the Black Cloak (Book 1): amzn.to/1SZcp1L
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Anderson VictoriaThank you so much for sharing your wonderful gifts of storytelling. I thoroughly enjoy reading your books for myself and I look forward to sharing them with my Grand-daughters. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family!!! I'm anxiously awaiting your next book about Serafina & her adventures on the grounds of the Biltmore. Captivating....simply captivating!!

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Holly WilliamsonMerry Christmas to you and your family! We have loved your books and the event at the Arboretum was a highlight of our year!

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Debra ThompsonMy beautiful granddaughters with you and your amazing work!

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Renee SpreadburyThank you for this wonderful series. We went to Asheville at the beginning of the month and I picked up both books signed off course. They are suppose to be my Christmas presents. Well I have already read the Black Cloak and tried to start the Twisted Staff but my daughters made me wrap it when they caught me trying to read it!!! Lol. I cannot wait for the 3rd one and of course gives me a reason to visit Asheville again!!!! Love it!!!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

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Alys HowardMerry Christmas! Thank you for coming to Kentucky and thank you for encouraging young writers!

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Annette RogersSerafina books are just as difficult to put down as the Harry Potter books were!💖💫 Magical

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Bridget StubblefieldI can't wait for the next book! Loved both of the others!

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Dana WesolekThank you!!! Wishing you and the family the merriest Christmas! Looking forward to what you have in store in July!! ❤️

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Sandy ReillyMerry Christmas to you and your family! Wishing all the best in 2017!! Just keep the books coming!!

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Cindy McMillonThank you for giving our children great books they enjoy and us adults too. Can't wait til book three comes out!!

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Rebecca Lewis YoungbloodBook 3 will be like another Christmas in July for us!

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Laurie St Pierre BouleyMy 11 year old and I are avid readers, her favorite thing about this book is how, "it's so descriptive I can SEE what I am reading!!

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Marilla CableWhat a wonderful book. Have just started Twisted Staff. Sharing with all the girls in my life.

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Kathy BlakeSo exciting! Third book!!! My students will love!

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Chris ChildersMy daughter's love your books. Merry Christmas.

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AG OsborneWhen was this picture taken?

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Carolyn LeffHurry and release the book.

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Mary Lee SmartI loved both books.

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Peggy Irwincant wait for book 3...

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Jeannie Lee KatzenmillerThis photo, Mrs Tune!

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Ellie BartlettWill a movie ever come out for the serafina series?

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Tabetha LambertRobert Beatty, Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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Mandy WilliamsonIt meant so much to Emma to meet you. She went from not liking to read to absolutely loving to read because your books brought out the passion of reading in her. She now wants to be an Author! I'm an Emt and working a crazy long 27hr shift and I didn't get to come but she came with her best friend and her mother. Hate I missed it. Maybe I can make it after book 3 is released in July 🙂 Thank you for what you do, thank you for inspiring children to read and write 🙂

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Samantha MoonMerry Christmas to you and your love ones too, thanks for posting the picture this way I can have a better picture in my mind when I read the books again, sooo excited for the third book, thanks for not abandoning the series, we need more Serafina adventures and misteries.

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Elaine MariaNo thank you for the wonderful books. It opened me up to reading and now I read every day. It all started with Black Cloak 🙂

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Serafina Book Trailer - Deleted Scene
Here's a rough-cut "deleted scene" from the book trailer for SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF. This is a longer version of a shot that we used at the end of the final version of the book trailer where Serafina is lying wounded or dead on a rock in the middle of the river. I love the long, visual rotation of the scene as you see more and more of the rocks and the river, and you slowly realize how small Serafina is within it all. This was shot at the base of Triple Falls on the Little River in Dupont Forest near my home in Asheville, North Carolina. These falls were also used for an awesome scene from Last of the Mohicans and for a scene with Katniss and Peeta in Hunger Games.

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Shirley GillespieAbsolutely two of my favorite books . Can't wait 'til the next two books come out and hope they are equal to the first two.

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TiffanyandRiley FrazierThis story seriously needs to be made into a movie. ASAP!

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Magaly SamayoaCan I ask.. serafina is just two books? Ordering And not sure if it is a series..

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Alexia CretoiuI can wait for the 3 book!! Is she dead?!?

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Stephanie Montgomery HugginsWhat is the song in this trailer?

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Kathy Lawswould love to see as a movie, I loved the books

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Donita KincaidThese books are great

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Jynnifer G. QuickMy daughter Jadyn has fallen in love with these books. She is almost finished with The Twisted Staff (I think she is going slowly because she doesn't want it to end!) and just saw the book trailer last night. She is wanting a MOVIE now!

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Im very happy to announce that the editors of Amazon.com have selected SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF as one of the BEST BOOKS of 2016 for young readers. I want to thank Amazon for this tremendous honor for the Serafina Series.

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Black Cloak on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1SZcp1L
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I'm very happy to announce that the editors of Amazon.com have selected SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF as one of the BEST BOOKS of 2016 for young readers. I want to thank Amazon for this tremendous honor for the Serafina Series.

The full BEST BOOKS OF 2016 List: amzn.to/2gNz1oO
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Erica ThurmanOur daughter loved both Serafina books. We are looking forward to a family Biltmore trip and she is also hoping for an author visit at St. Hugo of the Hills. 😉

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Cassandra Ann BradleyMy daughter read the first one and loved it!☺ now im getting her the second one!

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Teresa Swoope CampbellMy 5th graders at Abingdon Elementary would agree with Amazon!! 👍🏻

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Lilliann StockhamI love both books I got them both signed!!!!!

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Shelley Storey GardnerCongratulations!!!

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Angela McKinney-McNeilWell deserved..I'm over 45..and love the books.....just one the first one now....

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Amy IngramSharon Cox, Michael Cox I got her the 1st one (the Black Cloak).

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Elaine MariaAs it should be 😉

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Amanda EngelandDawn Luckey, I got her this book. I hope she likes it.

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Cassie Conrad HiltonC Leigh Right does Avery have these?

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Im very happy to announce that Barnes & Noble has named SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF as one of 2016s BEST BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS! I want to thank Barnes & Noble for their wonderful support of the Serafina Series since in launched last year. 

The Best of 2016 List on BN.com: http://bit.ly/2gZNNID
Black Cloak on BN.com: http://bit.ly/29jLajm
Twisted Staff on BN.com: http://bit.ly/29lWiuS

Im also pleased to note that my friends Rick Riordan (of Percy Jackson fame) and Melissa de la Cruz (of Descendants fame), both of whom are fellow Disney-Hyperion authors, are also on the list of 2016s best. Well done Disney-Hyperion!

I'm very happy to announce that Barnes & Noble has named SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF as one of 2016's BEST BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS! I want to thank Barnes & Noble for their wonderful support of the Serafina Series since in launched last year.

The Best of 2016 List on BN.com: bit.ly/2gZNNID
Black Cloak on BN.com: bit.ly/29jLajm
Twisted Staff on BN.com: bit.ly/29lWiuS

I'm also pleased to note that my friends Rick Riordan (of Percy Jackson fame) and Melissa de la Cruz (of Descendants fame), both of whom are fellow Disney-Hyperion authors, are also on the list of 2016's best. Well done Disney-Hyperion!
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Terri Spirio AlbertsonVery well deserved. I absolutely loved the book💜

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Thank you Serafina fans! We raised $5,000 to help the wolves of  Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary , which was put in serious danger by a wildfire near their location. Thanks to the valiant efforts of the fire fighters and the work of the sanctuary staff, the wolves and their caretakers are back home now and recovering from the traumatic evacuation forced on them earlier this month. Much of this particular fire has been contained now. It also rained today in certain areas, which was a huge relief. You may recall that Full Moon is the same organization that worked with us on some of our book signing events, including the wolf River who many of you have met in person at our events. We challenged Serafina fans to pitch in and help River and the other wolves of Full Moon Farm by donating to the Sanctuary’s Facebook fundraiser. For every contribution with the comment “Stay Bold!” (the mantra from the Serafina books), the author Robert Beatty and his family pledged to match the donation, dollar for dollar. Thanks to your generosity, we raised a total of $5,000 for the very important work they do with these amazing creatures. So thank you!  We would also like to say that our prayers are with the people and animals that are still in harms way due to other wildfires in the Southern mountains, including our friends in Tennessee.

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Thank you Serafina fans! We raised $5,000 to help the wolves of Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary , which was put in serious danger by a wildfire near their location. Thanks to the valiant efforts of the fire fighters and the work of the sanctuary staff, the wolves and their caretakers are back home now and recovering from the traumatic evacuation forced on them earlier this month. Much of this particular fire has been contained now. It also rained today in certain areas, which was a huge relief. You may recall that Full Moon is the same organization that worked with us on some of our book signing events, including the wolf "River" who many of you have met in person at our events. We challenged Serafina fans to pitch in and help River and the other wolves of Full Moon Farm by donating to the Sanctuary’s Facebook fundraiser. For every contribution with the comment “Stay Bold!” (the mantra from the Serafina books), the author Robert Beatty and his family pledged to match the donation, dollar for dollar. Thanks to your generosity, we raised a total of $5,000 for the very important work they do with these amazing creatures. So thank you! We would also like to say that our prayers are with the people and animals that are still in harms way due to other wildfires in the Southern mountains, including our friends in Tennessee.
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Rebecca Lewis YoungbloodSo glad they are home safe

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Annette AtkinsLet's all pray to St. Francis Patron Saint watches over animals to protect them all.

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Lisa MauneySuch good news!

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What fun we had Saturday at our Holiday Book Signing. It was great to see so many Serafina fans, some longtime and some brand-new, at the event. Thanks to the awesome crew at Barnes & Noble-Biltmore Park for making us feel so welcome. You guys rock! If you missed us this time, you have another chance to get your Serafina books signed and personalized at our final Holiday Book Signing of the year, Dec. 10 at Barnes & Noble-Asheville Mall.

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What fun we had Saturday at our Holiday Book Signing. It was great to see so many Serafina fans, some longtime and some brand-new, at the event. Thanks to the awesome crew at Barnes & Noble-Biltmore Park for making us feel so welcome. You guys rock! If you missed us this time, you have another chance to get your Serafina books signed and personalized at our final Holiday Book Signing of the year, Dec. 10 at Barnes & Noble-Asheville Mall.
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What fun we had Saturday at our Holiday Book Signing. It was great to see so many Serafina fans, some longtime and some brand-new, at the event. Thanks to the awesome crew at @[883528151696836:274:Barnes & Noble]-Biltmore Park for making us feel so welcome. You guys rock! If you missed us this time, you have another chance to get your Serafina books signed and personalized at our final Holiday Boo...

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In honor of throwback Thursday, here's the first video I ever posted on this Facebook page. It seems so long ago! Over the last few months, I've been hard at work on Book #3 in the series, which will come out in July 2017. If you're in the region, I hope you can join me for one of our two Serafina holiday book signing events in Asheville. I would love to personalize your holiday gift books for you:
Saturday Nov 26 - Biltmore Park Barnes & Noble - bit.ly/2fASfQs
Saturday Dec 10 - Asheville Mall Barnes & Noble - bit.ly/2g1HdnS

If you're not able to get to these events, you can get personalized Serafina books here: bit.ly/2go1lCe

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Book Trailer for "Serafina and the Black Cloak" - shot on location at Biltmore Estate. If you enjoy this video, please comment, share it, and help spread the word.

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Ofelia Palecek MaguireThe Biltmore holds a special place in my heart.... My engagement and engagement photos took place at the Biltmore. I am looking forward to purchasing the books. Will there be a book signing in Orlando, FL? ☺

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Leigh BishopAmazing books. I grew up in NC and my husband grew up in Franklin. We are now in SC, but miss the mountains something awful. Hope you all get some rain soon to help with those fires. I can't wait to read the next book.

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Mollie McAllister BeamThis trailer is what made me purchase the book- my girls ❤️ the book (s)

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Nechama Leah GodbeyHappy to share. Best books, ever. As my daughter Sapphira just said.

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Lisa RodgersI'm buying these books tomorrow. I'm enchanted with the Biltmore House.

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Ann AcevedoLove both books And I'm 50. The story makes me feel young again.

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Louise Belles WassonTwo great books! Great ideas for a Seraphina movie!!!

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Alaina CulletonCan't love this enough!

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Teresa ThomasPlease make a movie from these books

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Teresa Dow-BollingerAwesome books!

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Lynn KirpaVery nicely done.

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Denise A. CarpenterLove it

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Jane SasserTeresa Guy Benson add this to your book list

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Andrea Rodriguez-DrewLOVE IT! This trailer just made me purchase the books for my daughters, as a Christmas gift! I'm so excited!

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Mollie WestWho plays Braeden in the Trailer? Is he a family friend? Same with the man in black? I love that troubled look he has on his face.

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Mandy WilliamsonOh my gosh...my little girl is going to be soooo excited. We have tickets to visit Biltmore on NOV 26th and she has asked and asked if you will be there to sign her books...and I said NO! LOL I had no idea...soooo glad I saw this. She adores these books and she keeps asking when the 3rd comes out. She has not liked reading until she started this series and she is hooked! Now she reads often 🙂 And her grades have went up as well since she has been reading so much more.

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Linda WoodwardWonderful! I cannot wait until book 3 comes out! As a advance reader for book 2, I would love to contribute early reviews and promotion by being an advance reader again, now for book 3. I am still promoting book 2 and the entire series!

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Chelcie Parker RamseyRhonda Hunt Allen and Lucille Barringer this is what I mentioned yesterday at work. Kinda reminds me of the girl (can't think of her name ) in Reign who Nostradamus kept hidden

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Patty WedgewoodStill planning to get my signed copy of all

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Jenifer FrachiseurDarlene Childers have you heard of this?

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Were excited to announce two Serafina book signings in Asheville this holiday season (November 26 & December 10). Give the readers in your life a truly unique gift: Personalized autographed copies of SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK and SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, the first two titles in Robert Beattys #1 New York Times bestselling series from Disney-Hyperion.

Saturday Nov 26 - Biltmore Park Barnes & Noble - http://bit.ly/2fASfQs 
Saturday Dec 10 - Asheville Mall Barnes & Noble - http://bit.ly/2g1HdnS

Adults and young readers (boys and girls, ages 8-14) are loving these spooky, Southern gothic mystery-thrillers about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate. The first book in the series recently won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing “the best in Southern literature.” A blend of history, mystery, and magic, the series is already being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. The third book in the series comes out in July next year.

Be sure to watch the 2-minute book trailers: 
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If youre from out of town, you can get personalized copies here: http://bit.ly/2eJxC0p

We're excited to announce two Serafina book signings in Asheville this holiday season (November 26 & December 10). Give the readers in your life a truly unique gift: Personalized autographed copies of SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK and SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, the first two titles in Robert Beatty's #1 New York Times bestselling series from Disney-Hyperion.

Saturday Nov 26 - Biltmore Park Barnes & Noble - bit.ly/2fASfQs
Saturday Dec 10 - Asheville Mall Barnes & Noble - bit.ly/2g1HdnS

Adults and young readers (boys and girls, ages 8-14) are loving these spooky, Southern gothic mystery-thrillers about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate. The first book in the series recently won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing “the best in Southern literature.” A blend of history, mystery, and magic, the series is already being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. The third book in the series comes out in July next year.

Be sure to watch the 2-minute book trailers:
bit.ly/1JAxXQz
bit.ly/29eFuIM

If you're from out of town, you can get personalized copies here: bit.ly/2eJxC0p
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Serafina and the Black CloakHere is the book trailer for the second book: robert-beatty.com/serafina-twisted-staff-book-trailer/

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Serafina and the Black CloakHere is the book trailer for the first book: bit.ly/1JAxXQz

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Crystal ShulerBlue Ridge Books in Waynesville hosts writers a lot. Any chance of u being there? I can't make either in Asheville but need to lay my hands on a book

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Corrie JeffordsOh amazing!!! Our son begged to go to the Biltmore for his birthday this month after reading the books. We are tickled to read this!!!!! It will ice the cake on Saturday 🎂🎉🎈

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Dianne Tina Trippitelli DavisOh, me too. I read the first and am well into the second - love it .

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Debra HamptonDid you remember the author of this book refused to come and do his signing the first time here in Asheville

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Marylyn HuffHave read them both and sent to grandchildren. Fun books. Boys will like the Twisted Staff.

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Kenya MorrisWe would love to see you in hickory north Carolina.. Any..chance

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Margaret VarneyIt's a pleaure,to share, been telling some friends about it.

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Lori Keicher StuartThat would be a wonderful Christmas present!!!!!! I can't wait to read them both!!!!

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Michelle Lee WorshamVan Worsham this is what I want for Christmas for my future classroom! And myself!

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Harper ShookKaylee has serafina and the black cloak she read it and absolutely loved it!!!!

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Kat StevesI've never read these. Now I can't wait to start.

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Kimberly WorleyWill you have the books for sale if so how much?

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Heather FlanaganShaun we should get these for Kaiylee for xmas

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Charlie Rashwill you be in the Nashville or Chattanooga area any time soon?

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Alison ScottIs this a movie or just the books?

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Barbara BrownWould love to have both signed.

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Karen-ann VanderwallThe twisted staff is good too

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Shirley Mahoney PipesOn 2nd book now! Love to have do a signing😊

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Ressie VervinckBoo can't make it now 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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Charlie GreeneI love that book

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Terri TolleyI want to read these books

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Terri BucknerHappy Thanksgiving! !

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Jo Renfro Caines RobertsLoved both books

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Help support the wolves and well match it 100%! A call to action for Serafina fans: As you know, wolves are featured in the Serafina books, and we often have wolfdogs at our Serafina events. Sadly, the terrible wildfires in Western North Carolina are affecting our friends at Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary, who provided the wolfdogs for our summer events. The animals and staff are safe for now, but the air at the farm is filled with ash and smoke from the fire on the mountain. The Sanctuary is beginning to evacuate some of the wolfdogs sheltered there. The organization has created this Facebook fundraiser to help defray the costs associated with the evacuation and eventual recovery, and we’re encouraging Serafina fans to pitch in and donate to the cause. When you click on the link to donate, please enter the comment “Stay Bold!” (the mantra from the Serafina books). For every dollar donated, the author Robert Beatty and his family will 100% match your donation. Please help us support our friends and the very important work they do with these beautiful creatures. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1060645377392042/

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Help support the wolves and we'll match it 100%! A call to action for Serafina fans: As you know, wolves are featured in the Serafina books, and we often have wolfdogs at our Serafina events. Sadly, the terrible wildfires in Western North Carolina are affecting our friends at Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary, who provided the wolfdogs for our summer events. The animals and staff are safe for now, but the air at the farm is filled with ash and smoke from the fire on the mountain. The Sanctuary is beginning to evacuate some of the wolfdogs sheltered there. The organization has created this Facebook fundraiser to help defray the costs associated with the evacuation and eventual recovery, and we’re encouraging Serafina fans to pitch in and donate to the cause. When you click on the link to donate, please enter the comment “Stay Bold!” (the mantra from the Serafina books). For every dollar donated, the author Robert Beatty and his family will 100% match your donation. Please help us support our friends and the very important work they do with these beautiful creatures. www.facebook.com/donate/1060645377392042/
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Serafina and the Black CloakTo everyone who plans to donate, please be sure to put "Stay Bold!" in the comment field when you make the donation. This way, it will have a 100% match from the Serafina team.

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Serafina and the Black CloakHere's a photo of "River" one of the wolfdogs we feature at our Serafina events.

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Mary KeeterMy son and I are reading the Twisted Staff, a chapter a night! We had a HuskyWolf mixed named Cort. Miss him more than words can say! My son, turning 11 on 27th has decided to donate what money would have been spent on gifts to support the rescues recovery!!

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Wanda ZaleskiHave ur 2 first books due to personal issues havent been able to read them yet but i will good luck with all ur wolfdogs n i will pray for the fire to die soon. All the best x

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Chasity Grace BrodskyPlease everyone pray for rain I live in the north ga mntns and smoke is horrible here thank god no fires where I am at but I can only imagine the horror these true majestic animals are going through

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Lyndsey PaigeI wish I had money but I'm broke it just breaks my heart to what is happening and I'm able to help out I really hope everything gets better for the wolves and staff

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Judy AutreyWe will do all we can. Praying for there safety and rain!

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Cheryl DuffinCan only pray and share...wish I could help more. Love all animals. Wolves and dogs the most.

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Jenn BaarsI'm so happy to hear you doing this. I went to school with and have been friends with Nancy's children for years. God bless you and your wonderful heart!

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Sharon KlenotizThey are a magnificent animal. Thanks for saving will spread the word

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Chelsea HudgensI wish we had rain. These fires are insane. I'm near the lake lure/chimney rock fire

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Tammy BronowskiThis. Is. Amazing! My mom, Nancy LaPorta Brown, runs Full Moon Farm. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

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Denise JoyLove that you are doing this! Will spread the word!!!

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Mallory DobbsDonated! Save the big 'ol puppeh dawgs!!!

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Kimberly Raven Norris-HartThe smoke is all the way down here in southern South Carolina

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Rita ByrneBless, praying for you all. 💛

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Lisa PhillipsI can share and pray for rain

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Josephine Juliana UsinaShared

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Lorinda ComppenSending prayers

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Kathy TolarYou guys are so awesome.

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Jennifer R. ResetarShared to a friend of mine who loves wolves.

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Elaine MariaDone and donated 🙂

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Rhonda Young-RameySpreading the word! I love North Carolina and the mountains and animals

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Brandi CrawfordWe have three wolf/dogs and love them to pieces. I wouldn't trade them for anything!!! They are sweet natured and very loving and gentle. They LOVE my babies and love to play with them.

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Check out this excellent segment about Serafina from UNC-TV's Deborah Holt Noel and North Carolina Weekend.

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Yvonne SullivanI am disappointed that this link sent me to political rant regarding Hillary Clinton. I enjoy your books and FB page because they have thus far been positive and fun. However, politics has no business

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Janet Louise ManciniWow this would be amazing to see and do.

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Sad and frightening news from Serafina country. Due to unusually dry conditions, forest fires are spreading in various places throughout the mountains of Western North Carolina. Tonight, my thoughts and prayers go out to all the folks in Lake Lure and Bat Cave, near Chimney Rock, just over the mountain from me. A 3,000 acre fire is consuming their mountain forests and forcing them to evacuate from their homes. The air around our house is sharp with the smell of the burning forest and filled with thick smoke that’s drifting over the mountain. Im hopeful that everyone will stay safe up there, but I’m so sad for the loss of trees and wildlife in the Lake Lure area. My daughter Camille took this photo of our smoke-filled backyard at 3:00 this afternoon. Normally the mountain would be bright with fall colors. I’ve also included some news photos as well. UPDATE: Serafina fans in Lake Lure have indicated that the best way to help/donate to the firemen and women is by dropping off much-needed supplies at certain roadblocks: https://www.facebook.com/LakeLureFire

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Sad and frightening news from Serafina country. Due to unusually dry conditions, forest fires are spreading in various places throughout the mountains of Western North Carolina. Tonight, my thoughts and prayers go out to all the folks in Lake Lure and Bat Cave, near Chimney Rock, just over the mountain from me. A 3,000 acre fire is consuming their mountain forests and forcing them to evacuate from their homes. The air around our house is sharp with the smell of the burning forest and filled with thick smoke that’s drifting over the mountain. I'm hopeful that everyone will stay safe up there, but I’m so sad for the loss of trees and wildlife in the Lake Lure area. My daughter Camille took this photo of our smoke-filled backyard at 3:00 this afternoon. Normally the mountain would be bright with fall colors. I’ve also included some news photos as well. UPDATE: Serafina fans in Lake Lure have indicated that the best way to help/donate to the firemen and women is by dropping off much-needed supplies at certain roadblocks: www.facebook.com/LakeLureFire
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Leigh BishopDid you all get any precipitation from this low? We ended up with about a 1/4 inch in AC. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My family is from the Franklin area. It melts my heart that its so dry.

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Nicole Smith RussellThank you for your sincere post! It means a lot. I live in Webster, am also a First Responder Wife. I have to admit, my heart aches for the families of ALL the Firefighters, First Responders, ALL of Emergency Management that are working in a tag like fashion to ensure the safety of all of us. I had the luxury of being raised alongside many of these fine Men and Women who haven't slept in days, have been away from their families, yet their dedication to our Mountains is so profound! I try to explain to my Children the magnitude of what is happening. How lucky we are to live in such a gracious, giving area. I wish there was more I could do to help. I Pray God gives our Firefighters the endurance they need to see this through. I Thank all the Firefighters that have come from hundreds of miles away, to unite as one force to see this Fire put to rest. God bless everyone for the positive posts, and most importantly the prayers for our Magical Mountains ♡

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Holly WilliamsonIt's terrible. Parts of South Carolina are burning too. We haven't had rain in so long. I hope people obey the no burning ban and they can contain it.

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Janice AdkinsPraying for them. We were at chimney rock and across the blue ridge pkwy to nc to cheerokee, tn. So sad to think of the beauty now burning.

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Kendra HensleyI am from sylva NC in these beautiful mountains. Me and my family are like sitting ducks who have fires all around us there is 20 total burning in the mountains if not more we need rain really bad

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Nechama Leah GodbeyPrayers for the safety of your family and all those in the path of the wildfires.

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Sylvia QuinioOh no I hope the fires stop soon

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Susan ElliottGod Bless everyone.

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Tony JacobsPraying for y'all, my friend.

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Carol YoungThis is awful!!! I love this area!!! I pray that all will be well soon🙏🙏

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Lisa RodriguezThank you for posting these photos....I pray this is under control soon! I love this mountain area

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Debra ThompsonPrayers for them and for rain. We too are being impacted by the smoke-filled air.

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Barbara AntonelliI live in Arden NC and the smoke is very bad here too. I don't know if it's from the Lake Lure fire or the others. My prayers go out for the safety of the fire fighters.

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Maura EasterCan't say I can see the smoke from my dormitory, but I can certainly smell it everywhere I go on campus (I'm in Asheville). :'( hoping that these fires can be contained and put out soon.

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Teresa KazekSo sad, our beautiful mountains are on fire! Prayers to all those areas involved! Please keep safe all of the fire fighters, hope they have help soon to put out these terrible fires! Maybe we will get some of that rain they are forecasting!

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Nikki StrangeI live near here, but, even worse a few of my friends are closer. Rain is so desperately needed. I'm praying that we get some relief soon!

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Heather Gunter KingI'm from lake lure area, don't live there now, but it's so sad to see all these pictures on Facebook. 😔 Pray for rain

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Judy AutreyI was a fire fighter for a long time. This is the worst i have encountered.

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Gina ClarkIt was bad here in Columbus, GA until the winds changed. I really wish some rain would come to help.

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Stephanie HigginsPrayers for them and much needed rain.

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Elizabeth FaleriI hope it rains!!!

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I just returned from participating in Disneys Mega Awesome event in Boston, where the estimable Rick Riordan (of Percy Jackson fame) hosted a fireside-chat-style discussion with four other Disney authors, including myself, Jonathan Stroud (Lockwood & Co.), Joshua Khan (Shadow Magic), and Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl, Iron Man). We talked about What are you working on now? and How do you decide whats just TOO scary or intense to put into a book? and Do you draw your inspiration from real life people in your life? and lots of other excellent questions from the audience. I would like to thank Wellesley Books and the Tenacre Country Day School for hosting this wonderful event. It was great fun to answer the questions from the fans in the audience and to interact with my fellow authors. :)

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I just returned from participating in Disney's "Mega Awesome" event in Boston, where the estimable Rick Riordan (of Percy Jackson fame) hosted a fireside-chat-style discussion with four other Disney authors, including myself, Jonathan Stroud (Lockwood & Co.), Joshua Khan (Shadow Magic), and Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl, Iron Man). We talked about "What are you working on now?" and "How do you decide what's just TOO scary or intense to put into a book?" and "Do you draw your inspiration from real life people in your life?" and lots of other excellent questions from the audience. I would like to thank Wellesley Books and the Tenacre Country Day School for hosting this wonderful event. It was great fun to answer the questions from the fans in the audience and to interact with my fellow authors. 🙂
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Julie Sale LizarraldeDefinitely "mega awesome"!! Bode said, "she's so lucky"! What a great panel!

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Emma LPsfireMy mom said I can go on December 10th yay and my birthday is December 15th yay 🙂 can't wait to get both of the books 🙂 😇💝💜

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Serafina Book Personalization
Folks have been asking how they can get signed Serafina books for the holidays. To get a personalized autographed copy of SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, or the new sequel SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF, call the Asheville Mall Barnes & Noble at 828-296-7335 and they will ship the books to you anywhere in the U.S. (or you can visit in person). Update: This offer ends December 8, 2016. The personalized books (which will come with Serafina bookmarks) make nice gifts for the readers in your life, both children and adults. Just let the store know the first name of the person you want it personalized to. Generally I write "Stay Bold!" but if you want something in particular, like "Merry Christmas!", please let the bookseller know. The books will be the normal price ($16.99), plus shipping.

The Serafina Series, which is published by Disney-Hyperion, is the story of a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age. And, by the way, Twisted Staff depicts a Christmas at Biltmore Estate--after a few other slightly less heart-warming things happen ;). Both books in the series are #1 New York Times Best Sellers.

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Amanda ElliottHow can I get my daughters books that she already has signed? It would make my daughters day to have both of her books signed 🙂

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Stacie WomackI meta woman the other day who said she read Serafina and didn't understand what was going on. I knew right then that she and I would never be friends!

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Sasha BirchenallGetting ready to take the second book to my nieces in England. (That I already have) But what's the turn around, for pick up? Then both their books would be autographed!

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Jamie HammettI got my autographed books in the mail today so excited to give them to my Grand daughter for Christmas and cant wait to read them myself!!

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Annette RogersWithin the first few pages my daughter's face lit up and said she likes the book. Considering calling for an autographed second book😄! Wishing we were visiting family there this Christmas!

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Amanda CareyGood to know! My daughter has really enjoy both of your books and she couldn't wait to tour the Biltmore Estate too. We tried to see u in Alpharetta Ga, but you left early. We came to Asheville too to see you are the store, but the line process was very confusing and long. (Apparently you have to wait for your number to be called before you can even get in the long line.) So we were out by 100 🙁. Can't wait for the next book!

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Beverly H Pedigo CasteelThank you ! Thank you ! Heading to Asheville this Friday and I'll have to stop in. Been to the Biltmore 20 plus times so I can't wait to read these for myself as well!

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Marsha WarringtonI'm 62 years old and just read both your books. Read them because I'd run out of other authors. I really enjoyed them. Can't wait for your next book.

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Sheila BurnsMy mother's family is from Asheville, and we are very familiar with Biltmore. My daughter, mother and I all three have enjoyed sharing these books! We look forward to July 2017 and the release of the next book!

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Carol Amlin HudsonKeri Young, Serafina and The Black Cloak was one of the 2 books I just got Makenna for her 10th birthday! I hope she gives it a good try!

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Lee-Ann CotnerCalled and bought the two books and having them signed! Over the moon about this gift for my daughter... I don't even know how I'm going to keep it a secret until Christmas!!!!!! Thank you for doing this!!! 🙂

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Paula Mantz PartinJust finished The Twisted Staff..............hoping for more???!!!

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Hannah Leigh DavisAre there any book signings other than the 10th? I already have the books and would like the new one signed.

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Angie Jacobs TylerWhen is the 3rd book coming out again? My son just finished the second & is just dying for the 3rd! Lol

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Shelia Dixon WallerI think I would enjoy these books. I love The Biltmore House.

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Kathy H HuffmanWe really need a movie. Any hope for that in the near future?

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Susanne Saraphina AlbrechtI'll call tomorrow and order both books, can they be personalized to me, Saraphina (with ph not f) 🙂

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Lisa-Anne Lung TsurudaMy son is loving your books! Read book 1 and immediately started book 2 when book 1 was done!!!!

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Dayna HebertIs there a deadline to order autographed copies to insure delivery before Christmas?

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Denise McDonaldI so loved the first book now my granddaughter loves it time to get the second one

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Barbara HoxitBoth books are excellent reading and the last book signing in Asheville Mall Barnes and Nobel was wonderful

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Angela Faith WhitehouseI got mine today. The staff working there were very helpful.

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Angela Faith WhitehouseI am calling tomorrow! Thank you for this awesome and thoughtful offer!

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Dawn HolmesI'm just going to have to order these for my two grand daughters! Wow

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Dana FreemanThis is such an awesome thing go do!! I just ordered one for my daughter and she is going to LOVE this!!!

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I love this photo of a Serafina fan in her Serafina at the Christmas banquet costume attending a Boo at the Zoo event in Columbus, OH. I love her two catamount friends in the background. The side-long glance is awesome, like, um, Youre not going to eat me, right? :)
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I love this photo of a Serafina fan in her "Serafina at the Christmas banquet" costume attending a "Boo at the Zoo" event in Columbus, OH. I love her two catamount friends in the background. The side-long glance is awesome, like, um, "You're not going to eat me, right?" 🙂
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It’s nearly Halloween, and time for some spooky Serafina-style fun. How Is Serafina inspiring your Halloween celebrations this year? We’d love to see how creative you’re getting – costumes, decorations, treats and more. Please share your photos with us here!

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It’s nearly Halloween, and time for some spooky Serafina-style fun. How Is Serafina inspiring your Halloween celebrations this year? We’d love to see how creative you’re getting – costumes, decorations, treats and more. Please share your photos with us here!
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Sally Birchfield WoodsA little Serefina channeling last night at my house 🙂

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Amy KennedyThe kids in my third grade class love Serafina! They had a great time representing characters from the book.

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Kimberly Andrews TrivetteI made a vinyl sticker inspired by the book cover for my classroom door to decorate for Serafina.

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Jennifer Stallard BrooksClose up picture of her pumpkin.

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Jaime Kirkpatrick HollingsworthHannah H. From Ga as Serafina.

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Colleen HarrisonMy daughter, Cailin, as Serafina. She's ready for the Christmas party at Biltmore.

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Jennifer Stallard BrooksSummer Age 8, at Meadowview Elementary School in Meadowview Va. This is her storybook character pumpkin, for the school pumpkin contest.

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Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty published by Disney Hyperion.
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BILTMORE ESTATE® images used with permission
Voted #1 Best Middle Grade Books for 2015