Thanks to Disney-Hyperion for including us on the Serafina and the Splintered Heart Blog Tour and for giving us this fun Top 5 list to share with you, our wonderful readers.
Don’t miss the highly anticipated third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Serafina series: SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART (On Sale July 4, 2017) by Robert Beatty, a dark middle grade historical fantasy series with a thrilling mystery, unique setting, and a bold, lovable heroine.
Something has happened to Serafina. She has awoken into darkness, scarred from a terrible battle, only to find that life at her home, the historic Biltmore Estate, has changed in unimaginable ways. Old friends do unthinkable things and enemies are all around. A mysterious threat moves towards Biltmore, bringing with it violent storms and flooding that stands to uproot everything in its path. Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her, and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it’s too late.
Accessible storytelling with heart, Beatty’s writing grabs the reader immediately, and the high stakes and gripping mystery will keep them hooked. With an instantly loveable heroine, Serafina’s courage, pluck, and quirk—as well as her longing for friendship—make her impossible not to root for.
Disney-Hyperion provided this fun Author Guest post for us.
Robert Beatty shares his top 5 reasons for Writing the Serafina Series.
1. Girl power
I’m the father of three girls, so I’m especially interested in strong, young female characters. Serafina is flawed and relatable, a bold and clever girl with a good heart. One minute she’s innocent and frightened, and the next as fierce as can be. She’s trying to figure out who she is, where she came from and her place in the world. She possesses so many traits that young people, my daughters included, can relate to.
2. Keep ’em on the edge of their seats
Readers tell me what they most love about Serafina is that the books are fast paced and action packed, full of surprise and mystery. They love the sensation of being Serafina, living through her many heart-pounding adventures and narrow escapes, and experiencing the world through her eyes.
That’s what I’ve been working toward and dreaming of my whole life: to write a story that people enjoy, that they have fun reading, that moves them, and scares them, and keeps them engaged, and just maybe, gets them to notice a little bit of the magic in the world in which they live.
3. All in the family
My wife and daughters have been involved in Serafina since the very beginning. Early on, they helped develop the idea of setting a spooky book series at Biltmore, a favorite place of ours to visit and explore. As the books are in progress, I read completed chapters aloud to the girls after they get home from school for the day, and they give me instant feedback that helps me refine the story. Once the books are done, my family helps me create the video trailers that we produce to promote the books, with my two oldest daughters playing key roles in the trailers and my wife designing and sewing many of the costumes.
4. For the love of reading
One of the most gratifying things about Serafina is hearing from teachers and parents how the books are sparking an interest in reading for even the most reluctant students. Teachers who use the books as read-alouds in their classrooms say the experience almost always leaves their students begging for more. I love to tell stories, and for me, writing has always had an element of oral storytelling. When I write, I often type and speak out loud at the same time, as if I’m telling a tale to a friend or one of my family members. I want people to more than read my stories; I want people to hear them, too.
5. Home sweet home
My family and I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. It’s a place of mystery and rugged beauty and one that I’ve tried to honor in the pages of my books. Many of the forests, vistas, and waterfalls that Serafina explores in the story, are the same ones my family visits on weekends. The wildlife she encounters is the same that once roamed this region – and still do. My hope is that the books remind people, especially children, what a rare and beautiful place we live here in the Blue Ridge.
ROBERT BEATTY lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife and three daughters. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, he was one of the pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the CTO and chairman of Narrative magazine. Visit him online at www.robert-beatty.com and on Twitter @BeattyAuthor.
Follow the rest of the tour:
Monday, June 26th: Mundie Kids, Review
Tuesday, June 27th: Mugglenet, Interview
Wednesday, June 28th: Fiktshun, Review
Thursday, June 29th: YA Books Central, Playlist Post
Friday, June 30th: Lille Punkin’, Spotlight and Giveaway
Monday, July 3rd: YA Books Central, Trailer Spotlight and Giveaway Post
Tuesday, July 4th: Page Turner’s Blog, Top Five Reasons Why I Wrote the Serafina Series
Wednesday, July 5th: I’m Shelf-ish, Spotlight and Giveaway
Thursday, July 6th: Novel Novice, Top Five Writing Tips from Robert Beatty
Friday, July 7th: Fire and Ice, Spotlight and Giveaway