Monday, March 24, 2014

Blog Tour -- The Ruby Pendant by Dorine White

 Blog Tour

 The Ruby Pendant: Cleopatra's Legacy 2
by Dorine White

Welcome to New Orleans- home of Mardi Gras, jazz music and voodoo. Eighth grader Melanie Belaforte is home for Spring break and itching for excitement. Late one night she discovers a hidden chamber and a secret journal in her deceased Aunt Florence’s bedroom.

The diary contains the writings of a mad woman, along with vague clues to the whereabouts of a ruby necklace that once belonged to Cleopatra. The ruby bestows upon the wearer the power to hear other people’s thoughts- even the thoughts of the dead!

And so the hunt begins. Melanie, her best friend Sybil, and a haunting specter unravel clues that take them from crumbling graveyards, to the busy streets of the French Quarter, and then into murky swamps, all to find the prize. But they need to watch out, because a murderous cult is matching them step for step, and they won’t give up, ever.

And the awesome book one:  
The Emerald Ring

Sara Bogus’s life turns upside down when she discovers an emerald ring that once belonged to Cleopatra. The fun of discovering the ring’s unique abilities turns to fear when she finds out a dangerous cult bent on restoring Rome to power is after the ring. Forced to choose between keeping the ring and saving her friends, Sara learns the price of bravery in this electrifying read!

I love both of these books! These are ideal for all middle grade readers -- boys and girls alike.  If you are looking for an exciting new series, this is it! 

Here's what others are saying: 
"Rich with atmosphere, and full of delightful shivers, The Ruby Pendant pulled me right in. Part mystery, part ghost story, it is completely enjoyable." ~  BRADEN BELL, author of the Middle School Magic series
“The Ruby Pendant is a non-stop thrill ride through the heart of New Orleans and beyond. A great read for adventurers of all ages.”
 ~  JENNIFER SHAW WOLF, author of Breaking Beautiful and Dead Girls Don’t Lie
“Secret rooms! A missing necklace! Ghosts! The Ruby Pendant is a thrill-ride through New Orleans, a creative blend of suspense, mystery, and historical tidbits sure to tantalize readers of all ages. A worthy sequel.” ~ LAURISA REYES, Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf Magazine

You can find out more about Dorine White here:

Author Website
Blog- The Write Path-
Twitter @Dorinewhite-
Facebook Author Page-

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway -- Luminescence by Braden Bell

Blog Tour -- Luminescence
by Braden Bell

Luminescence blog tour

I have reviewed this series in the past. It is a huge favorite of my son's--and me, too. I love the originality of the storyline, the relationships between the kids and their mentors/parents/each other, and the arc of development from one book to the next. This series is brilliant and a must-read for ALL fans of MG fantasy and adventure.

About Braden:
Braden Bell earned  a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York University. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in theatre arts and child drama from Brigham Young University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches theatre and music at a private middle school--the world described in The Kindling and Penumbras (whether his evenings and weekends are spent fighting evil is something he cannot disclose). An experienced performer, Braden enjoys singing, acting, reading, gardening, and long walks with the dog.

Braden is available for school assemblies, classroom visits, and book clubs in person or via Skype.
  • Website: HERE
  • Blog: HERE
  • Twitter: @bradenbellcom

 The Series

The Kindling:

All thirteen-year-old Connor Dell wants to do is pass pre-algebra, play lacrosse, and possibly kiss Melanie Stephens, but when a run-in with the school bully ignites strange powers inside him, Connor's normal teenage life goes up in flames. Now he'll need his new powers to defeat the Darkness that's coming for him. Fast-paced and original, this book's guaranteed to keep you guessing!


Conner, Lexa, and Melanie are back! Just when they think life is normal again, a dangerous shadow creature begins to hunt them. The trio must develop their powers in order to conquer this new peril and protect their school. Filled with action and even more magic, this book continues the exciting adventure in the Middle School Magic series.


Determined to rescue their favorite teacher, Conner, Lexa, and Melanie confront their worst fears and use their powers in unexpected ways to defeat Lady Nightwing, the treacherous Darkhand leader. But when the trio makes a terrible choice to save Dr. Timberi, their powers may not be enough to keep everyone alive. A thrilling conclusion to the Middle School Magic series!

The Giveaway

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Braden is wonderfully approachable online, and I know he'd be happy to do any interviews or guest posts for your blogs. I adore him almost as much as his books!


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