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Saderia Series by Sarah Renée Virtual Book Tour Highlights

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The Tiger Princess (Book 1)
Ten years ago, a devastating fire took the lives of Queen Karenisha and King Makero, leaving a young Princess Saderia orphaned.

Nobody knows how the fire started, but it ignited quickly. Too quickly.

In ten years, the truth has never been discovered…
Saderia is a curious 10-year-old tiger Princess. Her Aunt Cia and Uncle Jash have taken over the duties of Queen and King and have raised Saderia since her parents disappeared in a mysterious fire. Saderia’s aunt and uncle don’t understand the sassy, adventurous tiger, which she resents.

At night, though, Saderia is haunted by dark nightmares about the fire – eerie, cryptic dreams that push her to start investigating her parents’ disappearance. As she uncovers strange clues, she soon becomes desperate to know the truth. Could her parents have been murdered? On a quest to uncover the truth about her parents’ disappearance, she soon realizes her forest has many other mysteries when she discovers a dangerous, ancient royal secret regarding her oldest ancestors – a secret that will change not only her life, but the lives of everyone around her.

Saderia doesn’t know who or what to trust, but she is desperate to uncover the secrets of the past. She will do whatever it takes to find the truth.

The Tiger Princess on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Princess-Sarah-Renee/dp/0615321267/

E-book on Amazon:

The Tiger Princess: http://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Princess-Saderia-Book-ebook/dp/B004W3L5DM/

The Tiger Princess on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tiger-princess-sarah-renee/1101714708

Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-tiger-princess/id550857596

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Tiger-Princess/book-Tb58TUekdEa9sW71mGM4pQ/page1.html

Dash (Book 2) Dash Cover 2

“His parents are gone. He lives in the woods…”

Dash is a dark lion with a dark secret. Living as an orphan in the cold, winter forest, he strives to hide that secret from the other young animals that have come to resent him. But when he meets the animal that has haunted his past, he isn’t sure what to do.

Meanwhile, Saderia finally gets her wish to go to school. She hopes to meet a friend, but she gets slightly more than she bargained for when she meets a fun-loving cheetah, a bullying panther, three prissy girls, prejudiced teachers, and a strange assistant principal who seems to enjoy making Saderia’s life more difficult. But there is no one as strange as the dark lion that sits in the back, and hides his face from her.

Saderia starts having Dreams again, but even though she knows what they are, she still doesn’t understand them. At the same time, she struggles to accept the prophecy she learned about in her ancestor’s tomb. But why do her Dreams and her instinct always direct her toward the dark lion who seems to fear her?

As the two animals get to know each other, Saderia wonders if Dash is hiding something, while Dash realizes that it is much harder to keep secrets from friends.

Dash on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dash-Sarah-Ren%C3%A9e/dp/1451582250/

E-book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dash-Saderia-Book-2-ebook/dp/B0055F5P0U/

Dash on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dash-sarah-ren-e/1103524592

Book 3: Hunted Home

Book 4: Enchanted Home

Book 5: Rock Bottom

You will love the characters created by this wonderful young author, and the story will keep you turning the pages because this story will pull you in and just won’t let you go!

This Little Book of Mine

This story was written for kids – in their own language and with a directness other kids will enjoy reading.

Classic Children’s Books

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

Probably before I was even born! I have loved telling stories for as long as I can remember. When I was really young, I used to just love scribbling out stories on a piece of paper. As I got older, I started writing more complex stories – but even then, they were just short stories about my cats! When I was 12, though, I started getting serious about writing and decided I wanted to be an author. That was when I wrote the final draft of my first book, The Tiger Princess, a 300+ page fantasy novel about a curious tiger Princess named Saderia, which I later went on to publish at the age of 13.

Interview at The Children’s and Teen’s Book Connection

Does your book have an underlying message that readers should know about? 

When I wrote the book and the other books in the series, I didn’t write it specifically to outline a message. I wrote it mainly as a story that would entertain me and other children. However, there are many messages woven into the story that readers can take away from it. In fact, a young fan actually contacted me once to tell me that my books helped her learn to forgive and say sorry after a fight. I was totally ecstatic that my books could help someone! But in addition to that message,The Tiger Princess and the other books in the Saderia Series also include a few other messages such as these:

1. To always be yourself,

2. To never stop believing in yourself,

3. To follow your dreams (sometimes quite literally in Saderia’s case!),

4. The closeness and power of family and friendships,

5. To never give up even in the face of danger.

Interview at Pump Up Your Book

I found myself liking this book better then the first. I found my stride. Still a fan of Saderia. She is growing up. Most of the new friends that Saderia met at school I liked. Of course the mean girls and Saderia’s teacher I did not care for. It just goes to show you that even a princess has to deal with bullies at school. Dash was a nice addition to this series. Hope to see more of him.

Cheryl’s Book Nook

DASH is a really cute book for the younger generation to read! Well, even I enjoyed it, so its  really an enjoyable book for anyone to read!

This Little Book of MineSarah Renee Picture

 

Sarah Renée has loved writing from an early age. She has been writing short stories since the age of 4, and at the age of 10, she came up with the idea for The Tiger Princess. She wrote the novel when she was 12. She is fascinated with wild animals and the wild world outside her home, and has an obvious great love of tigers. She enjoys spending time with her cats, reading, drawing, and playing her violin when she is not writing. In her free time, she is constantly daydreaming about her many characters, creating new ones, and coming up with interesting adventure story ideas. She is now 17 years old.

Visit Sarah Renée’s website at www.thetigerprincess.com or her blog at http://www.thetigerprincess.com/blogsnews.html to learn more about Sarah Renée, her books, and more! You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter

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Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures by Joe Sergi Virtual Book Tour Highlights

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Being a teenage girl is hard enough, but for DeDe Christopher, it is proving impossible.

In addition to cliques, books, and boys, she has to worry about capes, apes, and aliens. Last year, DeDe discovered that she possessed fantastic abilities that were strangely similar to those of a comic book character named SkyBoy.

With the help of her best friend Jason, a self-professed comic geek, DeDe accepted her legacy and became Sky Girl. Now, DeDe must learn what it means to be a heroine as Sky Girl faces the all too real enemies and allies of SkyBoy, including the clever Quizmaster, the beautiful Penny Pound, the enigmatic Jersey Devil, and the magical MissTick.

DeDe must also face personal challenges as she discovers the secrets of her late father and his connection to Skyboy–secrets that will affect Sky Girl’s destiny.

Purchase paperback from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Superheroic-Adventures-Series-Volume/dp/1625530277/

Purchase digital version from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Superheroic-Adventures-Series-ebook/dp/B00D4FHE7U/

Purchase paperback or digital from Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sky-girl-and-the-superheroic-adventures-joe-sergi/1115472264

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

A: It’s interesting how many people I went to school with say to me that they have figured out that, “Nicole is so and so, or Jason is based on so and so.” Popular theories are that DeDe is based on an ex-girlfriend from high school and that Jason is based on me.

As the Pages Turn Interview

Mr. Sergi, keep up the good work. I was thoroughly entertained and had no problems giving this book to my nine year-old daughter who also loved the book.

Daddynificent, Mommynificent.com

At the end of the day, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures, and the character of Sky Girl is the culmination of reading far too many great comics, finding far too few strong female characters and loving my daughter just enough.  I would like to thank you for letting to talk about the secret origin of Sky Girl.

The Story Behind the Book

Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures is a fun, supersonic, high-flying, good time!

Cheryl’s Book Nook

Overall I really enjoyed the characters in this story and with the twist the author provided at the end he has certainly left me wanting to read the next book in the series!

WV Stitcher

If you have a young girl in the house, like 12 to 16, I think this book will go over eally super. It is light on violence and bad words. It also has some really good quality values that seep through and hopefully stick with your child and help guide them in real life.

Mary’s Cup of Tea

It’s definitely different reading superhero fiction in novel form versus in comics or graphic novels, but I feel it’s a good different and hope this genre catches oJoe Sergi photon.

The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Joe Sergi lives outside of Washington, DC with his wife and daughter. Joe is an attorney and a Haller Award winning author who has written articles, novels, short stories, and comic books in the horror, sci-fi, and young adult genres. Joe is the creator of the Sky Girl series of novels and the editor of Great Zombies in History. His first novel, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy was selected Best of 2010 by the New PODler Review. Joe is a life-long comic fan who regularly writes on the history of comics and censorship for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. A complete list of Joe’s titles is available at www.JoeSergi.net. When not writing, Joe works as a Senior Litigation Counsel in an unnamed US government agency and is a member of the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law.

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New YA Superhero Fantasy Novel for Review: Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures

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Joe Sergi will be touring September 2 – November 29 with his young adult superhero fantasy novel, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures. We are looking for reviews, interviews, guest post spots, first chapter reveals, book spotlights with giveaways. Please mention how you want to host this author and provide three dates that would work for you when inquiring. Review copy available in digital or printed format. Please specify preference when querying.

Being a teenage girl is hard enough, but for DeDe Christopher, it is proving impossible.

In addition to cliques, books, and boys, she has to worry about capes, apes, and aliens. Last year, DeDe discovered that she possessed fantastic abilities that were strangely similar to those of a comic book character named SkyBoy.

With the help of her best friend Jason, a self-professed comic geek, DeDe accepted her legacy and became Sky Girl. Now, DeDe must learn what it means to be a heroine as Sky Girl faces the all too real enemies and allies of SkyBoy, including the clever Quizmaster, the beautiful Penny Pound, the enigmatic Jersey Devil, and the magical MissTick.

DeDe must also face personal challenges as she discovers the secrets of her late father and his connection to Skyboy–secrets that will affect Sky Girl’s destiny.

272 pages

About the author:

Joe Sergi lives outside of Washington, DC with his wife and daughter. Joe is an attorney and a Haller Award winning author who has written articles, novels, short stories, and comic books in the horror, scifi, and young adult genres. Joe is the creator of the Sky Girl series of novels and the editor of Great Zombies in History. His first novel, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy was selected Best of 2010 by the New PODler Review. Joe is a life-long comic fan who regularly writes on the history of comics and censorship for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. A complete list of Joe’s titles is available at http://www.JoeSergi.net. When not writing, Joe works as a Senior Litigation Counsel in an unnamed US government agency and is a member of the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law.

Visit the author online at www.joesergi.net and www.skygirlnovel.com.

Please contact Cheryl at ccmal(at)charter(dot)net if you would like to review this book or host the author. Thanks.

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Pump Up Your Book & Devine Destinies Announce The Samsara Chronicles Virtual Blog Tour 2012

The Samsara Chronicles Blog TourJoin Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley as they tour the blogosphere June 1 – August 31 2012 on their first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book! Diana and Gabriella will be promoting their series, The Samsara Chronicles (Devine Destinies), and have agreed to give away not only a Kindle Fire but also a $50 Gift Certificate to the person who comments the most on their 3 month blog tour. There’s also an incentive for blog hosts, too! The blogger who receives the most amount of comments will also win a $50 Gift Certificate. If you don’t have a Paypal account and would like to receive your gift certificate from Amazon, that can be arranged, too.

About Diana Kemp

Toronto native Diana Kemp is a multiple award-winning screenwriter and author with one hundred and thirty film festivals and screenwriting competition awards/placings to her credit. She is the co-writer of an NRL (Naval Research Lab) documentary (http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/videos/nrl-extended-video) produced by David Bellino of Second Wind Films.

Graduating with honors from Cal State Long Beach, she began a writing career at the age of seven that culminated in a diversely prolific collection of science fiction, horror and fantasy short stories, numerous short and feature screenplays and three science fiction novels, two of which include The Samsara Chronicles co authored with Gabriella Bradley.

In addition to serving as Executive Producer and Producer on a variety of projects with Michael Gianfriddo, her credits include Blink Black Ops (http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt2083939/) and her 3-D science fiction show, Trapezoid, (http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt2160425/), which is in pre-production. .

Diana founded Shadowland Productions and Edge Media with producing partner Michael Gianfriddo and holds positions as CEO and Chairman in addition to serving as an executive for Dominant Entertainment. She oversees all development, production and management for each company.

She is represented by industry veteran Sherry Robb of the Robb Entertainment Group.

About Gabriella Bradley

Gabriella Bradley lives amidst rugged mountains. She more than often has a grizzly in her backyard searching for food. Other critters that visit on a regular basis are cougars, coyotes, squirrels, raccoons.

She has been a writer all of her life, though only ventured into erotic works in 2003. The Samsara Chronicles was born through psychic channeling. Many of the scenes in these books were inspired by David—possibly a writer during his life, a guide from beyond that visited Gabby. During the course of his visits, he told her to involve Diana.

Gabby’s hobbies include hiking, gardening, swimming, sewing, embroidery. Favorite movies are old timers like Gone with the Wind, Spartacus etc. Favorite music is Abba. Besides all that, she owns and directs a busy company and its staff.

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About The Samsara Chronicles

The Samsara Chronicles is a continuing series of futuristic/fantasy books which include Eos, Nadir, Covenant, Itineras, Tempest, Maestrom, Exodus, Nirvana, Netherworld, Bloodline, Entity, Kindred, Nexus, and Equilibrium.

To find out how you can participate in this gigantic tour or find out how you can win a Kindle Fire for your very own, visit http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/05/11/pump-up-your-book-presents-the-samsara-chronicles-virtual-book-publicity-tour-2012/.

Pump Up Your Book is an innovative public relations agency specializing in virtual book tours and online media marketing for authors. You can visit our website at www.pumpupyourbook.com.

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Sam’s Quest for the Crimson Crystal

 
Sam’s Quest for the Crimson Crystal
Author: Ben Furman
Publisher: Black Hawk Press, Inc.
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Reviewed by:  Cheryl C. Malandrinos

An entertaining and exciting read awaits young adult readers in Sam’s Quest for the Crimson Crystal by Ben Furman.

Samantha Mae Costas (Sam) is not your typical heroine. Her small size and thick glasses have made her the butt of many jokes and her asthma attacks are embarrassing and difficult to control.

When Prince Buznor pleads with her to come to Innerworld, Sam discovers she’s a legend. She must push aside self-doubt and fear to find the Crimson Crystal so she can save the Awokian people from elimination.

Sam’s Quest for the Crimson Crystal is a fun read. Young people will easily relate to Sam’s feelings of self-doubt and how she deals with her asthma separating her from her friends when she can no longer participate in soccer. And this is part of what makes Sam’s role in Innerworld so delightful. She is thrust into a battle that tests her limits and is forced to reconsider everything she believes about herself.

In addition to Prince Buznor (Buzz), Sam meets a host of interesting characters along the way: Captain Gorn, who has trained all the soldiers and who is a good friend of Buzz and his family; Kryton, the leader of the dragonflies who can communicate with Sam; and Raptor, a bird who also has reptilian features, along with an eclectic group of others. Many friendships are forged along the journey, and Patch, Sam’s trusted and faithful canine companion has such a strong personality that you would swear he was human.

With Sam’s Quest, Furman has created a fun new world for fantasy lovers to explore.

 
A terrific, satisfying, and entertaining story that will leave you begging for more. I eagerly anticipate the release of the next book in the Sam’s Quest trilogy.

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