It is my pleasure to bring back Dorine White with her new book The Ruby Pendant.
My name is Dorine White. I am a children's author and a book reviewer. I grew up back East in Maryland and attended BYU in Utah. I have a BA in Humanities with an interest in Art History and French. Currently I live in the beautiful, yet rainy Northwest with my husband and 6 children.
My first book in The Cleopatra's Legacy series, The Emerald Ring, was published on May 14, 2013. It is a middle grade fantasy novel that involves Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, and a magic emerald ring. The Ruby Pendant (Cleopatra's Legacy 2) is due out March 2014 and takes place in the vibrant New Orleans.
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.
Another fantastic middle grade adventure book. It's mysterious and dangerous, New Orleans as the setting is perfect. I fell into the story easily and was invested in the characters right away. The story flowed well and the pages flew by as the adventure continued. Secret journals, hidden chambers, scary specters, graveyards, swamps, jems, friends and a cult - all combined for our reading enjoyment - don't miss this series.
Amazon Book Description:
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!
It is my pleasure to feature Christopher Grey and Will Shakespeare and the Ships of Solomon.
Amazon Product Description:
In the fall of 1947, Will Shakespeare saw the world collapse around him. Shakespeare, a secret soldier for the Knights Templar, barely escapes the slaughter of his entire knighthood at the hands of a rogue militant arm of the Vatican in a small Montreal church. With orders to escort Templar business associate Dorothy Wilkinson back to her home in Bermuda, Will must locate and rescue the most important secret treasure in human history before it is devoured by a hurricane in the watery caves beneath her father's property. The spiraling quest sends Will and Dorothy into uncovering dark secrets that make up the origins of the knighthood as they confront the traps and puzzles that masterfully protect the world's most coveted treasure. (I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review). Christopher Grey is an author of fiction focusing on conspiracy theories, secret societies and the occult. His special brand of storytelling dives into conspiracies and the occult from the point of view of the secret societies, attempting to dispel popular mistruths and paranoia prevalent in the mainstream. Grey's fascination with the secret world began when he was sixteen after a chance meeting with a conspiracy theorist in a coffee shop sometime in the 1990s. The conversation with this man led Grey on a lifelong scholarly endeavor to learn about secret societies and the occult from a skeptical and secular point of view. Over the past 15 years, he has been involved in various fraternal societies and has sought to explore the undercurrents of human civilization–to uncover the hidden histories and the forces and patterns that have designed what society has become and to demystify the hidden forces in our society that, for so long, have been vilified and misunderstood.
A wonderful mix of history and mystery! I just love conspiracy theory stories, so this was right up my alley. The characters are great - wonderfully created and easy to fall for and invest in. The story is filled with action and suspense that flow smoothly and well paced.
IO Tours has a question/rating form for reviewers: 1. Has reading this book caused you to be interested in reading additional novels by this author and would you recommend this book to friends or family who like this genre? Reading this book HAS caused me to be interested in reading more from this author and I would recommend it to others. 2. Do you feel the world or situation was well developed to the point that you were able to visualize it? I think the author did a fine job of visually developing the world he created. 3. Did the author engage you to the point that you had a hard time putting the book down? This was a fast read, I was engaged by the story. 4. Were the characters believable? I felt the characters were well developed and believable. 5. Do you feel that the story was well paced to keep your interest? - Yes. 6. Was the dialogue in the story believable and interesting? Yes. 7. Overall, how did you like this book? Overall I thought the book was intriguing and entertaining, I enjoyed reading it. That is what I am looking for in a story - entertainment and maybe a little escape from reality.