Friday, November 29, 2013

Sarah Renee's Saderia Series VBT

About The Saderia Series
The Tiger Princess Cover 1The 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.
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Dash Cover 2Dash (Book 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.
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Hunted Home Cover3 
Hunted Home (Book 3) 
One year ago, a young dingo was murdered for her beliefs. The murderer was never punished. One year later, the killer seeks a new target…
Dingo is a kind-hearted but bitter canine living in a brutal society in a merciless desert. Hated and tortured by his brother and the cruel dingoes that control his pack, Dingo’s only thought is of survival. Yet memories of his slain sister plague him as he desperately tries to stay alive.
While Dingo tries to overcome the cruelty in the desert, Saderia faces her own problems at home in the forest. When a new foe begins terrorizing the forest, she and Dash must face the fact that their only hope for survival may mean leaving the forest. Forever. Faced with a choice between life and death, Saderia and Dash embark on a life-changing journey to save the kingdom.
With miles of unforgiving desert to cross, Saderia must be strong. But when she and Dash wind up lost, who will save them? As Dingo struggles to escape the cruelty of his brother, Saderia and Dash struggle to survive. When the three animals cross paths, no one is sure what to think.
In the end, Saderia must fight her way home, while Dingo must decide which is more important—saving the tiger that reminds him so much of his sister…or his own survival?
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Enchanted Home Cover4Enchanted Home (Book 4)
One year ago, a fire destroyed a mysterious forest.
A young animal was framed by the Emperor himself.
Living as an outlaw, he struggles to uncover the real story…

Jeb is a kind but fearful creature living in an underground Spring with dangerous outlaws. With only his parents and a mysterious outlaw named Secka to protect him, Jeb struggles to uncover the truth about the fire he was framed for. When strange creatures invade their home, though, he is forced to focus on driving them out. But as he learns more about the creatures and the fire, he wonders who the real enemy is.
Meanwhile, Saderia finds herself in a strange forest. Disasters plague the forest and weird plants cover the land. On top of everything else, an unknown enemy is sabotaging the royal family. While trying to cope, Saderia begins to doubt herself. After leaving Dingo behind in the desert, she starts to lose faith in her Dream sense. But is Dingo truly gone? And when her best friend finds himself seconds away from death, will she be able to trust her instincts to save him?
While Saderia and Dash struggle to save the kingdom, Jeb searches for the truth. When their paths meet, they have even more questions. Will they uncover the secret of the forest or die trying?
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Rock Bottom Cover 5 
Rock Bottom (Book 5)
War is brewing…
At long last, Saderia returns to her home. But with a missing Queen and an entire forest to rebuild, her homecoming is tainted with worry. Soon, she is forced to leave on a desperate quest to find her mother before it’s too late.
Saderia’s forest is not the only land in trouble, though. A cruel tyrant named Rock has taken control of the dingo pack, creating turmoil in the desert. As Saderia searches for her mother, she stumbles upon hundreds of outcasts in the desert. With legions of enemies thirsting for their blood, the outcasts are desperate for help. But will helping the exiled dingoes mean dragging the forest into war?
While Saderia struggles to help the outcasts, Dash finds himself dreaming of an eerie clearing. A mysterious enemy from the past begins visiting him under the guise of helping him. But whose side is he really on? And when war breaks out, whose side will Dash choose?
As the threat of war looms on the horizon, Saderia tries to do what’s right, Dash plots in the shadows to win the war, and Dingo struggles to find a way to save the outcasts.
Battles are waged, dangerous plots are formed, enemies become allies…and in the end, nothing is the same…
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The Tiger Princess: 978-0615321264
Dash: 978-1451582253
Hunted Home: 978-1463541590
Enchanted Home: 978-1477453360
Rock Bottom: 978-1484840320

Sarah Renee PictureAbout the author:
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 or her blog at to learn more about Sarah Renée, her books, and more! You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

author Sarah Renee guest article

A Message about Messages
by Sarah Renee

Think of your favorite children’s books. What messages could you take away from them? And how were these messages stated?

Nearly every children’s book has a message, even if it isn’t stated outright. In fact, I think the best messages are the ones that are hidden within the story. In books like these, kids can relate to the main character and follow them throughout their journey, learning what they learn along the way. This way, they can discover the messages that relate to them on their own.

I was a kid just a few years ago, and a voracious reader, as well. I loved reading stories that captured my imagination, and often I found myself relating to the main character and learning the same lessons they did. In fact, reading inspired me so much, I decided to write my own book.

When I was 12 years old, I wrote The Tiger Princess, a fantasy adventure novel for ages 8-12. I later publishedThe Tiger Princess at age 13 and have since published four more books in the series. The Tiger Princess tells the story of a 10-year-old tiger princess named Saderia, who is searching for clues to solve the mystery of how her royal parents disappeared in a fire ten years ago.

When I wrote The Tiger Princess, I wasn’t thinking about the lessonsit could teach. I merely wanted to write a fantastic story that kids my age would love to read. Now that I look back on it, though, The Tiger Princess does have its own important messages woven into the story. Messages such as…

1. Be yourself

In The Tiger Princess, Saderia feels the need to hide who she really is to live up to the expectations of her aunt and uncle. Eventually, she becomes more comfortable being herself and her aunt and uncle learn to accept her.

2.Standing Up For Yourself

Throughout The Tiger Princess, Saderia faces a lot of danger. Despite her fear, though, she is brave enough to stand up for herself, take risks, and face danger to reach her goal.

3. Persevering Against the Odds

There are plenty of times where Saderia feels like she’ll never get anywhere. Sometimes clues are just out of her reach and she feels like she’ll never solve the mystery of her parents’ disappearance. Despite the opposition, though, Saderia never gives in and keeps persevering to uncover the truth.

4. The Strength of Family Bonds

Saderia’s parents disappeared when she was just a baby, but she still clings to their memory and is determined to find out what really happened to them. Her family ties also give her a mysterious power that she discovers in time.

5. Follow Your Dreams

Saderia adamantly searches for the truth to fulfill her dream of solving the mystery once and for all. To do this, she listens to mysterious dreams that give her clues. So she actually follows her dreams in two ways—both figuratively and literally. :)

Thank you for reading! If you want to check out The Tiger Princess, it is currently freefor the Kindle on Amazon. Thanks again for reading and checking out The Tiger Princess!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Cheryl’s Five Favorite Christmas Carols
By Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of how Little Shepherd came to be. If not, here’s the condensed version. Each night when I sang “The Little Drummer Boy” to my daughter as a lullaby, I would get this picture of a shepherd in the hills outside Bethlehem on the night of Christ’s birth. He simply wouldn’t go away until I wrote his story.

Since a Christmas carol inspired my first book, I figured I would share five of my favorite Christmas carols with you.

“O Holy Night”

John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight’s Journal of Music, translated Placide Cappeau's Cantique de Noël into the singing version we know today. On Christmas Eve in 1906, Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden made history when he transmitted the first radio broadcast, which was of him playing “O Holy Night” on the violin. 

A member of the choir from the Catholic church I attended as a child would sing Dwight’s version in French each year at midnight mass. I’ve never been able to find it online, but my mother sang this song in both languages. Hearing it brings back fond memories.

“Mary, Did You Know?”

Many songs of Christmas talk about the Christ Child, the angels, the wise men, or the shepherds. Mark Lowry’s “Mary, Did You Know?” posed a series of questions he wanted to ask Jesus’ mother. Buddy Greene wrote the music for this song, which was first recorded by Michael English in 1991. 

As a mother and a Christian, I am drawn to this song. We cannot foresee what mark our children will leave on the world, but Mary knew from the very beginning that the child she carried would be special. The story of Jesus in the temple at the age of 12 indicates Mary did not have a full understanding of why Jesus came down from heaven, and I doubt she could have imagined how much He would suffer, but she was a true humble servant of the Lord. 

“Go, Tell It on the Mountain”

Several versions of this song exist. The original is believed to date back to 1865, when the song was sung among African-American slaves. “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” was first published in 1907 in Folk Songs of the American Negro by John Wesley Work, Jr.
This is another one of those carols I would sing to my oldest daughter from the time she born. She was probably about five when she walked over to the neighbor’s house, rang the doorbell, and started belting out this song at the top of her lungs. Aw, sweet memories.

“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”

I love this carol, and yet, I confuse the lyrics all the time. Mixing up the verses doesn’t exactly provide the same effect. After the first stanza, I never know if I’m singing it right.
This five-stanza poem was written by Edmund Hamilton Sears while he was the pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts. The lyrics appeared in the Christian Register in 1849, but a decade would pass before composer Richard Storrs Willis created the melody for it.

“We Three Kings of Orient Are”

I didn’t fully appreciate this carol until I was an adult. I don’t remember singing all the verses in church when I was a child, so perhaps that was part of it. The music and lyrics of this carol were written by Rev. John Henry Hopkins Jr. in 1857 for a Christmas pageant at the General Theological Seminary where he taught music. In 1863, he published the carol in his book Carols, Hymns and Song.

What I find so powerful about this carol is how it connects Christmas and Easter. The song begins with the Magi’s journey to find the newborn King, and throughout it the listener hears and learns the significance of the gifts these wise men bring. The tone of the song takes a somber turn in the fourth stanza when Balthazar sings of his gift: myrrh. This was an expensive spice used to make perfume, medicine, or to anoint the dead. The rest of this stanza speaks of the suffering of Jesus, His death, and burial. The final stanza of the song celebrates the glorious Resurrection of Christ, calling Him, “King and God and Sacrifice!” 

My thanks to Abi for hosting me today. I hope you will all share some of your favorite Christmas carols with me.

About the book:
Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem when the angels appear to announce the Savior's birth. Can he trust that the miracle of the first Christmas will keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?

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About the author:
Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author and editor. Her first children’s book, Little Shepherd, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing. She is a member of the SCBWI, a book reviewer, and blogger. Cheryl also writes under the name of C. C. Gevry. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.

Visit Cheryl online at and the Little Shepherd book blog at

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