Blog Tour: Serafina and the Splintered Heart Playlist

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Today we're excited to be part of the Serafina and the Splintered Heart Blog TourRead on for more about the author, Robert Beatty, his book, plus a playlist inspired by his new book!

 

 

Meet Robert Beatty!

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. 

 

Meet Serafina and the Splintered Heart!
 
 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.

With a frightening premise and lurking danger reminiscent of Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm, SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART is just dark and scary enough to keep readers on the edge of their seats and is filled with history, mystery, and magic. 

About Books One & Two!

Serafina and the Black Cloak is a New York Times, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and an Independent Booksellers best seller. It has been on the New York Times list for more than 45 weeks, and was the winner of the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing “the best in Southern literature.” It was also named by The Huffington Post as one of the “10 Best Books for Little Introverts”, and was named the #1 Middle Grade Novel of 2015 on Goodreads.com (Listopia).

Serafina and the Twisted Staff was a #1 New York Times best seller in the first week it launched, and earned a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” It was also included in Amazon’s “Best of 2016” list for 9 to 12 year olds. It is also an Amazon, Barnes &Noble, and an Independent Booksellers bestselling novel. 

 

 

Here’s a sampling of some of the music that has influenced the Serafina Book Series – from mood music while I write and edit, to pieces for the epic book trailers.

 

“Cornfield Chase” – by Hans Zimmer

From “Interstellar” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vko01D77Fg

“Time” – by Hans Zimmer

From “Inception” (Music from the Motion Picture) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxabLA7UQ9k

Two pieces of music on heavy rotation while I was writing my new book, Serafina and the Splintered Heart, were soundtracks by composer Hans Zimmer for the movies “Interstellar” and “Inception.” The tracks were great inspiration as I imagined and plotted some of the spooky and mysterious story elements and epic battle scenes in the book.

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“Feel the Darkness” - by Mark Cousins and Adam Saunders 

Serafina and the Splintered Heart book trailer 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZp39Waw-qo&t=46s

My crazy dream for the Serafina and the Splintered Heart book trailer was to bring to life a full-scale 1899-style synchronized waltz. We brought in a choreographer, gathered a troupe of professional ballet dancers along with the main characters, Serafina and Braeden, and trained for months for the ballroom scene. The music they dance to in the trailer – a dark and edgy waltz piece – beautifully captures the off-kilter mood of the book.

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“Meet Me on the Battlefield” – by Svrcina

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZrddJPGp1I

“Breathe” – by Fleurie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE60q4Kf8f8

Both of these haunting tracks from young singer-songwriters Svrcina and Fleurie reflect pivotal dramatic moments in the heroine’s personal journey in Serafina and the Splintered Heart.

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“Thousand Eyes” – by Of Monsters and Men

Serafina and the Twisted Staff book trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6wuesLb0AQ&t=1s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HjzjO5Lp7A

I love the creative process of making book trailers, knowing that the end result is a great way to pique interest in my books and pull in new readers. I’ve done trailers for all three books in the Serafina Series, and each has been a labor of love for my family and me. My wife and daughters always have big roles in the productions, from costuming, to animal wrangling, to playing the key characters. My girls often help choose the music for the trailers, including this song from Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men that we used for the Serafina and the Twisted Staff trailer. The first shot of the trailer is of my daughter, Genevieve, who is the inspiration for Serafina and has played the role in all three of the book trailers.

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“Aquarium” from The Carnival of the Animals – by Camille Saint-Saens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_ZoRUWlNOE

“Tides of Galilee” (perf by Hungarian Studio Orchestra) -- by John Shoto Buckley and Robert Bennett

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpryq6fwM68

While I was writing the first Serafina book, I listened to “Aquarium” and The Carnival of the Animals over and over again. The piece from French composer Camille Saint-Saens really reflects the mysterious and spooky mood I was trying to capture in the story. I used portions of it at the beginning of the trailer for the first book, Serafina and the Black Cloak (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFZvSzfnm6I&t=42s). The second half of the trailer features a separate piece of music called “Tides of Galilee.” 

 

Serafina and the Splintered Heart

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 26th: Mundie Kids, Review
Tuesday, June 27
th: Mugglenet, Interview
Wednesday, June 28
th: Fiktshun, Review
Thursday, June 29
th: YA Books Central, Top Five List Guest Post Friday, June 30th: Lille Punkin', Spotlight and Giveaway

Monday, July 3rd: YA and Kids Books Central, Trailer Spotlight and Giveaway Post Tuesday, July 4th: Page Turner’s Blog, Playlist Post
Wednesday, July 5
th: I’m Shelf-ish, Spotlight and Giveaway
Thursday, July 6
th: Novel Novice, Movie Casting Post

Friday, July 7th: Fire and Ice, Spotlight and Giveaway 

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