Monday, July 25, 2022

The Seraphim's Song by Barbara Casey - Book Tour + Giveaway

Join us for this tour from July 5 to July 25, 2022!

Series Details:

Book TitleTHE SERAPHIM'S SONG - Book 5, The F.I.G. Mysteries by Barbara Casey
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 213 pages
Genre:  Mystery, Fantasy
Publisher:  Gauthier Publications (Hungry Goat Press)
Release date:   April 2022
Content Rating:  G. THE SERAPHIM'S SONG is suitable for all readers - adult and young adult.
Book Description:

Many changes have taken place at Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women while Carolina and Larry were on their honeymoon in Frascati, Italy, on the Granchelli farm. The newlyweds have been given a larger bungalow; Ms. Alcott, niece of the founder of Wood Rose, and Mrs. Ball, assistant to the headmaster, have moved into a bungalow together; and Jimmy Bob, caretaker and night watchman at Wood Rose has moved from his family home down the road a bit into a small bungalow on the orphanage property with his hound dog Tick, as well as his new cat and her litter of kittens.

Summer is coming to an end and the F.I.G.s will soon return to the universities to complete their special projects. They are starting to feel anxious, and the coping mechanisms they have used their entire lives are starting to work overtime. Dara’s thoughts turn to an unknown language, possibly from another world; Mackenzie focuses on the relationship of math to music; and Jennifer keeps hearing the note of B flat minor and is drawing dark swirls on her canvas board.

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Guest Post
by Barbara Casey

 One of the most interesting topics I researched when writing The F.I.G. Mysteries involved the history of the Romany – their history, folklore and customs. I was fortunate enough to discover old, out-of-print volumes of gypsy medical treatments which included the use of herbs and spells, some of which I write about in this series. There is one particular scene where Carolina, the young woman who has been hired to keep the three orphans – Dara, Mackenzie, and Jennifer – on a “short leash” is critically ill because a curse has been placed on her. Her mother, a gypsy choovihni or wisewoman, attempts to save her:

"Amari Develeskeridaj, Our Mother of God," said Lyuba when she saw her daughter.  "What has he done to you?"  Dara, and Mackenzie sat on the floor against the wall, far enough to be out of the way, but close enough to be near.  Jennifer sat on the floor as well, her foot touching Mackenzie's.  The stone in her chest had gotten large again, and the cadence was dissonant and loud—fortissimo—even clashing, suggesting a child's terror.  She didn't need to write down the notes; she knew them by heart now—each note, each phrase, and each movement.  She folded her arms tight against her, trying to ease the pain.

Lyuba pulled out several bags of dried herbs and began mixing them into the oils she had brought with her.  "Bring me a small spoon," she said.  Mackenzie ran down to the kitchen and quickly returned.  It took all four of them, Lyuba and the FIGs, but eventually they were able to get some of the concoction into Carolina's mouth.  And then they waited.  After a while, Lyuba prepared tea extracts from the asparagus and olive leaves she had brought with her.  Once again the four of them administered the thick liquid, and they waited.

Later, when there still was no change, Lyuba asked for a bowl of egg whites and a clean handkerchief.  She soaked the handkerchief in the egg whites and wrapped it around Carolina's feet, but even with this, Carolina's fever didn't break.  At some point Mother Granchelli insisted that they come downstairs and eat something.  Only the gypsy woman stayed behind, not wanting to leave her precious daughter alone.

 Lyuba remains in the lives of Carolina and the three F.I.G.s, watching over them from a distance, through the innate gifts and instincts she was born with as a choovihni. Because of these gifts and instincts, she understands Dara, Mackenzie, and Jennifer – the three F.I.G.s. She also knows why her daughter Carolina was brought into their lives and their purpose.

Meet the Author:

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels and book-length works of nonfiction for both adults and young adults, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Several of her books have been optioned for major films and television series.

In addition to her own writing, Barbara is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan.

In 2018 Barbara received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas.

Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with three cats who adopted her: Homer, a Southern coon cat; Reese, a black cat; and Earl Gray, a gray cat and Reese’s best friend.

Tour Schedule:

July 5 – Rockin'' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 5 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
July 6 – Kam's Place – book review
July 7 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
July 8 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
July 11 –Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
July 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
July 13 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 15 – Books for Books – book review
July 19 – Mystery Review Crew – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 20 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 20 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review / giveaway
July 21 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
July 22 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
July 25 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

THE SERAPHIM'S SONG Book Tour Giveaway



1 comment:

  1. Jasmine, I sincerely appreciate your continued interest in The F.I.G. Mysteries and for your spotlight presentation of Book 5 in the series - THE SERAPHIM'S SONG. I wish you and your bloggers my best. ~Barbara


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