Tuesday, September 4, 2012


- Win a copy of LET THE REASON BE LOVE by Merrill Osmond (Ends 9/14)
- Win a copy of NOLICHUCK by Jackson Keene (Ends 9/17)
- Book Review:  ASHES by Ilsa J. Bick

The Children's Book Review, the premier online review publication, is hosting a month long giveaway of THE ROCK OF IVANORE. To enter the drawing, just fill out the form on their website. The giveaway will run through the end of the month. Here is the link:   http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/2012/09/giveaway-the-rock-of-ivanore-book-one-of-the-celestine-chronicles.html


The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.

Middle readers will find that The Rock of Ivanore fits nicely among the traditional fantasies they so enjoy. They will also appreciate its fresh and inventive take on the genre.

“Reyes deftly develops her plot and characters and firmly holds readers' attention throughout this exciting and surprising tale.” – School Library Journal

“Young readers…will delight in this opening title in The Celestine Chronicles series, which delivers a fantasy adventure for a reluctant readership.” – Booklist

“Marcus is a hero who engages challenges in a way that is both human and admirable.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Reyes’ debut novel is a gripping fantasy just right for younger readers who clamor for adventure but are not quite ready for Lloyd Alexander’s ‘Grey King’ or J.R.R.Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings.’” – Deseret News

Flamingnet Top Choice Award (scored 9 out of 10) 

"This is a swift and compelling epic that readers of high fantasy will love!"
— Tony Abbott, author of The Secrets of Droon

“Magic! Swords! Mysterious cloaked figures! A good choice for middle-grade fantasy lovers.”   – Marissa Burt, author of Storybound

Add THE ROCK OF IVANORE to your Goodreads list! 


  1. I went and entered. Since Lupe left for Northern climes with his copy of your book, I need another source, Drat the man! Susan

  2. Hi Laurisa, Thank you for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. As you know, I featured Rock of Ivanore in one of my summer giveaways. I'll have to check in with the winner to see how much they enjoyed it. Looks fabulous! Hope you'll join us again. Cheers!