The Ruby Pendant by Dorine White Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway

Ruby PendantThe Ruby Pendant

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.


DorineAuthor Dorine White

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.


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Praise for The Ruby Pendant
“Rich with atmosphere, and full of delightful shivers, The Ruby Pendant pulled me right in. Part mystery, part ghost story, it is completely enjoyable.”
– BRADEN BELL, author of the Middle School Magic series
“The Ruby Pendant is a non-stop thrill ride through the heart of New Orleans and beyond. A great read for adventurers of all ages.”
– JENNIFER SHAW WOLF, author of Breaking Beautiful and Dead Girls Don’t Lie
“Secret rooms! A missing necklace! Ghosts! The Ruby Pendant is a thrill-ride through New Orleans, a creative blend of suspense, mystery, and historical tidbits sure to tantalize readers of all ages. A worthy sequel.”
– LAURISA REYES, Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf Magazine



1. About the book– The Ruby Pendant is book 2 in my middle grade fantasy series, Cleopatra’s Legacy. This story takes place in New Orleans where a young girl, Melanie, discovers her dead Aunt’s journal. The journal is creepy and has clues to the whereabouts of a missing ruby necklace.
Prompted by ghostly visitations, Melanie is forced to seek out the necklace. Her adventures take her into graveyards, the French Quarter and the swamps. But finding the necklace is only the beginning. The ruby itself has magic powers and Melanie begins hearing people’s thoughts, even the thoughts of the dead. Plus, a deadly cult is also after the pendant and will stop at nothing to get it. It is a race to the death to claim the pendant.
2. Books That Made You Want To Become A Writer- There are so many books I love that it is hard to mention just a few. When I was a child the books that brought me into the fantasy genre were: The Narnia series, Mary Poppins, A Wrinkle in Time, and the Dragon Lance series. I ate up anything that involved magic or quests.
3. Pieces of Advice you have for aspiring writers- It takes a long time, so don’t give up. Even after you spend all those years writing, it takes even more years to find a publisher. Then it takes a couple years for the book to release. It is a lot of waiting. My other advice is to join writer groups. The support they give is tremendous. As a children’s writer I joined the SCBWI right off the bat. Their workshops and conferences have taught me not only the art of writing but the business end too. There are usually regional writing groups wherever you live. I’m in the Seattle area, so I joined the PNWA, Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
4. Things you wish you knew before you published- Just because your publisher buys your first book is no guarantee that they’ll want your second. It is all about numbers, and they don’t give you long to get them. Also, you better know how to market, because it pretty much all lands on your shoulders unless you’re an A list NY times best seller.

Ruby Tour

Giveaway Details
1 copy of The Ruby Pendant
Open to US & Canada only
Ends 3/23/14

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  1. Thank you for being part of my blog tour!