Monday, March 1, 2010

Join the Blog Tour for Katie Hines

I’d like to thank Ginger for giving me the opportunity to share with you about my book, “Guardian” today on her blog. My 10 day blog tour continues tomorrow on Marvin Wilson’s blog with an interview with me.

Here’s a brief synopsis of “Guardian”:

Imagine you have made a secret promise that can lead you to the discovery of an incredible treasure and an ancient power. But in order to fulfill that promise, you must defeat an age-old sect that is determined to claim the treasure and power themselves.

Drew Newman is ready to tell his friends a secret, but two strangers burst on the scene, demanding an ancient, magical book. He plummets into a world of uncertainty and fear as his home is invaded and he desperately tries to find the book.

Aided by the mysterious Jean-Paul, Drew’s search takes him and friends to Oak Island, Nova Scotia, where he continues his search. Joined with his Grandpa Ian and cousin, Zea, the tension ratchets up when Drew is kidnapped and he encounters the head of a sect that wants the book, a magical talisman and a treasure for themselves.

Sprinkled with magic, “Guardian” explores the commitment of a boy determined to fulfill his promise to his mother and claim an uncertain destiny.

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It actually took me three years to write this book, which some long periods of time (like 3-4 months) in between edits. I began with three months of research, and I will say that the research added depth to my story, and a mostly historical accuracy. Some fictional liberties were taken.

This story came about when my husband and I discovered a true-to-life treasure story about Oak Island, Nova Scotia. There is a pit where, due to a lot of circumstantial evidence, led people to believe there was treasure located. Because of all the money thrown into excavation attempts, it is called “The Money Pit.”

Although literally millions of dollars have been spent trying to excavate this pit and reach what is believed to be a fabulous treasure, fortune hunters have come up empty. The pit has flooded numerous times due to an ingenious tunnel from Smith’s Cove all the way to the treasure shaft where the excavations have taken place. People have died while trying to reach this mythical treasure.

Well known individuals, such as John Wayne and Franklin Roosevelt, have been a part of the Oak Island treasure story excavation attempts.

Excavation attempts began as early as the late 1700s, and continued throughout the 20th century. Today, the island is privately owned, and any treasure hunting has been stopped and cannot continue without the permission of the person who owns the land where the Money Pit is located. Read more about the Oak Island treasure story here:

“Guardian” can be ordered through, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and through your local bookseller.

You can find out more about Katie at her own website or join in the fun at her blog.


Katie Hines said...

Thanks for hosting me today, Ginger.

kathy stemke said...

Wow, I love that you've used actual facts about the money pit in your book. John Wayne??? Cool! Katie, I'm looking forward to hosting you on March 8th.

Cheryl said...

I love books based on actual historical places. John Wayne and FDR? Wow!

Best of luck with your tour, Katie.


Vivian Zabel said...

The book itself is very interesting. I know my grandson fell in love with it and insisted that 4RV take it. I hadn't read it yet, but when I did, I knew he was correct.


PS Please let me know your full blog tour schedule.

Katie Hines said...

Yeah, learning about the treasure story in the first place was cool. I didn't set out to write something with a lot of historical references, but it just kinda worked out that way. Thanks for visiting, guys.

Margaret Tanner said...

Ooh Katie, money pit, that does sound interesting.
Good luck with the blog tour.



Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Katie, what a great way to start your blog tour. This is sure to get your readers interested in Guardian. Having read it myself, I know this is an engaging story.

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