Serafina and the Twisted Staff preview event

On April 9, the Barnes & Noble at the Asheville Mall hosted a sneak preview event for Robert Beatty’s new novel, “Serafina and the Twisted Staff”.

The book is the sequel to Beatty’s best-selling “Serafina and the Black Cloak”, which is about a girl who secretly lives in the basement of the Biltmore Estate. It is set to be released July 12.

“If it weren’t for the support of the fans, there would be no book two,” Beatty said. “I feel very grateful and humbled by all this.”

Hundreds of fans lined up in order to have Beatty sign their copies of the first “Serafina” book, all while a storyteller read the first section of the new book over the store’s PA system.  Some fans even dressed up as characters from the series.

Beatty held a Q&A session and eventually revealed the cover art for “Serafina and the Twisted Staff”. He said the inspiration for the cover drew more deeply from nature than the cover for the first book.

“I’m very happy with how the book turned out,” Beatty said. “I hope my fans will be, too.”