Thursday, June 11, 2009

Author Guest Post - Renee Hand

Today I'm pleased to welcome Renee Hand, author of The Crypto-Capers: The Case of the Missing Sock. Her guest post here today is part of this book's virtual tour, courtesy Pump Up Your Book Promotion.

About the Book

In this story siblings Max and Mia Holmes, along with their good friend Morris and their flamboyant Granny Holmes, are know as The Crypto-Capers. They are a group of detectives who unravel crimes by solving cryptograms that criminals leave behind. Mia is an expert puzzle solver. Max is great at deduction and reasoning. Morris is a computer genius, and Granny…well, Granny is the muscle of the group. Don’t let her size or age fool you—she is quite handy.

The Case of the Missing Sock leads the Crypto-Capers to Florida, where they are hired by a Mr. Delacomb. The mystery leads the team to different locations. Clues flourish throughout the mystery. Suspects by the handful seem to pop up at every turn, but who committed the crime? Help the detectives solve the case by solving the cryptograms and puzzles.

About the Author

Author Renee Hand is a writer of romance novels for adults and has a new children’s detective series out. With four published books to her credit, she uses her gift of writing to build a connection with her readers. Renee is also an award winning author, winning two awards. Her first novel Magic Hearts won a Best Book Award, while her second romance novel Seduction of the Lonely Heart won a National Literary Award for Best Romance. In her home state of Michigan, Renee travels from one school to the next talking about her new series and teaching writing workshops. If anyone is interested in having her visit their children’s school, she can be contacted through her website at www.reneeahand.com. She is married to a wonderful husband and has two young boys who keep her busy when she is not writing. They are very supportive.

Author's Guest Post

The Crypto-Capers in the Case of the Missing Sock is book one of a great new interactive series. In order for the reader to solve the case, they must solve cryptograms and puzzles. The series is best suited for children of ages 8 -13. In book one, siblings Max and Mia Holmes, along with their good friend Morris, and their flamboyant Granny Holmes, are known as The Crypto-Capers. They are a group of detectives who unravel crimes by solving cryptograms that criminals leave behind. Mia is an expert puzzle solver. Max is great at deduction and reasoning. Morris is a computer genius, while Granny...well Granny is the muscle of the group. Don't let her size or age fool you....she is quite handy. The Case of The Missing Sock leads the Crypto-Capers to Florida where they are hired by a man named Mr. Delacomb. The mystery leads the team to different locations. Clues flourish throughout the mystery. Suspects by the handful seem to be popping up at every turn, but who committed the crime?

What is unique about this series is that the reader must participate into the story. Book one is the easiest book of the series because it sets the stage for what needs to be done. I want my readers to have success with the first book to build their confidence and understanding. As soon as the reader picks up book one, they are one of the detectives. They see what my characters see, do what my characters do. The detectives find the cipher key in the story, as well as the cryptograms, now all they have to do is solve it. I explain everything in detail so there is no confusion.

Each book in the series becomes harder and more challenging for the reader, so the story never gets stale, it is always new and fresh. The reader must start with book one and they must keep every book in the series, because eventually the reader will need them to solve a future case.

I designed this series because I wanted children to be excited about reading something, and remembering it. I am an avid reader, and always have been, but I don’t like to read books that have no point to them. A lesson should always be learned, or information about a certain topic expressed, and the characters relatable. That is what I did. I have some unique characters that children can relate to. There are problems in the story that children can relate to as well as use their brains in trying to solve. Nothing is ever what it seems. Each book also provides new activities for the reader to be involved in and the topics are history or science related.

I am forcing the reader to think out of the box when it comes to the puzzles. Not much is just given to them. They have to think about what is going on and why. Reading comprehension is key in school and in life. I have found a fun way to keep children interested in what they were reading and remembering it.

Thank you for that entertaining post, dear Author! Both Book 1 and Book 2 of this series are available at Amazon. You can also visit Renee’s website at http://www.reneeahand.com/ for additional activities and a link to The Crypto-Capers blog.

Readers, your thoughts / comments are most welcome.

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1 comment :

  1. Thank you so much for interviewing me and for promoting my books. I greatly appreciate it. What a pleasure and an honor it is. Thank you so much for everything and good luck in all of your future endeavors. I look forward to answering any questions that you may have.

    Renee Hand
    The Crypto-Capers Series
    www.reneeahand.com
    http://thecryptocapersseries.blogspot.com
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thecryptocapersseries
    Also check out my video on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSpq_OAJv1A
    E-mail-thecryptocapersseries@gmail.com

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