Saturday, April 3, 2010


Katie Hines has been writing snippets here and there as long as she can remember. When in 8th grade, she wrote a short story called, “Underworld.” Then, in high school, she wrote several poems that were published in an anthology.

Marriage and raising two children contributed to putting away writing for a few years, but she came back to it while in her 40s. Since that time, she has been a contributing feature writer and columnist for a local newspaper, has written several features articles for another area newspaper, and wrote religious and humor articles for an online Catholic ezine.

Her short story, “My Name is Bib,” was published by the Loch Raven Review in October, 2008.

Finished with “Guardian,” Hines is currently working on another middle grade urban fantasy novel, as well as a couple of chapter books, and is extending “My Name is Bib” into a full young adult novel.

TITLE: Guardian
AUTHOR: Katie Hines
PUBLISHER: 4RV Publishing
GENRE: Middle Grade/Young Adult Urban Fantasy
FORMAT: Traditional Publisher, paperback
ISBN: 13: 978-0-9840708-8-6; 10: 0-9840708-8-5

“Promise me you’ll find the journal and search for the treasure,” gasped Drew’s dying mother. “It’s your destiny.”

Three months later, three teenagers sit around a campfire roasting marshmallows. Drew Newman is just about to tell his friends a secret when a man steps out of the darkness. The man carries an old fashioned sword and wears a long, hooded cloak. He lifts Drew’s chin with his sword. “Where is it,” the man asks. “Where is the book?” Who is this man and what does he want?

Is the book the one Drew touched when he was a kid? The book was leather bound with gold and silver threads embossed on it. The threads formed a tree and its root system. When Drew touched the book magical things happened. Is this the book the man is asking about? What is this mysterious, magical book? Does this have anything to do with the promise he made to his dying mother?

Drew’s’ adventures start that night and continue when he travels to Nova Scotia where his grandparents live. Grandpa Ian tells him a story that involves Christ’s crucifixion, ancient magic and secret societies.

Drew eventually finds out that he’s a contender to be the Holy Grail’s next guardian. He has to answer two questions correctly. Through his answers we learn what the Grail really is.

Ms. Hines combines Christianity and fantasy making ‘Guardian’ a very enjoyable book. It’s fast paced with a lot of twists, turns and danger!

Find out more about ‘Guardian’ and the author at:

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Anonymous said...

Hi Katie! Sounds like you are keeping busy.

Karen Cioffi said...

LOL, raising those kids gets us all!

I didn't go into writing seriously until my 50s.

That's so exciting that you are a contributing feature writer and columnist . . . I'd love to get into that with my local paper.

Vivian Zabel said...

Guardian captured my attention even though I'm not a big fantasy fan - yes, I really do like some fantasy if well-written.

If Katie's next book is as good as her first, she has something great going.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

It is fun for someone who doesn't write genre fiction to read the story lines of a book like Guardian. I admire your imagination, Katie. And thanks for bringing this to us on your blog, Kathy.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Blogging at Writer's Digest 101 Best Website picks

Janet Ann Collins said...

Okay, I'm convinced. I'll probably buy the book.

Katie Hines said...

Thanks, Kathy, for hosting me. I don't know what happened to the questions. I checked my spam, and they weren't there, either! Glad you could pull together something that turned out so well.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Christ's crucifiction, magic, secrets. Guardian has all the elements of an intriguing read. Nice review, Kathy.

The more I read about your book, Katie, the more I know I'll be reading it soon.


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Martha said...

I love a book that is "fast paced with a lot of twists, turns and danger!"
Martha Swirzinski

Kristi Bernard said...

You sound very busy. Good luck on this book is sounds great.

terri.forehand said...

Reading the book now, thanks Katie for the autographed copy, and love the interview here on Kathy's blog. You are a talented writer. Thanks for sharing.

Liana said...

Katie, you've done great work! Good luck with your new book!

Accountant, Author & Freelance Writer said...

Guardian sounds like such an interesting book! I'm going to get a copy myself. Thanks for telling us about it!

Janie said...

Congratulations on your book, Katie. It looks like a real winner!Janie

Janie said...

Katie, Congratulations on your new book! Now that you're a published author I hope you'll keep us well supplied with new titles.

Dallas said...

Great post, Kathy and Katie! GUARDIAN sounds like a terrific book for all ages! Keep up the great work!


Katie Hines said...

thanks, everyone, for your comments. Isn't Kathy a great hostess? I hope many of you buy the book and enjoy it.

Donna M. McDine said...

Hi Kathy:

I always reading more and more about Katie. She is an inspiration!


kathy stemke said...

Thanks for stopping by.