September 18, 2012

The Serpent' Ring Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway

Hi guys! Welcome to my stop on The Serpent's Ring by H.B. Bolton's Blog Tour! To start thing off, here's a little bit about The Serpent's Ring.
Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum ... that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.

Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous bird and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.
H.B. is lucky enough to live in Florida, so that means she gets to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter quite often. So the guest post topic is a../
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Through the Eyes of a Passholder
Snow covers the rooftops of Hogsmeade Village, even under the scorching-hot sun. The familiar melody from the Harry Potter movies trickles out from every crevice. The Hogwarts Express and its conductor are on your right. To the left are Zonko’s joke shop and Honeydukes, where you can find interesting toys and candy (respectively including chocolate frogs and every flavor beans). A cart sits in the middle of the cobblestone street, where one can purchase pumpkin juice and butterbeer (which tastes like cream soda). Wander past the Three Broomsticks tavern and stumble into Hog’s Head pub (complete with a live-motion hog’s head). Muggles can purchase a wand over at Ollivanders and attempt to cast spells. You can even drop a letter in the postbox, and it will be delivered with a Hogsmeade postmark. It’s all there, just like in J.K. Rowling’s fantastical books.
Fly through the air on one of the tracks from the Dragon Challenge’s roller-coaster ride. Or try Flight of the Hippogriff; it might be a coaster for the little ones, but don’t be fooled — it’s pretty thrilling. Sing along with the Hogwarts chorus (including oversize toads), or watch the ladies from Beauxbatons flutter and the gents from Durmstrang stomp.
Up the hill sits Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The ride itself is not for the weak, but if you can stomach flying on a broomstick with Harry, then I highly recommend taking the plunge. Otherwise, you can wait in the child-swap area and cool off while watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s important to stroll through the castle and take in every detail: talking portraits, floating candles, and dragon bones hanging from the ceiling.
I live in Orlando, Florida and frequently visit the local theme parks. Being that I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter, I love exploring the shops and ridding the rides at Universal’s newest attraction. I’ve been a few times, and the same tingle travels down to my toes each and every time I see the snow capped rooftops.
For more information, I recommend visiting this official site (it’s pretty amazing)
Thanks a lot H.B.!
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  1. Thanks for inviting me to write a guest post on your blog. I could go on and on about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so it was a fun topic for me :)

  2. Thanks for telling us about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
    Sadly, I have never really been a fan of Harry. I've read 1 book, and saw part of 1 movie. Couldn't seem to get into the series.

    1. Then you probably wouldn't find it as "magical" as a geeky Harry Potter fan (like me), but you still might enjoy all it has to offer. Glad you liked the post.

  3. I just discovered Harry Potter in the last couple years but I think visiting the theme park would be a blast! This is such a fun post! Thanks for being part of the tour Benji!

  4. My home is West Palm Beach so I had been there several times. The theme parks ROCK! So much fun! But I sold my home down there for a new one in Jacksonville, Fl. I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT HERE!!! North Florida is SO different than South Florida I can't even begin to describe it. So, I haven't been to the theme parks in quite a while now. I can't wait to sell my home here and move back home. This book looks so good! Thank you for the chance to win!
    GFC: DeAnna Schutlz

  5. You made very beautiful post! I love the story of Serpent's Ring and thank you for the great giveaway,


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