I'm thrilled to announce that Cassandra's Castle just received the Book Excellence Finalist Award in the category of Young Adult Fiction for its high quality writing, design and market appeal.
This book is one of my prize creations, as it's the one we've worked hard to adapt to film, though we're still looking for production finances. The trailer we produced went through the film festival cycle last year and won quite a few awards and trophies, which I've listed below.
The last time I had a book signing, I had all my novels displayed. Whenever a teenage girl came to the table, she headed right for Cassandra's Castle, her eyes lit up and a glow spread across her face. This happened more than once. Several of the young ladies whose mothers bought the novel for them immediately pulled the book close to their heart.
It's more than just the cover. It's the story.
If there's a young lady in your life that loves to read, please consider getting this book for her. I'm offering a $5 off this month for my loyal newsletter subscribers for the paperback version purchased off my website. It will make a wonderful holiday gift.
The story is part of a series which both boys and girls love, and if you're interested in the entire series the books are bundled on my site. They will make a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah present for book lovers ages 13 on up to adult. (One of my biggest fans is in her 90s).
Magically compelling YA Fantasy from a unique literary voice A unique YA Fantasy page-turner that spans the void between vastly different worlds, Gardner captures the most endearing qualities of the genre in a story that's both refreshing and original. Ostensibly a novel for Young Adults, it's a genuinely bewitching read as she renders vivid and magical settings that feel wholly authentic whilst readers can be assured she knows how to spin a wonderfully captivating tale. In a genre that often suffers from a deluge of the banal she certainly earns her stripes with characters that are meticulously observed and effortlessly captured in well-nuanced dialogue. Add a multi-layered plot that maintains an essential air of intrigue along with superb world building and there's much to commend Cassandras Castle, but what makes it really stand out as a YA Fantasy novel and in doing so broadens its appeal, is Gardner's ability to breathe warmth and life into her characters. Cassie and Valerio are extremely engaging with their thoughts and emotions carefully crafted so that the reader wants to know more about them and how their relationship will evolve. Close your eyes and you can imagine them standing before you, particularly Cassie as she is thrust upon a quest beyond her wildest imaginings. -Book Viral Review
Below is our trailer, if you haven't seen it, and the awards it has won.
2016 WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival Miami FL2016 Indie Gathering Best Trailer Award2016 IndieNight Screening at Grauman's Chinese Theater2016 Accolade Global Recognition Award2016 MIFF The Monthly Film Festival2016 ShortPole London Film Festival2016 Filmmakers Global Film Festival2015 Wendy's Shorts, Best International Teaser for Television