Interview with Sean McCartney, Author of The Secrets of the Magical Medallions

Joining us today is Sean McCartney, author of the young adult novel, The Treasure Hunters Club: The Secrets of the Magical Medallions.

Thank you for joining us today, Sean. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I am currently a sixth grade Social Studies teacher at Glenwood Middle School in the Plain Local District of Canton, Ohio. 

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I have always written stories even as a young kid, so it was something that I have always done it just took me some time to be able to write a novel. 

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

As a middle school teacher I saw a real need for books that would entertain and help the reluctant reader. We have too many kids that view reading as a chore but I was hoping to change that with The Treasure Hunters Club series. 

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

My most favorite part of writing for this group is taking them on an adventure that they could see themselves doing.

I think the most difficult part is keeping their attention with so many other things going on around them. 

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

The story is about thirteen-year-old Tommy Reed and his treasure hunting club friends who receive a medallion from his famous treasure hunting uncle, “Diamond” Jack Reed, and must find the secret behind it before and ancient evil hunts them down. 

What inspired you to write it?

As I said, I thought it important to have a book series that appealed to the reluctant readers as well as the ones who love to read. 

Where can readers purchase a copy?

 Amazon is probably the best bet. With the trouble Borders has been having I am not sure which stores are left.

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

Yes, the website is and you can go there to see some short stories, videos and much more about the series. 

What is up next for you?

We are currently in the final edit stage for the second book in The Treasure Hunters Club series which will be released May 7th of this year. The title is Breaking the Beale Code and it is another fun action adventure for the club. 

Do you have anything else to add?

Yes, please go and get yourself a copy of The Treasure Hunters Club: The Secrets of the Magical Medallions. It is well worth it. I hate shameless plugs but I had to give one.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Sean. We wish you much success.

Thank you so much for having me.

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Crimson Dream by David J. Normoyle

Centuries ago, Deren’s people fled to a hidden valley deep in the mountains chased by the Domain, whose powerful Seers could not find them.

Deren’s safe world disintegrates when his vision foretells his sister’s death by a Domain soldier. Deren can’t defend Bennie because of his asthmatic attacks, so he trains her in archery and prepares his people for war against their ancient foe.

As the invasion advances, Bennie’s mastery of the bow leads her along unexpected paths. Although she hates killing, she must make hard choices. Her loved ones will die if she doesn’t help them.

Will Bennie’s encounter with an enemy prince prove the key to survival? Can Deren overcome his physical weaknesses and the doubts of his own father to lead his people?

With fate and overwhelming force stacked against them, it seems their best efforts will be in vain.

Read an excerpt!

Deren tried to get up to help Oso and Bennie and fell onto his back. He began to gasp, his breath labouring through his lungs, fighting for every mouthful. He took deep sucking drags of air, clutching his neck with his hands. His own lungs were drowning him, refusing to breathe. He looked into the sky, thinking he would die. Although it was only twilight, a ghostly moon peeked over the trees.

Whistling noises crept up and down his throat. He prayed to the Goddess of the Moon. Yenara, help me. Please, don’t let me die. Bennie needs me. Please.
A face swam across his vision. “Deren, are you okay?” the face asked. “Deren, try to calm yourself.”

The voice was laden with worry. A hand touched the side of his face. Warm drops landed on his forehead. “Don’t give up on me,” the voice said in a fierce whisper.


David was born in Australia, but moved to Ireland at an early age. The early globe crossing must have gone to his head, as he has since backpacked through and lived in numerous countries. He grew up on a farm as the eldest of nine unruly siblings, but since his escape, he prefers city living. His electronic engineering degree is currently gathering dust while he tries new and strange pursuits such as novel writing.

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Video Trailer for The Pyewiz and The Amazing Mobile Phone

Back in May, Herbert Howard Jones went on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion to let readers know all about his young adult fantasy novel, The Pyewiz and The Amazing Mobile Phone.

Below you will find the video trailer I created for Herbert’s book.  Here is more information about The Pyewiz and The Amazing Mobile Phone:


Journey to a frozen planet to find a long lost twin. An amazing crystal phone with incredible powers. A cunning old pirate wizard who must be stopped.

Schoolboy Terry Mctrain thinks the new tenant in his parent’s guesthouse is strange. Stranger still is the reason why she is here. Then Terry learns about a twin brother he never knew he had, kidnapped by a pirate wizard years ago. Baffled by all this, Terry realizes there’s a mystery to be solved, and a secret to be uncovered. But when he discovers that the fate of the world is also in his hands, he wonders..

Could this turn into the adventure of a lifetime?

Perhaps, but unless Terry and his friend Will travel to the other side of the solar system to solve this puzzle, there’s a danger that the world would be destroyed, and his twin brother lost forever.

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