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Blog Tour / The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro by J. L. Hickey

Title: The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro
Author: J. L. Hickey
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Dec 31 2012
Edition/Formats Available In: Ebook


Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro follows the young protagonists Hunter Glenn, and Eliza Lynn through an adventure ripe with adversity, paranormal monsters, secret societies, and most haunting of all, a life without their parents. 

It all happened one fall afternoon when they learned that their parent’s plane had gone down overseas, never to be seen again. 

The book follows the siblings as they are dropped off at their new guardian’s home, an ancient and creepy mansion known only as the Belmonte Estate. Here they unravel the secrets of their parent’s true identities, the origin of the mysterious Mansion, and their inheritance into an ancient secret society of monster hunters known as Seekers


"The children sat in the room for hours before anything eventful transpired. Elly didn’t mind terribly, as she found herself spellbound by one of the thick, leather-bound books she had pulled from the small library they had added just for her. Unfortunately, Elly had found the book to be a bit troublesome to read, struggling with more than a few of the words she had never seen before. She found the book absorbing nonetheless. 

This particular book was entitled “Professor Claudio Calenstine’s Memoirs of Weird and Wonderful Things,” which turned out to be some sort of journal chronicling a young man’s route around the world exploring myths and mysterious abound. The author wrote in detail about a bunch of strange creatures and items he had come across. Elly found the artwork in the book to be quite pleasurable as well, and although she figured it was just a fictional story about mysterious legendary creatures and hidden treasures, she couldn’t help but wonder if any of it was true. 

Hunter, on the other hand, sat idly by, peering out through the bay window onto the massive courtyard. He hadn’t said much since Margot had left them, ignoring the few times Elly had tried sharing something interesting she had found in the book. He struggled with the sudden feeling of abandonment. Hunter had always been a lively child, albeit bit shy when it came to unfamiliar social activities, but he was always energetic and imaginative around the house. Since the loss of his parents, he had become a different child altogether, reclusive, quiet, and hot-tempered in general. It was easy to tell, Hunter had quickly become a shell of the fun-loving, smiling young man he once was. 

“Hunter, look there’s a picture of that werewolf thing Margot told us about in this book.” Elly got excited, running over to her big brother’s side to show him."


The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro by J. L. Hickey is a fantastic book. I knew right away that I was going to enjoy reading this book when I read the blurb. The storyline is very interesting with lots of adventures. It had my attention from the very beginning all the way to the end.

Hunter and Elly are siblings and recently lost their parents. They are orphaned and sent to live with their Godfather Professor Clandestine, who they haven’t ever met, at the Belmonte Estate. It is their parents request that if anything ever happened to them that they go live with the Professor. The transition is very hard on Hunter and Elly. They don’t understand and they miss their parents very much. 

Patricia and Margot, the caretakers at the mansion, will be taking care of them while they are living there. They take Hunter and Elly to the room that they are sharing and tell them while they have outside guests visiting, they will be locked in the room. Hunter doesn’t like the idea of them being locked in so he comes up with a plan to escape. 

Hunter and Elly’s adventure begins. They go exploring through the mansion and find out lots of secrets about the place. 

As I was reading, I felt like I was on the adventure with them, exploring and finding out a lot of things. 

J. L. Hickey has done an awesome job writing this awesome book. I am really looking forward to reading more of his books and hopefully a sequel to the Secret Seekers Society. I definitely recommend this book to my friends to read. 

I give this fantastic book 5 Dandy's!!

Author Bio

J.L. was born in Saginaw, Michigan where he has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing through Saginaw Valley State University. He has written and is currently self publishing two novels, the first entitled The Deity Chronicles: Origins was released in 2008. 

His recent release, The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro was released 12/31/12 and has garnered a decent amount of momentum in its initial release. 

You can follow J.L. Hickey's works at 

He also dabbles in literary short fiction, and poetry. 

When J.L. is not writing, he heads up a local paranormal investigation group in his home town. 

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