Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Legend of Ghost Dog Island by Rita Monette

Please Congratulate Rita Monette on the Re-Release of 

The Legend of Ghost Dog Island!!

Behind every legend lies the truth… 

About Legend of Ghost Dog Island:

Moving is nothing new for ten-year-old Nikki Landry. Her father relocates their raggedy old houseboat several times a year in search of better crabbing spots. However, their latest move has brought her to a mysterious bayou where she feels something is watching her from a nearby island.

Nikki learns of a local legend about something sinister inhabiting those swamps, stealing the souls of dogs...which would explain the strange howling sounds. Papa reassures her there’s nothing on the island but gators and snakes. He should know. He’s spent his whole life trapping and fishing those bayous and swamps…But maybe there’s something Papa doesn’t know.

Nikki and her new friends begin to uncover strange happenings from years ago that may have started the old legend…and town folks aren’t talking.

Then her beloved beagle goes missing.

Join Nikki as she seeks to discover the real truth behind the legend of Ghost Dog Island…before it’s too late.

Book Details:

Title: The Legend of Ghost Dog Island

Author Name: Rita Monette

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Adventure, Mystery

Tags: Adventure, mystery, middle grade, louisiana, bayou, dogs

Length: Approx. 204 pages

E-book:  978-1-987976-00-7
Paperback:  978-0-9947490-9-3

Re-Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing

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Meet the Author:

Rita Monette was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. She loves to write stories set in the beautiful, yet mysterious, bayous and swamps of her home state.

Her middle grade series, The Nikki Landry Swamp Legends, is based on tales told by her father—who made his living in those bayous—of reasons to stay out of the swamp.

She currently lives with her husband, four lap dogs, and one lap cat, in the mountains of Tennessee. Besides writing and illustrating, she loves watching the many birds that make their habitat on the Cumberland Plateau, working in the garden, and frequenting waterfalls.

Guest Post:
On writing a series

When I wrote The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, I didnt intend to write a series. I merely wanted to write a story about my childhood growing up in the Louisiana bayous. Then it became about a legend. When I got to the end, I began thinking about other legends I could have my characters involved in. But thats a far as it got. That was until some of my readers began asking for more.

When I set out to write book two, The Curse at Pirates Cove, I realized that it was harder writing the second book. Little did I know how difficult it would be to keep track of all the characters and their physical traits, voice, and mannerisms.

When I started writing book three of the Nikki Landry Swamp Legend series, I started a notebook with a page for each character mentioned in books one and two. Something as small as eye color, or as complicated as a secondary characters parents’  occupation, can send you scurrying when it comes up again. Lessons learned and advice for anyone just starting a series: Start a notebook at the very beginning.

So, here is book one, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, which introduces my main character, ten-year-old Nikki Landry, along with her best friend, Snooper, and their first adventure.
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  1. Thank you so much for hosting The Legend of Ghost Dog Island today!

  2. YAY, Rita! Glad to see Nikki back again. She looks like a little imp on the new cover.