Friday, September 4, 2015

BLOG TOUR: The Legend of Ghost Dog Island by Rita Monette

The Legend of Ghost Dog Island
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
Behind every legend lies the truth…

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.

Looking for Snooper

I pulled a piece of grass near my foot. Tommy said my dog is probably on Ghost Dog Island.
So Tommys sticking to that dumb story about the creature, huh?
Yeah. But he wouldnt cross his heart it was true. I glanced across the bayou, then looked back up at Spikes, who was still straddling his bike. What if my papa was wrong and something is out there?I stuck my chin out.Tommy says were too scared to go, but Im not. My throat tightened, and I swallowed hard. Will yall go with me?
Not me! Patti jumped to her feet. You cant tie me up and drag me out there.
Ill go. Spikes sat up straight. And I know where a pirogue is. He pointed toward the woods near my houseboat. Right by that old abandoned house. You wanna go tonight?
Patti held her hands over her mouth and sucked in a deep breath.
I shivered and gripped my arms in front of me. Time was running out. I remembered my promise to Papa not to leave. But hed understand why I did it. For Snooper.
Meet me there after supper. Spikes wasnt about to miss an opportunity for an adventure.
What was I getting myself into?

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.

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