Rita Monette – The Legend of Ghost Dog Island
This week, I’m hosting author and artist, Rita Monette
Rita was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana,USA. After retiring from her “real” job as an administrative assistant for the State of Michigan, Rita began doing what she always wanted to do…write and paint. Her debut middle grade novel, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, also includes her artwork. She enjoys writing stories set in the beautiful, yet mysterious, bayous and swamps of her home state. The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, depicts her Cajun childhood, growing up in a houseboat along the levees of Louisiana. Rita now lives with her husband, four lap dogs, and one lap cat, in the mountains of Tennessee. (Where the hurricanes have a hard time reaching.)
The Legend of Ghost Dog Island
Moving is nothing new for ten-year-old Nikki Landry. Her fisherman 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 would know. He’s spent his whole life trapping and fishing those bayous and swamps. But Nikki and her new friends 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.
Here’s an excerpt:
Mama closed the door behind her. She knew once Papa got going on one of his tales, there was no stopping him.
The last traces of daylight seemed to disappear in a hurry, as if Papa had ordered it away. The glass globe of the kerosene lamp clinked. He touched a match to the wick and adjusted the flame until it filled the room with pale light and gray shadows. He motioned me to sit next to him on the worn sofa.
I hurried to his side, not knowing what spooky legend he was going to tell this time. But as scared as I’d get, I always enjoyed hearing ’em.
“Mais, there’s a legend told around these parts.” That was how they always started out. He leaned down so the light from the lamp made eerie shadows across his face.
I rolled my eyes, determined not to get spooked this time.
“Folks say there’s something living out yonder,” he went on. “Legend has it the monster lures dogs to the island using evil spells. Then at the peak of the full moon, they’re turned into hollow spirits with glowing eyes.” Papa put on his eeriest sneer. “That there’s Ghost Dog Island.”
“Ghost dogs?” I pulled my knees up against my chest and wrapped my arms around ’em tight. My mind conjured up images of a huge monster with drippy fangs and dogs with bright yellow eyes. I thought about the feeling I had of something watching us. Was there really a creature out there? Did it have its eye on my best buddy? I shuddered.
IEEEOWWWOOOO-oooooooo! The howling sound echoed again across the bayou.
The Legend of Ghost Dog Island is available directly from the publisher at: ofhttp://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=445
Be sure to see Rita’s website for her wonderful illustrations: http://ritamonette.com/Home_Page.html
Rita’s Blog: Tales from the Bayou: http://ritamonette.blogspot.com/
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Rita is giving away one signed print copy of Legend of Ghost Dog Island, so please leave a comment and you will be entered to win.
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