Guest Author: Rita Monette

Just because I write romance, doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other genres. Today middle grade author Rita Monette is stopping in to share information on her book The Legend of Ghost Dog Island.

I know Rita through Musa Publishing.  She is also one of the authors who stepped up and offered to visit my daughter’s blog when she started reviewing books a few months ago. Miss Rita will be visiting Gaea’s book review site in a few weeks, but Mom snagged her first! 🙂


Book Cover Buy it here!

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.

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.


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About marciboudreaux

Marci Boudreaux lives with her husband, two daughters, and their numerous pets. She is a freelance writer appearing monthly in a variety of local magazines as well as a content editor for several small publishing houses. Romance is her preferred reading and writing genre because nothing feels better than falling in love with someone new and her husband doesn't like when she does that in real life. Marci is currently working on her Masters in Publishing because she still has time to sleep.
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10 Responses to Guest Author: Rita Monette

  1. ritamonette says:

    What a great way to wake up this morning, Marci. I’m so glad to be here on your blog! Looking forward to being on Gaea’s blog too.

  2. Marci Boudreaux says:

    Thanks for being here!

  3. Lizzie says:

    Enjoy middle-grade books and I’m well past that point in my life…*g*

  4. sharonledwith says:

    That excerpt deserves another Scooby snack, Rita! Cheers for a howling book success!

  5. There is a howling sound coming across the garden just now – but we haven’t got any Ghost Dogs just a hungry cat. Good luck with the book Rita, it sounds like a great tale.

  6. sloanetaylor1 says:

    Wishing you a million sales on your outstanding novel, Rita.:)

  7. Leigh Daley says:

    As into Duck Dynasty and Swamp People as my folks are, we have to love a book set in Louisiana! Sounds wonderful, Rita!

  8. ritamonette says:

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting ladies. Leigh, tell your folks Troy Landry from Swamp People lives in the same town as my character is from…and they share the same last name. Not that big of a coincidence, though. Landry in that part of the country is like Smith everywhere else.

  9. Marci Boudreaux says:

    I made a Cajun chicken dish for dinner and thought of you, Rita! LOL

  10. Rita Monette says:

    And you didn’t invite me??

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