My newest book, Rosco the Rascal’s Ghost Town Adventure, is finally ready for pre-order in Kindle format. I really think that illustrator, Josh Addessi, knocked it out of the park on the cover this time. When I asked for ‘desert ghost town’ and ‘mysterious’, wow, did he deliver! I had to show you the full cover spread here because the back cover art is just so cool!
On a visit to the American West, James, Mandy, and their dog, Rosco, learn of a missing cat and determine to find her and bring her back. Their search-and-rescue mission leads them down the dark tunnels of an old silver mine, and one mystery leads to another. Soon, the kids have more questions than answers. Will bravery and quick thinking be enough to rescue the missing cat and escape the eerie mine? At times a thrilling ghost story, at times an action-packed adventure, this sixth book in the Rosco the Rascal series will keep readers guessing until the end.
*Recommended for ages 7-11
It’s only 99c for now, but will go up to $2.99 a few weeks after it’s release, so act now if your child likes to read on the Kindle or free Kindle app. The ebook will be delivered on release day, which is March 10. Here’s the pre-order link: https://amzn.to/39yKN13
If you’d rather wait for the PAPERBACK, don’t worry because I’ll announce it here on the blog when it’s ready for purchase. Look for it on March 10, 2020 as well.
My kid beta readers this time around (some upper elementary and middle school students) told me that this particular book might be a little too scary for First Graders because of the ghost stories, and because Rosco and the kids get lost inside a one-hundred-and-thirty-year-old abandoned silver mine, in the dark, with only lanterns to light the way. These kids assured me, however, that it wouldn’t be too scary for a Second Grader. How cute is that? I guess there’s a bigger jump between 6 and 7 than I assumed? 😉
I took their advice though, and labeled this book as recommended for 7 years of age and older, as opposed to 6+, which is what I usually do. However, it’s no scarier than your average Disney Rated G movie these days, in my opinion, if not less so, and I think most kids won’t actually get scared by it—maybe just ’thrilled’. Regardless, I will let you be the judge of that.
The story is very realistic, summer-themed but a good read for any time of the year, and will feel a lot like a real trip to a desert ghost town that doubles as a tourist attraction, with Mom, Dad, Grandma, and the family dog. Yes, James’ and Mandy’s maternal grandmother even makes an appearance for the first time in any of the Rosco books, and as Rosco thinks, she’s a real hoot!
The story is based loosely on some actual ghost stories from California’s Official Silver Mining Town of Calico, CA. I did my research and the town, itself, and all of the historical details, which aren’t clouded in ‘ghost story’ in the book are based on facts. The town of Calico was actually saved from ruin in 1950 when Walter Knott, who became famous after starting the theme park in southern California called Knotts Berry Farm, bought the town and preserved the buildings and the land around it.
Here’s a page on the more famous ghost stories and the history of Calico. (Marshal Wildfire Wilson, in my book, is based on the actual ghost story of Tumbleweed Harris, which is detailed on that page. And there’s even a ghost cat story told told in Calico. You’ll understand why I love that fact after you read my book.)
Here’s my Pinterest board for it if you’d like to show your child (or yourself!) some photos and other images that look just like what I’m trying to describe in the book. https://www.pinterest.com/shanagorian/rosco-the-rascals-ghost-town-adventure/
The plot is a mystery, and to my delight, I was actually able to fool/trick/retain the mystery until the end for all but one of my kid beta readers, so I’m taking that as a win! (This was a particularly adept 7th grade reader who figured it out before the end, though, so I’m not disappointed.)
Review Copies are still available–just say the word! Contact me by email if you’re interested in writing an honest review of the book on Amazon on launch day (March 10) and I’ll send you a free ebook in exchange in mobi, epub, or PDF format. You can even let a child read it, and then publish your review in your child’s words; doesn’t have to be an adult’s opinion of the book. I can’t tell you how much difference a few decent reviews make so if you’d like to help me out and would also like this ebook for free, please hit me up!
Click here to read a short excerpt on this blog if you didn’t see it on a previous post.
Thanks so much! I’m so excited to launch this book! I hope you love it. And I know I always say this, but this one is now my favorite book in the series. 🙂