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It's finally here!
 Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island
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So, grab a cupcake and a glass of punch and raise your glass with me to celebrate!
In celebration, I'm also going to give one lucky reader who leaves me a comment a FREE e-copy of Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island. So, just say 'hi' and you may WIN! Good Luck.

Thanks for stopping by!
C.K. Volnek 

Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island
In 1587, 117 colonists disappeared from Roanoke Island, NC,
leaving behind not only unanswered questions, but a terrifying evil.

Now, it's up to twelve year-old Jack Dahlgren to unravel the age-old mystery and save his family from the hateful beast haunting his home.

With the help of newfound friend, Manny, a Native American shaman, and an elusive Giant Mastiff, Jack must piece together the clues to the disappearance of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island to uncover what really happened. Shrouded in ancient Native American folklore, it's up to Jack to discover what the evil is and why it haunts his island in a horrifying campaign of revenge. But can Jack stop the beast...before it destroys him?


Less than 24 Hours til the debut of

Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island!

Please come back tomorrow and raise a glass of virtual punch, grab a cup cake and help me celebrate the Book Birthday of my MG Novel!
See you then.
C.K. Volnek

Hi. I suppose you were all expecting C.K. Volnek to be here today, but she was busy writing on her next book, so she asked me to step in and introduce myself. Said the readers might like to get to know the characters from her book a little better.

As she posted in the headline for me, my name is Jack Dahlgren. Jack, not Jackie, like my dad calls me. Geesh, I’m almost 13 and he still treats me like a baby. I’m the main character from C.K.’s ghost story for tweens, GHOST DOG OF ROANOKE ISLAND.

Dad moved us to this beach house on Roanoke Island about two months ago. I wasn’t too happy about it. I’d rather be in Ohio. That's home. Had lived there my whole life. But after Dad got laid off last year, things got pretty bad. I heard Mom and Dad whispering about the bank and someone taking the house. Then we got news my Great-grandma Ellis left us this house on Roanoke Island. I didn’t know Great-grandma very well. She’d had Alzheimer’s for as long as I could remember. She didn’t even recognize my mom the last time we'd visited her at the old folks home. Funny thing though, my mom didn’t know about the house on Roanoke Island. Guess Great-grandma had kept it a secret.

Anyway, Dad went to scope the beach house out. He found a job in nearby Manteo and that was all she wrote. He up and moved us, not even asking if it was okay by me.

Dad made stupid comments about how cool it would be to live on an island off the coast of North Carolina, like he thought he would change my mind about Ohio. Won’t happen. It’s not like Ohio at all. I don’t have any friends or anything. None of the kids at school want to have much to do with me. They’re always teasing me about our creepy house, saying it’s haunted. The beach house is pretty run down and Dad is either at work or repairing the house. Never has any time for me. He won’t even let me go exploring the woods or the bluff...especially since Kimmy’s accident.

(Sigh) Kimmy’s my little sister. She’s six. She fell off the bluff next to our house three weeks ago and is in the hospital. The bluff's not that high but she hit her head on a rock and has been unconscious ever since. Dad blames me for her fall. But I didn’t know she’d followed me up there! I’d do anything to take it back. Guess he’s got a right to blame me. I wasn’t supposed to be up there either.

Mom’s been with Kimmy at the hospital since she fell. I wish she’d come home. Seems like I’m always in trouble with Dad. He’s so mad at me. He promised I could get a dog when we moved to the island. Except now he won’t talk about…not since the accident. But I’ve got to find a way to make him let me keep that big Mastiff I found on the bluff. He’s a cool dog!  And he must need a good home. He’s a great dog to have around. Already saved me from whatever that thing was I came across in the cave.

Dad would kill me if he found out…but I went back up the bluff. See, the hurricane was coming and I thought I’d heard Dad calling. But it wasn’t him, it was the dog. I followed him up the bluff to try and rescue him, but I was the one that needed the rescusing. I  fell over the side of the bluff just like Kimmy. Didn’t fall onto the rocks like she did though. I managed to hang onto the vines and then this cave appeared. I jumped in it not knowing there was something else already in there. As I was trying to find another way out of the cave, this creepy monster thing came after me. It was really big and ugly and scary. But like I said, the dog saved me. Pretty brave for a dog.

Then I met this guy named Manny. He’s really cool even if he is an adult. He's a Native American Shaman. Said he'd teach me how to whittle. He also seems to know what this thing in the cave is and said he’ll help me figure out how to stop it. Manny says it’s an evil creature conjured up a long time ago, from when the first colonists landed on Roanoke Island in 1587. My history book said 117 colonists disappeared back then...disappeared without a trace. I think this creature has something to do with it.

Manny says I’m the only one who can stop it. I don’t understand, but I have to find out why. First I have to figure out what it is though and why it’s here. It’s scary but if I don’t stop this thing, it will continue to haunt the island and hurt or even kill people. I can’t let it get my family. I promised Kimmy I wouldn’t let anything bad ever happen to her again.

Plus, if I can stop it, maybe Dad won’t be so mad at me anymore. It could show him I’m responsible enough and he’ll let me keep the dog. Man I want that dog! But first, I’ve got to stop this monster thing...before it stops me.

I hope you’ll visit me in September when my book comes out. It’s one heck of a ghost story, with lots of action and adventure.  Thanks for stopping by.


Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island, by C.K. Volnek. Coming September, 2011 by
MuseItUp Publishing.  

Hi Gang,
It's Jack Dahlgren again. C.K. has been busy this week. After receiving her cover for her upcoming book, Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island, she then finished her trailer for the book. It's got great creepy music and gives you just enough information to make you want to read the book. I love the image of the dog she put in it. That Mastiff saved my butt so many times...I owe him a lot.  So take a peek at C.K.'s trailer for Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island on YouTube. She'd love to hear what you think.

URL:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbJEF9TjZzo
Jack Dahlgren

Hi, my name is Jack Dahlgren and I’m doing a guest post for C.K. Volnek today. She’s not in any shape to blog. I can’t get her to quit jumping up and down and staring at the new cover of our book, Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island. Geesh, you’d wonder which one of us is the kid. I guess I can’t blame her. It is pretty exciting. It’s fun to see a cover to my story. Yeah, I’m the main character of C.K.’s ghost story.

If you like action, adventure and mystery with some Indian folklore and history thrown in, you’ll love Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island. C.K. got the idea to write the story when she read an article about the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Some think the people that came over on the Mayflower to Plymouth were the first colonists, but they weren’t. Roanoke Island was the very first colony.

In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh dispatched  a group of colonists to Roanoke Island to set up a colony in the new world. A few short months later the colonists sent their Governor, John White, back to England for supplies and help. With the start of the Spanish war, White was not able to return right away. And when he did return to Roanoke Island three years later, the colonists were gone. Completely vanished.  No one knows what happened to them. Did they die of starvation or disease? Were they killed? There weren’t any bodies. Did they get blown away by a hurricane? If they had, then why weren’t the buildings destroyed? Many questions surround this never-solved mystery. And so C.K. decided to come up with her own explanation.

When I saw C.K. working on the book, I realized I had to help. After all, I'm almost 13 and it is my story. I didn’t want to move to Roanoke Island. But my dad had lost his job and I heard him and mom whispering about the bank taking our house in Ohio. So, when Great-grandma Ellis left us this beach house on Roanoke Island, Dad went to check it out. He got a job right away and it was a done deal, we were moving. Great-grandma’s house is said to be haunted. At least that’s what the kids at school say. They didn’t have a clue what was really haunting the island.

C.K has created some nice friends for me. There’s this really neat Old English Mastiff and Manny, he’s a cool Native American guy. He can whittle and has a bag of powders that send me on a vision quest to help solve the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke.  Mrs. Grundel is a nice grandmotherly-kind of lady. She treats me like a guy wants to be treated, not like a baby…like my dad. Dad doesn’t think I can do anything right. Especially since my sister, Kimmy, fell off the cliff next to our house. I didn’t know she’d followed me up there, but he blames me for it.

C.K. also created this wicked creepy monster from some Indian folklore. He’s big and ugly and smelly. If it weren’t for the Mastiff, I would have been monster meat several times.

I hope you’ll look for me and my friends when Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island comes out in September. It’s one great ghostly adventure.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jack Dahlgren   

Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island, by C.K. Volnek. Due out September, 2011 by MuseItUp Publishing.