Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Read an Excerpt from The Secret in Mossy Swamp (Nikki Landry Swamp Legends, Book 3) by Rita Monette #MiddleGrade

Things are never what they seem... in a foggy Louisiana swamp

Book Information:

Title: The Secret in Mossy Swamp

Series: Nikki Landry Swamp Legends, Book 3

Author Name: Rita Monette

Genre(s): Juvenile/Middle Grade, Adventure, Mystery

Length: Approx. 204 pages

ISBN Paperback: 978-1987976168

Release Date: Septemer 17, 2016

Publisher: Mirror World Publishing

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About The Secret in Mossy Swamp:

Living in a tiny houseboat, Nikki is stuck with sharing a room with her little brother, Jesse, who does what little brothers do best…torture their sisters. Fed up, she decides to build a place of her own…a tree house where no boys are allowed. Meanwhile, something strange is happening on Bayou Platte. Things and people are coming up missing…and little stick dolls covered in moss, known locally as “signs” from the legendary Rougarou, are showing up in their place.

Is the Rougarou really to blame? Can Nikki get to the bottom of the mystery before things get worse? Find out in this third instalment of the Nikki Landry Swamp Legends Series!

Read an Excerpt:

Summer had just started and already it hung like a warm wet blanket over the bayou and all the folks who lived there. I fed my pet turkey, Belle, some cracked corn, and watched her run around the yard flapping her wings—probably trying to keep cool.

I got Belle from Tommy Lopez, the store owner’s son. She wasn’t the Thanksgiving kind of turkey though, on account of being really scrawny and all, but she made a great pet. Tommy didn’t much like that turkey and the feeling was mutual. When Tommy said he was going to kill her for attacking him in his own yard, I asked if I could have her. She’d been mine ever since. Papa made Mama promise not to fatten her up.

The dock made a good place to sit and think and wonder about stuff. Mama called it pondering and she said I was pretty good at it. There wasn’t much else I was good at, so I figured I’d keep doing it. I found my favorite spot on the rough wooden boards and looked out at the gumbo-colored water. Snooper scooted up next to me.

The swamp islands across the bayou whispered with the breeze, like they had secrets nobody else knew about. The trees around the edges bobbed their dead branches into the moving water. Lilies piled up against ’em, hiding moccasin snakes, turtles, and gators. But I knew they were there, with nothing but their eyes showing, peeping out and looking for something to pounce on for lunch. The smell of rotting seaweed and dead fish was always stinkier in the summer heat.

My small pirogue sat on the muddy bank. It had washed up after a storm all full of holes. Papa patched it up and said I could keep it, but I wasn’t to go off in it by myself. Like I would ever do anything like that. I grinned, remembering all the times I disobeyed my papa and did things that got me in big trouble…and almost got me killed a time or two.

Then I thought about that kid out there, somewhere. Papa had left a couple hours before in his truck and hadn’t come back yet. I pondered on what he’d said about an old creature covered in moss. Maybe it was just a dog that got caught up in some moss and couldn’t get loose. Or it might have been a big black bear. Their hair looked a lot like moss on account of ’em not having anyone to brush it and all. I knew there had to be a logical explanation to it, ’cause I didn’t believe in monsters. I pondered a lot when I was alone. I imagined being in my very own tree house so I could ponder all day without anyone bothering me.

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Meet the Author:

Behind Every Legend Lies the Truth!

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. She is currently retired and lives with her husband, four lap dogs, and one lap cat, in the mountains of Tennessee. Besides writing and illustrating, She enjoys participating in festivals and craft shows where she does face and body art, along with selling her books.


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