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Today I'm hosting author C.K. Volnek!

The Musings of C.K. Volnek

(CONTEST: Leave me a comment as there will be prizes! I’m offering a free copy of my e-book or a free t-shirt!)

There was a time when I was a second grader when all I wanted to do was draw bunnies. Bunnies eating, bunnies sleeping, hopping, smiling. Why? Because of a book. The Velveteen Rabbit.

Then my passion matured to horse stories. I read all the Black Stallion books, Black Beauty, Misty, etc., reading so many books I won the coveted reader award at our local library.

And today, my passion for middle-grade, tween and young adult fiction is still strong. I love a good story that weaves around a young protagonist, watching him or her grow, whether it be emotionally, in maturity, or humanity.

My first fiction novel, Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island, became available September 23rd, 2011, by MIU Publishing.


In 1587, 117 colonists disappeared from Roanoke Island without a trace, 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 that haunts the island.

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

But, enough about me, there’s someone else here who would like to introduce himself…

Hi, my name is Jack Dahlgren. I’m the main character from C.K. Volnek’s Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island, a ghost story for tweens.

I’m almost 13 years-old. I like to remind my dad of that. He treats me like such a baby.

My dad moved us to this beach house on Roanoke Island about two months ago from Ohio. I wasn’t too happy about leaving the only home I’d ever known. But Dad had been out of work for over a year there. So when Great-grandma Ellis left us the house on Roanoke Island, Dad went to scope it 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.

I can’t say I like Roanoke Island. None of the kids at school want to have much to do with me, always teasing me about the creepy Ellis house. They say it’s haunted. The beach house is pretty run down and Dad is either at work or working on the house. Never has any time for me. He won’t even let me go exploring the woods or the bluff ... not since Kimmy’s accident.

Kimmy’s my little sister. She’s six. She’s in the hospital after falling off the bluff and hitting her head three weeks ago. Dad blames me for her accident. I’d do anything to take it back. I didn’t know she’d followed me up there! But Dad blames me for it. Guess he’s right, because I wasn’t supposed to be up there in the first place.

Mom has been with Kimmy since she fell. I wish she would 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. But he hasn’t mentioned it since the accident. But I’ve got to find a way to make him let me keep that big Mastiff I seen on the bluff. That Mastiff must need a good home and he’ll be a great dog to have around. He already saved me from whatever that thing was I came across in the cave.

The kids don’t seem to want to know me, but I did meet Manny, a 30-something Native American Indian. He’s really cool. He’s going to teach me how to whittle. He also seems to know what this creature is from the cave and said he’ll help me figure out how to stop it.

Manny says that thing is an evil creature conjured up a long time ago, from when the first colonists landed on Roanoke Island in 1587. I learned that 117 colonists disappeared back then...disappeared without a trace. I think this creature has something to do with it.

Manny says I am the only one who can stop this thing. I have to find out why. But first I have to figure out what it is and why it’s here. It’s pretty scary but if I don’t stop it, it will continue to haunt the island and kill more people.

Maybe if I can stop it, Dad won’t be so mad at me about Kimmy’s accident anymore. It could show him I’m responsible and grown up. I’ve got to stop it...before it stops me.

I hope you stop by and read Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island to see if I survive.
Jack Dahlgren

Thanks Jack. And thanks to Kim for having me today. I’d love to have my readers contact me at ckvolnek (at) yahoo (dot) com. They can join me on my web page: www.ckvolnek.com, or visit me at my blog: www.ckvolnek.com/blog.html. They can also find me on Facebook (C.K. Volnek) or Twitter (CKVolnek), Good Reads and Jacket Flap.
My book trailer is on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbJEF9TjZzo
My book is available at the MuseItUp Book Store: http://tinyurl.com/3pgwul2
as well as Amazon and many other fine book locations on-line.

Thanks for stopping by! Jack and I hope to see you all soon.
(CONTEST: Leave me a comment as there will be prizes! I’m offering a free copy of my e-book or a free t-shirt!)

C.K. Volnek


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Charlotte Volnek
Sep. 28th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
Hi Kim,

Thanks for having me on your blog today. It's so wonderful to see and make new friends. I hope everyone offers a wave and a quick hi to be entered for a FREE e-copy of Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island. Good luck everyone.
C.K. Volnek
Sep. 28th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Quick hi! Now back to my regularly scheduled #MGYABlogathon tweets. ;-)
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