Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GHOSTLY VISIONS REVIEW - BOO!

Okay, I couldn't resist the "Boo" in the title. Isn't that what ghosts say?'

Getting serious now. I'm delighted to showcase Author Penny Lockwood's latest novel, GHOSTLY VISIONS: GHOST FOR RENT AND GHOST FOR LUNCH, for middle grade readers today. You actually get two stories in this novel. Neat, huh?


   


Ohhh! Ghosts. Lovely cover!


Ghostly Visions Blurb
 
Wendy Wiles attracts ghosts, first in Ghost for Rent, when her parents separate and she, her brother, and mother move into a haunted house. The story begins in Portland, Oregon and quickly moves to small town, Scappoose, Oregon. Miserable at leaving her friends and beloved Portland behind, Wendy meets her neighbor Jennifer who tells her the house Wendy’s mom rented is haunted. After two of them appear to Wendy, the girls find themselves tracking down the mystery of who the ghosts are and why they "live" in the Wiles' home.
In Ghost for Lunch, Wendy’s friend, Jennifer, moves away, leaving Wendy sad until new neighbors and their restaurant in St. Helens bring ghosts back into Wendy's life. She, her brother, and their new friend discover the two cases are connected. Once again, the young sleuths use clues and lots of brainstorming to figure out who is haunting the restaurant.
While on the surface, these two stories appear to be about ghosts and the mystery of solving them, they are also about the importance of family and friends and working together to solve a problem.
Ghostly Visions is available direct from the publisher 4RV Publishing LLC for $15.99 including shipping and handling: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/penny-lockwood.php. It can also be ordered from your local bookstore with the following ISBN numbers: ISBN-10: 0982642326, ISBN-13: 978-0982642320, or through Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Ghostly-Visions-Ghost-Rent-Lunch/dp/0982642326/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465600196&sr=1-1&keywords=ghostly+visions

 
 
About the Author
 
Penny Lockwood (Ehrenkranz) has published over 100 articles, 75 stories, a chapbook, and her stories have been included in two anthologies. She writes for both adults and children. Her fiction has appeared in numerous genre and children’s publications, and non-fiction work has appeared in a variety of writing, parenting, and young adult print magazines and on line publications. She is a former editor for MuseItUp Publishing, 4RV Publishing, and Damnation Books. Visit her web site at http:// pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com and her writing blog at http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/.
4RV Publishing has joined her two middle grade novels (Ghost for Rent and Ghost for Lunch) as Ghostly Visions. She recently released Boo’s Bad Day with 4RV Publishing and has one other children’s picture book under contract with them: Many Colored Coats. She has three romances published by MuseItUp Publishing: Love Delivery, Lady in Waiting, and Mirror, Mirror. Her short story collection, A Past and A Future, is available through Alban Lake Publishing and Smashwords

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My Review:
 
GHOSTLY VISIONS: GHOST FOR RENT AND GHOST FOR LUNCH
By Penny Lockwood

Have you ever seen a ghost? Some people say they have; other people say there’s no such thing. If you aren’t a believer, you might change your mind after reading Author Penny Lockwood’s latest novel GHOSTLY VISIONS: GHOST FOR RENT AND GHOST FOR LUNCH.
In the first of the two stories, GHOST FOR RENT, Wendy Wiles not only has to deal with the possibility of her parents getting a divorce, she also sees ghosts, which her mother says do not exist. Her older brother Mike likes to play jokes on her, but Wendy knows the ghosts are real and not a joke. So Wendy, like most eleven-year olds, sets out with her neighbor Jennifer to solve the mystery. In their research about ghosts, the girls discover a lot more than they anticipated.

Penny Lockwood has done a nice job creating true-to-life characters. The relationship between Wendy and her brother is a lot of teasing but when things get tough, they show how much they care for each other.
In the second story, GHOST FOR LUNCH, we follow the same major characters, except with different friends, as they continue searching the history of the ghosts to find out why they cannot rest in peace.
GHOSTLY VISIONS: GHOST FOR RENT AND GHOST FOR LUNCH is a fun and not too scary read that not only middle-grade readers will enjoy, but so will adults. I did. The novel would make a nice addition to middle school libraries, public libraries, and of course your own library. I would suggest reading the stories with the lights on.
 
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Happy Reading!
 
And don't forget the drawing for the playing cards ends soon.
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21 comments:

  1. The author portrays herself as an excellent writer and the review of this book is no exception.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. You always say the nicest things. I appreciate your comments.

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  2. Sounds like a cute series for kids.

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    1. I agree, Alex. Middle readers should have fun trying to solve the mystery of the ghosts along with the characters.

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    2. Thanks, Alex. I had fun crafting the stories,

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  3. Sure sounds like a great series indeed.

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    1. It is a fun read, Pat, not too scary but a good mystery for young readers.

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    2. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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  4. These books sound great. Looking forward to checking them out.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. If you do get a chance to read them, please let me know what you think.

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  5. Bev, thanks so much for hosting me today and for he great review. I appreciate the support.

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    1. My pleasure, Penny. Glad to help. Good luck.

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  6. This sounds like a great selection for October. My kidlets are always looking for new things to devour. Lights on though, huh?

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  7. Congratulations to Penny Lockwood for the release of this book. Sounds like a great premise, I'm checking it out now.

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  8. You know me...I love stories with ghosts. :) I think I remember hearing about Ghost for Rent and being intrigued by it. I need to add it to my TBR list!

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  9. That looks like SO much fun! Congratulations to Penny!

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  10. It's great diving into a wonderful ghost story. Fantastic review.

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  11. Sounds fun, indeed. I love the idea of a restaurant setting and bringing ghosts back.

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  12. This is like the best of two worlds -- Nancy Drew and Scooby-Doo. What an awesome premise! Who wouldn't love it? I sure do!

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