Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Totally Ninja Raccoons, The Series

You might be aware that I write the children's series, The Totally Ninja Raccoons. Many people do know, but there's always someone who doesn't, or someone who decides to check them out, and so the blog post.

The Totally Ninja Raccoon series is great for the reluctant reader from second to fourth grade, though there are younger and older readers. My nieces are just entering kindergarten and love the books as bedtime stories. Grandmothers love buying them for their grandchildren that live outside of Tioga County.

Although, these books are geared towards younger readers, I do have several adults who read and collect the series. If you love ninjas, raccoons, Chinese food, or cryptids, you may want to check them out.

The Totally Ninja Raccoon series is set right here in Wellsboro Pennsylvania, and is specifically geared towards reluctant readers. It's your classic trio with a twist. Think the "Three Investigators meet the "Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles" with a little "Ghost Busters" in the mix.What started as an idea to score free food soon ends up giving the raccoons a glimpse into another world, a world of shadows, mysteries, and plots.

The Ninja Raccoons are of course available at From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro. You can stop by and get a signed and personalized copy. From My Shelf Books also ships every day, and if you can't make it in, you can visit the website, or even did it the old fashioned way and call us at 570-724-5793.

I've also set it up so that other bookstores and libraries can order these just like any other big, name book. If you'd like to support your local bookstore, they can order it for you. I'll put a summery at the end of the blog post just for bookstores and libraries. You can also buy the book online from other sources than From My Shelf Books & Gifts. You may have a gift card that needs used and I will get the royalties eventually.

So, give the series a try. Children are loving them, and I am having great feedback. I'm still writing in the series, and I just finished the second draft of the sixth book. Hope to have that out in late May of 2017. I'm loving this series, totally...

Summery of the Totally Ninja Raccoon Series

*Series: The Totally Ninja Raccoons
*Author: Kevin J. Coolidge
*published by From My Shelf Books & Gifts via IngramSpark
*available through Ingram, regular discount, returnable
*target audience is first through third graders, especially good chapter books for reluctant readers
*5 books in series so far;
*all have $5.99 as SRP, except most recent, "The Catmas Caper", which is longer and is a "holiday special edition" at $6.99
*first book is "The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot", although they can actually be read in any order
*origin story sets up the Totally Ninja Raccoons with their ongoing antagonist, Gypsy, the cat who is in charge of the Cat Board, because cats, of course, want to take over the world but are too lazy to do it
*each book has the Totally Ninja Raccoons encountered a cryptid, but in a fun, non-threatening (not too scary!) way
*all books take place in Tioga and Potter Counties in PA, making it a nice local/regional selection and something that people won't find at every store and Scholastic book fair
*recently awarded "Story Monster Approval!" award
*There will be an article in the March issue of Susabella Passengers and Friends
*There is a running ad in Story Monsters Ink magazine
*Kevin will be at the Williamsport Comic Con April 23rd
*Kevin has several radio/podcasts interviews scheduled
*Science Fiction Convention at the Carlisle High School April 29th

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