July has been a banner month for us here in Dogman Country. It all started with a BANG! in Mackinaw City for the July fourth fireworks. We had a great day and evening in the Mackinaw Crossings at True North Books and the Ducks Landing Gifts Store. And then, two days later in Traverse City, we set our all time one-day record for books sold. Special guest Steve Cook and his wife Pam joined us for a fabulous day beneath the Northern Michigan summer sun and the Blue Angels flying overhead. Thousands of folks showed up to the Cherry Fest Craft Show and it was just insane! Steve and I barely had time to sit down to lunch because of all the folks who stopped by to share stories and purchase the variety of Dogman items we had available.
Said Steve Cook of the great day at Cherry Fest:
"It's been wonderful meeting hundreds of "Dogman" fans at several events this summer, including the Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market, Luther Logging Days, and most of all, The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City. While at first it seemed possibly counterproductive for us to sell the CD/DVD sets and Frank Holes' dogman books in the same tent at the same venue, the synergy of both authors being present to tell the whole story of this remarkable Legend created a one day sales record for BOTH of our products. I can't wait for our next shared event!" -- Steve Cook
Since that time, we've been on the road meeting our fans all over the state and even into Wisconsin. Stops in Spread Eagle WI, Frankfort, Petoskey, and Cadillac have been great, and we've met so many folks with stories to share.
This weekend, the infamous blue pop-up tent will again arrive in Lexington MI to share the Dogman legend with Sanillac and St. Clair counties. We had a tremendous (yet rainy) couple of days in this vacation village, and we look forward to returning!
And speaking of Dogman books, we are now proud to announce the release of the second novel, The Haunting of Sigma, which made its debut on July 4th. This prequel actually takes place 20 years ago in 1987, deep in the woods of Kalkaska County. In an intense and frightening week's span, the Dogman completely wipes out this tiny community. Sigma is a real village (you can find it on Michigan maps) you can actually visit, though it's nearly a ghost town now (because of the Dogman???). The few folks we've met from the Sigma area are just amazed that their little community is actually a part of the Dogman legend put down in a novel (even if the village does get devestated!)
Get your copy of The Haunting of Sigma on our website. Simply click the link below:
For more on the Dogman, including the latest sightings, be sure to check out Steve Cook's website at: http://www.michigan-dogman.com
Our Summer Spectacular Give Away Winner:
We are still awaiting the reponse from our July winner. However, we will be randomly selecting winners on August 1 (a Dogman t-shirt) from our email list. If you are here on the Dogman Blog as a visitor, please go to our website and sign up for our newsletter to enter. Be sure to tell all of your friends to sign up with us on our website too. Also, names collected at our events will be included, so if you see us out and about, be sure to sign up. And, don't think that just when the summer is over, we will stop the giveaways. This fall and winter we will be again randomly choosing fans from our email list to receive Dogman merchandise.
Frank's third book, The Longquist Adventures: Western Odyssey, is now available for order on Amazon.com and will soon be available in bookstores around the state. This novel is appropriate for upper elementary students through adults.
Below is a sneak peek of the back cover of the book:
In a great blending of fantasy, adventure, and mythology, Frank Holes, Jr. has set the stage for a new young hero in modern literature with his new series, The Longquist Adventures. Written for elementary students as young as third grade, Western Odyssey, the first novel in the series, will be loved by those at the middle school and high school level, as well as anyone familiar with Greek mythology.
Based upon the epic Greek tale of Odysseus, yet set in the American Wild West, The Longquist Adventures: Western Odyssey chronicles the journey of a young boy and his guide through a perilous world of dangerous encounters and fantastic creatures. It is a world of gun fights at high noon, stampedes on the great plains, stagecoach robbery, and an ultimate showdown with a ruthless, powerful gangster aboard a turn-of-the-century paddlewheel in the San Francisco Bay. Can the time-traveling boy and the law-abiding Marshal restore order to the chaos of the American West gone truly wild?
Learn more about the new novel on its website: http://www.longquist.com
Our summer book signing tour continues. We'll be haunting a town near you:
August 2-3, Lexington MI, Fine Arts Fair
August 8-10, St. Johns MI, Mint Festival Craft Fair
August 13, Eagle River WI, Paul Bunyan Festival Craft Fair
August 16-17, Sun Prairie WI, Sweet Corn Festival Craft Fair
August 22, Boyne City MI, Boyne Country Books
August 23-24, Mackinaw City MI, Fine Arts Fair
August 30-31, Hoxeyville MI, Hoxeyville Homecoming
Septermber 1, Mackinaw City (TBA), Labor Day Bridge Walk
Of course, we are beginning to set our fall and winter dates. We have tentative stops in Manistee, Leland, Big Rapids, Traverse City, Cadillac, Indian River, Charlevoix, Northville, Houghton Lake, and Warrens WI. We hope to team up with Steve Cook again this fall for several venues too, so be sure to check our website often for updates to our schedule.
Mark your calendars with the dates above to pick up your own autographed first edition copy of The Haunting of Sigma and The Longquist Adventures: Western Odyssey. And share your stories with us. We love fans’ who share their mysterious encounters from all over Michigan and the Midwest.
As always, a huge thank you to our fans for their generosity. Look for our more of Frank's novels this summer. Keep those eyes peeled for Dogman sightings! And be careful going out at night!