Below is the official press release for "The Psi Squad and the Atherton Ghost." So far, at least one newspaper has run the release (see The Pilot: Psi Squad Press Release), which is one more than ran a release for the first book. Of course, it might have helped if I had written a press release for the first book…
Without further ado, here it is!
North Carolina Author Releases Second Book in Series
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2014
Pinehurst NC, March 2014 – North Carolina author Mark Feggeler has released the second book of his middle grade paranormal adventure series, “The Psi Squad.” Available in paperback and for Kindle, “The Psi Squad and the Atherton Ghost” is a family-friendly book that continues the story of three middle school students in Durham, NC, who discover they have extra-sensory abilities.
The series is told by twelve year old J.B., a sixth grader living with his grandparents and who regularly sees spots before his eyes. As he settles in to his new surroundings, J.B. becomes friends with two fellow students who help him realize the spots may be more than they seem. Although there are nine books planned for the series, “The Psi Squad” began as a single book written for Feggeler’s children.
“Children’s books tend to skew either toward very young kids or teenagers,” Feggeler said. “I wanted to write a story that was suitable for a middle grade audience and then make it a relatively quick read. Once that first book was written, I thought it might be great fun to write a series of books about these characters.”
“The Psi Squad and the Atherton Ghost” keeps its focus on the middle grade audience (ages 9 and older). Similar to “The Psi Squad: Book One,” the sequel is less than 100 pages. Although the book is at its core a ghost story, the author is careful not to use gory imagery or profanities.
"The stories are about the characters, not about scaring the reader," Feggeler said. "Much of what the characters experience are things I learned about twenty years ago when I worked part-time for a parapsychology researcher. In that regard, I like to think there's more science to these books than scares."
A resident of Pinehurst, NC, Mark Feggeler studied writing at college and is a former journalist. He returned to writing fiction in 2010 and has since released three books. He also maintains a blog titled “Ramblings of a Very Pale Man.” Both books in “The Psi Squad” series are available in paperback or for Kindle at Amazon.com. Paperback editions are available through The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC.