Happy Monday, friends! Today, I’m very excited to announce that I have the pleasure of hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Frank L. Cole’s forthcoming 2017 middle grade release, The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine! Coming to a bookstore and library near you August 8, 2017 from Delacorte, The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine tells the story of a roller coaster like no other and the four kids who are about to experience the unforgettable ride of their lives. The cover of The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine was designed by Kate Gardner and Katrina Damkoehler and illustrated by Elizabet Vukovik. Please read on to learn more about this fascinating and creative upcoming middle grade release, including an exclusive cover reveal, a personal note from the author about the story’s origins and an opportunity to win an advance reader copy of The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine!
The inspiration for this book came right after I had submitted an idea to my agent and started writing on it. I proposed a story about a boy who crosses over into a world where stuffed animals live. It was so bizarre and I had written some sample chapters only to hear back from my agent that they needed a ton of rewrites. As I sat at my computer, wondering how to fix those chapters, I realized that I didn’t want to write a book about stuffed animals! Maybe it could be cool, but I didn’t think I was at a point in my career where I could pull something like that off. So, I panicked and I took a shower. And while in the shower, the initial concept for The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine hit me square between the eyes. I feel a great concept comes from asking lots and lots of questions. What if there was a roller coaster that was the fastest, scariest, most exciting ride ever? Not only that, what would it be like if this machine could tap into your mind and project your fears out in front of you while you were on it? And then, what if the ride required a way to harness the minds of all four participants to create an authentic experience every time? I thought this was a fun and interesting idea, but it wasn’t enough. I then asked myself what would happen if one of the participants couldn’t feel fear and because of his unique condition, he and the others found themselves unable to get off the ride as unthinkable disasters begin to happen all around them, forcing them to leave the safety of their vehicle, while terrifying creatures stalk them from the shadows? And then, to top it all off, what if the other ride participants were keeping secrets of their own?
This book, by far, is my favorite creation. I can’t wait for people to read it!
About Frank L. Cole
Frank L. Cole was born into a family of southern storytellers and wrote his first book at age eight. Highly superstitious and gullible to a fault, Frank will believe in any creepy story you tell him, especially ones involving ghosts and Big Foot. Currently, along with his wife and three children, he resides in the shadow of a majestic western mountain range, which is most likely haunted. The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine is Frank’s 9th published book.
Title The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine
Author Frank L. Cole
Pages 320 Pages
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
To Be Published August 8, 2017 by Delacorte
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CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World’s Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it.
There’s Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at the school again. There’s Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika’s wealthy grandfather isn’t too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he’ll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius.
The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own.
Join the kids on their wild ride if you dare. Your adventure starts now!
As an extra, exciting bonus, Frank has been kind enough to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a advance reader copy of The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine! This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and the prize will be distributed once advance reader copies become available. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!