Monday, October 12, 2015

K.C. Tansley's The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts Halloween Blitz & Giveaway

Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts...
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts
by K.C. Tansley

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Unbelievables - Book 1
Publication Date: July 31, 2015
Publisher: Beckett Publishing Group
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi
Print Length: 256 pages
Available from: Amazon
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Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.

The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.

But that’s all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time—and their own bodies—before their souls slip away forever.

 
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts (The Unbelievables Book #1)Do you believe in ghosts? Do you like ghost stories with haunting legends, poorly formed curses, old castles, mysterious murders and disappearances? How about if it were all in the name of love and the clock is ticking for another death one hundred and twenty-nine years later? Only one girl can unlock the mystery and break the curse, but it means revealing a secret she has kept hidden for years, or does someone know her secret already? Will the ghosts Kat has been ignoring finally break through her shields and drag her into their realm of darkness?

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley takes us on a journey through time and dimensions to reveal the truth of a curse crafted long ago that seems never-ending. Tragic, haunting and filled with witchcraft, one unlikely group of students find more than great firsthand information for a paper they are working on. Mixing like oil and water, Kat and Evan are forced to work on this project together along with others hand selected by their professor, but when their very lives and souls are on the line as they are tumbled back in time and into the bodies of a newly married couple, only their eye-witness account of what happened that fateful night and a “friendly ghost”can help to unravel the truth and end the curse.

K.C. Tanlsey has brought all the atmosphere of ghost stories to life in a riveting read that promises to entertain from start to finish. There is a steady flow, lots of mystery and, of course ghosts, the only things missing are the campfire and the marshmallows!




1- Tell us about K.C. Tansley - the person - who are you in the real world?

It truly depends on what the situation is. If I’m stuck in line at the bank, I’m impatient and frustrated. If I’m at lunch with an old friend, I’m charming and fun. If I’m teaching a workshop, I’m patient and helpful. If I’m traveling, I’m usually ranting about something that’s gone wrong. I love to explore new places, but I’m a terrible traveler.

Right now, I’m a huge Gossip Girl fan. Just finished 6 seasons and am re-watching it.

I’m an avid list maker. Every morning starts at my laptop with my to-do list for that day.

2 - Okay you gave us the general idea - now time for the "good stuff"
    a. Tell us THREE things about you that cannot be found online (anything-food preferences, most embarrassing moment, funniest moment, you don't have to humiliate yourself...but hey, you are a human!)

·         I became a nail biter at three because I was afraid of the dark and didn’t dare fall asleep during naptime. Who knew what would emerge from the shadows and devour me? Chewing on my fingernails kept me alert, but also distracted me from my fear. It still does.
·         I didn’t learn to swim until I was eight because someone had the brilliant idea to throw me in the deep end when I was three years old and I almost drowned.
·         I have a weird attraction to barbeque pork rinds. I love the texture of them. The crunch and the fat really satisfy me.

3- Have you ever been "fan" stalked?

No. Thank goodness. My fans have been really respectful and kind.

4 - If you weren't an author, what would you be?

I’d probably go back to Wall Street and work in risk management and audit again. I’m really good at being detail oriented and creating order. Or maybe I’d go back to school for a PhD in statistics. I love working with numbers. I find it very soothing.

 



K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.
**Is it me or does K.C. Tansley look like her Heroine?**


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40 comments:

  1. Yes I do. I've had a ghost follow me all my life. I believe she's a distant relative.

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    1. Oh that's kind of creepy. I hope she is and she's just watching over you.

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    2. She does. She kept my ex from killing me one time by shoving an ottoman in his way so he would stumble over it giving me time to get out of the house to get help. I'd probably be dead if it weren't for her. It scared him so bad that he never came back around me again.

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    3. That's really wonderful. I'm so glad you have a good experience with your ghost. I think some of them really want to help the living.

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  2. I actually used to live in an apartment haunted by a poltergeist. It would move and hid things and turn the front closet light on every night at 9PM.

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    1. How long did you stay there? That totally gave me goosebumps. :)

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  3. I've had a couple of things happen that make me a believer. When I was a teenager I used to hear someone walking in our house at night, and one night the footsteps came down the stairs and into my room. I turned the lights on but no one was there. Years later I was living in another house when I was awakened by someone pushing down on me over and over while I was sleeping to the point where I was bouncing up and down on the bed. I don't know why the ghost woke me up, but I didn't sleep anymore that night.

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    1. I've heard the footsteps before too. I definitely wouldn't sleep anymore that night after your second experience.

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  4. I do believe, never had an experience though..

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    1. I don't think you have to have an experience to be a believer. :)

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  5. Yes I believe in ghosts and yes I believe I have seen one. I also believe that ghosts are not bad things nor can they cause harm. I think that when someone thinks they have been harmed by a ghost or spirit, it actually is a result from their shock. Like if they get startled and trip, they assume the ghost caused it when in fact they caused it themselves.

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    1. There's definitely a tendency to blame something because it came before something else. I think that's what can make people so quick to blame a ghost if they get startled and hurt themselves.

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  6. I do believe in ghosts but I have not seen one myself. Though, I do know people that have lived in haunted houses before.

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    1. It's great when people believe without having seen stuff. Haunted houses are so creepy cool.

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  7. This looks interesting. Can't wait to read!

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  8. No, I don't believe in ghost but I do believe in evil spirits.

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    1. Interesting. So what makes an evil spirit more believable than a ghost? Just curious. :)

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  9. I don't know if I believe in ghosts, but sometimes I think I see someone out of the corner of my eye and when I turn, they are gone.

    Kourtney, what do you have in the works right now?

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    1. I get that a lot Dii.

      I have the first draft of the sequel to The Girl done. Right now, I'm revising the sequel to my other series for adults. I spend most of the year switching back and forth between the two of them. :)

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  10. I love ghost stories. No, I don't believe I have ever had an ghostly experience. Do I believe????? Come on little ghostie, make me a believer. I live at....
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Me too Sherry. They always give me goose bumps. LOL. I hope you have an experience on day. :)

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  11. Hi Kourtney.
    I think I believe in ghosts, that is, I think I want to believe in ghosts. I have not seen one, but I work in a haunted house attraction that is at a closed foundry. This 19th century blast furnace is considered to be one of the most haunted sites in America. It, Sloss Furnace, has been featured on many ghost hunter type shows. Many people have unusual experiences there. Sometimes scratches appear, or they are pushed, even thrown. Several times I have seen smoke coming from the stacks, even though there should not be any.
    Here is one of many articles on Sloss:
    http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/ghost-adventures/episodes/sloss-furnace-birmingham-al
    Happy Halloween, y'all!
    ~Icky.
    P.S. Dianne is right. Kourtney does favour her heroine on the book cover. I see this phenomenon all the time, lady authors having a strong resemblance to their cover models. They all claim this is a coincidence, but I am not so sure...

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    1. OOh that sounds like such a cool place. I'll definitely check it out. :)

      LOL. Here's the funny part--I definitely modeled the character on how I looked in high school--long blonde hair, green, eyes, size 14, and tortoise shell glasses. But my publisher had complete control over the book cover. The cover artist actually used a stock photo of a girl with brown hair and brown eyes in the initial mockup. When I saw it, I asked my editor if they could make the girl resemble my character and thankfully the publisher agreed. :)

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  12. I have never seen a ghost myself but I've met people who have. I would have to see one to believe it. They make for great stories, though

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    1. I can definitely understand not believing without actual proof. So you're Team Evan? I really had a blast writing about them.

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  13. I believe in ghosts. Haven't seen one, but have possibly felt one in the past.

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    1. I think it's easier to feel them than to actually see them. :)

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  14. I've had the odd encounter, here and there.Mostly when I was a child.

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    1. I think kids are more sensitive to those things because they tend to be more open to them and believe in the possibility of ghosts. :)

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  15. Yes, I'm a believer. I even conducted a very interesting Q&A session with a couple of ghosts/spirits/whateveryouwishtocallthem. I am quite serious. Two different entities, one male & one female (from the sound of the voices) answered questions that NO ONE outside our small group could have possibly known. Very distinct answers. I've had other weird occurrences happen, enough to convince me there IS an "other side."

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    1. I must add that I was completely sober at the time. Afterward I might've had a sip or three to calm my nerves. :)

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    2. That is incredibly creepy and cool at the same time. I'd definitely need a drink after that experience. :)

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  16. I believe in spirits. Use to live in an old hotel in which we all believe the basement is haunted hair on the back of your neck do stand up.

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    1. Oh I've had those moments. Definitely believe in more than science tells me is true.

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  17. Absolutely! I have seen several ghosts. One that comes to mind, is a little blonde girl that my husband and I both saw her in our apartment at different times. She was always walking in the hall, in her nightgown. At first we thought it was our four year old daughter, out of bed, however,she has dark hair. Two years later, we had a daughter, with blonde hair, looking just like the little spirit girl, even with the same nightgown.

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  18. I believe in ghosts however I have never seen one. I will take that as a good thing.

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  19. I've had a lot of different experiences so yes I do believe in them.

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