“Ghosts don’t exist. They can’t touch me. They can’t hurt me. They aren’t real.”
This simple mantra has saved 17-year-old Kat Preston’s life on countless occasions. It stops ghosts, which she calls “unbelievables,” from manifesting in her world. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life when she was a child.
But some things can’t be ignored, and the ghosts are done letting Kat have a normal life in this YA time-travel murder mystery THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS (Beckett Publishing Group, ISBN 978-1-943024-00-1, August 2015), by award-winning author Kourtney Heintz as K.C. Tansley. When Kat is alone doing research for her prep school teacher on the mysterious wedding night murders at Castle Creighton in 1886, the ghosts make their reappearance. Kat uses everything she has to keep them from breaking through, but she knows this project is putting her ghost-free world at risk.
Working on this project is the stepping-stone to her dream school, Georgetown University; however, Kat can’t keep the ghosts away and solve the wedding night murders that are steeped in unbelievables. The mysterious deaths of the bride and groom, Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe, triggered the “Radcliffe Curse”—a curse that leaves the oldest Radcliffe male heir dead on his 23rd birthday. This project sets Kat on a collision course with all the unbelievables.
If it were just about the murders, Kat might be able to say no. But when she finds out that the ghost who saved her life and the ghost who nearly stole her life were both bridesmaids at this wedding, the murders become about her and the ghosts. Kat has to find out what happened to those ghosts and why they both came into her life, and that means being a part of this on-site research project.
Kat and the uptight project leader Evan trek to Castle Creighton, an old fortress that resides off the coast of Connecticut on the remote Isle of Acacia. The project takes a dark twist when they learn they only have a few weeks to solve the mystery before the current Radcliffe heir, Joshua, dies on his 23rd birthday.
Kat must confront her fear of the unbelievables when she’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. They are transported back in time to 1886 and fall into the bodies of two wedding guests, Toria Langley and Alistair Kingsley. With each passing day, Kat and Evan grow weaker and have more and more trouble staying in control of the bodies they inhabit. Together, the must try to figure out the wedding night murders before they fade into the past forever.
THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS is a fast-paced YA time-travel murder mystery novel that combines time-traveling, paranormal, and gothic mystery genres to weave a tale full of ancestral curses, powerful spells, strange connections, and inherited surprises.
About Kourtney Heintz:
Kourtney Heintz is the award-winning author of the novel The Six Train to Wisconsin (2013), and is debuting her first Young Adult novel THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS under the pseudonym K.C. Tansley. Heintz is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill in Connecticut. 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. Find out more at: http://kourtneyheintz.com/
THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS
By K.C. Tansley
Beckett Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 1st, 2015
Original Trade Paperback & E-book