by: Caroline Flarity
Genre: YA Supernatural/Paranormal
Release Date: April 13, 2019
Publisher: East Side Press
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"Supernatural meets Mean Girls" in this dark, YA paranormal mystery for older teens.
Sixteen-year-old Anna sees things from another world, the spiritual world, a skill that isn’t exactly useful in high school. It’s bad enough that her mother, possessed by a demon, took her own life when Anna was a child, a loss she remains tortured by. Now her father makes his living “clearing” haunted objects, and Anna’s job as his assistant makes her a social misfit. Most kids in her suburban New Jersey town refer to her just as “Goblin Girl.”
Only Freddy and Dor remain loyal friends. But Anna’s so focused on her own problems, she’s missed that her connection with Freddy is moving beyond the friend zone.
As junior year approaches, a rare solar storm lights up the night skies and the citizens of Bloomtown begin to act strangely: Anna’s teachers lash out, her best friends withdraw, and the school bullies go from mean to murderous. When Anna realizes she can harness this evil power, she sets out to save Bloomtown and the only family she has left.
But to do so, she must keep her own increasingly dark urges at bay.
Caroline gives us the rundown on the characters you will meet in The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter is a dark, YA coming-of-age paranormal mystery described as “Supernatural meets Mean Girls”.
Sixteen-year-old Anna is a grieving teenager who’s bullied at school because her father, Jack, is a paranormal investigator. She doesn’t find peace at home, either, due to Jack’s hoarding. Jack makes a living clearing haunted objects of their spirit attachments, but he has a hard time letting these objects go. Anna is forced to clamber over “Jack’s Crap” in a house that no longer feels like a home. But those aren’t the only reasons that Anna is bitter. Jack has broken his promise to make sure her mother’s soul is at peace. At least she has Freddy and Dor, her two loyal best friends. But instead of relying on them for solace on the 8th anniversary of her mother’s death, Anna finds herself escaping into her infatuation with an unworthy boy at school. Unfortunately for Anna, this infatuation, and everything else in her life, is about to get much worse. Despite wanting nothing to do with her father’s line of work, it turns out Anna has a knack for the family business. If she could only stop feeling sorry for herself, she might be able to save the only family she has left and grow up in the process.
Anna’s father was a plumber before his wife, Helen, was possessed by a demon and died. He promised Anna that he’d make sure Helen’s soul was at peace. Dealing with earthbound spirits and other discarnate entities is his everyday norm, but he’s failed to contact his wife’s soul in the afterlife. Jack blames himself, as does Anna, and has developed a hoarding problem as an outward expression of his inward pain. A hoarding problem that grows dangerously out of control as an eerily familiar evil wreaks havoc on his life and mind.
Geneva is a brilliant scientist who invented a machine that reveals 3-D images of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). EMFs can signify the presence of a spirit or entity, so this invention is a game changer in the world of ghost investigations. It’s her invention that first uncovers hideous electromagnetic anomalies in Anna’s basement. Geneva seemed to bring the sunshine with her from California and was drawn to Anna and Jack almost immediately. She mentors troubled Anna, teaching her about ancient practices of the feminine divine, such as moon bathing. She’s patient with Anna’s skepticism and teenage snark, to a point. But soon Geneva feels quite unlike her usual optimistic, spiritual self. Geneva thought she’d left her past behind, but now she can’t stop thinking about revenge.
Freddy is a space geek often seen wearing shirts embossed with the NASA logo. He loves nothing more than stargazing with Anna and Dor, but lately they haven’t seemed interested in him or his telescope. Anna and Dor are Freddy’s tribe, small but reliable. At least they used to be. Now he feels a growing distance between them. His feelings for Anna have long since surpassed friendship, but he keeps them to himself. Anna has a particularly annoying crush on a vapid guitarist at school. Freddy usually tolerates Anna’s crushes, but this one is clawing at him. A lot of things are clawing at him since the solar storms began. Freddy longs to leave Bloomtown to attend an elite school in Florida, even if it means leaving Anna and Dor behind.
In the friendship trifecta of Dor, Anna and Freddy, Dor is the one that never gets to ride shotgun. Like Anna, she has only one parent. Freddy and Anna are her main support system. She is the quickest of the three to laugh and find joy in life. But when things start to unravel in Bloomtown, Dor must care for her mother after a back surgery. When Dor’s mother begins acting strangely and lashes out in new and nasty ways, Dor finds it hard to ask her two friends for help. She drops hints, but they’re too involved with their own drama to pick up on them. While the rare appearance of the aurora borealis flickers through the night skies, Dor feels alone and abandoned. When her home life deteriorates further, she considers the unthinkable as dark compulsions overwhelm her psyche.
At first Anna thought she was shaking with fear, and then she was sure that a bee had flown into her mouth. Her jaw clenched instinctually, biting down. She braced for the soft crunch and searing sting that was sure to follow, but her teeth met without resistance. There wasn’t a bee, but her teeth continued to rattle as an electric thrumming spread throughout her body. Was this another portal attack? Anna wasn’t sure, but it was a vastly different sensation from the river rage—a much faster and higher-pitched vibration. She waited with dread for the shaking to slow and deepen, for the waves of hatred and misery to roll through her. But the vibration inside her increased in tempo, intensity and pressure.
It was like being in an airplane right before the wheels lifted off the ground—all that power. She was vibrating at a body-numbing, incredibly high rate, but was somehow still at the same time, like a tuning fork. It had been a mistake to try this in her room. What if the mirror gazing had opened her up even more to the destructive power of the portal spew? There was something familiar about it, the growing roar in her ears, but she braced herself and resisted with all her strength. No.
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How did you come up with the title for the book?ReplyDelete
The title is very "on the nose" but in a good way, I think. I chose it because it reveals the genre (paranormal) and says something important about the main character, Anna, who struggles to deal with the repercussions of her father's profession.
It sounds like a fantastic book, with great characters. I can't wait to read it.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Anita! I'm running an amazon promotion from June 28-July 4th where you can grab it for 99 cents! Good luck in the giveaway.Delete
Thank you for hosting, and hello to readers! I'll be around today to answer questions and read comments. Good luck in the giveaway!ReplyDelete
My question for the author is where do you get your ideas for your stories.ReplyDelete
Hi Darlene! I've long been fascinated with the paranormal. I get a lot of my ideas from accounts of supernatural phenomena, such as hauntings and near-death experiences, etc. For example, in my book there is an entity known as a Shadow Person. A lot of people have claimed to see Shadow People, dark human-shaped figures that have no features and are usually seen out of the corner of one's eye. Very creepy!ReplyDelete
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Good luck in the giveaway, Julie! The cover was designed by ebooklaunch.com. They designed my paperback and ebook covers and interiors. great people to work with. Very patient with writers :)ReplyDelete
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Hi James. Congrats on having a great family who loves to read! Thanks for your kind words.Delete
Sounds like a great read for YA!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Leonie! I think it's best suited for older teens who like dark fiction. Good luck in the giveaway.Delete
Great excerpt, thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Hey Victoria! Glad you like the excerpt. It's from one of my favorite scenes. Good luck in the giveaway.ReplyDelete
This book sounds really interesting.ReplyDelete
Hi Janine. Yes, a dark kind of interesting :) Ebook is going on sale for 99 cents on amazon 6/28-7/4. Thanks for commenting and good luck in the giveaway!ReplyDelete
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What charachter do you relate most to in your book?ReplyDelete
I liked the excerpt, thank you.ReplyDelete
Would your book be better adapted to a tv show or movie?ReplyDelete
Where do you do most of your writing?ReplyDelete
Sounds like a interesting book. I love paranormal type of books.ReplyDelete
Sounds pretty creepy to me. O.oReplyDelete
Were any other books an inspiration for your current book?ReplyDelete
This book sounds SO fun!! YA is going to love it!ReplyDelete
What is the best book that you have read in 2019 so far?ReplyDelete
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This book sounds like an awesome read!ReplyDelete
Any of the characters based on you or people you know?ReplyDelete
I liked the excerpt, and I have added this book to my book wishlist.ReplyDelete
Sounds really good.ReplyDelete
I love the cover.ReplyDelete
Really like the cover art.. Looks like a very interesting book.. Best of luck and thank you....ReplyDelete
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Best of luck with your tour, this was a really interesting bookReplyDelete
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I feel like I grew out of the YA thing, but this is actually something I would read! Gotta love the tagline "Supernatural meets Mean Girls" haha!ReplyDelete
I really love the look of the cover!ReplyDelete