Today we have a change of pace. Kay LaLone is stopping by with her middle school-aged Young Adult release from MuseItUp Publishing, Ghostly Clues. If you like YA or have a middle school aged child, this mystery has good reviews and looks like an engaging read! Plus Kay is a nice lady and likes bacon.
Quick round with Kay LaLone!
Coffee, tea or…what’s your vice? coffee
Favorite Movie: Grease
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite book/author: Nora Roberts
How do you feel about bacon? Love it.
What comes first, plot or characters?
Pantser, plotter, or hybrid? Tell us about your writing process.
I start with an idea and free write from there. Later I read through and plot out the story and see where my character is taking me.
Oddest thing on your desk?
I don’t have a desk. Usually I sit on the couch with the laptop on my lap. If I want to be alone, I go to my bedroom and write.
What’s your favorite thing about the genre you write in?
I get to be young again, if only through my characters.
What’s under your bed?
Lots of dust bunnies, box of books, and some of my husband’s junk.
What is the hardest thing about being an author?
Marketing my book. It doesn’t leave much time for my writing projects.
What’s the easiest thing about being an author?
Coming up with new ideas.
Tell us about your latest release!
Blurb for Ghostly Clues...
The sweet scent of lilacs permeates the air around Grandma’s gravesite. Only Sarah Kay can smell Grandma’s favorite flower, and they’re not even in bloom.
Sarah Kay and her best friend, Mary Jane, believe the lilacs are a sign from Grandma’s ghost. The girls follow one ghostly clue after another, uncovering a secret that Mom never wanted Sarah Kay to know.
Grandma makes sure Sarah Kay gets the message even from the grave. As the evidence piles up, Mom still refuses to accept the possibility Sarah Kay’s father is alive.
Sarah Kay finds Dad’s parents. A set of grandparents she didn’t realize existed. They make it clear her father is alive but days and miles separate the father and daughter reunion because Dad is a truck driver on a long haul.
Sarah Kay waits. The news reports a fatal car accident involving a semi and Sarah Kay fears the worse. She runs away which leads to Dad and the truth, Mom wanted Dad to remain dead.
Dad had faked his death so why not just stay dead. The ghostly clues of Grandma wouldn’t allow Dad to remain dead to Sarah Kay.
Excerpt from Ghostly Clues...
The house was blanketed in a quiet slumber. I snuggled under the sleeping bag with Allison, trying not to think about ghosts, as I drifted to sleep.
Random pictures floated in my mind like ghostly images.
I tiptoed among tombstones and my heart ached as if I had lost something or someone. He had to be here, somewhere. The gravestones rose like stone walls. No names engraved on them. No dates. No R.I.P. Nothing. Just smooth, flat stones. Ghosts—grayish, smoky forms with black eyes—floated over the tombstones. I shivered, suddenly cold, freezing. My breath visible like a little ghost. I didn’t want to look at the ghost anymore so I looked down at my feet. A tombstone with Grandma’s name appeared out of nowhere. The earth moved. The dirt around the headstone broke away and gnarled fingers clawed their way into the air, searching, grasping. Shriveled fingers clutched my leg.
Something grabbed at my leg—the hand, I screamed and frantically wiggled out of my sleeping bag, bumping MJ as I tried to get away from the hand I thought I felt grab at my leg.
Buy Link for Ghostly Clues
About Kay LaLone...
I’m Kay LaLone. Ghostly Clues is my first middle grade novel published by MuseItUp. I live in Michigan with my husband and teenage son (two older sons and a daughter-in-law live near by) and two dogs and a cat. I love to get up every morning and write about ghosts, the paranormal, and anything that goes bump in the night. Or anything that interest my characters. Making my characters come to life for readers is important to a good story. I’m an avid reader of just about any type of book. I do reviews on the books I read and post them on my website and blog.
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