The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts Reviews + Blurbs + Giveaways + Preorders

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Reviews

Last week The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts received  some good reviews from Kirkus Reviews &  Publishers Weekly. I got an amazing review from Readers’ Favorite too!

“The novel’s murder mystery is intriguing and grows more complex as its supernatural elements are unveiled.”Kirkus Reviews

“By centering her supernatural world on the concept of belief, adult author Tansley (The Six Train to Wisconsin, writing as Kourtney Heintz) gives her story a complex and unusual framework, and having the formerly possessed Kat become a possessor herself, as she inhabits another woman’s body while in the past, puts a neat spin on conventional ghost story motifs.”Publishers Weekly

“What we have is a sublime, engaging YA paranormal story that demonstrates the evocative talent of its writer. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more in this series.”Readers’ Favorite Fiveby Lit Amri

Author Blurbs

I am incredibly lucky to have met some very talented and kind authors over the years. Three of them found the time in their hectic schedules to read and blurb my book. I am beyond thrilled to have such talented authors say such great things about my work. It means so much to me.

“In THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS, K.C. Tansley has crafted a compelling, magic-tinged mystery that spans generations. At once haunting, poignant, and tragically romantic, THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS is not to be missed. Ignore at your own peril.”—Chris F. Holm, Anthony and Spinetingler Awards nominee and author of the critically acclaimed Collector Trilogy

“Castles, curses, ghosts, and vivid characters fill this wonderfully spooky story from K.C. Tansley. You won’t want to put it down.”Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author of the Country Cooking School Mystery Series and indie author of the YA time-travel novel Clockwork

“The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is a fascinating blend of mystery, romance, time travel, and ghosts. The small, seaside town setting and gothic atmosphere instantly pulled me in, and the complex, carefully plotted storyline kept me hooked. K.C. Tansley took time travel to a whole new level, and I loved it from start to finish!”Page Morgan, author of the YA gothic thriller The Beautiful & The Cursed

Giveaways

Congrats to Sharron on Goodreads for winning the giveaway! The ARC is in the mail today to you.

There’s a couple days left to enter Me, My Shelf, and I’s giveaway of an advance copy of TGWIG:

http://www.memyshelfandi.com/2015/05/spotlight-giveaway-girl-who-ignored.html#more

If you add my book to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, you’ll get updates about upcoming Goodreads giveaways for it.

Preorders

If you’re planning to order a copy of my book, please use Amazon’s preorder buttons. When you preorder the book, that sale goes through on the release day and my book’s Amazon ranking skyrockets. If my book has a enough preorders, it will become an Amazon Bestseller, which would be so so awesome!

Right now, you can preorder the Kindle and the Paperback of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts on Amazon. That way it’s also delivered to you on the publication date!

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The Beauties of New York

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Washington Irving’s House, or as I told Anthony the place I should live. It’s in Irvington, NY, on the Hudson River.

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Me and Anthony taking a selfie, or as I remember it the time Anthony dropped by iPhone and it lived to tell the tale. Thank you Otter Box Defender series.

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Cherry Blossoms blooming in Sleepy Hollow

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Me–just visiting the Irving plot.

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The bridge where the Headless Horseman started his ride. This was one huge cemetery.

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Cool Springs. Across the Hudson from West Point.

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Gorgeous, historic stone house in New Paltz.

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Me in the shade on a very warm day in New Paltz.

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Walking down West 15th Street in NYC.

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Park Avenue Midtown tulips.

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Trees in bloom and a giant pile of silver poo on Park Avenue.

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An old fashioned and salmon tartare at Papillon.

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Trinity Church.

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The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for pandan ice cream.

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Tuna sashimi wontons stuffed with crab meat in a wasabi sauce.

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Bidding the city adieu at a sculpture that makes actual sense to me.

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Highlights from the NESCBWI Conference + PreOrders for TGWIG + T. B. Markinson’s Book Giveaways +

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I tweeted and Facebooked my way through the NESCBWI conference, but I thought I’d share some of my favorite takeaways here too. This is one of the best conferences I’ve been to. On par with all the national ones and much most cost effective for me!  I’ll definitely be adding it to my must attend list!

Your antagonist should be your protagonist’s shadow self or at least embody the characteristics of the shadow self.–Tim Weed’s The Archetypal Shadows in YA Fiction

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Tell us about the character–start with a close up.–Pitchapalooza with Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

Find your voice. –Dan Santat, Keynote Speaker

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Patterns are irresistible. Especially a pattern with variation.–Tim Weed, Image Systems and Subliminal Poetry of Storytelling

Effective marketing is about making a genuine connection.–Jen Malone, Marketing Outside the Box

Give specific details and use words to paint a picture.–Chris Eboch, Show Don’t Tell

Be true to your story, be true to yourself and be true to your readers.–Jo Knowles, “Be True” Keynote Speaker

If you’re having trouble accessing the emotions of a scene, try sketching it out by actually drawing a picture of what is happening. –Jennifer Jacobson, Seize the Reader, Write for Emotional Impact in Children’s and YA Novels

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You have to see your story as a business with money set aside for it. You must understand timelines and audience. If you don’t know who you are writing for or who will read your book, stop marketing.–Kate Conway, Street Teams, FanFiction, and the Art of Selling Oneself

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Don’t announce the character’s sexual orientation unless you need to because it’s relevant to the situation. –Ellen, Wittlinger, Writing LGBTQ Characters Even If You’re Not LGBT or Q

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You can now preorder The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts on the Kindle!

Click here: Preorder TGWIG

and if that hyperlink doesn’t work, here’s the really long url:

http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Ignored-Ghosts-Unbelievables-Book-ebook/dp/B00WZOJ028/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430562192&sr=8-1&keywords=the+girl+who+ignored+ghosts

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My dear blog buddy, T. B. Markinson, is giving away 5 ebooks in May including The Six Train to Wisconsin by yours truly!

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Here’s what she has to say about these awesome giveaways:

“Each month, I plan to giveaway awesome books by wonderful authors. It’s my way of saying thank you to all my followers and fans. Some may wonder why I’m giving books away that aren’t mine. The answer is simple: I love to read and I love to help fellow authors promote their books.”

You can read more about her giveaways here:

http://tbmarkinson.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/enter-to-win-5-fabulous-e-books/

So swing by and check out T.B.’s blog and make sure you enter the Rafflecopter giveaway this month!

 

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Happy Spring!

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I’m a bit late with this post. I’m just starting to enjoy spring up here in CT! Part of that is the weather’s fault and part is my work load.

I’ve been slogging through revisions on Six Train’s sequel since mid March and averaging 4-5 hours a day writing. It’s such an emotional journey in this book. I feel like I have to live through it all along with my characters. Writing alternating points of view means I am in effect telling two stories.

I forgot how hard this is. But I’m making good progress and I’m going to get it to my beta readers for June 1!

I’ve also been working with my publicist on the book tour, the blog tour, reviews, awards, and all the stuff that can help generate buzz for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. That’s another 4-5 hours a day.

Last week, I gave a Career Day talk at Wolcott High School. Met some amazing teenagers who are interested in writing. They were a great audience and I loved talking to them about what I do. I brought bookmarks and tattoos and stickers and they really seemed to like them.

I spent a week practicing my talk so I could do it without looking at my notes.  I was really proud of myself. The teacher told me it was one of the best presentations she’s had from a guest speaker in her class. Woohoo!

I think my part time job teaching really helped me get more comfortable talking to groups.

This weekend was my first break in months. I took a couple days off from writing and promoting, to head up to the NESCBWI conference–I’ll share my thoughts on that next week after I’ve had some time to process all the amazing stuff I’ve learned. :)

I hope everyone is having a happy spring. Getting outside. Taking hikes. Gardening. And taking some time for themselves.

I’m finishing up Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane–AMAZING. I love how he just says stuff and never has to explain how any of it works. He’s such a confident writer.

How are things going with your writing? Your work? Spring fever setting in yet?

 

 

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To Leave or Not to Leave?

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Every author faces this question at one event or another. Maybe there is no one at the event or the people at the event aren’t coming near the author tables. How long do you stick it out?

It depends. If you’re paid to be there, obviously you stay the entire time no matter what. If you are there on your own time and sales aren’t happening, you have to weigh it carefully.

If people are approaching your table and taking bookmarks, you’ve got visibility in your favor. And you might make a few online sales later on. I can rationalize staying as long as I’m talking about the book and handing out bookmarks. Even if the sales aren’t happening, they could lead to sales.

However, I’ve been at author fairs where the only people who approached my author table were other authors and the event organizers. No one’s fault, but this wasn’t going to be a profitable event for me. It wasn’t even going to help with visibility.

Authors can’t be buying from each other every time they are vendors at events. We can’t afford it. And there’s no point in pitching to an author at the table beside you because they are there for the same reason as you–to sell books.

For the first half hour, I stood at attention at my table, waiting for a reader to come by, any reader. They didn’t. The next hour, I ended up sitting quietly and rereading my book. Because there was no one to talk with about my book, which was the reason I was there.

At one point a couple authors were talking amongst themselves and they were shushed because there was also a concurrent author talk happening.

That was when I decided to leave. If I’m not allowed to talk, there’s no point in me being at an author fair. If speakers are going to go on for the entirety of the time I’m supposed to be selling and no one is actually going to leave the speakers to check out the author fair, there’s no point in me being here.

And I’ve got revisions waiting at home. I’ve got a book launch with a million to do items waiting at home. And I took off two hours from work to be at this event and missed out on pay I need. And if I stayed, I’d miss out on the opportunity to get more work done tonight.

So I packed up early and left. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly. I usually stick it out at every event. But the factors conspired to make it clear this wasn’t going to be a night where I made a sale or had any visibility. It was a night that needed to be salvaged.

What would you have done? What would make you leave an event early?

 

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If you’d like to get your hands on an advance copy of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, I’m giving one away right now!

You can enter the Rafflecopter TGWIG ARC giveaway on my Facebook Author Page:

https://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter/app_228910107186452

and the mobile link is here:

http://gvwy.io/xa1s3i3

 

 

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I Hate Endings

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I hate endings. I know they are a part of the cycle of life. That every good story must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. That people come and go in our lives. That friendships that should have lasted forever don’t. It’s just the natural progression of things.

Logically, I get it. But emotionally, goodbyes are always heart wrenching for me. Because they feel so final.

It makes me terrible at letting things go.

I delayed reading the last Harry Potter book for 2 years. Do you know how hard it was to avoid all those spoilers? Luckily, by then I had my own characters to keep me company. It was the only way I could say goodbye to Harry and Hermione.

Now, there’s True Blood. I loved the Charlaine Harris books. Practically inhaled them. But I still haven’t read the last two. Because that’s it. Then it’s over.

I just got around to watching the last season of True Blood on HBO. I spent six years hanging out with the folks in Bon Temps. I didn’t want to stop hearing about their lives. But it was time to say goodbye.

It felt incredibly well executed. Especially how things went down between Sookie and Bill. Like we were always headed that way from season 1. It was a very satisfying ending.

But it was still an ending, so I had to prepare for it to be over. It took me a while to be ready to say farewell to my favorite characters. And I still cried.

Now, I’m finally watching the final season of How I Met Your Mother. But I can only do it because I missed a lot of the previous season so I know there is more. That this ending isn’t a complete ending.

How do you feel about endings? Do you have trouble finishing the last book in a beloved series or watching a final season of your favorite tv show?

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If you’d like to get your hands on an advance copy of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, I’m giving one away right now!

You can enter the Rafflecopter TGWIG ARC giveaway on my Facebook Author Page:

https://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter/app_228910107186452

and the mobile link is here:

http://gvwy.io/xa1s3i3

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The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts Cover Reveal & Giveaway

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Here’s the cover of #TGWIG, my YA time-travel murder mystery!

In The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, prep school junior Kat Preston accidentally time travels to 1886 Connecticut, where she must share a body with a rebellious Victorian lady, prevent a gruesome wedding night murder, disprove a deadly family curse, and find a way back to her own time.

Here are some of the other posts by my awesome blog friend to celebrate my cover reveal and upcoming release:

JM McDowell

The 4 a.m. Writer’s blog

My Random Muse

Emmie Mears

K.Lyn Wurth

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The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is available for Pre-Order May 2nd on Amazon.

But I am giving away an advance reader copy in April.

You can enter the Rafflecopter TGWIG ARC giveaway here:

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or on my Facebook Author Page:

https://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter/app_228910107186452

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Behind the Scenes: What I’m Doing When I’m Not Writing and Teaching

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I met with the owner of the lovely Gifts in a Basket at 51 North Main Street in Southington, CT, and they are now carrying signed copies of my award-winning novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin!

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I’m hard at work on promo goodies for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. I’ve got an amazing designer working on a temporary tattoo that ties into a family heirloom in the novel. Here’s a sneak peek at an early draft:

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She’s also working on a limited edition piece of jewelry that will be a prize in a summer contest for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts (TGWIG). We met last Friday to talk metals and stones.

I’ve hired a friend of mine to design the stickers too.

Because the book is YA, we’re focusing on more fun goodies that appeal to teens.

There will also be the standard bookmarks and pens. Because who doesn’t love a bookmark or a pen?

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I’ve reached out to my web designer about rebranding the book page on my website this summer.

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I’m working on getting a banner sign for TGWIG events made.

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I gave feedback and approved the press kit that my amazing publicist is sending out soon! My publisher loved the Q&A so much, they decided to include it as bonus content in the paperback of my novel.

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I’m brainstorming contest and giveaway ideas with my publicist.

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In April, I’ll be attending the NESCBWI Conference in MA. So excited to be there!

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I also signed up for ReaderCon 2015 in July. I’ll be attending and volunteering at this awesome event!

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