Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Kylie Brant on Waking Evil (& a Giveaway!)

* Congrats to lucky winner- Jamie! *

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Last month, author Kylie Brant stopped by and described her experiences with and the research involved in writing her suspenseful books. Last we heard, she was off to contact someone about a severed thumb! She must have gotten that info fast, for she's here again today, telling us all about -

WAKING EVIL


When I was in high school my friends and I loved to go to creepy abandoned places and scare ourselves silly. In hindsight I realize it’s not too wise for a bunch of teenage girls to travel out in the country and trespass on deserted properties. Not only is it illegal, but it’s a great place for a real life slasher plot come to life! (cue eerie music)

The scariest things we came across were no electricity and bats (and to this day, bats freak me out!) but we didn’t find any evidence that any of these spots were haunted.

I do, however, remain intrigued by supernatural. I’m fascinated by psychic phenomena, which keeps me watching Medium week after week despite Patricia Arquette’s acting ability, or lack thereof. There are no psychics in my newest release, but there is a hint of the paranormal.

Book 2 of The Mindhunters series hit the shelves Oct. 6. Each book in the back to back trilogy features a different investigator from a private forensics firm, headed by the legendary ex-FBI profiler, Adam Raiker. In Waking Evil, the heroine, Ramsey Clark, is a no nonsense investigator hired by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to help with a murder case in a small rural town. Ramsey believes in evidence, not superstition, so she’s not happy to find renowned parapsychologist Devlin Stryker dogging her steps at every turn.

And Devlin…well he’s got charm to spare, an admirable intellect, and an open mind. He’s exposed a lot of supernatural hoaxes, but has seen a few things in his career that can’t be explained away by science or pranks. One of the hardest things he’s ever done is to try convince Ramsey the local century old curse might have something to do with her murder victim.

Ramsey doesn’t want to hear about the red mist that appears over the town every generation, or the murders that follow its appearance in threes. But she is willing to admit the legend just might be playing a part in the crime as she tries to figure out if a killer is playing on everyone’s fears or if a prophecy is being fulfilled—one victim at a time

The best part of researching this story was delving into parapsychology and tools of the trade. I don’t necessarily believe in ghosts. But I wouldn’t be above using an EMF meter, thermal scanner, and night vision video light in a place reputed to be haunted, as long as I had plenty of company. Did I mention I’m a huge coward?

How about you? If you had a chance to accompany a ghost hunter some night, would you go? Have you had a paranormal experience that made you a believer? Or maybe you’ve traveled somewhere that’s haunted? I’d love to hear about it!

Check out my website at www.kyliebrant.com for more on Waking Evil, and the other two books in the series, Waking Nightmare and Waking the Dead.
Umm... probably not. I'm just a couch-hero, real life ghosts scare the c**p out of me. I still have nightmares about the one time I saw a ghostly floating light in the woods while I was traveling in a train with my family. Unfortunately I was the only one awake at the time and by the time I woke up the others, the light was gone.


Come back next month to read yet another post from this wonderful author and get a chance to win her November release. In the meantime, here's how you can enter this month's giveaway ---


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GIVEAWAY

The Prize

A copy of Waking Evil, Kylie's October release will go to one lucky winner (print copy if the winner is in US, an ecopy otherwise).

To Enter
  • Just answer Kylie's question : If you had a chance to accompany a ghost hunter some night, would you go? Have you had a paranormal experience that made you a believer? Or maybe you’ve traveled somewhere that’s haunted? I’d love to hear about it!
  • Please list your email address within your comment so that you can be notified should you be chosen as a winner.
For Extra Entries

Please leave a NEW comment for each extra entry you do.

Deadline   Midnight CST of November 1, 2009.

Eligibility  Open Worldwide.

Please read the Disclaimer. Good luck!
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  1. I would love to accompany a ghost hunter! I truly believe there are people who are "sensitive" to ghosts, but sadly, I don't think I have that ability. My co-workers are forever having spooky experiences, but the ghosts never come to visit me!

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  3. I think I would go with a ghost hunter.
    I have spirits visit me a lot. I smell cologne of my Dad, electrical items go off and on for no reason, I feel when a spirt is nearby. These spirits are family members - my mother, dad, brother, my father in law, and a dear friend.

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    I would absolutely love to accompany a professional ghost hunter! Having had the experience of living in a home that could qualifity for 'haunted' (broad term), I do believe in ghosts. But, as we know so little about how the human brain subjectively interfaces with objective 'reality', and so forth - I think we've made a rather big muddy mess of the entire 'afterlife' phenonema.

    So much yet we need to learn and understand.

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  11. I would certainly go. I have has unexplained experiences. I don't know whether they are paranormal or not, but I'm certainly a believer.

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  13. I would definitely go. I dined in a well renowned haunted restaurant in Natchez, MS a few years ago and that was an awesome experience.

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  16. I would go, but my heart would be racing. I saw a ghost in the house I lived in when I was 9, and had several other strange things happen. I haven't had any experiences since leaving that house.
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  19. I would love to hunt ghosts. I have always been fascinated with them since I was touched by one at an early age. I do have some sensitivity and know when my passed family members are present, grandma, etc., or when a new family member is passing or a tragedy is occurring. I would love this.

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  24. Yeah I probably would go. I not seen anything ghostly or scrary like that and I'm in the school of I have to see it to believe it lol
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  27. I would definitely go ghost hunting and have done so in the past! Its fun and scary at the same time! Something a bit freaky- when I was a kid I used to see a little boy who I called "Him". I remember the first time I saw him after my mom had tucked me into bed and left the room, and a little boy walked in and stood beside my bed. He was staring at me and not blinking. His face was scarred badly like he had been burned. His eyes were freaky the way the stared at me. I was frozen solid and so scared I couldn't move or even talk. He used to hide in my closet. When we moved out of that house, I never saw Him again. It still gives me the chills to this day just thinking about his piercing stare.

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  29. I'd like to read this book. I'd love to go on a ghost hunt with a ghost hunter. I've been a couple places myself in search of paranormal activities. I went with friends. I lived with my sister for a few months and her place scared me. It was haunted and all sorts of crazy stuff happened there. I don't mind ghost hunting but I don't care to run into any mean ones or any demons. That's a little too dark for me.
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  32. I would definitely go with a ghost hunter!! That sort of thing fascinates me!! I have not had any supernatural experiences - but I'm a believer!

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  34. I like watching ghost movies and tv shows but I think I'll skip a date with a ghost hunter. While having dinner with my siblings in our house when I was a child, I saw the ghost of an old lady and never forgot it but no one else saw her.

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  49. To continue from my previous comment...
    I would love to follow along with a ghost hunter. I have always been a lover of the paranormal. I also have had many experiences, personally, of the paranormal. After an Uncle (who had abused me as a young child)passed away, he came to visit me one night. I've had dreams of someone's death and 2 weeks later they have passed away (this has happened to me twice - once with my brother-in-law (car accident)and the other with a close family friend of my husband's (natural causes)). I have also often experienced "presences" around me and just seem to have an extremely keen extra sense. I could go on and on, lol. Needless to say, I am a huge believer in the paranormal and am truly fascinated by all it's aspects.
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  54. I would accompany a ghost hunter some night, but just for the experience, I'm not really a believer on paranormal experiences, I haven't had anything supernatural happen to me....

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  56. I would definitely go with a ghost hunter! As long as he is big, handsome and strong! Ghost can be mean! LOL! I live in Maryland and we have quite a few places here that are supposed to be haunted. I really believe in ghost and would love to see one!
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  61. I am so interested in this field, but not sure I would want to experience my own "haunting". Love to hear about the, read about them and watch, but really don't want my own experience. Chicken.
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  67. No, I would not go with a ghost hunter, I am to chicken. I lived in a house once that was haunted. Every night you could hear a woman screaming in our bedroom. I couldn't wait to move out of that house. Please enter me. Thanks!

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  70. If you had a chance to accompany a ghost hunter some night, would you go? - No.

    Have you had a paranormal experience that made you a believer? - No.

    Or maybe you’ve traveled somewhere that’s haunted? I’d love to hear about it! - No. I know, I know! I'm sooo boring. The only time I experience any sort of haunting is through books I read. And I love it!!

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  71. I would definately follow a ghost hunter. When I was young I was home sick in bed alone. It was a few weeks after my grandmother had passed. I was just thinking how it would be nice if someone were here with me when the music box that my grandmother had given me started playing by itself. I had the feeling that she was there with me. It was actually comforting.

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  74. I too am too chicken to go out with a "ghost hunter". walkerd@primus.ca

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  76. i would love to go on a ghost hunt some night!!

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  77. I probably would not go with a ghost hunter - I'm basically a big chicken! As far as an encounter with a ghost, I've never had one but my husband claims he had one at Frogmore Island.

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  82. When we went to Alaska, we visited a brothel that was “haunted” by its former owner, a madam. It was scary though because we visited it during the daytime. Now, if we were there at night that would be a different story!

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  86. I think I would be too chicken to accompany a ghost hunter. I believe in the paranormal and intellectually understand they are not going to hurt you, but I don't think I could go there.

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