Title: Ghost Girl
Author: Catherine Mesick
On the evening of her seventeenth birthday, Katie receives an ultimatum from a vampire—she must find the mysterious ghost girl or lose the life-saving cure that was given to her. The only trouble is the ghost girl is just a legend—she doesn’t exist.
At the same time, Katie’s sleepy hometown of Elspeth’s Grove begins to be plagued by ghosts, and Katie learns that the ghost girl may not be that illusory after all. As Katie sets out in pursuit of the phantom figure, her beloved William follows her. But Katie is determined to keep him out—the cure she is trying to protect was given to her for him.
Katie’s search is further complicated by the fact that she has lost her powers. Will Katie get her powers back in time? Or will the mysterious ghost girl prevail?
William looked up suddenly, and his eyes darted to the window.
I followed his gaze but didn’t see anything outside except the lawn and the soft mist that floated just above it.
William stood up abruptly.
“I’ve got to go.”
GM looked up at him in surprise. “I beg your pardon?”
“I’m sorry,” William said. “I have to leave right away.”
He hurried from the room.
GM looked over at me. “Katie, what was that?”
“He probably got an emergency text,” I said quickly.
“But he didn’t look at his phone.”
“He has one of those watches,” I said. “You know, the ones that do everything? He probably got a text on that.”
“Hmmm,” GM said, but she didn’t look convinced.
I gave her a reassuring smile and took a nonchalant sip of water, but I was far from feeling reassured myself. William had senses that were much keener than those of ordinary people, and if he’d seen or heard something unusual, that was definitely cause for concern.
“I’m sure he’ll be back very soon,” I said.
“Hmmm,” GM said again.
Dinner resumed, but I didn’t hear much of the conversation. I kept casting furtive glances out the window to see if I could spot what had caught William’s attention.
And then I saw it.
I caught a flash of white cloth and golden curls—someone was outside the house and was lingering near the window.
I stood up quickly.
“I’ll be right back,” I said.
GM looked up at me. “Where are you going?”
“I—just have to leave for a moment,” I said. I began to hurry around the table, and then I headed toward the curtain GM had hung up.
GM looked after me in concern. “Are you ill, Katie?”
“No!” I said quickly. “Yes! I—I’m not sure. I just have to leave for a moment. Please don’t follow.”
“All right,” GM said doubtfully.
I plunged through the curtain and ran for the front door. I wrenched the door open, and standing on the other side was a girl who looked to be no more than nineteen years old. She had long, blond ringlets and pale white skin, and she was wearing a white summer dress and silver sandals on her dainty feet. The entire effect was one of fragile, angelic beauty, but the girl in front of me was far from angelic—and she was much older than nineteen.
Her lips curled into a smile when she saw me. “Hello, kitten.”
I stepped out of the house and closed the door behind me firmly.
“Hello, Veronika,” I said.
I'm one of the authors participating in Beach Blanket Book Giveaway:
Enter today! Contest runs June 1 - 30. Good luck!
Apple (iBooks): https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1387329151
Catherine Mesick is the author of Pure, Firebird, Dangerous Creatures, and Ghost Girl, with Little Sun coming soon. She is a graduate of Pace University and Susquehanna University. She lives in Maryland, USA.
Social Media Links: