Sunday, November 7, 2010

There's a new girl in town.


MARY KENNEDY is writing as Maggie Walsh here, the intrepid psychologist/radio talk show host from the Talk Radio Mysteries. Something new--and possibly superatural--has hit our little town of Cypress Grove, Florida.


There's a new girl in town--her name is Chantal, and she's a gift psychic, published author, popular speaker and media darling (yes, I'm reading all this from her press kit). Chantal doesn't believe in "hiding her light under a bushel basket" as my granny used to say.


The thing is, she might be angling for my job here at WYME. Cyrus, the station manager, has forced me to have her as a guest on my show a few times, and I hate to say it, but the ratings have been through the roof! She's holding on-air seances and seems to be communicating with the spirit world. Or at least, that's what she'd like everyone to think.


I think her "readings" are all bogus, but I almost became a believer the day someone called in about Barney (he's that cute little white dog on the cover).


What do you think? Are you a fan of mediums, spiritualists, or do you think it's all an act? Inquiring minds want to know! You can read about Chantal in STAY TUNED FOR MURDER, the 3rd book in the TALK RADIO MYSTERIES, by Mary Kennedy. It's available everywhere on January 4, and you can pre-order it online now!

15 comments:

  1. I don't know. I must confess during a visit to New York during the summer of 2006 I did sit down and let a palm reader look at my hand. Nothing she said has come true so far. I can't still can't sing.

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  2. I always meant to sit down with one in the name of research and had to rely on my friends' descriptions instead!

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  3. Hi Maggie,

    I like to keep an open mind, but as my Uncle Charlie says, if your mind is too open your brains fall out. ;)

    Skye

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  4. I enjoy read things with them in them but I really think their fakes. But it is fun "fiction"

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  5. My theory is if you believe, then it's true.

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  6. Skye, that quote from your Uncle Charlie is wonderful. Rita B, I so agree with you. It's fun... Dur, you are so right, if you believe then, it's true for him/her. I have a friend who believes in crop circles, bar code conspiracies, and I think she really believes Elvis is alive somewhere! I don't try to talk her out of her theories because they seem like harmless fun. The "bar code" conspiracy was a new one to me, and I actually used it in STAY TUNED. A caller to WYME talks about it.

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  7. There's a bar code conspiracy? The things I don't know... ;)

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  8. Yeah, the bar code conspiracy was a new one to me. People who are "believers" think that the government (or possibly Satan, it depends on who you are talking to) is trying to control our minds through bar codes--you know those lines on a product that get swiped when you buy something at the supermarket or drugstore. "How" they are controlling our minds is a bit fuzzy, but it's a pretty popular theory in some parts of the country. Wild, right?

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  9. Pretty much an act, Maggie, but I still look forward to reading your book.

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  10. Hi Merry, I hope you like it! Maggie is bit skeptical of Chantal's powers as well.

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  11. I think the psychics are like anyone else, there are the good ones and there are fakes. I believe there is talent and ability out there and I know there are the fakes who play people. I'd like to think I have a filter to winnow the good from the chaff.
    I've been to a psychic fair before and enjoyed my time.

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  12. Sorry, no mediums for me & I do not think the bar code theory is anything to worry about.

    They are of course suitable for fiction!

    Helen Kiker
    hdkiker@comcast.net

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  13. Hi Helen, I have to admit, I really had fun researching this book--crop circles, extra-terrestials, AREA 51, bar codes, Elvis, JFK-is-still-alive theory, etc. I had to choose just a few for the book. Doing research is definitely a fun perk of writing novels!
    Vickie, I wish I could have gone to a psychic fair, it would have been great fun! I live on the east coast and I know they are popular, I couldn't get to one in time.

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  14. I believe psychic powers exist. I also believe the vast majority of people claiming to have them are trying to fool themselves or everyone else. Or both. Now a bar code conspirisy... I love it. Some people have way too much time on their hands. Researching this stuff must have been a hoot.

    Looking forward to STAY TUNED FOR MURDER.

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  15. Linda, it was great fun! Every news item I came across led me to another one...it was hard to pull myself away to actually write the book!

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