Ghosts for Halloween… or at least Ghostly Clues by Kay Lalone

Just in time for Halloween, I managed to turn up a ghost. Kay Lalone brings her book, Ghostly Clues, with a story about her own ghostly experience. So let’s hear what she has to say.

What is a ghost? A ghost is the spirit of a dead person that can appear to the living. The apparitions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic lifelike visions. I believe I saw a ghost once or part of a ghost. I was a kid when my grandma passed away. One night I was asleep when I felt something moving on my bed. I opened my eyes and saw a white something shaped like a hand on my bed. Before I could scream or do anything, it was gone. To this day I’m not sure if it was a dream, my overactive imagination, or an actual ghost experience. I believe it was the latter, a sign from my grandma. That haunting experience inspired me to write Ghostly Clues. I have the ghost hand scene in Ghost Clues, so read the book to see how Sarah Kay handles that experience.

Ghosts can be frightening especially if the ghost wants to do us harm. In Ghostly Clues the ghost of grandma is there to help Sarah Kay, but at first she doesn’t know that. So how do you communicate or contact a ghost? The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is through a séance. In Ghostly Clues, Sarah Kay and Mary Jane get into trouble when they attempt a séance. So doing a séance is not always a smart thing to do.

There are some people that just don’t believe in ghosts. Sarah Kay’s mother is that type of person. She doesn’t believe in ghosts and tells Sarah Kay not to believe. But when you have a grandma leaving you ghostly clues, you can’t help but follow them.

I think once you open your mind and experience a ghost you become a believer. Hopefully your experience with a ghost isn’t to frightening. Personally I believe ghosts are all around us, so look out for more ghostly tales from me.

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.


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.


About the author:

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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