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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Guest Post: Carrie Pulkinen- Psychic Abilities & Giveaway

When people think of psychics, reading the future usually comes to mind. Picture an old gypsy woman in a small room that smells of incense and is adorned with deeply colored read and blue tapestries. A crystal ball on an ornate pewter stand sits on a small table in the corner of the room. You pay her twenty dollars; she holds your hands and gazes into the crystal. Maybe she reads your palm, or lays out tarot cards. Whatever her method, it all seems so strange and mysterious.

But is all the smoke and mirrors really necessary? Can normal people like you and I tap into our own psychic abilities? In my opinion, yes.

I've always been interested in spirits and metaphysics, but I didn't know where to begin. I found a local Meetup group online, and that's where I met my dear friend Ingrid Karazincir. She taught classes on developing psychic talents, and she helped me discover my own abilities. She taught me about meditation and energy, and I soon learned that I'm empathic.

I've always been good at reading other people's emotions. Growing up, I could tell what kind of mood people were in—how they were feeling. Sometimes, I just knew things. I couldn't tell you how or why, I just knew. Like when my cat had Feline Leukemia. I knew she was sick before she had any symptoms. And because I convinced my parents to take her to the vet, they caught the disease in its early stages and were able to cure her.

I also feel energy—in places and from people. Some things give off good vibes, and some bad. Ingrid helped me develop my talent, and showed me how to turn it off.

Being able to read other's emotions also means that their feelings can impact my own mood. At times, it can be hard to tell if I'm upset, or if I'm just feeding off of someone else's feelings.  In my novel, To Catch a Spirit, Logan deals with this issue on a much grander scale.

He feels everyone's emotions and has no control over it. It overwhelms him, spiraling him into fits of incessant cleaning and counting—anything to keep his sanity.

Allison, on the other hand, has complete control of her abilities. She is also an empath, but she's created psychic walls to block everything out—including ghosts. Her main talent is communicating with the dead, but she doesn't work with spirits anymore. Not since the horrifying incident she experienced a few years ago.

She also works with energy, clearing negativity from objects and people. Is this really possible? Sure, it is. She practices Reiki, an ancient form of healing through energy manipulation. My novel takes the reader through her experiences, in detail.

My own understanding of metaphysics and ghost hunting bring realism to this work of fiction. I never could have done it without my friend and teacher, Ingrid.

I hope that you will enjoy reading To Catch a Spirit as much as I loved writing it.
For information on how to purchase a copy of the novel, visit my blog

And, if you'd like to read about developing your own psychic abilities, Ingrid has a great informational website at

Thanks for reading! :)


Author Bio:
I've always been fascinated with the paranormal. Of course, when you grow up next door to a cemetery, the dead (and the undead) are hard to ignore. Pair that with my passion for writing and my father's insatiable love for monster movies, and you've got the perfect recipe for an exciting storyteller.

When I'm not writing stories of amazing sex with devilishly handsome men, I like to read, take pictures, and play with my kids. I also enjoy hearing from my readers, who can write to me at

To Catch A Spirit Blurb:
A psychic who's afraid of ghosts and a millionaire with a haunted past and a hidden power find that only love can catch a spirit.

Psychic Allison Dupuis has a soft spot for Logan Mitchell, even though she's never met him. All it takes is one encounter for the millionaire's true emotions to slip through Allison's shields, and she is intrigued. He needs her help, but Allison soon discovers that the kind of help Logan needs is the kind she isn't willing to give. Logan has a ghost, and Allison doesn't work with spirits anymore.

But the ghost is the least of Logan's problems. Born an empath, Logan is constantly barraged with human emotions. And while his talent has come in handy in the business world, it's about to drive him insane. Literally. Logan has OCD, and his ability triggers unbearable attacks that have him counting and cleaning until he collapses from exhaustion.

Sex and money. That's all anyone wants from him. Even worse, he's plagued with recurring visions of his future wife's death, so Logan has spent his entire life avoiding love. He's given up hope of ever having a normal life, until he meets Allison. She's everything he's ever dreamed of, and now he has to decide if loving her is worth risking her life.

If she'll even have him. Allison's lost too much already - her mother to cancer, her father to suicide. But, Logan is so charming and so real, she can't help but fall for him. Now she has to overcome her fear of commitment...and ghosts...or face spending the rest of her life alone.

Excerpt of To Catch a Spirit:

She sensed them as they drew closer to her—many different spirits, their energy buzzing on varying frequencies.

"One at a time, guys. Please." she said. But they didn’t listen. These were the spirits of the mentally ill, after all. Taking turns wasn’t their concern, and they all rushed her. She felt their presence closing in on her like an avalanche, and she was consumed. Every mental illness imaginable was thrown into her psyche as she tightened her grip on Gage’s hand and slumped down in her chair.

"Allison! Allison, are you okay?" Gage’s voice was a distant echo as she fought to hold on to herself. She was slipping. Sliding into the depths of despair and the spirits were pulling her down.

"It’s… No… There’s a light… You need to… You need to go to it." She tried to help the spirits cross over, but they wouldn’t listen. There were too many. Twenty at least, and they were so consumed by their own illnesses they thought of nothing else. Paranoia, depression, anxiety. Allison felt it all, and it was going to kill her. The pressure. So hard to breath. Her hands cradled her head as the migraine overtook her. Sharp, pounding pain had her crumpled on the floor as she drew her knees into her chest and rocked back and forth.

"Make it stop. Please, just make it stop." She was paralyzed. Frozen by the anguish of the tortured souls that forced themselves upon her. Hot tears streamed down her face and blood trickled from her nose. She gasped for air as she heard a faint voice call, "Get her out of here!"



Carrie Pulkinen is giving away a Ebook copy of her novel, To Catch A Spirit, to one lucky winner!
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1 comment:

  1. Holly what a wonderful book and author post. I enjoyed it very much and will certainly be looking this one up - of course if I win a copy that will be really great. Thanks for sharing with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.


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