This is the coolest series I’ve seen ever.
Ghosts of New England: Skullery Bay by Lisa A. Olech, Kathryn Hills, Nancy Fraser released last week in the Paranormal Historical Romance Anthology genre.
An anthology unlike any other…
4 Different Centuries
4 To-Die-For Romances The Same 2 Ghosts!
Widow’s Walk (1737)
RITA nominee & Best Selling Author, Lisa A. Olech
He’s the infamous pirate, Captain John Jacob Wilder.
She’s the daughter of his fiercest enemy.
Their love is the beginning of the legend.
Cast to the Wind and Waves (1837)
Best Selling & Award-Winning Author, Kathryn Hills
She’s the heiress determined to restore Fairwinds to its former glory.
He’s the solicitor working as a caretaker because of the deadly curse.
Their love will rebuild the legend.
A storm is coming to Fairwinds after lifetimes of emptiness. Can love survive the dark secrets revealed there?
A house of mystery and shadows awaits Lucy Ellison on the windswept coast of New England. Neglected and all but forgotten, Fairwinds is the centuries-old estate of her ancestors. Locals know the legend and stay away. Whispered stories of vengeful ghosts and pirate curses. Lucy never imagined she’d experience them firsthand, until her brother banishes her there following the death of their father. But the resident spirits are the least of her worries. Her brother’s schemes include marrying her off to a stranger. The question is why?
Nathaniel Bradford arrives at Fairwinds to discover the latest victim on the rocks below the sea cliffs. Unless Nate agrees to step into the dead man’s shoes, his mother will be the sole caretaker of the vast estate. His law firm in Boston can spare him for a few weeks, but how can he find a replacement for a man who supposedly left by way of a deadly curse? The unexpected arrival of the beautiful heiress, Lucy Ellison, complicates everything. She’s from the dubious family that continues to upend Nate’s life. Yet their mutual attraction is as swift and powerful as the waves surrounding them.
Deceptions, and dangers, adventure, and intrigue cast two lovers into the legend of Fairwinds. Can their bond weather the storm? Or will unknown forces tear them apart?
The Bootlegger’s Daughter (1924)
Best Selling & Award Winning Author, Nancy Fraser
She’s the daughter of one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals.
He’s her bodyguard, and not at all what he seems.
Their love will return dignity to the legend.
Jilly’s Dilemma (Present Day)
Best Selling & Award-Winning Author, Nancy Fraser
She’s the new owner of Fairwinds, a flaky artist who talks to ghosts. Repeatedly.
He’s the staid, young professor there to document Fairwinds’ history.
Their love will make you believe in the legend.
The anthology will be on sale for 99 cents during the tour.
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Cast to the Wind and Waves (1837) EXCERPT
Day 7 August 24
Nate was raking leaves in front of the mansion the next day when Lucy Ellison surprised him.
“Mr. Bradford,” she sang out cheerfully, causing him to halt his work. “Good morning to you, sir. I’m looking for a cat.”
Removing his cap, he dragged a hand through his unruly hair. “Say again. You lost your cat?”
“Not my cat, Mr. Bradford. Actually, no one’s cat is missing. Perhaps I should start over? I require a housecat. For Mistress Grimes.”
“Rats again.” He dropped his head with an exasperated huff.
“Indeed. She swears she cannot rest because of all the commotion.”
“There are no bloody rats in this house,” he erupted. “I searched everywhere. Again, today. Including the cellars. Plus, I’ve set the blasted traps. Enough to catch a bloomin’ army of vermin.”
Lucy’s smile vanished, and Nate instantly regretted his outburst and crude words.
Yet she took a step closer to him and leaned forward. “There are basements? Perhaps I should investigate. Just to be certain.”
Nate squinted at her.
“I sense Mistress Grimes is quite mistaken about the rats. I have my own theory as to where the noises are coming from. However, she will not relent. Something has her petticoats in a bunch, and I’m determined to find out what it is.”
Nate couldn’t help himself. He laughed, hard and long. “A cat, you say?” he finally questioned, blowing out a haggard breath. “Well…you know what? That’s bloody brilliant.” Setting aside his rake, he began walking, and he motioned for her to follow him. “Come along. I know just the fellow.”
A short walk later and they were at the stables. Nate opened one of the large barn doors, allowing Lucy to enter first. The place was cool and quiet, the air filled with the scents of hay and horseflesh.
“Pip,” he hollered down the center corridor, causing the horses to poke their heads out of their stalls and nicker. “There’s a fine lady here to meet you. Hurry up.”
The striped tabby took his sweet time getting there, but he eventually sauntered in to sit in front of them. Pip began cleaning his paws, as if he had not a care in the world.
“Come now, Pip, Miss Ellison has a very important job for you. I know you’re the best mouser at Fairwinds. You just need to convince her.”
The haughty feline glanced up at Lucy with his striking lime-green eyes and gave a loud, “Meow.”
The lady made a sweet sound, like the coo of a dove, and she crouched down to pet the ratty barn cat. Pip nuzzled into her gloved hands without hesitation, purring loudly.
“Good day, Mr. Pip. Aren’t you a fine, handsome fellow? How would you like to be an indoor cat for a time? I can promise you bowls of fresh cream and plenty of table scraps. If you’ll serve as my chief mouse hunter. You may even sleep on my bed if you wish. Unless Belinda claims you for herself.”
Lucy glanced up at Nate wearing a brilliant smile, and his insides gave a twist. Lord have mercy if she isn’t the prettiest woman I’ve seen in ages. Bloody cat gets to sleep in her bed. Lucky bastard.
Author Bio & Links:
KATHRYN HILLS, author of Cast to the Wind and Waves (1837) —The rich history and many mysteries of New England are the perfect backdrop for many of Kathryn’s books. Winding roads lined by old stone walls, forgotten cemeteries, grand homes with shadowy pasts…all sparks for her imagination. Whether it’s a quaint seaside town or the vibrant city of Boston, it’s easy for this “hauntingly romantic” author to envision the past mingling with the present. No surprise, some of Kathryn’s favorite stories involve time travel. And ghosts! Sprinkle in some magic, and you’re off on a great adventure.
When not writing, this best-selling author is researching, gardening, or cooking up something special in her chaotic kitchen. She shares her colonial home in the north woods with those she loves most – her wonderful husband and daughter, and three crazy dogs.
How do three vastly different authors come together to create a new style of romance anthology?
Our story began with a brainstorming session. Lisa A. Olech, Nancy Fraser, and I, shared ideas about things we love – writing steamy romance, developing strong, stimulating characters, exploring history’s mysteries, and creating memorable settings. We chose bits and pieces of our favorite things and wove them together to create Ghosts of New England: Scullery Bay. Intrigue, murder, and betrayal. Treasures, ghosts, and guises. Love, loyalty, and happily-ever-afters. All parts of this four-book collection.
What if we invent an intriguing location that we would all love to visit? A remote estate on the rustic coast of New England, for example. What if we take up residence in that location during four different centuries? How would Fairwinds—our imaginary, Georgian-style mansion with an iconic widow’s walk—look, and feel, and smell, depending on the timeframe? And what if there were hidden passageways, deadly pirate curses, and even GHOSTS?! Just a glimpse into how this all came to be for us. Let’s face it, it’s thrilling to allow your imagination run wild as an author!
Turns out, it’s not so easy to write an anthology such as this one. In fact, it’s hard work to delve into the lifespan of a great house and the people who dwell there. From regal to ruin, Fairwinds rose and fell like the tides surrounding her. As readers, you’ll get to meet our two “ghosts,” first as living, mortal lovers, coming together despite all odds. Follow them through the ages to modern days, as others join their story. Have the ghosts changed? Do they know what’s happening around them and who is living in their house? No spoilers from me, but let’s just say it’s never boring.
Funny story about that “never boring” part… We created such a vast estate in Fairwinds that we needed maps, notes, genealogy lists, and special meetings to keep it all sorted out as we wrote. Does the hidden staircase look like this? What happens below the Butler’s Pantry and in the cellar? Are there ghosts in the library or just on the rocky cliffs above the beach? And why is there a keyhole but no door?
Join us as we explore all the wonderful mysteries and lives lived in this one-of-a-kind romance anthology. We can’t wait to welcome you to our favorite haunted mansion!
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