Friday, January 8, 2016

Blog Tour/Guest Post: The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

On tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Ghost Chronicles
by Marlo Berliner

YA/Adult Crossover Paranormal
Paperbook & ebook, 298 Pages
November 2015 by Teddy Blue Books

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.

That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.

To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.

Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.

So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.

Guest Post

To me, the best stories are those that forge an emotional connection with the reader. And what forges a better connection than a romance? In writing THE GHOST CHRONICLES, I realized about a quarter of the way through that it was missing something. This was Michael’s story of being stuck in the afterlife, but it needed more. The story really came together when I had the epiphany of adding Michael’s romance with another ghost, Sarah. Her character was inspired by the legend of a haunting at The Angel of the Sea, an award-winning bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ. At the time, I was staying at the The Angel and picked up one of the non-fiction books which details how a girl fell to her death on the property in the late 1960’s and how her ghost is believed to still haunt the inn. Immediately I knew I wanted to include Sarah’s character in the book and set most of the story at The Angel of the Sea, as well. This spectacular inn has been featured on several television programs and in magazines throughout the world. Most notably, it was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as one of the “Best Vacations in the World” and included in her television talk show. The Angel of the Sea is one of the most recognized Victorian structures in the United States. What setting could be more romantic than a Victorian bed and breakfast?

The other idea I had to make THE GHOST CHRONICLES romantic was to give the two ghosts physical limitations, reminiscent of those in Twilight. To me, what was sexy about that first book, without being overtly sexual, was the notion that Edward wanted to get close to Bella but couldn’t because he might be tempted to bite her. So the problem in Twilight became how close is too close…how far can we get but how far is too far…I want more, I can’t have it…I want to touch her but I shouldn’t…I want to go further but I can’t…get the idea? Let’s face it, what does that sound like, but the dilemma of every teen in every basement, backseat and make out point on any given Saturday night anywhere in the world, LOL. So I tried to mimic this same titillating feeling in my book, THE GHOST CHRONICLES. While they do feel corporeal to one another, every time the ghosts touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another. So they don’t know what will happen if they go too far and the questions become the same – how close is too close…how far can we go but how far is too far…I want more, I can’t have it…I want to touch her but I shouldn’t…I want to go further but I can’t…

So, are you sweating yet?

Angel of the Sea B&B, Cape May, NJ

marlo berliner
About Marlo Berliner

Formerly an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company, Marlo is currently an intern with a literary agency based in New York City, as well as, an editor at Chimera Editing. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. She is currently working on her third novel.

When she's not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband and two sons. This is her first novel.

Tour Schedule

January 3rd: Launch
January 5th: Life as Leels & deal sharing aunt
January 7th: Kelly P's Blog & 100 Pages A Day
January 10th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

$15 Amazon eGift Card & ebook of The Ghost Chronicles

Open internationally

Ends January 16th


Marlo Berliner said...

Thank you for having me on the blog!

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