Monday, February 16, 2015

Ghosts in the Lighthouse Library? {+ Giveaway}


By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates - Thoughts in Progress Feb. 16A new cozy murder mystery series hit the bookshelves this month and I’m delighted to welcome the author, Eva Gates, here today to talk about this fascinating storyline.

BY BOOK OR BY CROOK is the first installment in Eva’s new Lighthouse Library Mystery series. To celebrate the release, thanks to Eva and the lovely Danielle at Penguin Group, I have a print copy of the book to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details.

First here’s a brief synopsis of BY BOOK OR BY CROOK:

Get bound up in murder in the first Lighthouse Library mystery!
        For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family’s social whorl or her sort-of-engagement to the staid son of her father’s law partner. But when her ten-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.
        Calling on her Aunt Ellen, Lucy hopes that a little fun in the Outer Banks sun—and some confections from her cousin Josie’s bakery—will help clear her head. But her retreat quickly turns into an unexpected opportunity when Aunt Ellen gets her involved in the lighthouse library tucked away on Bodie Island.
        Lucy is thrilled to land a librarian job in her favorite place in the world. But when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery—and she’s not so sure there’s going to be a happy ending….
 
Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Eva as she tells us about ‘ghost stories.’

My new Lighthouse Library series from Obsidian is set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. That’s not a place I am very familiar with, so I have set about in the past year to get to know it. I’ve fallen in love with the fabulous beaches, the great restaurants, the marvelous lighthouses, and the miles and miles of wild seashore.

As the Lighthouse Library books are set in a real place – the Outer Banks – in general and a very real building – The Bodie Island Lighthouse – in particular, it’s been important to me to get as much of it right in the books as I can.

Yes, I am well aware that the actual lighthouse isn’t a library and it isn’t exactly big enough to house one, plus assorted offices, hallways, staff rooms, book shelves, meeting rooms, and even a small apartment, but I have enjoyed keeping the exterior of the building and the grounds as true-to-life as possible.

With one exception: the ghost stories. I have deliberately not read a single book about ghost stories or paranormal legends of the area, and there are many.
 
Not because I’m either squeamish or the nervous sort, but because it’s much more fun to make up my own.

There are no paranormal elements in the Lighthouse Library Series, but Lucy Richardson’s nemesis, Louise Jane McKaughnan, wants her to believe there are, hoping to scare Lucy out of her library job and back to Boston. Louise Jane considers herself to be one of a long line of women with special sensitivity to the supernatural. Lucy is never quite sure whether Louise Jane is telling stories she’s heard, or just making up what she thinks will scare Lucy the most. 

Here’s Louise Jane’s first attempt:

        The edges of Louise Jane’s mouth curled up. “I debated telling you about this. Andrew said I should keep it to myself. But I thought you deserved to know, Lucy. After all, you’re sleeping here. In the very room where Francis went mad. And died. You’re an intelligent, educated woman, aren’t you?”
        I nodded. It was daylight, the twenty-first century. Bright sunlight streamed in the window, the sun played on the calm sea. My room was cheerful, modern, with electric lights, plumbing, Wi-Fi, a telephone. Even a doorbell. But the corners seemed deep and full of shadows. I mentally shook my head. This room didn’t even have corners!
        “Now, don’t get me wrong,” Louise Jane continued. “Francis—the Lady, she’s called now— isn’t an evil spirit. Not at all. She was kind in life, or so they say, until she was locked away. She remains kind in death. When she sees a woman, a young—well almost-young—woman living in this room . . . Francis believes she’s trapped. And tries to free her. The only way she knows how. The way she freed herself.”
        It was so quiet up here when the library was closed, high above the sea and the marsh, no one else around. At night, the darkness broken only by the rhythmic flash of the light.
        “Well, well, look at the time. I promised to meet Andrew for a hike along the beach before lunch. Fresh air and exercise, there’s nothing like it. Are you all right, Lucy? You look awful pale.”
        “I’m fine,” I squeaked.

Eva, thanks so much for joining us today and sharing this look at Lucy and the ghost stories. I can certainly see how it would be more enjoyable to let new ghost stories play out on their own.

Now for those of you who aren’t familiar with Eva, let me share a bit of background and you may realize you do know her. :)

Eva Gates is the pen name of popular mystery and suspense author Vicki Delany. Eva writes a new cozy series for Penguin Obsidian, the Lighthouse Library Mysteries, set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The first book in the series, BY BOOK OR BY CROOK, was released Feb 3rd.

For more on Eva and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Now for my thoughts on this fun new series:

Author Eva Gates has blended two charming elements – libraries and lighthouses – with cozy mystery to create an intriguing new series. The setting of a real life lighthouse transformed into a library quickly draws you in as the author incorporates issues libraries deal with daily.

The characters are delightful and realistic. The secondary characters are unique and add depth while enhancing the story. Moving at a steady pace, the story flows smoothly and holds your attention until the end.

Combining the picturesque setting with friendship, a hint of romance, an interesting mystery, and all-out-fun, the author has the beginnings of a tantalizing new series with BY BOOK OR BY CROOK. What could be more enjoyable than curling up with a good book in a cozy lighthouse that holds mystery and intrigue?

By Book Or By Crook by Eva Gates, A Lighthouse Library Mystery Book #1, Obsidian, @2015, ISBN: 978-0451470935, Paperback, 352 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

This giveaway is for one print copy of BY BOOK OR BY CROOK. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Feb. 24. 

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Eve Gates' Tour’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

Do you like lighthouses? Would you want to live in one? Do you think it would be fun to have a library in one? Thanks so much for stopping by today during Eva’s visit. I hope we’ve enticed you to check out this fun new series.

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47 comments:

  1. Sounds like my kind of book! I love lighthouses and ghost stories!

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  2. Mmamacitagrita@gmail.com l like lighthouses but I don't want to live in one. A lighthouse library would be cool.

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  3. Mmamacitagrita@gmail.com l like lighthouses but I don't want to live in one. A lighthouse library would be cool.

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  4. It might be fun to live in a lighthouse—it certainly would be different!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  5. I love the sound of this one, a library lighthouse, very cool idea.

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  6. You should visit the Outer Banks! Beautiful area. Lots of lighthouses. Just remember we do have a hurricane season.
    And cat number two - cats and dogs are even now.

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    1. I really enjoyed getting to know the Outer Banks for this series. Beautiful place. Vicki/Eva

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  7. I love new series, looks great, thanks for the chance to win it :)

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  8. Most of the lighthouses are tiny and couldn't hold a library. There are ghosts though.

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  9. Mason - Thanks for hosting Eva.
    Eva - Thanks for sharing a bit of the background to this series. What an absolutely fascinating setting for a series! Lighthouses are great! I wish you success.

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  10. Thanks Mason for hosting me and thanks for you comments all. I just loved putting my imagination to work and letting Lucy live in the lighthouse. Imagine the view! Vicki/Eva

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  11. This looks like a good book, what could be better then lighthouses, books, and mystery. Thank you for the chance to win

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  12. I think this will be a terrific new series! I grew up listening to the foghorn from Splitrock Lighthouse, MN and have visited there many times

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  13. This sounds great and the title is awesome. YES I would love to live in a lighthouse, but in MO that would be a little difficult to find.

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  14. this sounds great - it's def on my TBR list.

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    1. Thanks, Acemommy. I do hope you enjoy it. Vicki/Eva

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  15. I absolutely love lighthouses but would not want to live in one.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  16. I'm a school librarian and the only thing better would be a library in a lighthouse with a ghost. Reminds me of the Ghost and Mrs. Muir!

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    1. I with you! I'm not a librarian but the rest of it is a perfect setting.

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  17. Looks like a fun series! I'm always a sucker for a library story line, this one looks very interesting.

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  18. Any book with books in it is fine by me. This first in the series is on my list.

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    1. Thanks, Gram. I hope you enjoy it. vicki/eva

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  19. Sounds like so much fun! Great setting for a mystery :)

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  20. Lighthouses are fascinating and one with a library is wonderful. I couldn't live in one though. This is a great feature and giveaway. Thanks for this chance. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Lighthouses and libraries, how can you go wrong with a book about those two things! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  22. You left out the cat as part of the super combination. The cat must be betweet the lighthouse and the library. Would love to read this book.

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    1. Isn't the cat on the cover beautiful! Vicki/Eva

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  23. I've never been in a lighthouse. I would love to visit one someday. This sounds like a really great story and I know I would enjoy it. Thank you!

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  24. This sounds so cool....libraries and lighthouses....looking forward to reading it.
    dotkel50@comcast.net

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  25. I love the cover on this one. There's something so spooky about a lighthouse!

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  26. Sounds like great cozy mystery.

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  27. Lighthouses are amazing. I think it'd be interesting to see what could be done with one (whether as a home, library, or whatever else). Looking forward to reading By Book or By Crook to see what this lighthouse is like inside. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  28. Thanks, Meg. I hope you enjoy the book. Lighthouses are amazing! Vicki/Eva

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  29. I love lighthouses and thoughts of the lighthouse turning into a library sound like a wonderful opener to a new series! Can't wait to read it!

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  30. Love lighthouses. I would worry about moisture in library that near the water. I fear water, but love solitude, so have mixed feelings about living in one.

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  31. I like the idea of a library in a lighthouse. I might not want to live in one, as I prefer a regular house, but it might be nice as a weekend getaway. I love true ghost stories and collect books of them. Would love to win.

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  32. This sounds great, I love the concept.

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  33. I need to put this area on my bucket list as I often read books set there. Looks like another great series.
    Ann

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  34. I've never been able to tour a lighthouse, but have seen some historic ones from afar. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. so want to read this book!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

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  36. I've always had a thing for lighthouses. Well, and ghost stories, too, so this book is right up my alley. Sounds like a fun read. I'm in.

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  37. Love cozy mysteries and pleased to hear of a new series. The cover is great, too. Can't go past a lighthouse and ghosts. MMMMMM....

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  38. Lighthouses and libraries, a combination made in heaven—two of my favorite things. In fact I've always dreamed of living in a lighthouse, add a library, and I'd never leave.

    VR Barkowski

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