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Monday, December 16, 2013

New Release and Guest Post by Julie Flanders: Let's Talk About Ghosts!

Today I'm excited to turn the blog over to Julie Flanders. 
She is here to share some unique facts related to the New England 
setting of her second novel, The Ghosts of Aquinnah.

Take it over, Julie!

The Ghosts and Beasts of Baker's Island

Baker's Island Lighthouse (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve been having a blast sharing ghost stories from around New England for the past few months and I'm excited to be here with SK today to share another one. Thank you for hosting me, SK!

Baker’s Island is approximately 5 miles off the coast of Salem, Massachusetts, so it’s not hard to imagine there may be some ghosts or other paranormal beings there considering Salem’s scary and disturbing history.

But Baker’s ghosts don’t seem to have anything to do with witches. Instead, the island’s ghostly reputation likely comes from the fact that it is one of several Massachusetts islands known as “the Miseries” because of the unusually high numbers of shipwrecks that have occurred on their shores. In fact, Baker's is located to the southeast of Great Misery Island and Little Misery Island, so there has clearly been a great deal of misery in the island's general area in the past.

The island is the home to several families during the summer months but in the winter time it is totally uninhabited, except for the lighthouse keeper. That alone gives me the creeps for the keeper!

Ghosts are said to move into empty island houses during the winter months, with the keepers reporting lights that turn themselves on and off in the uninhabited homes during the long winter nights. In addition, the lighthouse foghorn has regularly gone off in the middle of crystal-clear, fog-free nights for years, waking up the keeper and anyone else on the island. Keepers have reported the malfunctioning horn to the Coast Guard numerous times, but no inspections have ever turned up a problem that could cause the horn to go off. 

The island is also the home of the Beast of Baker Island, a nasty and invisible presence which has harassed island inhabitants for years by pouncing on them and knocking them down in the dark. Numerous residents have reported encounters with the Beast, but none have ever actually seen the creature that knocks them down.

Since learning about this, I can’t help but think that the Beast of Baker Island would make a great starting point for a story! :)

Thank you again for having me here at your site, SK!





Blurb

A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.

Why? ...

Who is she? ...

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out.

But, it’s not at all what she expects...

Hannah unravels a century old murder.


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Author Bio:

Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found playing with her pets, reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. The Ghosts of Aquinnah is Julie’s second novel. Her debut novel Polar Night was released in February, 2013 by Ink Smith Publishing.

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28 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love the sound of Baker's Island with all it's spooky goings on. It'd be fun to try and stay a night or two there in the winter when all is desolate ...

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    1. I'm such a chicken, Heather, that I would not be staying at night there… ever. You can have fun, though lol

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  2. Thank you again for hosting me, SK! I'm thrilled to be here at your site. And thank you, Heather! I agree, I think it would be fun to see what this island is like in the winter, but then I know I'd chicken out when it came to actually doing it LOL.

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    1. Oh, see? I know I will absolutely not be staying there… winter or summer… but if you don't chicken out, you must share the details after. Thank you for the guest post ;)

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  3. And I think you need to be the one to write it!
    I would not want to be one of the keepers.

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    1. I agree, Alex. By the way, I would be a really bad keeper… seeing as I wouldn't be around, like at all.

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    2. LOL, I would not want to be a keeper either LOL. But I would love to write the story!

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  4. My grandma always said empty houses attracted beings. I'd forgotten about that. She also hated it when people would rock an empty rocking chair. She said that invited spirits to fill it. This is a book I will read!

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    1. I'm glad I don't have a rocking chair or I would be tossing it out right about now… o_o

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    2. SK you are cracking me up. I love rocking chairs but now I'm kind of creeped out too LOL. Thanks, Elizabeth!

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  5. The light keeper has my condolences. Misery might love company but winter isn't kind of these 'misery islands'. So many shipwrecks, so much time to haunt. Thanks for all the stories Julie.

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    1. Isn't it awful to think of living on "misery islands?" I can't imagine. Thanks for reading, Sheena-kay!

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  6. Creepy! I'm thinking that the winter ghosts make an interesting story. :-D

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    1. I know, I love that too. Just the fact that the island is so desolate makes for a lot of possibilities. Thanks, Misha!

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  7. Oh I'd love to visit! Nothing more romantic than the idea of a haunted lighthouse to send me hopping into my honey's arms. :)

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    1. Aww that's so sweet. I'd be running in my honey's direction too…. but to pull him away so we can leave… lol

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    2. LOL SK once again you crack me up! Thanks, Pk!

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  8. My grandmothers house was said to have been haunted. The ghost of a woman could be standing at the door waiting for her husband to return from war. I loved that house and never felt any fear.

    Would love to read of the Beast - what an exciting tale that would be! Yes, you've got to write it!

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    1. It really would be exciting to read that, wouldn't it? Julie better get to work!

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    2. Oh, that's so interesting, Yolanda. I can imagine a ghost like that wouldn't be scary. Just very touching, really. And I hope I can write something about the Beast!

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  9. What a bunch of weirdness on one little island. Lighthouses are always kind of creepy to me. The movie "The Fog" (the original) had a really scary lighthouse. Loved your post, Julie! :-)

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    1. I haven't seen "The Fog" but I find lighthouses a bit eery as well. Julie does know how own it :P

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    2. Oh, I've never seen The Fog but I need to watch that now. I love lighthouse but agree there is something spooky about them too. Thanks Lexa and SK!

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  10. Wow, this is so incredibly chilling, especially that story about the Beast. (Yikes!) I can easily see that as a starting point for a story, too...

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    1. I'm totally in love with the Beast idea now. I hope I can write something. :) Thanks!

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  11. I'm glad that I read this late at night! I'll definitely be sleeping with a light on, but if it suddenly turns off...Great story Julie! Thanks for hosting Julie, SK!

    Julie

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    1. LOL, I hope your light didn't go off on it's own, Julie. Thank you!

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  12. I dont want to be a downer here, but my family has had a house on the island for 4 generations and "the beast" is not an island ghost story and no one has ever claimed to have been pushed by a ghost out there. There are several ghost stories related to the island and specific cottages, but that is not one of them.

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