Writing All WrongsOccupation: Manager of Through the Wardrobe

I’m Jenna. I work in Oyster Bay’s bookstore, Through the Wardrobe, and I am beyond excited! A major celebrity is coming to our grand opening to sign his books this weekend. Silas Black, the famous novelist and director of the wildly popular television show, No Quarter, is coming here! I still can’t believe it.

People will come from all over North Carolina to meet Mr. Black. He’s originally from our state. Ocean Isle Beach, in fact. His parents ran a souvenir shop there. Maybe that’s how he developed his love of pirates—reading all those books on pirate lore and legends.

Anyway, he’s not the only one signing here this weekend. Millay’s book is coming out on Thursday. Her first book ever! She’ll be the first of the Bayside book writers to be published and Olivia is pulling out all the stops for this launch party. After all, our bookstore isn’t just a bookstore anymore. It’s now a super hip café too. Old world charm meets contemporary chic—connected by a giant wardrobe door. You literally step from one world into another.

I just hope Olivia and her father, Charles, can get along. Things can get a little frosty between the two of them. They’re both so headstrong and it’s not always easy for them to work together. And with all the people that will be coming here dressed as pirates, or as the gryphon or wyvern riders from Millay’s book, we’ll have enough chaos as it is!

Anyway, Olivia’s on her honeymoon with Chief Rawlings, so I’m sure she’s not worrying about this weekend. I was kind of surprised when I heard that she and the chief had decided to honeymoon on Palmetto Island. Not only is that place super spooky at night, but hundreds of sailors have also drowned off its shores. And then there’s the story of the lady ghost who’s been spotted walking the southern beach. She wears a white dress and carries a lantern. They say she’s searching for something, or someone, that she lost. She’ll never stop roaming that stretch of beach until she finds what she’s looking for. Olivia and the chief rented a house on that beach. Could they be in danger?

Oh, listen to me. I think I’ve been reading too many of Silas Black’s books.

You can read more about the happenings in Oyster Bay in Writing All Wrongs, the seventh book in the “Book By The Bay” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is A Killer Plot.

Writing All Wrongs – Books By the Bay #7

The New York Times bestselling author of Lethal Letters returns to the North Carolina Coast, where aspiring novelist and amateur sleuth Olivia Limoges discovers crime doesn’t take a vacation.

After Olivia and Chief Rawlings enjoy a brief honeymoon on Palmetto Island, they’re joined by the rest of the Bayside Book Writers for the Coastal Carolina Crime Festival. The festival’s highlight is Silas Black, celebrity screenwriter and television producer, who is currently working on a popular television show in North Carolina.

As the festival gets under way, a trickster seems to be bringing famous local ghost stories to life. But when the body of a woman close to Black is found on the beach, Olivia and her friends must deduce who on the island could resort to murder—before the sands of time run out for someone else.

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lighthouse teapotGIVEAWAY: What about you? What’s your favorite ghost story? Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on Friday, November 13 and you could win this charming lighthouse teapot for one (because even on her honeymoon Olivia Limoges needs to be near a lighthouse). (US entries only, please.) Good luck everyone!

About the author
Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia. Visit Ellery at elleryadamsmysteries.com

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