A day in the life of Ruby Proulx by Jessica Estevao

Only a few weeks ago I could never have predicted my day-to-day life would change so completely. Which presents some degree of difficulty as I profess myself to have psychic abilities. One could reasonably argue that I should have had some inkling I would soon find myself settled into sumptuous accommodations at my aunt’s hotel in Maine rather than rattling the roads working with my father on a Canadian medicine show. It seems like one moment I was living the life of an impoverished wanderer with nowhere to call home and a list of aliases so long I hardly remembered my real name. The next moment I had a luxurious bedroom all to myself complete with a fireplace and a sweeping view of the sea.

Perhaps I should explain. After a harrowing incident involving an electrified medical device I found myself in dire need of sanctuary. Preferably some place where the Canadian police would be unlikely to look for me. Just before abandoning me to my own devices my father suggested it was a fortuitous time to introduce myself to my Aunt Honoria who happened to live across the border from where we hawked miracle medicines and I read tarot cards for rubes that visited the medicine shows.

I took his advice and caught the first train from New Brunswick to Old Orchard, Maine. As the miles slipped by I considered the dangers of my way of life and I vowed to go straight. That is until I arrived at the Hotel Belden only to discover that Honoria ran an establishment that catered exclusively to metaphysical practitioners. Despite my good intentions, before I knew it, I found myself employed as the hotel medium.

While it is true that I do not have the exact skill set I purport to possess I should not like you to think less of me for stretching the truth concerning my abilities. I assure you I really do have otherworldly experiences. I do hear a voice from the other side that advises me; I just don’t always hear the things I share with my clients. I do, however, pride myself in delivering the sorts of messages that encourage the sitter to follow courses of action they wish to pursue but do not feel sure they should take.

Most days I give readings for guests at the hotel. Sometimes I use my trusty tarot cards with sitters and other times I rely on small twitches and squeezes I feel when linking hands in a séance circle. It is exhausting work but Honoria assures me it has been a boon to the hotel. I also help my aunt and the hotel housekeeper with various jobs around the hotel like arranging the seating and welcoming the new arrivals. I host a table in the dining room every evening. From time to time I organize and lead outings for some of our long-term guests. Recently the hotel has become a hub of the suffrage movement and that has kept me busier than ever attending rallies and marches.

I also use my position to assist a local police officer in solving some cases that have come his way. I have found that many people are far more likely to share confidences with those they believe are in touch with the world of spirit and although I say it myself, my contribution to thwarting the criminal element in my new hometown has been of considerable value. It has been surprisingly satisfying to find myself on the opposite side of the law from where I usually have operated. I intend to continue to do so as long as Officer Yancey does not uncover the secrets of my past. I very much doubt even help from the spirit world will save me from an upright officer like him.


You can read more about Ruby in Whispers of Warning, the second book in the “Change of Fortune” mystery series.

Ruby Proulx’s new life in Orchard Beach, Maine, faces some sinister complications in the next Change of Fortune Mystery by Jessica Estevao. . .

Free from the clutches of her con artist father, Ruby Proulx is starting to settle in at the Belden, her aunt Honoria’s seaside hotel. She loves finally being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps Honoria keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium for the hotel’s metaphysically inclined guests.

When one of the guests, renowned Spiritualist and outspoken suffragist Sophronia Foster Eldridge, checks into the hotel for a monthlong stay, Ruby finds her sense of purpose expands outside the confines of home and family. Sophronia takes Ruby under her wing and mentors her in the mediumistic abilities, encouraging her to fight for women’s rights.

But not everyone is as happy with Sophronia’s appearance in Old Orchard. When a dangerous act of sabotage is carried out and a body is found floating in the pool of a local bathhouse, Ruby takes it upon herself to find answers— and in the process learns that her new friend has been hiding some deadly secrets of her own. . .

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About the author
Jessica Estevao writes the Change of Fortune Mysteries. She loves the beach, mysterious happenings and all things good-naturedly paranormal. While she lives for most of the year in New Hampshire with her dark and mysterious husband and exuberant children, she spends summers on the coast of Maine where she keeps an eye out for sea monsters and mermaids.

As Jessie Crockett she’s the author of the nationally bestselling Sugar Grove Mysteries and the Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Live Free or Die.

Connect with Jessica at jessicaestevao.com.

All comments are welcomed.

25 responses to “A day in the life of Ruby Proulx by Jessica Estevao

  1. MaryAnn Forbes

    Whispers of Warrning sounds very intriguing; thank you for the opportunity to win the book.📚

  2. A new-to-me author/series…
    Thanx for the heads-up & giveaway….

  3. I have been wanting to read this. Doesn’t it sound good? Thank you.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  4. I read the first Change of Fortune story and really enjoyed it. I look forward to catching the second one soon!

  5. LOVED book 1, and looking forward to Ruby’s next adventure!

  6. I love the cover of Whispers of Warning by Jessica Estevao. If a cover speaks to me I will in most case stop, look,, and buy it. lol! Thanks for hosting this author and book. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. Ruby’s story sounds so interesting and intriguing — I would love to read it! Thank you, Dru Ann for featuring Jessica Estevao and Ruby on your Blog, and for the great giveaway!

  8. I’ve read the first one, now it’s time for the 2nd in this series.

  9. This series sounds fantastic! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  10. This sounds interesting, and it is to be as the author spends summers on the beaches of Maine and uses that as her locale for the mystery. I’m a dis-placed New Englander now living in the Midwest.

  11. This book sounds interesting, and it has to be as the author spends summers on the beaches of Maine and uses that as her locale for the mystery. I’m a dis-placed New Englander now living in the Midwest.

  12. This sounds like a very promising read.

  13. Sounds very fun; turning over a new leaf or trying to gives it a mystery factor. After reading the excerpt I cannot wait to read it.

  14. This is a new book to me. I am enthralled by the description!

  15. I can’t wait to read a favorite author’s newest series. Thanks for a great review post.

  16. This sounds interesting! I will add it to my to be read pile.

  17. I want to stay at Ruby’s aunt’s hotel!

  18. Two more titles from a new-to-me author for my TBR list.

  19. I just ‘discovered’ Jessica last week and have added to my wish list, lol, so thank you for the chance to win a copy of “Whispers of Warning”.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  20. Sounds interesting.

  21. Yay! There’s a giveaway for this! I shudder to think about the “harrowing incident”!

  22. Sounds like an interesting read. Will put on my TBR list.

  23. Sounds like a good read.

  24. I’ve never read t his author, but I love all books set in Maine and can’t wait to try this series.

  25. **** WINNER ****
    Whispers of Warning is Marilyn
    Congratulations!