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Friday, November 23, 2018

Mrs. Murray's Ghost by Emily-Jane Hills Orford - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Emily-Jane Hills Orford and her new book, “Mrs. Murray’s Ghost”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Emily-Jane and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Mrs. Murray's Ghost
by Emily-Jane Hills Orford

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GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy

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BLURB:

Mary’s family has moved into a huge Victorian mansion. She loves her gigantic new house, especially her room. But then she begins to meet the house’s other residents. Mrs. Murray was murdered in Mary’s new house. At first she tries to scare the new residents away, but there seems to be a force connecting the ghost to Mary. Even the stranded Brownies, the little people who live between the walls, feel that connection. When Mary becomes deathly ill, the Brownies and the ghost team up to try to rescue her, only to encounter a witch and her evil minions. Time is running out. They must rescue Mary from a fever-induced dream world before she is trapped there forever. As well as being a fun read for young readers, the story gives an historical perspective to childhood, as it dates to the 1960s. It also deals with some very current issues, specifically bullying.

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EXCERPT TWO:

“Did you leave any lights on downstairs?” he asked as he seated himself at the table once again.

“No,” Mom answered. “I turned everything off.”

“She did,” Mary added. “I made sure.”

“The lights were all on in the kitchen,” Dad said. “Some of the cupboard doors were wide open. I closed them.” At that, the banging doors started up again.

“I guess it’s official,” David announced. “We have a ghost.” He made his move and passed ‘Go’. Holding out his hand to the banker (who was always Dad to ensure some modicum of fairness in the game), he demanded, “Two hundred dollars, please.”

“Sounds to me like the ghost is checking us out,” Dad said, handing over the Monopoly money. “It’s not hurting anyone, so let it be.”

“Spoooooky!” David howled, laughing.

Mary didn’t laugh. She wasn’t sure why they thought it was funny, but if no one else was afraid, maybe ghosts weren’t scary.

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GUEST POST:

Who Inspired Your Love for Books?

My grandmother, Gran. She was my inspiration in so many ways. She loved to read and she loved to share her stories. She never wrote down her stories, but she could keep a captive audience as she regaled one story after another. I often asked her why she didn’t write down her stories. Her answer, surprisingly, was “Who would want to read them.” Well, me for one. After Gran passed away, I wrote her story, “Personal Notes”, using all those stories she had shared over the years and the journals she kept.

Gran always said I had a vivid imagination. She didn’t really believe me when I mentioned the ghost. It was real. Very real. But she played along, coming up with stories of all the old houses she had lived in over the years, telling stories about her life in Scotland before the family moved to Canada, about her ancestors. She kept me spellbound as she shared these stories. And she shared the books she enjoyed reading about the people, the ancestors, who had played an important (if unrecognized) role in history. Mary Queen of Scots was one passion that she shared with me. And we both read everything and anything we could get our hands on about this queen. Why? Because, or so Gran claimed, our ancestor tethered the horse that Queen Mary used when escaping Loch Leven Castle.

The Scottish connection was part of our combined interest in reading, storytelling and, when I was a little older, traveling. Hence, the Scottish connection with the Brownies, the little people in “Mrs. Murray’s Ghost” and the entire “Piccadilly Street” series.

Storytelling and reading, two passions I shared with Gran. I wish she were here today to read the stories she inspired me to write. I had to do what she avoided doing: write those wonderful, passionate stories that she shared and that she inspired my imagination to conjure up.

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AUTHOR BIO:


An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion. Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head to pass tedious hours while sick, waiting in a doctor’s office, listening to a teacher drone on about something she already knew, or enduring the long, stuffy family car rides. The author lived her stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good story. Emily-Jane can now boast that she is an award-winning author of several books, including Mrs. Murray’s Ghost (Telltale Publishing 2018), Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads 2018), Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and several other books. A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extra-ordinary in life and the fantasies of dreams combined with memories. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Emily-Jane will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me and my book, "Mrs. Murray's Ghost".

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  2. Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!

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