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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Ghost's of New England: Skullery Bay Anthology - Jilly's Dilemma by Nancy Fraser - Book Tour - Book Sale - Book Trailer - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Best Selling and Award Winning Authors: Nancy Fraser, Lisa A. Olech, and Kathryn Hills and their exciting new Book Box Set Anthology “Ghosts of New England: Skullery Bay,” here on FAB!!  While this exhilarating Book Box Set consists of FOUR books, which span over FOUR different centuries, today’s post will focus solely on the last book, which is set in present day, Book Four, “Jilly’s Dilemma,” by Nancy Fraser. For other stops on their Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour and to check out the other wonderful THREE featured books in this Book Box Set Anthology, 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 $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Nancy and to increase your chances of winning!

The Ghosts of New England: Skullery Bay Book Box Set Anthology eBook which includes Nancy’s Fraser’s featured book, “Jilly’s Dilemma,” is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!!  Yep – that’s right!!!  FOUR FABULOUS EBOOKS FOR LESS THAN $1!!!!  See below for more details.

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Ghosts of New England: Skullery Bay

Book Box Set Anthology

by Nancy Fraser, Lisa A. Olech, and Kathryn Hills


Jilly’s Dilemma

by Nancy Fraser



An anthology unlike any other...

4 Different Centuries

4 To-Die-For Romances

The Same 2 Ghosts!

Widow’s Walk (1737)

RITA nominee & Best Selling Author, Lisa A. Olech

He’s the infamous pirate, Captain John Jacob Wilder.

She’s the daughter of his fiercest enemy.

Their love is the beginning of the legend.

Cast to the Wind and Waves (1837)

Best Selling & Award-Winning Author, Kathryn Hills

She’s the heiress determined to restore Fairwinds to its former glory.

He’s the solicitor working as a caretaker because of the deadly curse.

Their love will rebuild the legend.

The Bootlegger’s Daughter (1924)

Best Selling & Award Winning Author, Nancy Fraser

She’s the daughter of one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals.

He’s her bodyguard, and not at all what he seems.

Their love will return dignity to the legend.

Jilly’s Dilemma (Present Day)

Best Selling & Award-Winning Author, Nancy Fraser

She’s the new owner of Fairwinds, a flaky artist who talks to ghosts. Repeatedly.

He’s the staid, young professor there to document Fairwinds’ history.

Their love will make you believe in the legend.



Jilly’s Dilemma (Present Day)

She’s the new owner of Fairwinds, a flaky artist who talks to ghosts. Repeatedly.

He’s the staid, young professor there to document Fairwinds' history.

Their love will make you believe in the legend.

When Jillian Barclay inherits the family estate of Fairwinds from her father, it comes with the provision that she must live there for a minimum of three years before she can sell the property. Jilly grew up at Fairwinds, so she’s more than aware of the strange occurrences, the presence of the ghosts of Captain John Jacob Wilder and Lillian Wilder—the infamous 18th century pirate and his beloved wife. As a matter of fact, Jilly talks to them on a regular basis.

A renowned sculptor, Jilly reluctantly relocates her studio to Fairwinds and sets out to honor her father’s wishes. There’s a second provision in her father’s will that has her more concerned than having to put up with the home’s extremely active spirits.

Nicholas Martin, PhD is about to become Jilly’s other problem. An associate professor of history, Nicholas has been granted five days’ access to Fairwinds to study the home’s history as part of research project for Harvard University’s history museum.

Expecting a stodgy old professor, when Jilly meets the professor, she’s wishing he was there to model for her rather than study her home. Younger, and far sexier, than she’d pictured, she’s immediately drawn to the handsome professor.

Nicholas has spent the previous three weeks studying five other homes on the list of historical New England homes, all of which were inhabited by octogenarian, cat-loving spinsters. He has no reason to believe Fairwinds will be any different. The young woman with the wild red curls and penchant for talking to spirits is the last thing he expected, and the one thing his usually buttoned-up personality needs. Desperately.

Will opposites truly attract? Or is it just the unusual effects of the ghostly carnal encounters that drives them into one another’s arms? And when they can no longer resist their desires, will they be able to find a working compromise to his professional career and her legal commitments?



Dammit all,” Jilly groused, setting aside her trowel and thin-edged knife. Glancing at the grandfather clock on the far wall of her studio, she grabbed a rag and wiped the worst of the clay from her hands. As usual, she’d become engrossed in her work and lost track of time. “Coming,” she called out as she crossed through the rotunda, and out into the foyer.

Pulling the door open with a hard yank, she raised her head and met the gaze of a young man, his black-rimmed glasses unable to disguise his beautiful sea blue eyes.

The rest of him wasn’t half bad either—once you got past the rumpled jacket and button-down oxford shirt.

“May I help you?” she asked. Obviously, this wasn’t the company she was expecting, but a definite upgrade. Absently, she wondered if one of her artsy-fartsy friends had sent her an Adonis to model for her next project.

And, would he be willing to pose nude?

“I’m Dr. Nicholas Martin,” he responded, his deep voice sending a flutter to her pulse. “I have an appointment with Miss Jillian Barclay. If you wouldn’t mind letting her know I’m here, I’d appreciate it.”

Jilly stepped back and motioned him inside. “I’m—” she began, stopping short when he looked past her and toward the double doors leading to the rotunda.

“No doubt you’ve got work to get back to,” he said, his tone all but dismissing her. “I don’t want to take up too much of your time.”

Oh, this was perfect. He thought she was the help.

“That’s okay, I don’t mind.” Giving her hands another swipe across the front of her clay-crusted apron, she tilted her head to the right. “If you wouldn’t mind waiting in the library.” She pushed the door open, and offered, “Feel free to browse while you wait.”

“Thank you.” He turned, his gaze slowly scanning the many books before coming back to her. His very nice smile spread in obvious appreciation. “I will definitely have a look around while I’m waiting.”

Jilly exited the library and made a dash for the first-floor powder room. The least she could do was wash her face, discard the apron, and comb her hair for such distinguished company.

Distinguished, my ass. You think he’s hot–in a geeky sort of way.

Off in the distance, the parlor door slammed with a resounding crash, followed by the dining room door, and then the door leading to the kitchen.

Beneath her breath, she mumbled, “Back off, Jake. At least let the man get comfortable before you drive him away.”


Nicholas ran his hands across the leather-bound, first edition classics lining the back wall of the Fairwinds library. An outstanding collection. Lifting a gold-leaf trimmed copy of Gulliver’s Travels from the shelf, he ran his fingers across the raised lettering, admiring the exquisite attention to detail.

This was the type of history he lived for; devoted his entire academic career—as new as it was—toward. All the previous stops on his information gathering tour shifted to the back of his mind.

Fairwinds was the holy grail of this entire project.

He’d read the sketchy research already gathered on the place, the tales of the pirate owner and reports of ghost sightings. Although he questioned a good portion of the writings, he’d reserve judgement until his visit was concluded. Assuming the spinster Barclay wasn’t senile, he looked forward to learning all there was to know about the home and its colorful history.

And what was with the housekeeper anyway? With her dirty apron, unkempt red curls flying around her face, and the way she’d slammed the doors on her way to announce his arrival. He was pretty sure she was angered at having her duties interrupted by his presence.

The initial agreement called for him to stay at Fairwinds for a minimum of five days, which included a room and meals. Absently, he wondered if the young woman with the mud-crusted nails was also the cook.

He hoped not.



Check out the Ghost's of New England: Skullery Bay Anthology book trailer below!!!



My Favorite Scene in This Book…

There were so many in Jilly’s Dilemma, choosing one was difficult... which was why I chose this question. It made me stop and think.

Given the anthology covers four different centuries, creating the last one (Present Day) became more of a challenge than I’d anticipated. I mean, how many more times can we re-hash family history and still make it fresh?

I realized I needed to create a moment between my heroine and hero that spoke to the history in a different way than just repeating facts.

Since my hero, Professor Nicholas Martin, is also a deep-sea diver who hunts for lost treasure, I decided to have him discover something that directly relates back to the heroine. What better item than a spyglass that once belonged to her ancestor-pirate, Captain John Jacob Wilder.

The “scene” actually unfolded in two parts. First, when Nick realizes that one of the items he’d found on a previous dive was actually part of Jilly’s family history.

Then, of course, the pivotal scene where he gives her the spyglass as a gift. His generosity was not only appreciated (quite nicely) by Jilly, but also by the Captain who ends up returning something he’d taken from Nick as a ‘thank you’ for returning the lost property.



NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

















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  1. Ally, thank you so much for the beautiful feature for this last of the four books in the anthology. But wait ... there's more. Yes, this was the last full-length book but what would an anthology by without a bit of wrap up. Especially if it's from the original hero's point of view. Will Captain Jake round out the entire book (with a little help from Lisa). I guess your readers will need to grab their 600+ pages of excitement to find out!

  2. Thank you for hosting the wonderful Nancy Fraser, and for showcasing all our books within the anthology! Jilly and Nicholas are such AWESOME characters! I know your readers will LOVE their banter and adventures together.

  3. Ally, love the look of your blog! Thanks so much for having us here today!

  4. The foreboding cover is very effective. The book sounds very intriguing.