GHOSTWRITER Birthday Celebration! Giveaway and Excerpt, Day 10

All this month, I'll be celebrating the second birthday of my novel, Ghostwriter, with excerpts and prizes.

This year is also the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. My hero, Seth, was a witness to the terrible events of that war as an ambulance driver. Sara discovers his letters home in a trunk hidden in the attic of the island house she's renting.

Along with the excerpts, I'll be sharing some photographs that inspired me as I was writing the novel.

Today's excerpt:

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The scene around them seemed to melt away and they stood once more on the beach.

“I have always loved this place,” Seth said.

“I know. That was obvious from the start. When you wrote about it in your letters . . . well, they were love letters to Marcella, but also to the island. Whenever you wrote of your dreams of your future, it was here.”

Seth sat down on the side of a dune and stared toward the sea. “What did you mean when you said you belonged here?” He turned and his brilliant blue eyes bored into her own, as if he was searching for something undefinable.

“I meant I love this place, too,” Sara replied. “It’s like having a real home for the first time in my life. I’m hoping I can stay here.”


“Money,” Sara said uncomfortably. “I’m . . . well, I’m broke, to tell you the truth.”

He looked out over the waves. “I hope you stay,” he said, so softly she wasn’t sure she had heard it properly. “It’s nice having someone to talk to.”

Was that all? Sara wondered. She tried to push back a cold, dark wave of disappointment. She didn’t know what she would have wanted him to say, but she didn’t want it to be because he was lonely and she was the only person available. “Why did you break your silence to me? You could have talked to Jerry, or anyone else who lived here over the years. Why me?”

He didn’t reply.

Sara sighed. As much as she liked Seth, she sometimes wanted to shake him when he clammed up like that. “I probably should wake up now.”

He shook his head. “Sleep. You need it.” And then he was gone.

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About the book:

Newly single, unemployed, and with her savings dwindling to an all-time low, Sara thinks things are finally looking up when she lands a job ghostwriting a popular politician’s biography, and rents the affordable island home of her favorite author, Seth Fortner, who mysteriously disappeared in 1925. Strange things begin to happen as objects break, go missing, and terrifying visions appear, making Sara wonder if Seth ever left, or if she is slowly losing her mind.

She gets no answers from his family who closely guards the secret of his disappearance. Through an old trunk of letters Sara discovers in the attic of her seaside cottage, Sara unravels the mystery and becomes caught up in a tale of greed, lost love, and the horrors of WWI. Will she be the one to break the “Fortner Curse” by helping Seth conquer his demons, and heal both of their hearts in the process?

Available from:

Ghostwriter - Lissa Bryan


Abe Books



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