Thursday, March 25, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: Ellerslie by William Francis

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Ellerslie by William Francis. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Ellerslie
Author: William Francis
Publisher: Willow River Press
Publication Date: March 23rd 2021
Print Length: 231 pages
Genre: Paranormal Historical Mystery
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Did you know author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lived in a haunted house?

It’s the Jazz Age, it’s Prohibition and aviator Charles Lindbergh is the most famous person in America. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald rents a mansion in Edgemoor, Delaware called Ellerslie hoping for a quiet retreat so that he can write his next novel following The Great Gatsby.

April Ross, the first and only female history major at the University of Delaware, is commissioned by the owner of Ellerslie to research the estate’s history for a potential sale. At least, that’s what April is told. In the days ahead, April’s historical research uncovers Ellerslie’s former owners dating back to 1810. She interacts with the Fitzgeralds, yet endures unexplained occurrences and visits by an unknown woman. Against her better judgement, April eventually accepts that the woman is a ghost and realizes that her true purpose is to find out who this woman is, or was, and what happened to her in real life.

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EXCERPT:
“I don’t know,” Scott said, lifting his glass of gin, his bowl of stew untouched. “I’m just so sick and tired of hearing about Charles Lindbergh. They report everything he says and does.”

Zelda spooned her stew and turned serious. “I’m sorry, Fitz. I know you’re upset about the latest sales figures for Gatsby. I should’ve been more receptive to your feelings when you told me.”

Scott took another sip. “I blame the title. I told you I hated the title.” He mimicked sarcasm. “The Great Gatsby. Rather pretentious, don’t you think? And what’s so great about him? He’s a sick symbol of today’s greed and self-absorption. Who needs to read a story about a man who epitomizes what we see in everyday society?”

“You know,” Zelda said, “I think those journalists who are coverin’ Lindbergh would better serve the public if they examined the disgusting tastes of American readers. They need to explain to me why dime novelists like Zane Grey are making a fortune while respectable writers like you, Fitz, are not.”

April appreciated seeing Zelda act kindly to her husband, but she wondered how long it would last.

“My friend Mencken is soooo right,” Scott said after tasting some stew. “Quote: ‘No one has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of plain people, nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.'”

“Fitz, maybe you should write one of those dime novels.”

“I’d rather die.”

“Do not fret, monsieur. I believe you could write a good one.”

“Well,” Scott said to April, “what do you think? You’ve been silent so far.”

April put her spoon down and took a moment to formulate her response. “I’ve been reading The Great Gatsby and I really like it. I’m intrigued by the mysterious Jay Gatsby and how Nick perceives him. And then there’s the relationship between Jay and Daisy and Tom Buchanan. I look forward to finishing the book, hopefully tonight.”

“Thank you for saying so, but that wasn’t the question. Should I write a dime novel?”

“No, sir,” April said staring directly at Scott’s bloodshot eyes. “There’s nothing wrong with writing at an elite level. It’s a known fact that the masses prefer tabloid stories and yellow journalism, and that Mr. Hearts has capitalized on this. But I think you’d be doing yourself and the literary world a great disservice if you lowered your talents to that type of writing.”

Scott’s eyes watered. He looked shocked.

“Wow, Fitz,” Zelda said, humbled. “I think that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to you about your writing.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Raised in Newark, Delaware, William spends his days working in Corporate America and writing about the First State. He achieved a Masters Degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, but also writes non-fiction. Through Arcadia Publishing he has produced 5 books related to Delaware: The DuPont Highway, Along the Kirkwood Highway, Along the Christina River, Building Interstate in 95 in Delaware, and Newark Then & Now. Fiction titles include: A Life Told to None, The Umpire, Seacrest, and the five-star The Katie Dugan Case. Whether his books are fact or fiction, William hopes to entertain as well as inform and leave the reader with a satisfying experience.

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GIVEAWAY:
William Francis will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card and a publisher certificate for a free eBook copy of Ellerslie or half off the print edition to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different blog participating in the book blast each day. Good luck!
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35 comments:

  1. Thank you for your post about my new novel, Ellerslie. I thoroughly enjoyed the research and effort it took to bring about its publication. I hope everyone who enjoys a good ghost story mixed with historical figures, especially fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald, will get a good fright and learn something about this writer of The Great Gatsby. Regards, William Francis

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  2. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  3. I'm looking forward to checking this one out!

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  4. David HollingsworthMarch 25, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    I think this book is definitely a must read!

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  5. I love a paranormal mystery. Good work!

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  6. Sounds like a very interesting book.

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  7. It sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  8. The book sounds intriguing. I had no idea the Fitzgeralds lived in a haunted house !

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  9. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  10. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  11. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. I have never read a novel in this genre before.. I am now interested.. best of luck with the tour....

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  13. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  14. I think this book would be interesting for a change of pace.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  15. It's time for me to try a new author.
    I like some variety.

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  16. Very different book. Good work@

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  17. I love what I have read about your book! This one sounds like one I would really enjoy.

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  18. Enjoy your Sunday - hope it is a day of rest for you!

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  19. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  20. Do you ever use real life experiences for your books?

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  21. sounds like a fun one

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  22. I liked the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  23. Thanks so much again for the giveaway!

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  24. Do you have certain times of the day to write or is it random?

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  25. I like a good historical mystery book!! :)

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  26. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  27. The cover is really is intriguing.

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