Find some of your favorite historical figures in the new book, Ellerslie, by William Francis. It’s a blend of history, mystery, and the paranormal. You can read an excerpt here before you download your own copy and then get even more as you follow the tour. Best of luck with the giveaway at the end!
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.
Read an 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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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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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.
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Sounds like a good read.
Thank you for your comment. One of the characters in the novel is named Elena, a Russian maid who becomes a good friend to April.
This sounds like a great! I love the cover and the excerpt!
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This sounds like an amzing book. I can’t wait to check this one out!
HI Debbie: thank you for your comments.
Sounds like a great read.
HI Sherry: thank you for your comment
William Francis is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction. I can’t wait to start reading all his books I saw on Goodreads.
Hi Audrey: thank you for your comments. WF
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