*2016 Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book*
*Awarded the Literary Classics Seal of Approval*
*Awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion*
*FINALIST in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction*
Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?
Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.
That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.
To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.
Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.
So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.
Inspired by the legend of a haunting at the Angel of the Sea bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ.
“A haunting journey that will leave readers craving more.” – Natalie Zaman, co-author of the Sirenz series and Blonde Ops
“…Berliner’s touches give her novel innovation…” and“…dramatic and paranormal elements give this winsome tale flavor.” – Kirkus
“I loved The Ghost Chronicles. Simply loved it. Billed as a young adult novel with crossover appeal for the adult crowd, this book certainly got the attention of this adult. Author Marlo Berliner has done a masterful job in creating a story and characters that her readers will care about, relate to, and continue to think about long after the final words are read. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is. Her scene setting skills are simply second to none, and the setting of the Angel of the Sea Inn bed and breakfast is a perfect place for this afterlife love story to take place. Any reader, young adult or not, who enjoys paranormal fiction, love stories, or just a great work of fiction should absolutely read The Ghost Chronicles. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from the extremely promising and talented new author, Marlo Berliner, as soon as I possibly can!” – Tracy A. Fischer for Readers’ Favorite, 5-stars
Author Marlo Berliner has penned a poignant tale that conjures a myriad of emotions. Young adult audiences will laugh and cry as they experience the afterlife through Michael’s eyes. – Literary Classics, 5-stars
Sarah’s character and the setting for The Ghost Chronicles was inspired by an actual place! You can read about that here:
The Angel of the Sea is an award-winning bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ. This spectacular inn has been featured on several television programs and in magazines throughout the world. Most notably, it was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as one of the “Best Vacations in the World” and included in her television talk show. The Angel of the Sea is one of the most recognized Victorian structures in the United States. Legend has it that in the late 1960’s, a girl did fall to her death at the Angel of the Sea and did at one time, haunt the inn. The story of the girl has been included in several non-fiction books about ghosts in Cape May. Sarah’s character in THE GHOST CHRONICLES was inspired by this legend. You can learn more about the Angel of the Sea by visiting: http://www.angelofthesea.com/
You can also learn more about THE GHOST CHRONICLES series by watching this interview on an episode of the TV show, The Spark, which aired in September 2016 on PBS’s WHYY-Philadelphia TV station:
“Dead!” – My Chemical Romance
“Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol
“Secrets” – One Republic
“Live Like We’re Dying” – Kris Allen
“Already Gone” – Kelly Clarkson
“Black Dog” – Led Zeppelin
“Here Comes the Sun” – Beatles
“What’s It Feel Like to be a Ghost?” – Taking Back Sunday
“Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
“Ghost of Me” – Daughtry
“Supernatural” – Daughtry
I’m also listed in the Acknowledgements for all of these books: