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The Ghost Chronicles 2 by Marlo Berliner

The Ghost Chronicles 2

by Marlo Berliner

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Scenes in THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2

Many, many readers have reached out to me saying they love Cape May, the main setting for my award-winning series, THE GHOST CHRONICLES. Some have asked me to share pictures and one even asked if I could include a map of Cape May with all the landmarks in the next book! So, I thought it might be fun to let you all see some of my pictures of the actual places I visited and researched in Cape May, Wildwood, and Atlantic City, NJ. As best I can, I’ve tried to put these in the order in which they appear in Book Two.

First, there’s the Angel of the Sea, the famous bed and breakfast where Michael meets Sarah in Book One and where they spend much of their time in Book Two. An artist’s rendition graces the cover of THE GHOST CHRONICLES 1 & 2, but here’s what the beautiful hotel looks like in real life, both lit up at night and snow-covered.

In Chapter Two, Michael and Sarah take a late night stroll around the Washington Street Mall on Christmas Eve. This is a picture I took on a snowy evening, much like the scene in the book. Is the pedestrian mall deserted, or full of spirits milling about? I’ll let you use your imagination.

This is the sign which I also mention in Chapter Two.

This is a picture of the Sweet Shop with the replica Ferris Wheel in the window, which also gets a mention. I changed the name from Sweet House to Cape May Sweet Shop, because I thought it had a nicer ring to it.

The next picture includes a close up of Whales Tale, and the antique pedestal clock (we all know why that’s so important). Incidentally, to the best of my knowledge the clock doesn’t actually chime, so I took a little literary license with that detail 🙂

 

Here are two pictures of Our Lady Star of the Sea, the church that appears in Chapter Three, seen here with a closeup of the bell tower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the wreckage of the S.S. Atlantus, which sits just offshore at Sunset Beach and plays an important role in Chapter Three.

Now, I couldn’t wait to share these pictures of Congress Hall! This is the place where Chapter Eight and the New Year’s Eve Glitter Ball takes place. As you can see, the building does resemble a Southern-style plantation. They give tours and I highly recommend taking one.

This is Juno’s Anchor, which can be found at the back of Congress Hall.

This is Congress Hall’s ballroom and it really is painted the exact blue of a Tiffany gift box. When it was being renovated, they polled the staff as to what color the room should be painted and Tiffany’s signature version of Robin’s egg blue was what they decided upon. On the podium in the right hand corner you can even see the Congress Hall logo with the key between the C and the H.

And at Christmastime, they really do line Founders Hall (the bottom floor of Congress Hall) with floor-to-ceiling candy canes and evergreen. Towards the far end of the hall you can see where the marble floor does indeed turn to wood. Bottom left is even the gingerbread house replica of Congress Hall that gets mentioned in the book too 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Chapter Thirteen, Michael and Sarah find themselves in Wildwood for Valentine’s Day. This is the roller coaster in that scene and we all know what happens here  🙂

Later, in Chapter Fifteen, our ghosts visit Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. I was lucky enough to get a private tour of Boardwalk Hall (which really is the size of an airplane hangar). The second picture is of the console of ‘Poseiden’, the grand organ and largest musical instrument in the world, which they played just for me 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Towards the end of the book, we all know there are pivotal scenes which take place in Wildwood. This is the Giant Wheel on Mariner’s Pier.

 

This is the side-view of the Giant Wheel and Sea Serpent rides. Notice the diagonal supports that hold up the  Ferris Wheel and the tall incline of the Sea Serpent in front of the wheel 😉

Finally, here is the Dante’s Dungeon ride on the Surfside Pier.

In a later post, I’m going to go back and show you the pictures from Boston and Saugus. But this post was long enough, so I thought I’d just stick with the NJ pictures.

If you haven’t read the books yet, now is a great time! THE GHOST CHRONICLES 1 is free if you have Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited. It’s also available at B&N, too 🙂

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And THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2 is also out now:

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And if you’d like a signed copy, I’ll be at Barnes & Noble in Bridgewater, NJ this Saturday, 2/3 from 6-9 PM for Harry Potter Night! All the details can be found on my Events/Contact page.

Hope you enjoyed the post and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below! Oh, and if you have read the books and have a minute, please leave a review (especially on Amazon) – it really helps out an author 🙂

~Marlo

HOW SHE DIED…

tgcsmallthumbnailAs many of you know, the setting for most of THE GHOST CHRONICLES was inspired by The Angel of the Sea, an award-winning bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ that I visited several years ago. 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 fell 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. My heroine in THE GHOST CHRONICLES, Sarah McConnell, was inspired by this legend.

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Angel of the Sea bed and breakfast, Cape May NJ

Many people have been asking me about the legend surrounding Sarah and the haunting at The Angel of the Sea, so I thought I’d tell you the backstory about her death. News stories say that the young girl, whose real name was Sarah Brown, was an Irish exchange student rooming at The Angel of the Sea. At the time, the Angel of the Sea was undergoing renovations, so they were providing exchange students with rooms for reduced rates. Sarah, like many of the exchange students, was working as a maid for another local place, the nearby Christian Admiral Hotel, for a man named Reverend McIntire. The story goes that Reverend McIntire was a religious man and made it mandatory that all of his employees attend church. If they didn’t attend, or were late, or weren’t properly dressed for church, they could be reprimanded. So Sarah completed her shift that day at the Christian Admiral Hotel and returned to her room at The Angel of the Sea to shower and change for church. Unfortunately, she discovered she had left her keys back at work. Since she didn’t have time to retrieve the keys, still get ready and be on-time for church, she took matters into her own hands. She crawled out of a small window at the end of her hallway (second building, second floor) and attempted to shinny along the ledge to get in through the window of her own room. Apparently, she reached her window safely but had forgotten the window also had a screen. When she tried to pry the screen off it suddenly broke free, sending her tumbling to her death. It is believed she may have lay in agony for hours before succumbing to her injuries, when her lifeless body was finally discovered by a gardener.

Since the Angel of the Sea has these beautiful balconies today that wrap around the whole building, many people have asked me how a girl was able to fall from the window. The answer is simple really. The balconies weren’t there at the time, as this old photo of the Angel of the Sea illustrates. The ledge to install the balconies had recently been added around the time of Sarah’s death. If you visit the Angel of the Sea today, a large framed version of this photo still hangs in the parlor lobby.

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Old photo of the Angel of the Sea which hangs in the lobby, date unknown

Over the years, guests at The Angel of the Sea have attributed a number of experiences to the girl’s playful spirit. It is said she has an affinity for electronic devices. Lamps, radios and televisions have all been known to turn on and off by themselves from time to time. Guests and staff have noticed items disappearing from one spot only to reappear mysteriously in another. Objects also fall from tables and dressers as if knocked off by unseen hands. Furniture and pictures have been seen wobbling or shaking for no explainable reason.

Most notably, the girl seems to have an aversion to locked doors. Given the fact that a locked door contributed to her death, it is not surprising that her ghost has been said to lock and unlock doors in certain parts of the inn, and in particular, the door to her own room has been found inexplicably unlocked.

The Angel of the Sea bed and breakfast truly is as beautiful and romantic and haunting as I portray it in THE GHOST CHRONICLES and I have truly fallen in love with the place and its rich history. To learn more about the Angel of the Sea you can visit their website, which includes more of that history and an interesting story about how the B&B came to be split into two buildings: ANGEL OF THE SEA

Better yet, go visit in person and fall in love with it yourself!