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 🙂

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

And THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2 is also out now:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

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 🙂


Another New Release!

Just because I’m full of surprises, I’d like to announce my latest release, Lessons of Hope and Light! The cover was designed by my very talented son, Michael Berliner, and the book is dedicated to my Aunt Catherine who was very dear to me and passed away in 2016.

Lessons of Hope and Light is a thought-provoking collection of three inspirational short stories – The Lucky One, The Gift, and The Journey. While this isn’t my usual writing genre, I am proud of these stories and hope you will enjoy them.

One of the stories, The Gift, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story Category. The Lucky One was a short story I entered in another Writer’s Digest Competition. The Journey is my favorite of the three though, because I still wonder to this day why I was so compelled to write it and where the idea even came from. I woke up one morning with the story fully formed in my head and dashed downstairs to put it first on paper and then on my computer. The Journey teaches five spiritual lessons in a one-page story. When a local priest I know read it, he said it was “as powerful as the poem Footprints.”

As an added bonus, the collection also includes a sneak peek at the first chapter of my award-winning debut book, THE GHOST CHRONICLES.

The book is available on Amazon as an ebook: LESSONS OF HOPE AND LIGHT

I’m also on a Virtual Book Tour for THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2 which was just released! What does that mean? It means you should stop by one of the websites on the tour, check out all the great bonus content, and enter to win a $20 Amazon e-giftcard just in time for the holidays! You can find all the tour stops here: Prism Book Tour

Have a Happy Halloween!

3 Special Announcements for Summer 2017!

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re enjoying your summer! I wanted to let you know that I’m going to be on an internet radio show on 7/25 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. You can find more info about the show here: The Geri Petito Show 

When the show starts at 5:00 you can simply go to the website and click at the top on Listen Live. I will also be posting direct links to the show on my website soon, but you can also listen by calling in to this number: 641-793-9469, or if you want to talk with us or offer words of encouragement during the broadcast you can call this number: 609-807-2492.

I would love to hear from some fans during the broadcast!

I’m also proud to announce that THE GHOST CHRONICLES has been shortlisted for Book of the Year by Books Go Social! Book of the Year Shortlist Announcement

If you like, you can upvote the book here: Books Go Social 

And I’m also excited to announce that I’ve joined the authors of YA Outside the Lines! Jennifer R. Hubbard, Lea Nolan, Patty Blount and many other fantastic YA authors are part of the blog! Each author is assigned a different day to blog and I’ll be blogging about various topics on the 30th of each month. My first blog recently went up and you can read it here: The Discovery of Heat

Soak up the sun and talk to you soon!


Cover Reveal for THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2 and a Giveaway!

Big news to share! I’m revealing the cover today for THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2

at the RT Convention in Atlanta!

First, here’s the back cover blurb about the book:

What’s there to fear if you’re already dead?
Michael and Sarah now know for certain,
there is a destination after death.
They also know they better find their way out of the afterlife fast,
before the devil claims Michael’s soul.
What they don’t know?
Before they can get to heaven…they may just have to go through hell.

Behold the cover of THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2!

It was designed by the fabulous S.P. McConnell!


And the pre-order for the ebook is up on Amazon!


To celebrate I’m also doing a giveaway for the first book in the series:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

The Ghost Chronicles

by Marlo Berliner

Giveaway ends May 09, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

The RT Convention is Almost Here!

I’m super excited to be attending the Romantic Times Convention 2017 in Atlanta! The RT Convention is the book industry event of the year and if you want to learn more you can check out their website here. It’s my first time attending as a published author and I’ll be there from May 1st through May 7th. Can’t wait to meet author friends both old and new! I’m also especially looking forward to meeting new reader fans! I’m going to be giving out tons of free swag, goodies, and books! I’ve even promised author friend C.M. McCoy that I’ll be joining her for some spontaneous Irish Dancing! Lord only knows what else I may be caught doing!

Here are just a few of the events I’ll be attending and/or participating in:

Tuesday May 2nd 9:30 – 11:00 PM YA Spooky Slumber Party!


Wednesday, May 3rd 1:30 – 2:30 pm YA Book-tionary!


Also on Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 PM I’ll be attending Pistols & Petticoats.

On Thursday evening from 5:15 – 6:15 PM I’m planning on going to the Peaches & Cream Party thrown by Kensington. And then from 8:45 – 11:45 PM I’ll be at the Spec Ops, Spies & Speakeasy: Roaring 20’s Costume Party.

On Friday from 7:00 – 9:00 PM I’ll be at the RT Awards Ceremony followed by the RT Awards Reception. After that, I’m planning on going to Magnolias & Moonshine.

I’m especially looking forward to Saturday, because from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM I’ll be meeting readers and signing THE GHOST CHRONICLES at the Giant Book Fair! You can buy your copy ahead of time and I’ll be happy to sign it at the Book Fair. Or you can purchase a copy at the Fair that day. I’ll be seated near the end of Row 18 in YA Alley. To find me, just look for this awesome banner designed by my son, Michael:

RT Banner JPG

Also on Saturday, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM I’ll be participating in the Teen Day Party! Be one of the first 500 to register and receive one of these bags + swag! RT Teen Day 


After that I’ll be kicking up my heels at Heather Graham’s Dancing Dead Southern-Style Dinner Theater! I’m coming in costume as a ghost, but that’s all I’ll tell you for now!

And last, but not least, on Sunday I’ll be meeting readers and signing at the RT Roundup Meet & Greet from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM!


Hope to see you there!

All my best,