The Ghosts of Aquinnah by Julie Flanders

A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as
waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon
to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her
deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman
dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she
stared into my soul.

Why? ...

Who is she? ...

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah
drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman
suspended in time?

Hannah finds out.

But, it’s not at all what she expects ...

Hannah unravels a century old murder.

The Ghosts of Aquinnah
will be released by Ink Smith Publishing on
December 5, 2013

Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati,
Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. She is an animal lover and shares her home with her dog and cat.

Find Julie at:

Isn't Julie's cover cool? I can sense how that spot must feel. I love the sound of the story, too.

I know this is Julie's big day, but I just want to sneak in a few words.

If you're one of the bloggers I missed visiting last week, I apologize for not getting around to your blog. It may happen again with you or with someone else.

You see, while I was away writing, I learned something very important. For a while - several months, at least - I'd been treating blogging like my job and writing like a hobby. 

I hadn't realized that at all. I knew I needed to reduce the time I was spending blogging and commenting, but I couldn't figure out why I had no time to write. The day I made the discovery, I was shocked.

I had forgotten how much fun writing was! Although I didn't reach my goal of completing the first draft yet, figuring out solutions to the constant problems that presented themselves about the plot and all the complications and obstacles wanting to get in the way of my characters intrigued me every day.

And once I started having fun, it was easy to get my priorities straight.

So . . . I've set a time limit and a blog limit per day. Last week was Ninja Crazy, and I allowed myself an extra little bit of time every day, but even that wasn't enough for me to reach everyone, although by Saturday I had finally reached everyone who left a comment.

I believe I have a good shot at visiting most of you every week, so together we'll see how it goes. Y'all are so much fun I hate to stay away. But I hate not writing more. So you see the dilemma.

But enough of that. It's Julie's day!

I've added The Ghosts of Aquinnah to my list. Have you?

Have a wonderful week!


Cover looks great, Julie!
When blogging becomes a job, it's also not fun anymore. If writing is the passion, you have to take time for it.
Glad you were ready for Ninja Crazy though!
Anonymous said…
Sounds like a great story ... can't wait to read it. Blogging does tend to take over one's life doesn't it?
L.G. Smith said…
Congrats to Julie on her fab new cover. And I think you've got your priorities right. Blogging isn't the goal, writing new material is. :)
J.L. Campbell said…
I think Julie's cover is a good representation of the story. Yup, I understand about the writing taking precedence. It's about priorities.
Julie Luek said…
LOVE the cover-- great seeing your book in the bloggie world, Julie!
Michael Di Gesu said…


Hi, Carol,

We all understand how time consuming blogging can be. I have cut my hours too... But now I try to blog just a few hours a day...

WE all miss each other and have many blogger friends, and we all understand...

Good luck with the rest of your draft!
The cover and story sounds great.
Blogging for me is therapeutic. Hope you find your happy medium.
Julie Flanders said…
Thank you so much for sharing this, Carol! I can relate to your feelings about blogging, I love it but need to find a balance. So glad you had such a great time writing!
Gwen Gardner said…
Yay! Congrats to Julie :)

I know what you mean about blogging, Carol. I love it and I love all my blogging buddies, but it just takes up so much of my time. I think I'm forgetting how to write, LOL!
Writing should definitely be the priority -- and the most fun.
Stephen Tremp said…
I blog because I love to express myself this way and get out there and see what other people are expressing. I never view blogging as a burden. Its a blessing.

And good luck to Julie. Great cover!
Congratulations Julie and I love the cover!!
Southpaw said…
It's so easy to get caught up in visiting blogs and commenting.

Congrats to Julie.
So much talent here in the blogosphere. And me with only one brain and twenty four hours a day to absorb it. Fail. Epic fail.
Julie's book looks wonderful. Thank you for putting temptation in my way. Again.
Robin said…
Time management. It is a problem.

Congrats to Julie.
Carol Kilgore said…
Alex - It's fun to go Ninja Crazy from time to time :)

Delores - Yes, it does.

Luanne - So true about writing new stuff.

Joy - I hope I can keep mine straight this time.

Julie L - Even her cover is haunting.

Michael - That's what I'm doing, too. I'm doing it in short bursts.
Melissa said…
Excited for Julie and looking forward to Ghosts!

I'm facing the same dilemma as you. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about it...
Carol Kilgore said…
David - I hope so, too. I think I will.

Julie - I will find a balance one way or another. I'm starting with Plan A. I have Plans B, C and D in the wings - LOL!

Gwen - That's the feeling I had.

Milo - Totally agree!

Stephen - Good for you. It is a blessing ... but not when you allow it to usurp all your writing time. That's what happened to me. I also love the interaction, and that's what makes it so easy for me to let blogging take control.

OE - I'm really looking forward to reading this book!

Southpaw - Very much so.

EC - I'm sooooo sorry for tempting you. Again :)

Robyn - Yes. I'm working on it :)

Melissa - I'll let you know how well I make out.

Jay Noel said…
Julie took over the blogosphere. Seriously. Twenty blogs I visit have her front and center!
Great cover!

I know what you mean about blogging becoming a job. That happened to me too. Now I'm visiting fewer places and have more time to spend on Twitter. Now I need to up my time spent on FB. (And less eyeing up man-candy on Pinterest lol)
Ella said…
Congrats to Julie!
Welcome back Carol-I know our band width is going to be limited with our ISP and that means I need to restrict my time online. I am craving art again. It is funny how life sets us back on course!

I appreciate you sharing your truth!
Lynda R Young said…
Yep, it's important to balance blogging and writing, with writing having the greater priority. I'll admit I've needed to cut back on the commenting as well. Not easy when I love visiting everyone!
klahanie said…
Hi Carol,

Extra bonus points for me commenting at five in the morning. Yes indeed, who needs sleep....

Sorry, where was I? Oh yeah, I'm thrilled to see Julie's cover reveal and that superb blurb.

It's all about finding the right balance, Carol. It's a tough one and I've yet to find the right balance. I spend so much time commenting to each person on my site and then going and visiting other sites, I start writing run-on sentences and discover that yikes, it really is five in the morning.

Goodnight, I think,

Gary :)
VR Barkowski said…
Julie's book looks amazing! How could I possibly resist a murder mystery set in Massachusetts when I'm writing one myself. :)

Carol, you've touched on why I only blog once a week. I know I miss a lot, but writing has to be our first priority. That's what brought us here in the first place, right?

VR Barkowski
Shelley Munro said…
Congrats on the release, Julie.

Carol - I hear you about the blogging. With me it's other social media as well. "They" say you need to keep up with social media and blogs, but if it comes at the expense of writing then the time allowance doesn't make sense.
Jemi Fraser said…
Sounds like a great story - and the cover is great! :)

I've limited my blogging time too Carol - it's impossible to do it all!
Mason Canyon said…
The cover grabs your attention and the story sounds quite intriguing. Wishing Julie much success with THE GHOSTS OF AQUINNAH.

Carol, wishing you fun with your writing.

Thoughts in Progress
Carol Kilgore said…
Jay - Yay for Julie! I'm so looking forward to this book.

Stina - I've done fairly well at limiting my FB and Twitter time. Some days I think it may look like I camp out at FB all day, but those are the days I pop in for 2-3 minutes, scroll on my newsfeed once or twice and like or respond to comments on my posts.

Ella - Thank you for sharing, too. We have to follow our passions with the resources at hand, whatever they may be.

Lynda - That's exactly my problem. I'm too embarrassed to admit publicly the amount of time I spent on blogging each day.

Gary - I fully understand.

VR - Oooh, I'll want to read yours, too, since I have Massachusetts roots. Writing must be our first priority or it won't get done.

Shelley - Yes. By the time I kept up with all that, there was no time for writing. So I'm attempting a do-over.

Jemi - I totally agree about it being impossible to do it all. The trick is not feeling guilty for not being able to.

Mason - Thanks!
Congratulations Julie! Great cover.

Hi Carol!

Congratulations, Julie! This sounds like an intriguing story!

Carol, I'm right there with you. Two years ago, I burned completely out. When I started a blog again a few months ago, I promised myself it wouldn't dominate my free time. I post once a week and I visit everyone once or twice a week. And I have to tell myself that it's okay. I, too, have recently rediscovered the fun in writing and that has to come first. If I don't see you, I'll know your doing what you love. No worries and happy writing!!!
Christine Rains said…
Yay for Julie! I'm seeing her all over the place. I'm still working on finding balance between writing and blogging. It's difficult, but very important for us as writers.
I think Julie's new cover looks amazing, and her book is DEFINITELY on my list.

Good for you on figuring out a better time balance between blogging and writing. If I ever want to get another book written, I'm gonna have to do the same.
Helena said…
I really like the sound of Julie's Ghost novel, so I'll look it up.

I so understand what you mean about blogging vs.writing, Carol my dear! I've cut back to blogging only one day a week and I don't visit half as many blogs as I'd like. Yet I'm still not getting my novel editing done! So do what you must to write. I'm just glad your Tiki blog is still around for me to visit 'cause you're such a fun lady!
Teresa Coltrin said…
What a great cover, Julie. And the book sounds...well creepy, but in a good way.
Carol Kilgore said…
Nas and Teresa - I just love that cover, too :)

Words Crafter - I'm sticking to my once per week posting, although it's hard turning down some things. And I'm sticking to my time limit. If I give in one time, it will all be over. I'm having difficulty visiting everyone once a week, but I'm working on that.

Christine - Exactly. Both are necessary. And I love doing both. Finding the balance is very hard.

Susan - I kept putting it off until I realized it was absolutely necessary.

Helena - Aw, thanks. You're a sweetie. I'll still be here in one way or another, but after two weeks, I'm definitely sold on one blog per week.

Julie's everywhere! Congrats again, Julie and hi again, Carol! It's great to be back from break.
Raquel Somatra said…
That is a lovely cover.
That's good that you've realized your time into blogging was outweighing writing. I'm so glad you're putting writing first-- that's what we're here for, aren't we, after all.

I need to remember to do the same. Especially as I hop online as an escape from manuscript problems, a very bad habit for sure!!!!
Crystal Collier said…
Yay! I can't wait for Julie's book. Well, maybe I can, but only because I have to. =(
Lexa Cain said…
Congrats to Julie for her awesome cover, and to you for re-prioritizing your time. (I only blog once a week and still can't seem to get enough writing done. :P) Have a great weekend! :-)
Anonymous said…
I've been seeing this everywhere. Congrats to Julie. It looks like a great read.
Carol Kilgore said…
Lee - Yes, it is!

Raquel - It's been especially important this week as I'm plagued with computer issues. Sigh.

Crystal - I'm the same way!

Lexa - The once-a-week thing is awesome!

Medeia - I think so, too.
Morgan said…
I always love your posts, Carol! And wonderful highlight with Julie here. So proud of her. It's always an amazing thing to see people living their dream. <3
Rula Sinara said…
I totally understand the dilemma! That's why I was MIA so much of last month. You're posts are always great no matter when you post them :).
mshatch said…
I love a good mystery and Martha's Vineyard is a pretty cool place - or at least it was when I visited my grandmother :)
Trisha F said…
Definitely a great cover - there is just something eerie and creepy about lighthouses that draws me in every time. :)
River Fairchild said…
Congrats to Julie! I hope her ghosts didn't decide to stay at the Tiki Hut though. They like drinks with little umbrellas, you know... ;)
I need to turn that around too, spend less time online and write more. Good for you!
Carol Kilgore said…
Morgan - I agree about people living their dreams.

Rula - Must be an ongoing thing for writers.

mshatch - I've never been there, but it's on my list.

Trisha - For me, too.

River - It's a struggle, but I'm getting there.
Val Poore said…
I was confused a moment, Carol. I've seen Julie on another blog today, so I thought I'd already commented! Good for her. Sounds like a great read, so here's wishing her all the very best!
Congrats to Julie! I can't wait for The Ghosts of Aquinnah to come out! I also have been having trouble keeping up with blogging. We just have to do the best we can.

Carol Kilgore said…
Val - Julie's been everywhere this week. I wish her good luck, too!

Julie - Exactly so about blogging.
Nick Wilford said…
Congrats Julie! I've seen this all over.

Kudos for reprioritising your work. People will understand if you don't get to every single post. We are writers, first and foremost!
Old Kitty said…
Yay for Julie!! It's so her day - huge congratulations with her upcoming book release!!

And lovely Carole - blogging is so the fun bit - writing is so the serious bit - looking for the Capn's transparent underpants is the naughty bit.. ahem! LOL!

Take care
Carol Kilgore said…
Nick - I hope so!

Old Kitty - I agree about the fun bit and the serious bit. I'll see what I can do about the naughty bit :)