Giveaway: Across the East River Bridge by Kate McMurray
We’re joined today by author Kate McMurray, who has a spooky new book out. Take it away, Kate!
I’m agnostic about ghosts.
I spent nearly every summer of my childhood at summer camp. The last one I attended had legends about ghosts who lived in the woods, and I remember being nine or ten years old and whispering “Bloody Mary” into the mirror in the girl’s room just to see what would happen. I went through a phase when I was maybe fourteen when my best friend acquired a ouija board and had me convinced that the spirit of a teenager who died in 1963 could tell me whether the boy I had a crush on liked me back. Not long ago, I got sucked into some TV show on haunted hotels that was utterly fascinating, and I found myself wondering if I could stay at one or if the prospect of ghosts would freak me out. And I often think, well, ghosts and hauntings probably aren’t real, but there are just enough weird things reported that maybe…
So I don’t really know if ghosts are real. I like them in books, though. One of the fun things about fiction is that you can explore all these things you might not be able to see in real life. In a book, ghosts can definitely be real. They can manipulate time and space. They can visit characters in dreams.
So when I sat down to write my ghost story, Across the East River Bridge, the ghosts being real was a given. Then I had to come up with the rules. Can the ghosts manifest anywhere outside of the house they are haunting? Can they move objects? Can they manipulate people? Are they scary? (Answers: not really, yes, yes, and sometimes.) It’s an interesting angle, I think; if you’re working to solve a murder, wouldn’t it be great to have that Pushing Daisies opportunity to ask the victims how things played out? My ghosts don’t talk, but they do find some creative ways to give our researchers the clues they need to solve the mystery.
Here’s the book blurb:
When Finn’s boss sends him to a museum in Brooklyn, the last person he expects to see is his old rival, Troy. Although Finn and Troy have undeniable sexual chemistry, Finn still blames Troy for sending his career off the rails but Troy has research Finn needs. Troy also has an intriguing story; the museum he curates is haunted by the ghosts of two men who died under mysterious circumstances in 1878. Troy strikes a deal: he’ll help Finn if Finn helps him find out what happened to the men who died.
From diaries, police reports, and newspaper articles, Finn and Troy piece together the lives of the two dead men–and the romance that bloomed between them. As it becomes clear that the men were murdered, it also becomes clear that the ghosts are real and are capable of manipulating the dreams, thoughts, and actions of the living. When Finn and Troy start falling for each other, Finn worries that it’s all an illusion concocted by the ghosts to keep them working together to solve the mystery, but Troy is convinced the love between them is real. But how can he get rid of a couple of ghosts and prove it?
Also check out my website, where you can view the book trailer, read an excerpt, and see the special features, which include historical background, photos, and some suggested reading.
And we’re giving away an ebook copy of Across the East River Bridge! To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment describing a ghost story that scared you as a kid. We’ll draw a winner at random at noon EST on Friday, October 28th. Good luck!
The winner of the giveaway is Beatrice! Thank you all for sharing your own ghost stories with us this week.