Sep 172016

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I am so happy to welcome Jessica Estevao to Escape With Dollycas today!


Don’t you just love serendipity?

Several years ago my husband and I were looking for a summer place near the water. I had no idea that our search would lead to a new series and a love of historical mystery writing. After looking at places all over the state of Maine we found the perfect spot in Old Orchard Beach. We spent that first summer renovating the house and basking on the beach. By the end of the first month we were utterly charmed.

After all, what’s not to love about seven miles of sandy beach and the last remaining seaside amusement park in New England? But while the kids were building sand castles and perfecting their body surfing technique, I found myself visiting the Harmon Historical Museum and buying antique post cards at Cottage Decor. Slowly, but surely, the history of Old Orchard worked its way into my affections and on my imagination.

whispers-beyond-veilI was intrigued to discover our property used to be part of a Methodist campground. While it now has different owners, the natural amphitheater they used for sermons and speakers is still in operation just up the street from our house.

I learned about the different incarnations the town had experienced. In the Victorian era it hosted wealthy families for the entire season at the grand hotels like The Hotel Velvet as well as day-tripping mill girls from neighboring Biddeford.

By the early 1900s Grand Beach was popular with early auto racers as well as pioneering pilots attempting the first trans-continental flights. A few years later the big band era and dance marathons drew the crowds. Soldiers returning from WWII brought their families in droves throughout the middle of the twentieth century.

It was inevitable, I suppose, that all that information would work its magic on the story-telling part of my brain. Before I knew it, I started imagining the buildings and vehicles and amusements from the past still lining the streets. Then, of course, the buildings filled with imaginary people with all their intrigues and peculiarities.

Before long, the influence of Old Orchard had concocted Ruby Proulx, the protagonist for my latest book, Whispers Beyond the Veil. The Gilded Age hotel where she lives and works, her friends and family all invented themselves as I walked along the sand or imagined a trolley car trundling down the street beside me as I strolled to the shops. Reasons for murder and mayhem swooped into my brain like marauding seagulls making a play for picnic lunches.

Just like that, an historical mystery had snuck up on me. I had never intended to turn my hand to historical writing but thanks to a little serendipity it had.


(Guest Post provided by publicist)


Whispers Beyond the Veil
(A Change of Fortune Mystery)
New Series
Historical Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281604
E-Book ASIN: B0191X353U
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First in a dazzling new historical mystery series featuring Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past who suddenly finds her future most uncertain…

Canada, 1898. The only life Ruby Proulx has ever known is that of a nomad, traveling across the country with her snake-oil salesman father. She dreams of taking root somewhere, someday, but, until she can, she makes her way by reading tarot cards. Yet she never imagined her own life would take such a turn…

After one of her father’s medical “miracles” goes deadly wrong, Ruby evades authorities by hiding in the seaside resort town of Old Orchard, Maine, where her estranged aunt, Honoria, owns the Hotel Belden, a unique residence that caters to Spiritualists—a place where Ruby should be safe as long as she can keep her dark secret hidden.

But Ruby’s plan begins to crumble after a psychic investigator checks into the hotel and senses Ruby is hiding more than she’s letting on. Now Ruby must do what she can to escape both his attention and Aunt Honoria’s insistence that she has a true gift, before she loses her precious new home and family forever…


About The Author

Jessica Estevao writes the Change of Fortune Mysteries.The first in the series, Whispers Beyond the Veil, has just been released. She loves the beach, mysterious happenings and all things good-naturedly paranormal. While she lives for most of the year in New Hampshire with her dark and mysterious husband and exuberant children, she spends summers on the coast of Maine where she keeps an eye out for sea monsters and mermaids.

 As Jessie Crockett she’s the author of the nationally bestselling Sugar Grove Mysteries and the Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Live Free or Die.

To find out more about Jessica and her books visit her Webpage. Like her on Facebook,  Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest

Written as Jessie Crockett

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  26 Responses to “Special Guest – Jessica Estevao – Author of Whispers Beyond the Veil #Giveaway too!”

  1. This looks so good I would love to read it in print and review ! It is on my TBR list.Thanks so much for the chance.

  2. Looks amazing id love to read It ! And review too.

  3. Sounds like a fabulous read.

  4. Love the cover. Sounds like a good mystery.

  5. Good guest post – I really like the sound of this book – thanks for the chance

  6. This is such a exciting premise for a historical book I cannot wait to read it.

  7. Looking forward to reading this book.

  8. This historical sounds captivating and intriguing. I love the settings. Thanks for this treasure of a giveaway.

  9. I have been trying to win this book all over the web! Living in a historically relevant area myself I understand its intrigue. And the cover art is amazing!

  10. I’ve had this one on my list for awhile now. Love historical fiction!! Looking forward to reading this!!

  11. I’ve had this one on my TBR list for awhile now. Love historical fiction. Looking forward to reading it!! And the cover is beautiful!!

  12. I love the sound of this book. I enjoy reading historical mysteries and a Victorian Age psychic sounds like an intriguing read. Can’t wait to read.

  13. I love books set in the Gilded Age, and Whispers Beyond the Veil sounds like wonderful read. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  14. Great review I love the sound of this

  15. This sounds like a great new series! I enjoy historical mysteries. Thanks for the review and the chance to win…

  16. Oh this sounds like a really good one! I love this cover too!

  17. New author to me! It would be fun to win the book!

  18. Enjoyed the review & interview. Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. Historicals are not only fun, but your get to learn a little bit—I really enjoy them. Thanks for the contest.

  20. Old Orchard Beach really has a flavor of the past. I can see how you got pulled into mental time travel.

  21. This sounds like a great read to get me in the mood for fall!

  22. I can’t wait to read this book. It sound so interesting and intriguing.

  23. Building and town history is much more intense than that of a single human.

  24. Your review and interview were very enlightening. I love the cover of this book and would definitely stop to check it out on a store’s bookshelf.

  25. Oh, this looks like a cozy mystery which is the kind I like best. I was just thinking about water and all the energy generated nearby. This reminds me of the Chataqua Institute in New York and the clean living, great speakers and good news that’s preached there while relaxing by the water.

  26. Looks great!

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