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Ghosts in the Closet

Ghosts and Titanic, two of my favorite things. I’m excited to be hosting a spot on the VIOLET YORKE, GILDED GIRL: GHOSTS IN THE CLOSET by P.J. McIlvaine Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book

Ghosts in the Closet book cover


Author: P.J. McIlvaine

Pub. Date: April 4, 2022

Publisher: Darkstroke Books

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 127

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She sees ghosts…but are they malevolent or friendly?

Poor little rich girl Violet Yorke has seen ghosts for as long as she can remember, but no one believes her.

Not stodgy Grandmother, who took charge of the heiress after her parents were killed in a failed robbery. Nor kind-hearted Aunt Nanette, or Uncle Bertie, a charming rogue. Not even the patient Hugo Hewitt, Violet’s godfather and trustee of her vast fortune.

Everyone dismissed the child’s insistence about ghosts as a harmless eccentricity—until the night her bedroom caught fire. Violet was promptly sent overseas, fueling her anger and resentment.

Two years later,

a rebellious twelve-year-old Violet is on her way back to Manhattan on the doomed Titanic. As the ship sinks into the deep Atlantic Ocean, she’s put in a lifeboat by an apparition who rescued her from the clutches of a jewel thief. Presumed lost at sea, Violet shocks everyone by crashing her own funeral.

Following Violet’s recovery, Grandmother has grand high society designs for the girl, but Violet has other ideas. She’s determined to uncover the secret of what really happened to her parents. Then there’s the mystery of the moon-faced boy at gloomy Dunham Hall and his connection to the ghost on Titanic. Also hot on Violet’s trail is the jewel thief, the specter of her murdered governess, and a vengeful ghost lurking in Violet’s childhood home.

Being a poor little rich girl in 1912 Gotham isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in this delightfully dark and droll supernatural historical fantasy.

Review of Ghosts in the Closet

Ghosts and Titanic – this is my kind of book. The well-done cover only encouraged me to dive in. Oh, ya – there’s a spunky and sassy main character (child), who was orphaned as an infant. She survives the Titanic only to crash her own funeral. Sounds crazy? She sees ghosts too.

The author did a great job with an interesting plot and putting me into the action. Her writing style held my attention with fun anecdotes. Now for the good news, the murder (did I forget to mention that?) wasn’t solved so there has to be a sequel, right?

About the Author

PJ McIlvaine is a prolific and creative children’s author/screenwriter/writer/journalist.

PJ will have two books coming out in 2023: A GOOD MAN, a gritty adult contemporary psych thriller from Bloodhound Books and THE CURIOUS CONUNDRUM OF CHARLEMAGNE CROSS, a young adult alternate history adventure set in Victorian London from Orange Blossom Books.

PJ’s debut middle-grade supernatural historical mystery adventure VIOLET YORKE, GILDED GIRL: GHOSTS IN THE CLOSET (Darkstroke Books, April 2022) is about a poor little rich girl in NYC 1912 who sees ghosts.

PJ’s debut picture book LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE (June 2019, Big Belly Book Co.), with illustrations by Leila Nabih, is about a determined little girl tired of eating with her annoying cousins at the kid’s table, only to discover that the big table isn’t much better. She has another picture book, DRAGON ROAR (MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, October 2021) artwork by Logan Rogers, about a lonely, sick dragon who has lost his mighty roar, and the brave village girl who helps him find it again.

PJ is also a co-host and founding member of #PBPitch, the premiere Twitter pitch party for picture book creators.

She has been published in numerous outlets including The New York Times and Newsday, and is a regular contributor for The Children’s Book Insider newsletter (paid firewall), writing about the path to publication and interviews with established and debut kid lit authors.

PJ lives on Eastern Long Island with her family and furbaby Luna.

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Ghosts in the Closet Giveaway

1 winner will receive a finished copy of VIOLET YORKE, GILDED GIRL: GHOSTS IN THE CLOSET, US Only.

Ends April 18th, midnight EST.

Enter here to win this fantastic giveaway! Good Luck!

Ghosts in the Closet blog tour schedule

Book Tour Schedule for Ghosts in the Closet

4/3/2023Mythical Books
4/3/2023Two Chicks on Books
4/4/2023YA Books Central
4/4/2023#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog
4/5/2023Jazzy Book Reviews
4/5/2023Books and Kats
4/6/2023Rajiv’s Reviews
4/7/2023Review Thick And Thin
4/7/2023Country Mamas With Kids
4/10/2023Brandi Danielle Davis 
4/11/2023The Momma Spot
4/12/2023A Blue Box Full of Books
4/13/2023The Book Countess
4/14/2023Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s 

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