Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 30, 2017

Book Giveaway – The Ghost Chronicles 2 by Marlo Berliner

Congratulations to Marlo Berliner on the second book in the Ghost Chronicles – THE GHOST CHRONICLE 2 launched October 17th. Marlo has agreed to give one book away. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.


THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2 is a YA paranormal with adult crossover appeal and it is the second book in my Ghost Chronicles series. The story continues Michael and Sarah’s story where Book 1 left off. Here’s the blurb for 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.

The book is now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Amazon US –
Amazon UK –
Barnes & Noble –

If you love ghost stories and the paranormal, then THE GHOST CHRONICLES series is the perfect new read for you!

*Inspired by the legend of a haunting at the famous Angel of the Sea bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ*


This is the second book in my series, THE GHOST CHRONICLES. The first book won the 2016 NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book, was named FINALIST in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction, received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, was awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion, and was named one of the “best indie YA books we have seen in the past year, from both self-publishers and small presses” by IPPY Magazine.

As the second book in the series, it took me nearly eighteen months to write. I can usually write and polish a complete novel in six months, so this book challenged me in ways I never anticipated. I only realized what my problem was in February 2017 when I saw a video posted by John Green. In that heartfelt video, John explained why it took him almost five years to complete another novel after The Fault in Our Stars. John talked about feeling intense pressure to make his next book be as big of a success as The Fault in Our Stars and how that pressure led to anxiety, a fear of failure, and depression over his writing. He said he felt terrified that the next book that would follow up TFIOS would never be as good. He felt as if every time he wrote, fans were looking over his shoulder. Here is the video if you’d like to see:

The day I saw John’s video I cried for almost an hour. I realized I was having many of the same feelings in writing TGC2. Each time I received a great review, or an email or message from a fan on my website, Facebook, or Goodreads praising THE GHOST CHRONICLES and asking when the second book would be out, I had ten minutes of elation followed by four hours of tears, anxiety and depression. I wanted desperately to write TGC2, but I felt like the words I was writing in my draft just didn’t measure up to the level of the first book. I felt exactly like John did – like fans were watching over my shoulder. And I became terrified of letting them down.

But once I saw John’s video, I realized what was happening to me and remembered what in my mind is the most important writing rule to never forget – give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft. As many times as I had heard that, I had forgotten that it should apply to every book you write. My problem was that I was comparing a rough draft to its finished, polished predecessor. Don’t do this! If you’re writing the second book in a series, give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft, but be confident and secure in the knowledge that when you go back in to revise, that’s when the beauty will shine through. Because that’s when it’s supposed to shine through. It’s like trying to compare a rough sculpture to a finely detailed, finished one, like The David. The two sculptures are never going to compare, because they’re not supposed to. In order to begin anything, it has to begin rough, and then you lay on the fine details and the polish. Never compare your current WIP to your last completed book, ever. You’re sculpting – have confidence that only once you’re completely finished, that’s when your current book will resemble your last book.

While I can’t begin to compare my success to that of John Green, I will say I owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his timely video. After watching it, I felt the anxiety melt away and I was able to finish writing THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2. If I ever see him at a conference or an event, I’m going to give him a great big bear hug.


Marlo Berliner is the award-winning author of THE GHOST CHRONICLES, her debut book which was released in November 2015 to critical acclaim. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. Marlo is represented by Eric Ruben of The Ruben Agency.

When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband, two sons, and a rambunctious puppy named Max.

Thank you Marlo for sharing your new book, journey, and offering a book to one of the visitor’s who help promote your book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Sounds wonderful! I’d love to be in the running for the giveaway. Always interested in horror books. 😉


  2. Kathy, About a month ago, you posted that I’d won “The Adventures of Caveboy” through your blog. I sent my address (Jim Chaize 257 Fishell Rd., Rush, NY 14543). The book hasn’t arrived, so thought I would check. Thanks, Jim

    On Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 12:04 AM, Writing and Illustrating wrote:

    > Kathy Temean posted: “Congratulations to Marlo Berliner on the second book > in the Ghost Chronicles – THE GHOST CHRONICLE 2 launched October > 17th. Marlo has agreed to give one book away. All you have to do to get in > the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk abou” >


  3. Am very interested, thank you for the opportunity. Reads to be interesting 😉 Tweeted post.


  4. Helpful thoughts here. Looking forward to reading this book.


  5. This book looks fabulous! The cover is delightfully chilling and I cannot wait to read it. I have also tweeted about the giveaway.


  6. Sounds like a great book for the time of year, now I want to get both of them. Thanks for the chance to win.
    For additional entries I tweeted a link:, and pinned an image on Pinterest: Thanks again, have a great day everyone!


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