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Free Paperback Mystery To Celebrate National Lighthouse Day

In honor of National Lighthouse Day on Wednesday, August 7, I’m sponsoring a contest for a free paperback of my psychological mystery, Sea Scope, featuring a murder by a lighthouse. To enter, you must be a U.S. resident. Comment with the name of your favorite lighthouse, either a place you’ve visited or one you would like to see. All comments must be posted by Saturday night, August 10. The winner, who will be selected randomly from all comments, will be announced on Sunday, August 11. Don’t miss the chance to get a great summer read for free.

The Story Behind National Lighthouse Day

For the bicentennial of the United States Lighthouse Service in 1989, the U. S. Lighthouse Society petitioned Congress to declare National Lighthouse Day on August 7—the date in 1789 that the Ninth Act of the First Congress, establishing federal control of lighthouses, was passed and signed by President George Washington. The measure was signed by President Ronald Reagan as Public Law on November 5, 1988 but only for that day in 1989. A similar declaration was won in 2013, but efforts to add the day to the official national calendar have not succeeded.


Listed below are upcoming lighthouse festivals, events, and meetings that are featured on the website of the United States Lighthouse Society who provided information for some of the facts included in my book.


August 27 – September 14, 2019.  Highlights are cruises to many of the lighthouses of the Apostle Island.  Features landing, tours and hikes on several of the island.  Complete cruise schedule is available at:


September 14, 2019. This popular event, which is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year and offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lights. More information available at:


September 6 – 8, 2019. This annual three-day festival takes place at Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo, WA. In addition to tours and visits through our working lighthouse built in 1906, the festival features live music, the Mukilteo Marketplace filled with 50+ artists, the Avenue of Food, a large Children’s Area with non-stop activities, a beer garden and two dinners on the lawn at the lighthouse, complete with a spectacular fireworks show both nights. They host a Military and First Responders appreciation dinner on Friday night (all military and first responders welcome, please email for an invitation).


November 10, 2019. This annual event, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open. Costumed guides will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center.

At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell and the Naval Hymn is played. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon. More info at


August 2, 3 & 4, 2019. The Michigan Lighthouse Festival begins August 2, 2019 in Port Huron at Fort Gratiot Lighthouse with an “awesome” Buffet Barbecue under a tent and a very “special speaker”! The following lighthouses will be participating, some with a “special event” to be announced at a later date. Huron Lightship, Port Sanilac, Harbor Beach, Point Aux Barques and Port Austin.


Michigan has an array of festivals that celebrate its deep maritime heritage. Michigan’s port cities roll out the red carpet and provide you with a fun filled collection of memorable experiences with a nautical flare.


July 6 & 7, 2019. Enjoy continuous entertainment, a nautical arts & crafts village – featuring over 50 of the area’s finest nautical artists and crafters. As well as children’s activities, a lighthouse story tent, delicious food, silent auction, and more all the beautiful Maumee Bay State Park.


August 17th & 7, 2019. The Port Clinton Lighthouse Festival is an annual event which coincides with International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend every year near August 7th. The one-day festival features lighthouse tours, nautically themed art and educational programs, arts & crafts vendors, food, music and stunning views of the Lake Erie Islands. The lighthouse will be activated with an amateur radio station during the festival.  If you want to tune in or contact them via amateur radio frequencies, you will need to find a ham radio operator that can operate on the 40 or 20 meter amateur radio frequency bands. For details on the Port Clinton Lighthouse Festival go to and for more info about the amateur radio activation go

Sarah Collins needs an escape. Mourning her brother’s death and the impending breakup of her marriage, she accepts an invitation to return to her childhood home in South Carolina, where her family operated an inn.

She hasn’t been back to Sea Scope for twenty years; not since she and her brother Glen discovered a body by the nearby lighthouse. She never understood why her parents left Sea Scope so suddenly, or the reasons behind her father’s suicide.

After Sarah returns to the inn, she faces long-buried memories, text messages and strange clues. Something is not right in Sea Scope.

Reunited with people from her past, she tries to figure out what’s going on in her childhood home. As the past and present collide, she must face truths about her family, and what happened that summer day by the lighthouse. But will she survive to tell the tale?



I'm a retired librarian and the author of the Cobble Cove and Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series and other novels, short stories, poems, articles, and a novella. My books include CLOUDY RAINBOW, REASON TO DIE, SEA SCOPE, MEMORY MAKERS, TIME'S RELATIVE, MEOWS AND PURRS, and MEMORIES AND MEOWS. My Cobble Cove cozy mystery series published by Solstice Publishing consists of 6 books: A STONE'S THROW, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, WRITTEN IN STONE, LOVE ON THE ROCKS, NO GRAVESTONE UNTURNED, and SNEAKY'S SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY AND OTHER COBBLE COVE STORIES. My new Buttercup Bend series published by Next Chapter Publishing includes THE CASE OF THE CAT CRAZY LADY and THE CASE OF THE PARROT LOVING PROFESSOR. I've also written a romantic comedy novella, WHEN JACK TRUMPS ACE, and short stories of various genres published as eBooks and in anthologies published by the Red Penguin Collection. My poetry appears in the Nassau County Voices in Verse and the Bard's Annual. I'm a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writers' Association. I live on Long Island with my husband, daughter, and 2 cats.

46 thoughts on “Free Paperback Mystery To Celebrate National Lighthouse Day

  1. My favorite Light House is the one near Bar Harbor, ME, because, when my daughter was a student at the College of the Atlantic, she spent time there.


  2. Love the Barnegat Light house on Long Beach Island, NJ. Visited many time with my son when he was growing up.


    1. I love the Lighthouse in North Truro, MA it brings back memories from my childhood. I also love the Lighthouse in Charlotte in Rochester NY. Thank you for the chance.


  3. Thank you Debbie for this opportunity. It was nice to read about some of the Michigan lighthouses (born/raised/still live here). There are several I’ve seen–the one by Mackinac island/City, Grand Haven, and Port Huron.


  4. I live on Long Island, NY & love the Montauk Point Lighthouse which is at the easternmost point of Long Island. It was built in 1796 and it’s the first lighthouse in New York State & the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the US. The views from the lighthouse of the Atlantic Ocean & the surrounding area are just spectacular. It’s definitely worth the trip to see it.


    1. I live on Long Island, too, Susanna, and I agree that the Montauk Lighthouse is one of the best to visit. Good luck in the contest, neighbor 🙂


    2. Congratulations, Susanna. You’ve won the paperback copy of Sea Scope. I’ve emailed you details on how to claim your prize. Thanks for entering, and I hope you enjoy the book.


      1. Thank you Debbie for the win! Can’t wait to read the book. I’ve emailed you my mailing details.


  5. I love lighthouses wherever they are located. I have been to many in the south but I love the one in Madisonville, Louisiana, as my Cajun hubby is from that state (Morgan City) and I lived in St. Catherine (New Orleans east) for over 3 years! I would love to enter a picture but I don’t know how to do that! PS: I already have and read Sea Scope and loved it!


  6. Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, NC on the Outer Banks is the only lighthouse I have been up in. We used to visit Sullivan’s Island SC but the lighthouse was closed to the publice. I would love to visit others. A lighthouse tour of the country would be fun.


  7. The only lighthouse I have been up in is the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, NC We used to vacation on Sullivan’s Island , SC but that lighthouse was not open to the public. I would love to visit other lighthouses. A lighthouse tour of the country would be fun.


  8. We went to the Outer Banks in 2005 Cape Hatters but we saw Currituck, Bodie and Ocracoke lighthouses it was a great trip. Thanks for the chance.



  9. I have always loved the Portland Maine Lighthouse. Whenever I go to Maine, I always have to stop by to see it.


  10. My favorite lighthouse is the Whitefish Point Lighthouse in Michigan. It’s on the shore of Lake Superior and you can tour the lighthouse and the keeper’s quarters. There is also a museum with exhibits about The Edmund Fitzgerald.


  11. Being in ky there arent many lighthouses nearby. I have always had a fascination and love for them however. Seems like I am drawn to them always finding paintings or pictures to look at long before the internet. I have watched several shows on educational channel about various lighthouses on both sides of the ocean. But the show that so intrigued me was one about various lighthouses being affected by climate change and erosion. And watched as this community raised the money to hire these really unique house movers known to take on extreme cases. Such as moving a lighthouse back from the edge of the coastline before it could be washed into the ocean. It was tricky and dangerous but they were able to get it jacked up and moved back from the edge. Safe now so it can still light the way. Sorry I cant remember where in the u.s. it was. But maybe someone else will.


    1. I’ve never been to Rhode Island. I can probably take the ferry to Block Island from Eastern LI. I’ve always wanted to visit Newport, too. Good luck in the contest, Kimberly.


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