James L. Sutter with Colby Wilkens — 'The Ghost of Us'

One Last Stop meets Cemetery Boys in this swoony YA romance from beloved author James L. Sutter.


Third Place Books is delighted to welcome back James L. Sutter to our Seward Park store! Sutter will be discussing his new young adult novel, The Ghost of Us, a queer paranomal rom-com. Sutter will be joined in conversation by local author Colby Wilkens. This event is free and open to the public.

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About The Ghost of Us. . .

Eighteen-year-old ghost hunter Cara is determined to escape life as a high school outcast by finding proof of the supernatural. Yet when she stumbles upon the spirit of Aiden, a popular upperclassman who died the previous year, she learns that ghosts have goals of their own. In the wake of his death, Aiden’s little sister, Meredith, has become a depressed recluse, and Aiden can’t pass on into the afterlife until he knows she’ll be okay. Believing that nothing pulls someone out of a slump like romance, he makes Cara a deal: seduce Meredith out of her shell and take her to prom, and Aiden will give Cara all the evidence she needs for fame. If not, well—no dates, no ghost.

Wooing the standoffish Meredith isn’t going to be easy, however. With Aiden’s coaching, Cara slowly manages to win Meredith over—but finds herself accidentally falling for her in the process. Worse yet: as Meredith gets happier and Aiden’s mission nears completion, his ghost begins to fade. Can Cara continue to date Meredith under false pretenses, especially if it means Aiden will vanish forever? Or should she tell Meredith the truth, and risk both of them hating her? And either way, will she lose her only shot at proving ghosts are real?


Praise for The Ghost of Us. . .

“Smart, addictive, and romantic as hell, The Ghost of Us is the paranormal rom-com of my dreams! It’s a perfect blend of heart and humor, and the way it gives romantic comedy tropes a supernatural twist is truly marvelous. It's a must-read that'll have you swooning, laughing out loud and wishing you had your own ghostly wingman. I loved this book!”
—Cale Dietrich, author of If This Gets Out and The Rules of Royalty

"I was in a slump where I hated everything I read, and The Ghost of Us lifted me right out of it. Absolutely fantastic."
—Dan Wells, author of I Am Not a Serial Killer

"Solid pacing will keep the pages turning, and readers will be drawn into the girls' love story... A light paranormal story centering on a sweet queer romance and teens navigating big changes."

James L. Sutter is a co-creator of the best-selling Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games. He’s the author of the young adult romance novel Darkhearts, as well as the fantasy novels Death's Heretic and The Redemption Engine. His short stories have appeared in Nightmare, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, the #1 Amazon best-seller Machine of Death, and more. James lives in Seattle, where he's performed with bands ranging from metalcore to musical theater.

Colby Wilkens is a queer white and Choctaw-Cherokee author with a heart for adventure. When she’s not traveling, she can be found in the Pacific Northwest on unceded traditional land of the Coast Salish Peoples with her partner, 2 cats, and a vast collection of books and candles.

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