New novel explores the haunting of the Hotel del Coronado

Historic hotel stands as backdrop for a lusty page-turner that weaves romance, hardship, riveting adventure, and a rare friendship between two women living 125 years apart.

Inspired by true events, The Del by S.G. Courtright is set in the grand Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, where in the early morning hours of November 29, 1892, a woman’s body was discovered lying in a pool of blood from a gunshot to the head. To this day, no one knows the truth of who she was, why she was there, what made her take her life or if it was taken from her. And most of all—what keeps her spirit haunting the hotel over a century later.

The story is seen through the eyes of present-day travel writer Grace Hannan, who believes the celebrated Hotel del Coronado is just another resort to review. But when a ghost enlists her assistance in unraveling the mystery of why she died, her experience becomes anything but ordinary. Drawing on courage she isn’t aware she has, Grace joins the spirit of Kate Morgan in a spellbinding journey that takes them back to the male-dominated Victorian era, where they witness a shocking life neither expected. The result is a tale of steamy romance, elegant settings, and rich historical detail.

“From my first hotel visit, the stories of ghost sightings intrigued me,” Courtright says. “But when a wide-eyed housekeeper warned me away from a haunted room, I was hooked. I’ve always believed the best stories come from true-life mysteries and this one has all the elements I dream of: historic setting, epic love story, the paranormal, with the bonus of an unsolved mystery. The story was there, I just had to give it life by filling in the holes with fictional details.”

Each book in The Del series explores the life of one of the three women thought to possibly be the victim and how they came to be at the Hotel del Coronado on that fateful day. Chasing Time, the second book in the series is slated for a summer 2018 release.

About the author—S.G. COURTRIGHT, a former concert promoter and marketing specialist, is an Oregon State University graduate, a wife, and a mother of three. Following her debut novel, Red Reins, she continues her passion for historical fiction with the first book in The Del series. Along with bringing the past to life, the native Oregonian enjoys raising paint horses, and traveling with her husband, searching out the perfect subject for her next novel.