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The Legend of L’Esprit 

Lights flicker and strains of piano music linger as shadows glide eerily past the second story windows of Chicago’s premier L’Esprit Dance Studio.  The illusive fragrance of lilacs follows 15-year-old dancer, Libby Nobleton, who just aced her audition.  While innocently pursuing her dreams, rumors surface that the historic landmark housing L’Esprit is haunted.  Libby’s world quickly turns into a nightmare when the abandoned elevator menacingly beckons and she alone is tormented by unearthly events.  The chilling words whispered she deserves to die convince Libby the ghost is real and it’s out to get her.

With friends, C.C. and Brooke, Libby searches the Tribune archives for answers to her connection to the legendary studio.  L’Esprit, they learn, rose from the ashes of the Grand Dalton House Theatre’s unexplained fire in 1926, rebuilt by handsome millionaire, A.J. Dalton.  A phantom’s chase through ĽEsprit’s dark forbidden basement ends when the trio stumbles upon dance idol, Daniella Devereaux’s antique trunk and the long lost statue of ĽEsprit. Reaching beyond the grave, the prima’s diary reveals her inspirational life and love for A.J.  Past and present worlds collide when Brooke falls hopelessly ill and Libby, guided by Daniella’s spirit, takes a hellish elevator ride through time.  The same ride her favorite teacher started as a teenager but never finished. Libby must painfully witness Daniella’s death to discover someone everyone once trusted still lives with the darkest of secrets.  Libby must impart the truth or die trying.

Read the first chapters of The Legend of L’Esprit.