Brighton Pier, England. The skeleton of the old pier that burnt down. Such conspiracy! :-) OH, I brought home a ton of these little rocks from the shore. It's so strange seeing a beach without sand. <3
This would have quite the effect for a prop. Build the book with your traditional silk and fan flames, and make a spot light LED with rotating barrel for the embers. To go the extra mile you could do the embers as a peppers ghost reflected on glass.