Friday, August 15, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Not Quite Dead - By Lyla Payne

Author: Lyla Payne 
Release Date: 4/1/2014 
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N  
A broken engagement sends Graciela Harper crawling back to Heron Creek with her tail between her legs, but finds the sleepy little town too changed to set her life right. Not even her budding drinking problem can obscure her Gramps’s failing health, or erase the mental picture of her first love happily married to her childhood best friend. To top it all off, she’s having a heck of time convincing the town’s dashing young mayor of her unfit-for-dating status.

When the ghost of 18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny starts insisting on a near daily audience, Graciela has to confront something else she never expected—being certifiably nuts at twenty-five years old.

Her brand new "I don't give a crap" attitude makes it easy to dismiss the mysterious threats that seem to be tied to her search for more information on the long dead pirate, but when her family becomes a target, Gracie knows she needs to find out why the ghost insists on being a constant, reeking companion.

If Graciela can put aside her prejudice against people without a pulse, she may discover that Anne Bonny’s problems are intricately linked with her own. The past harbors answers could help the cantankerous spirit find closure, but she is, after all, already dead. If Graciela doesn’t move fast, she might find herself doing the haunting, instead of the other way around.

Bump in the night!
Jumping into Not Quite Dead I was super excited to get my creepy ghost story on, but was pleasantly surprised when it developed into more than your typical ghost mystery!
It was main character love at first sight for me & Gracie.
 Drunk in a driveway with your nosey neighbor beating on the window was the perfect introduction. She's sass, smarts and just enough stubborn to touch my heart. The only hiccup I had was at times she threw herself 1 too many pity parties....but after those were all over she bucked up and saw that there were bigger issues to deal ghost! Having a ghost stalk you isn't easy, but hearing details of death & secrets absolutely will mess with a girls mind.
One thing that I have to point out is all the rumors that surrounded Gracie....some of them cracked me up, but others made me want to cry for her. She went through so much, I can understand how hard life is and it shows how small town folk can just talk. So when everything came to light at the end of the book I found myself throwing a, "hell yeah" fist in the air for her. Like Win One For The Good Guys!
Through out this book I loved how all these small tiny details from the past linked up to complete the future. The author definitely had a fantastic way of blending all the plot lines without them bleeding into complete nonsense. Bottom line I loved this book, a few hitches, but it was an extremely satisfying read! This series is one that I will continue to read simply for the fact that it gives
Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us - past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla's hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

If you want to know more, please visit her at

If you're a fan of Young Adult fiction--science fiction or otherwise--please check out her work that's published under the name Trisha Leigh.

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1 comment:

Giselle said...

Haha Gracie sounds like my kind of girl, too! It sounds like a really great read too and one that has depth and not just a cheap thrill read. Great review! :)