BLOG TOUR - Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne

Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for 
Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne

Read an excerpt and find out 
what I thought about this thrilling release!

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.


Not Quite Dead totally fooled me, it starts off quite innocently, well as innocent as meeting your main character stinking of drink, sleeping in their car cuddling a couple of bottles of vino can be, but as I read through the first few chapters and started to get to know Graciela "Gracie" Harper and learnt a little about why she has returned home to Heron Creek I had no idea about what was going to hit me.

I thought it was going to be a nice but maybe a little sad tale of her rekindling her love with her childhood boyfriend and as he is now married to her friend plus the fact they have a child together I screamed NO! Gracie you can't break up this happy home.

I was wrong!

Gracie is living with her Gramps, his health is deteriorating but that doesn't stop his meddling and getting a new job for her was on his list, on her way to an interview she glances in her rear view mirror and sees a woman there, needless to say she freaks out but when she gets enough courage to go back in the car there is no sign of her visitor.  Maybe she imagined it, she hopes that was the case.

But she didn't and she starts seeing this ghostly woman everywhere, she wants Gracie to help her, she cant speak but still gets her message across and soon Gracie becomes accustomed to her new spectral pal, she figures out who this woman is and what it is she wants, thus starting her discovery in to a past that opens her eyes, a past that is still guarded in the present.

Not Quite Dead is a thrilling tale, as Gracie discovers more about her phantom friend she also has to contend with her unpleasant boss, trying to make amends with her nearest and dearest, staying on the wagon and the biggest distraction in her life after taking care of her Gramps is the town's mayor Beau, who at only a few years older than Gracie is determined to make himself part of her life.

If you are a fan of Charlaine Harris's work then you should love this novel and I'm so pleased to see its the start of a series, which is good as the ending definitely lines it up for more tales from the wonderful setting of Heron Creek.

Not Quite Dead is awarded 5 out of 5

Read An Excerpt

Maybe it’s lingering fear of Anne’s ghost, or a sudden urge to burn some fat, but my feet find the sidewalk instead of my butt finding the driver’s seat of my car. I have an hour, and the walk will take fifteen minutes. I’ll regret it later, when the trek home in a hundred muggy degrees drenches me from head to toe, but that’s then.
I’m out to prove that I don’t give a shit about consequences after all. Fuck adulthood.
Avoiding my car turns out to be a moot point when, less than two blocks from Gramps’ house, the scraggly redhead from my backseat joins me on the sidewalk. Her gait matches mine, but her feet don’t make any sound on the concrete despite her clunky, knee-high leather boots. Lord if she doesn’t smell bad enough to gag a maggot, even outside.
Yesterday, I ran. Today, for some reason, it’s as though none of this is happening in real life and I don’t go faster, or slower, just keep going, eyes forward, clinging to the hope of waking up. It’s like swimming through the air with my blood pumping through me ten times too fast, depositing a chilly sweat on my brow and palms.
She doesn’t talk, but based on my sideways glances, the premise that she’s Anne Bonny seems legitimate. The smell and her stiff men’s shirt, trousers, and boots, combined with the sword and dagger belted at her waist, convince me that she’s Anne Bonny or that I’m going nuts. Or both.
The expression on her face wavers between frustration and sorrow, but nothing about it or her posture suggests causing harm is on her agenda. We walk side by side a few more steps, me and my reeking ghost, before my nerve returns out of nowhere.
Dead or not, she’s kind of starting to bug me.
"What do you want?" The question would sound more at home in the mouth of the first victim in a horror flick, but it has to be asked.
Even so, Anne—if it is Anne—doesn’t reply. Maybe she thinks it’s a dumb thing to ask, too.
"Okay, obviously you left your tongue in your grave. Let me guess, you want to grab a coffee and a bagel? I’m thinking about stopping at Westies, but I’m not sure…Oh," I gasp as my body turns to ice.

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.

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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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