Tour Post: Not Quite Dead

Today I'm taking part in the Xpresso Blog Book Tour for Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne. Here's everything you need to know about the book and why you might want to add it to you TBR pile.

by Lyla Payne

Publication Date: April 1st 2014
Publisher: Createspace
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Paranormal


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.
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An exciting and touching story that will have you flipping through its 257 pages in no time, as well as reaching for the tissues, laughing like a crazy person and feeling just about every emotion in between. It has a ghost to dye for - pun totally intended - and a protagonist you can't help but get behind. If you're looking for something a little bit different, then this is the book for you. 

This is a book about friendship and learning how to trust again. 
Okay so it had its cliché moments, I mean do cheating partners always have to get caught that way? But that doesn't take away from the story. I mean every book has the odd over used moment these days so it's hard to left it affect the overall book.

I think the main thing that needs to be said about this book is that it's more than your average ghost story. The ghost, Anne, is a rich and three-dimensional character that is just as enticing as the main character Graciela. 

Speaking of Graciela… okay so maybe she was a little hard to connect with in the beginning but throughout the story she develops and her growth as a character is moving. She has to be able to let go of her prejudice and accept a lot of new truths but she becomes a woman that you can't help but root for.

Overall a great addition to the paranormal genre and if that wasn't enough there’s a sequel on its way! 

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**I received this book as an ARC from Xpresso Book Tours to read & review. This is a 100% honest review.**

About Lyla

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 website

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like it has so much more depth that I would have thought at first. I like that friendship seems to be a big theme in the book, and Gracie def goes through a lot of growth I saw this mentioned in a lot of other reviews, too! Glad you liked it, Mily!