A Conversational Review of Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Ghost Story # 1)

Cover_Not Quite DeadA 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 (A Lowcountry Ghost Story # 1)  by Lyla Payne

 

Read an excerpt from the book and learn more about the author from my earlier spotlight post:  Book Tour & Giveaway for Not Quite Dead

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A Conversation with Myself about Not Quite Dead

When I write a review of a book, I try to think about what readers would really want to know, and then I incorporate my reactions into a more formal, organized essay-like response.  However, today, I’ve decided to stray from this format, and do a Q&A -style review where I’ve compiled a list of questions I would most likely ask someone who has read the book, so I could determine whether or not I would choose to read it. Since in this case, I have read Not Quite Dead, I will be the one providing the answers, and hopefully, by the end of the conversation, you will have greater insight into what to expect from today’s book selection.

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Book Tour & Giveaway for Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Ghost Story # 1)

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Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Ghost Story # 1)  by Lyla Payne

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Publication Date: April 2014

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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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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Book Tour for Ashes to Ashes (Experiment in Terror #8): Review & Giveaway

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Ashes to Ashes (Experiment in Terror #8) by Karina Halle

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Publication date: December 11th 2013
Genres: Horror, New Adult, Supernatural

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It’s been two months since Perry Palomino and Dex Foray’s relationship reached a new turning point, two months since Perry started a new life in Seattle, and two months since their Experiment in Terror show took on a new partner, ex-Wine Babe Rebecca Sims, and found a new level of success. But whenever there is light in their lives, the madness still has a way of coming back in.

When the team is sent back to the stormy Oregon coast to investigate a haunted school, Perry wants to use the opportunity to reconnect with her family and reintroduce Dex into their lives. Only Perry’s not the only one who’s reaching out – her grandmother Pippa has started appearing to her with disturbing warnings and Perry’s presence at the school has ignited a chilling new wave of supernatural phenomenon. Once used a century ago as a sanatorium to house children dying of tuberculosis, the school’s past residents are slowly coming back to life and with one thing on their mind. They want someone to play with, someone to join them. Forever.

Even when dead, some children get whatever they want.

And they want Perry.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17608219-ashes-to-ashes?ac=1

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Sunday Series Spotlight: Experiment in Terror Series by Karina Halle

About the Series

I started reading ebooks in 2012 after received an e-reader for Christmas. Although I love technology, I always preferred reading a print copy of the book and having the rich sensory experience of touching and turning the pages. So, I avoided reading online until I realized that Amazon had lots of books available for free downloads, lol and I could get any book I wanted to read instantly without having to wait for shipping.

Moreover, one of the best benefits has been the discovery of some excellent reads from talented independent authors that I, otherwise, probably would never have encountered. Karina Halle’s work is one of those rare gems that I have come to treasure.  I downloaded Darkhouse, the first book in this series when it was offered for free, and from that point, I was hooked on Perry Palomino and Dex Foray’s  journey together into the world of the supernatural where they explore haunted places to capture paranormal evidence for their Internet ghost hunter series, and along the way they must each grapple with literal and figurative demons that have continually tested their sanity.

Here is an overview of the series from Goodreads:

In a large, flaky nut­shell, the Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror Series is an nine-part sci-fi/fantasy/horror series that revolves around a pair of ghost hunters. Well, aspir­ing ghost hunters, any­way. After film­ing a creepy expe­ri­ence in her uncle’s dilap­i­dated light­house, 22-year old Perry Palomino becomes a YouTube and inter­net star overnight. She attracts the atten­tion of Dex Foray, a pro­ducer and cam­era­man for a site that spe­cial­izes in var­i­ous webisodes, who con­vinces her to be a host for a low-budget ghost hunt­ing series. The only prob­lem is, nei­ther Perry or Dex are entirely “with it” — I mean, they see ghosts, after all. And when the duo isn’t wrestling with their very notion of real­ity, they’re grap­pling with a work­ing rela­tion­ship that’s deep-cut with sex­ual ten­sion. As the series moves on, lead­ing Perry and Dex to new locales and super­nat­ural sit­u­a­tions, their lives become more and more inter­twined, where they dis­cover that ghosts aren’t the only things that can haunt them.

This is a series that must be read in order, and for all of you paranormal fans out there, I think you’ll find it to be worth your time. Although romance does eventually become a significant aspect of the plot as the series unfolds, the scary, chilling, and downright creepy scenes from Perry and Dex’s adventures will be more than enough to satisfy your paranormal cravings. In fact, I should warn you, this series can be addictive!

The series is comprised of full length novels as well as several novellas. I have highlighted the main books in the series and the novellas I read.

Darkhouse #1

Dark HouseWith all the vampire, werewolf and faerie books out there, it’s easy to become numb to all things supernatural. The antidote? Darkhouse introduces two real and unforgettable characters, Perry Palomino & Dex Foray, amateur ghost hunters who are “attractive, relatable and oddly heroic,” “flawed but loveable,” “slightly crazy” and just the most endearing pair to ever tackle the paranormal…just don’t call them normal.

Darkhouse is a thrilling and sexy new take on concepts like Supernatural and The X-Files, bringing a breath of fresh air to a genre that has been inundated with the dead.

***Darkhouse and the Experiment in Terror series is a horror/romance for mature audiences only. Readers who are easily offended by harsh language should think twice about reading it.

Published March 10, 2012

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11356211-darkhouse

Favorite Quotes from the book: 

“Somehow by dealing with the dead, I had never felt so alive.” 

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“Because sometimes I lie, Perry. We all lie, even you, but not everyone is brave enough to admit it.”  -Dex

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“If there was a moment that determined the course of my future, I’m pretty sure this was it. I had two somewhat simple choices. I could make a run for it and go back to Uncle Al’s. Back to the bonfire where my cousins and dear sister would be drinking and revel in the normalcy of a Saturday night and forget I ever went to this horrid place and ran into this weirdo. Or I could go with said weirdo up the stairs in this decrepit old lighthouse, which was most likely condemned and unsafe, towards some unknown person (or thing) that was walking around, potentially waiting to murder us in horrific ways. 

It didn’t seem like a very hard decision to make. In fact, I think 99.7% of people in the right frame of mind would have picked from column A and gone on with their merry lives. But for some freaking crazy reason, I thought that maybe, just maybe I should go with this stranger up those kelp-ridden stairs and toward the lair of unimaginable horror. You know, because it was the more interesting alternative.” -Perry

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Book Blitz for The Possess Saga

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Stumbling off the bus in Midtown, Harley Martin thought she found an escape from her old life. 
 
She soon realizes it was anything but that. 
 
Low on cash and options, she manages to find herself a cheap but surprisingly nice apartment. The catch? The last tenant, Brody Walsh, killed himself. 
 
Or did he? 
 
As disturbing dreams and hauntings start to occur, Harley realizes there may be much more behind the previous tenant’s death than a simple suicide. She finds her life further entangled with his when she learns that her new boss, Nolan, was also his best friend. Could this handsome but evasive pub owner have something to do with Brody’s death? 
 
Trying to piece together the events surrounding Brody’s death proves to be a daunting task, but Harley can’t give up. Brody won’t let her. He is still in the apartment with her, trapped in limbo until she finds his killer.
But he’s not waiting for revenge.
Harley’s next.
 

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Book Blitz & Giveaway for Beyond (Beyond #1)

This blog tour is packed with lots of great material and information: learn more about the book, watch the book trailer, read an excerpt, get writing tips from S.P. van der Lee, check out the book playlist, and enter the giveaway!

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Beyond (Beyond #1) by S.P. van der Lee

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Release Date: November 25, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Raven desperately wants to fit in, but after using a Ouija Board, her already overwhelming hallucinations take a turn for the worse. A ghostly figure named Sam begins to haunt Raven and seems eager to kill her.
She’s saved by a reclusive biker named Damian who goes to the same school and appears to have an interest in her. Raven can’t help but feel drawn to him. Determined to uncover Damian’s connection to the ghost, Raven sets out to discover his secret and the reason Sam started haunting her. However, there’s more at stake than just her reputation. Raven’s choice between unveiling Damian’s true intentions, and living a normal life will put everyone she cares about at risk. To save them, she’ll have to go beyond.

Lives are ruined.
Hearts are shattered.
Death lurks at every corner.

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All Hallows Eve Indie Blog Tour with Michelle Muto: Review & Giveaway

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I am so pleased to be part of the All Hallows Eve Indies Blog Tour and have the opportunity to introduce you to Michelle Muto, one of my favorite authors writing in the paranormal genre. Her book, The Haunting Seasonis a great spooky read to get you in the mood for Halloween.  Also enjoy the creepy photos Michelle took while visiting a supposedly haunted house and that inspired her creation of  the sinister Siler House, the setting for this book.

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Publication Date: December 2012

Genre: Paranormal

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Be careful what you let in…

Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead. 

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16141351-the-haunting-season?from_search=true

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Review & Giveaway for Spirit of the Revolution

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Spirit of the Revolution by Debbie Peterson

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Purchase on Amazon: Spirit of the Revolution

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Only divine intervention could have guided Jolena Leigh Michaelsson to the doorstep of a ramshackle manor in Pennsylvania, bringing her face-to-face with the man she has waited her whole life to find. There is just one problem. Mathias McGregor died two centuries ago…

Mathias, Revolutionary War ranger and spy, battles his conscience and his heart when he finds himself falling for the beautiful violinist invading his home. Jolena is mortal and deserves far more than what he as a spirit can offer her.

When Jolena’s family motto leads them to unearth a valuable coded message—the very message Mathias died trying to deliver to General Washington—Jolena vows to unravel the mystery surrounding the cryptic document. But someone else wants the message, and he’ll stop at nothing to get it, not even murder.

Divine intervention brought them together—will it also allow them to find forever?

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Book Review

Spirit of the Revolution is one of the sweetest romances I have read.  It is a paranormal romance combining history, mystery and suspense all wrapped up into one great read!

Readers are first introduced to Mathias McGregor and his fellow troop of soldiers known as the Rangers. They performed dangerous, covert missions against the British during the Revolutionary War. Their last mission required them to deliver a cryptic message to General George Washington. However, before they could reach Washington, the British ambushed them. Rather than surrender, they put up a valiant fight to the death.  Instead of moving on, though, they chose to remain on earth, living at Mathias’ homestead.

The story then jumps to the present, where musician Jolena “Jo” Michaelson has bought the McGregor homestead and refurbished it to honor and reflect the 1700s time period.  She has no idea her house is haunted, in spite of warnings by neighbors. Unlike with previous owners, Mathias and the boys are pleased with Jo’s renovations and have remained quiet rather than try to scare her away with their outrageous haunting.

When Mathias and the other boys finally reveal themselves to Jo, she takes their presence in stride and becomes very close to them.  They quickly form their own unique type of family, supporting and helping each other when needed. I found myself chuckling throughout the story when the ghosts taunted the neighbors with their over-the-top antics and their endeavors to learn to use modern day technology.

There are two main conflicts that kept my interest. First was the mystery behind the failed mission of Matthias and the Rangers. What was the meaning of the message that should have been delivered to Washington? If they had succeeded, how would the outcome have affected history? After conducting research on ghosts, Jo realizes that Matthias and his troop may have remained earthbound because they have unfinished business: their incomplete mission.  Jo is determined to help these ghosts find the answers they seek so they can finally have peace.  Their search takes them on a hunt for historical artifacts containing clues leading them to solve the mystery. Unfortunately, Jo and the ghost gang are forced to speed up the search when they learn there is another historian hot on their trail who will stop at nothing to steal their clues and solve the mystery for his own fame and financial gain.  Peterson does a great job including tidbits from history as she builds suspense in the race to solve the mystery.

The second conflict involved the blossoming romance between Matthias and Jo.  At first both do their best to deny the attraction because each seeks happiness for the other. Matthias knows he can never be a husband to Jo and build a family with her. He doesn’t want his presence to deny her that opportunity. Similarly, Jo doesn’t want Matthias to remain on earth after the mystery is solved just to be close to her. It is only through Jo’s dreams that they can actually really touch and express their true feelings for each other. However, thinking that one day they must let each other go is almost more than each can bear. I found myself getting teary eyed, at times, thinking of such a beautiful love that can never be.

I knew this was an everlasting love after learning of the sacrifices each was willing to make to remain together. Mathias and Jo have a love that transcends the boundaries of time, and Peterson’s surprising resolution left me saying, “Oh!” and “Wow!”

I received a copy of this book from the author via Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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EXCERPTS (Your exclusive excerpt):

 

It’s about time you woke up, sleepyhead. How are you feeling?”

“Like I’m slipping away,” she replied. “To…somewhere…else.” The words tumbled out in response to his question, but she didn’t know exactly what she meant when she said them.

“No,” Mathias said as he cuddled her even closer to his body. “I need you to stay here, with me. You promised. I’m supposed to watch you get old and crotchety remember? You can’t go back on that promise. I won’t let you.”

“You…could just…come away with me…we could go off together…and stay together…forever…just like my parents,” she whispered. “You don’t have…to stay here. I think maybe, it’s…not so bad on the other side.”

“I know. We’ve had this discussion before and when the time is right, we’ll walk through the light together, hand in hand, I promise. But not right now, Jolena,” Mathias said as he shifted her body more toward him so he could look into her eyes. “Not now. You need to finish what you’ve begun. We need to take Matthew and Joshua out of here, remember? You don’t want them forgotten. What about all of the places we want to see and all of the things we want to do together. Please, Jolena—”

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About the Author

Debbie Peterson

Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down.

Her journey to published author could fill quite a few pages, but in June of 2010, she submitted her debut novel, “Spirit of the Rebellion” to her wonderful, patient, editor at The Wild Rose Press. A few short months after Rebellion’s release, her second novel, “Shadow of the Witte Wieven” was published through InkSpell Publishing. Her third novel, “Spirit of the Revolution” will be released May 31, 2013, through The Wild Rose Press.

When she’s not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family. She also pursues her interests in family history, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.

Author Links

Website: http://dk-peterson.com/

Blog: http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbiePeterson1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Peterson-Author/214882805206529?ref=tn_tnmn

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Giveaway

Debbie will be awarding a custom made piece of jewelery to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. This necklace called “The Jolena” was designed especially for this giveaway by “Shandra Kay.”

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She will also award an Ebook copy of “Shadow of the Witte Wieven.” The winner will have the choice of selecting a Mobi, epub or PDF copy of this book.

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For your chance to win, please post a comment by clicking on the green “Leave a Comment” link located at the bottom of this post after the tags.

Good Luck!