Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne (A Lowcountry Ghost Story) Publication date: April 1st 2014 Genres: Mystery, New Adult, ParanormalA 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. GOODREADS Purchase: AMAZON B & N
Now, typically ghost stories are not my chosen genre. To be honest, I’m really just a big chicken and can be freaked out really easily (like even Casper the Friendly Ghost would send me into nights of no sleep, hiding under the covers with every light on in the house). But the way Lyla Payne has written Not Quite Dead was absolutely wonderful and made me re-think avoiding the ghost genre(even though I will admit, there were some creepy shadows that moved in the night after I read this). And not only is this wonderful story about a ghost, but there are historical aspects to it that add SO much more to the story. Ms. Payne has a wonderful way with words that makes the story flow very smoothly. The different aspects of the story are all tied together so well and really make the story believable. I felt like what happened to the characters, could honestly happen in real life. The characters were absolutely enjoyable, and not just the characters themselves, but their relationships with each other and their interactions. This book is one that has it all. There is definitely suspense, mystery, drama, and humor. There were times when I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things said and they were things that I catch myself saying all the time. And then an added bonus, this story is set in the South. As a Southern girl, I can’t help but love that aspect even more. Kuddos to Ms. Payne on such a well written and enjoyable story. I will definitely be checking out more of her books! 5 awesome stars!!! ~Lauren
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 http://lylapayne.com 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. http://trishaleigh.com Author links: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyla-Payne/355992971175349 https://twitter.com/lyla_payne https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6903785.Lyla_Payne http://lylapayne.com/
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