Monday, August 11, 2014

BLOG TOUR - Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne

Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne
(A Lowcountry Ghost Story)
Publication date: April 1st 2014
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.

There is nothing that I did not like about this read. I am not that big on ghost stories but this one was really a good one. I also was taken back by the piratey nature of the ghost and the fact that I liked it because other than Pirates of The Caribbean, pirates are so not my thing. So first off the depth of the story hit me and I was eager to keep reading to find out what happened in our MC's life. I loved Beau as soon as he was introduced into the story. The plot was complex and there were three or four stories within the story that I had no problem keeping track of because they all centered around the MC Graciela or Gracie. There was her Gramps and then her aunt/ family drama and the mystery or suspicion rather around her cousin Millie's estrangement from the family. Then there was her blossoming relationship with Beau and the reconnection with her ex bf and bf...  Ex boyfriend and best friend... yeah. Then the main issue was Anne Bonny's ghost. And on top of it all she came home after a broken engagement that she wasn't handling very well. Throw in small town life a sexy ex rival Leo and a nosy neighbor and you get a book that is hella hard to put down!

I really feel like I was there for all of the happenings in this book, it wasn't just my vivid imagination. It was great writing that took me into the small town and made me feel and be surrounded by that world. Definitely a story to get lost in.

My stomach turned with Gracie's and my emotions were stretched to the limit in this intriguing read. I laughed and cried and was mortified and then really angry and shocked. It even has a touch of voodoo to keep you guessing. And the ending... OMG... You just have to give it a read!

I think that the author has captivated me into reading this series and making it a must to read any books to be added in A Lowcountry Ghost Story Series. 

I recommend this book to any readers really, even if it is your first ghost story. Try it. You'll be glad you did!

5 of 5 stars

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. Great review, Shayna! I love ghost books so this one is calling my name! And I'm glad you liked it even with the pirate thing which sounds really neat, though!

  2. Thank you for hosting! I'm glad Graciela and her hijinks kept you reading!