Review and Giveaway!! Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne

Review and Giveaway!!  Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne

Not Quite Dead

By: Lyla Payne
Genres: mystery, New Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 257
Published on: April 1, 2014
Review and Giveaway!!  Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne

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.


I received this book for free from Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Hello all my lovelies.  I am here to review Not Quite Dead by the lovely Lyla Payne.  She is not a new writer but this is the first book that I have read from her and it is the first book in the series which helps.


So while this has Ghost in the title, it is not specifically a ghost story, yes there is a ghost in it, but the real story is about how Gracie who is heartbroken by an ex comes back to her roots to start over and get her bearings.  I mean who doesn’t want to go back to a small home town when you feel you have nothing left.   It is also a love story between Gracie and a leading man in her home town.  Yeah I know I don’t give spoilers so if you want to know who the leading man is you are going to have to read it.


Things I don’t like.  I don’t like the whoa is me attitude at the beginning, I get that her heart is broken but COME ON, be strong woman.  But once she does get strong and stands up on her own two feet I really start to enjoy Gracie the character.  That is not to say that Lyla didn’t do a really good job creating Gracie and the other characters, because she does.


Things I really like.  Lyla makes you feel all of the emotions that the characters feel and you really start to feel like you are there with them as they live though the book.  I am really interested in where she is planing on going with this series and if it will be a continuation of Gracie or completely different story lines.



4 stars


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About Lyla Payne

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'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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