Hi, everyone! First I want to thank Escape into a Book for hosting today’s stop on my pre-release teaser tour. I’m discussing my new paranormal mystery Waking Up Dead. It’s forthcoming from Solstice Publishing and available via Amazon on October 8, and I’m pretty excited!
Walking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins
When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex. Now she's witnessed another murder, and she's not about to let this one go. She's determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up in Alabama?
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j_TmvpxxBw
“So I’m not the first ghost you’ve met?”
“No. You’re just the first one who’s talked to me in Wal-Mart.” She wiped the back of her hand across her eyes and turned to glare at me suspiciously. “Why you haunting Wal-Mart, anyway?”
“I’m not haunting Wal-Mart,” I said. “I was trying to find someone who could see me, who could hear me.”
“Well, why don’t you just go on back in there and find someone else?”
“Because I’ve been looking for days, and you’re the only one I’ve found. And I’m running out of time.”
“Looks to me like you already ran out of time, what with being dead and all,” she said.
“Thanks for the reminder,” I said dryly. “I’ll tell you what. I’ll make you a deal. If you’ll listen to my story, listen to what I know and what I need help with, then I’ll get out of the car and let you go if you decide you don’t want to help me, okay?”
“Promise?” She stared at me, her eyes narrow.
“Promise. Cross my heart,” I said, making the appropriate X over my chest. “Though I guess that the ‘hope to die’ bit doesn’t really apply here,” I added.
“Okay, then,” she said. “Talk.”
“First you have to promise to seriously consider helping me.”
She nodded. “Promise.”
So I told her my story, all about Molly’s death and Rick’s arrest. About my determination to help Rick by finding the real killer. She stared at me intently the entire time, her eyes wide.
Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Waking Up Dead is her first published novel. Her second novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy, forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.
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