Monday, August 11, 2014

Review : Not Quite Dead

Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne 

(A Lowcountry Ghost Story)
Publication date: April 1st 2014
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Paranormal
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
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've got to admit I was on and off about picking up this book. At first I heard it was a ghost story which made me jump on board for this book. But then I realized it was some pirate ghost and I'm not into that. Those are what really made me go on and off to pick up and read this book. Once I actually took the time to get to the book I found myself enjoying this book more than I thought it would, it wasn't over the top. I actually managed to finished the book in one day because I couldn't put it down. There was enough drama, mishaps and a bit of sparks between Graciela and Beau to keep the readers interested. I loved the whole mystery to the book and when it came to that ending its not a cliffhanger but it'll surely make you want to know more about what's going to happen next. I'll be sure to keep  my eye on this author and see what's in store. 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 comment:

  1. I love it when you feel as if the book would not be for you at first but it proves wrong. Glad you liked it, Jessica! :)


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