March 23, 2015

Spotlight: The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore with Giveaway

A sixteen year old girl who can raise the dead, and a guitar playing Grim Reaper?

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The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore

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When an undead woman with serious de-comp issues stalks sixteen-year-old Lyla Grimm, her hope of rescuing her rock-bottom reputation takes a back seat. Especially once Lyla’s new talent of resurrecting the dead draws the attention of Eric, a Grim Reaper with a guitar and a chip on his shoulder.
While Lyla navigates the gossip-ridden halls, Eric works to gain her trust and discover why Death’s clients aren’t staying down. If she passes on her gift, his death-messenger destiny might be altered. But the closer he gets to Lyla, the less sure he is of his plan. The dead are way easier to deal with than the living.

Gossip explodes, the Grimm family implodes, and desperation sets in. Death wants the gift and a soul. Lyla and Eric face hard choices with hidden consequences. Sometimes life’s choices aren’t really choices at all.

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The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore
Publication Date:  September 3, 2015
Publisher:  Curiosity Quills Press

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Elsie Elmore lives in North Carolina with her husband and two kids.
She loves the color red, has an appreciation for chocolate and coffee that borders on obsession, writes stories that challenge the laws of nature, and wishes fall temperatures would linger year round.

Elsie is a member of several writing organizations: RWA, SCBWI, and WSW. The Undead : Playing for Keeps is her debut novel.

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  1. Lekeisha

    I’ve not read a lot of ‘reaper’ books before; the ones I have, I didn’t like. It’d be nice to see if this one will make a first on my list.

  2. Rachel B

    This sounds like a fun read. Seeing how she navigates her new abilities and how Eric does the same.

  3. Lisa Richards

    I loved the TV show Dead Like Me and this sounds like a fun read

  4. Elizabeth

    This book caught my eye a few months ago, and after reading the synopsis, I was so excited for this book. Plus the reaper thing reminds me of a series I really love, so I’m sure I’m going to love this one too.

  5. Summer

    Eric sounds oddly cute for a grim reaper, and I just like the idea of an attraction between him and a girl who resurrects people, so I definitely want to give this one a try, it seems like it will be something different.

  6. traci16

    I would love to read it because this is my genre of choice…love YA/dystopian/apocolypse!! I can’t get enough. Also, it sounds like something I would enjoy!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!

  7. Sarah M

    This sounds fun! They say opposites attract, and I don’t know how much more opposite you can get with a grim reaper and a necromancer. Also, how terrifying would it be to have a zombie stalker? A normal one is bad enough, but this’d be a beyond creepy looking follower with the single-minded desire to stalk. Would love to read!

  8. Zexonhairi

    I’ve been waiting to add this book to my collection, it sounds like a great read. I like how it twists the boundaries between the world of the living and dead and I’m interested to see how the whole plot turns out.

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