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I’m so excited to have Not Quite Dead out in the world, and in an effort to help it finds its way into the hands of more readers (who I hope will love it!), I’ve put together an EPIC giveaway!! I know you’re going to love love love some or all of the prizes!!


There are 3 ways to get earn entries to the contest, and the first two are required:

1. Read Not Quite Dead and leave a review on Amazon, iBooks, or Barnes and Noble (REQUIRED). You’ll need to link to your review in the comments. If you’ve already read and reviewed, YES, you can use that as your entry.

2. Sign up for my newsletter (REQUIRED). If you’re already signed up for the newsletter, you qualify. Just leave that information in the comments and if you’re a winner, I’ll verify then.

3. Tweet or Facebook about the contest. This is going to be on the honor system, but know if you win, I’ll be checking up on your feeds!

ALL of this information should be in a comment on THIS POST.

I’ll choose SIX random winners and go top to bottom, letting them choose the prize of their choice.


1. An iPad Mini!


2. A signed, annotated (that means I go through it and leave comments in the margins–anything that comes to mind, which could be thoughts about characters, stories about what inspired a scene, etc) paperback of one of my books (winner’s choice)!

3. An advanced copy of Thirty-Two and a Half Complications by Denise Grover Swank OR signed paperbacks of the first FOUR Rose Gardner books plus the novella.


4-6. One of THREE gift baskets inspired by Graciela and Not Quite Dead. This includes a Southern cookbook, one of my favorite books of Charleston ghost stories, a bottle of Gracie’s favorite vodka, an oogle to ward off evil spirits lurking in the night, a voodoo doll, signed copies of ALL my Lyla Payne titles, swag and anything else I feel like tossing in at the last minute.

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Okay, so I hope you’re excited!! You can email me at lylapayneauthor at gmail dot com if you have any questions, or leave them in the comments below.

Contest ends April 30th!!

Buy Not Quite Dead!


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Different is Good. And also Scary!

Today is the release of not only my first adult title, but my first book that’s not set on or around the Whitman University campus. After writing Staying On Top, I felt as though the both the series and I were a little fatigued. Trying something new and exciting and different really appealed to me, which is how Not Quite Dead found its way into your hot little hands today.

It’s not New Adult. It’s not contemporary or particularly sexy. It’s not set on a college campus.

But it DOES have so many things I hope you’ll love:

1. A smartass, depressed, lovable, foul-mouthed main character looking for her path in life.

2. A ghost story that’s based on Southern history, and includes the heyday of Caribbean piracy to boot!

3. Family relationships and lifelong friendships, and all of the wonderful complications that ensue.

4. Mystery

5. A hot young mayor who, I feel certain, will be bringing the sexytimes in future installments.

To make a long story short (too late), although Not Quite Dead is different, and I’m terrified no one is going to read it/love it/recommend it to their friends, I am so happy I wrote it. So excited to share it with you. Because sometimes we need a fresh page, a blank slate, a new direction. Like Graciela, the protagonist of the story, I’m wandering a little bit while finding my way.

If you come along, I hope you enjoy the stroll.


Not Quite Dead is available today on every outlet except iBooks, but they should be on board soon!

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