Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Review: Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne

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  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497319935
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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.

My review: I found this book awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions and reactions.  Plot twists aplenty and love story intertwined this book kept me intrigued well into the night in order to discover the truth.  I would give it 4 out of 5.

About the Author:

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.

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and have not been influenced in anyway.  A book had been supplied for review purposes.  No compensation has been received for this post.

10 Historical Figures to Learn From by Author Lyla Payne

Good morning!!

Since I’m doing the rounds to promote my newest adult book, Not Quite Dead, and it involves a healthy dose of history (along with mystery, ghosts, romance, family issues, personal issues, and the deep south), I thought I’d run down a list of my favorite historical figures.

Side note: I realize I’m probably a total nerd, even HAVING favorite historical figures, but we are who we are, right?!

10. Rosa Parks: I love when she said “I didn’t mean to start anything. I was just tired of walking to the back of the bus.” Movements can start with a whisper. Fires begin with a spark. The challenge is not always knowing how to set something off, but being ready to dip your torch in and start marching when the time comes.

9. Martin Luther King, Jr: If you believe in something, never, ever stop talking about it. Never give up, never let people scare you into keeping your mouth shut. Some things are worth even the biggest sacrifice.

8. Anne Frank: Not because of what happened to her and her family, but for how she handled it. And because she’s someone who reminds us that we never know when or how or if our dreams will come true – or if we’ll be around to see them realized – but that’s no excuse for not chasing them.

7. Mary Magdalane: At a time where the men surrounding Jesus didn’t get it, Mary got it. The root of what the prophet was trying to say, the enormity of what was about to happen, and the inherent, important, message of love. Amazing woman who didn’t deserve the smear campaign against her that has left her branded as a simple prostitute.

6. Jimmy Stewart: Favorite actor, favorite person – someone who never let Hollywood and fame go to his head. He served in the war when his country needed him, he loved one woman the whole of his life, and in charmed a nation without meaning to. Talk about dreamy.

5. Cleopatra: Talk about a strong woman! Her contemporaries in Rome wanted to lay the whole blame of the demise of the Roman Republic at her feet, but obviously everyone is responsible for their own actions and Caesar and Marc Antony can take their fair share. She was a woman leading an empire in a world where men ruled everything, and I sometimes wonder whether she ever loved either of them as much as she loved her people.

4. Marie Antoinette: I don’t know why I love her, or why I feel so much empathy for her and her family, but it’s there, nonetheless. I think it’s because it’s sad how history judges them so harshly (and they paid such a steep price) for simply being who they were born to be – royalty. They were simply victims of being born in the wrong time, but she wasn’t a bad person, no matter what the history books want to tell us.

3. Andrew Jackson: There are a million and one stories about maybe the only certifiably insane president the United States, and if half of them are true he wasn’t someone you’d ever want to tangle with. My favorite is the letter in which he threatens to shoot a man a second time WITH THE SAME BULLET if he doesn’t stop trying to sue him.

2. Jean Lafitte: The “gentleman pirate of New Orleans,” Lafitte was a sometimes privateer, sometimes pirate, full time charmer that couldn’t quite understand why it was the Americans didn’t love him like he loved them.

1. Titus and Berenice: He was a general in the Roman army (later to become Emperor), she was the Queen of Judea. He led the attack on Jerusalem that resulted in the destruction of the Temple, she tried to save her people, and somewhere in the middle of it all, they fell in love. A real life tragic love story that’s better than anything anyone could dream up. Sigh.

There you go! I encourage you to at least Wikipedia the ones you’re not familiar with – I promise you excellent stories that will melt the hearts of even the most staunch “history haters” in the bunch. J

What about you? Anyone have a favorite historical figure or story or time period? I’d love to hear all about it, along with what made you fall in love!

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THE GIRL HE KNOWS by Kristi Rose Lyrical Press | August 18, 2014 Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? This hottie is Hank, her best friend’s older brother, a guy she’s known her entire life. Stopping after one night is the right thing to do. Being with him clearly breaks the best friend code, and from his career as a Naval officer to his Boy Scout reputation, everything about him screams monogamy and commitment. Two things Paisley has had enough of. When Hank presents a “no strings attached” offer, it’s too good to be true. She can enjoy him while still embracing being single. But, poor choices force her to confront old fears of love and loss, and Paisley has to decide if Hank is worth the risk. The alternative is never experiencing the real deal. Or far worse, settling for less



Excerpt from THE GIRL HE KNOWS

He pulls me toward him and burns me to my center with a kiss, one with such intense heat I’m surprised it doesn’t disintegrate my clothes. I reach for the button on his pants. “No.” He grabs my hands and looks at me. “Yes,” I say. “No.” He stands and pushes me off his lap. “Come on. I’ll take you home.” He grabs my hand and pulls me toward his truck. “Hank,” I cry with frustration and tug my hand back. He turns to face me and throws his hands in the air. “What do you want from me? Sex? We can’t even go on a simple date. Jeez, I can’t believe I’m saying this.” He runs his hand through his hair before stuffing it in his pocket. “Maybe we could try another date,” I suggest. My heart flutters with the anticipation of a second date. The weight of time hangs between us as I wait for him to decide if he wants to be with me again. “You know, I’ve heard of worse ideas,” he answers. He links his fingers with mine and walks me to his truck.

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Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s lived by an active volcano, almost fallen off a mountain, and was married in Arkansas by a J.O.P in flip flops named Earl. Today, as a proud military wife and mother of two, she’s been lucky enough to travel the world. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering what’s their story? That’s what Kristi likes to write about: everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA. You can follow Kristi at, like her Facebook page: Kristi Rose, or send her a tweet @krosewrites. The Girl He Knows is her debut novel.
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