Okay, I admit the undead really aren’t my thing. But I love Joyce and Jim Lavene and if anyone could get me to read a book featuring Life Extended People (LEPs – a nice term for zombies) it would be them. Plus this book and the one before it are getting excellent reviews. So while I am thinking about diving into this world I thought I would share these books with you.
The Series starts with
Broken Hearted Ghoul
(Taxi for the Dead Paranormal Mysteries Book 1)
It’s been two years since Skye Mertz agreed to drive Abe’s Taxi for the Dead, transporting his zombie workers back to the man who gave them an additional twenty years of life. She’s raising her daughter, with the help of her ghostly mother-in-law, and keeps looking for what killed her husband the night she died.
Now she has a partner—a housewife working off her zombie husband’s service—and she’s met a sorcerer with amnesia. It shouldn’t be surprising that a broken hearted ghoul, bent on getting revenge, should show up too. After all, there’s no rest for the dead.
Then the new book in the series –
Dead Girl Blues
(Taxi for the Dead Book 2)
When Nashville cop Skye Mertz, and her husband, Jacob, are killed in a wreck, Skye is given the opportunity to come back for twenty years to raise her five-year-old daughter, Kate. With her ghostly mother-in-law’s help, Skye hopes to be there until Kate is old enough to take care of herself.
But three years into her twenty-year service to Abraham Lincoln Jones, the man who gave her the extra time, Skye is beginning to think life might have been easier before she died.
Abe asks her to investigate the murder of his sorcerer, Harold the Great, a man who was a victim of too many snakes. And the Life Extended People ( LEPs – a nice term for zombies) who work for Abe have begun turning into ghosts and disappearing. Only Lucas, the possibly evil, amnesiac sorcerer who lives with Skye and her family, can save her from being the next victim of the deadly curse.
To make matters more complicated, Skye has found a lead in solving the riddle of her husband’s death. She has never believed Jacob died as a result of the crash, but hasn’t been able to prove it. Many other people have lost their lives in the same lonely stretch of highway that he did three years before. Skye goes against Abe’s express wishes to discover the truth with a crazy man bent on vengeance.
Life was simpler when she could just take out a gun and shoot someone.
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.
If Zombies aren’t your thing check out the many other stories my Joyce and Jim.
Joyce and Jim are touring Deal Girl Blues right now with Great Escapes Book Tours and there is still time to get in on the giveaway!!
Comments on “Spotlight/Giveaway – Dead Girl Blues by Joyce and Jim Lavene”
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Sounds interesting – zombies and ghosts and sorcerers, oh my! Looks like it could be pretty humorous.
It’s meant to be funny, Vivian. Thanks for being here!
Thanks for shining the spotlight on our books today, Lori!
What a mix…sounds like fun.
I read the “teaser” for the start of this series and I really liked it. Nobody sparkles, nobody has super powers, it’s just a mom who will do what she has to do to raise her kid and find out what happened to her husband. I think this will be a great series.
Thank you, Denise! We wanted Skye to be an ordinary person who makes a choice, Something we all might do.
Impressive number of publications. This genre isn’t one I enjoy reading though.
Sorry, Ann. We can’t all like the same things. Have a nice weekend.
I’ve always avoided anything to do with zombies (brain-eating, flesh peeling), but Joyce and Jim’s take (life extended people) changed my mind!
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Patricia!
They aren’t your normal zombie type books. I could read these and enjoy them. They sound like a lot of fun.
Thanks Ikish! Glad you stopped by!
I have discovered I enjoy these humorous ghosts and zombies who get into so much trouble!
They can be really funny, Sally!
Sounds like a fabulous read.
Thanks Rita! Have a great day!
I’ve enjoyed all of Joyce and Jim’s series so far. Looking forward to reading Broken Hearted Ghoul which I got this week.
I hope you enjoy it, Anne!
I loved these stories and would be happy as a zombie with another twenty years to win print copies! I often reread favorites and there’s nothing like the printed word!
I loved the prequel and the first book
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