Waking Up Dead...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Whenever I use this phrase (waking up dead), people tend to look at me as if I’ve lost my mind. Yes, I'm weird, but the fact is that the dead do wake up somewhere. 

I really like the voice of the main character in this novel, so check out the excerpt below and be sure to make Margo welcome! Don't forget to enter the contest.

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When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, when she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex, she went to Alabama. Now she's witnessed another murder, and she's not about to let this one go. She's determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up dead in Alabama?

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As Molly straightened up, the man slipped the wire over her head and twisted it around her neck. She struggled, but he pulled the garrote tighter and tighter.

I was screaming at the top of my ghostly voice, for all the good it did me. I moved up behind the man and beat at his back with closed fists--fists that slipped in and out of his back without ever making real contact. He shuddered a little--clearly he was one of the very slightly sensitive ones--but he didn’t loosen his hands.

I reached up and tried to grab the wire, tried to pull against the pressure he was exerting on the wire and it did loosen for an instant. But only for an instant. The living have more control over solid objects than the dead do. I never resented that fact more than at that moment.

But I kept trying. I kept trying as Molly’s face turned purple, then blue, then black, kept trying even as she drooped in the man’s grip.

Then he loosened the wire and it was too late. I watched that wispy, light-on-fog life force slip out of Molly and move on to wherever it is that other people go when they die. I was glad she didn’t show up next to me as a full-blown ghost. At that moment, I wouldn’t have wished my impotent half-existence on anyone.

I couldn’t help thinking that if I’d been alive, I might have been able to save her.

If I could have cried real tears, I would have. As it was, I was sobbing hoarsely and calling the man every dirty name I could think of.

I was still cursing as I followed him around the kitchen. First he opened the pantry and pulled out a box of Hefty garbage bags. Then he grabbed a knife out of the block on the counter. And finally, he picked up Molly’s body and carried it to the bathroom.

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Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Waking Up Dead is her first published novel. Her second novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy, forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.

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  1. I'd hate to wake up dead in Alabama!
    Congratulations, Margo.

  2. This post is a thing of beauty JL. Thank you so much

  3. An interesting blurb and a beautiful cover matches the title.

  4. This is an interesting premise! Definitely adding to my Goodreads shelf!

  5. True that, Alex.

    Glad to help, Wendy.

    Peaches, yeah, the blurb is definitely interesting. I'm liking the header too. Past time for me to switch things up a little.

    Hey, Quanie. Thanks for dropping in.

  6. Waking up dead would be surprising. Congrats to Margo!

  7. I hope the book does really well. Congrats.

  8. I did a post for Margo too, last month I think. Congrats Margo and this story sounds so compelling and tragic.

  9. Mike, I think it's engaging too.

    Mary, I guess we all will wake up that way one day.

    Thanks, on Margo's behalf, Clarissa.

    Sheena, thanks for dropping in!

  10. What a great blurb, I'll add this to my lsit. Congratulations Margo, and thanks for sharing with us Joy. (:

  11. LOL. I Love the way Sheena puts it. Compelling and tragic...I feel guilty for being entertained by that

  12. Hi, everyone! Thanks so much for the comments and adds! Waking Up Dead was a blast to write, and I hope you enjoy it! A HUGE thanks to Joy for such a gorgeous post. :)

  13. That's certainly an interesting concept - waking up dead!


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