Book Blast & Giveaway! The Undead: Playing For Keeps by Elsie Elmore


The Undead: Playing for Keeps
by Elsie Elmore
Publication date: September 3rd 2014
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal

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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.


~Guest Post~

The evolution of The Undead: The importance of editing after time has passed

Writing blogs often suggest letting your manuscript rest between edits. That time allows the story to become fresh again and offers you distance from your work.

The Undead began as a tale told only from Lyla’s vantage point. Her troubles at school were chronicled in detail, along with the tension at home, and oh yeah, the awakening of her ability to resurrect the dead. Eric was a character, but not a main character because we never understood his motivations.

When my editor read my ms for the first time, she had many questions about Eric and suggested I offer more information about him. He was too mysterious, in an incomplete and frustrating way. His motivations were not understood. What did he want? What did he need? I thought long and hard about how to show more of him. But the trouble with showing more about another character written in first person is the fear of info-dumping or labored conversations to include the pertinent past information.

To develop Eric’s character more and make his motivations central to the story, I gave him a voice of his own. And boy did he take off. I could barely keep up with everything he wanted to do and say. His depth of emotion ran deeper than I expected.

Without someone suggesting I offer more and allowing my work to rest, I wouldn’t have thought to push that way.

Having a CP, beta reader, and/or an editor read your work and offer feedback are critical steps for your story. Sometimes a suggestion or question is enough to turn your tale into something deeper and stronger. Especially if you’ve given it enough time.

~About the Author~


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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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Lori F

    I just read the blurb and review on The Undead: Playing For Keeps, It sounds Awesome. I can’t wait to read it.

    • elsie elmore

      Lori, Thank you. Please let me know what you think after you read it. 🙂

  • Doris Orman

    Another great looking one!!! <3

    • elsie elmore

      Thank you, Doris. Alexandria Thompson did an amazing job bringing Eric to life on the cover. So glad you like it!!

  • Crystal Postalwait Morton

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway cantwait to read your book.

    • elsie elmore

      Thanks, Crystal. I’m very excited about The Undead’s release. 🙂 Good luck in the giveaway. You can also grab it on Amazon for 99 cents until 9-17 😉

  • elsie elmore

    Thanks so much for hosting The Undead on the book blitz 😀

  • Sabrina Taylor

    Sounds like an amazing read. Thanks for the amazing giveaway.

    • elsie elmore

      Thanks so much. Good luck with the giveaway.

  • Melissa Cushing

    I was pulled in with the title, then the fabulous cover and the synopsis was awesoem too! Would love to win!

    • elsie elmore

      Thanks! Can’t wait for you to read it to see the meaning of the title!! 😀 Good luck in the giveaway.

  • Susan Pigott

    The cover is great! This is one that I can’t wait to read!

    • elsie elmore

      Thanks, Susan. I hope you get a chance to 🙂
      Good luck with the giveaway!

      • Susan Pigott

        Thank you!

  • marypreston

    This sounds amazing.

    • elsie elmore

      Thanks, Mary! I hope it reads the same way 😉

  • Monica Pulliam

    Sounds interesting, would love to read it.

    • elsie elmore

      Thanks! hope you get the opportunity! Good luck with the giveaway 🙂