Thursday, January 23, 2020

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Not-So Dead (The Dead Series #1) by Isaiyan Morrison

Title: The Not-So Dead
Series: The Dead Series #1
Author: Isaiyan Morrison
Publication Date: January 21st 2020

Print Length: 166 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult

All Faye wants is another chance at being normal: hanging out with friends, playing video games, reading the latest Manga… As a wraith, her craving for a normal existence seems forever out of reach. When she makes the move to the small town of Hueman, Texas with her not-so dead nomadic family, she prays this fresh start will be the one that sticks.

Until… one of her kind is murdered by a mysterious man in a black mask.

With only Carter, an unlucky human witness, by her side, Faye must find a way to prevent the body count from rising and protect her family’s secret identity. As the man in the black mask lurks in the shadows waiting to strike again, her choice becomes a matter of life and death.

In the face of true evil, being normal is overrated.

A homeless man sat with his back against a tree, with a pile of dirty blankets on his left and an old grocery cart on his right. A gnarled beard clung to his chin and sunken cheekbones, and a few buttons held together his ratty and dirty shirt.

“Excuse me?”

“Spare change?” the homeless man asked again.

Faye dug into her backpack for a few bills until she realized they were the only two individuals on the street. He was what her nomadic family called a perfect source: alone and unwatched. These were the type of humans no one missed if a wraith wanted to take more than allowed. Or, if a wraith only wanted to take a little, they could and leave their victims in a catatonic state. It was how Dusk had found Essie, but instead of leeching from her, he’d accepted her into the family.

Faye grabbed his hand, but when she took a closer look, she noticed his hazed eyes weren’t locked on her. Instead, they stared off to the side. He was blind, which would’ve made leeching from him easier, except that her humanity preventing her from doing so.

“I’m not a monster,” she whispered and drew her hand back. It was one good rule Dusk had taught her.

“What?” he asked.

But he was too perfect! He couldn’t tell anyone what she looked like, and if he screamed, no one would hear him. Unbearable, her hunger pushed aside her humanity, and she took his hand again. Instead of pleasure, she felt a sinking feeling in her stomach when he tried to slip his hand away.

The leeching started slowly. The first drops told her everything she needed to know about his essence. It was like drinking old alcohol, and it reminded her of the brussels sprouts her mother had forced her to eat when she was a kid. She loathed them as much as she loathed her victim’s nauseated energy.

“Let… let go of me.” He tried to draw his hand back again, but there was no way he could compete with her strength.

“I’m sorry, just a little more.” She focused. “The harder you fight against it, the more it’ll hurt you.” She encouraged the warmth of his energy and kept drawing more and more until his hand went limp and his body slumped forward.

She let go and caught him before he fell to his side. “I’m sorry.” She propped him back up against the tree. A string of drool dripped from the corner of his opened mouth. He was still alive, so she let out a sigh of relief.

Finally, she was able to control how she fed. It was a start anyway. “Thank you.” She took a few dollars from her backpack and placed the money in his hands. She tried to close his fingers around the bills. It wasn’t much, but it made her feel a little less guilty.
Isaiyan Morrison was born and raised in Minneapolis, but her heart is in the impressive magical worlds she dreams up. She hopes to share her love for world-building with her readers and help guide them through the extraordinary settings she creates.

Her other passions include reading, and researching historical events. She also enjoys gardening, gaming, and spending quality time with her three cherished cats and beloved pitbull.

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  1. love the cover!


  2. I am so excited to read this book!

  3. That cover is wicked (in a good way).

  4. I like the cover. It is very intense!

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  5. I love the cover. The artwork is great!

  6. This sounds like a captivating book.

  7. great cover. everything about the book appeals to me. thanks for sharing
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. The book sounds and looks interesting.

  9. Another new-to-me author. Love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway

  10. Awesome cover! It is quite eye-catching. Thanks for sharing

  11. The book sounds like a very interesting read

  12. This sounds good! Intriguing cover! ❤

  13. The girl on the cover looks creepy. The book looks like a fun read.