Boo! It’s the Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop

3040765_origTo celebrate Halloween, I joined the Trick-or-Treat Halloween Book Blog Hop hosted by Patricia Lynne.

My book, The Undead: Playing for Keeps, is currently on sale at Amazon for 99 cents to celebrate Halloween in a Spooktacular sale by my publisher, Curiosity Quills. Click the link to grab your copy!

Or if you’d like a chance to win a free ebook of The Undead: Playing for Keeps, please leave a comment about your favorite book as your trick-or-treat. I’ll draw winners names… randomly throughout the day and send a few winners an ebook.


The Undead Synopsis:

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.

If you take advantage of the 99 cent price at Amazon and buy my ebook (or a paperback), email me proof of purchase, I’ll pick a few winners and send you a bookmark for The Undead. My email address is elsieelmorewriter (at) gmail (dot) com.


Happy Halloween!

Please stop by the blogs of the other authors participating in the Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop and score more free books for Halloween.


Why every female protagonist doesn’t have to be a kick-ass heroine

Photo Credit: Flickr by Chris

Photo Credit: Flickr by Chris


Kick-ass female protagonists are tough girls who don’t take crap off anyone, don’t bat an eye at the first sign of trouble, and sail through difficult times with barely a flesh wound. (And if it’s more than a flesh wound, they slap on a tourniquet and press on.) You know the ones I’m talking about… the Katniss Everdeens and the Beatrice Priors. Main characters too busy fighting for survival to worry what’s being said about them in the hall. They’re powerful, they’re confident, and they’re not in my story.

Lyla Grimm, the female protagonist in The Undead, would be the last person you’d ever call a kick-ass heroine. No, I take that back. You just would never call her a kick-ass protag. She’s a tad on the meek side, suffers from lack of self-confidence, and is too concerned with what others think of her. Her character type is not that uncommon; there are lots of Lyla’s out there. And that’s my point.

My goal was to write the story that was crawling around in my head. And not everyone will be a Katniss Everdeen or Beatrice Prior in their lives. Fights for survival may never present themselves; instead, only struggles for sanity, social acceptance, or balance. Those fights don’t seem as glamorous or worthy, but they are the type of fights we deal with on a daily basis. And they can be just as hard.

Please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying. I like tough girls and I like cheering for them. But if every main female character were from that mold, reading would be like having only one type of pizza to choose, ever.

When writing The Undead, I didn’t change the characters as I got to know them. I let them define themselves and it turned out that Lyla was a push over and Eric was pissed. But funny thing was, on the way to the end, they changed a little. Lyla grew a bit of a spine and Eric got over himself and found his own redemption. She was clumsy; he was cool. But at no point did she ever cross into kick ass territory.

And even as she grew, she remained true to herself.

Reading about a variety of characters helps you appreciate the similarities and differences. So cheers to the strong, the silent, the weak, and the misunderstood. We really need them all.

Do you have a favorite personality trait you like to see the main characters possess?

Fall into Fantasy Book Tour Week 3 : The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 3: The Undead: Playing for Keeps

By Elsie Elmore (Yes 🙂 It’s me!!!)

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. Survival definitely trumps the in-crowd.

Her corpse-following scare reeks of a major prank and coincides with the arrival of Eric. He’s the hot new guitarist in her brother’s band. But Eric’s arrival isn’t by chance. He’s a Grim Reaper dispatched to find out why Death’s clients aren’t staying down.
As Eric realizes that Lyla can wake the dead, he jockeys for control of her gift. His uncanny way of appearing when she needs him most earns her reluctant admiration. But the closer he gets to Lyla, the less sure he is of his plan. The dead are easier to deal with than living emotions.
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.
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Elsie Elmore lives in North Carolina with her husband and two kids.

With a science education degree, she never imagined she would someday write stories that challenge the laws of nature. She loves the color red, has an appreciation for chocolate and coffee that borders on obsession, 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. Find her on the web: on twitter at @ElsieWriter, her blog at, or on Facebook at
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Introduce Your Main Character Blog Tour

The stars must have been in perfect alignment because both A. R. Rivera and Taylor Grace invited me to join the Introduce Your Main Character Blog Hop. I was flattered to be asked and delighted to join the fun. Please check out their posts to find out about A.R. Rivera’s main character named  Grace and Taylor Grace’s main character named Klias.

At the bottom of the post, I’ve listed the bloggers who will be up next.


Photo Credit : Flickr by gnuckx

Photo Credit : Flickr by gnuckx

1. What is the name of your main character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Eric is a fictional character who shares the spotlight with the lovely Lyla Grimm.

2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in contemporary times in a small town named Martin.
3. What should we know about him?
Eric’s favorite indulgences are his red ’69 Mustang and an electric guitar with a basswood body. And being selfish is his biggest flaw, which coincidentally, cost him his freedom.
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
He’s been given a second chance, but he’s trapped. His newest assignment challenges him because while he’s searching for the route to success, his true second chance appears.
5. What is his personal goal?
He wants his freedom. He’s even willing to manipulate a situation to get what he wants.
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The novel The Undead: Playing for Keeps will be published by Curiosity Quills. You can find more info on Goodreads or by checking this page. The cover reveal is set for July 23rd.
7. When can we expect the books to be published?
The release date for The Undead : Playing for Keeps is set for September 3rd. Check back on release day for a more in-depth interview with Eric.
As part of the Introduce your Main Character Blog Hop, I was asked to invite a few other bloggers to join the fun. I chose three talented authors. All three have a book that was released within the past few months and thought they would be great people to talk about their Main Character. And here they are:
Skye Malone :  Skye and I recently met thanks to one of my CP’s, Abby Reed. This talented author just released a fantasy tale called Awaken. When you visit her blog, look around for her other works.
T.A. Brock : I met T.A. through twitter and a previous blog hop about writing processes. With a sense of humor and a love of chocolate, she’s great fun to follow. Her book Fatal was released in March.
Sharon Bayliss:  In addition to being a great writer, Sharon’s a rock star when it comes to helping other writers. She recently hosted the Best Bad Query Contest and Author Support Blog Hop . She also recently released Destruction, a series you do not want to miss.