When the one boy you crushed on in life can't seem to stay away in death, it's hard to be a normal teen when you're a teen paranormal.
Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted—the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.
Keira's determined to do anything to find Jimmy's killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira's ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.
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Praise for This Is Your Afterlife
"Loved it! This wonderful Young Adult story...has a strong paranormal thread, suspense and romance. [Her] carefully chosen words and literary style paint a vivid picture…" Michelle Monkou, USA Today
"I adored it! The premise—a teen helping her deceased crush to solve his own murder—grabbed me instantly. Main character Keira’s authenticity and spunk drew me further in, as did the well-developed characters, brothers Jimmy and Dan." Tina Ferraro
"Although I don't usually read young adult fiction, nor am I used to sitting down to an ebook, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I devoured 'This Is Your Afterlife'. I am a sceptic at heart and don't believe in ghosts, but Keira's adventures with Jimmy and Dan dropped me into a fantastical world which I was compelled to enjoy." Ella, Amazon reviewer
"A fun and exciting story. I had a great time reading this book. A vibe very similar to the Mediator series by Meg Cabot." Fictional Thoughts
"This Is Your Afterlife deals with emotions that we all feel after losing someone close to us; that intense desire to have one more moment with them. It is a comfort to see someone writing about the possibility of that in a believable way." Lisa Talks About...
"Great piece of YA writing. Enjoyable mystery whodunnit with a little romance thrown in." Mia, @MiaReadsBooks
"Engrossing. This story had a great blend of themes... friendship, betrayal, loss, adjustment, family, love, forgiveness, loyalty, right along with a little bit of humor." Kiki Deister
"The storyline hooks you in from the beginning." Kat's Book Promotions
"Charming, well written, fun quick read!" Juli Alexander
"A really fun, quick YA paranormal read. It’s one of those books that is just so easy to read." Ely, A Book So Fathomless blog
"I loved this debut! The author kept me turning pages way into the middle of the night. Grab this book!" Nan, Amazon reviewer
"Hits all the right buttons. Well written, thought-provoking, with a fabulous teen romance (and the ghost) to sweeten the deal." Miranda - Breathless in the Bush
This Is Your Afterlife is told in Keira’s point of view, but this bonus scene shows Dan’s perspective. It takes place after his brother, Jimmy, vanishes from their tiny Northern California town.
It’s only when a cramp seizes my palms that I realize I’m still gripping the wheel. I loosen my hands. Finger-shaped impressions linger on the leather, then disappear.
Gone. Just like Jimmy.
I slide down in the seat and stifle a yawn. A half-empty pretzel bag crunches under my thigh. I’d driven all night. Purposely at first. Then aimlessly toward dawn. I don’t remember driving through the school gates. All I know is the place was deserted at the time.
Now kids drift past my car in groups. Gossiping. Joking around. Do they care that my brother’s missing? Does anyone even know? Students herd toward the main entrance. Glass doors open wide and swallow them whole. I can’t follow them in there. Can’t sit in class like nothing happened.
I slap my cheek to wake myself up. Stubble grazes my hand. Five more minutes. That’s all I need, and then I’ll keep looking. I’ll find Jimmy before our folks get home from their vacation.
I glance at the dashboard clock. I’m running out of time.
An ancient VW Bug rumbles to a stop nearby. It’s easy to pick out the driver, even from where I’m sitting. Keira Nolan. Can’t deal with her either.
At the same time, it’s hard to take my eyes off Keira. That’s always been my problem. The Bug shudders and coughs before dying. Keira sits with her head tilted to one side, in no hurry to get out. Her lips move. Is she singing along to the radio? Giving herself a pep talk?
She shakes her head, then nods emphatically. Oh, yeah, a pep talk.
When she does climb out, she flicks a glance my way. I duck further down. It’s stupid. I know she can’t see me through the window’s dark tint. So I sit up again, but by now she’s on her way to the main hall, gesticulating and nodding to herself.
A stiff breeze sprinkles pine needles over the car’s bonnet. The noise is slight, but enough to spark an idea in my head. An idea I can’t shake. I’d driven all the way to San Jose and back thinking maybe Jimmy had gone to our grandparents’ house for God knows what reason. I’d searched every street and alley in Halverston. But there’s one place I haven’t looked—Camberwell Forest. All fifty square miles of it.
I rev the engine and drive like my life—and Jimmy’s life—depends on it.
This Is Your Afterlife
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Audiobook ASIN: B00TKS4III