Blog Tour: The Life and Death of Lily Drake by T. Michelle Nelson Excerpt and Giveaway


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T. Michelle Nelson

Publication Date:
October 5, 2012

InkSpell Publishing

eBook, 252 pages




For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy…Dating them is the hard part.

Lily Drake is your everyday hard-working single mom…until a gorgeous vampire shows up on her front door who she mistakenly assumes is her blind date for the evening. As one crazy scenario after another unfolds, Lily finds herself falling in love with two vampires, slaying the evil ones, and being prophesied as the savior of the entire undead race. Deciding between pizza and Chinese take-out will no longer be one of the hard decisions facing Lily Drake once she is immersed into vampire society.

Humanity or immortality? That doesn’t hold a candle against this question – which of the two handsome vampire cousins?

The Life and Death of Lily Drake is not your typical vampire love story. It’s a tale about the humorous mistakes a woman makes simply trying to survive not only life, but the dating scene. How will Lily manage working full-time, taking care of her young son and fighting the undead at every turn?

Lily will have to figure it out, but who better to save the world than a mom?

About this author

When T. Michelle Nelson was a little girl she told people she was going to be a skeleton when she grew up. Most people assumed she confused the question with “What do you want to be for Halloween?” She doesn’t remember, but thinks it’s debatable either way. With her love of all things monster and horror, it’s possible she actually did want to grow up to be a skeleton.  Years later, little has changed.  T. Michelle still loves her monsters, but now she writes about them.

Originally from Western Kentucky, T. Michelle is a graduate of Murray State University.  She now resides in picturesque Mount Vernon, Ohio, which is also the setting of her novel, The Life and Death of Lily Drake. When she isn’t vicariously living through her characters, T. Michelle Nelson is a not-so-mild-mannered mother, semi-decent baker and lousy volleyball player.




What exactly had happened? The guy from her dream, Mathias, had saved her. He pulled some cracked-out vampire off her and killed him by a dumpster. She would take herself directly to the mental institution herself if she truly believed that.

Thinking hard, ignoring the headache, she tried again. She had gone out with that pieceof-trash Terry. He’d taken her to a rat-hole bar. She’d given him the business out in the street.  That explained it. Of course, there was no such thing as vampires, and even less probable would be a vampire who looked like a Greek god. Terry must have knocked her out cold, and she’d dreamed the rest. Frantically, she began trying to figure out how she had gotten home from the alley, when a voice interrupted her thoughts.

“You remember me.”

Lily froze for a moment, too scared to even move. Someone was in her bedroom. She lay so still she doubted anyone would guess she was even breathing. Seconds turned to minutes and she slowly began to reach for the lamp on the nightstand. Before Lily could twist the switch on, he spoke again.

“You aren’t supposed to remember, you know.” Quickly she flipped the switch and the muted light of the lamp poured across the room.

The man from her dream—Mathias—sat in the round papasan chair, the one she used as a catchall for stuff she didn’t have time to put back in her closet. He had one foot kicked across his other knee and appeared quite comfortable. She wondered how long he had been sitting there.

“You are real?”

“You remember me. Once they refuse, no one has ever remembered the events of an

offer being made.”

“I only remember you from a dream. Dreams aren’t real. Vampires aren’t real!”

“This is going to be a problem.”

He sighed and Lily wondered what could be a problem for him, when she was the one with a strange man sitting in her bedroom while she slept. Obviously she was still dreaming. She’d never had a dream where she felt the pain of a headache, but then again she’d never had a dream that felt so real either.

Could be worse, Lily thought. She could be falling off a cliff or being chased by an axewielding maniac. Might as well enjoy this one. She’d spent all day thinking about him after her dream the previous night. Maybe she could use her imagination and spice this one up a bit.

She sat up on the bed, running her eyes over every inch of him and remembering that kiss they’d shared on the balcony of the Chapman Mansion. Maybe if she concentrated hard enough, she could pop the two of them back over there and finish up where they’d left off.


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Vampires are known to be beautiful, yet mysterious and deadly. As soon as InkSpell Publishing had this blog hop about vampires, I immediately signed up. I just knew I had to feature these creatures of the dark. From books to movies, vampires are everywhere. Find out which vampire is my favourite..

Vampires are good-looking

Handsome and beautiful, their faces are flawless and humans fall in love with their beauty at first glance. Only once they drive their fangs into their victim’s necks do they seem dangerous.

Vampires can Seduce anyone

With their beauty, they can lure anyone into their lair, and take advantage of their prey. There’s even a notion that drinking blood from a human is similar to having sex for a vampire

Vampires Crave Blood

Whether it’s straight from a human’s neck or an animals (Think the vegetarians from the Twlight franchise) vampires will always crave blood. They’ll stop at nothing to get it and will even become so thirsty that their logical sense disappears.

Vampires are known to be successful movie franchises..

There’s movies like Queen of the Damned which is based on Anne Rice’s novels, where the vampire Lestat is a rock star seduced by the Queen. Then there’s the Underworld movie franchise where a beautiful vampire named Elena hunts down the race of Lycans until she falls in love with a half vampire, half lycan named Michael.

Vampires are also known in the literary world..

There are a lot of similarities with vampires in the media. Even more so in books. There’s the ever famous Vampire Diaries series which spun into the popular tv show starring Canadian Nina Dobrev. (I had the opportunity to meet her in person at We Day and she was very sweet and very tall. I completely fangirled trust me..)

Vampires can live forever, but they can still die..


Werewolves are known to be a vampire’s greatest enemy. They are sworn to kill each other and in most cases, the vampires always seem to win.

The Sun

Stepping foot outside in the sun will light a vampire into a fiery burning death, so it’s no wonder why they always seem to come out at night.

The Cross & Holy Water

Anything that is remotely holy is considered a weapon against any vampire so these are the common tools a slayer or vampire hunter will use.

And my favourite vampire is…Spike!

I remember watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and seeing Buffy kick their asses until they were dust. Buffy who was the Chosen One that was born to provide a balance to good and evil. Killing and hunting down vampires and demons herself, all she wanted to do was be a normal teenage girl. Then there was Angel, a broody vampire, Buffy falls in love with..Nope that’s not my favourite vampire.
You probably guessed it already. My favourite vampire is the bad boy Spike. He’s witty, charming, and he always straddled the line of good and evil. He’s my favourite.

4 Young Adult Vampire Books You Should Read

  1. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  2. Vampire Academy Series
  3. House of Night Series
  4. Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

“For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy…Dating them is the hard part.”

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Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Publication Date:
July 3, 2012

Harpercollins Publishers

Hardcover, 368 pages

CAD $19.99

An ARC was provided by HarperCollins Canada for review! Thank you!




Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn’t mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It’s up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity!

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.

Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.

About The Author

Justine Larbalestier was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She is a young-adult fiction author and is best known for the Magic or Madness trilogy: Magic or Madness, Magic Lessons and Magic’s Child. Her other works include Liar, How to Ditch Your Fairy, and The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction.


As soon as I read the description to this book I couldn’t help but add it to my list if books to buy. A book that pokes fun at vampires? Hell yes!

Team Human is a delightful read! I was laughing at some of thr jokes out loud, and didn’t even care when I got weird looks. The book is cute and laugh-out-loud funny! When you think of vampires, you think of creepy vampires that Buffy the Vampire Slayer hunts for right? Well in this world, vampires are known in society and are a part of society. They even have their own town that also includes their own police force. Not to mention suits and helmets that help them walk in sunlight.

Mel being the protective best friend that she is, is trying and failing to keep her bestie, Leah away from Francois, the new vampire attending her school. Mel did have this lioness-like quality with her friends and when her other best friend asks her for help she goes full out into the investigation.

I didn’t understand what the plot was until I kept reading. I mostly thought it’d be about Mel keeping her away from the vampire, only to fall in love with a vampire herself, but that’s not the case because she definitely plays for Team Human. Her love interest is wholly human and he was such a fun character to read.

Rating 4/5


“Something momentous could be happening. The beautiful Francois could have turned his head and given us a view of his amazing profile.”—Mel

“Ah, spilled blood, the vampire lover’s low-cut top,” I said. “Personally, I’d prefer a guy who wants to see my boobs.”—Mel

“Accused of nymphomania by a weirdo raised by vampires? I wasn’t going to tell anyone ever.”—Mel

“If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”—Mel

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa

Publication Date:
April 24, 2012

Harlequin Teen

Hardcover, 512 pages

CAD $20.99

A finished copy was provided by Harlequin Teen for review! Thank you!




In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.


Allison lives in a world where a virus has decimated the human population, and vampires rule the city. Squatting and learning to survive is all she has ever known. She lives this bleak existence as an Unregistred so no vampire can control her as a pet. Living for seventeen years, she finally meets her end when she encounters rabids. (Soulless infected vampires and humans that kill everything in their path.Think zombies). A vampire comes into her path as she lays dying, giving her a choice. To die or to become one of the very thing she hates..a vampire. From then on her world is never the same again. Always thirsty, hungry for human blood Akkison learns to latch on as much of her humanity as she can. Along the way she finds a group of humans in search of Eden, desperate to hide her secret she accompanies them and finds love in the kind-hearted teenager Zeke. Will she give into her blood lust and betray them or will she help them find the security they deserve? Find out in The Immortal Rules.

I just fell in love with Allison. Considering how strong her will to survive was, choosing to be a vampire was the clear option. Allison was such a kick-ass kind of character! I love how her background is Japanese. Wielding that katana and being able to defend herself was just so much fun to read.

To be honest I haven’t even picked up any of Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey novels so I didn’t kow what to expect when reading this, but I am so glad it exceeded my expectations! I may be a fan for life. She is a genius. Clever plot direction, character development and enough action to keep me off the edge of my seat!

Rating 5/5


“You don’t dwell on what you’ve lost, you just move on.”–Allie (158)

“And like I said, if the tent falls in you in the middle of the night, don’t panic. You’ll get used to it. No one really worries about keeping things erect around here, and…Wow, that sounded bad.”–Zeke (236)

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – Official Book Trailer