Monday, November 9, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway: Death Becomes Me by Elizabeth Holloway

Welcome to my stop in the DEATH BECOMES ME by Elizabeth Holloway Blog Tour hosted by Chapter By Chapter Blog Tours. Today on my stop we have an Excerpt + an awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway!!!

 (Call Me Grim #2)
Elizabeth Holloway
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Published: November 3rd, 2015


Libbi and Aaron are Grim Reapers on the run. They may have escaped their hometown of Carroll Falls unscathed, and are together and alive (well, more or less), but they’ll soon find there’s a price to pay. A deadly one.

By escaping Carroll Falls, Libbi and Aaron have broken the Reaper’s covenant with Abaddon, aka Death himself – and now they’re right at the top of Abaddon’s Most Wanted list. There’s nowhere to hide, and not a single person, alive or dead, they can turn to for help.

But just as it’s looking like the end of the line, Libbi hears word of a Reaper in hiding – a Reaper who once escaped Abaddon’s wrath. Finding this mysterious Reaper might be the perfect solution… if Death doesn’t find them first.


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It’s not working.

The wind tugs my hair back as my feet pound the asphalt on one side of the double yellow lines that divide Hell’s Highway down the middle. Aaron’s feet pound the other side.

His hand tightens around mine. He pulls me forward, trying to pick up momentum, but after several minutes of sprinting down the middle of the empty, moonlit road, the scenery doesn’t change. It doesn’t blur into the green, brown, and gray smears of pure speed I’m used to when we run together. And my tennis shoes continue to slap the ground.

“Come on, Libbi.” Aaron yanks my arm. “Run.”

“I. Am.” The words puff from my mouth in fast, stinging bursts. My lungs feel like they’ve shriveled to the size of peanuts and are about as dense. My heart flips and flops and my heavy legs are like two blocks of concrete. It was never this hard to run with Aaron before. I can’t decide if it’s physically more difficult, or if this is what it feels like to have a panic attack.

A panic attack would make sense. There are more than enough reasons to panic right now. An hour ago, Aaron and I escaped Carroll Falls, the run-down old town in the middle of Farm Country, PA that we’ve called home all of our lives. But it isn’t home anymore. It’s a prison. We need to run at supersonic speeds so we don’t get dragged back there. If we can’t run, we have a huge problem.

It means we lost our powers.

How will we keep one step ahead if we can’t run? If we can’t fly? Aaron’s worried that even with the Reaper powers to help us, Abaddon will find us easily. How much more vulnerable are we if we lost them completely when we left our territory?

My thighs burn as they pump to keep up with Aaron. He glances over his shoulder at me, his brow furrowed with concern.

I can’t look at him. I don’t want to see that hard look on his face or the fear in his eyes. I have to focus on the road. I press my lips together and push myself to do better, run faster. I can do this. I’ve done it before.

The headlights of an eighteen-wheeler sweep the sky as the truck peaks a hill about two miles ahead of us.

“Truck!” I yell and try to veer to the shoulder, out of the truck’s way. Aaron’s hand clamps around mine like a vise. His fingers dig into my skin and we skid to a stop in the middle of the road.

“Wait,” he says. “We can do this.”

“No, we can’t.” My lungs wheeze. I can hardly breathe. For the first time since I accepted Aaron’s job and became a Reaper-in-training, I wish I had my inhaler. “We’ve lost the Reaper powers.”

“No,” he says. “We can do this. I can feel it. Can’t you feel it?”

“No,” I say desperately. I try again to yank him out of the middle of Hell’s Highway and out of the path of the metal beast barreling toward us. His heels seem glued to the asphalt.

“You have to believe you can do it, Libbi. That’s Reaper 101. Remember?” Aaron’s voice slips into teacher mode. I want to slap him.

“All right, Yoda.” I tug on his arm again, though it’s useless. “But what if we became normal when we left Carroll Falls? Maybe we should try your theory out when we’re not about to be road kill?”

The whine of the massive rig’s tires grows louder and louder as it races down the long hill toward us. The headlights illuminate us, but the driver continues to pick up speed. It’s as if he wants to hit us, like smearing our insides across the road will earn him passage into some kind of sicko trucker society. Ten points each.

“He can’t see us,” Aaron blurts, but my mind is stuck on the thought of our guts strewn across Hell’s Highway like some twisted Jackson Pollock painting.

“What?” I say.

“Do you think he’d keep plowing down that hill without a care in the world if he could see us?” Aaron says quickly and gestures toward the truck with his free hand. “He’d probably kill himself if he hit us at that speed. We’re invisible. And if we’re invisible—”

“We have our powers,” I finish for him. The weight I felt crushing my chest and pulling at my feet lifts a little.

“Right.” Aaron grins. “So, let’s do this.”

 (Call Me Grim #1)
Elizabeth Holloway
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Published: September 9th, 2014

The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake—and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn’t shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron’s the local Grim Reaper . . . and he only saved Libbi’s life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place. And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark . . . but only if she accepts Aaron’s job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.


Elizabeth  HollowayElizabeth Holloway is a writer of young adult fiction living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children and their growing number of pets.

In addition to writing, she is a registered nurse, an avid reader, an out-of-practice artist, a karaoke singer, and music lover. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

FIND THE AUTHOR HERE: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram


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