Blog Tour: ‘The Life and Death of Lily Drake’ by T. Michelle Nelson Excerpt and Giveaway


Thank you InkSpell Publishing for hosting this blog tour


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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  1. sarah Kozlowski

    November 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I would love to read this book.

  2. Kazhy

    November 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    A vampire-hunting mom? I need to read this XD

  3. Amber Hsu

    November 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    The books sound really interesting ~ I really want to read it~~~

  4. The Bumble Girl

    October 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    This sounds like a fun read! I haven’t heard about it until now, gotta definitely add this one to my list! I love Vamp-y books 🙂

  5. Lufi ♥

    October 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    I would ♥ to read this book

  6. Lisa

    October 27, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    I would love to read this book

  7. Tia

    October 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I would love to read this.

  8. Ash

    October 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I just love the cover of this book and the story looks excellent for words. Wish I could get my hands on this one hopefully! Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Theresa

    October 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    This book is on my wishlist it looks amazing- I can’t wait to read it….. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  10. Nazish @ Nazish Reads

    October 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    This book sounds interesting.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Nazish @ Nazish Reads

  11. Sheryl N

    October 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    I really can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the exerpt and the interview.

  12. Liza @ Reading with ABC

    October 18, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Sounds amazing! Thank you for this feature 🙂


  13. Lilian S

    October 18, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    I like the cover, and thanks for the giveaway

  14. Alicia

    October 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    That cover is amazing, plus I love the book description – the first paragraph alone was making me laugh. I can’t wait to read this, thanks for the info and the giveaway!

  15. Twi Engel

    October 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    This book looks amazing thanks for the giveaway

  16. cody smtih-candelarai

    October 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Ok, the whole idea cracked me up in a good way and I can’t wait to check this one out. Thanks

  17. Carrie

    October 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Interesting sounding premise. Looking forward to checking it out

  18. T. Michelle

    October 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Thank you all so much for the kind words, and thank you Giselle for posting. I hope you will all stop by and let me know what you think if you read it!

    Have a great Wednesday and a Happy Halloween!


  19. Erin D.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    This looks great. Although I am little bored with vampire books I will definitely give this one s try.

  20. Joy F

    October 17, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Book look great, will be adding to my tbr list.

  21. Zara Alexis

    October 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    As always, thanks for hosting awesome giveaways! 😀

  22. andrea hetlsley

    October 17, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    I can’t wait to read this book! I wanted on this tour so bad, but I was too late:( I hope I win. Great post btw.

  23. Cassi

    October 17, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    This sounds really good. Thanks!

  24. Grace Lo

    October 17, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    I’ve heard quite a bit about this book, and can’t wait to read it! To be honest, I’d probably choose a vampire-slayer over a vampire anyday 😛

    Love the excerpt, and thanks for this epic opportunity!

  25. amel armeliana

    October 17, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    This is awesome! This book sounds really great. The story is really interesting and loved the cover. Can’t wait to read it.

    Thank u for this giveaway 🙂

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