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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book Feature: Dead Rules by Randy Russell

Now this is that one feature where I wish I could review this book. I want to read it so bad!

It sounds really fun and I know a lot of people (including me) are dying to get their hands on this book early. It's a dark fantasy and it involves killing boyfriends just so the girl and the boy can be together. It's a morbid love story, but... love conquers all? I want to see how things will work out in the story!



Hardcover, eBook 384 pages
Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Releases June 21, 2011
ISBN: 978-0061986703
Price: $16.99

She loved her boyfriend to death.

Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever. Life in high school was grand. Then she died on a double date at a bowling alley. Gutter ball.

And now she’s stuck in Dead School, wearing bowling shoes. As if being dead weren’t bad enough.

Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with beguiling eyes, a mysterious smile, and an irresistibly warm touch. He also has a message for Jana: her death may have not been an accident.

Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other in life and Jana sees no reason for that to change because one of them is dead. She is sure Michael will soon rush to her side.

But after attending her own funeral, Jana realizes things aren’t going according to plan. So she decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true – no matter what rules she has to break. And Mars is just the boy to help her get it done. He’s been breaking rules since the day he was born.

“Love wasn't all red paper valentines and candy hearts. Sometimes love was despair. And sometimes love was wrong. Jana loved Michael enough to kill him for it. Jana loved Michael to death.”


Randy Russell has believed in ghosts since having to take the trash out at night when he was 12 and being chased back to the house by “something” in the darkness.
The Edgar-nominated author of five published novels for adults, two books of short stories about ghosts, and two volumes of Southern Appalachia folklore, Randy’s first paranormal novel, Dead Rules, will be released in hardcover by HarperTeen on June 21, 2011.

Randy is an academically trained folklorist who has collected hundreds of first-person accounts of ghost experiences from across the South. He presents regularly on “True Ghost Stories of the South” based on his interviews of people who have encountered ghosts.

“I know what a ghost encounter is like for the people who have experienced them,” Randy said in a recent interview. “But I have always wondered what the experience is like for the ghost and what it is like to be a ghost.

“By far, the most common ghost a person is likely to encounter is that of a loved one. Love is the binding element, in the main, that keeps a person hanging around after death. I wrote Dead Rules so I could learn what being a ghost might be like. I set it in a high school for the dead, because high school is when most of us are learning what love is… what it can be… and what it isn’t. It seems so unfair to die in high school.

“I write ghosts and dead people,” Randy said, “but my overriding concern in fiction is coming to an understanding of love. I figure each of us will fully understand what love is about 100 years after we’re dead. In that case, ghosts know. And I want to know what they know.”

Randy lives outside Asheville, North Carolina, near the end of a shady mountain cove road marked by a sign that reads “No Exit.” Randy thinks this means he will live forever.


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