Excerpt from Necrodancer

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

While you’re waiting for “Diversion” to be published (any day now—excerpt here!) you can enjoy my special birthday present to you—a free download of “Stand Alone“! But be sure to download it today, it is only free for a limited time.

One of my beta readers for “Tattooed Teardrops” is a young beginning author, and asked me to read her debut short story on Amazon, The NecroDancer (Deadful Life of Ella, Book 1), by Joanne Boyd. So I thought I would use it for my Teaser Tuesday post, and post a short review here.

I was smashing zombies like they were baseballs coming out of one of those automatic pitching machines, apologising each time.

Jab. ‘Sorry’. Whack. ‘Sorry’. Stab. ‘Sorry’.

I wasn’t hurting them, since they were already dead, but it still seemed… disrespectful.

The NecroDancer (Deadful Life of Ella, Book 1), Joanne Boyd

My Review:

Sure, there are lots of zombie books and stories out these days. It’s a growing niche. But those zombies all shuffle and moan. Joanne Boyd’s zombies dance. As in, ballet.

Teenage protagonist Ella is a medium reminiscent of Melinda Gordon in “Ghost Whisperer”. But with less baby doll lingerie and more spunk. In this short story (38 real pages), book 1 in a prospective series, she must confront a necromancer reanimating corpses as his own dance company.

It is a fun, light read, well-edited, with a jazzy cover, well-suited to your bus-ride home after a long day at the office. Watch for more of Ella’s adventures in the future.

On Amazon:

51AQe1Jyj+L._SL250_I honestly thought that being forced to go to the ballet with my Gran was the worst thing I’d ever had to do and that was BEFORE I knew that the dancers on stage were a bunch of reanimated corpses controlled by a psychotic necromancer named Albertino. 

THEN I had to go to his studio to find and destroy his talisman to save the trapped souls all by myself – since Gran is the only other medium I know and apparently she’s “too old to run around all day chasing talismans.” And the talisman in question? Sitting right on Albertino’s big fat finger. 

I haven’t even gotten to the worst part yet. 

What’s worse than a bunch of people watching dead ballerinas dance on stage and having no idea that anything is wrong? 

The fact that dancing is not the only thing they can do.


  1. Love the teaser! And great review, btw.

  2. Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace says

    Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for sharing a tease!

    Thanx for visiting my TT
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  3. Lol, this sounds like a lot of fun! I love zombies 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Shut Up & Read!

  4. Thanks for the free plug!

    Hi guys, Joanne Boyd here. I just wanted to thank you all for your interest in my book and for those who asked – it was definitely written with kids in mind! It’s light-hearted and fun the whole way through.

    And for those who want to place it on your TBR list, I just wanted to let you know that it’s currently free for the next week and a half on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/414777 so download it now while it’s free and read it later!
    (If you’d rather a gift copy off Amazon, read the end of this post for more information: http://www.bookwormkingdom.com/1-year-blogiversary-free-copies-necrodancer/)

    I hope you like it and I would love to hear any feedback you have 🙂

  5. This sounds like a fun zombie book. Even the cover looks fun and the teaser is to die for. LOL

  6. I think younger readers will get a kick out of this! Thanks for stopping by Write Note Reviews.

  7. I’m not a zombie fan, but thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  8. Fun teaser. Looks like a good story.

  9. Haha, I love that teaser! It’s interesting that it’s zombie kid-friendly! Thanks for sharing (:

  10. Ha ha ha! YES! I will most certainly read this book! I hope it’s kid friendly? Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Hi,

    Zombie stories, be they aimed a the YA or adult market, don’t really interest me, I’m afraid. However your teaser lines are wonderful and I love the cover art of the book. This is sure to be a hit with the YA readers I should think.

    I have just downloaded my free Birthday Kindle copy of ‘Stand Alone’, thank you so much for the generous offer. I’m afraid that my review pile is almost as great as my TBR pile right now, but I shall get to read the book as soon as possible, I promise!!


  12. Seems interesting! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

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