Death Becomes Me
(Call Me Grim #2)
by Elizabeth Holloway
Publication Date: November 2015
Genre: YA, Paranormal
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.
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.
Special Guest Post: Gender Roles in Fiction
I admit it. I’m a feminist. To some that’s an ugly word, which I don’t understand. What’s so ugly about woman wanting to be treated equally to men? Why is that so threatening to some? I don’t know the answer.
I’m drawn to strong characters in fiction, both male and female. There is nothing more frustrating for me than a woman who can’t move without looking toward her man for approval. And there is nothing more cringe-inducing than a man who controls and expects blind obedience from his woman. I believe true love is not needing someone around because you can’t live without them. It’s choosing to be with someone because you don’t want to live without them. It’s a choice. Love is a choice. That is where it draws power, I think.
In my writing, I strive to make my characters as independent as possible. Does that lead to mistakes? Sure. In Death Becomes Me, Libbi makes a very big decision and takes action without talking to Aaron about it. It doesn’t go well for either of them. And in Call Me Grim, Aaron makes a very big decision without talking to Libbi about it, and that doesn’t go so great either. It’s a give and take.
Elizabeth 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.