Cemetery Girl: Book One: The Pretenders

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CEMETERY GIRL:
THE PRETENDERS

Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and the Harper Connelly Mysteries, and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden present an original graphic novel illustrated by acclaimed comic book artist Don Kramer—first in a brand-new trilogy.

She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill—names ...

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Overview

CEMETERY GIRL:
THE PRETENDERS

Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and the Harper Connelly Mysteries, and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden present an original graphic novel illustrated by acclaimed comic book artist Don Kramer—first in a brand-new trilogy.

She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill—names taken from the grim surroundings where she awoke, bruised and bloody, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead.

She has made the cemetery her home, living in a crypt and avoiding human contact. But Calexa can’t hide from the dead—and because she can see spirits, they can’t hide from her.

Then one night, Calexa spies a group of teenagers vandalizing a grave—and watches in horror as they commit murder. As the victim’s spirit rises from her body, it flows into Calexa, overwhelming her mind with visions and memories not her own.

Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help...

 

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Charlaine Harris' first original graphic novel stars a crypt-dweller named Calexa Rose Dunhill. Apparently, young Calexa gave herself the moniker after she woke battered, bruised, and suffering from amnesia. Her residence in the cemetery takes an even more eerie turn when she witnesses a gang of teenagers killing a woman and watches the victim's spirit ascend from her fallen body. In this collaboration, Harris is joined by author Christopher Golden and illustrator Don Kramer. (P.S. This is more to come: The Pretenders is the first volume of a graphic novel trilogy.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425256664
  • Publisher: InkLit
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Cemetery Girl Trilogy Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 110,480
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has been publishing novels in both the mystery and fantasy genres for more than thirty years. HBO’s hit series True Blood is based on her Sookie Stackhouse novels. The success of both her novels and True Blood has made her one of the most in-demand speakers at conventions like Comic-Con International, where she was a featured guest in 2010. Charlaine has lived in the South her entire life.

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of the Peter Octavian novels, The Myth Hunters, and the Body of Evidence series of teen thrillers. He has also cowritten two illustrated novels with Mike Mignola, including Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, which was the launching pad for the Eisner Award–nominated comic book series Baltimore. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family.

Don Kramer has provided the art and covers for numerous projects at Marvel and DC Comics, including monthly comic books JSA and Detective Comics featuring Batman. He also illustrated the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Wonder Woman: Odyssey. He lives in Illinois with his two children, Logan and Sienna.

Biography

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine Harris grew up in a family of avid readers (her father was a teacher; her mother a librarian). She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English and Communication Arts. Although she penned poetry and plays in school, her first serious foray into fiction was with two standalone novels, Sweet and Deadly and A Secret Rage, published (effortlessly!) in the early 1980s.

After her early success, Harris released the first installment in a series of lighthearted mysteries starring spunky, small-town Georgia librarian, true crime enthusiast, and amateur sleuth Aurora Teagarden. When Aurora debuted in Real Murders (1990), Publishers Weekly welcomed "a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray." The book went on to receive an Agatha Award nomination.

Anxious for another challenge, Harris began a second series in 1996. Darker and edgier than the Teagarden novels, these mysteries featured taciturn, 30-something housecleaner Lily Bard, a woman with a complicated past who has moved to the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, to find peace and solitude. The first novel, Shakespeare's Landlord, was well-received. BookList raved: "Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story." [Much to the disappointment of her fans, Harris concluded the Lilly Bard sequence in 2001 with Shakespeare's Counselor.]

Although Harris achieved moderate success with these two series (which she laughingly describes as "cozies with teeth"), she would hit the jackpot in 2001 with Dead Until Dark, a sly, spoofy paranormal mystery starring a telepathic Louisiana cocktail waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with a vampire named Bill. The novel, a delightful hybrid of mystery, science fiction, and romance, was an instant hit with critics. ("Harris' Sookie has the potential to attract more readers than Hamilton's Anita Blake," raved the dark fantasy magazine Cemetery Dance.) Readers, too, adored the Southern Vampire Series and have rewarded the author with bestseller after bestseller. (In 2008, the Sookie saga came to HBO in a top-rated television adaptation, True Blood, starring Anna Paquin.)

With 2006's Grave Sight, Harris added yet another fascinating character to her stable -- a young woman named Harper Connelly whose youthful encounter with a lightning bolt has left her with the ability to find corpses and determine how they died. In addition to juggling characters and plots for her popular series, Harris has also contributed short stories and novellas to several anthologies of paranormal fantasy fiction.

Good To Know

In our interview, Harris confesses:

"I'm really a boring person. My family (my husband and three children) is the most important thing in my life. I go to bed early, I get up early. I love to go to the movies with my husband. My favorite things about finally making some money as a writer are (a) I can buy as many books as I want, and (b) I can hire a maid. The first job I had was working in an offset darkroom at a very small newspaper. I stood on a concrete floor all day and made minimum wage -- which then was $1.60 an hour. I hated it, and I learned a lot, though not necessarily about working in a darkroom. So being a writer is much better."

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    1. Hometown:
      Southern Arkansas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tunica, Mississippi
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Pay attention-should be zero stars

    Do not not buy this book simply due to Charlaine Harris' name. This is a graphic novel. Basically a comic book. Totally not for me. Very sorry I bought it. Meant to give zero stars, apparently I can't retract my accidental 1 star. I do not like being negative. This is the first time I've felt strong enough to post a negative review.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Sample needs to be offered

    After the reviews surrounding the last few Sookie books and readers feeling taken , I won't be purchasing without a sample. Sorry!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

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    A young woman finds herself left for dead in a cemetery without

    A young woman finds herself left for dead in a cemetery without memory of who she was or where she lives.  Afraid of those that tried to kill her, she takes refuge in the cemetery and even taking her new name from a tomb stone.  The girl, now known as Calexa,  visits local houses to “borrow” food.  She also finds a new power within herself that scares her.




    I found that this graphic novel’s story grabbed from previous characters in the fantasy genre, like Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  Since the authors’ took certain traits from those popular books and t.v. series it made me only like it more. In fact even though this volume #1 was a pretty big graphic novel I need more.  I am eager to find out where the story goes after this introduction. 




    I find it a little surprising that so many people disliked it because it was a graphic novel.  I am a avid reader and I find graphic novels to sometimes be more relaxing because my brain does not have to visualize as much with a graphic novel. I also find that graphic novel can be great for those who do not read as often.  I really don’t understand not liking any graphic novel just for … being a graphic novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    What? No free sample?? Come on now...  I mean, if I was AT the B

    What? No free sample?? Come on now... 
    I mean, if I was AT the Barnes and Noble, I would grab a chair and read at least a chapter before deciding to buy. Give us something to go on and grab our interests! Not buying until I can read an excerpt or have a sample. I don't trust books that don't offer a little bait. 

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    this is an interesting read.

    this is an interesting read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    This was my first graphic novel.  I love Charlaine Harris so I t

    This was my first graphic novel.  I love Charlaine Harris so I thought I would give it a try. 

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Comic book?

    Who knew it was a comic book? Awful. Not into anime

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    I never received it

    I never received it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Not happy about the lack of a sample

    Not happy about the lack of a sample

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    I agree with another reviewer. Samples and excerpts are vital fo

    I agree with another reviewer. Samples and excerpts are vital for marketing books online. I won't buy until a sample is available. 

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Stupid

    Stupid

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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