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Dead Girls Are Easy (Nicki Styx Series #1)

Dead Girls Are Easy (Nicki Styx Series #1)

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by Terri Garey

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There's something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.

Before you can say boo, Atlanta's ghosts are knocking at Nicki's door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly


There's something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.

Before you can say boo, Atlanta's ghosts are knocking at Nicki's door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly departed, leading ghouls to the Light . . . and one-on-one anatomy lessons with Dr. Joe Bascombe, the dreamy surgeon who saved her life. All this catering to the deceased is a real drag, especially for a girl who'd rather be playing hanky-panky with her hunky new boyfriend . . . who's beginning to think she's totally nuts.

But things get even more complicated when a friend foolishly sells her soul to the devil, and Nicki's new gift lands her in some deep voodoo.

As it turns out for Nicki Styx, death was just the beginning.

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Dead Girls Are Easy

Chapter One

"She's coding. Give me another round of epi, stat."


"Keep bagging her, nurse. I'm not letting her go yet. Charge it to 360."

Had I left the TV on? I'd never cared much for medical dramas. Too much intensity, too much crying, too many doctors undergoing personal crises of faith—I'd rather believe they were professionals who knew what they were doing and leave it at that.

The body on the table jerked at least a foot in the air when the paddles touched its chest. A hand flopped to the side, revealing red fingernails and a silver thumb ring. A woman.

A high-pitched whining from one of the machines was getting on my nerves, but I had to give the director credit. The urgency on the faces of the people clustered around the gurney looked pretty real.

"Again." That doc just wasn't gonna give up, was he? Maybe he was hoping for a daytime Emmy—wasn't that what they gave for bad soap operas? The heartburn that made me lie down on the couch was finally gone, but it seemed too much trouble to look for the remote, so I just watched.

The camera angle shifted so that now I was above the action, looking down from a high corner of the room. There was a blond nurse standing at the head of the table, squeezing a bulb-like thing over the patient's face.

The body flopped again at another jolt of electricity while I winced in sympathy. She wasn't a car battery, for goodness sake.

"Check her pupils." The nurse holding the bulb stepped back while another one leaned in with a little flashlight and pried the woman's eyelid open with athumb.

"No reaction, Doctor. Nothing on the EKG, either."

The guy holding the paddles let his shoulders slump, while the two nurses gave each other significant glances. It was then I got a good look at the woman on the bed. Dark hair, cropped short like a boy's, with a telltale streak of pink. She was me.

No sooner had the realization hit when a pulling sensation jerked me up and out of the deathbed scene. Suddenly I was in a dark tunnel, rushing along like I was on the subway, only there were no seats, no drunks, and no rhythmic rattle of rails. There was just me, and a light that grew steadily brighter the faster I went.

I was weightless, and somehow a part of the light, becoming more so the closer I got. It radiated and shimmered like coiled lightning, pulsing white with a golden center, and it drew me like a lodestone. I couldn't wait to see what lay beyond it.

Silence gave way to music, but it wasn't like any I'd ever heard before. It seemed to be coming from the light itself, yet it was all around true music of the soul. There were others there, though I couldn't see them clearly, bright shapes pulsing and flowing.

My forward progress slowed, then stopped. I heard a voice.

"It's not your time, Nicki."

"I'm dreaming, right?"

"You've awakened unto Life, but the dream is not yet over."

I can't explain what perfect sense that statement made, any more than I could explain how so many things that had troubled me in the past suddenly made sense. Like why my mother gave me up for adoption before the cord that bound us had even been cut, or why really bad things happen to really good people. For a few precious moments I actually saw the fabled "grand design" stretched out before me like an infinite spiderweb. I barely had time to grasp it before it was snatched away.

"Go back, Nicki, but don't forget—do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

My body felt strange, heavy. It was an effort to open my eyes, and when I did, I wished I hadn't. The glare of a fluorescent bar surrounded by stained ceiling tiles was not the light I longed for.

"Hey." I felt a hand touch my hair. Evan's face came into view, a very uncharacteristic look of concern in his blue eyes. "How you feeling, girlie?" he asked.

My chest felt like there was an elephant sitting on it and my mouth was dry as sand, but I managed to croak out a reply.

"Like shit."

That brought back the lopsided grin I knew so well, and made me feel a little better. My best friend since childhood, Evan wasn't the type to play nursemaid unless there was a handsome guy around who wanted to play doctor. We'd shared backyards, homework, and confidences while we were growing up, so it had come as no big surprise in junior high when we shared a crush on the same football player.

"What happened?" Talking was an effort.

"You faked a heart attack and almost gave me one in the process." Evan's joking still carried overtones of worry. "Good thing I decided to come check on you when you didn't answer the phone. I knew you didn't have a date, and I couldn't believe you'd go out for Chinese without me."

I licked dry lips, not entirely sure I was awake. "A heart attack?"

"Mitral valve prolapse."

I slid my eyes toward the unfamiliar voice. There was a dark-haired man at the foot of the bed, studying my chart. He wore green surgical scrubs and the typical stethoscope around the neck, and when he glanced up, I recognized him. He was the soap opera guy who tried so hard to save the woman on the gurney.


"A small heart defect, normally benign, but in your case nearly fatal."

He moved to stand across the bed from Evan. "We thought we'd lost you, Miss . . ." He consulted the chart again. ". . . Styx, is it?" He grinned. "I guess you didn't have the right change for the ferryman."

Evan looked at him blankly, but I . . .

Dead Girls Are Easy. Copyright © by Terri Garey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

A Southern girl with an overactive imagination, RITA® and PRISM Award winner Terri Garey lives in Florida, where anything weird is considered normal. A former computer analyst, she left the dry world of logic behind in order to write novels filled with fantasy, romance, and happily-ever-afters.

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romance_connoisseur More than 1 year ago
Terri Garey has captured me at once with "Dead Girls are Easy" the story of Nikki Styx and her unusual ability to see and converse with the dead. This was a laugh-out-loud riot that was both a refreshing and amusing. Nice easy read, story line flows well, and the characters are fantastically developed. I'd give this one a sixth star if that was an option!
Irish_Lassie More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! In fact all of Teri Garey's in this series are just a hoot to read. The characters are funny, the dialog is wonderful and it is just a FUN book to read. I would recommend it and have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book is awesome. It rocks. This was my first time reading Terri Garey, and I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised. She is awesome. Nicki Styx has had a near death experience. Now she can see the dead. Falling for Joe, the hunky doctor who brought her back to life, they come together to solve a mystery. The characters are all amazing. The story is flawless and fresh, with plenty of ghouls, laughs, and romance to keep you reading from beginning to end. It's a must read. Terri Garey is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never read a book by this author and got it on accident. It was pretty funny and I'll read another book by this author again.
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Kaoden39 More than 1 year ago
What a fun book. There is a great mixture of fun and fear in this story. Ms. Garey has a likable heroine in Nicki Styx. She is a fun character that marches to her own drum. To my friends that like a love story within their story this is a good book for you. There were a fun group of supporting characters including Nicki's best friend Evan. It was just fun. The chemistry between the characters is great!! I think that I am not fond of her boyfriend in the book. I cannot tell you why but I do not like him. There is so much to like in this book and I do love it!! The bad guys are such fun bad guys and as with the good guys they are multi-dimensional and I really liked that. Read this!!
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This book is simply a fabulously fun book to read. After being declared dead by Dr. Joe Bascombe, Nicki has come back from the brink with a very special ability...the ability to see dead people whether she wants to or not. Nicki's a goth girl who owns a vintage dress shop with her gay friend, Evan. She's irreverant, snarky, and a bit of a rebel. She feels completely inadequate to deal with the emotions and layers needed to deal with ghosts who have just died and their family members who are grieving the death of their loved one. She's never been religious although her little trip into the "light" has definitely changed her views on religion. Not only does she have to deal with the complication of ghosts showing up in her life, but she also is dealing with a very complicated relationship with her HOT doctor, Joe. (Note: at page 112, I NEEDED someone to chat with about this guy....OMG!?!? shocker!!! So someone read this book for me so we can chat!) He's everything that Nicki's not...a doctor & fairly conservative, but OMG, he has a heart of gold and even though Nicki is spewing some really crazy stuff...he believes her and doesn't discount anything that is happening with her. I love their repartee...so much fun to read! "Sorry, Doc, but I don't let anyone inside my head without an expensive dinner and a bottle or two of wine." ***** Joe unbuckled his seat belt, smiling. "Are you trying to tell me you'll break my heart?" I looked at him very seriously. "No, I'm trying to tell you that I like to play with my lovers and sometimes I play rough." I gave him a wicked grin, going from nice to naughty in a split-second. ***** "Why is everyone I know such a smart-ass?" ***** There was a streak of something white on his cheek. "Mmmm," I said, touching it with a finger and then licking it. "Whipped cream? Are we into the kinky stuff already?" Joe pulled me inside and locked the door. "Only if you ask me very nicely." He grinned wickedly obviously picturing something extremely naughty. ***** "Oh my God." Joe sounded dazed, but happy. "What just happened?" "If I have to explain it to you, then I must not have done it very well." ***** Oops, sorry, I got a little carried away with the quoting there....this book is just so much fun. I love Nicki's off-beat sense of humor and the way that she is constantly harassing Joe. There is a ton of really serious stuff going on both in their relationship and in Nicki's life, but they have such a fun time together through it all. (BTW, that last quote took place in a graveyard...see, fun! hehe) Another fabulous character in this book is Evan, Nicki's friend and business partner. He is a great secondary character and their friendship adds a lot to the book. He is as snarky as Nicki so his comments left me giggling the whole book! This was a great first book. I can't wait to keep reading!!
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