Everyone knows vampires don’t really exist, not in real life. Young science teacher Jo Gartner knows that as well as anyone. She doesn’t care about vampires, zombies, or ghosts. (Thought if any of them wanted to help her grade labs and tests so that she could maybe have time to do any of those thing she thought she’d be doing after college–hanging out with friends at coffee shops, lazing on the beach, dating–she’d happily believe in Dracula himself.) Not that she’s wasting time thinking about paranormal nonsense. She’s too busy trying not to get fired from her first job–teaching Earth Science to
little monsters eighth graders at a ritzy private school in Long Beach, California. (Seriously, the beach is right there! And she is never on it!)
And then she does meet a gorgeous man. At a club (just like in the movies!). And he is smart. And witty. And did she mention knee-melting gorgeous? And then he kisses her. And…that’s when everything goes wrong.
What if vampires really did exist? And you were slowly turning into one. Whom would you tell? Would anyone believe you or would they lock you away? This IS real life–vampires don’t really exist. Remember? And what if one of your teacher friends was killed. And the police start asking questions. And a lot of people want you dead. What do you do?
Grab all three books and a bag of chocolate (Jo eats a lot of it so you will certainly want some too.) And maybe whip up a batch of her stress-relieving triple chocolate chip cookies. And find out. If you like to giggle on the couch with mysteries with a bit of romance, the UNDERDEAD books are for you.
There are currently three UNDERDEAD mysteries and there will be several more. I’m fussy about reading books (and watching TV series) in order, and I do recommend reading the UNDERDEAD mysteries in order so you know ALL of what is going on. Just more fun that way, I think. UNDERDEAD won the EPPIE AWARD for Best Mystery and is an Amazon best seller. UNDERDEAD IN DENIAL is the sequel and made a bunch of top ten lists, too. UNDERDEAD WITH A VENGEANCE is the newest release (and I think the best in the series so far).
The first two book in the series were originally published by a mainstream division of a large publisher, but I got the rights back and now all of my books are published by me. You can buy all three of the UNDERDEAD mysteries in trade paperback and eBook.
And, yes, I’m working on the fourth book in the series. (Evil grin.) Which is why chocolate futures remain high–constant demand (yes, one of my degrees is a Masters in Economics, and now I apply it rigorously to important things like chocolate consumption). Scroll down for book blurbs, sample chapters and reviews!
Underdead cover by Robert McAndrews
Underdead In Denial and Underdead with a Vengeance covers by Kimberly Van Meter
The lovely cover model on the first two covers is Ida Mary Walker, aka mizzd-stock
(Don’t click here for Underdead with a Vengeance chapters because Liz hasn’t added those yet.)
Newbie science teacher Jo Gartner thinks her life has reached an all time low when she realizes the biggest excitement of her year is the staff Christmas party.
Then she gets bitten by a vampire.
And then she’s a murder suspect.
The police are at her door, the Undead are at her windows, and her vampire traits are growing harder to hide by the minute.
If she doesn’t figure out who to trust she won’t be alive long enough to worry about all those papers she still has to grade.
More reviews for Underdead:
“UNDERDEAD is certainly not your typical vampire story, it’s better… I guarantee UNDERDEAD will have you laughing out loud, while keeping you in suspense right up until the end.” ~~ Two Lips Reviews
”Light-hearted mystery with a touch of the paranormal and a hint of romance is a recipe for a just about perfect read.”~~ HuntressReviews
“UNDERDEAD had me grinning from the first line! Off-beat, charming, irreverent and so much fun to read I couldn’t put it down. Liz Jasper is going to go far as a writer and I for one am along for the ride.” ~~ Mary Buckham, award-winning author
“Kept me on the edge of my seat anxious to find out more. I was thoroughly engaged from beginning to end. This is a great story to curl up with on a rainy day.”~~Coffeetime Romance
UNDERDEAD IN DENIAL
Eighth grade science teacher Jo Gartner is back after a deceptively quiet summer.
No murder investigation.
Apart from the hormonal teens she has to deal with everyday and her sensitivity to sunlight everything seems, well, almost normal.
She probably shouldn’t have volunteered to help the hot new teacher on campus with his Haunted House fundraiser.
Because that’s just asking for the real vampires to show up…
And the next thing she knows there’s a dead body.
And the cops are back.
And Jo is forced to decide which side she’s on, once and for all.
More reviews for Underdead In Denial:
5 Angels! “Very Funny” ~~ Fallen Angel Reviews
“I will be keeping my eyes open for more from Ms. Jasper.” ~~Bitten by Books
“Jo is one of those comfort characters. You know the ones you can’t wait to revisit, the ones that leave you smiling and nodding as you race through their newest adventure….Another favorite and keeper.”~~Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine
UNDERDEAD WITH A VENGEANCE
Science teacher Jo Gartner staked the dangerously attractive vampire who turned her almost undead, and his minions haven’t come after her for revenge.
Who cares. She has everything under control.
Except she’s not sure Will is really dead dead.
And Detective Gavin Raines, her vampire-hunting crush, has popped back in her life to investigate an odd string of murders…and maybe finally ask her out on a real date.
At least her her teaching job is straightforward. Or rather it was before the world’s most perfect teacher joins the staff and seems to be noticing that her vampire traits are, well, a lot more apparent than she’d like them to be.
Caught between two worlds and fitting into neither, Jo must risk it all to take her own path–before the next person dead is her.