ALEXI$ vs the Afterlife

My current manuscript is ALEXI$ vs the Afterlife: a 90,000-word paranormal. Its humor and supernatural world are similar to Ghostbusters, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, and Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant series.

Alexis Appleton played a teen sorceress on TV. But that was six years ago. Today she's a homeless punk-rock guitarist struggling to break into the music biz. When she impresses a big-shot concert promoter who promises to make her a star, a freak accident quickly ends her celebration. And her life.

As a ghost, Alexis discovers our world is plagued with poltergeists—invisible paranormal monsters that attack the living. She meets three ghosts who were killed by these creatures and now dedicate their afterlives to fighting them, using occult artifacts, steampunk technology, and good old-fashioned brawling. Alexis inadvertently destroys a poltergeist using magic spells from her old sitcom. Spells that, for some reason, actually work.

The ghosts demand Alexis join them in their centuries-old war against the monsters. No way. Alexis wants no part of that. But when she realizes her magic could bring her back to life, she becomes committed to uncovering its secrets. As her powers grow, Alexis faces a tough decision: stay dead and protect the living from an invisible menace, or resurrect herself to the rock-star life she always dreamed of?

(Guitar art by Michael Greenholt.)
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