Better Off Dead

The Lily Harper Series

Book 1
HP Mallory

An Epic Fantasy Romance from New York Times Bestselling Author, HP Mallory

“If you like Charlaine Harris, you’ll love HP Mallory!” ― Larissa Ione, New York Times Bestselling Author

If there’s such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn’t have it.

Killed in a car accident before it’s her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn’t exactly what she hoped it might be.

First, there’s AfterLife Enterprises…

Learning that Lily’s death was indirectly their fault, Afterlife Enterprises offers Lily the chance to live again but beware the fine print. Most notably, Lily will become a soul retriever, venturing into the bowels of the Underground City to retrieve souls that were mistakenly sent there during a Y2K glitch.

Second, there’s angel Bill…

As if risking her second life in the Underground City wasn’t enough, Lily’s guide is none other than her incompetent, alcoholic, womanizing guardian angel, Bill. Lily’s future isn’t looking bright.

Finally, there’s the legendary bladesmith, Tallis Black...

As Scottish as his kilts and heavy brogue, Tallis Black is a centuries-old Celt who, for reasons only known to him, offers to train Lily and act as her escort into the depths of the Underground City. Dark, brooding and definitely dangerous, Lily knows she shouldn’t trust Tallis, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Between soul retrieving in hell, dealing with Bill and trying to figure out what’s in it for Tallis, Lily wonders if maybe she would’ve just been better off dead.

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5-Star-Reviews the author conveniently chose to highlight:

“Wow HP, you know I love you but seriously, you are sending me into full on squealing fangirl with this book. I loved everything about it, Lily, Tallis, and especially Bill. This book is hilarious and emotional!” ―Amazon Customer ★★★★★

“Immense danger, sexual tension, mysteries, humor and romance combined with never ending twists and turns will keep your fingers turning the pages . Tallis is brooding, mysterious and sexy as hell. You never know what he's thinking and is completely unpredictable. Bill - the unconventional Guardian Angel - will keep you laughing out loud at his outrageous antics.” ―Paromantasy Reviews ★★★★★

“H.P. never ceases to amaze me with her writing abilities! I didn't think any new story line could capture my heart and my mind as much as Jolie and Dulcie were able to do, but I think lily may have beat them both! Wonderful new plot, same classic H.p. writing style. Must must must read!!!” ―Amazon Customer ★★★★★

If the FREE Download, 500+ reviews, the movie, and the 4 star average aren't enough to convince you to try this series, how about these scintillating facts:

* HP Mallory is a New York Times Best-selling Author!

* Tallis Black will make you want to move to Scotland in your attempt to find a sexy Druid with a thick accent

* Angel Bill will make you laugh until you choke unless you're easily offended, in which case he might just make you choke.

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Lily Harper narrowly survived her first mission as a Soul Retriever in the first level of the Underground City. After that harrowing trip, she wants nothing more than some downtime, but as with most things involving the afterlife, nothing ever quite works out the way Lily wants it to.

Her newest mission will see her traveling to the sewer aqueduct of the Underground City and later, the prison. But, luckily for Lily, she’s got the hunky yet antisocial bladesmith, Tallis Black, by her side. And quite possibly unluckily for her, she’s also got her guardian angel, Bill, who’s up to his old, foul-mouthed antics.

Between learning how to wield her sword, personal training with a hot-headed demon, traveling to the Underground City not one but two times and discovering that the leader of the Underground City harbors a curious fascination with her, Lily’s hope was abandoned a long time ago.


“Man I love reading H. P. Mallory's books. I think the humor is what I like the most. Or, maybe it's the steamy romance. I also love when the main character and her love interest are snarky with each other and H. P. is the queen of snarky romances. When I finish a book and feel sad that the next in the series isn't readily available I know it deserves a five star rating.” ―Paromantasy Reviews ★★★★★

“After reading the newest book in the Lily Harper series, I must say that I am still very impressed with the series. Lily is growing into her role and Bill is as funny as ever. You learn more about my one of my favorite characters, Tallis Black, and you are beginning to understand him a little better. Reading his Scottish accent just makes me melt, that is my favorite accent and could listen to it all day long--reading it is almost the same. This story is a must read for anyone who like adventure and mystery because it is full of both.” ―Amazon Customer ★★★★★

THE UNDERGROUND CITY is the second book in the bestselling Lily Harper Series.

Lily Harper’s third mission into the depths of the Underground City finds her battling its demonic residents in the Toy Store, level four of the hellish afterlife.

Although Lily’s guardian angel, Bill, is by her side every step of the way, Bill isn’t much of a consolation when it comes to fighting things that go bump in the night. Instead, Lily would much prefer to rely on the brawn and brains of the two thousand year old Celtic warrior, Tallis Black. But Tallis is busy battling his own demons…the internal type.

While in the Underground City, Lily finds herself on the wrong end of a demon’s wrath. A surprising encounter with the Master of the Underground City, Alaire, not only ensures her survival but also leaves her in the unenviable position of being in Alaire’s debt. It’s no secret that Alaire harbors a strange and unsettling fascination with Lily but she’s more concerned with solving Tallis’s deep and dark mysteries hidden beneath his stoic exterior.

While becoming better acquainted with the master of the Underground City and coming ever closer to unraveling the enigma that is Tallis Black, Lily can only hope she makes it through hell and back.


“I have immensely enjoyed this series so far. It's funny and horrifying at the same time. I also like the way it has many references to "Dante's Inferno". What I like the most about it is it's different compared to all the series she has written when it comes to the male hero. He's definitely not your model hero guy and, instead, has some serious flaws and makes you second guess all the time which side is he exactly on. I find him very intriguing.” ―Paromantasy Reviews ★★★★★

“I'm so glad I gave this series a shot. I could not stop laughing reading the antics of her guardian angel Bill. What a hoot. I never thought you could have such a dark and twisted series with so many moments you have to stop all together and laugh.” ―Amazon Customer ★★★★★

TO HELL AND BACK is the third book in the bestselling Lily Harper Series.

The fourth installment in the Lily Harper series will see Lily on yet another mission deeper into the Underground City. More specifically, Lily will travel to the dreaded City of Dis where heretics and sinners remain imprisoned in their crypts, burning for all eternity. Here, Lily will find herself battling real and imagined nemeses.

Luckily for Lily, she’s accompanied by Bill, her foul mouthed guardian angel, and Tallis Black, the hard-headed Bladesmith. Even though Tallis is an expert at keeping Lily safe, he isn’t exactly an expert when it comes to matters of the heart. Where Tallis is concerned, Lily is just as frustrated as she always has been. But if Lily is anything, it's determined which means she won't give up on the evasive Bladesmith so easily.

Their journey will bring Lily and Tallis closer and allow Lily a rare glimpse into her enigmatic companion. However, it will also pit them against hellish creatures and obstacles which could tear them apart. Literally.

Then there's the enigma that is the Master of the Underground City, Alaire. Once Lily lives up to her end of the agreement between them, she will find herself facing her greatest battle yet, her own struggle between light and dark....


“I think this is the best book so far in this series! It's got Bill's crazy comments, suspense, all ending in the best cliff hanger possible. I read this book in one sitting and can't wait until the next book.” ―Paromantasy Reviews ★★★★★

“This book is so very deliciously good. I just can't even ..... Seriously!!! Lily is my new favorite heroin hands down. She is relatable, funny, kick ass, and real!! Bill of course had me snort laughing out loud, and Tallis you are as beautifully complicated as ever. The mysteries unfolding in this book made it equally exciting and frustrating in the best way. Thank you H.P. Mallory for once again writing an escape from the mundane, chalk full of intrigue and wicked naughtiness !!” ―Amazon Customer ★★★★★

PERSEPHONE is the fourth book in the bestselling Lily Harper Series.

A Vampire Romance from New York Times Bestselling Author, HP Mallory

“If you like Charlaine Harris, you’ll love HP Mallory!” ― Larissa Ione, New York Times Bestselling Author

Read this series and feel what happens when an accomplished warrior finds herself matching wits and weapons with a master vampire who thirsts for more than just her blood.

“Loved it! Give it a read! Especially if snarky, sexy vampires are your thing! RATING: A.” ― Kindles & Wine Reviews ★★★★★

“I expect nothing more than unbridled hostility and misguided aggression from you, my little hellion,” Sinjin said with a hearty chuckle.

“Sinjin don't ever change. You're fabulous!” ― Amazon Customer ★★★★★

Abandoned on the battlefield by the people she calls her tribe, Bryn must face the fact that she is now playing prisoner to the Queen of the Underworld, who also happens to be her fraternal twin sister. As the days and months go by with no word from the Supreme Elder of her tribe, Bryn thinks her life couldn’t get much worse.

While Bryn bemoans her imprisonment, her sister, Jolie, is doing everything in her power to ensure that blood ties are thicker than they appear. Jolie wants nothing more than to befriend Bryn and teach her not to hate the Underworld, but to embrace it.

But Bryn fights the very idea of becoming one with her enemies, although she can’t help her attraction to a certain master vampire, Sinjin Sinclair. Once Bryn is placed in Sinjin’s care, she’ll find herself battling the undeniable magnetism of the vampire, the one creature she abhors above all others.

Sinjin’s quick wit, his indisputable sex appeal, and the mystery that surrounds him all point to the fact that if Bryn falls for him, she’ll be in over her head. But, as a warrior through and through, Bryn isn’t the type to fall for anything, especially a handsome face. If anyone should be able to withstand the lure of the vampire, Bryn appears to be the likeliest candidate.

Of course, looks can be deceiving...

“You deserve a romantic adventure. Take this one!" ― J.R. Rain, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author

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