June 13, 2014

TO LIVE FOREVER: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwhether Lewis by Andra Watkins #FathersDayRead

 To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwhether Lewis.

Published in 2014 by Word Hermit Press. ISBN 13-9780615937472

Explorer Meriwether Lewis has been stuck in Nowhere since his mysterious death nearly two centuries ago. His last hope for redemption is helping nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney flee her madame mother in New Orleans and find her father in Nashville. To get there, Merry must cross his own grave along the Natchez Trace, where he duels the corrupt Judge, an old foe who has his own despicable plans for Em.

A genre-bending novel that usually falls through the cracks as agents and publishers struggle to figure out ‘what shelf does it go on?‘ To Live Forever is a rich palimpsest of history, suspense, paranormal and biography, inventing a category of fantastic fiction.

To Live Forever is published in paperback and e-book versions, and is available at Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Kobo, iBook, and in many independent bookstores.

 A Great Father’s Day Read
To Live Forever is an ennobling story about the power and significance of the father/daughter relationship, played out in a fantastical novel set along the Natchez Trace. To celebrate its publication in March, Ms. Watkins hiked the entire 444-mile length of the Trace with her father along in support. She is the only living person known to have hiked the Trace in one continuous walk from Natchez to Nashville, just as the pioneers did prior to the rise of steam power in the 1820’s. From March 1, 2014 to April 3, 2014, she walked fifteen miles a day. Six days a week. One rest day per week. She spent each night in the modern-day equivalent of stands, places much like Grinder’s Stand, where Meriwether Lewis died from two gunshot wounds on October 11, 1809.
The journey that Ms. Watkins took with her father parallels the novel’s plot line and enriches the reading of the story. The experience of the walk has inspired her upcoming memoir of the adventure, Not Without My Father, due for publication in Fall 2014.

Andra Watkins is the author of the acclaimed debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. One year ago, Ms. Watkins set aside her established management and strategic planning practice to follow her path to publication, and then she kept on walking (see below). In addition to her novel and other writings, Ms. Watkins publishes a blog with a worldwide following— approaching half a million pageviews—and is a well-regarded and inspiring public speaker with an entertaining YouTube presence.
Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, but travels regularly for book events, speaking engagements and adventure.

For media inquiries, please contact Rowe Copeland: rowecopeland@thebookconcierge.com. For other inquiries, email Ms. Watkins at readme@andrawatkins.com.
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