To Live Forever.Andrawatkins.NookVersionby Andra Watkins
Merry's last hope for redemption is nine-year-old Emmaline
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Merry Lewis died of two gunshot wounds more than two centuries ago. Was it suicide? Or murder? Because no one knows for sure, he's stuck in an in-between called Nowhere. When he completes a Nowhere assignment, his soul will finally rest. But he's failed every assignment, and he's running out of time.
Merry's last hope for redemption is nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney. Her mother has despicable plans for her tenth birthday, plans that will ruin Em's life. She longs to run away and be with her father, but how?
When Merry finds Em hiding in a New Orleans alley, he realizes she is his final mission. But his old arch enemy has another horrifying scheme for her. As Em and Merry flee along the Natchez Trace, can they vanquish their mutual foe and find Em's father before it's too late?
To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is the second book in the Nowhere Series, a speculative blend of riveting suspense, forgotten history, and a dash of paranormal fiction. If you like edge-of-your-seat action, compelling characters, and white-knuckle emotion, you'll love the latest installment in Andra Watkins' page-turning series.
Buy To Live Forever today and discover your next favorite read!
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Meet the Author
Andra lives in Charleston, South Carolina. A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from
Francis Marion University. She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater,
because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films. In addition to her writing talent,
Andra is an accomplished public speaker. Her acclaimed first novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press in 2014. She writes about her experience as the first living person to walk the Natchez Trace as the pioneers did in her upcoming memoir Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, coming January 15, 2015 from Word Hermit Press. andrawatkins.com.
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This book is so very entertaining. I had difficulty putting it down. So thoroughly written and so very beautifully descriptive. I felt I was there. Every emotion in this book I had right along with the characters - they came alive to me. I'm hopeful that Ms. Watkins will continue the story. Amazing. She writes so very, very well. This is definitely not a dry book - full of entertainment - full of exciting predicaments, and so very full of rich descriptions.
This fictional novel grabs you by the collar instantly, pulls you in, and does not let go. Excellent story told in three voices...weaving a historical figure, a little girl and the obligatory bad guy into a tale of love and redemption. There's also a two dollar bill involved. You'll want to find out why - I highly recommend.
I so enjoyed this unusual story ! I have often imagined what is after this life for us. This book gives me an idea I had never imagined before . Loved the characters and how the author drew me into their lives & had me running that road right with them . Not heavy on the spiritual aspect of afterlife but enough to be more than just a spirited adventure ! Interesting concept about going "Nowhere"! (You'll see ; ) ) Loved it! Recommend it!
My Likes About This Book: *The unique way the author wove the historical character of Meriwether Lewis into the story, it was very Highway to Heaven. *All the different people who Merry and Em meet along the way who risk everything to help them. We all have those moments when we question if there are really any good people left in the world and when we are down and out this is when we question it the most so those that helped Merry and Em just to help restored a little humanity to the human race. *A happy ending who doesn’t like those! My Dislikes About This Book: *As the chapters switched it was hard to keep up with who was narrating each part since there were at least three separate narrators, this confused me for more than it should have which made me at first want to put the book down but after awhile I got used to it and figuring out who was narrating, but I shouldn’t have had to. *There is talk of violence of a sexual nature about a child that was just so hard to read about.
Andra Watkins’ first novel, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, runs the gamut of literary genres. There are history lessons, brushes with the paranormal, a Madame (who happens to be the ruthless mother of our heroine, 9-year old Emmaline Cagney), along with Mississippi mud, murder and mayhem. These parts are seamlessly intertwined with a tale of flight along the Natchez Trace, as Meriwether Lewis steps from the Nowhere he’s occupied since his untimely and unsatisfactorily explained death in 1805, into 1977, making a final attempt to redeem his soul and move it forward to a better hereafter. Helping Emmaline flee the evil that stalks her in New Orleans and reunite with her jazz-musician father at the end of the Trace in Nashville will be his ticket to that end. I’m a realist and was not sure I could step outside the parameters that would imply in order to fully embrace the concept of marrying characters from the hereafter with those in the here and now. I found I had no problem at all and thoroughly enjoyed the book. I first read it in its electronic format, and now I will re-read it in the paper version in order to savor the story again, and to see more of the intricately drawn artwork that randomly illustrates its pages. I heartily endorse Ms. Watkins’ novel and hope she will someday provide her readers with a continuation of Em’s adventures.
'To Live Forever" is a new gem in the great southern storytelling tradition. The book brings to life several iconic places in the American South, including New Orleans, LA; Tupelo, MS; and the book's real leading character -- the Natchez Trace. Meriwether Lewis (yes, the Lewis & Clark expedition Lewis) comes out of "Nowhere" to help nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney (Em) make the dangerous journey from New Orleans to Nashville. Em is running from the villainous "Judge" (who is also a nemesis from Lewis' historic past) to find her father. The journey is a race against time and place for both Em and Lewis, building to a great climax. This is the kind of story that acquires a life of its own. The kind of story that you will find haunting your thoughts at odd moments in the day, and in your dreams, long after the last page is turned.
'To Live Forever' is a journey into a little girl's future that also explores the past of not only Meriwether Lewis, but also the Natchez Trace. Young Emmaline Cagney must run away from a situation at home that has gone from bad to worse, and she picks up the help of the wandering spirit of Meriwether Lewis - of Lewis and Clarke fame. Along the way from New Orleans to Nashville the reader is taken on their own journey of exploration into some of the most interesting characters in America’s past. Told from the few points of Lewis, Emmaline, and “the Judge” (an unsavory character to say the least), the story unfolds at a quickening rate to an explosive climax. Nicely illustrated in the style of Lewis’s exploration journals, though not overdone, the book is a delight to the eye as well as the mind. Pick it up, get pulled along on a wild ride, and enjoy the journey.
The great thing about genre-straddling novels is that they can be so interesting, and this one delivers on that potential in spades. Ever wonder what happened to Lewis and Clark after their famous trip to the Pacific? Well, for Lewis, it involved a mysterious death on an old, old trail outside Nashville – and, according to Watkins, an afterlife struggling to figure out what happened and to make good on the unfulfilled promise of his life. In the book, Lewis meets Em, a child fleeing from an old foe, and sets off with her up the Natchez Trace in a desperate attempt to save her and redeem himself before it’s too late. It’s part ghost story, part thriller – and part love story, about the love that we bear for our children and its redemptive qualities. Watkins has an enjoyably poetic writing style that brings the historic Natchez Trace to life and will make you wonder why you haven’t walked the Trace yourself. I stayed up late two nights finishing this (and had to force myself to go to bed the first night); if you’re at all interested in fantastic fiction, this is well worth the read.