Thursday, February 27, 2014

BLOG TOUR - GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Getting A Life, Even If You're Dead (No Going Back #1) by Beth Watson

If you died, could you live with your regrets?

When Kendra’s mother drags her to a creepy Paris cemetery for work, the last person Kendra expects to see is Amber, her best friend who moved away three years earlier. Amber helped Kendra through a dark time, and Amber’s departure was just one more loss for Kendra. Amber was Kendra’s confidante but it turns out Amber failed to share her biggest secret: she was dead.

Amber never planned to disclose her true identity to Kendra, but a boy’s life is at stake. Amber is suddenly unable to connect with troubled kids and she needs Kendra to console Pierrot, a despondent boy who holds the answers to the suspicious death of his brother, Loic. Although Loic needs closure to cross over, the truth about his death might impact everyone’s future, including Kendra’s, since she has fallen for Pierrot, the mysterious boy and murder suspect.

But dead or alive, there is no going back…

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Author Bio:
When Beth isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Wisconsin working on her next novel. She enjoys bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley, Frankie, and Sammy.

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My Cameo Appearances in Getting a Life, Even If You’re Dead

When I first started writing I was often given the advice to write what I know. I rarely followed that advice because one of my favorite aspects about writing is conducting research and learning about new places and things. And seriously, how many ghosts do I know that I could base a character on? Yet, my personality and quirks often sneak into a book. The following are several cameo appearances I make in Getting a Life, Even If You’re Dead.

Pierrot’s grandma is Irish. He has a Celtic tattoo and his Celtic cross necklace plays a role in the story. I’ve been tracing my Irish ancestry for several years and have traveled to Ireland three times with my mother to meet our rellies. I recently fulfilled my dream of owning a vacation cottage in Ireland. The sequel to Getting a Life, Even If You’re Dead is set, big surprise, in Ireland.

I love art. The subjects of art forgery and theft appear in several of my books. If I went back to college, it would be for art history, which Kendra plans to study in college. Same as me, Kendra views the cemeteries as some of Paris’s best art museums, filled with intriguing statues and sculptures. Chagall painted the dome of the the Palais Garnier, which is my favorite building in Paris and makes a cameo appearance in my book.

Kendra encounters Madame PeePee in a restaurant’s bathroom. When I visited the Eiffel Tower with my French friend, Richard, he told me that bathroom attendants are nicknamed Madame PeePee. The attendant overheard our conversation and she came barreling out of the bathroom, shaking a fist in Richard’s face, reprimanding him for using the nickname. Richard apologized, insisting it was merely a harmless nickname.  

While spending a college semester at the Sorbonne University, I survived on a student’s budget with a diet of pain au chocolat, chocolate crepes, and hot dogs. These continue to be my favorite foods in Paris, and make an appearance in my book. Although I can now afford to dine in restaurants, one of my favorite dining spots is still a hot dog vendor’s stand. The bun is half of a baguette, hollowed out with ketchup and spicy mustard shot inside it. Yum.

I’m so obsessed with Paris cemeteries, I wrote an entire blog post about them. In college, I spent many quiet afternoons studying at Montmartre cemetery. I find the cemeteries breathtaking, inspirational, and even romantic. A few years ago, early one morning, it was just me and the garbage collectors in a cemetery. I was walking down a remote path when I swore I heard someone following me but nobody was there. This went on for several minutes. I finally worked up the courage to peak behind a row of tombs to find nothing. This experience inspired my book’s opening scene.

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