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A Love That Will Live Forever

MTM forwarded an email to me yesterday, a response to what he termed ‘a modest request.’ I’ve reproduced it below.

Good Morning Michael,

I downloaded “To Live Forever” to my Kindle. I finished it yesterday afternoon.  It was outstanding!  I hope your wife is planning another novel soon.

Best Regards, Deborah

I sat in front of my computer screen and cried. Not because someone read my book and liked it, but because of the thought and effort MTM put into his ‘modest request.’ He apparently sent out an e.mail to many or all of his contacts. An extract of his message:

“Today I am once again dedicated to helping someone reach a goal, and I am asking you for your assistance.

If I have ever in any way been helpful to you, I am asking you to help me help my wife, Andra Watkins, who recently had her first novel published. If I didn’t believe that To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was a magical and enjoyable book, I would not ask you to consider this; I truly believe in this book and its author, and hope you will consider buying one (or more) copies so that you too can enjoy it and support her efforts. For the cost of a Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte (or some such) you can help a new author reach for her dream.

You may have seen the article in the Post and Courier about Andra walking the full 444-mile length of the Natchez Trace, which is the setting for the novel. She finished in Nashville on April 3, and is now back in Charleston.”

And after I cried, I laughed. My husband is a better writer than I am. Behold, his amazing list of reasons to read my novel.

“If that is not enough for you to hit BUY on one of the links below, then I offer to you the Top Ten Reasons You Should Read To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

1.     You aren’t really certain what happens after we die.

2.     You worry that you will be forgotten when you are gone.

3.     You are the father of a daughter…or the daughter of a father.

4.     You thought Hwy. 61 was the only famous road in Mississippi.

5.     You figured Lewis and Clark just fell off into the Pacific Ocean when they made it to the west coast.

6.     You did not realize there was a worse American traitor than Benedict Arnold.

7.     You thought that the Natchez Trace was a precursor to the Etch-a-Sketch.

8.     You liked Huck Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird and always wondered what happened to Elvis Presley’s twin brother.

9.     You believe in magic.

10. You want to play a part in discovering a new great American novel.

More info on To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis can be found here. To Live Forever is available in paperback or e-book on AmazonKindleBarnes & NobleNookKobo, iBooks. If you buy, you have my thanks; if you read it, I hope you’ll thank me.”

Thank you, my Dear MTM. You are all I will ever need.

65 Comments Post a comment
  1. hihohiho #

    Damn! Its not even Valentine’s Day and he’s making most other men look bad.
    Definitely a keeper my dear!

    May 13, 2014
    • He’s my Valentine every day, but you know how many frogs I had to kiss to find him. 🙂

      May 13, 2014
  2. What a guy! And a fabulous partner, husband and promoter to boot! You have your own personal cheerleader. You are both excellent with the writing skills, Andra, and I wish you much success with your next book and every one that follows.

    May 13, 2014
    • I couldn’t do this without him. He’s the best. Even when I want to quit, he won’t let me. 🙂

      May 13, 2014
  3. That is a great and highly accurate listing! Bravo MTM!

    May 13, 2014
  4. Reblogged this on Poetry by Pamela and commented:
    I can’t add anything, except I thought this was a great book. You should give it a try.

    May 13, 2014
  5. What a sweetheart. I do believe in magic. I believe in fairies, too, but that wasn’t on his list. Big hugs to you, Andra.

    May 13, 2014
  6. Kir Piccini #

    That kind of gesture is better than diamonds, sweeter than cupcakes

    Wow. Your book was incredible and magical. It was. 😊

    May 13, 2014
    • Thanks for posting such a great review. (I will not go back to the cupcake shop. I will not. I will not…….)

      May 13, 2014
  7. Always knew he was a good guy! I think you should keep him.

    May 13, 2014
  8. That is the most amazingly romantic and loving thing. And totally hot! I hope you thank him properly when you next see him, Andra. 😉

    May 13, 2014
    • I’ve missed him a lot during this forced isolation. I’m sure he’ll know how much when I see him. 🙂

      May 13, 2014
  9. That is the sweetest thing I have heard all year. (MTM needs to be cloned!)
    He was right to invest in your book though. I’m glad to see that so many people love it.

    May 13, 2014
    • Most of the people who read it love it. As with any author, it’s getting people to read that’s the challenge.

      May 13, 2014
  10. MTM really does rock! You both are the best!

    May 13, 2014
  11. Yep, MTM has once again set the bar too high for us mere mortals.

    May 13, 2014
  12. Debbie #

    Wow! What a sweetheart!

    May 13, 2014
  13. Wish I were clever enough to compose such a list . . . I’d be working on ’10 reasons you should keep him around.’ He’s unbelievably special!!

    May 13, 2014
  14. Kind. Loving. Generous. Thoughtful. Unexpected. Intelligent. Get that man a COFFEE.

    May 13, 2014
  15. That is a truly great list. I’m saving this one.

    May 13, 2014
  16. tarakianwarrior #

    I don’t know about anyone else, but MTM made me sob today…and there was a reverberation in my chest…no, not sexual – sheesh, but it’s where your insides shudder and there’s a catch in your throat before the moisture wells up in your eyes and travels down your cheeks.

    May 13, 2014
  17. Honey, you have got yourself a keeper! And with the analytical mind of an architect, he listed lasting, resonating reasons to read your book, just the way we visit an historic building or monument. For no, I did not know what happened to Lewis and Clark, that there was a worse traitor than Benedict Arnold, that the Natchez Trace ends in Nashville , nor that Meriwether Lewis died on the trail. Art makes us think, and madam, you have hit the mark!

    May 13, 2014
    • And all this sort of in your backyard!! I hope your feet are feeling better.

      May 13, 2014
  18. I love y’all’s love. I’m glad you shared. 🙂

    May 13, 2014
  19. What a sweet husband! Lucky girl, you are, Andra 🙂

    May 13, 2014
    • It’s even better because of how many yucky men I went through before he found me.

      May 13, 2014
  20. Well, I laughed my ass off reading MTM’s reasons for buying your book, soooo… this is for you two:

    corny, but you know… I now need an Etch-A-Sketch…

    May 13, 2014
    • And they aren’t together anymore……….Love didn’t do it for them. 🙂

      May 13, 2014
  21. Well, he sold me! I just ordered it on my Kindle and am looking forward to reading it.

    May 13, 2014
    • I hope you’ll let me know what you think. Thanks for taking a chance on it.

      May 13, 2014
  22. Jim Kane #

    Awesome! I have in on my Kindle and I started reading it this past weekend!

    May 13, 2014
    • Please let me know what you think, Jim. I love hearing that people have it.

      May 13, 2014
      • Jim Kane #

        I shall do that!

        May 13, 2014
  23. Aw, now I’m going to start crying in front of my computer…

    May 13, 2014
  24. What an awesome “personal request” and a tremendous list! He is a tender AND creative guy–translated as “special” and you already know that! “You figured Lewis and Clark just fell off into the Pacific Ocean when they made it to the west coast”–I didn’t probably think much about Lewis or Clark before your wonderful novel! To Live Forever really touched me and continues to inspire my interest in Lewis, but also Clark. You and MTM are a great team. ox

    May 13, 2014
    • I read a whole biography about Clark as part of writing this book. A complete rabbit trail, but I enjoyed it. In my view, Clark’s tragic in his own way, because of all he did to deprive Native Americans of their lands, and even when he felt like it was wrong, he was too good a soldier to not follow through. It’s hard not to like him, because some of his writing was pretty hilarious.

      May 13, 2014
  25. Oh that is sooooo beautiful.! It made me tear up…good tears 🙂

    May 13, 2014
  26. Three cheers for MTM! What a tribute to you, the book, and now, this tribute to him, Andra. Well done !

    May 13, 2014
  27. fantastic. and you are both so lucky.

    May 13, 2014
  28. MTM comes through again! What a sweetheart. You’ve definitely got a keeper.

    May 13, 2014
  29. Goose bumps and all hair rising from my whole body! What an incredible man! 🙂 🙂

    May 13, 2014
  30. Lance #

    Wow

    Okay, you’ve made me feel horrible for not reviewing your book after I read it….I’ll get on it

    (that was great)

    May 13, 2014
  31. Ah, that is so incredibly sweet I can hardly stand it. What a great guy! And you so deserve him, Andra!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    May 13, 2014
  32. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect love. And now that my hubby starts his new job Monday (after being unemployed 5 months) I can buy your novel too!

    May 13, 2014
  33. I remember an Australian copy writer in London who drove a De Tomaso Pantera…..is the Cinnamon Dolce Latte from the same stable?

    May 14, 2014
  34. I’ll remember to pull out this post for my husband to read if and when I publish my first novel 😉

    May 14, 2014
  35. I said this in a return to a comment you made on a post of mine, but I know sometimes you don’t get those — but this post damn near broke my heart with its sweetness. All my best to both of you — you lovebirds, you.

    May 14, 2014
    • It’s awesome that he’s so supportive of this craziness.

      May 14, 2014
  36. That was a nice top ten list! I thought #5 was what happened. Yeah, he’s a good guy.

    Nice usie!

    May 16, 2014

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