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Portland Book Review LOVES My Novel!

The folks at Portland Book Review gave a stellar endorsement to my debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. I’m tickled that my first big literary review is from a place where Meriwether Lewis actually walked.

Here’s an extract:

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To read the full review, head over to the Portland Book Review site.

Many thanks to Jim Stewart for alerting the editors at Portland Book Review to the existence of my novel. They requested copies for review and vetted it through their normal editorial process. I really appreciate the folks at Portland Book Review for selecting my debut novel for review!!

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.

Click below to purchase To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis in your favorite format.

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44 Comments Post a comment
  1. Fantastic! Portland is such a cool place, and they just proved it again.

    May 27, 2014
  2. Of course they liked it – why wouldn’t everyone?

    May 27, 2014
    • There are always a few people who don’t like anything. 😛 We both know a couple of those people. 🙂

      May 27, 2014
  3. Kudos! Great contrast in this phrase: “reasons that become darkly clear as the novel progresses.”

    May 27, 2014
  4. 🙂

    May 27, 2014
  5. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Can I just say how excited I am for you? That is so damned awesome. And I love the top ten list format.

    May 27, 2014
    • We hack away at these a little at a time. I’m taking your book with me on the trip, as I *think* it’s about time to read it.

      May 27, 2014
  6. hihohiho #

    What a great review. Well written and thoughtful. Makes me want to read it again.

    May 27, 2014
  7. Congrats Andra! I am so psyched for you, and it is well deserved.

    May 27, 2014
    • Thank you. I hope you’re enjoying the faerie house today.

      May 27, 2014
  8. A better review I cannot imagine! Wow, Andra (for you have certainly wowed the reviewer and have already wowed me with the book)!
    Your book, Meriwether, Emmaline included, rightly deserve such an outstanding endorsement.
    I’m so happy for you I could smile 🙂

    May 27, 2014
    • It’s so hard to get these kinds of mentions. I’m very grateful for this one.

      May 27, 2014
  9. Jumpy claps!!

    May 27, 2014
    • Will you be able to do jumpy claps after your Grand Canyon hike? I know that circuit is a challenging day. I can’t wait to hear about it.

      May 27, 2014
      • I’m hobbling today after 2 massive blisters from yesterday’s 6.8 mile hike at Mt. Charleston. Cringing at the thought of 13 miles on Thursday.

        May 27, 2014
      • You’ll kill it. (But those blisters are the pits. I got one on my last hike, and I was like WTF????? How can my feet STILL be getting these things???)

        May 27, 2014
      • Mine were due to new hiking shoes. Better they surfaced yesterday and not Thursday. I need to invest in some duct tape. p.s. just realized the hike is 16 miles, not 13. Elevation gain of over 4,000′. Oh boy.

        May 27, 2014
      • This is going to be like that Half Dome hike, isn’t it? Where you get up at o’dark thirty and get back really late?

        May 27, 2014
      • I’m just putting out a very brief summary of the hike, as I understand it, via blog post as we speak. It’s scaring me more as I read/copy/paste. :-S

        May 27, 2014
  10. Great review….congratulations….:)

    May 27, 2014
  11. tarakianwarrior #

    Well deserved. Well deserved!

    May 27, 2014
  12. fantastic review, and congrats, andra )

    May 27, 2014
  13. Congratulations!!

    May 27, 2014
  14. Congratulations!

    May 27, 2014
  15. Congrats – this is so well deserved! I will be able to say: I had discovered her blog before she was famous 🙂

    May 27, 2014
    • Fame is an unfathomable concept to me right now, Elke. I just hope more people will read it. 🙂

      May 27, 2014
  16. Congrats, Andra! Fantastic 🙂

    May 27, 2014
  17. Congratulations!!!! And well deserved 🙂

    May 27, 2014
  18. That’s so awesome, Andra!!! Big congratulations!

    May 28, 2014
  19. Wonderful and NOT surprising! Just tweeted this. 🙂

    May 28, 2014
  20. Teeeeeee-Rif-ic! Such a great review! 😀

    May 28, 2014
  21. Hooray! This is an excellent review and an honor, I’d think! I am delighted to read the review, and to be a step ahead having already come to the same conclusions! 🙂

    May 29, 2014

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