Rummanah Aasi

 I am happy to be part of the Getting a Life, Even if You're Dead Blog Tour! Today author Beth Watson is here to discuss her favorite memories of Paris, France. If you are in the mood for a paranormal romance, check out the book Getting a Life Even if You're Dead and be sure to fill out the rafflecopter below this post!

My Most Memorable Moments in Paris by Beth Watson

My love affair with Paris began long before I indulged in my first pain au chocolat at a sidewalk café, or strolled along the Seine at sunset. Growing up, I studied French in high school and college, watched French movies, and lived vicariously through books set in Paris. I never dreamed one day I’d be writing books set there, including, Getting a Life, Even If You’re Dead. I first visited Paris during college when I studied at the Sorbonne University. The following are my top five most memorable moments from my first visit to the City of Love.

1) Climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I climbed the 669 steps to the Eiffel Tower’s second platform, enabling me to enjoy the view along the way. I then took an elevator to the top where I headed straight for a phone rather than admiring the view. I called my mom, so she could share the experience with me. After our conversation, I spent an hour gazing out at all the sites I would visit during my upcoming summer.

2) Saying bonjour to my French pen pal. My high school French teacher hooked me up with my pen friend, Richard. We exchanged numerous letters and carried on a few phone conversations--mostly in English--at Christmas time. My first week in Paris, Richard traveled down from Normandy to meet me. I still remember sitting on the steps of my dorm building, watching him walk over from the metro, marveling at the fact that I had a French friend. My friend Glorianne and I spent a weekend in Normandy visiting his family.

3) Speaking French with the locals. Before meeting Richard, I had my first conversation with a French native. I had completed two years of college French, yet after a shopkeeper assisted me I replied, s’il vous plaît (please), rather than merci (thank you). We both laughed about it. They appreciate you making the effort to speak French, even if you don’t always get the words right.

4) Attending Swan Lake. Having grown up in a small town, I didn’t have access to the performing arts scene. I remember attending Swan Lake at the Opéra Bastille--a modern opera house--and thinking, Wow, I’m at a ballet in Paris. The only thing that could have made the experience even more memorable would have been if the ballet had been performed at the Palais Garnier, which opened in 1875, and was the inspiration for The Phantom of the Opera. That is my favorite building in Paris.

5) Meeting the Mona Lisa. The first time I saw the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, I was shocked at how small the painting is for being the most famous painting in history. I was fortunate that at the time I could get close enough to view every paint stroke. Now, a wooden railing prevents you from getting within five feet of her. I visited every major and obscure art museum that summer, which started my love affair with art. You will often find art featured in my books.

About the Author

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. Connect with Beth: Website, Twitter, Goodreads,and  Facebook 

About the Book

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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9 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    I can't even imagine how cool it would be to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower! *sigh* Maybe one day I'll get to Paris! And I've heard the Mona Lisa is actually tiny despite being larger than life in reproductions and text books, but of course I would still love to see her in person:) Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Beth!

  2. Eliza Watson Says:

    Thanks so much for having me here today! I'm also happy to announce the book is on sale for only $0.99 during my blog tour!

  3. Oh I would love to visit Paris. I had not idea the Mona Lisa was small. I love books set in Paris and one with a creepy cemetery sounds like a fun read! Happy Valentine's Day!

  4. Oh I'd love to speak another language, but I can't even speak my native tongue. LOL Still, would love to go to France and speak with the locals.

  5. Okay, you had me sold at Paris! I think I could live the rest of my life there and never see enough of it. It's my dream to go there. The next best thing is to read books set there (and watch movies set there). I am not sure about the cemeteries, but hey, Paris is Paris. Sounds like an interesting story. I'll pop over and get it while it's on sale!

  6. Eliza Watson Says:

    Thanks so much for having me on your blog Rummanah!

  7. Paris is a city I'd love to be able to visit someday. For now, I'll have to do it through books :)

  8. Eliza Watson Says:

    Thanks so much for popping by and sharing comments everyone!

  9. Unknown Says:

    I bought this book immediately and cannot wait to see what you publish next!

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