Past the Breakers by Lucie Archer – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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In the immortal words of the Cowardly Lion, “I do believe in spooks.”

Okay, that’s a lie. I’m a skeptic, which might sound strange considering I’ve just written a paranormal romance staring a ghost, but that’s one of the beautiful things about being a writer. Despite my own feelings on the subject matter—and the challenges they present—with the help of my keyboard, I can create worlds in which ghosts and spirits and anything else I dream up not only exist, but also interact with the living in very tangible and meaningful ways. And that’s exactly what I’ve done in Past the Breakers.

At the start, Casey is a skeptic as well. His head is a mess after he loses his restaurant and girlfriend, and at first, he attributes Myles’s presence as the delusions of a man on the brink of a breakdown. But Myles does his best to turn him into a believer.

Casey’s evolution makes me wonder what it would take for me to become a believer, but I honestly don’t know. It’s definitely a subject I enjoy exploring. I like watching paranormal shows and videos on YouTube. They may send a shiver up my spine, but things on camera are too easily faked these days for them to convince me. It’s the same with pictures people have taken claiming to have photographed ghosts. Even though they are fun to look at.

Ghost stories are entertaining by their very nature, and during my research, I spent quite a few hours on a website dedicated to people who claimed to have had incubi and succubi encounters. Lucky bastards! But I know second hand accounts won’t convince me either. There are too many unknown variables, including the unreliability of the human mind and our faulty senses, for me to take those with anything more than a grain of salt.

I think I’d have to experience something paranormal before I’d believe it, but that’s also not a guarantee. I did a lot of research on different aspects of paranormal exploration while I wrote Past the Breakers, and tons more before that just for fun. Which means I’ve also read quite a bit about debunking such phenomena. I admit there is a lot we don’t know about the world around us, most of which we may never know, but something rather significant would have to occur in order for me to believe in ghosts.

I couldn’t even begin to tell you what that is, because I wouldn’t know until I experienced it.

With all that said, I had a lot of fun getting into Casey’s mind and exploring his development from skeptic to believer. I also enjoyed playing with the ghostly aspects of Myles’s character. But the most interesting part for me was where their two worlds collided. At that intersection is where the heart of the story lays, and I hope, despite your own stance on ghosts and apparitions, you’ll enjoy the book as much as I do.

Happy haunting!

Casey North lost everything when his restaurant burned to the ground: his hopes, his dreams, his reason for living. With nothing tying him to LA, he packs up and moves back to his hometown of Land’s End. He takes up residence in a beach house and attempts to shake the depression he’s fallen into after his life collapsed. There’s just one tiny problem: the ghost haunting his kitchen.

Myles Taylor wasn’t always trapped in the Between. One minute, he was about to propose to his boyfriend of five years as they sat out on their surfboards, and the next, he woke up on the beach to find his long-dead uncle walking toward him. After his shock fades, he must learn to navigate his new reality as he searches for a way to move into the Great Beyond. But first he must deal with the man who’s invaded his territory.

With Myles tied to the beach house and Casey unwilling to leave it, the two must learn to cohabitate as the lines separating them begin to blur. They grow closer than either expected, but what will become of them once Myles finally escapes the Between?

About the Author:Lucie Archer is a student of the universe who is obsessed with the stars, in love with beaches, and crazy about dudes falling in love. She tells stories of romance, love, and life, with a little bit of passion thrown in for good measure. Because what’s life without a little pop and sizzle?

When she’s not writing, she can be found tending to her garden, playing with her four-legged children, or procrastinating. Although, she spends a lot of time fending off random plot bunnies that threaten to derail her WIP’s.

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Comments

  1. Astilbe says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Ghost stories are entertaining regardless of whether or you believe that ghosts really exist.

    This book sounds interesting. Congratulations on it.

  2. I would freak out, haha! 😉

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