Beyond: A Tale of Discovery on the other Side of Life

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Ruth Mitchell

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Imagine a world where Artificial Intelligence allows us to see ghosts via 'seeing dogs' and computers. Meet Laura, a drunken fantasy writer and her brilliant German Shepherd, Cloud, who can see the ghosts in the notoriously haunted Crescent Hotel. Then Sean shows up, changing everything.



Short Summary

Laura, a successful writer, is struggling with booze and finishing her next fantasy novel. Her dog Cloud, can see the ghosts that haunt the hotel where they live, but he is more concerned with her unhealthy lifestyle choices. When Sean Wilson, a famous ghost expert shows up, it's a game changer.

After everything they go through together, finding out who Laura's mysterious grandfather was, Laura getting sober, the wedding in Scotland, it looks like the tale will end with everyone living "happily ever after." Don't be so sure.


San Francisco, New York, Mexico and Scotland

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Laura Haskell

Age: late 30s

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Desperate,Engaging,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Sexy,Romantic,Seductive,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Cloud - Laura's White German Shepherd with an occasional POV

Age: 4

Gender: Other

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Masculine,Obedient,Outspoken,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Sean Wilson

Age: 56

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heartthrob,Educated,Honorable,Masculine,Skillful,Romantic,Sophisticated,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Elizabeth Schuster

Age: late 70s but she's dead

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Sexy

Development Pitch

Beyond: A Tale of Discovery on the other Side of Life is a paranormal novel about Laura Haskell an established boozy author of fantasy fiction who lives in the notoriously haunted Crescent hotel in San Francisco with her brilliant white Shepherd, Cloud, who sees the ghosts and occasionally shares his point of view with readers. Laura inherited the hotel from her famous Madam grandmother Elizabeth Schuster, who haunts the hotel and carries the secret of who Laura’s grandfather is. Laura is motivated to sober up when she meets and falls in love with Sean Wilson, the man responsible for proving ghosts exist by using Artificial Intelligence and “seeing” dogs. It is Sean's technology which enables Laura to discover who her mysterious grandfather was. The couple’s courtship culminates with their wedding in a Scottish castle but when Sean dies unexpectedly, Laura is able to reconnect with him in the afterlife through this technology and Cloud’s assistance.

About The Author

Ruth Mitchell has led an exciting and adventurous life through her careers as a novelist, freelance writer, travel writer, publisher, editor, columnist, entrepreneur and jewelry designer. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in Art & Antiques, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, American History, Fodor's USA Travel Guide and Fodor's Great American Vacations, Watercolor, American Style, Niche, Wedding Dresses, and Sailing magazines. Ruth also wrote Arkansas Heritage, a state adopted Arkansas history textbook for elementary aged children. Ruth's recently published second novel is Beyond: A Tale of Discovery on the Other Side of Life. Her first novel is White Oak: A Steamy Tale of Love and Seduction. Ruth has also written a helpful book on Codependency Recovery title Living Happy Joyous and Free. It is a collection of her columns written for the One Day at a Time newspaper.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Ruth Mitchell

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available