Author of the Month, Grace Greene
In the midst of her personal disasters, Beth is called back to her hometown of Preston, a small town in southwestern Virginia, to settle her guardianâ€™s estate and runs smack into the mess sheâ€™d left behind a decade earlier: her alcoholic father and the long-ago sweetheart, Michael, and the poor opinion of almost everyone in town. As she sorts through her guardianâ€™s possessions, Beth discovers that the woman who saved her and raised her had secrets, and the truths revealed begin to chip away at her self-imposed control.
Michael is warmly attentive and Stephen, her ex-fiancÃ©, follows her to Preston to win her back, but itâ€™s the man she doesnâ€™t know who could end, forever, Bethâ€™s chance to build a better, truer life.
Itâ€™s February. The view from my desk shows leafless trees and, except for hollies and evergreens, the landscape is brown, brown and more brown. Days are short and sometimes the wind rattles the house and cold sneaks through the cracks.
I turn on my computer, open my most recent WIP and suddenly, Iâ€™m in a different place. The locale is usually warm and sunny and exciting stuff is happening â€“ a little romance, a little danger. Itâ€™s a world Iâ€™ve built, can change at will, and have populated with the characters of my choice. Is it any wonder that I love to write?
So, itâ€™s February â€“ the month of Valentines and lovers. Itâ€™s the time for mid-winter revels of the heart. Flowers, syrupy cards and chocolate â€“ for everyone. From the time our chubby little fingers can clutch a pair of safety scissors and cut a rough heart from red construction paper, we are in the game.
Love is joyful.
Iâ€™m not a romantic, except in my novels. What about you? Do you remember important dates, send flowers, find special gifts throughout the year for your loved one? When you prepare a meal, do you pay attention to the lighting and the ambience? Do you smile sweetly and hold your punches when you want to clobber him?
Love is patient.
What about a new love? Are you brave enough to risk rejection and possible humiliation? Are you able to bounce back and willing to try again? When it comes to romance novels, Valentineâ€™s Day celebrations apply to the beginning and the end â€“ and while everyone loves the sweet, happy stuff, itâ€™s the anguish in the middle that drives the story and keeps us reading.
Love is tough.
In my newest release, KINCAIDâ€™S HOPE, Michael slipped a paper heart into Bethâ€™s backpack when they were children. Beth kept it and two decades later, it resurfaces, and so does Michael. But the old issues are still there and without forgiveness theyâ€™re stuck in the past where love canâ€™t flourish. KINCAIDâ€™S HOPE is about timing â€“ how each piece of life, the elements of our living, has its own time. A true life and genuine love canâ€™t be fabricated or forced, but if your heart and head are open and free of bitterness, you might be able to recognize the real thing when it happens.
Love is worth the effort.
My debut release, BEACH RENTAL, also deals with love in its many types. I mention it here because BEACH RENTAL has a Valentine scene set at a real event: the Carolina Chocolate Festival in Morehead City, North Carolina. Â Chocolate and charities â€“ hard to beat that, but if youâ€™re interested, you have to move quickly because the festival happens the first weekend in February and is a delightful jumpstart to a month of Valentines and lovers of all kinds.
My Valentine to you is an excerpt from both books, KINCAIDâ€™S HOPE and BEACH RENTAL, at this link:Â http://gracegreene.wordpress.com
Also, (and this is the first time Iâ€™ve ever done this!) to celebrate the release of KINCAIDâ€™S HOPE, use the coupon codes below to save $1 on the purchase of BEACH RENTAL (eformat) at Smashwords or at the Turquoise Morning Press Bookstore! The coupon codes are valid through February 15th, 2012.
Save $1 on BEACH RENTAL at Smashwords: TF98J
Save $1 on BEACH RENTAL (eformat) at the TMP store: BEACH25
Hereâ€™s a short synopsis of KINCAIDâ€™S HOPE:
Beth Kincaid left her hot temper and unhappy childhood behind and created a life in the city free from untidy emotionalism, but even a tidy life has danger, especially when it falls apart.
In the midst of her personal disasters, Beth is called back to her hometown of Preston, a small town in southwestern Virginia, to settle her guardianâ€™s estate. There, she runs smack into the mess sheâ€™d left behind a decade earlier: her alcoholic father, the long-ago sweetheart, Michael, and the poor opinion of almost everyone in town. As she sorts through her guardianâ€™s possessions, Beth discovers that the woman who saved her and raised her had secrets, and the truths revealed begin to chip away at her self-imposed control.
Michael is warmly attentive and Stephen, her ex-fiancÃ©, follows her to Preston to win her back, but it is the man she doesnâ€™t know who could forever end Bethâ€™s chance to build a better, truer life. (Sweet, Mild Heat)
KINCAIDâ€™S HOPEÂ is available in trade paperback and e-formats at these links:
Grace Greene writes fiction with romance, suspense and inspiration, always with a strong heroine at its heart and a happily-ever-after ending. Her debut novel, BEACH RENTAL, released in 2011 and her second novel, KINCAIDâ€™S HOPE, released in January 2012.
Grace is also an artist and photographer and these interests show up on the pages of her books. She lives in central Virginia.
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