I am so delighted today to introduce you to Beth Carpenter, one of my new favorite Harlequin Heartwarming authors!
Beth Carpenter grew up on a farm reading everything she could get her hands on, from cereal boxes to the encyclopedia. Saturday visits to the library were the highlight of her week. Due to motion sickness, she couldn’t read on the school bus so she made up her own stories instead.
She still consumes books like popcorn and loves to create happy endings for her imaginary friends. She believes dogs, books, and laughter are key to happiness. And dark chocolate. And love.
Her Northern Lights series from Harlequin Heartwarming is all about cold winters & warm hearts!
Where life’s currents take you…
Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago.
It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.
Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures.
He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…
It’s the season for giving…and starting over?
A reindeer farm without Santa wouldn’t be Christmas in Marissa Gray’s Alaskan hometown. Luckily Chris Allen’s there to pinch-hit, although for Marissa, seeing her ex-fiancé again brings back memories of what might have been.
Ten years after their breakup, the feelings between the wildlife biologist and blue-eyed fisherman are stronger than ever.
Only now there’s a foster kid in the mix, as well as the shocking crime that cost Marissa her job and her family’s security. She and Chris need to find their way to a meeting of minds and hearts to make this truly a season for second chances…
Hi Beth! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Beth: Apples. Because apple pie with cinnamon and nutmeg. And ice cream.
Carrie: Yum. Mouth. Watering.
Beth: Summer because I live in Alaska, where summers are cool and summer days are long. The winter snow is lovely, though.
Carrie: I could embrace that kind of summer even though I’m more of a winter kind of gal.
Beth: Dogs. Loyal companions, playmates, and they always listen when you need to talk.
Beth: Tea. Hot or iced according to the season. English Breakfast is my favorite.
Carrie: That sounds lovely and cozy 🙂
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Beth: I’m a powerful reader as well, but my superpower might be my ability to make a tasty dinner out of whatever ingredients I happen to have on hand. To be fair, I usually have plenty of ingredients on hand.
Carrie: I so need that superpower!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Beth: There are so many, but I think I’d have to choose Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web. She was so noble and giving, and with a sense of humor. “Some Pig.”
Carrie: I adore Charlotte – and Wilbur too. ♥
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Beth: I like to write at my desktop computer in my study, but I share it with my hubby, so if he’s feeling chatty, I take my laptop and sneak away to a chair in some other room.
Carrie: Chatty husbands – what is up with that? lol.
Q: Let’s talk about your newest book, A Gift for Santa.The story is set on a reindeer farm in Alaska during Christmas. Since I absolutely love Christmas, I must ask:
What is your favorite Christmas tradition/activity?
Beth: Cookies. I get a little carried away. I make cookies for all the 13 other families on our cul-de-sac, and for the cookie exchange at church, and a batch of favorite cookies for each person in our house. I go through a lot of butter at Christmas.
Carrie: I’ve always wanted to move to Alaska – and now I want to be your neighbor 😀
Q: And… do you have a favorite Christmas goodie that you look forward to every year?
Beth: I love to gaze at the Christmas tree while sipping hot chocolate.
Carrie: Yummm hot chocolate!
Q: Marissa and Chris have a history and 10 years later are brought back together with a hope of second chances. Can you describe these characters for us? Which one do you most relate to?
Beth: Marissa is a planner. She’s career-oriented, loves animals, and is devoted to the aunt and uncle who raised her at their reindeer farm. She knows what she wants and goes after it. That’s always worked for her before, but getting tangled up with the wrong person has put her career and her family’s security at risk, and she’s struggling. Chris, on the other hand, is a go-with-the-flow kind of guy, but he’s not without regrets, especially when it comes to Marissa. There are bits of me in both characters, but I may lean little more toward Chris.
Carrie: I love both of these characters so much!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from A Gift for Santa?
Beth: I believe in second chances. Sometimes when we make a mistake, we consider it irreversible, but that’s seldom true. We can learn from our mistakes and get it right the next time.
Carrie: So true. Thankful for those second chances.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Beth: The next Northern Lights novel is Ursula’s story, tentatively set for July 2018 and called Alaskan Hideaway. One of the main characters is a pit bull named Blossom.
Carrie: Yay! I can’t wait!!
Beth Carpenter is offering a copy of book 1, An Alaskan Catch, to one of my readers. (Print if US, digital if international. Void where prohibited.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What’s your favorite Christmas goodie?