HAPPY RELEASE DAY! I am delighted to welcome Liz Johnson to the blog today to chat about her new book A Glitter of Gold, the second book in the Georgia Coast Romance series!
Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including A Sparkle of Silver, The Red Door Inn, Where Two Hearts Meet, and On Love’s Gentle Shore, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She hasn’t discovered a pirate treasure—yet.
A GLITTER OF GOLD
SERIES: Georgia Coast Romance #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 6, 2019
Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia, for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging, and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but she runs after a disastrous first meeting.
Carter has been searching for the location of the wreck detailed in the worn pages of an 18th-century diary, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task. And working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again: trust a man.
Finding a monetary backer and sticking with a search that’s turning up nothing will take all their dedication–and every secret they’ve tried to hide. If they can find the lost ship, they may discover a treasure worth more than all the pirate gold in the world–love.
Hi Liz! Welcome to the blog!
Carrie: Yum! (I am currently burning a Macintosh apple candle from Yankee Candles and i am so ready for fall!)
Liz: Winter in Arizona, Summer nearly everywhere else
Carrie: you lost me at ‘summer’ 😉
Liz: Hallmark Channel forever!
Carrie: Yay! Me too! (I am currently also watching one of the 80s/90s Perry Mason TV movies on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as I type this up)
Liz: Neither. Diet Dr. Pepper
Carrie: Oooo mixing it up a bit – i like!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Liz: My real life superpower is eating hamburgers. All the hamburgers. With lots of cheese.
Carrie: hahahaha that can be filed under ‘answer i least expected’ LOL
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Liz: I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare as a child, and it struck something in me, a love for books and romance. I have several copies at home including the one that I stole from my mom’s bookshelf all those years ago. The spine is falling apart and the pages are yellowed, and it’s still my dearest book. I also have a cloth cover edition of it from 1961, which my best friend gave me.
When I was fifteen and on a summer mission trip to Guatemala, every night our team leader read aloud a chapter of No Wonder They Call Him the Savior by Max Lucado. At the end of the summer she randomly selected one of the girls on the team to take the book home with them, dogeared pages and all. And she picked me! That was the start of my Max Lucado library. At the time I could never have guessed that fifteen years later I’d have the chance to work on Max’s team, which I did for six years. That book was the start of something amazing in my life.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows made me fall in love with a new format—epistolary novels. And The Princess Bride by William Goldman will always hold a special place on my shelf.
And I’m going to cheat on the last one and claim the entire Appomattox Saga by Gilbert Morris. I read this series when I was in junior high, and it inspired me to write my first book when I was twelve and a lot more of them after that.
Carrie: Oh i love these choices! yes!
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Liz: That I am terribly disorganized sometimes, I hang onto napkins and tissues until they’re shreds, and I generally carry around every bit of my life in my make-shift suitcase.
Carrie: hahahaha! We are kindred purse spirits.
Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote A Glitter of Gold?
Liz: I listened to Brandon Heath’s Blue Mountain album on repeat as I wrote this book. His lyrics inspired me as I wrote of the Southern tradition of storytelling in Savannah.
Carrie: I love that comparison!
Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce A Glitter of Gold as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?
Liz: I have four main characters in this story. Anne Norris is a pirate tour guide in Savannah in love with history and trying to forget her past, and I pictured her much like Lily Collins. Carter Hale III is a maritime museum director trying to break his family’s legacy, and I think he looks like Jeremy Jordan. From the pages of an old diary, Rebecca Jones looks like Emma Watson with short curly hair—hidden beneath the guise of a cabin boy aboard a merchant ship. And that ship’s captain is Samuel Thackery, who is a little bit Chris Hemsworth-y.
Carrie: Tell me more about this Chris Hemsworth-y captain 😉
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from A Glitter of Gold & why do you love it?
Liz: “She’d been so worried about keeping people out of her business that she’d missed out on having people in her life.”
I loved writing Anne’s story. She’s filled with regret and shame over a past she fears can never be forgiven and spends most of her time trying to keep people from knowing the truth. But when she meets Carter, she begins to wonder if she’s missing out on relationships for the sake of secrecy. Is that worth it? I loved wrestling with that question and helping her discover her own answer.
Carrie: oooo i love that quote!
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.
Liz: Right now I’m working on the third book in the Georgia Coast Romance series—releasing summer of 2020. We’re headed back to Savannah as two best friends’ hunt for a lost treasure from the Civil War brings to light more than forgotten history and threatens the future of their friendship forever.
Carrie: eep! yay!
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