Please join me in welcoming Kerry Evelyn to the blog to chat about her newest novel, Love on the Beach!
Kerry Evelyn has always been fascinated by people and the backstories that drive them to do what they do. A native of the Massachusetts SouthCoast, she changed her latitude in 2002 and is now a crazy blessed wife and homeschooling mom in Orlando. She loves God, books of all kinds, traveling, taking selfies, sweet drinks, and escaping into her imagination, where every child is happy and healthy, every house has a library, and her hubby wears coattails and a top hat 24/7.
LOVE ON THE BEACH
SERIES: Crane’s Cove #3
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Swan Press
RELEASE DATE: July 30, 2019
After quitting her job at a high-profile magazine in Boston, idealistic journalist Shelby Porter retreats to her hometown of Crane’s Cove, Maine, to regroup and refocus. As the pastor’s daughter, she’s welcomed back with open arms and opportunities to serve. However, the solace and support from the townspeople isn’t enough to soften painful memories or bring her closer to her goals. Shelby’s plans run up against another obstacle when the new guy in town walks into her life. Despite their connection, she resolves to not let love get in the way of fulfilling her purpose.
Tragedy drives Detective Damon Saunders from his job in Atlanta to the tiny resort town. Wanting to escape the ugliness of the big city, he now patrols the peaceful streets of the seaside community. The hardest part of his new role is earning the trust of the locals—especially Shelby. He’s drawn to her quiet strength and desire to help people, but she has plans that’ll take her far away from the place where he’s trying to plant new roots. Maybe falling for her will complicate his life, but he’s willing to take that chance.
Shelby denies her growing feelings for Damon, but when her four-year-old nephew is in danger, he’s the only one who can help. Can Damon overcome the shadows of his past to save a child and win her—and the town’s—heart?
Hi Kerry! Welcome to the blog!
Kerry: Cats, most definitely! I’ve had ten over my lifetime. Nothing beats curling up with a fat cat and a book or playing with a nutso kitten! I’m even writing about them now as a Guest Author for the Cat’s Paw Cove series.
Carrie: personally I’d rather curl up with a snuggly dog and a book, but to each her own 😉
Kerry: Music! I have a Spotify account and I’m not afraid to use it! I’ve created playlists for each of my books and all of my moods!
Carrie: “I have a Spotify account and I’m not afraid to use it!” – hahaha i love it! Me too.
Kerry: I grew up by the ocean, and I can’t imagine living too far from it. I don’t like sand, and I burn redder than a lobster, but I love the sound and ambiance of the sea and everything related to it. However, these days, it’s the mountains for me! Specifically, the White Mountains in New Hampshire (many happy childhood memories, and hubby took me back there to propose!) and the Smokies in Georgia. I especially love the little German town of Helen. It’s like going back in time, and tubing down the clear water of the Chattahoochee River with good friends is just my kind of fun!
Carrie: the Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains are my happy places!
Kerry: Card games! My great-grandmother taught me to play when I was two. It was a fun way to learn numbers and addition, for sure! My grandfather taught me how to play other games, and it was rare we didn’t pull out the cards during a visit. If no one wanted to play with me, I could work at Solitaire for hours. Good times!
Carrie: oh how fun! i love those kinds of memories!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Kerry: I would love to have the power of teleportation! Just wave my wand and apparate anywhere at any time! Paris for brunch, then a treetop perch to spy on my kids at recess, and up to New England for quick dose of crisp air and fried scallops when I’m feeling homesick!
Carrie: yes please!! (but you can have my share of the scallops lol)
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Kerry: Anne of Green Gables left the biggest impression on me. When she pretended her plain, ugly dresses were the finest puffed-sleeved gowns, I knew we were kindred. In my head I wasn’t wearing hand-me-downs, I was dressing like the kids on the All-New Mickey Mouse Club, and wearing ballgowns in the halls just because. I even had a friend from childhood I reconnected with recently tell me one of the things she remembers most about me was my good posture! Haha! I was always lost in another world or imagining my world the way I thought it should be. I was told I read too much and I should get my head out of the clouds. One of my middle school teachers actually called me spacey! I took it as a compliment, of course! But big dreams often bring big disappointments, and I felt Anne go through all the things I would later experience, until one day I realized — as she did – I didn’t need “diamond sunbursts or marble halls,” either. ?
Carrie: awww what a great testimony to the power of books & great characters 🙂
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?
Kerry: We’re getting a bit personal here, but that’s okay! Haha! I’m a hot mess, and my purse reflects that. Purses, actually. And tote bags. At least once a week, I attempt to downsize to just the bare minimum, with whatever purse suits my fancy in a particular moment. I start with a wristlet- well, three wristlets. One for my ID and important cards. Another for the “other” cards, just in case I need them, and a third with makeup and other girly stuff. If I need all three, I’ll often throw the purse and two of the wristlets in a tote bag, to which I then add my laptop, a binder with my current project, a book to read, a sweater, my eyeglasses, sunglasses case, planner, pocket calendar, snacks, a thin sweater, and quite possibly a poncho or umbrella…you get the idea. I’m always overprepared, just in case, and no matter how hard I try to be minimalistic! Right now, I have two purses (big and small) on my counter and three tote bags in the dining room in limbo, waiting to see which I will chose to use and what will not carry over from the other two!
Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote Love on the Beach?
Kerry: As I mentioned earlier, I have a playlist for each book. I’ll often remember favorite songs as I write, and I’ll file them to a playlist that matches the mood, character, or plot. For Love on the Beach, Debbie Gibson’s Out of the Blue perfectly captures the instant connection between Damon and Shelby. He’s in town for a wedding, and she’s home for the summer planning her next big move. But circumstances (and Damon’s Meemaw) intervene, and lead them off the paths they’ve planned toward each other. Lauren Alaina’s Road Less Traveled is my personal anthem, but for Shelby it’s not just empowering her to embrace her uniqueness—it’s a message that with faith and trust in the unknown, she can make more of an impact than she ever dreamed. You can find the playlist for Love on the Beach here: http://bit.ly/LoveontheBeachsoundtrack
Carrie: I spy some faves on that playlist!
Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce Love on the Beach as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?
Kerry: Shelby was always clear to me; she’s been Zendaya from the start. Sassy, cool, strong, and graceful. When I originally imagined Damon (he was briefly mentioned in my first novel, Love on the Edge), I pictured Charlie Barnett from Chicago Fire. As he developed, though, and I watched more of the Today Show and less Chicago Fire, he became more like Craig Melvin (ooh that dimple!). Both have strength, poise and a spirit to make an impact. But no matter which guy it was in my head at any given time, he always had Ne-Yo’s grin – so happy and contagious, and I can’t help but grin back every time I see him on the screen like a silly lovesick teen – the way I imagine I must have looked like when I met Tony Lucca – but that’s another story!
Carrie: that grin IS contagious! Embrace your inner fangirl, Kerry!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from the book & why do you love it?
Kerry: “Meemaw says that grief is love deprived of its destination.”
Damon’s grandmother, Meemaw, is full of wisdom and truth bombs – and they’re often delivered with a touch of Southern sass. Meemaw has truly taken over this series, and is hands-down my readers’ favorite character. Shelby and Damon are both struggling with grief, and Damon calls her on words to comfort Shelby. Meemaw often reminds her loved ones to hold on to their faith and to trust in God’s timing. She even does a daily devotional group text with her adult grandchildren! Meemaw won’t let anyone forget God has big plans for His children, but they’ve got to be on the path to them to receive them. If we veer, we’ll toil and may never reach our harvest. But do what we’re meant to do – what He created us to do – and it’ll all fall into place, in His timing. So while we may not understand how all the pieces fit together, we don’t need to. We need only trust and follow the Spirit where it leads. This is a hard lesson for Shelby and Damon, because they think they’ve got their futures all planned out – until life reveals bends in each of their paths – which ultimately lead them to each other.
Carrie: I love that quote! Our hearts were never meant to say goodbye to people we love because we were created for eternity.
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.
Kerry: Sometime this fall I’ll re-release Love on the Ice, a hockey romance novelette that was first featured in It Was Always You, a sweet romance collection. It’s a story about a Czech hockey player who can’t forget the one who got away, and an Olympic figure skater wrenched from her career to care for her niece and nephew after her sister and brother-in-law are killed. When fate throws them together to train special athletes for a charity hockey game, will they get their second chance or will fear and pride keep them apart? I loved writing this story, and it’s a finalist for the prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award!
This winter, Damon’s cousin Matt and his wife Lanie (Love on the Edge) are back in the story Christmas at Moon Mist Manor, within the Cat’s Paw Cove Meows & Mistletoe Christmas anthology. It’s been two years since their first disastrous Christmas in the quaint Florida town, and Lanie decides it’s just the place for a pre-holiday Babymoon. Only Matt stumbles upon a portal that leads him back in time, and Lanie is further along in her pregnancy than anyone’s realized…
Carrie: Congratulations on finaling for the Royal Palm Literary Award!
Enter for a chance to win a Corinthians bangle bracelet (Love is Patient, Love is Kind) from Trades of Hope and a $20 Amazon Gift Card by signing up for Kerry’s newsletter!
This giveaway is hosted by Kerry Evelyn, not RimSP
Follow along with the tour by checking the schedule below
7/31 – Spotlight on Bookworm Mama
8/6 – Review on Remembrancy
8/16 – Review on Ope’s Opinions
What about you? What interests you most about Love on the Beach and/or Kerry Evelyn?