Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Beth White & A Reckless Love

Posted June 8, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Beth White, Christian, giveaway, historical, romance / 53 Comments


Always a pleasure to chat with author Beth White – today we’re talking about her new historical romance, A Reckless Love!

Beth White’s day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride, The Creole Princess, The Magnolia Duchess, and A Rebel Heart, and A Reluctant Belle. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Learn more at www.bethwhite.net.

You can connect with Beth on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, BookBub and Twitter.


A RECKLESS LOVE
SERIES:
Daughtry House #3

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2020
PAGES: 368

These two may have met their match–in each other.

In the fine tradition established by her Southern grandmama, Aurora Daughtry has recently orchestrated the marriage of her eldest sister and facilitated her middle sister’s engagement. Just when it seems there is nothing left to absorb her considerable talent for managing people, in walks federal deputy marshal Zane Sager.

But Zane is not at Daughtry House for a vacation. He’s tracking a killer and collecting two key witnesses to a federal judge’s murder.

Aurora takes it upon herself to disabuse the cynical lawman of his conviction that the world is out to get him. But just as she’s on the verge of cracking Zane’s defenses, the man he is after reminds him that no one he loves is safe. Ever.

 

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Hi Beth! Welcome back to the blog!

Beth: I eat apples literally every day. I used to eat half a sliced Granny Smith with a big spoonful of peanut butter, but lately I’ve gone to half a diced Honeycrisp apple, mixed with three tablespoons of vanilla Greek yogurt and a quarter teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Then I add a quarter cup of homemade granola on top. Yum yum! Oranges…I despise those little white veins you have to peel off. That takes too long and makes a giant mess. No thanks.

Carrie: Honeycrisp apples are my absolute favorite!

Beth: Netflix! All the variety! I know people like the comfort of Hallmark, but geez-Louise, how many times can you tell the same story with identical characters and setting?

Carrie: LOL!

Beth: I know this makes me a complete weirdo, but about four years ago I kicked a Cherry Coke Zero addiction. Cold turkey. I haven’t touched a soda since, went to drinking only H2O and coffee, with an occasional glass of unsweet iced tea. I’m a choral music teacher, and I finally started living what I preached: your body needs hydration, and there is NOTHING beneficial in a soda, even zero-calorie. I feel so much better, I can’t even describe it, and I lost 25 pounds in about 6 months. Seriously.

Carrie: You are my hero! (I say, as I clutch my diet coke lol)

Beth: I live on the Gulf Coast and own a house on Wolf Bay (near Orange Beach, Alabama), so I have dolphins fishing in my back yard! I will say, I once vacationed in the mountains of West Virginia and didn’t want to leave. However, I suspect I’d hate the winters there. So yeah. Ocean for sure.

Carrie: You can have the ocean – I’ll stay in the mountains 😉 But dolphins in my back yard IS tempting…

Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.

Beth: I’ve been reading and listening to a couple of Michael J. Sullivan’s fantasy series. I finished the Riyria Revelations and I’m working on the Legends of the First Empire. Addictive stuff! Also, I’m listening to Hamilton, the autobiography of Alexander Hamilton on which the musical is based, by Ron Chernow. For research, I’m reading With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E. B. Sledge. It’s a World War II memoir by a Marine who grew up in Mobile, Alabama, where I live. For fun, I read Jenny B. Jones’s Engaged in Trouble. I adore her humor and talent for writing romance.

Carrie: I love that series by Jenny! So fun!

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Beth: Well, before the CORONAVID-19 pandemic, after school I would go directly to Carpe Diem Coffee and Tea Shop to drink flavor-of-the-day coffee and work on the book. Lately I just sit in my living room recliner with my laptop, a cup of coffee at my elbow. I miss the coffee shop ambience, but life goes on. Hopefully.

Carrie: What a great day for a coffee shop to write in 🙂

Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce A Reckless Love as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?

Beth: I always love this question because I usually have a Hollywood star in mind as I develop characters. Zane would be Matt Lanter, with a Dan Crenshaw eye patch. Aurora would be Annie Thurman.

Carrie: ooo those are excellent choices!

Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?

Beth: I did not have A Reckless Love outlined, though sometimes I do. I knew some basic plot points I wanted to get to, but I was more interested in character development, and I let them guide the twists and turns of the story. In this case, I got my two leads in a serious jam and had no idea how to get them out. I stewed for a week or so, then suddenly realized I’d already baked the answer in without knowing it. I just had to ask myself the right questions to figure it out. I do not take credit for this miraculous turn of events. I believe the Holy Spirit rescues me when I don’t deserve to be rescued.

Carrie: I love that! Yes. Amen. He is so kind to us.

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from A Reckless Love & why do you love it?

Beth: He looked down at her and stated the obvious. “You talk. A lot.”

Why do I love that? Because it captures the comedy in Zane and Aurora’s relationship. These two are such polar opposites, yet recognize in each other a meeting of mutual needs. I hope readers will have as much fun with them as I did.

Carrie: hahaha! I love banter like that!

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: I’m researching a single-title story set during World War II. I don’t know much beyond that, except it probably will be longer and more complex than anything I’ve done before. I’ve been building a story world that begins with the Lanier family in The Pelican Bride, so I’m sure readers will recognize some names in the new one. I’ll just encourage curious readers to sign up for updates at my website, bethwhite.net!


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What about you? What interests you most about A Reckless Love and/or my Q&A with Beth White?

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53 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Beth White & A Reckless Love

  1. MJSH

    I’ve enjoyed both of the books in the series so I need to read this one to complete the series!

  2. Sonnetta Jones

    I love books where the hero and heroine can banter with each other. I am not a fan of water. I would make homemade juice so that I don’t drink water.

    • Veronica

      I love apples with peanut butter as a snack! I can’t wait to read your new book! Reckless Love!

    • Sonnetta, I started by adding a slice of lemon to the water, and sort of drank it like medicine, one 8-oz. glass at a time. Your body needs about half your weight in ounces of water every day. I know that sounds like a lot, and I wouldn’t start with that much if you’re not used to it. But I didn’t realize how dehydrated I was until my migraines nearly disappeared. Juice isn’t terrible, but it’s got sugar/calories that you have to take into account. Um, how did this turn into a water thing? Back to your regularly scheduled program! lol!

  3. Perrianne Askew

    I love the premise because I enjoy historical fiction (Bonus! It’s inspirational!) But there’s a murder case also. This blends the historical with some suspense and I really love that combo.

  4. Faith Creech

    I enjoy reading historical fiction and this book sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win

    • Kim, I adore New York (for short visits—wouldn’t want to live there!) And I would love to go back to Scotland one day. All the castles. Sigh. How about you?

  5. Haley Resseguie

    I have really enjoyed the first two books in this series and A Reckless Love just came in the mail over the weekend. I can’t wait to start it and see where the story goes and catch up with the older 2 sisters!

  6. Diana Hardt

    I liked the blurb and interview. It sounds a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  7. It surprised me a little that I would choose the same answers that you did. As I said earlier that I’m not a big fan of romantic books unless they’re a historical novel. I look forward to reading this book. You are a new author to me. I look forward to getting to know you. I had a really difficult time trying to put the book on my Want to read shelf. I think I finally got it. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

    • Hi, Ginger! Romance has always been my go-to genre, both contemporary and historical. But I always like a dash of adventure or mystery or suspense. So that’s what I gravitate to writing. I’ve been publishing for 20 years now, how is that possible (I’m just not a super-fast writer)? My early books were written as Elizabeth White. Glad you persisted in getting the book to your shelf. Ha!

  8. I loved learning a bit more about Beth White. She’s a new to me author (I read A Reluctant Belle) and have been looking forward to the final book in the Daughtery House series)

    • Aminata (what a cool name!), I saw that you shared this link on Facebook and I really appreciate it! Hope you enjoy the finale of the series!

  9. Cindi Altman

    What appeals to me most about this book is that it’s part of a series.
    Let me explain. I started reading my first book by this author last night. It’s called A Rebel’s heart. All I can say is wow! I’m so thrilled to have stumbled across Beth White’s writing. It’s amazing.
    All this to say that even though I’m only a few chapters into the first book in the series, I am positive that I’ll want to read the entire set. <3

    • Cindi, I saw that you signed up at my website. Welcome! I sent you a free novella. So thrilled to hear that you’re enjoying the series. It was a ton of work, but worth it I think! I learned so much about American history….

  10. Patty

    I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I love historical fiction. Especially Bbooks set in the south!

    • Hi Patty! I recommend that you start with the other two books. They will stand alone, but will be much richer if you have the whole thing!

  11. Judy

    I do not think that I have read a Beth White book yet. But I enjoy reading books with a Southern flair, since I am also from AL. This book does look like one I would enjoy reading.

  12. Hi Judy! There’s a lot of rich history I uncovered that relates to both Mississippi and Alabama as I researched this series. I think you’d enjoy it! Lots of cat-head biscuits involved….lol!

  13. I am a big fan of Beth White, all the way back to when she was writing contemporary novels as Elizabeth White. I have read the first book in this series, but am obviously behind! I do have book 2 on my TBR shelf. Looks like I need to make room for another book. 😉

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