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.
A RECKLESS LOVE
SERIES: Daughtry House #3
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2020
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.
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?
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, !
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