Winter is a waiting time, especially for nature as it rests and recovers and readies for the new growth of spring. There are winter scenes in BEACH RENTAL. Yes, winter happens at the beach, too, but year-round beach dwellers will tell you it is a beautiful season, especially down at Emerald Isle, North Carolina. You won’t be swimming in the ocean, but there are many glorious days for walks on the beach. Winter can be a time of isolation and loneliness, but also for peace. For Juli, in BEACH RENTAL, it is a time for thought and healing - a waiting time - a time of recovery before the new growth of spring begins - as Juli transitions from grief to a new life.
With February on the horizon, winter has other goodies to offer, including Valentine's Day. For BEACH RENTAL, this is especially pertinent because of the Carolina Chocolate Festival in Morehead City, North Carolina. The Carolina Chocolate Festival happens February 3-5 and raises money for charity. In BEACH RENTAL, there's a very sweet scene at the Festival, but I won’t give away any story spoilers here!
When we were kids, do you remember the valentines we made with our safety scissors and red construction paper? How we folded the paper, then carefully cut one half of the heart, unfolded the paper heart and wrote our name and the name of our sweetheart (or hoped-for sweetheart) on it? In my new release, KINCAID’S HOPE, Michael gave a red paper heart to Beth when they were children and she's been waiting to cash it in ever since.
In the Book of Ecclesiastes, we are told that to everything there is a season. I guess that includes winter and, sometimes, the blues. Ecclesiastes 3 1:8 is also the theme of KINCAID'S HOPE.
Grace, thanks for sharing with us!
Grace writes fiction with romance, suspense and inspiration - always with a strong heroine at its heart. Her release, BEACH RENTAL, debuted in July 2011. Her second novel, KINCAID'S HOPE, has just been released (January 2012).
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Grace, can you tell us more about Kincaid's Hope?
Beth Kincaid left her hot temper and unhappy childhood behind and created a life in the city free from untidy emotionalism, but even a tidy life has danger, especially when it falls apart.
In the midst of her personal disasters, Beth is called back to her hometown of Preston, a small town in southwestern Virginia, to settle her guardian’s estate and runs smack into the mess she’d left behind a decade earlier: her alcoholic father and the long-ago sweetheart, Michael, and the poor opinion of almost everyone in town. As she sorts through her guardian’s possessions, Beth discovers that the woman who saved her and raised her had secrets, and the truths revealed begin to chip away at her self-imposed control.
Michael is warmly attentive and Stephen, her ex-fiancé, follows her to Preston to win her back, but it’s the man she doesn’t know who could end, forever, Beth’s chance to build a better, truer life.
Sounds very intriguing and I love the book cover! Grace, so glad you stopped by to hang out with us today.
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How do you deal with the winter blues? Are you excited about this coming Valentine's Day?