Monday, April 27, 2020

**NEW RELEASE** THE QUARANTINE COOKBOOK (benefiting charity)


After a few weeks in disarray and unable to find my humorous novel-writing muse during the scary Coronavirus pandemic, I came up with a unique idea. I'm thrilled to announce I created THE QUARANTINE COOKBOOK and am donating the proceeds to charity.

Nearly 200 easy, delicious recipes will provide a much-needed distraction while sheltering in place—and your family will thank you! Included are my favorite five-ingredient recipes, plus plenty of comfort food, meatless meals, appetizers, salads, sides, soups, and desserts.

And when you don’t feel like cooking, I included a generous dollop of almost 60 Non-Stir Crazy Activities, a dash of unique Six-Word Memoirs on Quarantine Life, and a pinch of hilarious food quotes that are sure to bring a smile during these trying times.

Included are many of my favorite recipes including Quarantine Balls, Bacon Asparagus Quiche, Stuffed Pasta Shells, French Dip Sandwiches, Asian Salmon, Rosemary Pork Chops, Parmesan Chicken, Strawberry Yogurt Cake, Brownie Pie, and Chocolate-Covered Cashew Clusters, to name a few.

Easy on the pantry—and budget—these family favorite recipes using common ingredients are sure to become yours too. Since we’re homebound, let’s cook! Stay healthy, and happy eating.

During the crisis, proceeds will benefit: Tunnel2Towers.org which is providing housing for fallen COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders with young children. 

Here's the Amazon link for both the eBook and paperback. This would make a great Mother's Day gift, birthday gift, wedding gift, and memorable cookbook for your own collection.




Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cowboys Are Coming to Coconuts!

In my newest novel, COWBOYS AT COCONUTS, which releases in December, I got to write about cowboys! Yee-haw!

Creating cowboy characters was a first for me and I had great fun developing my western characters. I got to use terms like, “Howdy, ma’am” and “over yonder.” Don’t get me wrong. My cowboys aren’t cliche, but country boys and farm hands really do use those terms. And many drop their g’s. How would I know? I dated a cowboy from Oklahoma over twenty years ago, plus my dad grew up (and still lives on) a Missouri farm.

Most cowboys tip their hats, have dusty boots, tight jeans, oval belt buckles, and occasionally drive ancient pickups. They’re always tan, mannerly, and are hard-working guys. I had so much fun I’ve got to keep them  around in my next book, too!

If you've read my Coconuts series, you know I have cops, hippies, brides, bankers, a high school counselor, and a wedding planner. And now...cowboys complete with country music, ponds, country roads, cows, horses, hay bales, tire swings, diners, honky-tonks, and much more.

My main characters and their supporting cast will return, of course. BFFs Suzy, Alex, and Hope are, as usual, in the midst of constant chaos including a trip to Nashville, an undisclosed Eat, Drink, Chill trip for Alex, and all kinds of surprises for Suzy, the almost-forty pregnant wedding planner. After all, the New York socialite can’t have all of the fun.

Here's my blurb:

"Kiss me. I'll explain later."
Grinning, the cowboy tipped his hat. "Yes, ma'am."

Two worlds collide when a wealthy New York socialite plants a kiss on an unsuspecting cowboy. His ancient pickup is a far cry from her personal limo and Cheri Van Buren’s more accustomed to the Big Apple than Soggy Bottoms, his farm. Still, the caterer to the stars surprisingly adores the simple life—until keeping her notoriety, plus a scandalous secret, becomes a full-time job.

Blunt bank marketer Alex takes an undisclosed hiatus to go on a self-imposed Eat, Drink, Chill trip to decide once and for all if she’s going to end her disastrous relationship with a sexy cop. When someone begins to make the decision easy, a phone call changes everything.

Determined to put the pieces together after her adopted parents’ train-accident-turned-soap-opera nightmare, Hope heads to Nashville with her amnesia-laden hippie dad. Will he have a breakthrough or is it too late?

Pregnant with twins at nearly forty, Suzy juggles her wedding business while enduring morning sickness and embarrassing OB/GYN visits. The last thing she needs is unsettling news from her son, not to mention a shocker by her teen stepdaughter.

Maybe that old adage about opposites attracting is true. Maybe not. One thing’s for certain. A cocktail at Coconuts is always in order.

RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2019

NOTE: Even though this is the fourth book in my Coconuts series, all may be read as a standalone, but I wouldn’t recommend reading them out of order if you plan to read more than one!

THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS (Book 1)
CHAOS AT COCONUTS (Book 2)
BABIES AT COCONUTS (Book 3)
COWBOYS AT COCONUTS (Book 4)

Happily, there will be two more novels in this series in 2020!

I'd love to know how you feel about cowboys. Happy reading!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Top Twenty Reasons to Visit Coconuts


Before we get into the Top Twenty Reasons to visit Coconuts, the Happy Hour oasis in my Coconuts series, I want to thank my readers and reviewers for their incredible support of my new release, BABIES AT COCONUTS. Even though this is Book 3 in my series, never fear, it may be read as a standalone.

Happily, BABIES AT COCONUTS already has more reviews than its sister, CHAOS AT COCONUTS, which is a testament to my downfall (not promoting it enough last year) than to the second book in my series. :) Here's a sampling of the reviews for BABIES:
   

“OMGosh this book y’all. I am in love!” “I was hooked from the first page to the last.” “Found myself reaching for a hanky one minute, and laughing like a loon the next! The author’s characters are so realistic that I half expect one or all of them to wind up on Facebook!” “An amazing beautiful story of family, love & friendship at its best!” “Beautifully written.” “You don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t read anything from this author yet!” “Has become one of my favorite series.” “At times it was hard to remember that I was reading a ROMcom and not watching a movie.” “Charming. Hilarious. Touching."

See why I'm giddy and hard at work on Coconuts #4?! Thank you, readers!! If you haven't read any of my Coconuts novels (gasp!) here's the order: 

THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS
CHAOS AT COCONUTS (Book 2)
BABIES AT COCONUTS (Book 3)
COCONUTS Books 4-6 - TBD in 2019 & 2020!

My characters LOVE going to their favorite hangout. They adore the get-away feel of  the island theme in land-locked Crystal City and appreciate the fact that their favorite server, Gus, knows what cocktail they want when they enter the room. Here are twenty more reasons to visit Coconuts.
 


TOP TWENTY REASONS TO VISIT COCONUTS

  1. To overhear the juicy gossip of long-time best friends Suzy, Alex, and Hope, who go to Coconuts weekly (or more if there’s an emergency, which is often!)
  2. Getting a glimpse of the gorgeous, wealthy New York socialite, Cheri Van Buren, and ask if you can borrow her incredible designer clothes or shoes.
  3. Having the cute flip-flop wearing server, Gus, who always knows what cocktail everyone wants for Happy Hour, serve your favorite drink—or possibly serve him!
  4. Hoping to be handcuffed by sexy, bad-boy cop Lt. Tony Montgomery. He may be a rascal at times, but he sure is sexy. Those arctic blue eyes…
  5. Adding your initials (or painting something tropical) on the floor-to-ceiling beach mural.
  6. To ask hunky, dark-sunglass-wearing Gage for a ride in his limo and hoping he remembers the chilled champagne!
  7. Showing Alex she isn’t alone with her OCD tendencies by tying a paper straw holder into a knot in solidarity—and handing her some anti-bacterial gel after you touch her hand.
  8. Hugging Suzy for all she has been through.
  9. Ditto for Alex.
  10. Double ditto for Hope.
  11. Giving Alex advice on whether she should ditch the cop once and for all and pursue Gage, Cheri’s limo driver.
  12. Giving Suzy advice on how to handle her surly teen stepdaughter, Izzy.
  13. To discuss wedding themes with Suzy and hire her company, Weddings by Suzanne, for a wedding.
  14. To share (or gather) Italian recipes with Fernando’s mom, Mama Gia, but scooting away before you offend her and she thumps you on the head!
  15. Commiserating with Hope for everything she’s gone through with her hippie parents and telling her that her frizzy hair is beautiful and to stop worrying about her weight!
  16. To see newlyweds Jon and Fernando and hope Fernando teaches you to dance the salsa.
  17. Requesting the infamous zebra print menu and scouring it to order every item on the menu—or at least the crab cakes or truffle popcorn.
  18. Hoping to catch a glimpse of either Nikki, Tony’s hateful, spiteful ex, OR Hannah, Alex’s bank marketing intern who is gunning for her job, and possibly trip them or spit in their drink. Trust me, they deserve it!
  19. To find out about the unique, hilarious cocktail the New York socialite insists the women drink.
  20. To tell the women you admire their unbreakable bonds of friendship and wish you had friends like them. Who knows? Maybe they’ll invite you to join them at their high-top table at Coconuts!

      Are you ready to visit Coconuts? Most of my readers want me to open an actual bar with this name, and I am sorely tempted!  Read all about the adventures of Suzy, Alex, Hope, and Cheri and their shenanigans here: https://www.amazon.com/author/bethcarter

      The Amazon link for my new release is: https://www.tinyurl.com/BabiesatCoconuts And it's free with Kindle Unlimited!

      P.S. The paperback version will be available on August 28, 2019, and is up for pre-order now. Thank you for your support.