I'm thrilled to announce my new contemporary romance, SLEEPING WITH ELVIS, releases on August 10! My novel is a romance (of course!) and also has strong suspenseful scenes as well as plenty of comedy. I'm a genre straddler, what can I say?
Check out my cover reveal:
The cover captures the wonder my main character, Pepper, feels as she
enjoys her first taste of an exciting beach vacation--a far cry from her shabby trailer in Arkansas. But she had
better enjoy the serenity now because, well, you’ll just have to read
it and find out!
An enticing novel plot isn’t anything without a diverse cast of
characters to keep readers turning the pages. It takes a while for
characters to develop fully (maybe ten edits will do it!) After much
work and a gazillion tweaks, I am in LOVE with my characters! Well, not
Derek. He’s a jerk but we have to have a villain to cause mayhem, right?
Plus, they're fun to create.
I’ve fallen for my main character, Ty, the Elvis impersonator, but also
have a sweet spot for the elderly veteran, George. Ty makes me swoon
and George makes me cry. And the cursing parrot? Come on. Now, I want to
get one! Meet them:
Pepper – She lives with her crappy boyfriend in as shabby trailer in
Nowhere, Arkansas. They saved all year for a fabulous vacation to Key
Lime Island but she just lost her job as a daycare worker. She’s going
anyway. Money problems, fears of flying, and boating be damned.
Derek – Pepper’s nasty, cheating, controlling boyfriend. Little does
he know she plans to break up with him the second the vacation is over.
But he doesn’t go away easily–Not. At. All.
Ty Townsend – A drop-dead gorgeous Elvis impersonator who has
unplugged on Key Lime Island to escape social media trolls after he
messed up the King’s lyrics (twice!) He rethinks his unique profession
and enjoys downtime, until he discovers a woman lost in more ways than
Saylor – Ty’s cursing African Grey parrot who is entertaining, albeit with a serious potty mouth (thus, her name!)
Captain Dan – The leathered, tough-talking, big-bellied captain of their charter, Reel Time.
Mia – The captain’s efficient, lovely first mate for the excursion to Key Lime island.
Frank – Ty’s gold-chain-wearing, no-nonsense manager who wants his entertainer back on the stage.
George – A retired psychiatrist and Air Force Veteran who has sadness of his own but becomes Pepper’s hero.
Stephanie Silk – A porn star who creates havoc.
Of course, there are many more secondary characters who play
interesting roles but the characters listed above are my main cast. When
I write, I envision an actual play or movie in an effort to bring my
characters to life.
Please follow my Amazon author page so you’ll know when SLEEPING WITH ELVIS goes live! http://www.amazon.com/author/bethcarter
For now, I’m deep into final edits. Stay tuned for a launch party in mid-August! Back to the hamster cage… Elvis has
left the blog.