Monday, July 16, 2018

Wood Spirits

Alaskan Hideaway, the third book in the Northern Lights series, had a working title of "Against the Grain" which refers to the hero's hobby of woodcarving. When I was writing the book, I did some research on carving and became fascinated with the faces carved into branches called wood spirits. You can find pictures of wood spirits in the Alaskan Hideaway Pinterest board.

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When Mac Macleod was ten, his grandfather gave him a pocket knife and taught him to whittle.

Mac was a writer by profession, but whenever he needed to work through something, like figuring out how to fix a plot hole or make a difficult parenting decision, he would pull out his grandpa's knife and whittle. He always considered his carving the woodworking version of doodling, but Ursula (our heroine) believes the wood spirits he carves are art.


Now Mac is grieving his daughter's death, and he finds the wood spirits he carves are a way of working through his emotions. Often, the pain he feels finds its way into the wood spirit's face. But as he heals, the wood spirits he creates reflect that too. And, just as his grandfather taught him, he teaches Ursula's goddaughter, Rory, to whittle.




Do you have a hobby like Mac's that helps you relax and think?

*****

He traveled 3,800 miles to be alone

…but is it what he really wants? 

Relocating to Alaska after a family tragedy seemed an ideal way for author R.D. “Mac” Macleod to grieve in peace. But solitude feels overrated when Mac’s around B&B owner Ursula Anderson and her orphaned goddaughter, Rory, who’s already bonding with his dog. Worse, he’s imagining a future with Ursula and Rory. Is it time to finally forgive himself?

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Alaska Hideaway Launch Day

It's here! 

Alaska Hideaway is up for sale at online bookstores, or if you don't shop online, Barnes and Noble will special order it for you. You can find buy links and a sample on the Northern Lights Series Tab on this website.

And here's a little reminder from the book, to take a moment to enjoy the small miracles all around you. 


Friday, June 22, 2018

Cover Perspectives



I was thrilled when I saw the North American cover for my newest book, Alaskan Hideaway, coming out in July. I thought the landscape was amazing and illustrated one of the scenes perfectly, when Ursula and Mac share a kiss under the northern lights. 

So I was surprised to see the UK and Australian covers didn't go with the northern  lights theme. Instead, they emphasize the relationship between Mac, a man who has lost his daughter, and Rory, a little girl who has lost her parents. I have to admit, I love these covers too. I just wish Blossom the dog could have been included.

What do you think? Do you prefer scenery or people on your covers? Which is your favorite of these three?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Home to Alaska


Springtime in Anchorage


The days are long, and the Chugach mountains are beautiful.


The geese are back.


The May Day trees are blooming, and the whole city smells like flowers.

It's good to be home.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Trust in Tomorrow


“Live each day like it’s your last.”

I tried to find the origin of that quote, but it’s been attributed to everyone from Ray Charles to an old Hebrew saying.  I can see what they’re going for. We shouldn’t put off doing the things we’re always wanted to do, or ending a grudge, or hugging our loved ones, because one day it will be too late. But there’s a problem.

If we truly lived each day like it was our last, we’d never plant a garden, or raise a child, or write a book. We’d never even crack open a James Michener novel. All these things take time, and faith. We have to believe that the seeds we plant in the garden today will mean fresh green beans to eat and share in a few months. We have to believe, through all those diaper changes and midnight feedings, that this baby will grow and thrive. We have to believe that these words we put on the pages everyday will grow into the story we’re trying to tell.



A better motto, I think, might be “Trust in Tomorrow.” Because few great things can be accomplished in a day.



Like most things in life, it’s all about balance. So sure, let go of that grudge and reconcile with someone. Take the time to go for a walk in the park with someone you love. Schedule a date to try skydiving. Taste Key lime pie. Do it today.



But spend the rest of the day making progress toward a greater goal. Dream big. Tomorrow will come.

What do you think? Is there something you’ve always meant to do that you can do today? Or are you busy working toward a larger goal? How do you find balance?

Monday, May 7, 2018

Goodreads Giveaway - Alaskan Hideaway



Goodreads Book Giveaway


Alaskan Hideaway by Beth  Carpenter

Alaskan Hideaway

by Beth Carpenter


Giveaway ends May 21, 2018.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


Enter Giveaway


He traveled 3,800 miles to be alone

…but is it what he really wants? 

Relocating to Alaska after a family tragedy seemed an ideal way for author R.D. “Mac” Macleod to grieve in peace. But solitude feels overrated when Mac’s around B&B owner Ursula Anderson and her orphaned goddaughter, Rory, who’s already bonding with his dog. Worse, he’s imagining a future with Ursula and Rory. Is it time to finally forgive himself?