Monday, July 8, 2019

Sweet Home Alaska on Tour

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Sweet Home Alaska
By Beth Carpenter

(Northern Lights #5)

By Beth Carpenter

Contemporary Romance

Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Some sparks last forever.

But once burned…

World traveler Dr. Scott Willingham is known for being calm and levelheaded—except where Volta Morgan is concerned. In the ten years since they parted, Scott still can’t forget her. Now he’s come to Alaska to find Volta and finally let her go, only to find their attraction is stronger than ever. Can Scott leave her behind one last time…or has he truly found a place to call home?

Tour Schedule

July 8th:


It's All About the Romance

The Power of Words

Paulette's Papers

Rockin' Book Reviews

July 9th:

Thoughts of a Blonde

Kathryn Cooper Writes

E-Romance News

Janice's Book Reviews

July 10th:

Hallie Reads

Reading Is My SuperPower


Hearts & Scribbles

Jorie Loves A Story

July 11th:

Harlie's Books

Getting Your Read On


Locks, Hooks and Books

July 12th:

Red Headed Book Lady

Andi's Book Reviews


Christy's Cozy Corners

July 13th:

Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive:

- A neoprene pansy-print lunch tote

- A $20 Amazon gift card

Please note: International entries welcome, but if the winner has no US mailing address, the substitute prize will be AN ALASKAN PROPOSAL and ALASKAN HIDEAWAY ebooks, plus a $20 Amazon gift card.

Ends July 17, 2019

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sweet Home Alaska Giveaway

SWEET HOME ALASKA is on sale July 1st! 

To celebrate, I'm having a newsletter subscriber giveaway.

The prize is a paperback copy of THE ALASKAN CATCH and a pair of red, white, and blue tea towels in a LOVE tote bag.   

You must be subscribed to the Beth Carpenter newsletter to win. If you're not already subscribed, you can sign up HERE.

International entries are welcome, but if the winner doesn't have a US mailing address, the alternate prize will be two Harlequin Heartwarming e-books. Must be 18 or older to enter, no purchase necessary. If winner does not claim the prize within a week of notification, a new winner will be selected. 

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Some sparks last forever.

But once burned…

World traveler Dr. Scott Willingham is known for being calm and levelheaded—except where Volta Morgan is concerned. In the ten years since they parted, Scott still can’t forget her. Now he’s come to Alaska to find Volta and finally let her go, only to find their attraction is stronger than ever. Can Scott leave her behind one last time…or has he truly found a place to call home?

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Weathering the Storm

“If you want the rainbow, you have to deal with the rain.”

― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I grew up in West Texas, and have lived in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Alaska, and Arizona, so I've seen lots of weird weather. Last week, though, I experienced a weather phenomenom I've never seen before.

My family and I were driving through Canyonlands National Park. (I highly recommend it, by the way. It's beautiful!) It was warm, and the high altitude and dry air made the sunshine feel especially hot, so when a few clouds moved in, it was a relief. On the way out of the park, we hit a few sprinkles. But then, up ahead, there was something white across the road. It looked a little like a fog bank, but this wasn't the sort of country that gets much fog.

A minute later, we drove into a torrential rainshower. It was like driving under a waterfall. One side was barely sprinkling, and a second later, it was pouring rain and soft hail was smashing into the windshield. We were probably in the shower less than five minutes, but according to the dashboard, the air temperature dropped thirty degrees. And then we were out to warm, dry air again.

I think life can be like this. You're tooling along, having a nice life, when something unexpected looms up ahead. Maybe your car is making a funny noise, or you hear a rumor about layoffs where you work, or you have an odd symptom that sends you to the doctor. Before you know it, you're in the middle of the storm, being lashed from all sides. But the only way out is through, and eventually you come out on the other side, stronger and smarter. It may take a lot longer than it took us to drive through that downpour, and you may not come out unscathed, but eventually, you'll make it through the storm.

If you're interested, here are a few more pictures that I posted on my Facebook page.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Words I Was Using Wrong

Under words that don’t mean what I originally thought they meant—DECIMATE: to kill one in every ten of (a group of soldiers or others) as a punishment for the whole group

So if a rabbit decimates my lettuce patch, 9 of 10 lettuce plants is okay. Honestly, I’m okay with that. 

BRAISE: fry (food) lightly and then stew it slowly in a closed container. 

A great way to cook pork chops BTW. 

BRAISE is not the same as BRAZE: form, fix, or join by soldering with an alloy of copper and zinc at high temperature. Nor does it mean to grill over an open flame. 

PRODIGAL: spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant.

From context, I assumed prodigal meant someone who spurns or runs away from his home and family. Nope. Just a spendthrift.

Have you discovered words you were using wrong? 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Running of the Reindeer 2019

Those of you who have read Alaskan Hideaway might remember the "Running of the Reindeer" event in Fur Rondy. I thought I'd post a few photos from this year's event. 

There was a crowd at the fences, and it is Fur Rondy, so I saw lots of big furry hats like the one above. The men's run was first.

Some of them had very interesting costumes. I love the dragon, although it brought up the rear in more of an amble than a run, way behind the reindeer.

 Then they gathered the reindeer up and took them back down the street so the women could run. 

As you can see, the women had great costumes, too. I'm especially fond of the cookie monster. 

All and all, lots of fun and cute reindeer. Fun times in Anchorage. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Tour Finale - An Alaskan Proposal

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for

An Alaskan Proposal
By Beth Carpenter

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops

you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

. . . AN ALASKAN PROPOSAL is the fourth story in the Northern Lights series. It’s a classic “fish out of water” romance, set in Alaska. There are dogs, and outdoor scenes, and Leith’s niece Emma, who is a bundle of energy. I think you’ll like it. Thanks to all the bloggers and reviewers on this tour.

And if you’re making any fresh starts this new year, I hope they lead to happily-ever-after.

— Beth

"An Alaskan Proposal by Beth Carpenter is delightful. I enjoyed visiting the spectacular places in Alaska along with Sabrina. . . . The story was fabulously written, and descriptions of the scenery were superb. It makes me want to visit Alaska even more. The characters all had their quirks and traits. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romance."

What was she doing here, climbing a mountain, in Alaska, in the rain? Sabrina didn’t hike. She didn’t wear ugly boots and plastic ponchos. At least the old Sabrina didn’t. The new Sabrina—the one she’d pretty much created out of thin air—loved spending time outdoors. At least that was the story she’d sold Orson Outfitters’ management during her job interview, and that was the story she intended to live up to. Today’s team-builder outing was her first test.

You’d think all those hours at the gym would have prepared her for this, but it turned out running on a treadmill and hiking rough trails weren’t quite the same. Her muscles complained, forcefully. Still, she couldn’t quit, or everyone would know she was an impostor.

"Carpenter weaves another compelling story in An Alaskan Proposal – the setting, the characters, the writing style all perfectly on point. I loved the banter between Leith and Sabrina, their developing friendship, and those kisses! Tal & Boomer absolutely delighted me, and I hope we get to spend more time with them (in Volta’s story perhaps?). It’s always great to visit with old friends from previous books in the series, too, but this book works nicely as a standalone if you’re just starting here."

Sabrina didn’t even own rainwear. Well, technically there was that vintage Laura Wilkes umbrella she’d gotten at an estate sale, but Sabrina considered that more art than protection. Dealing with rain hadn’t been a big part of her life as a fashion buyer in Scottsdale. But that was then.

Now Sabrina was doing the nature thing in Alaska, and she wasn’t equipped for it. Fortunately, Clara, being the experienced mom she was, carried extra folding ponchos in her glove compartment and had loaned Sabrina one at the beginning of the hike. It had done the job, but Sabrina was glad the rain had finally stopped and she could peel it off.

Book by Book - Review

"Take another trip to Alaska with Beth Carpenter’s latest Northern Lights novel, An Alaskan Proposal. Full of outdoorsy adventure and entertaining banter, it’s a contemporary romance not to be missed. . . . A fun and romantic story, it’s sure to please other lovers of contemporary romance as well (even without reading the rest of the books in the series). Pick it up today!"

It was the Alaskan setting of this series that initially drew me to it, and it’s Beth Carpenter’s smooth writing, warm characters, and creative storytelling that keep me coming back to her books. . . . This is just a great series that I wish could go on and on, for there’s many more stories to tell. . . . Highly recommended."

Okay. A tent. Let’s see what she had to work with. Sabrina opened the drawstring at the top of the bag and dumped everything out. Hmm. A bunch of nylon, two short bundles of colored sticks, small metal sticks with hooks on the ends and…oh, instructions. Good. She grabbed the paper and looked at the picture. Step one: spread tent on the ground.

Clear enough. She unrolled the nylon and spread it in a neat rectangle. Presumably the heavier side was the bottom, and the net side went up. So far, so good.

Step two: assemble shock-corded tent poles. Was that stick in the picture the big one or one of the little ones? Another gust sent a shiver up her arms. She stamped her feet. It was hard to concentrate when she was so cold.


"Beth Carpenter’s descriptively toned voice makes us feel like we’re right there in picturesque Alaska in the latest from her Northern Lights series! The gorgeous setting is divine, the characters nab our attention quickly and their sweet love story warms soul throughout. Lots of heart, riddled with emotion and just an overall fun read. A nice addition to this wonderful series!"

Sabrina turned to see Clara and all the other employees gathered behind her staring at the tent and at her. Super. Walter pushed through the crowd.

“What happened here?”

Sabrina swallowed. “It was my fault. I thought it would save some mess and equipment if I heated the beans in the fire.”

Walter narrowed his eyes. “You put the cans in the fire without opening them?”

Sabrina nodded.

“Any casualties?”

“Only the tent.”

E-Romance News - Excerpt

“Like I said, we don’t really teach basic woodcraft. Maybe you could register for a course from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, this fall.”

“Fall is too late. My assignment here ends September first, when the store managers send in their evaluations. Only the top half move on to the next level of training. Besides...” She paused, taking a sudden interest in the worn vinyl floor.

“Besides, what?”

She took a breath and looked up. “After putting down deposits on my apartment and utilities, I’m a little short on cash right now. I thought maybe we could work out some sort of barter arrangement?”

"The characters are so personable, they feel real: They will truly "win your heart"! . . . The dreamy Alaskan setting is perfect and described well. . . . I offer a Five Stars rating for this incredible, well written novel."

Kimber Li - Excerpt

Dinner at his sister’s had gone just about the way he’d expected. Volta, with all the subtlety of a locomotive, had seated him next to the new nurse at the table and kept throwing out random pieces of information designed to force them to bond. “Leith, Marley’s blood type is B negative, just like yours and mine. That’s only two percent of the population. Interesting coincidence, huh?”

What did you say to something like that? Marley had seemed like a perfectly nice person, but after going through a divorce three years ago, Leith had decided the safest route was to avoid getting involved with women, period. So, when Volta made a point of asking him if he had a date for the wedding in front of Marley so that he’d almost be forced to invite her, it had given him great satisfaction to assure her that, yes, he did have a date. He’d almost laughed out loud at the expression on his sister’s face when her plot failed.

Heidi Reads... - Review

"Another great book in the Northern Lights series! I really enjoyed the easy friendship that developed between Leith and Sabrina. . . . I loved the Alaskan setting and all the camping and exploring described. . . . A great cast of characters made this a well-rounded story."

Becky on Books - Review

"Such a sweet romance! . . . I love the Alaskan setting of this series, and the people in it are just wonderful too. I loved Sabrina and Leith, and watching them go from two people who aren’t quite sure what to make of the other to friends to more was just delightful."

Colorimetry - Excerpt

She pretended to be studying the instructions, hoping he’d walk away, but he remained where he was. “I’m Leith Jordan.”

“Sabrina Bell.”

He nodded. “So, Sabrina. Why are you here?”

“For the team-builder, obviously.”

“No, I mean why are you in Alaska? Why didn’t you stay in Arizona?”

“I came for the job.”

He raised an eyebrow. “You came all the way to Alaska to work at the Orson Outfitters store?”

Remembrancy - Review

"Through Sabrina’s eyes, Beth Carpenter gives readers a taste of the majesty and beauty of Alaska and through Leith and his niece, the readers get to experience some of the many adventures. Oh, and there’s a sweet romance full of mutual attraction and plenty of chemistry brewing in there too."

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

“Stop!” Leith finally yelled loud enough to get through to her. She turned. The creature at the corner of the parking lot looked toward him as well.

Sabrina scowled at him. “What? I just want to help that dog. He seems shy. I wonder if someone abandoned him.”

“The reason he’s shy around people is because he’s not a dog.” Leith grabbed her elbow and dragged her back toward the safety of the Land Cruiser. “He’s a wolf.”

"I just loved the chemistry between Sabrina and Leith. . . . I could not put it down until I was finished with it a few hours later. . . . I am giving An Alaskan Proposal a very well deserved five plus stars and I highly recommend it. I can not wait to go back to read the previous books in the series and look forward to more by Beth Carpenter in the future."

EmpowerMoms - Review

"I absolutely loved this book! . . . I loved the imagery of Alaska and the feel of community I got from reading this story. The main characters Sabrina and Leith were great. . . . I really enjoyed it and would recommend it."

Don't forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven't already...

An Alaskan Proposal
(Northern Lights #4)

By Beth Carpenter

Contemporary Romance

Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
January 1st 2010 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can he teach her survival skills—

without endangering his heart?

When Sabrina Bell taps Leith Jordan for a crash course in conquering the great Alaskan outdoors, he figures he’s on safe ground. They’re polar opposites and his spectacular home state’s just a pit stop for the hotshot fashionista. So no one’s more surprised than Leith when he starts falling for her. Now he’s a man with a plan: get Sabrina to fall in love with Alaska…and, hopefully, with him.

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About the Author

Once upon a time ...

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She's still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a book tote, a print copy of A GIFT HORSE by Beth Carpenter, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Prize open to US continental residents - If winner doesn’t have a US mailing address, the alternate
prize is a $25 Amazon card and two e-books (A GIFT HORSE and THE ALASKAN

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