Good day to all. Today’s the first post of out “Facebook/Goodreads Writer Friends” or in the case of Beth “ Goodreads /Facebook” friends, which ever you prefer. Both are nice places to make new friends. Please take Giovanni with a grain of salt. Moving on, I was raised with one of the core values our family had of supporting one another; family and friends. Although Beth and I are separated by a few time zones we have had many nice conversations and exchanges. Who better to start this new posting segment off? She has some nice words in an interview we did, I have included that below my thoughts on her book.
I got a hold of “A Real Basket case” and initially had some trepidation. One, trepidation is a big word for me and I had to ask my wife what it meant. Two, being a guy and secure in my manhood, did I really want to read a book whose central character made basket arrangements? I enjoy female heroines, I thought, so let’s give it the old college try. To my surprise and delight I got a groove on this very early and enjoyed the characters as well as her easy going writing style. The pace was quick; it keep me turning the pages and was an excellent read. I am passing the book around to share with my wife and seven daughters. My teenage son might be a tough one; I got him to look at the Burn Notice book I posted on earlier in the week. We watch the show together. Beth Groundwater has a very clever debut novel here. The heroine, Claire Hanover, is a keeper that you are going to be going to want more of. Pick it up; it has a fast pace, great characters and a good ending. I had the opportunity to talk with Beth Groundwater; here is what she had to say.
“In the future, I’ll be juggling two mystery series, the Claire Hanover Gift Basket Designer Series and my new Rocky Mountain Adventure Series Whitewater River Ranger. Mandy Tanner, who is single and in her 20’s and lives in Salida,CO. She is very different from Claire who is in her 40’s, married and lives in Colorado Springs. The first book in the new series ,”Deadly Currents”, will be released March 2010. Many of my readers assume that I, like Claire, have a gift basket business, but my business is writing books. I construct gift baskets for friends and relatives for fun, but not for sale. And, while I enjoy whitewater rafting, I’m no expert at that either, as Mandy is. I rely on experts in the occupations I write about and their advice to make realistic and factual.”
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