Only twenty more days until my new novel, Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier, comes out! You can guess I’m a little excited. I think it’s my best book yet!
If you haven’t caught wind of any of the buzz around it yet, here’s the basic plot:
Fifteen years ago, Garret Sorensen’s family, trust, and heart were destroyed when Thea Celik betrayed him and married his brother. Now they are divorcing. Garret’s ready to finally mend his relationship with his brother. But being back in Newport, Rhode Island, triggers a lot of memories—all leading back to Thea.
Thea’s not ready to let go of the Sorensens—even if it means being around Garret. As they cautiously circle around each other—finding themselves drawn together—they realize following their hearts could cast them adrift.
I loved writing this book because I got to do a lot of research about a) the history of coffee, and b) Newport.
Let me tell you—that cup of coffee that you (or your coworker) drinks every day has contained within it amazing stories of love, lust, betrayal, transformation, and intrigue (not to mention antioxidants and caffeine).
One little example of coffee lore, because I can’t help myself. This is from the book. Each chapter opens with a bit about coffee in a newspaper column written by the main character:
From “The Coffee Diaries”
by Thea Celik
The Newport Examiner
What I love about coffee is this: the dramatic change a coffee cherry goes through before it becomes a coffee “bean.”
If you’ve ever dumped out a bag of fresh-roasted coffee beans, you’ve probably stolen a sniff of that gorgeous, earthy aroma. You must have marveled at that glossy, dark sheen.
But that smell and those oils simply did not exist in the coffee cherry when it was little more than a hard green fruit growing on a mountainside.
It’s fire that forces the transformation from seed to bean. Roasting alters the seed’s makeup—an intense molecular restructuring.
In that way, I think coffee cherries aren’t much different than people. Heat and pressure change us. When we walk through fire—and we all do at some point—we come out the other side to find ourselves altered. If we’re lucky, we become richer, more complex, more alluring people because of our trials. But sometimes, we just get burned.
I had way too much fun with all this coffee stuff. The metaphors just fell into my lap!
Anyway—I’ve got to go back to writing now. But if you’re interested in Slow Dancing on Price's Pier, you can preorder it today and be one of the first readers to receive it.
And now, I leave you with that age old question: COFFEE or TEA?
Leave your answer and you will be entered to win a wonderful little book that I picked up: Jane Austen’s Little Instruction Book. It’s a darling purple mini-book of pithy quotes from Austen about life.
I’ll stop back tomorrow to pick a winner.
P.S. If you haven’t already seen this, you can find another excerpt from Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier here. Meet Garret and Thea, and get a peek into their chemistry. Check it out!