Monday, June 23, 2014

Beth Albright - There's Magic in Dixie

Thank you so much for having me as your guest today, Lee. So very excited to be with you and your readers!

I was so thrilled when this new series, IN DIXIE popped into my head. I was in the strangest of all places. I was sitting in the car waiting for my husband and son to run around crazy for three hours playing paintball. I know, I know. I was nuts to go in the first place. It was over Christmas and it was a cloudy frigid day. Yet still I wanted to go for the very long ride to the spot where I had chosen to go—just along for the ride, never intending to get out of the car.

Instead I knew, as was in the past, sitting in the car alone, waiting on my hubby, was a very good place to think and come up with the epiphany of a new series. See, it had worked once before. I happened to be sitting in a car one rainy November night when the idea for The Sassy Belles hit me.

Oh, I had been writing Rhonda’s story for a while but had no idea what to do with her until that fateful day at Paintball. I was flooded with ideas—I could barely write fast enough on my little yellow legal pad to keep up with the stream of thoughts flowing out. I plotted out six books, six fabulous stories to tell. All of them will have as the supporting characters from my other books. So readers who loved the first series will find familiar faces within the pages of my new IN DIXIE series.

The entire series is about each of these women discovering themselves, their passions, their hearts and souls. And then making the difficult decision to embrace that—or not. Of course part of that journey will always be finding true love and learning just who your southern sisters are when things get tough. And my novels will NEVER be without laughter and hilarious situations. It’s the southern way—laughter in the face of adversity. And to simply believe in the magic of tomorrow--as our favorite southern heroine, Scarlett O’Hara always said, “ I’ll worry ‘bout that tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day.”

Honestly, I have been planning this first story, MAGIC IN DIXIE, for a long time. I knew this book would have all the fun, comedy, sarcasm and romance of all of my previous books but what was tugging at me with this one was this huge secret this family had been hiding. So it’s like peeling back an onion; layers upon layers, unfolding.

And I take my readers on this mysterious adventure through an old antebellum mansion that my heroine inherits from her estranged father. Secrets are so imbedded in this very crazy family with possibly the most dysfunctional mother I have ever written! I LOVE her!

 The central heroines are my new Belles, and their stories, a little deeper and richer but still steeped in the ways and attitudes and language of the Deep South. Of course all will be heady sexy romance with a shot of mystery and filled with laugh out loud moments. The next book will be out in December, called STARDUST IN DIXIE

These books are so near and dear to my heart! All of these women have a story to tell. They are funny and sexy, sophisticated but very genuinely southern!

I love writing about the Deep South. My passion to write was born there and to this day, I still find there’s MAGIC IN DIXIE. Leave a comment for a chance to win three Starbucks gift cards and a signed book... one winner gets the book and a card and two others get a card!   

***Beth's winner is Melanie Reed!  Please email with your mailing details!***


Unknown said...

I love discovering new authors and am looking forward to reading your books. As a Southern girl, I enjoy reading books set here in the Deep South. Your books sound amazing. I also understand finding inspiration and book ideas in odd and unusual places. I carry a notebook and pens in my purse at all times.

Leni said...

As a reader it's fun to find out some of the ways authors come up with stories. And there is something about how humor is used when there is a difficult situation going on. Just as in life it does help one get through.

erin said...

congrats on the new release!!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Mary Preston said...

I love how you used the waiting time so positively & I love your enthusiasm.

Laney4 said...

I write poetry, and I find my best writing is done when my husband is driving us somewhere an hour or so away. The words just flow! (Knock wood.)

You are a new-to-me author, and I would LOVE to read your books! I appreciate your enthusiasm and look forward to seeing how it shows in your stories too. One can never hear/read enough about "the Deep South". It in itself is inspiring!

Laurie G said...

I live in Florida over half of the year. I love meeting people who showcase Southern hospitality;warm, friendly, smiling and out going. One woman that I work with calls everyone Sugar. Love Southern fried chicken!

I can't wait to meet your Belles of the South! I would review your book and love a Starbucks treat too!

dstoutholcomb said...

love your stories set in the Deep South!