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About Beth Carter
Formerly a bank VP and hospital marketer, Beth Carter reinvented herself at mid-life to pen novels and children's picture books rather than getting a shiny red convertible. Carter is now a multi-award-winning author of the popular six-book Coconuts series, standalone novels, SLEEPING WITH ELVIS and MIRACLE ON AISLE TWO, THE QUARANTINE COOKBOOK (her pandemic project for charity), four children's books, and a nonfiction book on writing, publishing, and marketing, I WROTE A BOOK. NOW WHAT?
When there isn't a pandemic, the author writes at Starbucks, but for now, the kitchen table contains a scary, teetering mountain of messy notes, much to her husband's chagrin. Carter splits her time between Missouri and Florida, loves boating, dancing, shopping, coffee, chardonnay, and the beach. Connect with Beth Carter on social media or via her website: www.bethcarter.com. Join the author's fun readers' group, Beth's Book Babes, for cover reveals, contests, giveaways, and all things books and reading!
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Alex, a Type A marketer with a touch of OCD, spirals downward as her not-so-perfect world crumbles. While deciding whether to continue in a job she’s beginning to despise, she overhears two terrifying words: “Officers down” and sets out on a mission to see if her cop boyfriend was wounded—or worse. After a terrifying bank incident, she’s driven to the brink. What’s worse, she knows the man who truly loved her got away, but Alex isn’t the pity-party type at forty—especially at forty.
Two wealthy Van Buren socialites attempt life in the country after a meteoric fall from grace. Far from the razzle-dazzle of city life and designer clothing, will the mother-daughter duo embrace small-town living or return to jet-setting? Are wine in the woods, skinny-dipping, and county fairs enough to entice the New Yorkers to stay? And pie? What’s this about pie?
Suzy adjusts to life with twins while attempting to maintain her floundering wedding planning business. When someone from her past knocks on the door, Suzy’s husband goes to Hollywood in a frantic search for his teen daughter. She soon learns sleep deprivation and frown lines are the least of her worries.
High school counselor Hope loves her new role as wife and stepmom and doesn’t even care that the pounds she lost pre-wedding have returned. It appears her hopeless life is finally hopeful, especially after an inspiring surprise at Hilltop High.
Personal crises aside, the four best friends are horrified when Coconuts, their favorite island-themed oasis, morphs into a sports bar and goes on the market to the highest bidder. Will they be able to save their iconic Happy Hour refuge—and keeper of their innermost secrets—or will the new, sexy owner prevail?
Expect shocking twists, combined with plenty of humor and heart, in the sixth, final novel of the Coconuts series.
Grinning, the cowboy tipped his hat. "Yes, ma'am."
Two worlds collide when a wealthy New York socialite plants a kiss on an unsuspecting cowboy. His ancient pickup is a far cry from her personal limo and Cheri Van Buren’s more accustomed to the Big Apple than Soggy Bottoms, his farm. Still, the caterer to the stars surprisingly adores the simple life—until keeping her notoriety, plus a scandalous secret, becomes a full-time job.
Blunt bank marketer Alex takes an undisclosed hiatus to go on a self-imposed Eat, Drink, Chill trip to decide once and for all if she’s going to end her disastrous relationship with a sexy cop. When someone begins to make the decision easy, a phone call changes everything.
Determined to put the pieces together after her adopted parents’ train-accident-turned-soap-opera nightmare, Hope heads to Nashville with her amnesia-laden hippie dad. Will he have a breakthrough or is it too late?
Pregnant with twins at nearly forty, Suzy juggles her wedding business while enduring morning sickness and embarrassing OB/GYN visits. The last thing she needs is unsettling news from her son, not to mention a shocker by her teen stepdaughter.
Maybe that old adage about opposites attracting is true. Maybe not. One thing’s for certain. A cocktail at Coconuts is always in order.
Even though this is Book 4 in the Coconuts series, it may be read as a standalone.
Still a virgin at nearly 40, Hope can’t believe a man is interested in her, as in really interested. As nervous as her students before prom, she timidly navigates the choppy dating waters like an awkward teen. Smitten by the guy who seems determined to win her heart, will she allow him to break down her barriers after he drops a colossal bombshell?
Socialite Cheri Van Buren came clean—sort of—to a sweet cowboy who stole her heart. But she never had the chance to tell him about her pedigreed, high-society life before it was publicized internationally. Meanwhile, a food critic and arrogant chef attempt to destroy her catering business.
After an astonishing, almost-televised birth, Suzy juggles twins and exhaustion, while her beloved wedding planning business appears to be going up in tulle. Her distracted husband regrets allowing his daughter to move to Hollywood while Suzy welcomes newborns.
Bank marketer Alex is demoted and the one man who she always thought would be there for her appears to be going, going, gone. To complicate her convoluted relationship, her cop boyfriend gets an unlikely partner.
When one of the best friends receives a rushed engagement, after the surprise, the women rally to provide a quick wedding. But the inclement weather has other ideas. Will the winter wonderland ceremony take place or is a wedding sleepover their best bet?
As always, Coconuts, their beloved island-themed bar, is the only constant in the frenzied best friends’ lives. Or is it?
A clash of cultures.
A chaotic wedding.
A surprise baby.
Just another day at Coconuts.
Coordinating the most joyous day of her son’s life should be easy. After all, Suzy is a wedding planner. But a meddling future mother-in-law wasn’t on the checklist. A wacky rehearsal dinner, a beach wedding, and a baby—not necessarily in that order—ensures bedlam, if not hilarity, among the two head-butting moms. The show must go on, with or without the wedding party.
Hope is adept at counseling students but has given up on dieting and having sleek hair. She has even gotten used to the fact that her adopted father no longer remembers her—until a surprise engagement and a newspaper article leave her in shambles.
Sexy banker Alex conveys totally in control while ignoring the simmering boil of her disastrous relationship. Her marketing rival is her kryptonite, but a disastrous bank event may spell her downfall.
Socialite Cheri Van Buren seems to have the perfect life. The New Yorker deftly juggles celebrity events but is growing concerned about her jet-setting parents’ strained marriage. After competing in a cake-decorating contest, another chef leaves her speechless.
More than a Happy Hour haven, Coconuts is the unknowing guardian of shared secrets, bombshell revelations, a few tears, and joy. Will the best friends ever find happiness? It doesn’t look good.
NOTE: Even though this is Book 3 of my Coconuts series, it may be read as a standalone.
Socialite Cheri Van Buren makes a splashy, paparazzi-filled visit to Coconuts. Secretly dabbling in disastrous online dating, the wealthy caterer desires normalcy away from the society pages. A few girlfriends would be nice too.
Hope’s life is routine, if not dull. The most exciting part of her day is counseling students until a monster tornado heads toward Hilltop High. Now she’s in shock—and not just from the devastating twister.
Alex oversees a marketing intern from hell who appears intent on stealing her job. Her relationship with her sexy cop boyfriend isn’t so sexy, especially after his ex-wife stalks her.
Suzy’s new marriage is challenged by her surly teen stepdaughter, a unique Halloween wedding, and her son’s ever-changing nuptials. If that isn’t enough, the family discovers an astonishing revelation requiring a giant leap of faith.
Will the women overcome the chaos or will it tear them apart?
Fired two weeks before Christmas, distraught single mom Madison wonders how she’ll afford to pay for her young daughter’s Christmas gifts and still keep a roof over their heads. Sleigh bells and twinkling lights are the last thing on her mind—until a handsome stranger intervenes.
Successful architect Adam Donovan dives into his work by renovating an elaborate hotel after his wife leaves him. He barely notices it’s Christmastime until he overhears a young mother’s tearful plea. Stepping in makes Adam feel like Old Saint Nick himself.
Will Madison and Adam find holiday joy—and possibly love—after discovering Adam’s secret or will it tear them apart?
Are you in a panic after penning your debut novel, nonfiction book, memoir, or children’s book? Are you at a loss as to how to get published? Is deciding between a traditional publisher or going the indie route terrifying? Do you wonder how to attract agents, editors, or find readers?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I WROTE A BOOK. NOW WHAT? will become your new, dog-eared best friend. Written with humor and much-needed encouragement from an award-winning, multi-published author and former marketer, this action-packed comprehensive guide is for beginning writers. As Carter discusses her potholed journey, she cheers you on while you navigate the ever-changing world of publishing by sharing her wacky, real-life writing experiences. Part craft book. Part author journey. Part marketing.
• Writing Advice
• Website Tips
• Building Publishing Credits
• Query Letters
• Grammar & Punctuation
• Finding Agents, Editors, & Readers
• A Marketing 101 Primer
Written in a conversational tone, the author of fourteen books shares her tumultuous, hive-inducing journey, as well as insider tips she has learned along the way. As a novelist, cookbook author, and children’s book writer, Beth Carter reinvented herself at mid-life and waved goodbye to the corporate world after working in marketing for nearly twenty years.
Grab some coffee, put your feet up, and start reading this invaluable writerly resource, which provides baby steps to becoming published. What are you waiting for, storyteller? You’ve got this.
And when you don’t feel like cooking, Carter included a generous dollop of almost 60 Non-Stir Crazy Activities, a sprinkling of unique Six-Word Memoirs on Quarantine Life, and a pinch of hilarious food quotes that are sure to bring a smile during these trying times.
Recipes include Quarantine Balls, Bacon Asparagus Quiche, Stuffed Pasta Shells, French Dip Sandwiches, Asian Salmon, Rosemary Pork Chops, Parmesan Chicken, Strawberry Yogurt Cake, Brownie Pie, and Chocolate-Covered Cashew Clusters, to name a few.
Easy on the pantry—and budget—these family favorite recipes using common ingredients are sure to become yours too. Since we’re homebound, let’s cook! Stay healthy, and happy eating.
During the 2020 crisis, all proceeds from this cookbook benefited Tunnel2Towers.org, which provides housing for fallen COVID-19 healthcare professionals and first responders with young children. During 2021, the author pledges to donate over 100 cookbooks to healthcare heroes.
Alexandra, a beautiful marketer with a “touch” of OCD, falls for a bad-boy cop who's married and possibly stalking her. But he sure is sexy. Alex tries to stay at arm’s length after she puts her job—and life—on the line for the officer who isn’t always a gentleman.
Hope hates her name, looks, and frizzy hair. As a high school counselor, she dishes out sage advice to students, yet can’t see she’s enabling her deadbeat, stuck-in-the-seventies hippie parents. After tragedy strikes, she reexamines their relationship and discovers a secret that almost went to the grave.
Friends since high school, the thirty-something women meet every Thursday at Coconuts for their own form of friendapy.
Gorgeous Elvis impersonator Ty Townsend flees to Key Lime Island between gigs. During this hiatus, he reevaluates his profession after twice forgetting the King’s lyrics. He craves the isle’s solitude—far away from social media haters—where he shares beach life with a cursing parrot. The last thing on his mind is a woman, especially one who isn’t supposed to be there.
Will their secrets tear them apart or will they find happiness on the sand and stage?