Kythera…Are You In?

After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.~Aristotle Onassis

There’s a mystery floating in Charleston, South Carolina and it revolves around the word…Kythera. To anyone outside the city limits it means nothing, but to those who live there it’s a word they’re familiar with and depending on who you are will determine your reaction to hearing it.

Welcome to a world where money isn’t the only name of the game.

To Die For Recipe

This weekend was pretty laid back and I loved it! I spent some time with my mother-in-law and we made the most amazing chocolate dessert I think I’ve ever had and that’s saying a lot since I’m a chocaholic.

I always love when my Southern Living Magazine comes in the mail (thanks Mom!) because they always have amazing recipes that I want to try (especially desserts). But the magazine I received this month had the recipe for Mississippi Mud S’Mores-Fudge Pie. I dare say it was even better than the cracker candy I posted about a few months back. Yeah, it’s that good.

Just be prepared to eat the whole thing when you make it.

Click here for the recipe.

Mississippi Mud S'Mores-Fudge Pie

The Observant Turtle…Book Review

Hey everyone! Go check out Whitney’s very cool blog The Observant Turtle and her review of The Kings of Charleston. She’s a South Carolina girl living in Houston, Texas. Who better to give her thoughts on the Charleston setting?

Also, check out the “Where to Buy the Book” tab for a new print book retailer, Books-A-Million!




The Day We Met

As promised, I’ve decided to start doing some short stories, giving different perspectives of other characters from The Kings of Charleston. The book is written in first person, so everything is told from Casper’s eyes, so the reader never really gets a glimpse into the others minds, motivations and emotions.

So, in an effort to give a glimpse I will try to post shorts about the other characters. Enjoy!

First up is Cal Roman and the day he met Casper in person: The Day We Met

I couldn’t figure out why I was so nervous. This wasn’t normal for me. My mind flashed to her picture on the television screen the day I first saw her at the Derby. Her eyes burning into mine as if she was staring directly at me. At that moment I knew I had to meet her and in my world that was an easy task to arrange.

But now that the moment was here, I didn’t know what to expect. What if she wasn’t what I had pictured in my mind these past couple of weeks? What if I had made a terrible mistake? Toughen up, I told myself. If she isn’t that hot, she’s at least rich and Kythera will be happy.

The front door opened and we were ushered into the familiar hall that I had been in a million times before. This was a Kythera mansion, and it was hard to pretend I’d never been here over and over again. I wondered how Callie was doing out in California…I hoped she was happy.

I blocked out all the chit chat between my parents and Mr. Whitley, standing aloof in the background. The stairs started to squeak and groan and I felt my my mouth go dry. I ran my hand through my hair.  A beautiful older woman descended down the stairs with a big smile on her face. I could barely make out the girl behind her until they finally joined us in the hall.

I heard my name, and I stepped forward to shake Casper’s hand as she was introduced to me. Her eyes were an impossibly bright green, like a cat’s, that I had never seen before, and her skin was pale and perfect like a porcelain doll. She smiled at me and I could barely catch my breath.

She was so much more than I had been expecting and I couldn’t explain why I felt like I had been hit by lightning. I had to have her.

Fortunately that was the one thing I was good at…getting exactly what I wanted.

Getting Back on Track

This past week has been a blur and honestly, I’ve gotten very little writing done. Therefore, I have to pick it up this week and get moving again. A lot’s been going on in my personal life and lots of decisions to be made that took my mind away from Casper and continuing her story.

But this week, I’m going to be working extra hard to catch up on writing, answering emails and other book related issues.

So, this is a short entry just to let to know I’m still here and ready to get back to work. I hope to have a short story posted here this week which gives you a peak into some of what the other characters were thinking during pivotal scenes in The Kings of Charleston.

First up this will be Cal’s perspective on meeting Casper for the first time, so check back this week for his story.

Giving Faces to the Characters

With any book you read, you have a specific picture in your mind of what each of the characters look like. You could ask each person who read the book what they thought a character looks like and get a million different answers. Often, when the book is turned into a movie people then see the character as the actor who plays them.

So I thought it would be fun today to pretend that The Kings of Charleston was being turned into a movie (crossing my fingers), and I have to pick actors to play the characters. Here are who I think look the most like how the character’s appear in my head:

Casper Whitley (Lucy Hale)

Cal Roman (Colin Egglesfield)

Mrs. Whitley (Jennifer Connelly)

Mr. Whitley (Dermot Mulroney

Charlotte Watson (Deborah Ann Woll)

Veronica Alamilla (Francis Raisa)

Alex Alamilla (Jay Hernandez)

Marcus Grey (Mehcad Brooks)

Amazing Weekend

I had a fantastic weekend in Naples, FL with my husband and mother-in-law at the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Association trade show (SIBA). The weather was great, we had a lot of fun and came home with tons of new books to read!

This was my first experience with SIBA and a book tradeshow, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done thus far in the book world. I met some amazing authors, got great advice and walked away with more books than I know what to do with right now (I’ll read them of course, but storage is going to be an issue).

The first day of the trade show were panels of different authors and other workshops. I attended the mystery/magical panel of mystery and paranormal authors, where I won a book (thank you Sandra Brannan) and got some great tips.

On the second day, the ballroom in the hotel was filled with booths from authors and publishers. There were literally thousands of books lined up on tables. We started looking around, unsure of what to do (this was a learning experience for me). I picked up a book and told my husband “Oh, this looks so interesting.” Seconds later someone behind the table tells me to go ahead and take it…as in for free. Soon after visiting a couple of tables, I learned that I could have almost any book I wanted for free, and on top of that most of them were signed. And to top it all off, these were all books that were not out on the market yet. Needless to say, I felt special.

After learning free books are a part of trade shows, means if for no other reason than free books, I’m going to go to BEA (Book Expo America) in New York next year (three floors full of books!). But on top of getting free books, I made connections with a lot of authors, traded stories and marketing ideas.

I also met a great team of publicists who were very interested in my book. When I showed them my book cover they almost drooled, fighting over who would get the chance to take it home and read it. But more than what they had to say about The Kings of Charleston and it’s beautiful cover, was what they said about my husband. When he introduced himself, they all couldn’t believe it because they said it was so rare for a husband to be so involved in their wives writing, let alone come to shows with them. They were blown away to learn that he makes calls to book stores and set up book signings for me. They couldn’t compliment him enough, to the point it almost brought tears to my eyes. In that moment, I truly realized how lucky I am to have such a supportive and amazing husband who believes in my book as much as I do.