Monday, December 16, 2013

CAROLINA GOLD - Dorothy Love - One Free Book

Welcome back, Dorothy. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I can’t remember who it was who said all novels are about either redemption or reinvention. I find the idea of reinvention endlessly interesting and most of my novels deal with how a woman of faith adapts to whatever life serves up and makes it into something transformational.

I like that. What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I’ve just turned in the manuscript for THE BRACELET, a new novel to be published in 2014. Like all of my other novels it’s inspired by historical events—this one happens to be about an unsolved murder in the carriage house of a mansion on Savannah’s Madison Square. Next year Thomas Nelson will also be bringing out A PROPER MARRIAGE, my first novella and my first foray into digital publishing. I’m excited to see how that goes.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Pat Conroy. He writes about the South Carolina Lowcountry with more passion and beauty than anyone I know. He is the epitome of a Southern gentleman. I’d love to spend an evening comparing notes.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Elizabeth Allston Pringle, whose life was the inspiration for CAROLINA GOLD. She was a woman ahead of her time, a wonderful writer, a woman of great faith and courage.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
These are very difficult days in traditional publishing. Some markets have been decimated by the glut of backlist ebooks currently available for much lower costs than new print books. We all may have to adapt, to at least do some of our publishing in the digital environment. I’m hopeful that once the glut is absorbed, the traditional houses will start acquiring more projects again. Until then, continue to read everything, write every day, improve your skills and you’ll be ready when the pendulum swings back again.

That’s very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
CAROLINA GOLD is inspired by the life of Elizabeth Allston Pringle, a 19th century woman rice planter. Like Elizabeth, my heroine, Charlotte Fraser returns to her family’s Wacamaw River rice plantation after the war in hopes of restoring the lands and reclaiming her old way of life. But Fairhaven Plantation is in ruins, her father’s former slaves are free, the freedmen don’t always honor the labor contracts they’ve made, and to make matters worse, Dr. Nicholas Betancourt, a new neighbor, has arrived on the river with news that he may in fact be the owner of Charlotte’s land. Her struggle to survive and her search for proof of ownership turns up some startling secrets about her family’s past, complicating her growing attraction to Nicholas and his two motherless daughters.

Please give us the first page of the book.                                        
Charleston, South Carolina
3 March 1868
In a quiet alcove off the hotel lobby Charlotte Fraser perched on a worn horsehair chair, nursing a cup of lukewarm tea. A wind-driven freshet lashed the windows and roiled the bruise-colored sky, sending the pedestrians along Chalmers Street scurrying for shelter, jostling one another amid a sea of black umbrellas.

She glanced at the clock mounted on the wall above the polished mahogany reception desk and pressed a hand to her midsection to quell her nerves. An hour remained before her appointment with her father’s lawyer. She had anticipated the meeting for weeks with equal measures of hope and dread, her happiness at the prospect of returning home to the river tempered by fear of what she would find waiting for her. In the war’s crushing aftermath, Fortune had cast her powerful eye upon all of the Lowcountry and passed on by.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
They can find me on my official website, or on Facebook at

Thank you, Dorothy, for sharing this new book with us. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive. Your books go straight to the top of my to-be-read pile.

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pol said...

I like reading this author a lot and her name says how she writes with Love, Dorothy Love, I would love to win this one to read and review.
thanks for sharing

Paula O(
a fan in Ga

Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela from KY.

Amy C said...

Been waiting the release of this one. Can't wait to get my hands on it!
Amy C

rubynreba said...

This looks like a very good book!
Beth from Iowa

Dorothy Love said...

Hi Paula, Amy and Beth, So glad you stopped by this blog today. Thanks for commenting. CAROLINA GOLD is a book very close to my heart and I hope you will love it as much as I loved writing it! Dorothy

Brittany said...

Sounds wonderful! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance to win.
Brittany McEuen (Texas)

Melanie Backus said...

I would love this book. It sounds wonderful.

Melanie Backus,TX

Britney Adams said...

I can't wait to read CAROLINA GOLD! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!!

Britney Adams, TX

Mary Preston said...

CAROLINA GOLD does look & sound like such a fantastic read.

Mary P


Anne Payne said...

I always enjoy reading Dorothy's stories. There is a genteel manner about them that appeals to me. Charleston is my birthplace. I would love to read this book!
Blessings for a Merry Christmas ~Anne, rural NC

Rick Estep said...

Thanks for the review, love these reviews that get you insight into the authors.

Rick from Florida

librarybooks at religious dot com

Unknown said...

I have read all good reviews of Carolina Gold and the story line fascinates me. love books written about the South in this time period. Thank you from Ohio

Susan Johnson said...

This book looks good.
I live in Odessa, Texas
susanmsj at msn dot com

Unknown said...

I haven't read this author, but her book sounds great. Enjoyed the interview. It gave me the opportunity to get acquainted with her. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway.

Barbara Thompson. (West Monroe, LA)

Dorothy Love said...

Hi everyone, Thanks for your kind words about CAROLINA GOLD. Barbara, I hope you'll give my books a try. Jackie, I love writing about the South. I was born here and grew up here, though I have lived in Ohio twice! Once for 3 years in high school and again from 2005-2008. Where are you in Ohio??

Jean said...

Sounds like a great book!

Jean Kropid
West Palm Beach, FL

sm said...

I like the themes you write about- redemption and reinvention. Love to win your book. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Susan P said...

Fun interview. :)
lattebooks at hotmail dot com

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway, Enter me!!!
Sarah Richmond

Unknown said...

A woman running a plantation sound like a very interesting plot. I love the low country!
Tonja VA