Meet Beth Carpenter

a Northern Lights Novel #4

Can he teach her survival skills—
without endangering his heart? 

When Sabrina Bell taps Leith Jordan for a crash course in conquering the great Alaskan outdoors, he figures he’s on safe ground. They’re polar opposites and his spectacular home state’s just a pit stop for the hotshot fashionista. So no one’s more surprised than Leith when he starts falling. Now he’s a man with a plan: get Sabrina to fall in love with Alaska…and, hopefully, with him.

“A friend?” She sounded as though she wasn’t familiar with the term.
   “Yeah, a friend. You know. People you like, who you enjoy spending time with. Who will pick you up when you have to leave your car at the shop or take care of your dog while you’re out of town or tell you when you’re about to marry the wrong person.” Leith probably shouldn’t have said that last part, but Sabrina just smiled.
   “Did your friends do that?”
   “A couple of them did. Wish I’d listened.”
   “And you want to be my friend.”
    “Yes, I do.”
   “All right then. Friends it is.” She smiled up at him, her dark eyes shining, and he was suddenly overcome with an unfriendlike urge. He touched her face, stroking his finger over the wondrously smooth skin of her cheek. Her eyes grew wider.
   His eyes traveled to lips that were no longer smiling, but soft and waiting. He bent to kiss her, stopping just an inch away, where he could feel her breath on his mouth, giving her time to pull away if that’s what she wanted. Instead, she reached up to slide her arms around his neck and pull him closer.
   He’d thought the kisses at the wedding were amazing, but they were nothing compared to kissing Sabrina under the moon. He slid his fingers into that dark cloud of hair, which smelled of ripe fruit and sunlight, with a smoky overtone from the campfire. His new favorite scent.
   She drew back just far enough to look up at him, a half smile on those luscious lips. “Is this how you greet all your friends?”
   “No. Just the ones whose hair smells like strawberries.”

BETH CARPENTER believes that life is brighter in the company of a dog, that love and laughter are inseparable, and that there is no such thing as "too many books."


ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
BETH: Pretty much daily. I always read before bed, and usually sneak in a few minutes here or there throughout the day, especially if I’m getting to the climax of a great story. And sometimes an idea or plot twist for the book I’m writing hits in the middle of something else, and I forget what I’m doing.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s hero?
BETH: Leith is a guy you can count on. He spends a lot of time with his niece, because his sister is a single mother in a demanding job. Sabrina learns she can count on him as well.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
BETH: There are several contenders, but I have to say Forest Gump is my favorite. It always makes me laugh.
ANGI: What’s your perfect day?
BETH: Tea, a good book, puttering in the garden or with a craft. Something good to eat. Snuggling with my hubby.

ANGI: Salad or soup?
BETH: Yes, please. But this time of year, soup.

ANGI: Would you put yourself in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
BETH: A fairy tale because I’m a klutz and I’d need a little magic to make up for my lack of coordination.

ANGI: Favorite date night…fancy or at home? 
BETH: I’m generally a homebody, but the occasional dress-up-and-eat-out date is always fun. I like trying new foods.

ANGI: Geek or Jock?
BETH: Geek. I love to dig into trivia, but I trip over my own feet. I did play basketball in Jr. High, but not well.

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
BETH: The most daring was probably getting married on the same day both of us graduated from college thirty-six years ago. So far, so good.  

A Northern Lights Novel
Coming June 1st

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BETH WANTS TO KNOW: How do you feel about pets as characters in stories?


  1. I love pets in books! They can add so much more to the story!

  2. Thanks, Angi, for having me here today!

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  4. I love seeing pets in stories in fact the book I am reading now has a 3 legged dog and a blind bunny! I find it exciting when authors can include pets of any kind as that is what I see out my office window we have wild cats and deer all kinds of animals. peggy clayton

  5. Welcome to Get Lost in a Story, Beth!