Interview: Beth Kery + Giveaway

Filed in Beth Kery , Interview , The Danger Lover Posted on March 21, 2011 @ 6:00 am 32 comments

Please join me in giving a warm BLI welcome to National Bestselling Author Beth Kery today. Beth is a prolific author having penned numerous novels published by Berkley, Samhain, Ellora’s Cave and now Harlequin. Tomorrow her new story and the first published by Harlequin, called The Hometown Hero Returns, will hit the stands. The Hometown Hero Returns, is I’m excited to say, the first in Beth’s Home to Harbor Town series.

Beth! Welcome to BLI, it’s such a thrill to be able to chat with you today! 🙂

Beth: Thank you, Lea. It’s a pleasure to be at BLI.

Beth can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Beth: I have a background in the behavioral sciences and still work in that field in addition to writing. I’ve been writing for about four years now. I’m an urbanite; I love either the bustle of the city or the peace of the woods, so I guess you could say I’m an extremist. 🙂

Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?

Beth: I set a daily word count and have to meet it, hell or high water. I’m a real mixture of plotter or pantster. I do plan out my plots, but it’s fairly loose, and I do make changes as my characters begin to develop, and seemingly make their own decisions.

What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?

Beth: Oh, a real Book Lover lives and dies for books. They might lose a little sleep while waiting for a favorite author’s book to come out. They can tell you little minute details about their favorite hero, like his favorite restaurant or location of a small scar and how he got it. Readers enjoy books and might have a brief chat with a friend about one. Real book lovers are passionate about books and are known to get in heated debates with other Book Lovers.


At eighteen, Marianna Itani thought she’d found the man of her dreams in Marc Kavanaugh, the quintessential boy-next-door. That perfect romance flew to pieces when an unspeakable tragedy tore them apart. Yet when Marc appeared in her life fifteen years later, the sparks that flew were as explosive as the day they first met.

Now their reignited passion was changing their lives in more ways than one: Mari was pregnant! She was set on putting the pain of the past behind her—not reopening scars that had never truly healed. And their baby might bring these star-crossed lovers back together—forever!


What can we expect of The Hometown Hero Returns?

Beth: The Hometown Hero Returns is the debut of the Home to Harbor Town series. It’s a family-oriented, intensely emotional star-crossed to happily-ever-after romance. The over-arching theme of this series is how true love has the ability to heal old wounds…to allow people start anew if they have the courage to let it into their hearts. Marc and Mari are the perfect first couple for this series because they were passionately in love before a tragic car crash killed members of both of their families. A leap of faith is required to find love after so much loss. To me, it’s a very poignant story.

I think fans of your work know you for your emotional erotic romances. The Hometown Hero Returns is a Harlequin Special Edition novel, and while emotional and sensual it is a contemporary romance and not sexually explicit. Did you find there was a learning curve Beth when penning this story keeping in mind it was going to hopefully be attractive to your core readers but also would be reaching an entirely new audience?

Beth: I definitely learned a lot. I had already written a couple strictly contemporary, yet sensual books—Gateway to Heaven and Flirting in Traffic—so I had a little experience under my belt. For me, the learning curve was more for writing for the category line. I had a lot of freedom within the structure of Harlequin Special Edition, but there is a ‘way’ to write a Harlequin. That was a challenge, but I learned a lot, and by the second book, things were getting easier.

As far as the difference between erotic and contemporary, I don’t find the difference too difficult. In erotic romance, sex is used as a kind of communication between the characters. It’s a language that should further plot and develop characterization. You use different tools in contemporaries, but it all should eventually equate to good storytelling.

As an aside, I recently had a friend wonder if The Hometown Hero Returns might be appropriate—sexual content-wise—for her mother to read. (Her mother typically reads sweet romance). After reading a sex scene, she lifted an eyebrow and said…um, no, I don’t think so. So, while there are definite differences between this series and erotic romance, there’s a lot of similarity in that vein, as well.

I agree, I found The Hometown Hero Returns to be very sexy. And, I think the sensuality of the novel is emulated even in the Prologue to be honest.

You have the Prologue of Marc and Mari’s story posted on your website and even in the first paragraphs the strength of his desire for her, but also I think his unease about approaching her after so many years leaps from the pages. Can you tell us more about Marc and as part of that would you describe him to be an “Alpha” hero?

Beth: Marc has a very forceful character. His friends and family always knew that he got what he wanted whenever he set his mind to it. Despite the financial obstacles and stress that came after the tragic car crash that affected to so many people, he got his law degree and rose up the ranks to become Cook County’s States Attorney. After his father’s death, he became the patriarch of the family, essentially. The thing that I love about Marc is that once he makes up his mind to not let the past interfere with Mari and him being together, he goes forward full steam. He carries a lot of survivor guilt, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of pursuing the woman of his dreams. He’s charming, determined, and head over heels in love with Mari.

Given all that, yes, I’d definitely describe Marc as an alpha male.

Marianna is a very special human being, I felt she personified the old Proverb “beauty is not only skin deep”, meaning she really is beautiful inside and out. Mari does have significant concerns, and rightly so, regarding getting involved with Marc again. Can you share a little more with readers about Mari’s character?

Beth: Mari experienced loss very acutely at a young age—the death of her parents and the subsequent separation from the young man she loved—Marc Kavanaugh. She dealt with her trauma and hurt by throwing herself into her career as a symphony cellist. Her former boyfriends consider her to be beautiful, but cool and unattainable. When she meets up with Marc after so many years of separation, she’s shocked to realize how easily he evokes old feelings, making her feel passionate and alive. Mari always considered herself to be hesitant and uncertain compared to the effortlessly brave and talented Kavanaugh children, with whom she was friends. Marc always prodded her, though…dared her to find her courage. Of course Mari has a core of steel, but it’s Marc’s love for her that helps her to find it in herself.

The setting for this story is “Harbor Town”, a beautiful little lakeside vacation town. What inspired the setting for what will be your “Home To Harbor Town” series of romance novels Beth?

Beth: The lakeside communities in Michigan, like Saugatuck and Douglas were inspirations. People from Chicago often vacation there with their children during the summer. They are known for their high sand dunes and pristine beaches as well as the picturesque, small-town, Americana-type communities. I was driving to a book signing in the Detroit area a couple years ago, and fell for the charm of these towns. Marc’s and Mari’s fathers were both businessmen, and I liked the idea of them buying summer vacation homes for their families, and the kids experiencing these glorious, golden summers in Harbor Town.

What story can readers look forward to next in this series? What is next on your schedule?

Beth: I have an erotic romance anthology coming out from Berkley (under the pen name Bethany Kane) May, 2011, called Three to Tango (with Emma Holly, Lauren Dane and Megan Hart). In June, 2011, I have the first in a series from Berkley, One Night of Passion, called Addicted to You, (also by Bethany Kane).

In August 2011, the second in the Home to Harbor Town books comes out, Liam’s Perfect Woman. I also just recently learned that there will be at least two more books in the Home to Harbor Town series, telling Colleen and Deidre Kavanaugh’s stories. Very excited by this news!

Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your books?

Beth: Well, I think I write human emotion well. A reader of my books really feels it, versus just reading the words. I also think I do characterization well. I’ve had people tell me my characters seem to leap off the page. And lastly, romance. Whether it’s an erotic or a contemporary, like The Hometown Hero Returns, romance is always my driving force. I adore a good romance, and I hope I deliver them to readers.

Beth, congratulations on your new publication and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, as always it’s been a real pleasure!

Thank you so much, Lea. I always like your interviews.

Where to find Beth:



Beth has generously offered two copies of The Hometown Hero Returns to two lucky commenters!

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the interview.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, April 2, 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!


About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Elizabeth March 21, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Hi Beth
    I loved your desciption of a book reader and a book lover. I think i am most deffiantly a book lover!

  • Birgit March 21, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Great interview and the book sounds promising! I love reading contemporary romance novels though I must confess I really don't need all those explicit love scenes thrown in, so it's neat that that's not the case here 🙂 !

    danaan at gmx dot at

  • GeishasMom73 March 21, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Hello Beth!
    Congratulations on the new book! I've had Three To Tango on my preorder wishlist forever but now I have to add The Hometown Hero Returns. Good luck with all of your upcoming releases as Beth Kery & Bethany Kane!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Virginia C March 21, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Hi, Beth! I am definitely a book lover, and "The Hometown Hero Returns" sounds terrific! I love reunion romances–they are usually very poignant and heartfelt, not to mention passionate! Even though I have lived in a very small town for most of my life, I never tire of “small town” romances. Small towns sometimes hold big secrets! People are very interconnected. What happens to one person affects someone else, and the ripple effect is started. However, there is an essential sweetness to small towns. Memories of earlier days, some bittersweet, are held dear. People aren’t just faces, they’re family and friends. There’s always a second chance for first loves in small towns : )

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  • Reading mind March 21, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Hi Beth!
    Very nice post and I like that characterization was one of the reasons you mentioned to read your book. It's a very important point! Also, romance is something I like a lot, so I'll happily add this book to my TBR pile!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

    Follower, Iltay

  • Mary G March 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Another awesome interview with 2 of my fave people. It sounds like this foray into contemp writing still has your signature powerful characterization and emotional & sensual writing. Don't enter me, have it on order.

  • ClaudiGC March 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I loved the interview and the book sounds great! I love it when they meet after years of not seeing each other and instantly know that there are still alot of feelings for each other.
    Good luck with the new book!

  • Jane March 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Beth,
    Congrats on the release of your Harlequin debut. I agree that you write human emotion well and it's very important in a book.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • Estella March 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I enjoyed the interview.
    I have read a lot of your erotic romances and am looking forward to reading The Hometown Hero Returns.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Nas Dean March 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Hello Beth,

    Congratulations on your upcoming release, THE HOMETOWN HERO RETURNS. I enjoyed reading your interview.

    And I'm definitely a reader. I keep adding books to my TBR pile.

  • Nas Dean March 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Sorry, forgot to add my email addess. Sign of a book-lover, any news of a new book, forget all else!

  • Nas Dean March 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Sorry, forgot to add my email addess. Sign of a book-lover, any news of a new book, forget all else!

  • Amy March 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I love books that explore human emotions well, and would love to read your book. Sensual erotic romances are my favorite.


  • beth kery March 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks to BLI for having me here! I know I suggested those photos to represent Marc and Mari, but I was really wowed by seeing them posted side by side. They were really good models for me.

    Elizabeth–you can always tell a true booklover, huh? 🙂

    Birgit–LOL, well hopefully I won't seem gratuitious in that sense. 🙂 I hope you'll give it a try and tell me what you think. Always enjoy reader feedback. Thanks for stopping by!

    Stacie–hey there! We're having nice weather, eh? Thanks so much for giving both Three to Tango and The Hometown Hero Returns a try. Very different books, but you'll have to tell me if you see the common threads. 🙂

  • Leni March 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Will we get to see the same couples throughout the entire series or get introduced to new ones?

  • beth kery March 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Virginia–you are so right on all counts. Reunion romances are often so touching. There's just something about them. And I love your comments on small towns. In the second Home to Harbor Town book in this series, Liam's Perfect Woman, a secret is revealed about why Derry Kavanaugh was upsent and drunk on the night of the fatal accident. It really sets things off balance, but also provides the setting for two people to fall in love.
    Thanks for the insightful comments!

  • beth kery March 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Reading mind–I agree. Good characterization is crucial. Thanks for stopping by…all the way from Italy? Love your country. Thank you!

    Mary G–thank you so much for your support for this first HQ book. 🙂

    ClaudiGC–I agree! Especially when they shared some of those wonderful, poignant childhood memories. It makes the bond nearly impossible to break.

  • beth kery March 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Jane and Estella–I so appreciate both of you for supporting me in this new venture. Hug.

    Hi Nas Dean! Thank you! I'm glad you've joined us at Total Exposure, as well!

    Amy–I hope you give it a try. Feel free to let me know your thoughts. 🙂

  • beth kery March 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Leni–Hi! I almost missed you.

    It's a good question. The Hometown Hero Returns is the first in the Home to Harbor Town series, the first four of which detail the romances of the four Kavanaugh children. Most of the characters are in most of the books.

    The second book–Liam's Perfect Woman–features Marc Kavanaugh's little brother and Natalie Reyes–both members of families involved in the crash.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Ameliad March 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I look forward to reading it! I am a book lover!!

  • Anonymous March 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Hi, Beth. I enjoy your more steamy romances, but am also very much looking forward to your Harlequin book. So happy that it's part of a series!

    ISRAEL2 at hotmail dot com

  • Stephanie March 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Great interview. This looks like another great book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  • marybelle March 22, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I do adore a good romance. It's my time to relax & appreciate.

  • Tore March 22, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I am definitely a book lover. I love books and reading them. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  • Kaetrin March 23, 2011 at 3:43 am

    I'm looking forward to reading your new release – may I ask why you decided to write under another name – was that your decision or a publisher thing? curiously yours! 🙂

  • GeishasMom73 March 26, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Please remove me from the contest. I won The Hometown Hero Returns on another blog. Good luck everyone!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Welzen March 27, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Great interview!

    I love reading contemporany romance novels. Good characterizacion is a very important point.

    The books sounds great, congrats.

  • Mona March 28, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I really enjoy reading books about emotions and romance. Good characterization also appeals to me. Jodi Picoult, one of my favorite authors, has a signature style of writing chapters from the alternating viewpoints of her characters.

    I think I can describe myself as a book lover and a reader.

  • Chele Blades March 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Beth…love your work

    I am definately by your defination a booklover…can not wait for hometown hero

  • winnie March 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Congrats on the new release! I would love to read this because I like the "second chance at love" premise, so thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


  • Anonymous March 31, 2011 at 2:08 am

    hi beth,
    the new release story sounds very promising.
    I love when the heroine getting pregnant it's mean there will be a baby coming. love the baby stories, I don't know maybe because of my woman insting :)…
    congratz for your new release…

  • Clary March 31, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    This a great interview and the book sounds really good. 😀

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