Please tell us about Watercolor Dreams.
Watercolor Dreams is a historical romance set in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea about a young woman who longs to become a premier watercolor artist instead of marrying her father’s business partner.
Will you share a short excerpt?
Chapter 1 Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 1910
With each stroke of her paintbrush, Anna Lewis’s heart soared. The watercolor painting of Carmel’s white sandy beach and gently rolling Pacific Ocean would surely give her recognition. The wind blew a lock of hair across her face as she sat on the wood bench next to a cypress tree, her easel before her. She tucked the wispy strand behind her ear, pushed up her leg-o’-mutton sleeves, and dipped her brush into the cerulean blue, adding a few touches to the paper. Horse’s hooves clip-clopped behind her. She glanced over her shoulder. A buggy passed on the narrow street, driving by the quaint bungalows bordering the shoreline.
A man strode up the beach, his hands deep in his trouser pockets and his hat pushed low on his forehead. Anna brought the pointed end of the brush to her mouth and watched him tread near the water’s edge with long, determined steps. She adjusted her wide-brimmed hat and squinted for a better look. From the way the man walked, he must be mulling over something important. He stopped and faced the ocean. The waves crashed against the shore, the water rushing close to his feet. His lone figure added a touch of poignancy to the landscape and beckoned to be part of her painting.
But before she had a chance to paint his form, he turned and walked up the beach toward her. His brows were furrowed and his lips pressed together in a firm line. And yet even with this worried expression, he was a most handsome man.
How long did it take you to write this book?
Do you write in more than one genre? If so what other genre do you write in?
Yes, I also write nonfiction books for tween girls and contemporary women’s fiction.
If your book is set in a real location, have you visited it?
Yes, Watercolor Dreams is set in a real location. Carmel-by-the-Sea holds a special place in my heart since my husband and I spent part of our honeymoon there, as well as many anniversaries.
What is next for you?
My next book is titled The Girl’s Guide to Life, a nonfiction book for girls ages 9-13 set to release in 2015. My other titles in that series from Legacy Press are The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style and The Girl’s Guide to Your Dream Room.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!
It was my pleasure, Sherry, and thanks for doing an eBook giveaway. Readers, if you’d like to be entered to win an eCopy of Watercolor Dreams, please leave a comment for Sherry.
Rules: Drawing ends Nov. 2, 2014. The winner will be notified by email by either myself or Sherry and have until November 9th, 2014 to respond or forfeit the eBook. No new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited by law.
Sherry Kyle is an award-winning author, and writes books for tween girls as well as novels for women, including Delivered with Love (Abingdon Press, 2011) and The Heart Stone (Abingdon Press 2013), and her newest title Watercolor Dreams (HopeSprings Books, October 2014), a historical romance set along the lush beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Sherry lives in California with her husband and four children, loves to decorate her beach house, and enjoys taking walks by the ocean. www.sherrykyle.com