Three Books + Four Months = Author Elaine Cantrell


Today on Piedmont Island my guest is Elaine Cantrell. Elaine was born and raised in South Carolina. She holds a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Books. At present, she teaches high school social studies. In her spare time she enjoys reading, collecting vintage Christmas ornaments, and playing with her grandchildren. Visit Elaine’s website or blog. She’s also on Facebook and Twitter at and would love to be friends.

And now, without further ado, here’s Elaine.

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Wouldn’t you be thrilled if you had two books to release in March and one in June? That’s right. Three books in four months time. Well, that’s what happened to me. I admit it was thrilling, but I never realized how hard it would be to get the word out about three books. So, I’d like to thank Anne for letting me come to her blog to talk about them.

The first book to release was The Sentence. Here’s a blurb about that one. 

How could he do it! How could her father bring the guy who burned the church into their home for six months? Yeah, it was an accident and her dad’s a minister, but if he wanted to help this man, why didn’t he go to the prison to do it? And no matter what anyone says, she doesn’t watch him all the time. Nice guys don’t fall for guys like Clint. Do they?

This story suggested itself to me because I wanted to share a little bit of Southern culture with my readers. Anyone who grew up in a Christian family in the South will immediately recognize my characters. They’re someone who might have lived next door to you. I also wanted to share something about the power of forgiveness to change lives. My hero Clint deserves prison, but thanks to the love and care of Reverend Amos and his family, he gains not only a new life but a new family as well. All monies earned from The Sentence will be donated to the building program of East Pickens Baptist Church in Pickens, SC.

My second book was Her Kind of Man. This book was written for my granddaughter, Kara. She begged me to write a book with her name in it, so my heroine is called Kara. This book is partly about adoption. When my Kara read it, she looked at me kind of funny and asked, “Am I adopted?” LOL. As I pointed out, she looks exactly like her mother. Her Kind of Man is also about the power of secrets to destroy lives. If not for the love of Ross Williams, Kara would have been destroyed by a decades old secret that comes to life. Here’s a blurb for that book.

Is it possible she’s finally found Her Kind of Man?

Ross Williams has been in love with Kara Cochrane since they were kids so when Kara's fiancé Brandon Miles cheats on her and calls off their wedding—Ross steps in to rescue the damsel in distress.

A heartbroken Kara just wants to get on with her life and hunky Ross provides her with a definite distraction—that is until she starts falling for him. Big time.

But a devastating family secret threatens to destroy everything that Kara holds dear—including her relationship with Ross.

My June release is Never Trust a Pretty Wolf. I wrote this one because of a game my son and his family often play. Have you ever heard of geocaching? The way it works is that you hide a cache and list the coordinates at certain online sites. Using a GPS, people go to find the caches. Usually, the caches aren’t valuable. Sometimes it’s nothing more than a logbook that you write in and replace. If you take a small item, you’re supposed to put something back so the next person won’t find an empty cache. 

I started to wonder what would happen if you were paired in a charity geocaching game with a person you didn’t know well. What if both players had secrets that came out during the game? What if you found a dead body and had to run for your life? Well, that’s the basic premise behind Never Trust a Pretty Wolf.

Here’s a blurb about the book.

Liesel Wolf has a secret, a dangerous secret she’ll go to any lengths to conceal. When she’s paired in a charity game with sexy marshal Andy Bryce, a man with secrets of his own, her carefully constructed world comes crashing down, and Liesel’s on a collision course with her past.

Here’s an excerpt from Her Kind of Man.

“What a great movie!” Kara gushed as she and Katie left the theater. She tossed her empty popcorn box and leftover soda into the trash can by the door. “Mama and Daddy will want to see it too.”

Katie blew her nose and dabbed at her eyes. “I know. It was too sad for words.”
 As they left the theater and crossed the parking lot, Katie turned her head at the sound of a car door slamming. “Why, there’s Kelly and Brandon.”

Kara looked in the direction of Katie’s pointing finger. “Great! They can….” Her voice trailed off as Kelly moved into Brandon’s passionate embrace!

“What…?” Kara’s words choked her as Brandon buried his hands in Kelly’s hair and kissed her as if he held the world’s greatest treasure in his arms.

Katie grabbed her arm. “Come on. We’re getting to the bottom of this.”

Kara dragged her feet as Katie towed her across the parking lot. “Katie, maybe….”

“What’s wrong with you?” Katie glared over her shoulder. “Hurry up!”

Kelly and Brandon were still wrapped around each other when Katie and Kara reached them.

“Kelly!” Katie exclaimed. “What do you think you’re doing?”

Kelly jerked away from Brandon so fast she stumbled and had to grab his arm to keep her balance. Even in the parking lot’s dim light, Kara saw her sister’s face had gone scarlet as had Brandon’s.

Kara didn’t say anything. She couldn’t.

Kelly flinched as Brandon took her hand and squeezed it. “I’m sorry, Kara. We never meant for you to find out this way.”

“What were you going to do?” Katie demanded with a wave of her hand. “Leave her at the altar?”

“No,” Kelly replied. Her eyes glittered like two burning blue coals. “We planned to tell her tomorrow night. That way she’d have the weekend off to…to…to get used to things.”

Brandon looked Kara directly in the face for the first time. “I’m sorry, Kara. You have to know I never meant to hurt you, but I can’t marry you if I’m in love with your sister.”

Thanks again, Anne.

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My pleasure, Elaine. And NO, I cannot imagine having three books released in such a short space of time! Congrats, and thanks for dropping by.

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