Shades of Sedona by Beth Carpenter

Author Beth Carpenter

Beth Carpenter is the pen name of an avid reader and writer with a book-cluttered home and a packed Kindle. She reads and writes mysteries as well as romances. In the plots of her books, she finds she agrees with Robert Burns, “The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry,” and it’s always interesting to see what happens next.






Shades of Sedona

“It’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor man.” After a disastrous first marriage, Rebecca took that advice to heart. Two husbands later, Rebecca is now a woman of independent means and still beautiful. She decides to build a home in Sedona to be near her young grandson. However, there are signs that her beauty can’t last forever, and the opportunity to reel in one more wealthy husband seems too good to pass up.
Dan is a man living with regrets. Despite his thriving business, his past keeps him alone and he’s fine with that, at least until Rebecca comes into his life. Still, her plans obviously don’t include him, and anyway she’s just a client, so why does he care so much?
As Dan and Rebecca work together on her dream house, their friendship grows, but old habits die hard. Can they overcome the past in order to build a future … together? 
Character This or That with Rebecca the main character from Shades of Sedona

TV or Movies? 
Movies every time, especially classics like Casablanca and My Fair Lady.  I’m a big reader, and I love to see the books I’ve read come alive in a movie.

Black or White? 
Neither. I’m a summer, which means I look best in cool blues and pinks, not harsh colors like black and white. Still, it’s hard to beat a little black dress.

Night owl, or early bird? 
Once upon a time, I was a night owl, but I find I’m getting up earlier these days. I suppose it’s just another sign of getting older (sigh).


Print or Ebook? 
I adore my iPad, and I do most of my reading on it. Still, there’s something so comforting about a shelf full of beautiful books, and it’s good to have a backup in case of dead batteries.


Chocolate or Vanilla? 
No one has ever accused me of being plain vanilla.


Regular or Diet? 
Diet. Calories and I have been fighting a cold war for a very long time.


Coke or Pepsi? 
Actually, I prefer iced tea, or an occasional margarita.


Horror or Romance? 
Romance, always. I’m a sucker for a happy ending. In fact, I’ve helped engineer a few happy endings in my time. Someday, maybe I’ll find mine.


Pizza or Pasta? 
It’s hard to beat a wonderful bowl of linguine with cream sauce, even if it means I have to eat vegetables for lunch the next day.


Skittles or M&Ms? 
I’m a closet chocoholic, but when I give in to cravings I go for the good stuff, chocolate truffles.


Summer or Winter? 
I grew up in Flagstaff, where we got real snows. Sedona is milder, and winter is lovely here, with only the lightest dusting of snow now and then. I have to say winters are my favorite now.


City or Country? 
This is another area where I’ve changed my mind. I once loved the bustle of the city, but I find that Sedona, while not exactly country, is just the small town size I want. Of course, the fact that my grandson is here is a huge part of its appeal.


Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? 
I’ve spent my whole life plotting and scheming, and where has it gotten me? Maybe a little spontaneity is just what I need.


PC or Mac? 
I do love my iPad.


Shoes or Sandals? 
Sandals, to show off my pretty pedicure. They call this polish ‘Sedona Sunset’ what do you think?


Cats or Dog? 
Dogs, dogs, dogs. I’ve had up to five at once. My current dogs are Zeus, a wolfhound mix, Athena, a terrier, and Hera, a shaggy mix of some kind. All the dogs I’ve adopted had special situations that made them hard to adopt, and without exception they have all brought tremendous joy to my life. I can’t imagine life without a dog.


Apples or Oranges? 
An orange is so much more sensual. You peel away the outer layer, and then bite into a section, feeling the juice squirting on your tongue, tasting the sour mingling with the sweetness. Yum.


Cause or Effect? 
Men have been know to say that I’m the cause of certain effects.


Truth or Dare? 
That’s the tough one, isn’t it? Can I dare to tell the truth?


Introvert or Extrovert?   
I love people, and I’m good with them. I always remember names and faces, and I’m a good listener. I’ve always been friendly, even flirtatious according to my brother, but I’m not sure I’m really an extrovert. As the song says “People say I’m the life of the party, ‘cause I tell a joke or two,” but, I’ve never minded time by myself to read and think. Can a person be both? 


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