Friday, October 10, 2014

Watercolor Dreams by Sherry Kyle

It’s 1910 and Anna Lewis wants to become a premier watercolor artist of the lush beaches of Carmel, California. When a man strides down the beach and stops to face the ocean, Anna sketches him into her painting. Was it a mistake? Anna thinks so when he approaches and tells her he doesn’t have spare change for her work. Spare change indeed! She’d better keep her day job as nursemaid to two rambunctious boys. But what about her watercolor dreams?

The minute Charles Jordan walks away, he regrets criticizing the woman’s painting but like he told the artist, he’s just been jilted at the altar. His former bride-to-be is in love with his cousin. Will a secret from his past prevent Charles from ever loving again?

And will Anna have the hope she needs when tragedy strikes and she must rely on the one man who crushed her spirit.

Watercolor Dreams by Sherry Kyle

Book 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. 

Author Bio:

Sherry Kyle is an award-winning author, and writes books for tween girls as well as novels for women, including 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.

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Sherry Kyle is giving away a copy of Watercolor Dreams.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Amy C said...

Thank you for the excerpt. This book sounds so good.
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Deanna Stevens said...

Would enjoy reading this one :)
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Sherry Kyle said...

Hi Amy,

Thank you for your interest in Watercolor Dreams. I enjoyed writing it, especially visiting Carmel for research. :)

Sherry Kyle said...

Hi Deanna,

I would love for you to read Watercolor Dreams. Thanks for entering.

sm said...

I love Carmel, CA and have visited several times. I'd like to read Watercolor Dreams and see what you tell us about the town. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

bn100 said...

Nice cover

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Anonymous said...

Looks Fantastic! :)

Library Lady said...

When I first saw the cover I thought it was a picture of Jekyll Island, GA.
My nephew was married several years ago on that beach.
Being from Florida I love to read any books that are about the beach.
Janet E.

Anonymous said...

I love the book cover. I had an aunt who was a very talented artist. This sounds like a very interesting story that I would love to read.
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Boos Mum said...

Looks and sounds like a great story. Please enter me. Thanks.

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Merry said...

Thanks for the little peek!
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