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Between the lines with Shelley Noble (Q&A/book giveaway)

Shelley Noble's 'Breakwater Bay' will be published by William Morrow Paperbacks on Tuesday, July 1st.

Hartford Books Examiner and William Morrow Paperbacks will be giving away a copy of Shelley Noble's Breakwater Bay. To enter for your chance to win, simply email HBE at by no later than Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST and include "Giveaway" in the subject line. One recipient will be selected at random.


Today, Hartford Books Examiner welcomes Shelley Noble.

Ms. Noble is the author of the forthcoming novel, Breakwater Bay (William Morrow Paperbacks, $14.99). Her previous women's fiction titles include the New York Times bestseller Beach Colors and the #1 Nook bestseller, Stargazey Point. She has also written three novellas--Holidays at Crescent Cove, Stargazey Nights, and Newport Dreams. Under the name Shelley Freydont, she is the author of the Celebration Bay Festival Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime) and the upcoming Gilded Age Newport Mystery series. A former professional dancer and choreographer, she makes her home near the New Jersey shore.

Breakwater Bay will be published next Tuesday, July 1st. Jane Porter, author of The Good Wife, praised, “Fresh, charming and absolutely delightful. I didn’t want the story to end.”

From the publisher:

An abandoned baby, a glorious old Newport mansion, and awakening romance combine in Breakwater Bay, an engaging story that echoes the flair, humor, and emotional depth of Kristin Hannah’s popular novels.

Preservationist Meri Hollis loves her latest project, restoring one of Newport’s forgotten Gilded Age mansions. And with summer approaching, she’ll be able to spend more time with her Gran on the Rhode Island shore. She has a great job, a loving family and she’s pretty sure her boyfriend is going to propose on her thirtieth birthday.

But everything Meri believes about family, happiness, truth, and love is shattered when her family’s darkest secret is exposed.

Thirty years before, Meri’s neighbor and friend, Alden Corrigan, took his father’s dinghy out to fish. In a sudden storm, he rushed to help a woman stranded on the breakwater. She was just a girl . . . a very pregnant girl who disappeared soon after they reached safety—but not before she left behind a very special gift.

Now that the truth it out, life will change for everyone in Breakwater Bay, and Meri and Alden will have to make decisions that could insure their future together . . . or separate them for good.

Now, Ms. Noble reveals a few pages from the book of her life ...

1) As a child, did you wear your literary lust loud and proud or were you a closet bibliophile?

Loud and Proud.

I was the kid that always got their books confiscated for reading in class. I was the kid that had the whole neighborhood out looking for me, because I’d sneaked off to somebody’s back steps to finish a chapter and lost track of time and didn’t get home in time for dinner. Though I must say, when my flashlight was confiscated when I was caught reading in bed, I did head for the closet. I had another one stashed there.

2) What book(s) were you likely to be caught keeping company with under the covers?

I loved biographies of all kinds, Franz Schubert, Florence Nightingale, John Paul Jones, Davy Crockett. I loved them all. I loved series books: Dr. Doolittle and the Wizard of Oz. I discovered several series in my grandmother’s bookcase: Tom Swift, the Bobbsey Twins. Then there was Nancy Drew, Bruce Catton, Agatha Christie. If I began a book at night I would stay up until I fell asleep or finished it. Still do. So I try not to read last thing and never in bed. I do listen to audio books, but only those I know really well, so I don’t get caught up in what happens next. I put my iPod on a timer and allow myself twenty minutes of being read to.

3) What are you reading currently & what is your initial impression?

I’m reading several books, I usually have three or four in various states of read. I just finished Lost Lake By Sara Addison Allen which I really enjoyed. I’m reading Displaying Women (Spectacles of Leisure in Edith Wharton’s New York) by Maureen E. Montgomery. A mouthful but wonderful for the research I’m doing for a new Gilded Age mystery series I’m writing. The other book I’m currently reading is The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O’Neal. Her books are gentle and life affirming all woven into great stories.

4) What one book do you always recommend when asked?

I can’t name one book, but the author I would recommend is Mary Stewart, both her romantic suspense and her Merlin books. She managed to do with words what most creators need car chases and special effects to attain.

5) Which of your own books would you suggest to readers & why?

That’s a hard one. I seem to embrace different characters, problems, situations, settings in each one. I think the first Beach Colors might be the most easily accessible. Though all of my books are accessible. I write about people of various ages, with real problems and real solutions. Though I did have fun putting a slightly contemporary gothic twist in my newest one, Breakwater Bay.

6) Is there a book or author that readers would be surprised to know you’ve read and liked?

I’m a pretty eclectic reader. Thomas Mallon? I usually read women, I don’t know why, just like their sensibilities. But I especially loved his Two Moons. I also read the complete Star Trek and Buffy tie ins. And even ended up with the Buffy editor as editor for my Sudoku mysteries.

7) Who is the one author that would, or did, make you weak in the knees upon meeting?

Charles Dickens. I know he was a mess, but what stories. He had the best and the worst of times.

8) Has there been an “I’ve made it” moment in your career?

Hundreds, maybe more. A career or life is made up of thousands and thousands of I’ve made it moments. (At least for me.) Some are small and some are large, but all just add to the mix.

9) What is your greatest literary ambition?

To write books that move people to care and be compassionate. As well as entertained.

10) Fill in the blank: Hartford Books Examiner is _____.

... my best book bud.


With thanks to Shelley Noble for her generosity of time and thought and to the fine folks at HarperCollins/Willam Morrow for providing the giveaway copy of Breakwater Bay.

Don't forget: For your chance to win a copy of Breakwater Bay, simply email HBE at by no later than Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, at 11:59 PM EST and include "Giveaway" in the subject line.

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