Gulf Coast Author Beth White & The Creole Princess

Beth White

Today my guest is a longtime friend, author Beth White. I’ve even visited her in her hometown Mobile, Alabama. Not long ago I reviewed her book The Pelican Bride. (Click the title to read it.) So I’m happy to feature her latest, book 2 in “Gulf Coast Chronicles” series. Beth offered to do a drawing for a copy of The Creole Princess—US addresses only, please. So don’t miss the QUESTION.

Here’s Beth:

Entered my brain, fully-formed 

“Lyse Lanier, heroine of The Creole Princess, entered my brain, fully-formed, as a representation of the young southern women I’ve known who daily walk the cultural balance of European, Indian and African heritages. I wanted to paint a picture of girls who love their families without resenting the difficulties of where they’ve come from, and yet dream of earning their way to something better. So I gave Lyse a mixed-racial background as the daughter of a down-and-out aristocratic Creole father and freed slave mother.

She has to make a choice

between accepting the “safe” proposal of a boy she’s grown up with—or plunging into danger and adventure with a raffish Spanish merchant, who probably isn’t who he claims to be. Just to make things interesting, I threw in decisions about how far Lyse would be willing to go in supporting the American Patriots—who just happen to be trying to oust her British best friend’s father from command of the port of Mobile.

White Creole Princess
To purchase, click here. The Creole Princess: A Novel (Gulf Coast Chronicles) (Volume 2)

The American Revolution

As it turns out, Lyse is quite an intrepid young lady who uses her brains, her beauty, and her faith in God to navigate the storms—both literal and figurative—of the American Revolution. And she made me laugh, which I think is a good thing. The hero Rafael Gonzales just barely deserves her.”–Beth


Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.

It is 1776 and all along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter—though no less deadly.

Lyse Lanier may be French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?

With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.

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Twitter: @bethsquill

Thanks so much, Beth. I can’t wait to read this one too! Now here’s the book drawing QUESTION:

I’ve heard editors say that stories set in the American Revolution era don’t sell. Do you agree or disagree and why or why not?–Lyn

PS-Marisa Deshaies won Jill Kemerer’s debut Love Inspired romance and Gail Demaree won my slightly read copy of Missy Tippens’ THE GUY NEXT DOOR. CONGRATS!



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8 Responses to Gulf Coast Author Beth White & The Creole Princess

  1. Michelle Faile says:

    I disagree, I love reading books from that period! This sounds like a great one!

  2. Beth Whtie says:

    Hi, y’all! Thank you so much for participating in the discussion! My apologies for chiming in late…It’s been a crazy week at John L. LeFlore High School! The ceiling of my classroom literally caved in because of heavy rain in our area! How crazy is that?!

    This is fun to hear y’all say that you like a variety of historical periods in your reading. I do too! In fact, the Gulf Coast series is inspired by the Williamsburg novels by Elswyth Thane. Like mine, that series spans multiple generations of the Day and St. Clair families, beginning with the Revolutionary War (Dawn’s Early Light) and continuing through World War II.

    When I pitched the idea for the series to my editor at Revell, I wasn’t really concerned with how well any one time period would sell—I just wanted to write about interesting historical events as they happened in my home territory of South Alabama. I figured if I wrote compelling characters and placed them in exciting circumstances, the books would sell themselves via word of mouth.

    Besides, as many of my reviewers have said, there isn’t much out there about the Gulf Coast as a setting, certainly not during the American Revolution—which makes this story either unique or totally weird! haha! I hope “unique” will attract people who like an adventurous, romantic story!

    Good luck to all of you who have entered for the drawing!

  3. Barbara Peacock says:

    I love to read stories set during the time of the American Revolution. Many of my friends do also, and I would think they would sell very well. It is, in my mind, a fascinating time in American history.

  4. Britney Adams says:

    I would think Revolution era stories would sell. I love historical fiction and enjoy reading from various time periods.

  5. Melanie Backus says:

    Readers that love history are going to read this period of time as well as others. Different historical periods of time are fascinating!

  6. KayM says:

    I don’t really know how well they sell, but I really enjoy books of the Revolutionary period. I like wide variety in my reading, and don’t stick with one period or genre.

  7. Joye says:

    I would definitely read a book set during the early days of America but I don’t find them on the shelves. I feel they would sell to the serious reader.

  8. Sonja says:

    I think historical fiction is a seller. Even the covers attract my eye quickly. The Revolution was the cause of our freedoms today and it is a big sell for me, of course I do enjoy history!