Wednesday, December 12, 2012

For What It's Worth by Karey White: Interview & Excerpt


For What It's Worth by Karey White

Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.

Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?

Praise for For What It's Worth

Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love. As an added bonus, each chapter  starts with a recipe, so it’s a novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!

—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013

I just loved the book – loved it. Hated putting it down and hated finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me, made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may try the recipes that began every chapter.

—Amanda Dickson, author and radio personality

This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes. If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!

—Rachael Anderson, author

This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.

—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings, 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award


Book Trailer

Welcome Karey!  Thanks for stopping by today and agreeing to answer some of my questions.  Tell us about the absolute best fan letter you’ve received.

 I got a letter from a sixth grade teacher who read Gifted to her class. She said on the days she thought they were too busy to read, the children begged her to read just a little. She said that she and several of the children cried during one of the most emotional days of reading. When the book was finished, she asked them to write down the thing they liked best about the book. Several students wrote variations of the idea that no matter who we are, we can make someone’s life better. Gifted was never intended to be a children’s book, but I was thrilled that these sixth graders could feel and understand the spirit of Anna’s story.


 How do you react to a bad review of your book?

 I go back and read the reviews of people who loved the book and letters like the one from the sixth grade teacher and then I remind myself that every book isn’t for everyone. I’ve loved books others have loathed and I’ve hated books others have praised. Reading is so subjective that I try not to take it too personally.


 Do you have a favorite quote?

 I love the quote “Faith and fear cannot coexist.” That not only applies to my faith in God, but it also applies to my faith in myself. When you write something, it’s such a personal thing. Every word came from you and your mind and heart. It can be really scary to take that chunk of yourself and throw it out to a world that might reject it, and you. My faith in myself is what helps me overcome that fear.


 You just won a huge lottery. What would you buy?

 Since this is purely hypothetical, I’m going to imagine it’s REALLY huge so I can set aside money for all the smart things—education for my kids, down payments on houses, etc. Then I’m going to take my entire family—parents, 10 siblings and their spouses, my 43 nieces and nephews, and of course my husband and children on a 21 day cruise through Europe. It has to include the British Isles, the Fjords of Norway, the tulips of Holland and Spain, where my husband lived for a while. Then when we came home, my husband and I would open a restaurant different than anything you’ve ever seen. (Can’t give that idea away yet. Sorry.) Oh man, it makes buying a lotto ticket very tempting.


 Entice us. What future projects are you considering?

 I have a couple of things I’m working on. One is a fictionalized memoir (my real story of growing up in a renovated school house with fictional names to protect both the innocent and the guilty) and another romance. I’m excited about them both but the one I’m spending most of my time on right now is the romance—a contemporary story that I hope will appeal to everyone who loves Pride and Prejudice. I can’t say much else except that I’m a little obsessed with it right now and I’m LOVING it.

Author Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.


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Karey said...

Thank you for the fun interview and for taking time to help me promote my book.

I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I have loved both books by Karey White. "Gifted" was a beautiful and very touching book and "For What It's Worth" is a fun and romantic book. Great job. I look forward to your next book. LMH