WHAT MATTERS MOST
(TEXAS GOLD COLLECTION BOOK #4)
Kellie Coates Gilbert
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance / Christian
Date of Publication: July 5, 2016
Number of Pages: 320
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Love and Politics Collide in This Emotion-Packed
Fourth Texas Gold Novel
Kellie Coates Gilbert strikes gold once again in the latest book in the Texas Gold Collection. Readers will be drawn into the story through Gilbert’s deeply emotional writing that highlights the complexities of human relationships.
Out of her desire to care for her mother who is suffering from dementia, Leta Breckenridge drops out of college. Her next step means leaving her comfort zone. After learning that a delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta takes a leap and lands a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her dream job soon turns into a nightmare when she learns that the firm she is working for is a front for a political opposition organization—and that the research she has been collecting will be used against Nathan Emerson, the handsome senator she’s swiftly falling in love with.
Nathan is a rising political star being pressured to run a bid to unseat the current governor of Texas. He’s already in a relationship with a woman much better suited to be a politician’s wife, but he’s never met anyone like Leta. Could this feisty woman hold the key to his heart—and his future?
Praise for the Texas Gold Collection
“This tale of family and faith brings to light what truly matters in life.”—RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
“Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers emotionally gripping plots and authentic characters.”—LifeIsStory.com
Kellie Coates Gilbert, Author of What Matters Most
After weeks of writing guest blog posts, filling out interview questionnaires, working with my publicist on promotion materials and ideas leading up to this book launch, I finally broke down and cleaned house today.
You see, I’m normally a tidy person. I don’t care for clutter. Hate walking barefoot across dirty floors. So, its’ quite unusual for me to let my housework go for any length of time.
I used to have a housekeeper when I worked full-time in law firms. But now that I’m working from my office at home, I felt I could juggle the cleaning chores with other demands and put those funds to better use. But, I looked around this morning and my neglect showed.
So, today I cleaned refrigerator shelves. I mopped and vacuumed. And I cleaned toilets.
Ah . . . the glamorous life of a novelist.
I’m sorry. Did I slam your image of what it’s like for those of us who write full-time? Did you imagine me wearing a flowing caftan, with reading glasses perched on my head and carrying a martini glass?
I may not be as exotic as Danielle Steele, that’s a given. But despite wearing yoga pants and cleaning toilets, my life doesn’t entirely suck. In fact, there are some real highs to this author gig.
There are few thrills greater than opening up a box delivered by the Fed Ex man and lifting your book out . . . seeing the “real” book for the first time. Or knowing that soon readers will experience your story, your characters and hopefully feel what you felt while writing. It’s kind of a sacred union—an author and her readers.
Along those same lines, there was some major grinning going on in the Gilbert household when I opened a reader email that said, “I don’t know how you do it, but you just wrote my story. I closed the last page and no longer feel so alone in my experience.” (Gulp! Sniff!)
Two days after I signed my first publishing contract, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting the late Pat Conroy in person. I’d read all his books, sobbed my way through Prince of Tides and Beach Music. When he learned I was about to join the ranks of the published, he looked me in the eyes and told me I would never do anything that would wring my soul yet bring me more joy. He was right!
While on book tour, I had the crazy privilege of speaking about my publishing experience to the entire student body at my former high school. After my talk, I signed books and then had my photo taken standing next to some of my former classmates who still live in Carey, and with two of my former teachers. One was the English teacher who introduced me to the love of literature and the possibility of writing. I looked over and he had tears in his eyes.
The other night, my little grandson ran into the room carrying one of my novels. His eyes were bright with excitement as he plopped the book in my lap and pointed to the photo on the back cover. “Grammy, that’s you!”
Nearly every morning for the past four years, I’ve talked on the phone to my writing partner, Lynne Gentry. We talk about our stories, our characters, the problems and issues we face with motivation and story holes, and think up new and creative ways to describe setting. We share our angst over the changing landscape in publishing and help each other steer our careers. She has pushed me to excellence and is now one of my dearest friends and confidantes.
Over the course of the past four years, I’ve met with countless book clubs and reader groups—in living rooms, country clubs, churches and sometimes in bars. Nothing is more fun than hearing what readers loved about my stories, learning about how the characters impacted them and just talking about books. I’d almost pay to do it (but don’t tell them!)
Someday, I hope to get “the call.” The one telling me one of my books made it on the New York Times Bestseller List. You’ll hear me screaming with joy over here in Texas—even if you live in Alaska!
Yes, there are some thrilling moments as a published novelist. I wouldn’t trade a minute of my experience, even if I occasionally have to stop and clean toilets.
Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal, as well as the author of A Woman of Fortune, Where Rivers Part, and A Reason to Stay. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband.
GIVEAWAY! THREE PRIZE PACKS!
Prize 1: Box of Texas Treats & Signed Book
Prize 2: $10 Starbucks Gift Card & Signed Book
Prize 3: $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card & Signed Book
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