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
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In the authors words . . .
I’m the oldest of eleven children. I’m married with four children of my own. I love traveling, cooking & baking, reading and basketball (watching, not playing). I love to create and have been doing something creative most of my life. I like writing because it lets me create without the mess of making wedding cakes or scrapbooking or sewing.
Is writing a full-time career for you? If not, how else do you spend your work day?
I divide my time between writing and being a wife and mom. I have a youth creative writing program I do in the summers.
If you had to sum it up What It’s Worth in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Dreams can come true, but sometimes our dreams are messier and more complicated than we realized and we have to make adjustments or our dreams will become nightmares.
Without giving it all away, please tell us a little something about how Abby is going to get through her biggest challenge?
With hard work, some tough love, help from those who love her, and being willing to take control of her life.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
I owned my own wedding cake business for more than a dozen years so some of Abby’s cake experiences are similar to mine. I also love the Seattle area and lived there for a short time, so some of the places in the book are places I love.
Which character in For What It’s Worth will be the most difficult to part with?
Probably Abby because I feel like I got to know her so well. But I think I developed a little bit of a crush on Dane, so I’ll miss him, too.
Do you have to be alone or have quiet to write?
It’s easier to write when I’m alone and it’s quiet, but if I focus, I can write when others are around. The only deal-breaker I’ve found is music with lyrics. I can write with the television on quietly in the background or people talking—I just tune them out—but I can’t seem to be able to tune out music with lyrics.
As a multi-genre author, how do you juggle going back and forth between the different genres? Do you have a preferred genre?
Gifted, my first novel, was a family saga. For What It’s Worth is a romance. My works in progress are another romance and a fictional memoir. I like the variety. I work on whichever manuscript has been occupying my thoughts the most.
What do you have in store next for your readers?
I’m working on a romance about a girl obsessed with Mr. Darcy. I know that doesn’t sound very original, but I think I’ve found a fresh spin and it’s been really fun writing it.
What has been your greatest pleasure or personal success as an author?
I loved the reaction to Gifted. It was an emotional book to write and it was very rewarding to have people write to me and tell me how it changed their thinking about how important each person is and how we affect other’s lives. I heard from a couple of teachers who read it to their students and how their students reacted to the story.
And of course, I was thrilled that it was a Whitney Award finalist. That was an unexpected and humbling surprise.
Do you write your friends or family members into your books? If so, did they figure it out?
There are bits and pieces of many of my family and friends. I’ve never based an entire character on one of them, but little traits and experiences are sprinkled throughout.
What is one trait you despise in people that you tend to give your villains/protagonists?
Pride and selfishness. Pride and selfishness can be found in all social classes and they’re not attractive qualities. In Gifted, Stan was poor and trashy, but his pride and selfishness hurt his daughter. In For What It’s Worth, Mrs. Stratman is so proud, she doesn’t care who she walks on. I think in real life, these two traits are largely responsible for much of the heartache and suffering in the world.
Do you have a favorite author? Who and why?
This is such a hard question, but I’ll name a couple.
Past authors that I adore are Bess Streeter Aldrich for her simple, beautiful stories. John Steinbeck for his sweeping sagas and beautiful imagery. James Herriot for his astonishing use of language.
There are two authors I’ve read in the past year that have blown me away with their writing—Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races and Regina Sirois’s On Little Wings.
How do you feel about book trailers and do you have any?
I think they’re a good idea if they’re done right. But that’s true of almost everything. I’m lucky because I have a brother and a cousin who are brilliant. My brother created a beautiful trailer for Gifted. You can see it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKthjS6eu9Q My cousin made a fun trailer for For What It’s Worth.
Is there a book you’ve ever read more than five times? Which book and what drew you back to it?
Spring Came On Forever by Bess Streeter Aldrich. Romantic, tragic, and gut-wrenching. I loved it.
Favorite place? Wherever my family is.
Best Christmas present? Amazon Gift Card (to keep my kindle stocked)
Favorite author? Bess Streeter Aldrich
Favorite smell? Chocolate chip cookies
Favorite series? Don’t really have any current ones, but I loved The Boxcar Children, when I was a child.
Favorite movie? The Matthew Macfadyen/Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice.
Favorite dish? Cheesecake Factory Garlic Noodles
Favorite color? Impossible to say. Depends on a whole bunch of things.
Favorite quote? Faith and fear cannot co-exist.
Your best trait? I love people.
Your worst trait? I’m impatient.
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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