Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Belle DeCosta!

The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Belle A. DeCosta

I met Belle DeCosta a couple of years ago, but I feel as though we’ve known each other forever! She’s genuine, smart, funny, and a very good writer. Here’s a little more about Belle:

Where is your hometown? East Providence, RI

What genre(s) do you write? Memoir, Women’s Fiction

What have you written? Echoes in the Mirror, 2020, Treading Water, 2021

Who are some of your favorite authors? Colleen Hoover, Miranda Cowley Heller

What books did you enjoy reading growing up? Little Women, Little Women, Little Women (good one, Belle!)

What do you like best about writing?  For my memoir, it was revisiting my life with the benefit of age and wisdom, and the perspective it afforded. For my novel, I let my imagination and thoughts combine to create characters and their story. I don’t outline, so it fun to see where it all takes me, how their journey evolves and where it ends.

What do find most challenging about writing? Finding uninterrupted time to write!!

Where do you draw your inspiration? I’m very drawn to nature and find walking in the woods spiritual, meditative. Being surrounded by the ultimate creation of wonder and beauty increases my awareness and encourages my creativity.  Of course, interacting with my two-year-old grandson, hound Trista, and tribe of family and friends also energizes my creative cells and provides emotions and experiences that sometimes find their way into the story.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Miranda Cowley Heller! What’s the title going to be? Inner Voices.

Go ahead and visit Belle’s website: http://www.belledecosta.com/

Follow her on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Belle-A-DeCosta/e/B08C5MSBX6/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1

Meet Caroline McMerritt. Ambitious and driven, with a tongue as sharp as her mind, she is the top advertising executive for a prestigious Manhattan firm- until a particular circumstance takes a bite out of her edge, and she starts down a precipitous path.

Forced to take a hiatus or lose her job, and at the strong suggestion of a trusted brother, Caroline finds herself exiled to the abandoned family cabin in the backwoods of Maine.

Disgusted by her surroundings and enraged by the involuntary break, she vows to be unproductive and miserable, counting the days until she can return to the fast-paced life of her beloved NYC. But a telling moment brings Caroline face to face with her problem, and for the first time in her life, she feels out of control, lost. Panic ensues.

The discovery of a hidden treasure, buried in her deceased mother’s hope chest, helps her reset and restores her strong will. The unexpected gift not only provides the comfort of her mother’s presence but tells of secrets kept, past experiences lived, and lessons learned.

Join Caroline as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, hard truths, friendship, and love, guided by the advice and wisdom of her late mother.

Will it be enough to save her?

NOTE: I loved this novel! Belle’s writing is exemplary, and she knows how to tell a story. Want to win a copy? (Answer: yes, you do). Just answer this question? Would you rather live in New York City or in a remote corner of Maine?

42 thoughts on “Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Belle DeCosta!

  1. Your book sounds so interesting! I would choose to live in a remote place in Maine, if I had the ability to travel to NYC . Good luck for the future!

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  2. Catherine, Thank you for your kind words… My ideal place in Maine is far enough out to feel secluded, but close enough to Portland or Brunswick for when I need a bank or restaurant- lol

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  3. Bravo, Belle! Great interview. I’m a native New Yorker. Worked in Manhattan for many years. But lately it is not the city I remember growing up in. Many changes have occurred and unfortunately not for the better. I would be ready to head to Maine, but would not want to be too remote. I guess, once a city girl, always a city girl.

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      1. Hi Belle, Yes, cookies, a good book, and Maine, what more could you want? Except for a cup of tea and a good friend to share it all. Deb

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  4. I loved your book, Echoes in the Mirror, and you already captured my attention to want to read Treading Water. I am so interested to find out what treasure was hidden in your Mother’s hope chest and to learn from how her mother comforts her! There is no contest between NYC and a remote corner of Maine. I have already fallen in love with Peaks Island, a 15 minute ferry ride from Portland, Maine. So Maine, here we come!!!

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  5. Good morning, and welcome. Your book sounds like a great read! And yes, I would love to win it. I would rather live in a remote corner of Maine, I prefer living in a small and not crowded place. We live in a small town and that is what I prefer. I would love to see NYC but I would not want to live there. Thank you for the chance. Have a great day and week.

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    1. Hi Alicia, I’m with you- I love NYC for a day or two, then need to head back to small town life and nature to thrive. Good luck winning the book!

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    1. Sue, I’m so happy it worked out! Your award winning, beautifully illustrated book, “The Year the World Stood Still” filled with stories of hope and heroes during Covid is so moving. They will thoroughly enjoy hearing how you were inspired to create it! I have to keep riding- I’m hooked!!! A sequel is in progress!

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  6. My wife and I truly love Maine and visit a different place in Maine every year. But I’d rather let people know right now what a delight Belle is to know and sell books next to. From the moment Paul Caranci and I met her at the Scituate Arts Festival a year ago, we knew what a wonderful addition she was to the writing community. If anything, Belle continues to grow as a writer as more and more people get acquainted with her commitment to writing. I expect we will see a lot more from Belle De Costa in the coming years.

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    1. Julian, you and Paul were so welcoming and helpful to the newbie! Thank you for your kind words, and I will definitely be around a long time. Personally, I’m looking forward to YOUR next book ( you’re quite a few ahead of me). I enjoyed your last one, “The Treasure”. See you at the EXPO!

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  7. First, I have read both of Belle’s wonderful books and highly recommend them. She writes memoir and fiction with equal talent. Marvelous.
    Second, reading through Belle’s responses above, I am struck by how well they illustrate her warmth, kindness, and empathy. She is one in a million.
    Third, I am so NOT a city girl. NYC has no appeal, so, yes, a remote corner of Maine. (Your blog followers all seem to be of like mind!)

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    1. Connie, Don’t asked me what I just did ?? You know me and technology- lol. Thank you for your support and encouragement as always, and your insight as a a respected book reviewer (priceless). I so knew you would go with Maine! Meet you in Addisen.

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  8. I’d rather live in a remote corner of Maine because I now live next to 95 and hate the highway noises. I’d prefer somewhere more peaceful and quieter for when I’m trying to sleep.

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