With Cozy Cash Mystery #3 - CARATS & COCONUTS - about to be released (within the next ten days), I thought I'd treat you to the "Behind and Beyond" of this book.
For CARATS & COCONUTS:
Think Will and Kate gone Bond, James Bond in the gem smuggling world of Brazil's Amazon Rainforest...oh, and with the help of Grams, who now has a Queen of Crabby Maxine fixation.
And on that note...
One of the questions most asked of authors is:
How do you get your story ideas?
So, why "gem smuggling"?
Here's the scoop:
About three years ago now, The DH and I visited The Smithsonian to see, among other things, The National Gem Collection.
In the museum's gift shop, I found the gorgeous coffee table book above, plus the following titles:
The crowd around The Hope Diamond was so huge, it took me forever to get close enough to see it. And it was the same way throughout every room of the gem exhibit. You couldn't move without hearing another "oooo" or "ahhhh" and a "look at that thing"!
I was every bit as mesmerized too by the glittering razzle-dazzle of some of the world's most brilliant jewels. But the storyteller in me was every bit as enamored by the stories and mysteries and danger behind these jewels ending up in the highly-secured cases I was standing in front of three to four-people deep.
At the time, I had no idea how I'd work these into a book or which book for that matter.
I only knew that someday I'd write about this world and the stories behind all its bling and sparkle.
And wow...that world is far, far from the pretty nature of the gem stones it produces.
I hope, with Carats & Coconuts, y'all join me in helping to stop the dangerous and deadly cycles of violence caused by the trade and smuggling of conflict gems.
How can you help?
By buying faux stones used by designers in all kinds of superfab fun Costume/Fashion Jewely.
Costume/Fashion Jewelry rocks!
And by buying those pieces, instead of jewelry made of real stones, you very well could be saving the lives of many of the world's poorest indigenous populations.
The Best of D. D. Scott-ville Wishes --- D. D. Scott