Scenes and Beans Press Release

Press Release

August 1, 2006

Laura Domino has landed a role in Scenes and Beans, an entertaining character blog based on the new Kanner Lake suspense series by best-selling author Brandilyn Collins. She will be writing posts for Sarah Wray, owner of Simple Pleasures home décor shop in Kanner Lake.

According to the site (, Scenes and Beans is ‘brought to you by Java Joint’, the coffee shop in the fictional town of Kanner Lake, Idaho, where the eclectic and eccentric locals hang out. Writers for the blog are from the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. “Laura Domino was chosen because of the creativity in her auditioning post,” says Collins. “Laura is a talented writer, and I’m thrilled to have her as a part of this international project.”

Eleven characters from Java Joint post Monday through Friday, telling humorous and poignant stories about their lives in Kanner Lake-until tragedy strikes. The posts are in real time according to events in the suspense series, which launches in August with Violet Dawn. In the novel, Paige Williams, a newcomer to the town, slips into her hot tub in the blackness of night-and comes face to face with a corpse. Fleeing a dark past and afraid of the police and media, Paige must make an unthinkable choice about what to do with the body. Soon the whole town is in pursuit of the truth, and the killer in their midst.

The blog lists the eleven characters and links to, a Web site that explains the suspense series and lists the writers for Scenes and Beans.

The Kanner Lake series is published by Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins. Senior Acquisitions Editor Sue Brower said, “We fully expect Violet Dawn to be the biggest best-seller yet for Brandilyn Collins. The Scenes and Beans bloggers are a select group of writers who will gain exposure through their character posts, which will be read by many fans of the series.”

Visit Laura Domino’s Web site at


Kanner Lake’s resident bloggers:

Bailey Truit, owner of Java Joint and originator of the Scenes and Beans blog.

Wilbur Hucks, a town curmudgeon who proudly shows off his scar from heart surgery.

Hank Detcher, an Idaho born and bred pastor who loves to fish and is always ready to listen.

Jared Moore, an experienced reporter with a nose for news, and owner of the Kanner Lake Times paper.

Jake Tremaine, a recently retired logger (and lover of gossip) who’s driving his wife crazy at home.

Leslie Brymes, an ambitious young reporter with a charming air of flamboyance.

Angie Brendt, a retired school teacher who’s always up for fun.

Bev Trexel, a retired school teacher who’s more than a little set in her ways.

Carla Radling, an attractive young realtor who loves to argue with the town curmudgeon.

Ted Dawson, a.k.a. S-Man, a laconic science fiction writer whose head is always in his created world of Sauria.

Sarah Wray, owner of Simple Pleasures home décor shop, and all-around cheerleader for the town of Kanner Lake.


Alison Strobel Morrow said...

I can't wait to read this book--I keep seeing all this stuff about the Scenes and Beans thing, and I think that's just one of the coolest ideas ever. I'm so impressed with your willingness to take over a character like that--it's a whole new realm of fiction writing, isn't it, taking a character someone else has created and fleshing it out. Can't wait to read your entries!

Domino said...

Thanks Alison! My first post is on August fifth. I'm so glad Brandilyn decided to allow people to help write her character posts. I'm loving it.

How said...

This sounds very interesting!! I looked for an Aug 5th post, and only saw 4th and 7th. now that I read the release, I'll go back and look deeper.

Have fun with this!! :)

Domino said...

Wouldn't you know it... I got the date wrong. Forgive me?

My first Sarah Wray post is on the fourth (4th) of August on the Scenes and Beans blogspot site.