It's my pleasure to have talented writer, Carole Brown on my blog. Let's begin by getting to know a little about her.
Brown not only has her award winning (RWA International Digital Awards Contest 2nd place in Inspirational, Laurel Award finalist, Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel.
November, 2013, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies. Look for the second book, Bat Crazy, late winter.
Released November 1, 2014, is the first book in a new WWII romantic suspense series: With Music In Their Hearts. Three red-headed sisters. Three spies. Three stories.
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?
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Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
Tell me first what the story is about, if you would.
I’d love to!
Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.
He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up.
While Tyrell searches for the murdering spy who reaches even into the boarding home, Emma Jaine struggles with an annoying renter, a worried father (who could be involved in this spy thing), and two younger sisters who are very different but just as strong willed as she is.
As Tyrell works to keep his double life a secret and locate the traitor, he refuses to believe that Emma Jaine could be involved even when he sees a red-haired woman in the arms of another man. Could the handsome and svelte banker who’s also determined to win Emma Jaine’s hand for marriage, be the dangerous man he’s looking for? Is the trouble-making renter who hassles Emma Jaine serving as a flunky? Worse, is Papa Rayner so worried about his finances and keeping his girls in the style they’re used to, that he’ll stoop to espionage?
Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?
Can you describe the two main characters? What makes them tick?
Tyrell Walker: He inherited money, is handsome, talented and loyal to his country. He tried to get a head start on enlisting in the service but was circumvented by the “higher ups.” On the downside, he’s one who doesn’t trust easily because of his parents marital problems and sometimes thinks (although reluctant to admit it!) that God is a little slow in coming to the rescue.
Emma Jaine: Having a mother who passed away when she was an older child and a father who was away a lot with business work, she’s felt tremendous responsibility for her two younger sisters and even for her father. Although by nature an easy going person, she has a quick temper (blame her red hair!) and can be quite insistent on forcing her opinions of what’s right for her sisters on them. She does have a loving and caring heart and works hard with her boarding house to make it a success.
Do you have a favorite secondary character?
Oh, yes. Ben Hardy is one of them. He’s a cousin and best friend to Tyrell. He’s also in the FBI, quite a cut up, and extremely loyal to Tyrell, his family and his country. With a curly red mop for hair, and a spontaneous, infectious nature, everyone loves him.
He adds a bit of fun and sparkle to the story, and for a tidbit of suspense for the future: he may very well have his own story, if all things work out that way!
Why a boarding house atmosphere?
Because it’s fun and homey with a seemingly quiet, relaxed and innocent setting, yet the undercurrents are disturbing. Who is at the base of the subterfuge? Who can be trusted and who not? Is no one who they seem? A subtle innocuous setting that adds to the current of suspicion.
Tell us a little about your title for this book.
With Music in Their Hearts. I love music and knew when I began this novel, I wanted music to play a big part in the story. Some may think it too mild of a title for a suspense book, but it’s not.
WWII was a romantic period in our history: Gallant men off serving in the military branches. Women stepping up to take their men’s places in the factories. Women headed overseas to do what they could in various ways.
Emma Jaine’s talent with the piano was a start to providing a touch of sweetness to the novel, but I added other things too: Claire’s unusual voice, evening gatherings with some of the nicest songs of the time, Tyrell’s spectacular voice which he doesn’t seem to value as he does his ministry.
Too, I kept thinking as I wrote that even though espionage was the main trigger, music and love and God kept things from exploding out of control. It was a perfect balance of evil versus good.
Can you tell us about the second book in the series? Does it have a release date yet?
We’re hoping for a late 2015 or early 2016 date. There are still a lot of details to finish up first though, so I need to get back to getting those resolved!
The second book is entitled, “A Flute in the Willows” and centers around rebellious Josephine (Josie) Rayner, the second sister. She’s considered wild by her family, and, in fact, rebelled enough in Emma Jaine’s story to run off and marry her short-term boyfriend, Jerry Patterson, another young resident of the boarding house.
Forgiveness is a major theme. Josie and Jerry both are sucked into temptations that almost refuses to let them go. They have to deal with some very real and personal issues, not only between themselves but also in their lives as individuals. Worse, because of Jerry’s actions as a spy overseas in Germany, they both are pushed into joining forces to find and defeat the man set out to destroy both of them.
When faced with the destruction of her dreams, Josie turns reluctantly to her neglected flute. Jerry, bitter over his permanent injuries and his unfaithfulness to Josie, finds solace only in silence and aloneness. But God has other plans.
Slowly Josie’s flute music, Tyrell Walker--the minister--and God bring these two damaged people to their senses and into his fold.
Can you give us the links to buy the book: With Music in Their Heart?
Kindle Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OVFWA5S?pldnSite=1
Print Link: http://www.amazon.com/Music-Their-Hearts-Spies-World/dp/1941622038/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415113865&sr=1-1&keywords=
Thanks so much for allowing me to visit, Mary! It’s a privilege.
I enjoyed having you Carole and look forward to reading "With Music In Their Hearts.
Readers can also find Carole at: Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/
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