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World War II fans, it’s your turn again! We’ve had a few opportunities to get to know Carole Brown, and I’m happy to have her back to share about her latest release, A Flute in the Willows. Before we visit with Carole, let’s take a quick peek at this newest WWII story.
She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart?
Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamorous life…especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife’s life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.
These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their own selves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.
Welcome back, Carole! Let’s start with five fast favorites. What is your:
Favorite season? Definitely Autumn, although Spring is a close second.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Butter Pecan or Strawberry Cheesecake
Favorite snack? Popcorn and/or ice cream
Favorite beverage? Believe it or not, I’ve just decided I like certain types of flavored cream in my coffee (only at certain times). Peppermint and hazelnut are at the top of my list. Other than that, a half glass (a day) of Welch’s grape juice and water are my main sources of fluids.
Favorite animal? I love most all animals, but a cat or dog would probably top the list. I could gaze at running horses for a long time, I collect elephants, and love reading about animals in books. Even quirky ones.
Sometimes quirky animals make for fun characters! Who is your favorite secondary character in A Flute in the Willows, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
In A Flute in the Willows, book 2 in the Spies of WWII series, Papa Ossie Rayner is Josie Rayner Patterson’s go-to person. Because of his wisdom and firsthand knowledge of war and returning soldiers, he’s able to encourage his daughter when she faces the problems from her husband’s return.
He’s big and loud and totally protective of his three daughters, declaring each one of them to be his favorite. He’s a handsome man who owns a shipping business. Wife having died several years before, he’s now close friends to one of the boarding house residents, Shirley, who’s a librarian.
And, yes, I’ve toyed with the thought of writing a novella about Papa Ossie. We’ll see…
He sounds like a great support for Josie. Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
I’d love to. Growing up, I heard stories of my mother going through the 1940s and loved the pictures of that period. I also read a book about a civilian spy, and our family knew the man who wrote the book. It was suspected that he was that spy, but would never confirm it. Nevertheless, it made for interesting reading and gave me the idea for my own spies in this series.
That is intriguing! What do you hope your readers take away from A Flute in the Willows?
I dedicated this book to the women who’ve had to be strong and understanding who’ve had to pray for their hurting and troubled husbands. I want women readers to be encouraged that God never fails, to hang onto their own personal harps because one day the sun will shine and the music inside them will once again surge in their hearts.
What sweet encouragement that is. 🙂 Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’d love to! For 2018, I plan on finishing one book in two different series:
Book 4 in my Appleton, WV Romantic Mysteries: Toby’s Troubles. Lighthearted with touches of spiritual inspiration. In this book, Toby Gibson (brother to Caroline Gibson from book 3) has his own romance to discover and a mystery to solve.
Book 3, Daffy’s Duck, in my Denton and Alex Davies cozy mysteries. This time Denton and Alex head to Colorado to help an old friend and his Down’s Syndrome sister. Who’s trying to steal their ski resort?
If time permits, I’d love to work on a couple more to push them closer to the finish line. 🙂
Wow! You’re a busy lady! Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
For 2018, I feel like Jeremiah 29:11 is my verse. “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” It’s my current favorite.
I don’t particularly feel I’m going to be rich or famous, but that God has my writing journey, my life’s journey in his hands. He will take care of me, as he’s done in the past, and give me fruit for my labors.
That verse is such a great reminder to just walk with the Lord. He’s already got it all figured out! 😉 Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Carole!
Your turn! Do you have a verse or “one word” for this year?
More about Carole:
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, 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?
Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Carole-Brown/e/B00EZV4RFY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427898838&sr=8-1
Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Also by Carole:
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 Tyrell’s FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications a woman is involved.
Tyrell’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.
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?
A Flute in the Willows Giveaway:
Carole has graciously offered to give away a print or ebook copy of A Flute in the Willows (winner’s choice of format) and a bookmark to U.S. residents only or a Kindle copy to a non-US winner. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.