Guest Author Carole Brown – Take Me Back… to World War II

CaroleAug14 (14) croppedCarole 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.

Releasing November, 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?

Take Me Back… to World War II

There’s an old country music song that includes those words in it. For today, though I want to go back in time and show you one reason why I love the WWII era.

I guess the first time interest sparked inside of me was hearing my mother talk of growing up. The clothes, her jobs, the hardships and fun times, her relationships with family and friends and most of all, the pictures. I fell in love!

While researching the 1940s styles, I realized hats were very much a part of the culture. I became fascinated with the choices of men’s hats I could use. I loved seeing the pictures of men in hats. So romantic. So handsome. So nostalgic.

    • Up until the 1950s men were seldom seen out and about without a hat on their heads.
    • They’re classy and sophisticated, add personality and boost confidence. Hats can show off your personality–give you that extra bit of swagger, add interest or be a unique accent to your outfit.
    • And a few functional reasons? They can add warmth to your head in the cooler weather, shade your eyes from the sun on hotter days, and cover a receding hair line!

For fun, here’s some to peruse. Perhaps it may even convince you to buy one, for yourself or your man.

Flat HatThe Flat Hat. Rounded with a small brim and a high back. It was long associated with the working class man in the United Kingdom. It adds interest to a casual outfit, like worn jeans and t-shirt.

fedoraThe Fedora. At one time, it was considered a necessary accessory for formal and business attire. Today, when a man wears one, he is considered a trendsetter. They are soft, stylish and perfect with dressier outfits and business attire. They were worn by prohibition-era gangsters, movie stars of the 1940s, and Old Blue Eyes.

The Porkpie. Similar to a fedora, but with a flat top, shorter rim and turned up. It’s associated with jazz and the blues culture.

HomburgThe Homburg. My personal favorite, is also similar to the fedora. It lacks the fedora’s pinches, the brim is turned up all the way around, and has a hatband and sometimes a small feather. It’s less casual than a tophat but dressier than a fedora. Politicians and diplomats in the 20th century wore them. Now, carriers a distinct gangster flavor.

BowlerOne more: The Bowler. Hard, made of felt with very short brims. They were worn as signature pieces and protection in many scuffles.

Frank Sinatra said: Cock your hat–angles are attitudes.

  1. Wear your hat pushed back to seem more open and accessible.
  2. Tilt your hat over your eyes to seem mysterious and intimidating.
  3. Tilt your hat up one inch from completely straight to project an all-business attitude.

And finally, Hat Etiquette.

  1. Promptly remove your hat upon entering an elevator, restaurant, or someone’s home. Never wear your hat during a meal.
  2. Touch the brim of your hat lightly when greeting a friend.
  3. Raise the hat by the crown when meeting a female friend in public.
  4. Remove your hat during the national anthem and place it over your heart.

I used the Homburg in With Music in Their Hearts. What type of hat would you like to see me use in the next two books of this series?

And would you like to see these style of hats move back into popular fashion?

What’s your favorite style of hat?

WMITH Bk Cover small-Modified earringsWith Music in Their Heart

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?

With Music in Their Heart releases November 2014! Check out my personal links to keep in touch for availability! Then look for it on Amazon. Book Launch is scheduled for November 10 on Facebook.

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

One thought on “Guest Author Carole Brown – Take Me Back… to World War II

  1. The info about the hats was so much fun, especially the Frank Sinatra tilting tips. But I’m most intrigued about the West Virginia scrapbook. That’s a great idea for “something extra” to go along with a novel. Thanks for sharing, Carole.

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