Mystery Lovers, Beware!

by Carole Brown

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We love to travel and have done so since we’ve been married. From Washington state to Texas, from Alabama to Maine, we’ve gone traveling for business and for fun.

If you ask the Dentons, who love to travel, their vacation spots always seem to land them in mysteries. Now that’s an interesting thought and experience, but the Dentons take it in stride. Considering their love of fishing, buying new shoes and reading mystery books, it’s easily understood how they can get involved in any mystery that pops up at their newest vacation spots.

So far they’ve solved the Mystery of the Dead Motorcyclist in Tennessee (Hog Insane) and in New Mexico (Bat Crazy), they eventually found who was behind the Vampire Bats supposedly inhabitiFrontng a new cave.

(By the way, someday I’ll explain how I came up with these crazy, insane titles. Lol)

Now in Colorado, they’re helping long time friends Jeremy Meadows, who owns and runs a ski resort with his Down’s Syndrome sister Daffodil, discover the people who are tricking her and ruining their well-laid plans for the resort. And what do ducks have to do with the story anyway?

Can they succeed in finding the evil doer? Readers can find out in the third book of this delightful series: Daffy’s Duck, coming late 2017.

 

Check out the first two books in this series here:

Hog Insane:  Amazon.

Bat Crazy:  Amazon

Happy Reading!!

Shy Spring and Persistent Winter

by Carole Brown

What do these two seasons have to do with writing?WMITH Bk Cover small-Modified earrings

It reminds me of the first book in the WWII Spies series, With Music in Their Hearts, where winter doesn’t want to give up its reign on the town of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Just like we’ve been having, and many other states too, spring has edged out the colder weather earlier than usual this year. We’ve gotten spoiled by the shirt-sleeve weather and sometimes forget that, really, it’s still the winter season. Until…snow and cold and furious winds sweep in and demand a few more days of winter. 

As in With Music in Their Hearts where Emma Jaine enjoys the warmer days–jacket weather. But in the last scene we see that winter demands a few more days of attention. When Tyrell Walker and Emma Jaine pause on the…

Oops. Almost gave away a bit of that ending. Can’t do that. It wouldn’t be fair to the readers. Everyone enjoys a good surprise, right? 🙂

A READER’S THOUGHTS on With Music in Their Hearts:

I opened to chapter one in my Kindle and heard the music coming from the piano at the boarding house. I felt a part of the intrigue and saw the characters as they interacted with one another. Carole Brown’s World War II spy novel With the Music in Their Hearts is a fascinating read. The realistic dialogue, setting and characters’ dress drew me into this 1940’s mystery. Americans spying on Americans during a turbulent time in history perked my interest. Make that spy a pastor and add some romance and I was fully engaged. The characters reminded me of an old black and white movie from the period especially the way the men and women flirted and behaved. Carole is a gifted writer and meticulous researcher. Both talents show through in this page turner. Some may refer to it as cozy because there isn’t a lot of graphic violence. But the suspense still rings true. Lovers of World War II historicals aren’t the only ones who will enjoy this novel. If this time period is not your normal fare give With Music In their Hearts a look. You won’t be disappointed. –Cindy Huff

GET THE BOOK HERE: Amazon

Happy Reading!

Missing One of these?

by Carole Brown

Want to join the people falling in love with Appleton, WV?

Want to learn who the next protagonist in this series will be?

Want to know what cozy mystery will be in the fourth book?

Then keep up with the this unique group of friends and the small town of Appleton.

Reviewers thoughts:

~~This is a fast paced, enjoyable read. In fact, when my copy ‘vanished’ from my Kindle for some strange reason, I quickly bought another so that I could finish the story!~~

~~Knight In Shining Apron by Carole Brown, is a delightful Christian book set in the beautiful little town of Appleton West Virginia.~~

~~“Undiscovered Treasure” by Carole Brown is a truly remarkable story about how true love never gives up and never dies.~~

Toby’s Troubles is the fourth book,

but in the meantime…

Enjoy:

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OR…

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Happy Reading!

Nosy Bits of Information About Andy and Caroline…

Undiscovered Treasures
(Book Three of the Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series)
By Carole Brown

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Why did I write this book?

Several years ago, my agent urged me to write a romance novel for a certain publishing group. I did, and while I was at it, decided to write about three friends, all living in the made up town of Appleton, WV. Each had their own story, but the romance books didn’t go anywhere (because I’m not a “per se” romance writer. But when a current editor asked me for a new series, I thought about these three books and wondered if I could turn them into light mysteries. Ta da: the Appleton, WV series was born!
How much of myself do I put into my books?

Almost always little dabs of this and that. I love antiques and flea markets, cats, flowers (including Caroline’s favorite: daisies) and coffee. If I drink tea, I’m a Tea Snob (same as Caroline). I’m clumsy and fall over practically nothing (Caroline too!).
What are your main characters like?

In Undiscovered Treasures, Caroline Gibson, is a “home-town” girl. She doesn’t have a lot of confidence in her own looks, is clumsy, and sometimes quite outspoken. But she’s loyal, trustworthy, and soft-hearted, always watching out for the “underdog,” helps her brother run a successful business, writes plays, and oversees the local youth organization at her church. palette2-free

Andy Carrington, on the other hand, is quiet, but confident in his own abilities, friendly, a dedicated Christian, and an up-and-coming famous artist. He’s best friends with Caroline’s brother, and grew up with him and Caroline. Best of all, he’s loved Caroline forever and trusts God to direct his and her life.
Where did I get the title for this book?

When I plotted for the third friend (Caroline), I decided a junk/antique/collectibles store would be fun and unique. It also fit her personality. Having a brother and sister run the store worked well with the plot and giving them both a bit of wittiness added interest to the novel. I also thought this title played into the emotional love story part of the plot. Caroline, always dreaming of a real live prince for her life, doesn’t realize that she already has one. It’s only when she discovers Andy’s virtues that she finally clasps the truth: Andy is her treasure, chosen by God, just for her.
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Why a cat in the story?

It played into Caroline’s personality very well. I can just see her volunteering at the local pet shelter. Angel, the cat, also was a ready (or not) listener when Caroline needed a sounding board.

 
How does the music box play into the plot?music-box-free

It’s a constant reminder–and not a very welcome one–that her life is somewhat unsatisfactory. She thinks it’s because she doesn’t have a “prince” riding up to save her from a mundane existence, but really, it’s more like the proverbial ostrich inserting his head into the sand, and unwilling to accept the will of God for her life.
Why have Caroline travel out of the U.S. when she’s such a homebody?

Having her travel, which she isn’t totally fond of, forces her to climb out of her comfort zone. She knows what she has to do–make an apology–whether everything turns out the way she wants it to or not, and because she has to travel a distance, she has plenty of time to ruminate on her “follies.” Overall, a good disciplinarian action for her.

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Is there a spiritual thread?

Yes. Accepting God’s will for our lives. We can’t make things happen the way we want, and if we force the issue, most times, it turns out to be an unsatisfactory situation. Caroline has to learn that, and once she does, she couldn’t be happier.

 

 

Happy Reading!

Sabotaged Christmas: A Finalist!

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It is with great pleasure to announce that you have been selected as a Book Excellence Award Finalist for the following book and category:

Book Title: Sabotaged Christmas
Category: Fiction

There were hundreds of entries from around the world and your book was selected
for its high quality writing, design and market appeal. 

 

 

I’m excited, yes, and so thankful for this honor on the first book in my Appleton, West Virginia Romantic Mystery series! 

If you’re interested and would like to see what all the hoopla’s about or just want to get ready for some December holiday reading (although it can be read any time!), then go here:

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HAPPY READING!

Mystery is in the Air!

What fun to celebrate the release of the second book in my fun and lighthearted Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series! Just in case you’d love to help me celebrate (read the book and review? 🙂 ), then here’s the link!  Amazon

Interviewing today Sir Joel PeterFront Cover1 w apple blossomman-Blair, the male protagonist in Knight in Shining Apron. . . Since Joel is helping figure out what’s going on in Starli Cameron’s life, and why all the the seemingly threats and odd incidents happening, I thought it best to ask Joel to give us some ideas about the mystery half of the book. Joel . . .

I know Starli speculated briefly and not quite convincingly that you might be the cause of some bad attitudes from some of her employees. What do you say to that speculation?thumbs down free

Rubbish. The thought might have been a passing one in Starli’s mind, but I’m sure with further contemplation, she realized that attitudes come inside an individual. I only encouraged and strove to become friends with all her employees. If they imagined otherwise, then that is their problem. I can only be myself and do as my God would have me do.

Moving on, what did you think of all the odd situations that arose throughout the book?

What bothered me the most was her brother-in-law’s treatment of Starli. I am a christian and strive to act like one, but he seriously pushed my buttons. I’m a bit of a pushover for the underdog, so it came easily to be quite annoyed at Roland Stratton’s overbearing and abusive attitude.

firecracker freeThe other little things that kept questions playing over and over in my mind were: the smoke bombed coatroom, the firecracker, the outdoors unscrewed light bulb, the scratched reception desk, and the unexpected Valentine’s candy heart–all of it kept us–Starli and me–on edge, wondering who could possibly be so annoying. And why. That was probably light-bulb freethe hardest, trying to decide who and why he or she would want to inflict aggravation on Starli when she was such a good employer.

I see. So it never occurred to you that she might be imagining all this?

Seriously? Only one time did I wonder if Starli was indeed overreacting, but that was before I truly comprehended the depth of her fear and mistrust of men, in particular.

Did you ever doubt you’d find the criminal behind it all?

I never even considered that eventually we wouldn’t discover who was responsible. I wavered between two different ones, and it was only toward the end that I suspected it could be someone else. Fortunately, a few small clues helped us find out the who and why.

Finally, I won’t say what it is, but how do you think the final incident played into the plot?

It was a horrible experience and nearly broke my heart to see how it hurt Starli, forgiveness freebut I think in three ways it benefited:

  • it brought the guilty party to justice
  • it gave closure to Starli’s bad memories and past suffering
  • and, finally, it drew Starli to the place where she could forgive and fully trust God for her future, which included me!

Thank you, Joel, for enlightening us on some of the more serious issues in this book. 

Readers, be sure to let me know what romance means to you for a chance to win a Kindle copy of Knight in Shining Apron. As always, I’d love an honest review of the book, if you will, but not required. Thanks for reading!

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Knight in Shining Apron Cover Blurb:

Starli Cameron gave up her career plans to be a concert pianist to marry the man of her dreams. He turned out to be a nightmare. When he dies in a car accident, Starli takes the insurance money and builds a successful and upscale restaurant: Apple Blossoms in rural West Virginia. Threats from someone determined to ruin her life and the suspicious romantic advances from her new chef force Starli to search her heart and finally turn to God for real healing.

Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, top notch chef from England, is roped by his uncle, into filling in as head Chef at Apple Blossoms. Joel, with his sanguine-personality, has always laughed and flirted his way through life. But now, confronted with and attracted to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, Joel has to prove his sincerity and depth of character to his icy-cold employer. Can his love for God and for this woman reach out far enough to rescue her from her own mistrust and bitterness? Will he learn that life is not all play?

And can they both work together to find the source of threats that seem to be coming from Starli’s past?

TO BUY Knight in Shining Apron, go here: 
Amazon Author Page                                                                                                                          Amazon

 

Love is in the Air!

Knight in Shining Apron is the second book in my new Appleton, West Virginia Romantic Mystery series. As you can see by the series name, romance is a huge part of the plot. So, today, I give you a few questions and answers as to the developing love between Starli Cameron and Sir Joel Peterman-Blair–co-protagonists of Knight in Shining Apron.

Enjoy! And if you’re interested in purchasing the book, go here!                                                    Amazon

 

What is your hero and heroine’s favorite romantic restaurant?apple-blossom 2 free
Apple Blossoms, of course! When Starli Cameron’s first husband died in an accident, she inherited the insurance money and promptly opened the classiest restaurant in West Virginia: Apple Blossoms–even though she can’t cook. With live music, only the best chef and food, it’s the most popular eating establishment around. How could Starli and the new British chef–Sir Joel Peterman-Blair not consider it their favorite?

When did the Joel know Starli was the one?
From the first, umm, rather tense meeting, Joel realized he’d met the woman of his dreams,
the most beautiful creature he’d ever seen. He had a long hill to climb to win her over
with all the problems she’d faced in her past, but Joel was nothing if not confident he and God would blove3 freee able to accomplish that.

When did Starli know Joel was the one?
Starli’s another matter. To many people, Starli comes across as a confident, accomplished, rather cold woman. Due to her unpleasant marriage with her now deceased husband, she hides behind that mask, but inside, and to her closest friends and those who are on the benefiting end of her generosity, she’s warm-hearted, kind and generous.

So, although Joel was appealing to the eye and to her emotions, she was hesitant and reluctant to even consider him as a potential possibility. Learning to trust a man, faith that God could restore her joy, and trusting are big issues for her. But slowly, and then with one final incident, Starli accepts what God–and Joel–is offering. No reservatEngland freeions!

Where will Joel and Starli go on their honeymoon–or is there a wedding?
Most definitely Italy, France and back to England to tour Joel’s homeland. Joel has the money, and he decidedly plans to spoil Starli!

Who is most romantic, your hero or your heroine?
Most will say Joel because his personality is open, friendly, and a little flirtatious and fun. He’s emotionally happy and at peace with God which, of course, makes him the idea romantic.

Starli, on tlove freehe other hand, grew up in a privileged home by caring, although busy, parents, but when she made the mistake of marrying her first husband, he successfully robbed her of any spontaneous joy she had. Through their married lives, he turned her into a woman who grew to fear men and who thought they couldn’t be trusted. Deep inside her is a longing to find a love such as her friend Toni DeLuca-Perrin has, but she has no faith it will happen. Joel is an attraction, but is he as good as he seems?

Only Joel’s gentleness and strength of character can win her over–if he doesn’t allow his friendliness to, uh, other females cause a rift between them that can’t be corrected.

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Joel might think the balloon ride they take–and it was funhot air balloon2 free and different.

Starli on the other hand treasures the tiny ice-skating crystal charm that Joel not only gave her one time, but replaced when the first one was–never mind. If you want to know what happens to it, you’ll have to read the book. But rest assured, that present is cherished by Starli as one of her most highly treasured gifts.

Readers, be sure to let me know what romance means to you for a chance to win a Kindle copy of Knight in Shining Apron. As always, I’d love an honest review of the book, if you will, but not required. Thanks for reading!

Knight in Shining Apron Cover Blurb:

Starli Cameron gave up her career plans to be a concert pianist to marry the man of her dreams. He turned out to be a nightmare. When he dies in a car accident, Starli takes the insurance money and builds a successful and upscale restaurant: Apple Blossoms in rural West Virginia. Threats from someone determined to ruin her life and the suspicious romantic advances from her new chef force Starli to search her heart and finally turn to God for real healing.

Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, top notch chef from England, is roped by his uncle, into filling in as head Chef at Apple Blossoms. Joel, with his sanguine-personality, has always laughed and flirted his way through life. But now, confronted with and attracted to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, Joel has to prove his sincerity and depth of character to his icy-cold employer. Can his love for God and for this woman reach out far enough to rescue her from her own mistrust and bitterness? Will he learn that life is not all play?

And can they both work together to find the source of threats that seem to be coming from Starli’s past?

Wanna enjoy the book too? Go here to purchase Knight in Shining Apron!
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