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!

Dan Brown…and Chipper

by Carole Browndan-brown

I’m tickled pink to feature this man (and my love!) here today on this blog. He’s an inspiring, creative author, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this short interview and a peek at all the Chipper books he has published. (More coming…) 

chipper-learns-a-lesson-copy-copyWhat messages in your Chipper books do you want children to learn about? Do you like a definite spiritual theme or do you keep it less obvious as you write? 

I want children to learn caring, helping, sharing, and to do the right thing. The spiritual theme is not an overt, in-your-face subject, but in learning right attributes, they are learning characteristics that will encourage them in the things of God. In the back of the books are short scriptures that they can learn or parents and children can discuss. And the discussion questions can help them to think about the themes in the books. Parents can gently guide their children by interacting with their children as they talk about these. 

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What’s next for you? Do you have another book being written now?

I have several short stories about Chipper ready to go, but holding off on these till at least two more of the Adventures of Chipper are ready for publishing. Life interferes (you’ve heard that before I’m sure) but I’m compiling and working on the creatures and plots for the next two books. Hopefully, God wills, these will be ready for my editor soon.

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What or who makes a successful person/author, in your opinion?

As far as an author goes: my personal opinion is a someone who understands the power of the written word and being so intrigued and fascinated  by their own characters that they are there with them in heart and mind. 

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Why do you think this book resonates with readers?

Because the character Chipper helps young people and children to learn, and sometimes–most times, I think–they do not even realize that. It shows them that they are someone and that they can be a better person. They can get caught up in these fun and entertaining books and learn from them without even consciously knowing that.

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What is YOUR favorite part about these books or why do you love this series? Why should children read them?

  • Chipper’s outpouring love and concern, and being willing to give his all for the other characters in the books.
  • Why? For the children? Because Chipper and the other characters are interesting and exciting, enlightening and helpful. And funny!
  • For the parents? They are giving their children the opportunity to learn characteristics that will hopefully improve their children’s actions and attitudes. And it gives them opportunities to spend quiet, devotional times with them.

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Tell us a little bit of how you were called, or began writing. Happenstance? A clear call? A chosen career?

I felt a need to instruct children and young people (and yes, there are some young people who’ve read and enjoyed the books!) in things that matter.

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Where do you get ideas? Character names? Do you find your characters similar to you in any way?

  • Mainly from God’s creation
  • A mystery! Seriously, through a great imagination. 🙂
  • Perhaps in some ways–I think most authors do. How could we not? 

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Thanks, Dan, for joining us today and sharing a few things with us.

Readers, be sure to check out this link!

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Reviews: Are They Really Gold?

by Carole Brown

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Reasons to HUG (Review) for authors:

*  If an author has 50 or more reviews, Amazon will list his/her book in its newsletters and other promotions. (Nice!)

* Reviews encourage an author to write more books and their publisher to publish more of this author’s books!

* Reviewing for an author takes little time. They don’t have to be elaborate or fancy. They can be short and to the point. 

* Reviews say it better than anything, “I love you and your book. Give us more!” 

Gold? Oh, yes. For authors. That’s a definite YES! Smiles.

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Looking for some new reads during these winter months? Check out:

The Adventures of the RV-traveling amateur mystery sleuths: Denton and Alex Davies. His dry humor and sarcastic thoughts and her adventurous and smart attitude will draw you into each Book Cover Centered-smallmystery they stumble (?) into!

 

 

  • Hog Insane (and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with pigs! Lol)
  • Bat Crazy (and, yes, they run into bats–of a sort! 🙂 )

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Have a wintry, but warm and cozy day!

New Books on the Block

By Carole Brown

One of the best moments in an author’s life is when a book of theirs releases. And probably one of the top pleasures it gives those who love to encourage, is to share the reward of a new book out from a fellow-author-friend. 

Today I want to share with you some new books that recently released and hope you’re intrigued enough to check them out! Here goes…

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Coloring Journal. Author: Sharon A. Lavy.

Why should you buy this book?

  • Throughout history, successful people have kept journals.
  • Writing letters and keeping a diary is an ancient tradition that dates back to 10th century Japan.coloring-journal3

 

  • We now know that journaling has a positive impact on our physical and mental well-being, and modern psychologists contend that regular journaling strengthens the immune cells.
  • Many artistic types swear that three pages a day of free writing by hand boost their creativity.

 

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  • Couple that with the accepted benefits of coloring for calming stress relief and we recognize the usefulness of providing a combination coloring journal.
  • As you fill the following pages with your thoughts and your unique style of expression, please dwell on the goodness of the creator and His great love for us.

Remember, Sharon has a many Adult Coloring Books for your pleasure and relaxation. Do check them out here: 

Sharon A. Lavy’s Amazon Books

 

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Designing a Business Plan for Your Writing (Writing to Publish Book 1)

Why should you buy this book? 

  • Do you see yourself as a writer?
  • Is your dream to publish?

Designing a Business Plan for Your Writing helps you create a map you can follow to make your dream come true. The examples, reflective assignments, and challenges walk each reader through the process of constructing a thoughtful and achievable plan. While the handbook offers examples of structure, it is in no way formulaic. The plan you design to be a published author is customized to fit your personality traits, your specific gifts, and your busy life.

Check it out HERE:

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THERE you have it! Some books to catch your attention this month! Enjoy.

Welcoming my Author Friend, Sandra M Hart!

Happy to have my sweet friend, Sandra join me today. Sandra writes historical romance fiction. Be sure to check out her book at the links provided.

Tell us a little bit of how you were called, or began writing. Happenstance? A clear call? A chosen career?

I wanted to be a writer in elementary school. I found that books took readers on an adventure and wanted to write them by age eleven. When in sixth grade, I wrote my first novel. My favorite genre was mysteries and my story was called, The Mystery of the Missing Diamond Ring. You probably can’t guess what it was about! J  My sixth grade teacher encouraged my writings but few others did. No key people in my life bothered to read it so I released the dream. The stories never stopped coming, but I didn’t write them down.
Our choir director asked choir members to share devotions about our songs. Several years ago I wrote a devotion and shared it with the choir. The comments I received afterward reawakened the old dream.

It took some coaxing from God to accept the dream again, but I’m glad I did. I’m having a blast!

Do you like a definite spiritual theme or do you keep it less obvious as you write?

The story is what captures me first. I start with an idea and a vague notion of the ending before writing. Before long I notice a theme emerging. There is usually a main theme running through the entire novel as well as a couple of other issues. I pray over my stories before I begin and during the writing process. It amazes me to find messages I never consciously added.
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A Stranger on My Land is a Civil War novella set on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Carrie finds Adam, a wounded Union soldier, on her Southern property after a battle near her home. He will die if she turns her back on him. She takes him in her family’s cave hideaway but can’t remove the bullets. He needs a Union surgeon to survive, but how can she save his life and protect her family’s hideout?

My favorite part of this book was imagining the real life dramas that happened when two people on opposite sides of the war fell in love. Sometimes the war actually brought people together…
Give us three items about yourself: hobbies, loves, fun or weird habits, food/snack kicks you like, what would you be if not a writer–that sort of thing.

  • The first weird thing about me is that I don’t like coffee. My mom used to tell me that I’d like coffee when I became an adult. Unfortunately, she was wrong in her prediction. It didn’t make sense to “acquire” a taste for something that didn’t taste good. (I know – I’m in the minority.)
  • The second thing that I never outgrew my craving for chocolate milk. I love to begin my day with chocolate milk the same way countless others need coffee, including the Civil War soldiers I write about!
  • The third thing is that I’d love to learn how to cook the “old-fashioned” way over a fire or on a wood stove. I’ve started a blog, Historical Nibbles, where I try to decipher old recipes or talk about selecting the right wood for a particular type of fire, for example. I’d love for you to visit me at https://sandramervillehart.wordpress.com/.

 

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Carrie and her little brother, Jay, find a wounded soldier on their land after a battle which later became known as “The Battle Above the Clouds.” Adam, a Union soldier, has been shot twice in the arm. Though Carrie is reluctant to take Adam to their cave where her family hides their livestock from both armies, she cannot turn her back on him. 

But her Aunt Lavinia, bitter over what Yankees have done to their land, urges Carrie to allow Adam to die. Carrie refuses, but cannot remove the bullets. Adam’s friendship with Jay softens her heart toward him. It’s not long until his gratitude and teasing manner spark a friendship between the young couple. Even though Carrie’s father fights for the Confederacy in far-off Virginia, her feelings for the handsome young soldier begin to blossom into love. 

When Adam’s condition worsens, Carrie knows a Union surgeon is needed to save his life. How can she accomplish this and keep her family’s hiding place a secret?

Buy her book here:
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GM05TQQ/

Author Bio                                                                                                                                         KCP06Sandra Merville Hart is the column writer for “History in the Making” at the popular and growing site, www.AlmostanAuthor.com.

She is Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes many historical articles.

Her debut book, A Stranger On My Land, IRCA Finalist 2015, released in 2014. She has written for several publications and blogs. Sandra loves to find unusual facts in her historical research to use in her stories and drags her husband along on her adventures. Thankfully, he also enjoys these fact-finding missions.
To connect with Sandra:

Assistant Editor at DevoKids: http://devokids.com/category/stories/
Contributing column writer for: http://www.almostanauthor.com/category/genre/history/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandra.m.hart.7
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sandra_M_Hart
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sandramhart7/
Sandra’s Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8445068.Sandra_Merville_Hart
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100329215443000389705/posts
Sandra’s Historical Nibbles blog: https://sandramervillehart.wordpress.com/

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!

How Big is YOUR Fish?

by Carole Brown

“My Fish was this big. Honest!”

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead,
either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin
What kind of mundane life do you live?
One that flows along with no huge rocks to steer around?
One that avoids any shallows where your boat may get stuck?
Or the rapids where’s there’s a danger around every bend?
Or do you seek every day to find another reason to explore the excitement of living?
Do you gather good and bad things in your life
and those around you as fodder for your writing?
Is life too tame for you?
Do you run toward new adventures with arms wide open?
How big is YOUR fish?
Are all your aims and actions geared toward
what you believe is the right direction–for you?
Can you honestly say you’re doing things worth writing about?