Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THE SPIES OF WORLD WAR II AND A LOVE STORY




Fascinating Stuff.

By Carole Brown

With Music in Their Heart Blurb:


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


 HOW OLD PHOTOS TURNED INTO A LOVE STORY

By Carole Brown

Do you have a favorite military picture of a loved one?

Ÿ  Most everyone can relate to WWII because we know or have known someone who served or lived thru this period.Ÿ  It’s a time in life, whether from our grand or great grandparents, that draws us closer through our own memories or those from our past making it more realistically a historical part of us.

Ÿ  We can empathize because we sense the value of those years.

What caught my interest in WWII? The exact reasons I posted in the above paragraph. My mother lived through that war. I heard her tales of the jobs she worked, the hardships, and most of all, I viewed the pictures she showed me. I fell in love!

It was a time of excitement but trouble too. Unrest and greed was spawning through certain oversea countries. Country takeovers were everywhere. All the major countries were either on one side or the other.

On the home front, at first, there was not much difference. Women and men lived as lavishly as they were materially able. Radio shows and  patriotic speeches were all the rave. Singers, new songs and plays spread across the land via the radio, and stages and restaurants. Food, at first, was abundant.

But eventually, reality set in. The United States realized this was no month or two war. It would take steel grit and determination and loyalty and bravery to defeat the enemies and our men gave it.

What was there not to love about this era? It opened my eyes to the manly strength shown and given. To the sacrifices our ancestors made. Was it easy to give up an abundant life style? To have your food rationed? To fear attacks? To plan how to defeat an enemy who invades our personal space, our own homeland?

It touched my heart in so many ways to see the styles, hear the songs-the crooning, sadness, seriousness and lightheartedness that went into the singer’s voices to serve as a measure of relief, if only for a few minutes or an hour.

Research carried me into many avenues of this war. I’ll share a few here
:
Ÿ  Dates were vital.
Ÿ  Language (phrases and words) was important and gave flavor to the story.
Ÿ  Clothing styles. What was popular? What were the men’s suits like? Their trousers made? Did the women favor pleats and polka dots?
Ÿ  Hats--a favorite of mine in research. Elaborate, and a necessary part of the wardrobe!
Ÿ  Shoes
Ÿ  Music. I checked on songs from that era (or close to it). I checked out a Musical university. A dabbled a little in reading of music--notes, etc.
Ÿ  I did a little Biblical research.
Ÿ  I checked on certain jobs and available positions for that time period

Emotionally, I will always be attached to this time period. I have at least two more novels I plan in this series, and it’s with anticipation to know I can revisit it again.  

What’s YOUR favorite era to read about? I’d love to know!

  

Thank you so much, Ada, for allowing me this visit! I so appreciate it.




Carole Brown not only has her award winning (Romance Writers Association 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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