Can you believe December is almost here?! I pray the holidays are bringing you much love and blessings. Today, we have Carole Brown with us. She’s talking about her latest release, Undiscovered Treasures.
As always, thanks for stopping by and blessings to you!
About the Book
“Caroline Gibson is co-owner of Undiscovered Treasures, a shop of antiques, collectibles, and junk in rural West Virginia. Inside the shop is a music box that Caroline particularly relates to, believing that her own life is similar: forever spinning and never going anywhere.
She dreams and prays for the right man to turn up. But when family and friends hint that the local artist could be the guy, Caroline forgets about trusting God and takes matters into her own hands.
Besides, she could never love a man who paints such depressing pictures.
Andrew Carrington, painter of said depressing pictures, insists there’s always one redeeming trait to each of his works.
He’s loved Caroline since they were kids and thinks he’s not handsome enough, strong enough, or rich enough to impress this woman. But when God—or is it?—suddenly sends contracts begging for his signature, Andy thinks this just might be the way to win the only woman he can ever love.
But there’s a hitch in their plans. Someone is stealing Andy’s pictures, and why would they do that when he’s an unknown–so far? Do they know something Caroline and Andy don’t know? Is it mischief? Or something deeper that neither understand? Andy gets the chance to work with Caroline, and she must put aside her on-going battle to avoid Andy and his art so they can discover the art thief in Appleton before Andy loses the chance of a life time to ‘make it big.’”
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Sure. First, I’d like to explain that when I began them, I wanted to write about three friends and their lives–both the romantic side and the mystery they encounter.
In Sabotage Christmas, a recent finalist in the Best Books Contest, Antonetta (Toni) DeLuca inherited a construction company from her father. Raised with a hammer in her hand, she’s well suited to handle the business, but when it’s sabotaged and the new man in town–Perrin Douglas–seems the logical person to point a finger at, life seems to be falling apart. A Spanish proposal, an inheritance and strange accusations aimed at her deceased father, are the least of her problems if she doesn’t find the culprit who’s trying to ruin Christmas for her and her employees.
In Knight in Shining Apron, Starli Cameron, is the owner of Apple Blossoms–a successful and up-class restaurant she started with the insurance money from her deceased, abusive husband. When she loses her prized chef, her maitre de sends for his nephew who was knighted for the charity work he’s done and is also a renowned chef in high demand. With his sanguine personality, Starli finds him a flirt and definitely untrustworthy.
But someone is threatening her, and Joel Peterman-Blair is the man on the spot, ready and capable of standing with her as they work together to find the person intent on destroying her–again.
In Undiscovered Treasures, your heroine, Caroline Gibson seems a bit impatient. What made you want to write a character who takes matters into her own hand?
Aren’t a lot of people like that in real life? Truly afraid to wait on God’s direction and his perfect plan for their lives in companionship? People waver when it seems–at times–that God hasn’t heard or answered their prayer, when, really, humans think they want more or different. But God knows our hearts, our personality, and what we choose to ignore within ourselves, and always wants to give what is best for us.
In creating Caroline Gibson, I wanted to show what happens when we take our life reins into our own hands without waiting or choosing God’s direction for us. She’s impatient, and when she sees her two best friends’ happiness in marriage, she thinks it’s time to act on her own and hope for the best.
To counteract her impatience that crops up, I’ve given her a high dosage of loyalty, a love for the underdog, an ability to succeed both as a youth leader and a co-business owner.
Sounds like a great heroine!
What’s next for you on the writing front?
- I hope the release of the second book in my WWII series, A Flute in the Willows, will stay on schedule for late spring 2017. This one deals with the second, redheaded Rayner daughter, her special spy, and the troubles they face as they race to bring down the man who’s set to not only bring trouble to the U.S. but revenge to themselves.
- Later, I’m looking forward to seeing a very special book, the third book in my Denton and Alex Davies series called Daffy’s Duck, released. A very important secondary, Down’s Syndrome character, I believe, will melt readers’ hearts when her personality gains attention through her sincerity and childish beauty.
- And, of course, if time and inspiration avails, I’d love to see the release of another book awaiting the finishing touches it needs.
Care to share what books you’re currently reading?
I’ve just finished endorsing and reviewing several, including Cindy Huff’s debut novel: Secrets and Charades; Nike Chillemi’s Blood Speaks, and Lisa Lickel’s Understory. My slate is almost always full of books to endorse and/or review, and when I can and have free days, I try to catch up on a few books to enjoy as a reader.
Thank you so much for stopping by, Ms. Brown. Last question, do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
My best advice for aspiring writers is to keep writing and never, never quit. Each writer’s journey is different and we must decide what that is, with God’s help, and not be swayed by what others’ journeys are. Stay focused on what you want and need to do, and you’ll find an author’s life is satisfying even with the pressures and busyness of it all.
Thank you so very much, Toni, for allowing me to visit.
Glad to have you here!