Happy Monday, Reader Friends!
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving weekend! Hopefully your waistline didn’t expand too much. 😉
I’ve got Carole Brown here today. She’s stopped by to talk about her upcoming release A Flute in the Willows. Be sure to follow her on Amazon to be the first in know for the release date!
Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and meet Carole!
About the Book
The Blurb: “Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must figure out how to keep the other’s love…and keep the German enemy at bay.
She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart?
Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamourous life…especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife’s life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.
These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their ownselves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.”
Toni: Welcome, Carole! I’m excited to learn more about A Flute in the Willows. Where did the idea for this book come from?
Carole: When I first thought of the idea of three red-headed sisters, it was with the knowledge I wanted to write the first book as a dedication to my mother and her love for her family and me. I also wanted to portray each sister as their own persons, with individual traits, but all of them beautiful and talented in her own way. This second book, A Flute in the Willows, deals with the second daughter, Josie Rayner Patterson, who eloped with Jerry Patterson in the first book.
My mother lived through WWII and from her tales and pictures she shared, I was hooked on the era. Such romantic and swift marriages, clothing, hats, language (slang!), and music! I’m a romantic at heart, so it is easy to see how the WWII Spies series was born. 🙂 I also was raised on the story of a civilian spy—we knew the man who wrote the book—and it was always suspected that he was that spy. It captured my attention that a person could serve as a spy and never be able to share their service or be recognized as such.
Toni: Wow! Sounds like you were born to write this. 🙂 What makes Josie special?
Carole: Her difference from her two sisters. She’s more outspoken and strong-willed, more wild in her dreams and actions, more spontaneous and not afraid to tackle the difficult. (A lot like her father). But she’s very loyal, very determined in whatever she attempts, and very tender-hearted. She loves fiercely.
Toni: Sounds like she’ll make a great friend. What makes Jerry special?
Carole: Although Jerry hides beneath the exterior wall he’s built around himself of cockiness and a devil-may-care attitude, he suffers from the neglect and feeling of being unloved and encouraged from an overbearing father determined to force him to enter into the business Jerry has no desire to do. He found his soul mate in Josie, and though he doesn’t realize it, her family is what he needs to show him the right path to trod.
Toni: Oh, he sounds like a misunderstood guy. Why did you choose Germany as a setting?
Carole: I wanted to show Jerry’s ability as a spy, and the cause of his injury and troubled spirit. Setting him within that country, succeeding in preventing the work of another spy, and then returning to the United States, injured both physically and in spirit, sets the story up for the drama in both fighting for his country and Josie.
Toni: You’ve got my interest! What is your favorite…
Carole: Definitely Autumn, although Spring is a close second.
Toni: Those are great choices. What about holiday?
Carole: I smiled because who doesn’t love Christmas? I’m no Scrooge, which means I LOVE Christmas. 🙂
Toni: Here here! Food?
Carole: Love home cooked meals, but Italian and Mexican are favorites.
Toni: Same. Beverage?
Carole: I drink mostly water.
Carole: Anything that holds my attention. I love the old classics, but a few newer ones claim privileged spots on my list too. Cozies, mysteries, suspense, with romance thrown in are on my list, and I never say no to a romance that engulfs me with tears and sighs of satisfaction.
Toni: I’m a sucker for romance, no matter what genre it falls into. Movie?
Carole: I would have to say Jane Austen’s movies are at the top of my list.
Toni: Yes! Song?
Carole: Oh, dear, I’m an old fashion person when it comes to songs. I enjoy oldies like When a Man Loves a Woman, Through the Years, etc. Oldies always warm my heart.
Toni: Those are definitely good choices. Before you go, what would you like to tell the readers?
Carole: Thank you for reading and sharing your reviews. Without you, authors might enjoy writing their books, but they would never know the satisfaction of how we’ve touched hearts or given encouragement to a discouraged heart or made you smile. If you haven’t tried my books, I’d love for you to give mine a chance.
Toni: Readers, do you have any questions for Carole?
About the Author
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, 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?