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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, October 27, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I review below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.  

The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown

Carole Brown is our guest blogger today. Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole 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?

Welcome, Carole. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know
I’m an only daughter
I was within feet of meeting President Reagan years ago
I have two adopted grandsons, one adopted niece, and one adopted nephew. We believe in sharing love to children!
I’m addicted to pictures! That’s why I love Pinterest (and why I limit my time on there)

Please describe yourself with three words.
Caring, Passionate, tender

 What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Being with family, traveling, and various hobbies: I collect elephants and unique music boxes. We enjoy dinner theatres and music, amateur photography, my family enjoys swimming, but unfortunately I don’t L

What novel have you recently read that impressed you that you would highly recommend to others?
Soldier’s Heart by Tamera Lynn Kraft, released October 1, 2013. A historical set during the Civil War, it deals with a married, troubled young man returning home early from the war. Check it out if you like historicals.

I have a list of my 5 favorite novels I’ve read. Please tell us your 5 favorite novels of all time.
Pilgrim’s Progress
Any of Louis Lamour books
Lisa Lickel’s books
Rosanna White’s books
Sharon Lavy’s Dreaming of a Father’s Love

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be?
Just one person? That’s cruel!   
Perhaps Liz Curtis Higgs because of an action of honoring God I saw her do at a conference one time.
ŸCan I sneak in one more? I don’t know Jerry Jenkins as a close friend, but I've witnessed his kind and gentle heart. I’d feel honored to sit and chat with him.
Kindness, gentle acts, humbleness, taking time out for others--these impress me. I aspire to do the same!

How did you become involved in writing?
I’ve always written. In grade school, other classmates would clap when I read aloud. In high school a friend of mine and I spent hours writing lovelorn or sad poetry and I was encouraged by a well known publisher to resubmit in a few years (probably because I needed to learn a lot!) After several years of home schooling and traveling in ministry with my husband, I realized the time was right for me to pick up writing as a serious career. I began studying the craft, attended conferences, joined writers groups and critique groups, gained an agent, self-published a few children’s books (to be re-released on Amazon soon), and now have two books coming out this fall: The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, a women’s fiction with strong elements of suspense and romance. A story about a cult, abuse, revenge and redemption. Hope Shining Through the Darkness. Ÿ  Hog Insane (and no, it’s not about pigs! J )  The first book in the Denton and Alex Davies  mystery series.

Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?
I have a wonderful corner in our spacious bedroom set up by my husband. Bookshelves filled with books, candles, knick-knacks, baskets, magazines and reference books. My desk is a re-finished large rounded table that I love! Plenty of room. A favorite picture on the wall hangs near by and two large windows give my eyes a rest while gazing upon nature outside. 

Please tell us about The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman.
How far would YOU go to avenge the murder of a daughter?

Caralynne Hayman is angry and bitter over the abuse and death of her eleven-year- old daughter from the hands of her religious group, The Children of Righteous Cain. When her husband suffers a sudden heart attack, she does nothing to help him. In her eyes someone needs to pay, and if that means all of the men in the group, then so be it.

Dayne MacFarland is sent away to college by the senior elder of the group to learn ministry. When he returns after finding salvation, determined to bring the truth to the people he’s known all his life, he rediscovers Cara and realizes the love he once felt for her is still deeply embedded within his heart. 

Dayne faces men unwilling to turn their backs on the cult training he despises. Cara faces men who follow their leader in abuse toward their wives and the young girls of the group. Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings.

Can Cara overcome the feelings that have governed her most of her life? Can she learn to trust Dayne, and most of all a God whom she sees as uncaring—if he’s really there at all? Only Dayne’s prayers and love can reach Cara and show her the way to redemption, and Cara must recognize and accept God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far.

(The setting for The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman is rural West Virginia, where the ugly monster of abuse dwells alongside country roads, mountains, and beauty.)

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
I hope readers can take away a greater sense of sympathy and caring for the abused and realize that it is indeed a very hard thing to break away from it. Misguided loyalty, traditions, time, lack of self-worth, and fear all play a huge part in holding the victims captive.

Did you have to do any research for this book?
Oh, my, yes. Although we’ve had some acquaintance with cults, I needed to do much more. I also researched on the reactions of the abused, tattoos, names, etc. Everything was important and had to be right.

How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?
All my life.
December, 2012 with a traditional publisher.

What advice would you give to writers who have been writing a few years but still haven’t interested an agent or publisher in their novel?
Oh, please don’t quit! Follow your dreams and your heart. In this day and age, there’s little reason for real writers not to achieve their goals. Study hard. Dream big.

What are you working on now?
Besides the marketing and editing?  
A second book about Caralynne and Dayne, another serious, poignant book that takes   Dayne and Cara down the path of trial 

Second books in two other suspense series: suspenses touched with romance 
Plotting the second book after Hog Insane: a fun mystery

A historical set in the late 1800s, a fun light suspenseful novel

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
Amazon or request at any local bookstore or your library.

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.
Connect with me here:

I also am part of several other blogs:
Geezers Guys and Gals:
Barn Door Book Loft:

Any parting comment?
I love connecting with readers! If you ever have any questions regarding my books, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And I would love some more reviews. Thank you to any kind hearts willing to do so.

Carole, thank you for visiting with my readers. One commenter will win a copy of The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman that you graciously offered.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, October 27, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of  The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I’ll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Hear No Evil by Mary Hamilton is rubynreba. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Loved getting to know Carole better. I would love to win The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman! pat at ptbradley dot com

    1. Pat, glad you liked the interview with Carole. Thanks for commenting.

    2. Thanks, Patricia. Really enjoyed answering Jo's questions. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. This looks like a great book!

    1. Michelle, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

    2. Michelle, so appreciate you stopping by. I hope you will read it and consider reviewing and that it blesses you!

  3. I learned more about Carole that I didn't know. Great interview. I want to read her book.

    1. Lorilyn, thanks for reading and leaving your comment. Glad you liked the interview with Carole.

    2. Lorilyn, tickled you stopped by! Hope you do read my book. Sure would consider it an honor!

  4. Enjoyed the interview. Now I'll have to read her book.

    1. Marjorie, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

    2. Lol, Marjorie, love your comment. I hope you do read it & consider reviewing if you like it. :) Thanks

  5. Thank you for the great interview with Carole. I have been reading about this book of Carole's and hope to read it! Thank you for featuring great Christian authors! May God richly bless you!

    1. lorlyn63, glad you enjoyed the interview with Carole. Thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate your kind words about my blog.

    2. Lorlyn, thanks for commenting. I really hope you do read it and enjoy it. Appreciate reviews too. :)

  6. I love the cover of her book and would love to win the book for my church library.
    Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
    Janet E.
    I am a follower.

    1. Library Lady, you're welcome. Glad you came by and left your comment.

    2. Library Lady, Thanks for liking my cover, and hope you do have a chance to place this book in your church library!

  7. That sounds like an interesting topic!

    1. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

    2. Stonecipher, thanks for leaving a comment. It surely was an interesting topic to write. Hope you read the book!

  8. Wow, Carole. I did not know you liked Louis LaMour. I think I have read every one of his books. (Two sons, just like you.)
    And my son-in-love named his kids Tyrel, Tell, and Emmi because he liked the sense of family ofn the Sacketts. But do not enter me into the contest. I have a copy of the book.

    1. Sharon, glad you visited with us.

    2. Sharon, Louis LaMour has some of the richest historical content, and presented interestingly, that I've read. All of our family devoured his books and continually "snitch" each other's books, claiming them. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. I love the sound and look of this book. I am definitely going to check it out. Funny, I was wondering if anyone collected elephants anymore. The last two estate sales I had, there have been elephant collections!

    1. Susan, thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

    2. Lol, Susan. Going to the Center of Science Industry in Columbus Ohio hooked my on elephants. Oh, I hope you will read my book and share your review if you like it. Thanks much!

  10. Had the blessing of meeting Carole at the Blue Ridge conference this year. I'm would love to win her book!

    1. Larry, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO PUT YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING.

    2. Larry, I enjoyed meeting you too! I hope you do check out my book. Would be an honor!