Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, November 27, 2014

With Music In Their Hearts


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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? 

Carole not only has her award winning (RWA 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.

In 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.

About With Music in Their Hearts:

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. 

Tyrell’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?

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What about the phrases and languages used in the book?

The flavorful language I inserted into my novel came after a lot of research. 

The 1940s slang developed several years after WWI, a period rebounding from the Great depression. The new language was a reminder of a war-torn world, the horrible Holocaust and the birth of a new establishment of intelligence in the state department of the United States. 

At the declaration of war our men headed in droves for the enlistment offices, sure that it would be a short war. The tragic Holocaust and the changing attitudes, bravery and loyalty of our ancestors from this period stoked artists’ talents with songs of love for the soldier boys’ girlfriends and wives and mockery of our enemies. Colorful phrases and words became popular and soon were bandied about as normal WWII language.

The 1940s slang was something that was unique to the era. It told the story of the time and embodied the spirit of the minds who made the period exactly what it was: memorable and unique.

1940s slang is something that has not disappeared completely, and that alone, if for no other reason, makes it alive and valuable to us today. Those of us who have relatives whether grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends, who lived through this time, are made aware of the words that conveyed the meanings of another time and place in great American history.   

See if you can identify with any of these that I used in With Music in Their Hearts:

Bust your chops: a kind-of-scolding, to yell but not to literally hit someone.
Cookie: cute girl

Dame: a woman

Fat head: numbscull

Geezer: derogatory term for an older person

Hot dog!: an expression of surprise

Killer-diller: the best

Lettuce: money

Rag/ragging: no fooling

Soitently: certainly

Sugar Daddy: a wealthy boyfriend

Tom: a super special guy

Wolfess: an attractive young woman; a zazz girl

Do you have a phrase or word that’s been handed down from your parents or grandparents that’s still in use in your world? 

Thank you, Jo, for having me visit. It’s always a pleasure.

Carole, you’re welcome. I enjoyed your visit with my readers and me. One of the commenters will be randomly chosen to win a copy of your novel With Music In Their Hearts.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for an eBook copy of Stranded by Stephanie Prichard is Becky I. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Interesting slang

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. bn100, thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

  2. It is, isn't it bn100? :) Caught my attention and in my mind I can see (especially the guys!) talking. Lol Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Really enjoyed the interview. I have heard many of the words and phrases. My mother-in-law used "crooked as a dog's leg" for a fence that wasn't straight. My father-in-law always said "useless as teats on a billy goat."

    1. Ann, glad you enjoyed the interview with Carole. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  4. The book sounds great Love your different language
    God bless you
    Chris Granville

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

  5. Lol, Ann. I know. Some of these "old" phrases came about during the early 1900s. So colorful! :)

  6. Chris, I hope you get the chance to try the book! Thanks so much for stopping by. That language is something else, isn't it?

  7. I lived during the great depression and WWII days. I remember these words.
    I'd love to read this book. I'm a follower. Martha

    1. Martha, glad you came by and left your comment. I appreciate you following my blog!

  8. The subtitle of this book is very intriguing. I am a follower.
    Janet E.

    1. Janet, thanks for reading and leaving your comment. Glad you follow my blog!

  9. Hi Jo.I I was a youngster during WW ll and was brother was n the war.All of the people banded together to do whatever they could do help. And, yes I remember these words in all of my years since. And so many songs that were popular during that war. I had lots of relatives and family friends in that war. Two brothers never made it home. Still hear many of these words. If I said I was mad, mother would say you have the same clothes to get glad in. My daddy would say, "come back here and shut that door, you weren't been in a barn". I said these things to my kids. Would love to win this book.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

    1. Maxie, thanks for your interesting comments. I appreciate you following my blog!