Thursday, November 27, 2014

With Music In Their Hearts





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WITH MUSIC IN THEIR HEARTS
 by CAROLE BROWN



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’s Buzzin’, Cousin?

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.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stranded


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STRANDED by Don and Stephanie Prichard



Stephanie is an army brat who lived in many countries around the world and loved it. She met her husband at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she majored in English/Literature. She and Don have lived in Indianapolis, IN, for forty years, and in retirement have turned to co-authoring novels now that their three children are busy raising a beautiful crop of grandchildren for them.



Welcome, Stephanie. Your husband wrote Stranded and then invited you to join him. Why did you say yes?

I have to admit at first I was skeptical. Don loves movies but seldom reads books, so how could he write one? I figured I’d just correct the spelling and grammar errors and let it go at that. However, once I read his manuscript I discovered all that movie-watching had made him into a fantastic storyteller. We started discussing changes to strengthen the book and found working together so much fun that, well, I became his co-author!


What attracted you to the story?

I love stories about survival, especially in a wilderness where you have to get down to the basics of simply staying alive. Being stranded on a jungle island not only created that edge-of-the-seat suspense, but the relationships between the four castaways and their spiritual struggles added depth to the story.


What benefits did the story gain from the two of you writing it?

The male and female perspectives. I’d compose a chapter and read it to Don and sometimes he’d say, “Men don’t think that way.” Similarly, I’d read what he wrote and say, “That’s insulting to women.” We think that between the adventure and the relationships, the story is one both men and women will enjoy.


Please tell us a little about your novel.

Sure! Here’s a brief description of Stranded: A Novel:



All Marine Corps reservist Jake Chalmers wants is to give his dying wife a last, romantic cruise to the Philippines. Unable to save her in a mass murder aboard ship, he washes ashore a jungle island, where he discovers three other survivors. Heartbroken that he failed to save his wife, he is determined not to fail these helpless castaways.


Federal prosecutor Eve Eriksson rescues a young girl and her elderly great-aunt from the same ship. They badly need Jake's survival skills, but why is he so maddeningly careful? She needs to hurry home to nail a significant career trial. And, please, before Jake learns her secret that she's responsible for his wife's death. 



Where can readers purchase Stranded?

It’s available as an e-book for only $2.99 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OQGJBUY




Where can readers find you online?



 

Any parting comment?

Just a big hug and thank-you for featuring us on your blog, Jo!


Stephanie, you’re so welcome. Glad to have you visit with my readers and me with information about your novel. One of the commenters on this post will receive an eBook copy of Stranded, which you have offered. 




The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Under the Silk Hibiscus by Alice Wisler is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



Till next time … keep on smiling.