Shannon here: Romantic suspense author, Carole Brown shares a glimpse into her real life romance plus a chance to win her latest release, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. Carole will be back in November and the winner will be chosen then. Comment on this post to get in the drawing. Deadline: Oct 12, 11:59 pm, central time. Here’s Carole:
My fiancé and I had broken up. I was crushed but young. Life was before me. I began college, quit (then finished). I was a school teacher in love with teaching, and that alone absorbed a good bit of my time. I enjoyed ice skating, parties, and church along with my friends. Life was good.
And I accepted for a fact (at my young age! Lol) that I would never marry. There just wasn’t anyone around who attracted me.
Until . . .
Let me explain. I was also a Sunday School teacher to primary-aged children. One certain September day, our church was having some special services and in walked a young man with a girl on his arm. I learned afterward that the girl wanted to come to the services, but decided to back out at the last minute. The young man wouldn’t agree. So they came.
Afterwards, some of the children I taught in Sunday School approached me (the naughty little things!) and asked me if I liked the young man. Being the nice person I was (J) I said, yes, I liked him. They promptly left me and caught the young man and his girl outside getting ready to leave. What did they tell him? Nothing much except that I liked him. Which, of course, made his girl angry.
To make a l-o-n-g story short:
They broke up
He delivered a Christmas gift to my house for me (what did that tell me?)
We both were invited to attend a special function with his brother and his wife.
He became a Christian (I’d already decided not to go with him: I knew he didn’t love God as I did, and then . . .)
We began dating.
One and a half year later, we were married.
He’s been my best friend, my lover, companion, hero, encourager, and strength through these married years whether we’ve gone into hard trials or easy times. Our love now is deeper and stronger than ever.
Sometimes I see young people who are so anxious to get married. I want to say to them (and sometimes do), don’t hurry things along. God has his timing for our lives. He knows if we are to be with a certain person, he knows who that will be, and he knows the right time. God never makes a mistake.
About Carole: Carole Brown’s debut novel is entitled The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, she 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?
She’d love to connect with you at
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/CaroleBrown.author
About the book – The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman: How far would YOU go to avenge a daughter’s cruel death? 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 his prayers and love reach Cara and show her the way to redemption? Will Cara realize God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far?
The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman is a novel of hope shining through the darkness with strong elements of suspense and romance. This novel was a semifinalist in the Genesis contest. Release date is September 30, 2013 from the Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, an ACFW approved publisher. The preorder link for the book which is on SALENOW is: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1938499948/
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