Shannon here: Carole Brown shares insight into her real life romance plus a chance to win a copy of her latest cozy mystery, Hog Insane. Comment on any post dated June 16 – 20 to enter the drawing. Deadline: June 28th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Carole:
My Knight to the Rescue
I was broken hearted! I sobbed and cried over my fiancé’s letter. He was breaking up with me because another girl had won his affection. I was doomed and made my decision: I would never marry. It was my fate and God’s will. Determined to make the best of the tragedy, I declared I would make a life of my own, single-handedly.
Those resolutions and dramatic statements didn’t last long.
I met a young blue-eyed, dark haired man. Only problem was: he was with his girlfriend. When some kids of married friends confronted me, I assured them that, of course, I liked Dan (as a friend). They promptly ran running to his car and informed him that I liked him. And he assured them right back that he liked me (as a friend).
Childish? Yes. Silly? Yes.
The first I knew of his intentions was when a box of candy arrived at my home from Dan. When we began dating, I learned that he was a hard worker, determined, kind and generous. He was studying to be a lawyer, but later on switched to ministry. Whatever he undertook to do, he did it with reliability and confidence.
One and a half year later, I strolled down the aisle toward my knight who rescued me from my doom 🙂
We’ve had an adventurous and crazy life together. We’ve traveled many states, raised two sons, made memories, and shared both heartaches, problems, joys and fun together. We’ve ministered to the Native Americans, pastured four churches, and have many years ministering and counseling across the land. We walked barefoot in the sands, eaten strange foods, met people like “Bonnie and Clye” types, stayed in places where we tucked our boys in bed with us, afraid to allow them to sleep by themselves. We’ve enjoyed sunsets, shared family times full of laughter and fun, we’ve captured pictures that are priceless, made mistakes and cried over them.
He’s still my lover, my best friend, my hero, my example and leader, and the love of my life. I’m so glad God sent the right knight to metaphorically swoop me off my feet. Our love is still as strong, if not stronger, than ever, and I believe we’ll spend the rest of our lives together.
About Carole: Carole Brown lives in Southeast Ohio and is always on the lookout for catchy titles and suspenseful plots. The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, her debut inspirational novel, is a Selah Award Finalist and a ACFW Genesis semi-finalist and also wrote a companion book (West Virginia Scrapbook: The Life of Caralynne Hayman) with discussion questions, quotes, recipes and interesting tidbits to go along with it. The first book, Hog Insane, in her cozy mystery book series, has recently been released. She has also written five children’s books, Racy, the Rabbit, dealing with character traits, and won two awards for her poems.
Carole has written her whole life as newspaper reporter, editor of journals and newsletters, and research manuscripts. When not penning her own novels, she enjoys mentoring beginning writers and founded a writer’s group called Circle of Pens where she can mentor to her heart’s content. Her passion for serving continues in her secretarial work and coordinator for the state of Ohio with ACFW.
She and her husband have traveled extensively throughout the United States ministering and counseling. They have particularly enjoyed the western states where they’ve labored with the Native Americans and many other specific places where she gathers folder for her writings. They continue to enjoy traveling, their grandsons, the country life and city lights, gardens, and good food.
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About the book – Hog Insane: A dead body, a missing motorcycle, a strange key, and dope are at the bottom of the trouble Denton and Alex Davies, and Taffy, their Jack Russell Terrier, run into when they head for their first stop in the Smoky Mountains immediately after early retirement.
All Denton wants is to fish and recapture his wife’s love. Instead, they find the body of Anthony Risler with a bullet hole in his head. None of the campground people, or even the sheriff, pretend to like Denton and his snoopy questions, and everyone seems to be lying.
Denton figures Risler’s missing bike has to hide some kind of evidence that incriminates the murderer. Archie McGhee, the campground manager is self-centered and greedy enough to hide the motorcycle for the murderer, so why doesn’t he know where the bike is now? The Stillwells, although good-looking and popular, brag way too much to suit the Davies. The expensive S-shaped, ruby watch they foist onto Alex ought to play into the mystery, yet Denton can find no evidence of it. The drug-using, gun-toting man who chases Taffy knows more than he’s telling and raises questions in Denton’s mind even when forced to partner with the man.
Why is the sheriff ignoring obvious clues, and why would he leave a bribery note lying around where Denton’s suspicious eyes can see it? When Denton finds the keys with the strange looking C charm Alex and Denton realize only their pastor’s wife, back in Ohio, and the small, cherry-wood box Risler gave her, can provide the final clue they need to reveal the killer.
Denton wrestles with his personal demons of self-blame over his nephew’s death while riding a bike. Alex resents Denton’s riding roughshod over her feelings. When he thinks her love is fading, he’s determined to woo her back. But if he doesn’t find the young man’s murderer, their love may stretch to the breaking point.
Come back June 18th for Carole’s interview!