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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/29/2016 10:27:52 PM by: Patti Shene

Featured book: Knight in Shining Apron

Author: Carole Brown

Publisher: Story and Logic Media

Genre: Romantic Mystery

Series or Stand Alone: Series (Second book)

Targeted Age: 15 – 100

 

IT IS A PLEASURE TO RESUME PATTI’S PORCH, AFTER A FEW WEEKS HIATUS, WITH GUEST AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN. CAROLE SHARES SOME ASPECTS OF A CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE (TIMELY WITH ACFW CONFERENCE AROUND THE CORNER!) AND GIVES US INSIGHT INTO FRIENDSHIP.  

 

CAROLE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF KNIGHT IN SHIINING APRON. SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING.

 

 

It’s So Easy to Hide!

 

A man that has friends must show himself friendly.

 

Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man don’t approach.

 

Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 

--All from the Proverbs

 

 

I was at a large conference, practically an unknown, and certainly, a pre-published author, a bit overwhelmed with all the joyous greetings and hugs going on around me. I knew few people, but had signed up with the hope of learning the ropes and the rules of authorship. Had I made a mistake?

 

I could very well have nodded my head and headed for my room to pack and run home like a wolf being put in its place in its pack.

 

But I didn’t.

 

Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.

 

In days, I had one just-published author offer extra batteries to me when she overheard me asking at the reception desk if they had any for sale or knew where I could quickly get some. Another time a beginning-to-be-seasoned author stepped up to me while I was browsing and spent a minute or two talking to me and being friendly. Another one spent a little time with me listening as I offered ideas I had for a plot and offered encouragement. Two multi-published authors offered sincere praise on a novel I’d written, saying they definitely wanted to see the novel published. And on and on . . .

 

As an author, I tend at times to hang back when I’m with a crowd of mostly unknowns. Do you? Do you consider yourself more of an introvert than an extrovert? Is it easier to let someone else do that task than to step out into the unknown and attempt it? Many authors readily admit to these or similar feelings.

 

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.

 

What does it take to have friends? 

  • Be friendly. Smile. Listen. Share. Be yourself. Don’t try to pass yourself off as someone better or more important than you are. Later, the other person will find out anyway who and what you are, so relax. Don’t hog the conversations and never bore others with your woe-is-me illustrations and problems.

 

What does it take to make friends?

  • Step out of your comfort zone and speak to one person. You don’t have to tackle everyone in the conference room. Zoom in on one or two people. Ask questions and then listen when someone answers. Never assume a person is not worthy of your friendship because they’re pre-published or uneducated or some other factor that seems important to you. Everyone is valuable. Also remember, not everyone will turn out to be a best friend. Test the waters. You’ll soon feel the comradeship if you’re meant to be friends.

 

What does it take to be a friend?

  • Be faithful, be loyal, be caring. Never take the other person’s trust for granted. If something is told to you in confidence, keep that confidence with all your might. If they want it told, let them do it. It’s not YOUR place to share. Be honest but gentle. Stand up for your friend when needed. Care for his needs, his struggles, his disappointments.

 

Let me lean on you, and you lean on me, and we’ll be okay. --Dave Matthews Band

 

In the second book of my Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series, A Knight in Shining Apron, Starli Cameron is best friends with two others: Toni DeLuca Douglas (featured in Book One: Sabotaged Christmas) and Caroline Gibson (who will be featured in Book Three: Undiscovered Treasures, coming next year). Their friendship has been lifelong and enduring. They’ve seen each other through problems and sorrows. They’ve entirely different personalities and likes and habits, yet they stand firm in supporting each other.

 

In Starli’s story, she suffered abuse from her deceased husband when he was alive. They went through her past marital anguish with her, encouraging her and letting her know she was not alone. Now his younger brother has come back to haunt her with threats. Toni and Caroline stand firmly beside her, ready to step up if Starli needs them to help stop his hassling. They make no bones about where they stand and how far they will go to protect her.

 

We all take different paths in life. But no matter where we go,

we take a little of each other everywhere. --Tim McGraw

 

I’d like to leave you with my thought about friendships. I’ve made a lot of friends through the years, and I value most of them. Here’s how I categorize them (And because I do, doesn’t mean they aren’t important. They are, just in different ways):

  • Top Priority Besties: God and my husband. These two I know I can always talk to, can share anything--good or bad, and truly be myself with them, with no hesitation or worries about what they will think of me.
  • Besties. There are only a handful of them. They are dear to my heart and share many of my thoughts, feelings and much of my life as I do theirs. We laugh and enjoy the company of each other with the freedom in knowing we truly are friends that care.
  • Warm Friends (or Surface Friends). These are the ones that I share minor incidents with. I laugh and joke, but always realize that I seldom go deeply into any topic with them. They are wonderful, sharing people, but for one reason or another, we’ve never grown closer, whether it be because of circumstances, life, or distance.
  • Long Distance Friends. These people are people who we’ve met, loved, or with whom we’ve shared a few of life’s happenings. It can be long ago school mates, who, though we seemed to be great friends then, have grown apart. It could be we met, have kept loosely in touch, but seldom see each other. Or it might be our interests and habits that keep us from growing any closer.  

 

A Friend is someone who knows the song in your heart

And can sing it back to you

When you’ve forgotten the words.

-- unknown

 

Remember, “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” And Jesus is his name.

 

Blessings!

 

Knight in Shining Apron Cover Blurb:

Starli Cameron gave up her career plans to be a concert pianist to marry the man of her dreams. He turned out to be a nightmare. When he dies in a car accident, Starli takes the insurance money and builds a successful and upscale restaurant: Apple Blossoms in rural West Virginia.  Threats from someone determined to ruin her life and the suspicious romantic advances from her new chef force Starli to search her heart and finally turn to God for real healing.

Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, top notch chef from England, is roped by his uncle, into filling in as head Chef at Apple Blossoms. Joel, with his sanguine-personality, has always laughed and flirted his way through life. But now, confronted with and attracted to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, Joel has to prove his sincerity and depth of character to his icy-cold employer. Can his love for God and for this woman reach out far enough to rescue her from her own mistrust and bitterness? Will he learn that life is not all play?

And can they both work together to find the source of threats that seem to be coming from Starli’s past?

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF KNIGHT IN SHINING APRON BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

Besides being an active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense, tough topics, romance and whimsy into her books, 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?

 

Connect with Carole online:

Personal blog

Facebook

Amazon Author Page

Twitter

Pinterest

Goodreads

Linkedin

Google+

Word Sharpeners

Stitches in Time

Barn Door Book Loft

 

 

 


Comments

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 8/5/2016 5:48:02 PM

Hi Janet. Thank you for the welcome back. Glad you stopped by and enjoyed the interview.

Janet K. Brown From Wichita Falls At 8/5/2016 5:01:09 PM

Oh, Patti, I''m so glad to see you rolling again. Great interview. I like the comment about friendship being the bacon bits in the salad. Good thought. I''d love to win the book, Carole.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 8/4/2016 8:46:35 PM

Hi Gail. Appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment for Carole.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 8/4/2016 8:07:16 PM

Carole, your title is top-notch. How did you come up w/it? And I enjoyed all the friendship quotes, esp. the bacon bits. Thanks.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 8/3/2016 10:13:00 PM

Jerolyn, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Carole. I agree. Friendships are very special!

Jerolyn Lockhart From Las Animas, CO At 8/3/2016 10:01:39 PM

Than you for sharing your thoughts on friendship. True friendships are a special gift of God.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 7/30/2016 11:42:16 AM

Cindi, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Carole. I also enjoyed her advice on friendship.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 7/30/2016 11:40:38 AM

It''s always a pleasure to have you here, Carole. Thanks for sharing with us!

Cindi Altman From Pennsylvania At 7/30/2016 11:35:59 AM

Great info on friendship!! They are wonderful thoughts and describe friendship so well. If I could get your permission, I''d love to share them.

Carole Brown From Oak Hill At 7/30/2016 10:19:56 AM

Thanks so much, Patti, for allowing me to visit! Always enjoy visiting, and hope your readers will get acquainted w/my novels.

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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene