Welcome to January's second Wild Card Friday. On the fourth (and fifth) Fridays of every month I've invited one of my writer friends to share something fun and then tell you a bit about their work. This week Carole Brown has something new for us: a SCAVENGER HUNT!! With prizes! Take it away Carole...

Just like any good mystery or suspense where the protagonist has to find the bad guys or stolen object(s) or hidden meanings--in my latest WWII romantic suspense (With Music in Their Hearts) Tyrell is enlisted to serve as a civilian spy and locate the foreign spy living in a boarding house in Cincinnati, Ohio. There are a lot of turns and twists and quite a few suspects including the lovely Emma Jaine Rayner, but Tyrell gets his . . . Uh, spy (thought I was going to tell you the gender, didn’t you?)

Today I thought we’d have some fun by finding three things located on my blog. Easy. Fast. Fun. Here’s the link that takes you directly to the post:

The questions?

1.  I found a new hobby. What is it?

2.  What is the scripture I used for the post?

3.  What did someone tell me I am? (They describe me with this adjective. J )

If you also include one item I love posted on my blog site, I will ask Sharon to put your name in twice for the drawing of WITH MUSIC IN THEIR HEARTS.  (Has to be on the list on my blog)

Have fun!

OK all, get busy. Leave your answers in the comment section below!

 With Music in Their Heart Blurb:

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.

He’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?

With Music in Their Heart
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Brown not only has her award winning (Nominated for an Epic Award, RWA International Digital Awards finalist in Inspiration, 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.

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 2014 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.

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?

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January's WILD CARD FRIDAY 23 Jan 2014

Before we get to our wild card post. Stop and take a look around. Notice anything different? We've had a serious facelift and I hope you love it as much as I do. So take a few moments and click on the page tabs and all the cool links. I'd love to hear what you have to say about our upgrade.

Welcome to January's Wild Card Friday. On the fourth (and fifth) Fridays of every month I've invited one of my writer friends to share something fun and then tell you a bit about their work. This week Linda Weaver Clarke has prepared a post about her new release, THE MYSTERIOUS DOLL.  Take it away Linda...

The Theft of an Antique Doll is Theme for New Cozy Mystery

It’s time to get cozy! The Mysterious Doll is the newest mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series. Linda Weaver Clarke blends a nice balance of mystery, romance, and humor. “I love the sparks of romance -- they spice things up and add much interest to the story. – Susan Ortlieb, Suko’s Notebook

Most mysteries are a “who-done-it.” But in this cozy mystery series Amelia Moore, who is the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but with the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, she always solves the case.

This was a fun read and I enjoyed it very much. I think you will enjoy the other books in this cozy mystery series, as well. Amelia and Rick seem to be getting closer as the series continue and some romance is definitely in the air.” – Sonja Nishimoto, Sunnie Reviews

In The Mysterious Doll, Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?

“I am LOVING the Amelia Moore Detective Series!” wrote Shauna Wheelwright on her book review blog. “FUN! CLEAN! FUN! AMAZING! DID I MENTION FUN?! I recently reviewed The Bali Mystery and loved it so much that I quickly dove into this sequel.”

Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series.


Welcome to third Friday writing news. Meet Scottlyn Denise Rich. She is one of the main characters in my free novella, FOR MERCIE'S SAKE.

You can find FOR MERCIE'S SAKE here:

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Always free for any device.

The novella has received great reviews, but the comment I hear the most is "I wish it had been longer."

Well wish no more. I'm about 8000 words from completing the sequel, tentatively titled BEGGING FOR MERCIE. 

I thought I'd share an excerpt with you.

Even above the noise of a rowdy chorus of Happy Birthday, Scottlyn heard the gate hinges squeal. She looked up from the cupcake she’d just placed on the tray of Mercie’s high chair. The sudden pounding of her heart downed out the birthday noise and her vision narrowed to the unwelcome woman crossing the lawn.
 “Get some pictures for me.” Scottlyn handed her camera to Diane and hurried across the yard to cut off the enemy.
“What are you doing here?”
Bradley’s mother stopped and looked around the yard. She almost seemed puzzled by the question. Scottlyn took in the red eyes of her nemesis and the dark circles etched beneath them. The poor woman didn’t look like she’d slept in days. Scottlyn shrugged off any trace of sympathy. This was war and if the first round had to be fought today, so be it.
Penny Weber held out the gift. “It’s my little girl’s birthday.”
The reference of ownership heated Scottlyn’s temper to a full boil. Her hands fisted at her sides, and she had to make a physical effort to unclench her jaw enough to speak.
“You’ve got a lot of nerve. Leave now, or I’ll call the police and have you arrested for trespassing.”
Penny lifted her chin and met Scottlyn’s gaze. She clutched the gift to her chest like a shield. “I brought a gift. I have every right to give it to her.”
Scottlyn felt a hand on her shoulder and glanced back to see Grant. His father flanked her on the other side.
“I’ll take care of this.” He stepped around Scottlyn, placing himself between the two women. “I’m afraid you’ll have to leave, my client doesn’t want you here.”
The older woman’s face morphed into a mask of defiance. “Your client is on borrowed time. It would save everyone a lot of trouble if she simply gave me what was mine.”
I’m going to take this person apart. Scottlyn’s nails bit into her palms. The only thing standing between her and this…this…delusional thing, was the added pressure of Grant’s hands on her shoulders.
“Scottie, let Dad do his job.”
“Mrs. Nelson, you’ll have your day in court, but that isn’t today. I’m sure your lawyer wouldn’t be pleased with your conduct. You’re only jeopardizing your case.”
Scottlyn watched as Bradley’s mother drew herself up to her full height, stepped around the small group of resistance, and marched to the gift table. She placed her present on the stack before turning back to the gate. She paused next to the highchair and brushed a hand across Mercie’s curly hair. Without a word she came back to the fence.
“Enjoy the next six days. The rest of her life is mine.”

I'm a horrible tease, aren't I?  I hope I've piqued your interest.  Keep your eye on the blog for an availability announcement.



Welcome to January's SECOND FRIDAY RECIPE. On the second Friday of each month, I've invited a fellow author to share a favorite recipe with us and maybe a little something about their latest book. This week we have a double treat, two recipes straight from Cindy Loven's new book,SWEPT AWAY.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Salad

This salad is an anything goes type of salad, all tossed together and topped with your favorite dressing, but Sara Jane prefers hers topped with Ranch dressing or a vinagrette. 

Romaine Lettuce, chopped or torn into bite site pieces

mushrooms, cleaned and chopped

Green pepper chopped

cucumber diced

black olives

feta cheese

bean sprouts

Trail Magic Hot Chicken Noodle Soup

On the trail as Drew is hiking through the Appalachian trail, they have places where people come and meet the hikers bringing food and drinks, it is often called Trail Magic.  This soup was one that Drew ate on the trail.

2 boxes of chicken stock

2 cups of chopped chicken (we prefer white meat)

a cup of chopped carrots

one small onion finely diced

one can of cream of chicken soup

a bag of thin egg noodles (cooked and drained)

Simmer the chicken stock, adding in your chicken, carrots and onion, Cook until your veggies are tender, then add in the cream of chicken soup and the thin egg noodles. This makes a thick soup but that makes it easier for transporting to the Appalachian Trail.

Serve with warm french bread, can top with cheese if you like.  A yummy warm soup for a cold day on the trail.

He survived a life-altering event. She is facing one.

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her grandmother who doesn’t want to be cared for. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter.

It doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever. 

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Cindy Loven, an avid reader all her life, is seeing her dreams fulfilled, with the publication of her first novel, Swept Away Quilt of Love.  She co-authored this novel with Laura V. Hilton.  Born and raised in Arkansas, she loves her home state and is happy to live there with her husband of nearly twenty-nine years and her adult son. She and her family are very active in their local church, serving in many volunteer positions. She and her husband are very serious about informing parents about the dangers of the choking, after loosing their youngest son to this dreadful 'game' in 2009.  When not busy with church or her job as a “pr gal” for another author, you can find Cindy in her craft room, ,sewing, crocheting or making cards.

Where to find me on the web:
Twitter handle: @cndloven