Shannon here: Carole Brown shares a romantic excerpt from her latest historical romance, With Music in Their Hearts plus a recipe for romance for Hot Chocolate. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Nov 17 – 19 to enter the drawing for winner’s choice of a print or e-book copy. Deadline: Nov 29th, 11:59 central time. Here’s Carole:
Excerpt from With Music in Their Hearts by Carole Brown:
Tyrell lifted the kettle of hot milk, fumbled and nearly dropped it. He reached for a potholder and poured it into two clean mugs. “Think I could talk a swell gal into
a date Friday evening?”
A rush of recklessness spilled through her whole being. He was so much fun. “Depends.”
“If I tried, what kind of success rate do you think I’d have?”
She pretended serious contemplation while letting her eyes twinkle in mischief. “Your rate might shoot up to one hundred percent. But Bette could be busy on Friday.”
His mug settled back down on the stove top. “My family never did train me how to handle too much teasing from a snazzy girl like you. So…I’d better…” he advanced toward her in exaggerated strides.
Emma Jaine jumped up, the fun over. She couldn’t stand to be tickled. Besides he wouldn’t dare. Would he?
“Don’t you dare. Tyrell, I hate to be tickled. Stay away.” She hissed at him in a loud whisper and prepared to run.
Before she took two steps, two muscular arms encircled her and pulled her back
against a strong chest. Her breath came in gasps as a delightful panic rose from her stomach. She struggled for a minute before collapsing against him.
The chocolate-y peppermint scent of his breath warmed her cheek. His cool lips brushed against her ear. His whisper tantalized her thought. Husky. Tempting. Dangerous.
“I’m going to let you go this time. But if you ever flash those big eyes at me again, daring me, you’ll have to pay the consequences.”
His arms spread wide and Emma Jaine sprang toward the door. She stopped midway through and flung back at him. “And what are the consequences, Mr. Walker? I’d like to—”
Eyes narrowed in his lean face, and the warm warning and laughter in them sent her heart to her throat. Before he could speak, she wrinkled her nose at him and lifted a hand to give him a finger wave. “Night.”
With a hurried step, she headed straight for her own room. She’d played with danger long enough for one evening.
Tyrell’s Special Hot Chocolate Recipe
1 large cup milk or water
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon dark syrup
A pinch of salt
4-9 chocolate kisses (or about the same size of chocolate bits)
Optional: a dab of peppermint or stir with a peppermint stick
Place chocolate in cup.
About Carole: Brown 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.
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.
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? Learn more and connect: Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaroleBrown.author, Twitter: https://twitter.com/browncarole212, Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sunnywrtr/boards/, Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5237997-carole-brown, Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/, Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/
About the book – 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?
Question: What is your favorite hot beverage?
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