Monday, February 17, 2014

Carole Brown's "Hog Insane"

We're happy to have Carole Brown & Mary Ball with us today talking about their books. For your chance to win a copy, please leave both a comment at the end of their posts. Thanks!

Publisher: Story & Media Logic

Cover blurb:  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.

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1)  How did this story come to you? 
It actually began as a short story for a contest. Over time it’s gone through several revisions to suit different houses, but finally ended up being a worldview inspirational novel. 
I wanted it to be a little funny, to show some of Denton’s personality grouchiness, and a bit of Alex’s sass. Last word: a fun cozy mystery! I sincerely hope everyone who is looking for a new mystery series, will give it a try

2) Tell us the journey to getting this book published.  After writing it, my agent submitted to a well-known publisher who is known to be very slow in responding. I kind of put it on a shelf while I pursued other writing projects.
But after a time I was approached by an editor who was interested in publishing it. Prayer and other factors helped me decide to go with Story & Logic, and I haven’t regretted that decision yet. I scrubbed it up a bit and submitted. So glad to see it in print and look forward to two more of the Denton and Alex Davies mystery series this year!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.  A) I love making lists and checking off completed items
B) I’m a big fan of traveling and seeing new areas of the United States. We’ve visited around ¾ of the states.
C) I wanted to be, when growing up: a nurse, an airline stewardess, and a detective. The closest I’ve come to any of those is writing detective (suspense and mystery) novels!

4)  What are you working on now and what’s next for you? I’m hoping and working toward publication of the second and third book of this mystery series. These books are titled: Bat Crazy, which takes place in New Mexico; and Daffy’s Duck.
I’m also working on the second book in my Spies of WWII series, hoping to finish a light suspenseful historical, and plotting others. Then I’m rewriting the proposal for a contemporary romantic suspense too and hope to submit that to my editor soon.

5) Parting comments? I’d like to encourage all beginning and struggling writers to get words down every day if possible. If you can’t do 1000, then try for 500. If that’s impossible work toward getting a scene, a page, or a paragraph done. Every little bit helps reach the end. 

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?Personal blog:
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  1. Thanks, Dawn, for allowing me to stop by for a visit. Hope your readers will ck out Hog Insane, a fun mystery!

  2. Sound like a wonderful book.

  3. Lots of things are attracting me to this book. Location, retires, motorcycle, etc. must read how it all fits together. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

  4. I am retired and I love the Smokey Mountains and this has a mystery to boot!


  5. Caroline, A fun mystery looks great! Something us retired people will really enjoy!
    great post

  6. What a great title & the blurb tells me I am in for an exciting read.