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The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown August 20, 2019

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How far would YOU go to avenge the murder of a daughter?

Caralynne Hayman is angry and bitter over the abuse and death of her eleven-year-old daughter from the hands of her religious group, The Children of Righteous Cain. When her husband suffers a sudden heart attack, she does nothing to help him. In her eyes someone needs to pay, and if that means all of the men in the group, then so be it.

Dayne MacFarland is sent away to college by the senior elder of the group to learn ministry. When he returns after finding salvation, determined to bring the truth to the people he’s known all his life, he rediscovers Cara and realizes the love he once felt for her is still deeply embedded within his heart.

Dayne faces men unwilling to turn their backs on the cult training he despises. Cara faces men who follow their leader in abuse toward their wives and the young girls of the group. Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings.

Can Dayne’s love for Caralynne bridge the gulf of anger and bitterness that divides the community? Or will Caralynne’s deadly secrets prove too high a price for her redemption?


Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown DSCN4465 (3).JPGenjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, 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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My thoughts:

What a heartbreaking and troubling story. I found it extremely interesting and wondered what would happen next. What path was Cara on? Whatever happened to the man in the first chapter? Did he tie into the the present?

I can only imagine what it would be like to be trapped in a situation like this and trying to reconcile what you you have grown up with and who God really is, how to decipher the truth.

I couldn’t wait to see how Dayne would step up and speak truth into this community and how everyone would react, would they be glad to walk in this new freedom or would they deny it?

Very engaging read, I enjoyed it.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 



Write to the Point with Carole Brown July 9, 2014

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carole180Today we get write to the point with Carole Brown. Carole visit Genesis 5020 last year. You can read her first interview here. Read to the end, she has a giveaway for you.

Tell us about your newest book.

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 Hog Insanebreaking point.

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What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love being around my family. We enjoy our grandsons, whether at home with activities on our mini-farm (hobby) or traveling with them to special events. We love cook outs, swimming (some of us!), boating, fishing, dinners, vacationing, and lots of other things.

Reading, a little gardening, my fish pond, walking, traveling (we’ve done a lot through the years!), and lots of other things that keep us busy as we head to the state of “retirement.” lol

Where do you get your ideas?

  • My husband comes up with some of my ideas.
  • Current events that capture our attention.
  • Fun episodes of “what if?” give us ideas.Mostly seat of the pants. I don’t ever outline, but I like to have scenes ready, if possible, and a general idea of where I’m going.Being a traditional and Indie author makes that a mute question, but my agent is getting ready to submit a contemporary suspense that hasn’t seen success yet. We’ll see how it goes since I’ve edited and changed a definite part of the story. Love what the changes did to the story. Not that the plot was altered, but the interest might just have increased a bit. JNot totally, but I suppose I use a trait here and there that is similar. (Use what you know! Lol)

Are you working on a new project now?

Yes, I’m finishing the second book in the Denton and Alex Davies mysteries, called Bat Crazy. It will be set in New Mexico with the threat of vampire bats. J

And I’m hoping to soon get back to a historical, light suspense (Caleb’s Destiny) I’m working on, and then

The second book in the contemporary suspense series (mention above) and set in Montana.

One of these is a historical book set in WWII (in the WWII Spy series) that should release sometime this fall. It’s called With Music in Their Hearts, and the second book will be: A Flute in the Willows. I’ll finish up the series with a book I’m calling: Sing Until You Die. Follow your dreams. Nothing is impossible, if you fight for your dreams and follow God’s direction.

Anything you would like to add?

Follow your dreams. Nothing is impossible, if you fight for your dreams and follow God’s direction.

Thanks for visiting with us again, Carole. It’s great to hear how God continues to work in your writing life.

Readers, Carole is giving away and ebook of her her book to one commentator. Leave a comment by July 15th at 5:00 p.m. to be entered.


Write to the Point with Carole Brown September 25, 2013

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Today we get write to the point with Carole Brown. Read until the end, she has a giveaway for you 🙂

Carole Brown’s debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, was a semi-finalist in the Genesis contest. Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, she 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 across the country. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Thank you for having me visit, Melissa! I so appreciate authors and readers who encourage and bless writers by inviting them to visit!

I’m from SE Ohio, live in the country and enjoy the rewards of living there–except for slow internet! We enjoy a little gardening, our garden pond, hot tub, walks, traveling, reading, good food and many other things. I enjoy collecting unique music boxes and elephants. My husband and I have two sons–one of which is married, and three grandsons, who are the light of our eyes! We’ve have been involved in ministry all our married lives and have traveled extensively across the United States and a few foreign countries.

I’ve written forever it seems: first a week long journal as a fifth grade assignment, then romantic and poignant poems in high school, articles, children stories, and at last novels. It’s been a long journey, but wonderful in learning so much.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

From middle grade up I was taken to church. I was always tender and never very rebellious against God, so it was easy to surrender my heart to him as I learned more and realized I needed a Savior. It was the best decision I ever made.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

My debut novel: The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, deals with heavy abuse. It’s a tough subject and perhaps a rough one to read, but abuse is real in our world. I can’t shutCaroleBrown_CaralynneHayman my eyes and pretend it doesn’t exist. My husband and I have seen too much. So I would hope readers would be stirred to action, to stay alert to those who may need an encouraging word to get out of an abusive situation and most of all, to pray for those caught in these undesirable situations. Here’s the preorder link where it’s on sale now:

I’ll also have another book releasing in October. A mystery called Hog Insane, and it’s not about pigs. J   It’s a novel about a middle-aged protagonist and his wife and pet dog who arrive in Tennessee and a murder at the same time.

Read about the book here:

How far would YOU go to avenge a daughter’s cruel death? Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings. Can his prayers and love reach Cara and show her the way to redemption? Will Cara realize God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far?


The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman is a novel of hope shining through the darkness with strong elements of suspense and romance. This novel was a semifinalist in the Genesis contest. Release date is September 30, 2013 from the Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, an ACFW approved publisher.

 I love the cover, it’s beautiful.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I blog normally three times a week with an extra day thrown in if needed.

Ÿ  Sunday mornings are for very simple devotional types of posts. A quote, scripture or thought along with a picture.

Ÿ  Mondays, I list a group of things I’m thankful for, and I never run out of things to list!

Ÿ  Wednesdays are my interview days, reviews, and promotional type of material for myself and others. I also once or so a month post a small article–very short and to the point–on passionate writing. It’s just a fun thing I like to do now and then.

Ÿ  If I need another day to cover something for someone, I do it on Fridays. Occasionally I’ll post a funny or encouraging story, etc., on this day too.

It’s time consuming, but I’ve learned to do several posts at one time. Then I have other blogs I participate in too. J

What are you reading right now?

Friend Me by John Faubion

UnEmbraceable by Precarious Yates

The Maze by Jason Brannon

And hope to begin Lorilyn Roberts’ Homeschooling Cookbook soon.


Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

I’d like to share this with everyone, but especially those who are pre-published authors or those who are going through a discouraging time.

In 2011 I was ready to quit writing. Totally and completely. I felt like my desire to write had left me and there was no reason to keep fighting toward publication. It wasn’t going to happen to me.

I’m not one to be easily discouraged–at least not for long. I’m a fighter for what I believe in or believe is the right thing. I’ve written all my life, but particularly in the last few years when I knew God placed his hand on me, whispering to me, “It’s time.”

If ever I was going to write seriously, now was the right time. It was my season. I pursued it with all my heart: studied, went to conferences, joined writing and critique groups, gained an agent, wrote and wrote and wrote. And still nothing happened.

Like so many I listened to the enemy of my soul and let the floods of discouragement overtake me. I was drowning in it!


An elderly lady (with whom I’d poured my lamentation upon) set me down (figuratively) and talked to me. After that talk I agreed to pick up my writing mantle again and believe God. That meant when I didn’t see any faith in my heart: I believed anyway. When I harbored thoughts of doubt, I’d read the words scrolled across my computer: Help my Unbelief, and cling to them like the life-ring they were.  

I really truly turned it all–my writing, my success or failure–over to God, to use or not to use. Writing was a talent he’d given me. It was up to him to produce the results if I produced the labor.

In April, 2012, I spoke to an editor who asked me to have my agent send his company the manuscript. In December of that year I signed my first contract for that book, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. September 30, 2013, is it’s release date and is now up for preorder on Amazon. The link is:

Whatever means the enemy uses to harm us, God is faithful who will not allow the temptation–the harm!–to be more than we can bear. He is the one who has the victory and wins the battle.


Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

One of my favorites that speaks to me and encourages me whether I’m going through a hard place or attempting a new project or before publication days, is this one:

Romans 8:37: No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

I love seeing how God will work in our lives. Sometimes it’s difficult to wait as I like things to happen yesterday (lol), but I do know God’s timing is perfect. I’ve experienced and know that for a fact. No matter what, he can give us victory! Lovely. J


Where can we find you on the web?

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Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

I love to connect with readers and hope all of you will join me as I share promotional contests and events with you throughout October, November and December. I’ll be offering some unique ways to win some very special gifts.  And of course, I’d love everyone to check out my book on sale now for preorder at:

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers, Carole.

Readers, Carole is giving a copy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment by October 1st at 5:00 pm to be entered.