Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Capturing a Man ~ Carole Brown

Capturing a Man 
by Carole Brown

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

Or so it's said.

In Toby's Troubles, the fourth book in the Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series, Amy Sanderson, next door business neighbor of Toby Gibson, has loved him forever. But being declared “like a sister” or a “best friend” doesn't cut it. At all.

He's just not interested.

But when she joins forces with him to capture the “ghost” that is breaking into his shop, she has this one chance to prove to him she's worth loving.

What can a woman do?

Let me list some ways that she can help herself in “capturing” a man:

1.     Be true to herself. Don't let down your standards in behavior and belief regardless of the consequences.
2.     Follow God's leading. Once you know God's will for your life, follow how, what and when as God leads in those areas.
3.     Be positive. Be friendly. Be loyal. Be confident. Your value in these areas are important.
4.     Don't be too available. A little competition never hurts, and it might just open a man's eyes to your value, what he's missing, and what God wants.

Example from the book: Toby's Troubles:

1.     In some of the scenes in the book, Amy goes with Toby to auctions and outbids him on certain items he is interested in. Of course, he doesn't like it, but she has a very special reason besides capturing his attention. 
2.     A casual date with others sometimes shows the other person that she is desirable in others' eyes. That's not a bad thing, and it worked on Toby.
3.     Although I don't bring in a lot of spiritual scenes in this book, I do allude

to the fact that they both are faithful and loyal Christians. When Toby allows himself to get carried away with denouncing interest in Amy, the hurt on her face convicts him that he's done wrong. This not only helps in showing him he was being unkind and thoughtless, but pulls out hidden emotions about Amy that he wanted no one, including himself, to see. It was a decided turning point in opening his eyes.

Be steadfast in your pursuit. Or as I've written in Toby's Troubles about Amy:

She can be just as stubborn as the man who's determined to ignore her love.

Whatever you want to call it, follow the suggestions above, then go for it.
Happy hunting!
About the Book:

Everyone loves Toby Gibson. A co-owner of Undiscovered Treasures, a unique shop of antiques, collectibles, and junk, Toby is friendly, generous to a fault, the director of the local plays in Appleton and supports his church's youth functions. But the minute his sister, Caroline and her new husband, take off for their honeymoon, a “ghost” begins to haunt the shop—or maybe it's just an intruder. If so, Toby has no idea for what the thing is looking. To add to his troubles, he suspects Amy, not only is bidding for the property he's wanted forever but is in love with him. And he's not interested.

Amy Sanderson who owns the only flower shop in Appleton—Bloomin' Life—is drawn into capturing Toby's “ghost” when her own business is damaged by a destructive intruder. Having loved Toby since a teenager, she's more than willing to join forces with him. But she has no interest in being his best friend or a sister to him. And if she has to resort to schemes of outbidding him at his frequent auction attendances to get his attention, then so be it. She can be just as stubborn as the man who's determined to ignore her love.

In between the break-ins, destruction of property, thefts and personal competitions against each other, Amy and Toby work together to find the thief who seems so determined to find a valuable item, he'll stop at nothing.
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About Carole:

 Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys 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?


  1. Carole, thank you so much for being my guest.It's always a pleasure to welcome you here. Blessings ...

  2. Thank you, Peg, for once again helping to promote my book. Be sure to let me know if you need help in promoting. I'll be glad to have you on mine! Shared.