Friday, August 9, 2013

Author Carolyn Brown Guest Interview and #Giveaway!

Dust off your cowboy boots ladies! We have western romance extraordinaire Carolyn Brown at the blog today. Welcome Carolyn!

CB: Thank you, thank you for the warm welcome. I’m delighted to be here today.

Lexi: 2013 has been busy for you! In March we saw your women’s fiction novel, The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee, then in June we saw the first book of your new Cowboys and Brides series, Billion Dollar Cowboy (followed by The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby in October), and this month, we get the final book in the Spikes & Spurs series, Cowboy Seeks Bride. Have you had two seconds to do any normal summertime things? Played with your grandchildren?

CB: I love busy…when I get bored, I get into trouble. So far this year, Husband hasn’t had to bail me out of jail one time so it’s been a very good year. Just last week, I went school clothes shopping with four granddaughters and a grand son. Then four days later two of my other granddaughters and I had a fun day shopping for clothes. Twelve granddaughters do make for a lot of retail therapy. Plus one granddaughter had a ballet recital. Next spring she’ll show her sheep at the stock show (she is our princess cowgirl…one day she’s wearing little pink ballet shoes, the next she’s got on her boots and training a sheep to do what she says).

Lexi: Oh, there is still time to land yourself in jail. 
I can hear little voices arguing over who should do something they know they shouldn't and will get in trouble voice calling out "You do that and Grandma will write ‘bout it.” Do your grand kids understand what you do, write stories?

CB: Oh, yes, ma’am. I have granddaughters and a grandson old enough to read my stories and they love them. And yes, the whole bunch of them definitely know that I could and would use their antics or mannerisms in books.

Lexi: Ideas sure seem to come easy to you. Do you have hopes to make the Cowboys & Brides series a number to rival your Spikes & Spurs series

CB: Not at this time. Four is the limit but then one never knows. I’m already working on the next series after Cowboys & Brides. It’s titled the Burnt Boot series and two of the heroes, Finn and Sawyer O’Donnell, cousins of the Spikes & Spurs O’Donnells, come right out of Cowboy Seeks Bride. Cowboys in north Texas, especially ranching cowboys and rodeo cowboys, tend to know each other pretty often.

Lexi: The more cowboys the better! Especially in the summer when sweaty, dirty cowboys rolling in the hay are sure to enter the daydreams of our dear readers. Which leads to...weddings! Do you have fun living vicariously thought your characters weddings, picking out dresses, flowers and cake?

CB:  Of course. One thing that readers might not know about me is that Husband and I were into professional wedding photography for about thirty years. And yes, ma’am, all that experience and all those stories do come in handy when I need to pull a scene out of the back of my mind.

Lexi: Perks of writing. :) Carolyn you are such a sweet person, thank you for stopping by our blog today. And thanks for all the cowboy love stories! Cowboy Seeks Bride will be a great summer read!!

CB: I thank you…Dewar thanks you…Haley sure enough thanks you because she’s the one who made it through thirty days when the cowboys didn’t think she’d get through thirty minutes on the cattle drive. It was a fun story to research, to write and to experience with Haley and Dewar. 


He's Tough as Nails and Ready to Ride...Rancher Dewar O'Donnell is just an old-fashioned cowboy at heart, and he can't wait to reenact the historic Chisholm Trail ride with his buddies. The trial-run cattle drive for a reality TV show sounds like a great time—until H.B. McKay pulls up in her slick red sports car...
She's Way Out of Her Element...

Haley McKay is a feisty, high-powered businesswoman with the power suit and stiletto heels to prove it. She's keen to research her company's hot new idea for a reality TV show—but mount up with a bunch of modern-day cowboys? Are they kidding?
It's too late to back out now, so Haley sets out to prove that it will take more than snakes, storms, and stampedes to make her back down. 
Besides, sleeping under the stars with Dewar O'Donnell could prove mighty interesting...

Praise for Carolyn Brown:

"Lazy drawls and pointy-toed boots are at the heart of Brown's Texas-set romance...the couple's relationship is hot as the Texan sun." —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Funny, frank, and full of heart...One more welcome example of Brown's Texas-size talent for storytelling." —USA Today Happily Ever After

"Alive with humor...Another page-turning joy of a book by an engaging author." —Fresh Fiction


Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than sixty books published. She writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances, as well as women’s fiction. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. Look for The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby in stores this October! For more information, please visit

To purchase Cowboy Seeks Bride

Sourcebooks is sponsoring a giveaway of one copy of Just a Cowboy and His Baby (the book directly preceding Cowboy Seeks Bride in the Spikes & Spurs series). One lucky follower will will (US and Canada only), to enter leave a comment about your favorite cowboy. Then fill out the Rafflecopter! Good luck!

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  1. Good morning everyone! Haley, Dewar and I will be around all day to visit with you so come on in and talk to us!

  2. I love your books Carolyn and can't wait to read your Burnt Boot Series. If you've never read her books, then your missing out! She is a hoot! I can hardly put them down once I get started!

  3. I like all cowboys. To many just to pick one.

  4. I love all Carolyn's cowboys, but I have an affinity towards those O'Donnell Boys...

  5. Hi Kim, Thank you for continuing to support me. I'm still in awe that you drove all the way to Atlanta to get a signed book! The first Burnt Boot book is a Christmas book and should be in your hands in Oct. 2014. Until then there's three more Cowboys & Brides and a couple of women's fiction books on the way.

    Charlotte: it's like going to the candy store and only being able to pick out one piece, isn't it?

    Kathleen: The O'Donnell boys send big hugs to you!

  6. Love your series... :)

    For movies, I love Paul Newman and Robert Redford...

  7. Hello May,
    Thank you for reading my books and loving Spikes & Spurs. After Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, I fell in love with Paul and Robert. Loved The Sting, too!

  8. I haven't read any of your books yet...I'm about to remedy that as I have Billion Dollar Cowboy! You are such a hoot at the DANL chats I just have to get your books! Thanks for the giveaway =)

  9. Hi Carolyn, I don't need to win the book because I already have it! I really enjoyed Cowboy Seeks Bride and the entire series. Glad to hear we will see the O'Donnell cousins again.

  10. Hi Miz Glitter: It was a delight to visit with you on the chat. I'd love for you to read my books, ma'am, and I'd love to hear from you when you do!

    Hi Sharlene: Bless your heart, darlin'. Thank you! And yes, ma'am, Sawyer and Finn are chomping at the bit to get their stories told in the Burnt Boot series!

  11. I really don't have a fave cowboy in books. But growing up I sure had a crush on Clint Walker in Cheyenne, James Garner in Maverick, Clint Eastwood in Rawhide, Robert Horton in Wagon Train, James Drury in The Virginian and Lee Majors in Big Valley. Boy of boy, did I ever love those westerns! I used to dream about those guys.

  12. I have not had the chance to read any of your work. Hope to remedy that soon. I grew up watching westerns with my dad (he is a big John Wayne fan). As far as book cowboys I am not sure I could pick just one >.<


  13. John Wayne is a favorite! And I love western families like Linda Lael Miller's McKettricks.

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  14. Janice, I remember those shows and loved them. Westerns were in my blood long before I started writing about cowboys.

    Kassandra: Come on down to Ringgold Texas and read all about the O'Donnells. They'll make you feel right at home.

  15. Cowboys are great. I love the TV ones.

  16. I like cowboys quite a lot, and this is an oldie, but my favorite cowboy is Rowdy Yates from Rawhide (Clint Eastwood).

  17. congrats to Carolyn on the newest release! I'd have to say John Wayne :) thanks for sharing!

  18. I don't have one favorite cowboy but I much prefer book cowboys to tv ones. I have not read any of your books but I plan to remedy that ASAP!!! ;)
    Thank you for this giveaway!

  19. I haven't had the pleasure of reading the Spikes and Spurs series but I hope to soon! My favorite cowboy has to be Slate Calhoun from Katie Lane's Bramble, Texas series.

  20. Di: Ahhh, John Wayne. Loved him in so many of the old western movies.

    Debby: I grew up watching every western television show that came on. Maybe that's why I love writing about cowboys.

    Barbara E: Or Little Joe, Hoss and Adam in Bonanza...oh, no, now I have that theme music stuck in my head.

    erin: John Wayne is getting a lot of votes. That might be my sign to go watch some of his movies again.

    Cheryl & Ada: Thank you! Would love to introduce you to the O'Donnell family.

  21. I don't know that I have a fav.. I do know the ones you read about in books rock. And they are just.... yum

    Great post, thank you for sharing

  22. I like all cowboys. To many just to pick one.

  23. Robert Redford - The Electric Horseman. Thank you for sharing. :)

  24. I like all the cowboys John Wayne played.

  25. Too many cowboys to pick just one. That's like asking which child is your favorite. Congrats on the release. Can't wait to read it.

  26. I like them all!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. I can't think of one favorite right now, I'm an equal opportunity cowboy lover :)

  28. Aaron McCoy and his brothers from
    The Sable Hunter "Hell Yeah" series


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