Posted by Ing on 4 May, 2011 // ★★ 33 Comments ★★

Good morning folks! I’d like you to help me welcome Carolyn Brown to the blog today. Carolyn is an award-winning author who has published 36
bestselling romances for the library market. She now writes bestselling
single title cowboy and country music mass market romances. Born in
Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make
their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. Carolyn’s next book, Red’s
Hot Cowboy will be in stores in August 2011, followed by Darn Good
Cowboy Christmas in October 2011.
Carolyn let me pick her brains a bit about “Love Drunk Cowboy” the first book in her new series Spikes and Spurs. I hope you all enjoy this hard hitting Q&A session..lol! Stick around until the end and there is a giveaway as well. Now sit back relax, grab a drink, undo your pants and put your feet up! 

Ing:  Welcome Carolyn! Love Drunk Cowboy is your
first book in your Spikes and Spurs series? Can you tell the readers a bit
about this book? What can they expect plot, pace, sex, etc.?
Carolyn: Think a tall, dark haired sassy woman who is willing, if only for a
little while to give up her spike heels for cowboy boots and flip flops; her
power suits for cut off jean shorts; and her air conditioned corporate office
for a watermelon field. Add a steaming hot cowboy with bedroom eyes that look
like they are definitely interested and the turmoil created when he falls head
over heels in love with her. Then toss in the charm of country songs, rodeos,
quirky senior citizens and lots of heat, as in both the weather and sexual
attraction. Now stir it all up and throw in a bit of manipulation (on Rye’s
part to keep Austin in Terral) and some steamy hot sex and you’ve got Love
Drunk Cowboy.
Ing:  Can you tell us a about the hero Rye
O’Donnell? What about Rye do you think will draw the readers in and make them
love him?
Carolyn: Rye has a barbed wire tat around his upper left arm. He was in love
once before and when his heart got broken, he and his friend, Ace, had
identical tats put on their arms to remind them that all women had to stay on
the other side of the barbed wire. No one was ever getting back into his heart
to hurt it again. He thought love at first sight was a myth. No rough hewn
cowboy would believe in such folderol…and then he saw Austin and boom, poor old
Rye was love drunk. His whole world turned upside down and inside out. He
couldn’t think straight and couldn’t wipe that silly grin off his face. Rye is
tall, dark and handsome. He wears his jeans just right, has dreamy eyes and can
sweep a woman right off her feet with his deep Texas drawl and hot steamy kisses.
Ing:  Now tell us a bit about the heroine Austin
Lanier? What about Austin do you think will draw the readers in and make them
love her?
Carolyn:  Austin has been so busy
climbing the corporate ladder that she hasn’t taken time to stop and enjoy
life. She comes from a long line of career minded women who expect her to take
up the reins and keep the momentum going. And she has every intention of doing
so until Granny Lanier, her paternal grandmother, dies and leaves her a
watermelon farm in the tiny town of Terral, Oklahoma (population 386) right on
the Red River. She fully well plans to get all the business taken care of in
two weeks and go right back to her corporate ladder. But she hadn’t planned on
the effect that Rye O’Donnell would have on her or that a dormant gene,
evidently from Granny Lanier, would surface and she’d love watermelon farming
as much or more than her high powered oil company job. The new Austin is laid
back, honest and fun loving and is having a terrible conflict about what to do when
her two week vacation is over.
Ing:  Why are these two perfect for each other? What
about them individually makes them so drawn to each other? Why do you think the
readers will fall in love with this couple?
Carolyn: Rye and Austin belong together. In the journey from the first day
they meet in the café until the end, life throws lots of speed bumps in the
road but I never had a doubt as I was writing that they did not belong
together. Rye needs a strong woman to get past that barbed wire tat. Austin
needs a strong man to help her realize where her heart really lies, and what
makes her happy. They are truly soul mates even if they do come from two
different worlds.

Ing:  What was a scene that stood out or was
memorable for you when writing Love Drunk Cowboy? Why did this scene stand out
for you?
Carolyn: I love the scene when they first meet at the Peach Orchard (a
catfish café just south of Terral). Granny Lanier has shown Rye pictures of
Austin but he wasn’t prepared for the jolt that the three dimensional person
slapped in his heart. Granny told Austin that Rye was her neighbor and was a
little younger than Granny, which made Austin think that he was somewhere in
his 70’s since Granny was in her 80’s. Austin has been visiting with Rye at
least once a week for the previous six months while she waited on the right
time to scatter Granny’s ashes. Since he’s keeping an eye on the watermelon
farm across the street from his ranch, they talk once a week about what is
happening. Imagine her surprise when this tall, sexy as the devil, wearing a
Stetson, boots and Wranglers walks into the café and she finds out he is Rye
Ing:  I like knowing and hearing the back story
about how a book or series came about. Can you tell us where the idea for this
book came from? How many books do you have planned for this series?
Carolyn: I’ve had this idea on the back burner for a long time. It popped
right out of my idea book when Deb Werksman, my awesome editor at Sourcebooks,
asked if I had anything else in mind when we finished the Honky Tonk series.
I’ve always wondered what it would take to make a woman who has a great career
trade in her high heels for cowboy boots. Would a steaming hot cowboy do the
trick? Spikes & Spurs started out as a trilogy but then a Christmas book
got tossed into the mix and then some secondary characters started keeping me
awake at night whispering in my ear that their stories needed to be told. So
now, it has stretched to seven books, and there are a couple more secondary
characters who are already pouting because they want their place in the
Ing:  Can you tell us what you have up your sleeve
next? What else can we look forward to from you for the rest of 2011 and
possibly 2012? Could you give us a peek on these upcoming projects?
Carolyn: Both years are fantastic and I’m so excited about everything that’s
hitting the market! Red’s Hot Cowboy will be out in August and in addition to
all the major bookstores, it will be available at Wal-Mart. It will be followed
by Darn Good Cowboy Christmas in October. Then One Hot Cowboy Wedding is
planned for the spring of 2012 with the possibility of either one or two more
in the fall that have not been titled yet. I also write for Avalon, a library
market, and the last of a historical series, A Trick of the Light (August) and
The Ladies Room, a single title contemporary (October) will be arriving from
that area in 2011 with a contemporary trilogy planned for 2012.
Ing:  Who is a character that you get a lot of
e-mails about that you have not written a story for yet? Will you or do you
have plans for these popular characters?
Carolyn: I’m constantly receiving fan mail about quirky characters that my
fans want to read more about. They’ve all asked for more about Chigger from I
Love This Bar and Jezzy Bell in Hell, Yeah! About five years ago I wrote an
award winning book, Trouble in Paradise, about an old brothel, The Paradise,
which was famous during the Chisholm Trail cattle run days. It was a
contemporary about a woman with seven daughters who bought the old brothel and
fixed it up, but found documents about the seven hookers who’d lived there a
hundred years before. I get emails all the time wanting me to write a seven
book historical series about what happened to those hookers. Maybe someday Deb
and I will sit down and talk about that.
Ing:  Now on to questions about you. We want to know
more about Carolyn Brown. Who are some auto buy authors that you read now?
Carolyn: I love to read and have an extensive list of authors that I love,
both past and present. LaVyrle Spencer was on my auto buy before she retired.
My reading takes me across the board from Leon Uris to Sue Grafton to Joanne
Kennedy. I’ll read all genres and enjoy all of them. Life is good at my house
when I have time to read…at least for me. Everyone else has to fend for
themselves when I pick up a book because I do nothing until it’s finished.
Pizza and take out is the supper menu; dust bunnies grow to the size of
mountain lions under the bed and the laundry room looks like a Chicago dump
Ing:  What was the first romance book you ever read?
Do you still have the book on your shelf?
Carolyn: There have been so many that it’s hard to remember the very first
one; however, I think it might have been The Concubine. It was summertime and I
remember sneaking off to the storm cellar where it was cool. Momma thought
someone had kidnapped me for sure when she couldn’t find me. I’d checked it out
at the Murray State College library (back then they let us local kids use the
library in addition to the college kids) so it’s not on my shelves but the next
one I read, Gone With the Wind, is there and been read so often it has tear
stains, coffee stains and even a few chocolate smears on the pages.
Ing:  Any movies you’ve seen lately that you would
recommend? Or TV shows that you love right now and don’t ever miss?
Carolyn: “Justified”! I love Timothy Olyphant’s character, Raylen, in that
show. I’ve been working on deadlines but I do want to see “True Grit”. Have
that book on my bookcase along with Oklahoma Crude and still love both of them.
Ing:  If you could go back to your younger self what
would be the one advice you would give yourself?
Carolyn: Simple! Write more! Don’t put it away for thirty years while you
raise kids!
Ing:  If you weren’t writing what else would you be
doing right now for a career?
Carolyn: I can not imagine doing anything other than writing books. It was
my dream from the time I was big enough to wrap my fingers around a fat pencil
and scribble on a Big Chief tablet. I can’t even imagine retiring from writing.
How boring not to have characters popping around in my head wanting to argue
with me about their story lines. I hope that when my days on earth are done
that I’ve just met one last deadline and that it’s a best seller!
Ing:  Carolyn thanks so much for stopping by today!
I really appreciate it. Congratulations on your new series. I wish you
continued success. Do you have any last words or questions you would like to
pose to the readers of this blog?
Carolyn: I’ve had a wonderful time visiting with you all today. Do you
reader’s have any questions you’d like to ask about Rye or Austin? Talk to
me…what is it about a sexy cowboy that makes you want to read about him?
Sounds like a great new series, doesn’t it?  Well if you are hooked from that sexy description of Rye then I have a treat for you. The lovely folks from Sourcebooks is offering TWO copies to give away. If you’d like to win a copy of Love Drunk Cowboy see the rules and details below to enter.
Rules and Details for Giveaway:

  • Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only
  • Books will be sent directly from the publisher. 
  • You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
  • You MUST answer Carolyn’s question: What is it about sexy cowboys that makes you want to read about them?
  • Giveaway ends May 14th

To learn more about Carolyn and her other books check out her website or page at Sourcebooks.

Book 1 of Spikes and Spurs series

Cover Blurb:

a Self-Made City Girl…

High-powered career woman Austin Lanier
suddenly finds herself saddled with an inherited watermelon farm deep in the
countryside. She’s determined to sell the farm, until her new, drop-dead sexy
neighbor Rye O’Donnell shows up…

as Intoxicating as Can Be…

Rancher Rye O’Donnell thinks he’s going
to get a good deal on his dream property—until he meets the fiery new owner.
Rye is knocked sideways when he realizes that not only is Granny Lanier’s
city-slicker granddaughter a savvy businesswoman, she’s also sexy as hell…

Suddenly Rye
is a whole lost less interested in real estate and a whole lot more focused on
getting Austin
to set aside her stiletto heels…


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33 Responses to “Q&A + GIVEAWAY – CAROLYN BROWN”

  1. Anonymous


    I love cowboy books because they are everything great rolled into one: hardworking, their sexy clothing, their western accent and anyone who loves animals has to be a good person.

    Your books are awesome, please keep writing them. I love contemporary books and I seem to be in the minority.

    Thanks for the contest.

    Lynn R.

  2. Chrisbails: Thank you for stopping by…I bet there’s a cowboy in your future just waiting to show you all those wonderful qualities you’ve listed.
    Brandi: It was fun to stop by here today. Great call on the symbolism of Rye’s tat…you’ll have to read what Austin threatened to do to that tat near the end of the book!

  3. Thanks Carolyn! It was exciting to find out more about the author behind the book! Look forward reading more about Rye and Austin and how life as they know it is about to change and never turns out like you thought it would. I love the symbolism of his tattoo and how he lives in the shadows fearing risking his heart again.


  4. Hello, great interview and thanks for the giveaway.
    As for the answer to your question I think cowboys are sexy because they are so hard working, rugged, and sexy. I love cowboy hats with nice blue jeans, and cowboy boots. They are not scared of hard work. Who has not had a fantasy to have a cowboy take them? I know i have.

  5. mbreakfield: It sounds like you are speaking from experience, ma’am! You are preaching to the choir when you say there’s no one better to have your back.
    lindalou: Hope you enjoy reading about Slade and Jane. And good luck with the draw on One Lucky Cowboy.
    winnie: Oh, yes! That sexiness is what draws readers back to read more about cowboys. Happy reading!
    Carol L: I’ve loved my titles too and most of the credit, along with those gorgeous covers, goes to Sourcebooks. Their team and my awesome editor, Deb Werksman, does most of that. I had a whole ‘nother title in mind for the new book but when Deb suggested Love Drunk Cowboy the one I had in mind flew out the window because I loved her idea so much. We worked together on the next two books in the series but I couldn’t come with anything on the fourth one so she suggested One Hot Cowboy Wedding and bingo! I loved the way it fit!

  6. Cowboy, the American Alpha:) Scotland has their Highlanders…sigh…(love them)England has their Rakes and we have the beautiful Cowboy. I love reading about them because they are so loyal, hard working, gentle when need be,honorable and so manly. Then throw in tight jeans, a Cowboy hat and a horse , what a mix. :)Carolyn, I love the names of your books.
    Carol L

  7. Well I think there is just something about a cowboy’s physique, laid back attitude in combination with their drawl, boots and cowboy hat that just oozes sexiness!


  8. Cowboys are self-sufficient and care about the animals.
    Thank you for letting us know about the free kindle edition of One Lucky Cowboy! I was able to get it a few minutes ago.
    I’d love to win this one too! (though I fell like a winner already!)
    Linda T., USA

  9. Cowboys are upstanding, there is no one better to have your back. They are polite and protective and it doesn’t hurt that they look so darn good in jeans.

  10. Library Lady: I’d say you know your cowboys really well!
    Anonymous: Yes, ma’am, I do know what you mean. Cowboy are the best!
    Cin: Hey, girl! It’s good of you to stop by today. I’ll keep writing them if you’ll keep reading them! Deal?
    Jess: You nailed that! And if they don’t behave their Momma will jerk a knot in their tails no matter how old they are. My son will testify to that!

  11. I love cowboy stories because they are true gentlemen. Their mommas always seem to raise them right. 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  12. They are just Hot, Hot, Hot! Then mental wander a little further and consider them breaking horses or riding bulls with all those muscles and grit and well….hehehe. I proudly admit I’m a woman that loves men in uniform and cowboys! I can’t say I know any actual cowboys (which is a shame I must say) but reading about them is a guilty pleasure I intend to keep indulging in 😉 Thank you for providing me the opportunity it’s truly appreciated.

  13. Anonymous

    Its something like a man in a uniform! Just brings out their sexyness..sets them apart from a guy in a plain ol’ suit! And a cowboy is always so polite to a lady, even if she’s rough around the edges…know what I mean?
    Mickey3214 at aol dot com

  14. What do I not love about cowboys would be an easier question to answer?! 🙂 I love the way a cowboy’s jeans fit just right, how his body is sculpted from all the hard work, the country drawl, and the way a cowboy tips his hat at a lady. That’s just to name a few of the things I love about cowboys!
    GFC follower Library Lady
    adsanders77 at gmail dot com

  15. Bethie: You said it in a nutshell, as my Granny used to say!
    Anonymous: I’m glad you liked the Honky Tonk books! Here’s hoping you like the Spikes & Spurs every bit as well!

  16. Anonymous

    I guess it is just the entire cowboy package – pun intended – LOL – the hat, the tight jeans, the drawl, good work ethic and those calloused hands.

    I really enjoyed your “bar” books!


  17. Donna! Love that attitude! I went to your blog…couldn’t find a place to comment or I would have. How great that you are promoting books there!
    Amazon is offering ONE LUCKY COWBOY in digital format today for FREE (that’s right folks, completely free). Don’t know how long the offer will last so hurry and get yours while the gettin’ is good!

  18. Kathleen: So you are part of the O’Donnell clan…bet you are related to Cash, Rye’s father, somewhere back in history. Happy Reading!!
    Escape by Fiction: You nailed it! I think folks like to read about cowboys because they are real.
    NOTE: To anyone who has a Kindle, Amazon is giving away (that’s completely FREE, folks) a copy of One Lucky Cowboy today. So chase on over there and click for your copy and read about Slade Luckadeau in the middle book of the Lucky series.

  19. I have to read this book.. especially when the hero and I share the same last name…

    And who looks good in tight jeans more than a cowboy.. Shirt on or off.. there’s nothing like a cowboy..I love horses and horeses and cowboys are made for each other..

    I have not had the chance…yet…to read any of your books, but they are on my tbr list..
    I will be looking forward as I said to reading this books. Have a great day and thanks Ing and Carolyn for a great interview.

    Kathleen O

  20. Good morning everyone. It’s surely a pleasure to be here at As The Pages Turn today.
    Hey, June: You are up early or late one! LOL! Have you been out dancin’ with a handsome cowboy? Sounds like you know your cowboys very well!!

  21. Cowboys wear jeans, boots, and hats. They drive trucks or ride horses. They are used to working hard, are strong, confident, and they know how to use rope *grin*.

    GFC: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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