A marriage made in Vegas…
Hunky cowboy Ace Riley wasn’t planning on settling down, but his family had other plans for him…The only way to save his hide, and his playboy lifestyle, is to discreetly marry his best friend, Jasmine King.
Can’t possibly last…
Fiesty city–girl Jasmine as just helping out her friend—that is, until their first kiss stirs up a whole mess of trouble, and suddenly discretion is thrown to the wind.
One hot cowboy, one riled up woman…
And they’ll be married for a year, like it or not!
Tell us about Carolyn Brown. Who are you when you’re not writing?
CB: I’m a former newspaper columnist who is also a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother (please note that I got a very early start since I got married at the age of 17), sister, aunt and best friend to more than a few folks. I like to tinker around in the flower garden if it’s not hot. I don’t do sweat or heat. I love to travel and Husband and I are great traveling buddies. He drives and I take notes for the next book. I’ve been writing since I figured out what one of those fat pencils and a Big Chief tablet were for and have been publishing since 1997. My goal is to make the RWA honor roll and I have to sell and publish about 35 more books to make that dream come true.
Do you have a day job as well?
CB: No, I quit my day job several years ago and am fortunate to be able to write full time. It is absolutely wonderful!
How did you choose the genre you write in and where do your ideas come from?
CB: Oh, my! Ideas come from everywhere. A good friend once sent me a cute little cartoon about what would happen if a friend’s husband abused her. I sent back and said that I kept three shovels in the garage and they’d never find his body. That sparked an idea for a trilogy that I sold the next week. And an old John Wayne movie sparked an idea for a book I’m working on today in the Spikes & Spurs series. I’m not sure I chose to write in this genre. I think it chose me and I’m so glad it did because it’s been such fun.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
CB: My first published book only had one major challenge. My editor said that it had to have at least two sex scenes and I said, “Yes, ma’am.” That line died after they’d published four of my romances and I went to another publisher with another manuscript in hand. She read it and said that she loved the whole thing but I had to take the sex out of it and I said, “Yes, ma’am.” My first cowboy book had very few problems but my editor did want the sex scenes spiced up a little and yep, you know my answer. Challenges can be learning experiences or stumbling blocks. I choose to make them learning experiences.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
CB: Not a single thing. Jasmine and Ace were very adamant that I get their story just right. Sometimes they even woke me up at night and told me what was wrong with what we’d worked on through the day before. I usually changed it before breakfast. Their story is exactly the way it happened and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
CB: I love the premise of my very first book. But alas, if something could be wrong with a book, you can find it in those pages. Entirely too many characters, too much information, time frame was wrong for historical and yet not right for contemporary, horrible sentence structure, POV’s all over the place. But I still love that story and it will stay in my files forever as a way not to write.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
CB: Word of mouth is absolutely wonderful. Love it when I hear that someone recommended my book to a friend, a neighbor over the back yard fence, or a person they just met in the line at the grocery store. Love blog tours…they reach out to so many readers who are itching for something new to read. And book signings which put us right there face to face with our readers. It’s all good if it connects readers to authors and creates a lasting relationship.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
CB: Well, there is the first date scene when he takes her fishing and on a picnic on the Red River. That’s a turning point when they both realize that things are really changing and are coming to grips with the feelings in their hearts.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
CB: My editor called me once and said that she was on page 40 of the manuscript and she wanted to go in the bathroom and pull all her hair out. She hated the heroine that bad. Would I please start all over and make the suggested changes? And I said, “Yes, ma’am.” The best compliment: same editor called me and said, “I love this book and there is very little I’d even change about it.”
Here are a couple of quirky questions for you, Carolyn…
What’s your favorite movie?
CB: Steel Magnolias
Cake with or without ice cream?
CB: Lots of ice cream and chocolate syrup!
Date night out, or date night in?
CB: Date night in…that way I don’t have to wear shoes.
Thanksgiving or Christmas?
CB: Thanksgiving…all the kids come home for Thanksgiving.
Physical copy of a book or eReader??
CB: Physical copy. Love the feel of a brand new book.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
CB: Just that there are more cowboys on the way. Mistletoe Cowboy (Oct.) is Creed Riley’s story (he is Ace’s younger brother) and Just a Cowboy and His Baby (December) is Gemma O’Donnell’s story of what happens on the Pro-Rodeo Tour and in the spring Dewar O’Donnell goes on a reenactment of the Chisholm Trail in another Spikes & Spurs cowboy book. Plus to start of the New Year in a very big way, on January 1, 2013, my debut women’s fiction book will hit the bookshelves (title TBD soon). AND that I appreciate each and every one of you for reading my books, loving my characters as much as I do, and for all the fan mail I get from you! Life is good at the Brown house in southern Oklahoma.
Thanks for stopping by!
CB: Thank you again for inviting me and happy reading everyone!
About The Author:
Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA® Finalist with more than fifty books published, and credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. She 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, where she continues to write more cowboy romances!