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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride by Carolyn Brown Interview & Giveaway

She's Got Sass...
Emily Cooper promised her dying grandfather that she'd deliver a long-lost letter to a woman he once planned to wed. Little does adventurous Emily know that this simple task will propel her to places she never could have imagined...with a cowboy who's straight out of her dreams...

He's Got Mail...
When sexy rancher Greg Adams discovers his grandmother Clarice has installed Emily on their ranch as her assistant, he decides to humor the two ladies. He figures Emily will move on soon enough. In the meantime, he intends to keep a close eye on her—he doesn't quite buy her story of his grandmother as a mail-order bride.

A lost letter meant a lost love for Clarice, but two generations later, maybe it's not too late for that letter to work its magic.

Q. If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why?

Carolyn:  I’d love to go back to the days portrayed in the old western movies and television shows like Big Valley. (I had a big crush on Heath when I was a teenager) It would be so much fun to actually see and feel the lifestyle that has such a bearing on my western cowboy books today.

Q. Have you ever come across a song that might fit the theme of one of your books?

Carolyn: Oh, yes, many times. In The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride Greg and Emily are dancing together for the first time: Maybe a short excerpt?

The band kicked off with a slow two stepping song and Greg held out his hand. “May I have this dance, ma’am, even if you aren’t my date?”

She let him lead her to the middle of the dance floor. The singer did a fine job of Toby Keith’s song, “You
Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like That,” and Greg was an expert dancer, one that she could easily partner with for the rest of the night.

The lyrics said that he had gotten a funny feeling the moment that her lips touched his. Greg pulled her closer and looped both of his hands around her waist. She reached up and wrapped hers around his neck and laid her head on his chest. His heart beat was strong and steady but it beat faster when he started singing softly in her ear. The words said that everyone was watching them and thinking that they were falling in love and that they would never believe that they were just friends.

Q. Do you remember what you felt when you had your first kiss?

Carolyn: Disappointed! If that’s what all the hoop-la was about, then I must be missing something. Of course, it was his first kiss, too. Much later I figured out that the hoop-la wasn’t all hype and the kissing business was pretty danged wonderful.

Q. What was the most creative pick up line you've ever used on someone or someone used on you?

Carolyn:  I can’t remember…honestly, it’s been too long. I did get a message last week on FB where some feller wrote about how beautiful I was. He was a good lookin’ kid about the age of my oldest grandson. I don’t think he realized that I was sassy, gray haired, opinionated and that my bank account would not buy him a new Porche for his pick-up line.

Q. When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to? What are a couple songs on it?

Carolyn: Floyd Cramer’s piano music inspires me right along with a lot of the older country music ballads. I write to slow music but one of my newest favorites is “Sober” by Little Big Town. When I hit a snag I can listen to Miranda Lambert or Blake Shelton and in a few minutes, I’m ready to write again.

Q. What do you do when you think nobody is watching?

Carolyn: Sing along with the CD. If I was singing for quarters, I’d starve plumb to death so I don’t sing where people might hear me.

Q. What was your favorite childhood book?

Carolyn: I read everything I could get my hands on but I was partial to any of the Nancy Drew mysteries.

Q. What is your favorite addition to chocolate?

Carolyn: Peanuts or pecans and caramel…love turtles.

Q. What does your husband/significant other say about your writing erotic stories? What about your family and/or do they read your books?

Carolyn: I don’t consider what I write as erotic. Some reviews say it’s hot and steamy, some refer to it as mild and sweet. It’s all in the opinion of the reviewer. But my husband does read my works and my son and daughter also read my books. So far they haven’t disowned me.

Q. Besides your own, what is one of your favorite series to keep up with?

Carolyn: Sue Grafton’s alphabet series. I started buying them back when she wrote A is for Alibi and they now take up most of the room on one shelf of my bookcase.

Q. What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?

Carolyn: Definitely a beach bum or maybe a race car driver.

Q. Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?

Carolyn: I like to cook, especially when my whole family comes home for holidays. I’m not a fancy cook but I do enjoy being in the kitchen.

Q. What is something you do to de-stress?

Carolyn: My tom cats, Chester and Boots, and I sit out on the swing under the hackberry tree. They keep the squirrrels and crickets at bay and I talk to my cowboys and sassy lady characters. So far no one has called the boys in the white coats to come take me away.

Q. We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing?
Carolyn: Music! I can go for a long ride in the car with the radio playing and come home to write several thousand words.

10 Fun Facts (things the fans don't know)

1. I’m really a mail order bride. I got on a bus in Oklahoma at the age of seventeen and went to Pennsylvania to get married. Husband and I’d written letters for two years but we’d never met each other.
2. I have fifteen grand children, a dozen of them are girls.
3. I love donuts with maple frosting.
4. My middle name is Louise.
5. I was named after two of my daddy’s old girlfriends. Mama did not know that’s why he insisted on naming me Carolyn Louise or she would have divorced him a lot earlier.
6. My husband is really named Charles Brown and we did have a dog named Peanuts.
7. Most folks think I’m an outgoing people person but down deep I’m a hermit.
8. I love to buy pretty shoes but I hate to wear them.
9. One of my goals is to have 100 books published so I can be on the RWA Honor Roll.
10. I hate heights and really do not like mountains. I prefer the flat lands of western Texas or the beach.

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. For more information, please visit .

To purchase The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride:

a set of the 3 books in the Cowboys & Brides Series (Billion Dollar Cowboy, The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby and The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride), along with a cute cowboy charm gift from Carolyn herself! Open to US and Canada.

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  1. Good morning and happy Tuesday, everyone. Grab a cup of coffee and let's visit!

  2. I love all if Carolyn' books, but my favorite gas to be my first was I Love This Bar. And I had to get my hands on all her books. It was love at first page.

    1. You are awesome Kathleen. I Love This Bar and the Honky Tonks were a hoot to write!

  3. I love reading Carolyn's books. I think I have almost every one of them that she has written. I absolutely love her series because when I get to the end, I love being able to pick up another one to continue reading more about the family. What makes them even more special is we are from the same hometown, and her husband used to be my Math teacher. I don't read any books but Carolyn Brown books.

    1. Thank you, thank you! I appreciate all your kind words. Emily and Greg can't wait for you to read their story.

  4. Hey Carolyn it's me, your stalker Kim! Lol I can't find your book anywhere! I like having your paperbacks. So I'll wait till I can find it. Thanks for a a chance to win! Waiting on the ice storm to come in.

    1. I love my stalker, Miz Kim! It should be at Walmart by now or any of the book stores. But hey, you might win the whole set right here. Good luck!

  5. Don't have a fav; haven't read this author yet

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully if you do read my books, you'll love them. Emily and Greg would love to entertain you!