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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Guest Blog: Carolyn Brown and Giveaway

Author Carolyn Brown is here for a guest post today! Let's all give a warm welcome to an awesome author!  She wrote a guest post to share with all of you today and Sourcebooks was kind enough to offer a giveaway! 

Carolyn Brown Guest Blog, author of Getting Lucky

Good morning. It’s a pure pleasure to be here this morning at your website to talk about Getting Lucky and my favorite part about writing romance.

Getting Lucky is the third and final book in the Lucky Series. Lucky in Love came out last September and One Lucky Cowboy in November. Writing all three of them was so much fun that I hated to see the series come to an end.

My favorite part of any book is seeing the characters develop from the beginning to the end. They become more and more real from the first page to the last and when writing a series they get to come back for cameo appearances in the next editions so their characteristics develop even further. That’s the reason I read romance as well as write it. From page one I don’t even know those people. At the end of a good romance, they are my neighbors and we’ve had coffee together.

When they first dance through my mind they are little more than strangers. By the time I finish a book they are as real as the folks who own a ranch out east of town or the ladies down at the grocery store. They have their own quirks and personalities and I know them well enough to know exactly how they’ll react when I pitch a hurdle in their way as they try to get to the happy-ever-after part!

I knew Milli and Beau’s story (Lucky in Love) and how they had met two years before at a wedding in Louisiana but I didn’t know them personally. After the first couple of pages they made my office their home and sat on the futon behind me most of the time. Sometimes Milli actually crawled up on my shoulder and yelled in my ear when I wasn’t telling her story just right. When I finished their book I knew them as well as my own children and Katy Scarlett as well as my granddaughter that age.

Slade and Jane had quite a tale to tell in One Lucky Cowboy but again I didn’t know them very well. I’d met Slade at a barn dance at Beau’s place a couple of times but I’m not sure I even mentioned him by name. Then Jane was on the run from an assassin and wound up at Slade’s ranch. By the time the three of us had run all over Florida, Louisiana, Texas and parts of Oklahoma, we were pretty dang good friends. They’d developed from acquaintances to a couple that I’d take home to meet my momma but I don’t think I’d tell her about that incident in the tattoo parlor down in Florida.

Julie Donavan snuck up on my blind side one night. Griffin Luckadeau had this sweet little girl, Lizzy, that we met in One Lucky Cowboy that stole my heart. So I knew I wanted him to tell me more about his past and how that child inherited his white streak. But then before I could actually sit down and listen to his tale, there was Julie and her daughter, Annie, who had the same white streak, needing to get out of Jefferson where the gossip might hurt Annie’s feelings. Somehow both stories got all tangled together and nagged at me until I decided to get to know them all a lot better. So they brought Annie and Lizzy into my imagination and we began to write Getting Lucky!

All of them brought along their relatives and friends and for the better part of a year we’ve had the most amazing barn dances, cat fights, family parties and even poker games. Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone that or those fellows in the white jackets will come and force me into group therapy. I don’t think they’d understand that I can’t do that without bringing my friends from the Lucky series with me! And there’s just not room on one of those leather couches for all of us.

Seriously, if I had to name one thing that I like best about writing romance it truly would be the character development, seeing them grow from people I barely know to my very good friends.

So what do you like best about romance? Besides those wonderfully sexy covers, that is!


GETTING LUCKY BY CAROLYN BROWN—IN STORES JANUARY 2010


Single mom Julie Donavan is looking for a place to start over. What she finds after buying a small house on five acres is nothing short of a nightmare.

Single dad "Lucky Griffin" Luckadeau has been crossing horns with his elderly neighbor for years. But when his daughter, Annie, decides she wants the new little girl who lives on the feuding property to be her friend, or better yet her sister, the sparks fly.

These two stubborn hotheads, who irritate each other beyond endurance, refuse to admit that it's fate that brought them together. And running from the inevitable is only going to bring a double dose of misery…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carolyn Brown, an award-winning author who has published 36 romance novels for the library market, credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. She was born in Texas but grew up in southern Oklahoma where she and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For more information, please visit http://www.carolynlbrown.com/

 GIVEAWAY:

Thanks to Sourcebooks!  Here is what you could win:

1 set of Carolyn’s trilogy: Lucky in Love, One Lucky Cowboy and Getting Lucky
How to enter:
Leave a comment on this post!
Be a follower. 
You must live in the USA or Canada.  No P.O. Boxes.

Contest will end on Saturday, Jan. 30th. Winner will be announced on Sunday. Good Luck!


Thank you so much Carolyn for joining us today! I look forward to reading your books as you are a new to me author! I wish you the great success you deserve with your books that are out now and in the future!

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36 Comments:

Blogger Kris said...

OOOO...I would love to win this! Please count me in!

January 27, 2010 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

Please enter me - thanks!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

January 27, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

I follow

January 27, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

Count me in! Awesome post!

I'm a follower!

January 27, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger cheryl c said...

I love a good western story. I can never resist a cowboy! ;-)

Thanks for a chance to win the whole trilogy! The plots and the characters sound wonderful.

castings at mindspring dot com

January 27, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger cheryl c said...

follower :-)
castings at mindspring dot com

January 27, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Blanche said...

Hi Carolyn and Amy! Great interview!!

I love cowboys too! I like when I can feel a connection with the characters from the start and throughout a story.
Thanks for this generous giveaway....I am a follower! :)

January 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Carolyn Brown said...

Hello everyone!
Thanks, Amy, for letting me stop here on my blog tour to celebrate the release of Getting Lucky this month. And thanks to all of you who've left a comment ... it's awesome to hear that so many love to read about cowboys!
Good luck to everyone who enters the contest and happy reading!
Carolyn Brown

January 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

I really enjoy reading western romance. I've been wanting to read these, I would love to win the set so I could read them all together.

seriousreader at live dot com

January 27, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger elaing8 said...

great post,please count me in.I really want to read this trilogy.

I am a follower

elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

January 27, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Scorpio M. said...

What I like most about romances is that butterflies-in-the-belly feeling you get as you journey with the H/H as they fall in love.

Sounds like this couple will make sparks fly!

I am a follower. Thanks!

jenma76(at)hotmail(dot)com

January 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger StephTheBookworm said...

Awesome, please count me in for the giveaway!!

stephaniet117(at)yahoo(dot)com

January 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Count me in! Thanks for a great giveaway.

deborah150(at)hotmail(dot)com

January 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger CallMeKayla said...

Gah, this sounds wonderful! I am waaay too obsessed with books for it to be healthy. LOL But I think I have to read this one as well :)

kaylajohnson3969@sbcglobal.net

January 27, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Sandy Jay said...

I haven't read any of Carolyn's book but this sounds like a good place to start. Please enter me in the drawing. I'm a follower.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

January 27, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Virginia C said...

Hi, Carolyn! Thanks for a great giveaway! We are "Lucky" indeed : ) For me, character development is the key to great romance. Well-drawn characters can be placed in any genre, historical era or scenario and the story will be worth reading. I read romance because it warms my heart and reaffirms my faith in the possibility of a love to last a lifetime. Please enter my name in the drawing.

U.S. Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

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January 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Martha Lawson said...

I would love to win these! They sound awesome - who doesn't love a cowboy??

I'm a follower.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

January 27, 2010 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Anna ♥ said...

Aww, this series sounds wonderful! Please count me in, I would love to read this series! I love a great cowboy romance. :D

My favorite part about a beautifully written romance would definitely be the happily ever after ending! No other genre can guarantee that at the end of a book! :D

I'm a follower. I live in the U.S.

Anna ♥
goodgonegirl@gmail.com

January 27, 2010 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I hadn't heard of this series but I will make sure I look out for it now, sounds great!

It is lovely to hear from the author, it was a really interesting post. I especially like what you said about the characters initially being strangers and then you really getting to know them and them becoming real. I ahve been thinking lately and when, if ever, a good book realyl comes to an end (see this post if you're interested http://pageturnersbooks.blogspot.com/2010/01/thoughtful-thursday-does-good-book-ever.html) and that is sort of what im getting at!

January 27, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger justpeachy36 said...

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Please enter me in the giveaway.

I am a follower.

January 27, 2010 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Mitzi H. said...

I'm a huge fan of cowboy romance novels and would love the chance to win. Count me in, please!!!

I'm a follower on google friends connect and google reader.

mitzihinkey at sbclgobal dot net

Congrats on your new release!!!

January 27, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger The Book Junkie said...

I LOVE Me some cowboys whether they be in person (hence the graphic next to this comment) or in book form! Count me in on this giveaway!

I'm a follower on both google reader and google friends connect.

My email address is bookjunkie221@gmail.com

January 27, 2010 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger sharon54220 said...

This series sounds great. I haven't read a romance novel in quite a while. I would love to be entered.

Thanks for the chance.

I'm a follower on Google Friends

sharon54220@gmail.com

January 28, 2010 at 2:55 AM  
Blogger xxsquigglesxx said...

Please enter me!

xxsquigglesxx(at)gmail(dot)com

January 28, 2010 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

Please count me in...I'm a follower.

ktulanko AT aol DOT com

January 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger dor said...

Wohoo..what a treat this would be. Thanks.
I follow as dor.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

January 28, 2010 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I would love to win this trilogy and see how the children get their parents together. Should be interesting!

I'm a follower!

January 28, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger sherry said...

These sound like some very good books and I would love to win them.

I am a follower

sstrode@scrtc.com

January 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed both the post and the excerpt. I look forward in reading this.

I am a follower.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

January 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Tonya H said...

Here is my comment, I would love to read this triliogy!

geekgirlreviews@gmail.com

I am a follower.

January 28, 2010 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in. I am a follower.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

January 28, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger misskallie2000 said...

I was fascinated by Carolyns post. How she developed the characters and carried them through the book was amazing. I would love to win Carolyn’s trilogy: Lucky in Love, One Lucky Cowboy and Getting Lucky. She is a new author for me and one I will be adding to my list. Thanks for the giveaway.

I am a follower and live in Georgia
misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

January 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Anita Yancey said...

I just love cowboys, and I love reading about them. Sounds so good. Please enter me. Thanks!

I am a follower!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

January 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

Thanks for the chance to win these books. I've been reading nothing but good things about them around the blogs. Thanks!

January 29, 2010 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

I follow in GFC

January 29, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Marian said...

If it's not too late to enter the giveaway, I'd love to do so. That cover...

Marian

mdperera at hotmail dot com

January 30, 2010 at 6:03 AM  

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