Monday, November 9, 2009

Winner!!

The winner of Carolyn Brown's Lucky in Love and One Lucky Cowboy is......

GFDesignz

Please email me your address at

randilyn1107 (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank-you to everyone who entered my very first contest!!

I want to thank Carolyn Brown again for stopping by with a great interview!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Interview with Carolyn Brown and a Giveaway!!

Thank-you Carolyn for stopping and answering a few questions.

This is the first time that I have had an author post at my blog and this is my very first giveaway!!



I hope everyone enjoys the interview!

Good morning, Randi! It’s a delight to be here on your site and thank you for the great review on One Lucky Cowboy.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’d rather talk about my beautiful daughters, my handsome son, my smart grandchildren or my very patient husband. But since you asked about me … I’ve been married more than forty years to Charles Brown. (I was young enough that I had to have parental permission to get married so don’t be putting me on the back side of eighty!) We have three lovely children and enough grandchildren to keep us young past the back side of eighty. I’ve been writing since I figured out how to use one of those fat pencils and a Big Chief tablet. Stories have always fascinated me, even those in the magazines my Momma hid under the pillowcases in the third drawer of the chest-of-drawers when I was little girl. Twelve years ago I sold two books the same day to Kensington for their Precious Gems line. By the time that line died, I was selling to Avalon. I felt like I was truly the lucky one when Sourcebooks bought my Lucky Series last year. Lucky in Love came out in September and One Lucky Cowboy hit the racks last Monday. The final book in the trilogy, Getting Lucky will be available Jan. 1.

How you always wanted to write romance novels?
The first book I wrote which did not sell was not a romance. It garnered so many rejection slips that the stock in copy paper went sky high and I had to buy a second file cabinet. After that I wrote romance and it’s so much fun that I will probably always write it.

Do you also read romance?
I will read anything from all those brochures you pick up at the travel centers to Hemingway but I’ve always loved romance. Romance books are life stories. Everything doesn’t come easy or isn’t totally predictable but in the end love will prevail. That gives us hope for our own stories.

What are some of your favorite authors?
LaVryle Spencer ― we came close to having a full fledged wake at our house when she retired. Add that to Sue Grafton, O’Henry (my children were told they’d never get well when they were ill if they didn’t read “The Ransom of Red Chief”), Randy Wayne White, Nora Roberts (of course), Pamela Morsi, Margaret Mitchell, John D. McDonald and … how much room do we have for this interview?

Do you have a process that you follow when you are getting
ready to start writing a new book?
No, but I do like to make a trip to the place I’ve decided to write about and get a feel for the country there. It’s a lesson I learned from my first historical series for Avalon. I was writing about an area and had a scene where the heroine went swimming in a creek. When I went up to Guthrie to check out the area, the creek was barely a running stream and so muddy no self respecting southern lady would have put her toes in it, much less her brand new white cotton swim dress.

What made you decide to write Western Romance?
I’m not so sure I made that decision. My characters made it for me. They were ranchers and farmers and they invaded my mind and threatened to pester me plumb to death if I didn’t tell the story just like it happened.

Can you tell us a little about the Luckadeau Family?
The Luckadeaus are a big family originally from southern Louisiana. They are heavy on sons so there are lots of those sexy men just waiting to meet their matches in feisty southern women. Beau, Slade and Griffin are cousins who live in close proximity and visit often. They are family oriented and might argue amongst themselves but they’ll put up a strong front if an outsider steps into their circle looking for a fight.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on a four book series called The Honky Tonk Series. Each of the books is set in Mingus, Texas in an old beer joint called the Honky Tonk and features a hunky cowboy and a sassy barmaid. I Love This Bar will be out in June, 2010, followed by Hell Yeah, My Give A Damn’s Busted and Honky Tonk Christmas. So mark your calendar for more cowboy reading in 2010!



If you would like to win a copy of both Lucky in Love and One Lucky Cowboy leave a comment and I will announce the winner on Monday, November 9th.

Only U.S. and Canada residents.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Monthly Mixer Mele


Monthly Mixer Mele

I found this fun challenge. This is being hosted by Jen at Jen's Book Talk. All you have to do is read a book that begins with a letter of each month or read a book that begins with the authors name (first or last name, doesn’t matter).


There are 74 letters so you will have to have 74 different books to complete the challenge. Books can however be used to complete other challenges.


You don’t have to do the months in any kind of order, just fill in books as you go along until you have each letter a book by it.


Challenge begins November 1, 2009 and ends November 2, 2010 so you have a whole year to complete! Lets break out them books and get busy!

I'm going to fill this in as I go....

N - Bed of Rose by Nora Roberts
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J - Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
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If you decide to join Jen in the 2009/2010 Monthly Mixer Mele, create a post on your blog telling others about this event. In your post, be sure to include the link to Jen's post on your blog.
That way others can find their way here and join in the fun!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

October Wrap Up

October has been a crazy month!! We are getting ready to move on November 14th and there have been a lot of decisions that need to be made. We are moving from a house into an apartment. So there has been A LOT of cleaning and getting rid of stuff. I donated over 500 books!!

I did get some reading done, but I found myself picking up books and reading them for a few days and then putting the down and picking up something else. That seems to have stop.
I hope to start blogging on a regular basis after I move.

Here is what I read for October....


1) In My Wildest Fantasties by Julianne MacLean ~ 3.5 stars


2) Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare ~ 4 stars


3) Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas ~ 5 stars


4) Hot on Her Heels by Susan Mallery ~ 4.5 stars


5) He's No Prince Charming ~ 4 stars