Published by Sourcebooks, Incorporated on 2015-01-06
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Western
Can a girl ever have too many cowboys?
No sooner does pint-sized spitfire Jill Cleary set foot on Fiddle Creek Ranch than she finds herself in the middle of a hundred-year-old feud. Quaid Brennan and Tyrell Gallagher are both tall, handsome, and rich...and both are courting Jill to within an inch of her life. She's doing her best to give these feuding ranchers equal time-too bad it's dark-eyed Sawyer O'Donnell who makes her blood boil and her hormones hum...
Praise for The Cowboy'
Carolyn Brown is a New York Times bestselling author with more than sixty books published, and credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. Carolyn was born in Texas but grew up in southern Oklahoma where she and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, make their home. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.
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PLEASE WELCOME CAROLYN TO BOOKHOUNDS
It’s such a pleasure to be here at BookHounds today. The Trouble with Texas Cowboys, my 72nd novel hit the shelves yesterday morning and I’m so excited about it that I can’t stop smiling. I’ve got sweet tea in my hand and I’m ready to answer questions so fire away!
You are known for writing funny, fun Western romance novels. What draws you to these kinds of stories?
I love to touch people’s emotions whether it is laughing until they get the hiccups, grabbing a tissue and weeping, or screaming at a villain or some hussy who is stepping between a cowgirl and the cowboy of her dreams. Laughter, it is said, is the best medicine and I’ve found that it can sure lighten the mood. I’m naturally drawn to slow talkin’ cowboys and add some humor and real life situations where things don’t go as planned and you’re talkin’ my kind of writing.
In your newest release, your heroine Jill is being courted by several cowboys. What makes her so irresistible to the men in Burnt Boot, Texas?
Jill is a sassy, feisty red head that just naturally turns cowboys’ heads for a second look. But that’s not the thing that makes her irresistible to the cowboys in Burnt Boot. You see she’s the future owner of Fiddle Creek, which is a prime section of land separating Wild Creek Ranch (the Gallagher’s place) from River Bend (belonging to the Brennans).
Those two families have been at war with each other for more than a hundred years and if they could add Fiddle Creek to their holdings, why it would be a feather in the cap of the family who brought it about. And a definite snub to the family who didn’t get it for sure. So Quaid and Tyrell are really fighting for a win in the feud as much as fighting for a pretty woman.
It’s Sawyer, the ranch hand that she has to share a bunkhouse with, that sees her for the woman she is but how can he stand a chance when either Quaid or Tyrell could offer her a lifetime of wealth and ease.
In a lot of contemporary romances, ‘wining and dining’ is just that – getting all dressed up and going to fancy restaurants on dates. But Jill and Sawyer are in small town Texas where this isn’t really an option. What do your characters do to get to know each other? Do you have a favorite date they go on?
Wining and dining doesn’t hold much stock in the cowboy’s dating idea book. In the spring a date might involve a picnic on the banks of the Red River but since it’s winter time, I’d have to say they get to know each other pretty well through work. They’re spending every waking minute with each other because they have to watch each other’s backs. That involves doing ranching chores where there’s lots of nooks and crannies to steal a kiss or even catch a sexy peek at a cowboy’s butt in those tight jeans as he walks away. Or working together behind the bar at the Burnt Boot Bar and Grill where the space is limited and they’re always bumping into each other. Or maybe back behind the counter at the General Store where there’s plenty of time to talk. My favorite date they went on was when they went into town and visited the antique stores on the main street of Gainesville. It was one of those magical moments that Jill will remember forever.
Can you tell us a little about the next couple in Burnt Boot, Texas that will be getting a story?
That should be Leah Brennan and Rhett O’Donnell in One Cowboy Too Many. Leah has been secretly in love with Tanner Gallagher but that ship isn’t ever going to sail because of the feud. And then there’s Rhett riding into town on a motorcycle with steer horns attached to the front and he’s got this cute little sexy pony tail and a tattoo and he flat out takes her breath away. The only trouble is, Leah is being groomed to take her grandmother’s place as head she-coon of the Brennan clan and Mavis Brennan hates Rhett. Then out of the clear blue, Tanner starts paying attention to her. What a mess! Now my turn to ask a question. What would be your dream date with a sexy cowboy?