Monday, January 11, 2010

Interview & Giveaway with Carolyn Brown, Author of Getting Lucky

I'm excited to start this week off with a bang, and introduce author Carolyn Brown and her latest book Getting Lucky! Carolyn has authored over 40 books and writes some awesomely hot modern cowboys in her latest series. That coming from a me, the girl who doesn't really enjoy westerns! These modern cowboys will have you taking another look at heros in blue jeans and Stetsons.

Please welcome Carolyn to Cheeky Reads. Be sure to enter to win one of two copies of Getting Lucky, by answering Carolyn's question at the end of her interview.

Hello and thank you for having me on your site today to discuss Getting Lucky, the third and final book in the Lucky Series. Writing the whole series was so much fun that it wasn’t easy to see it end. The blog tour is like reliving all the fun and excitement of writing it.

Getting Lucky is the third book in your Lucky Series of cowboy romances. What is it about modern day cowboys that inspired you to write this series? Any particular cowboys you had in mind while writing? Cowboys make wonderful characters. There’s just something about boots, tight fittin’ jeans and a T-shirt stretched over a broad muscular chest that puts a woman’s hormones into overdrive. Throw in one that can hold his liquor and execute a good two-step to a country music song and what more could a woman ask for? I couldn’t name a particular cowboy or group of cowboys that I had in mind when I was writing this series. But cowboys in general are hardworking, hard loving, passionate and caring so it’s easy to see that any one or all of them could be a role model for Beau, Slade or Griffin.

I have to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of historical western romances but I really love your modern cowboys. For those readers who normally steer clear of westerns, would you tell them a little about your three modern cowboy heros and how utterly enticing they can be! Thank you! If the Lucky series makes you pick up western romances then I am a happy writer. Beau in Lucky in Love is lucky in everything but love until Milli Torres locks horns with him over a barbed wire fence. Who wouldn’t want to see those two find love when we all know they are meant for each other?

Slade Luckadeau, the hero in One Lucky Cowboy, would sure like to run Jane Day off his ranch. But she sets her heels and dares him to try to push her anywhere. Then the day comes when she has to trust him with her heart and her life. We have to go with them to see if they decide to kiss or kill each other on that journey.

Then Griffin, in Getting Lucky, doesn’t know why or how the new kindergarten teacher wound up with a daughter who is the spittin’ image of his child down to the white forelock but he intends to find out. Little does he realize what's in Pandora's box when he opens the lid.

But you asked what makes them enticing. It’s those same qualities I mentioned before. They love hard, work hard and fight for what they believe is right with passion. That should entice anyone to open the book and read it … after they stop hyperventilating over the covers!

Like most readers I'm all about connecting with the hero and heroine in a book. So, I always ask authors to describe their hero in three words. Three words: Strong, sexy and stubborn

What about your heroine? What three words would best describe her? Three words: Sassy, independent and smart

Now that we know more about your characters, what was it about them that had you wanting to write that HEA for them? Was there a particular scene that was the most fun for you to write? All the characters deserved a happy ending. They’d overcome obstacles and jumped through hoops to help me get their stories written. An editor once told me to put my characters in a tree and throw rocks at them. Sometimes the characters in the Lucky series must have felt like I was launching boulders rather than river stones. Sometimes I felt like they were being pretty persnickety in the way they wanted their stories told. We reached a happy medium and “drum roll please” together we told their stories. I loved the scene in Lucky in Love when Beau found out that Katy Scarlett was his daughter. And the one in One Lucky Cowboy when Jane and Slade’s former girlfriend have a catfight in the middle of a beer joint parking lot. Also the one in Getting Lucky when Julie sets Griffin’s sister on her ear for being rude. And then there was that scene where the three heroines finally made peace and started to become friends in Getting Lucky, and the one where … how much room do we have here?

I hear you have another series debuting later this year. What can you tell us about the series and the first book? The Honky Tonk series kicks off in June with I Love This Bar. It will be followed in August with Hell, Yeah; October, My Give a Damn’s Busted, and November, A Honky Tonk Christmas. Each book centers around a beer joint in Mingus, Texas called the Honky Tonk where every thirsty rancher and lusty woman in a fifty mile radius come to dance and have a cold beer. It’s the stories of four sassy lady bartenders who have no desire to ever leave the Honky Tonk and four strong cowboys who convince them otherwise.

I always find that Authors have the best book recommendations. Anyone you've read recently that you loved reading or a new author you've discovered? Reading is a passion that even supersedes cooking and I love to cook. And I’ll read almost anything. Didn’t ever get around to War and Peace but that’s probably because my high school English teacher (Hello Mrs. Williams) praised the guy who sat behind me for reading it and wasn’t so happy that I was constantly turning in book reports from the romance genre! I just read the new Sue Grafton mystery U is for Undertow. High Noon by Nora Roberts and the new James Lee Burke mystery are at the top of my TBR pile but we won’t talk about that pile. It’s like a teenage boy, growing all the time!

Where can readers find you next and is there anything else you'd like to share with us? I’ll be stopping by Love Passion Romance tomorrow and then The Good, the Bad and the Unread on Jan. 13. Check out my website at www.carolynlbrown.com for the rest of the blog schedule and for any new and wonderful news in my world.

I’m wondering which three words would readers use to describe their heroes if they were writing a book? Or how about three words to describe their heroines? Tell us your answer in the comments section and be entered to win one of two copies.
Contest open to US and Canadian residents only.


GETTING LUCKY BY CAROLYN BROWN—IN STORES JANUARY 2010
Book 3 in The Lucky Trilogy

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/. Be on the lookout for Carolyn’s new series, The Honky Tonk Series, in 2010!

33 comments:

  1. Great interview. How about bold, brainy, and brawny?

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  2. Hello, Carolyn! I love Western Romances & Cowboys from any era!

    Hero: protective, passionate, persuasive

    Heroine: compassionate, captivating, complex

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  3. Good morning,
    Love your three word descriptions. I do believe the hero and heroine in Getting Lucky could have those descriptions tattooed on their hip!
    Happy Reading,
    Carolyn Brown

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  4. Very neat interview, I love cowboys!!

    3 word description....determined, passionate, funny :)

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  5. Good Morning,
    Hero: strong, masculine, and respectful to women
    Heroine: independent, confident, and feminine
    Great interview :)
    Kara Morgan
    takyramorgan@yahoo.com

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  6. Enjoyed the interview, Hot, funny and available!

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  7. This seems like a very unique series of books and characters. My three words for a heroine would be: jaded, intense and smoldering. For a hero: rugged, smooth and mysterious.

    robin@intensewhisper.com

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  8. protective, courtly, and resourceful

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  9. Awesome interview! I would describe the hero as alpha, smart, and sweet.

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  10. Great interview. Love that cover.
    Intelligent, respectful, and hot.

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  11. I've read great things about these books.
    3 words,
    smart,confident,passionate
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  12. Eloisa James' most recent B&N column has persuaded me that there are cowboys in various guises in most of my favorite romances. :)

    Three words for heroes: intelligent, intense, indefatigable

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  13. Hi again,
    I'm really enjoying your comments!
    Carolyn Brown

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  14. Hi Carolyn, I enjoyed the interview. I do love a modern day cowboy!!

    hero: sexy, strong, and mischievious

    heroine: smart, spunky, passionate

    armiefox at yahoo dot com

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  15. Hi Carolyn!

    Sounds like a great read!

    Hero: Sensual, Determined, Loyal

    Heroine: Compassionate, intelligent, daring

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  16. debonair charismatic and mystical thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

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  17. OOOOOO great interview, I just discovered Carolyn's books, I have Lucky in Love and I can wait to read it! Don't have to enter me in the contest since I live in The Netherlands, but I like my hero to be strong, sexy yet compassionate, my heroine needs to be smart, independent and bold.

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  18. Great interview Carolyn, good to know about your next series too. I like strong, sexy and sweet, but must be Alpha too!! Good luck on your new release!! Thanks, Sue

    suehusseinATAolDOTCOM

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  19. I'm loving these comments! They are all great descriptions of heros and heroines.

    Huge thanks to Carolyn for being with us today and for doign a great interview!

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  20. For the hero, brave, sexy, handsome. For the heroine, pretty, spunky, smart. Loved the interview. Thanks for having a giveaway.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  21. And to all a goodnight!
    Okay, so it's not as original as all your comments but this has been a great blog day and it's been so much fun! To think that someone in the Netherlands reads my books! WOW! And I saw at least one Texan so I'd better be right on in my descriptions! You've been a great audience today! Thank you and thanks to Miss CheekyGirl for having me today!
    Carolyn Brown

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  22. Hero - masculine, strong, sensitive.
    Heroine - passionate, independent, caring
    msboatgal at aol.com

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  23. I want to steal everyone else's answers! I'm actually in the process of starting my first book, I've got most of the characters figured out and such, but of course, the actual writing seems to be the hardest part.. who'd've thought!

    As for heroes.. I want mine to be witty, loyal, and... passionate. Or maybe tall, dark, and handsome..

    Loved the interview! Can't wait to check out the books!
    ~Morning Glow
    ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

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  24. I enjoyed the interview and I look forward to the new book.
    My favorite hero descriptors would be strong, loyal and loving.
    My heroine would have the same qualities.

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  25. A body that's strong and really built, mysterious and eyes that bore right into your soul. susan L.

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  26. Hero: strong, compassionate and real
    Herione: mouthy, independent and brilliant...mostly a woman who's NOT measly mouthed and who won't take crap off anyone!

    I just finished the 1st book in this series...LOVED IT! I'm sitting here eyeballing the second book, but, alas, the dirty dishes are breaking my view. *drat* I'm off to finish those and start the next book!

    Thanks for the great interview! Carolyn Brown is MY MOMMA and I'm very proud of her!

    plain_a_m_y at yahoo.com

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  27. Great interview. I love cowboys. Your books sound good.
    My descriptions would be.
    Hero-sexy, strong, confident
    Heroine-strong,smart, self-reliant

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  28. Three words to describe my hero or heroine. Well I will describe my heroine:
    Kick butt, strong will, passionate.
    Here is hoping I will be getting lucky!!!!
    Thanks for the contest!

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  29. Hi Carolyn
    Hero: strong, passionate, gentle
    Heroine: strong, amsrt, passionate

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  30. Three words used:
    Hero/Heroin: Strong, Sexy, and Smart

    kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

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  31. for my hero - passionate, strong, and unselfish

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  32. Self Assured, compassionate, sexy.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

    bloggyig at gmail dot com

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  33. What I like to see in my heros/heroines:
    Him: Virile, Fearless, Facetious

    Her: Smart, Fiery, Decent

    annfes@yahoo.com

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