Monday, February 11, 2013

Romance Week: Carolyn Brown Interview + Giveaway!

Welcome to Romance Week!

Today I have the wonderful Carolyn Brown and Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books has the equally amazing Beth Fantaskey!

Welcome Carolyn!

Carolyn Brown

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and
RITA® Finalist, Carolyn Brown, has published more than sixty books.

Brown's books have been translated into eleven foreign languages and fourteen have been reprinted in large print format. Her books have been reviewed in Library Journal, Booklist, Romantic Times, Romance Reviews Today, Publisher's Weekly, Cataromance, USA Today and Romance Reader At Heart. Two of her romances have been published as Japanese Manga books.

She and her husband have three grown children, enough grandchildren to keep them young and two tom cats that rule the back yard.

Hello Carolyn!  Thank you so much for participating in our 3rd annual Romance Week!

Thank you for inviting me to drop by today. I'm so excited to be a part of your annual Romance Week celebration!

- What drew you to writing Romance to begin with?

Emotion, pure and simple. If a book touches my emotions, be it laughter, tears or anger or a great big sigh at the end, then as a reader I went back for more. As a writer, I want to touch my reader's emotions. I want them to feel what my characters feel and relate to them in a way that brings them back for the next book.

- If you could hop into any romance novel, what would it be?

Oh, I would just love to do a time travel back into Gone With the Wind. Not for long. I do enjoy A/C and indoor plumbing too much to stay.

- What is a typical “day” in your writing life?

One thousand words before breakfast gets me a good foundation for the day. Then it's about two thousand words before lunch and another two to three before I call it a day. Five thousand is a good day. Any thing more is a big, big bonus.

- Which 5 authors (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner?

Margaret Mitchell, O'Henry, Leon Uris, Nora Roberts and Carl Hiaason. Now wouldn't that make for some interesting conversation?

- What are you writing at the moment?  Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?

I'm working on The Red Hot Chili Cook-Off, the sequel to The Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee, which is my first women's fiction coming out in March. The Red Hot Chili Cook-Off will probably see publication in the spring of 2014. Welcome to Cadillac, Texas, where the gossip is free and far more accurate than DNA! After that I'll be working on another hot cowboy book, The Cowboy's Runaway Bride, the fourth in the brand new Cowboys & Brides series that kicks off in June with Billion Dollar Cowboy.


Quick & Easy:

1.  Book or E-book?
  I'm an old dinosaur who still loves the feel of a real book! I do use the E-reader and like it when I'm traveling but my bookcases can testify to my love for books.
2.  Day or Night?  Night...quiet, no ringing phones, nothing to disturb me.
3.  Coffee or Tea?  Coffee for sure. Black, strong enough to stand a spoon up in the middle.
4.  Plotter or Panster?  Neither. I start out as a plotter but my characters hijack the book and we go on amazing adventures that turn out wonderful.
5.  Dark or Milk Chocolate?  There is no wrong kind of chocolate, darlin'!
6.  Outlaw or Hero? cowboy boots, a black hat and tight fittin' jeans.
7.  Laptop or Desktop?  Laptop.
8.  Love at first sight or Second chances?  Either one as long as there is a HEA!
9.  Angel or Demon?  Angel, please!
10.  Reality or Fiction?  Fiction
11.  Author’s Choice - what do you want to ask the readers?  Why do you read romance and what's your favorite genre?

Love Drunk Cowboy (Spikes &...Red's Hot Cowboy (Spikes & ...Darn Good Cowboy Christmas ...One Hot Cowboy Wedding (Spi...Mistletoe Cowboy (Spikes & ...Just a Cowboy and His Baby ...Lucky in Love (Lucky, #1)One Lucky Cowboy (Lucky, #2)Getting Lucky (Lucky, #3)
I Love This Bar (Honky Tonk...Hell, Yeah (Honky Tonk, #2)My Give a Damn's Busted (Ho...Honky Tonk Christmas (Honky...The Ladies RoomAnd many more…


Only lucky commenter is going to win a copy of Carolyn’s newest release

JUST A COWBOY AND HIS BABY (Spikes & Spurs #6)

Just a Cowboy and His Baby (Spikes & Spurs, #6)

One determined, hell-on-wheels cowgirl. One equally determined, sexier-than-hell cowboy. One innocent baby, who suddenly takes center stage and everybody's priorities are suddenly up for grabs.

With a young baby dropped in his lap, bronc rider Trace Coleman's world is turned upside down. Suddenly, Gemma O'Donnell, his stiffest competition on the rodeo scene, is now the one person who can help him. She's already resisting his sexy smile and even sexier swagger, but she can't resist a baby. When it comes down to it, only one can win, but is winning more important than love and family?

Must be 18 yrs or older


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  1. I just love the tension and the sweetness and the absolute fantasy of romances. They're light and easy to read and such a good escape. I think I enjoy contemporary most, but I am a big fan of historical, while paranomals can be good but I think I'm a little over them at the moment. Thanks!!

  2. I read romance because I love the storline that gets the two characters together and all of the struggles in between. My favorite genre is romance. I actually will not read a book unless it has some sort of romance in the story! I think romance stories give all love hope!

  3. I love the romance and the HEA. :) I love historicals especially.

  4. JessS: I have die-hard historical readers, die-hard sweet romance readers, die-hard cowboy readers and hopefully soon die-hard women's fiction readers...I'm just very grateful for readers!

    MilSpouse: YAY!! Even my women's fiction has romance. Cathy is in an engagement that is doomed to fail; Marty likes cowboys but won't settle down to one; Trixie is just getting over a horrid divorce!

    May: Yes, ma'am. Got to have that HEA...if you haven't read Grace Burrowes, let me be the first to introduce you to her fantastic historicals. And of course, there's a few of mine out there, too!

  5. I love romance of any type. I love when someone get their happily ever after, because no matter who you are you should get one. I love historical and paranormal romance the most, but starting to love contemporary.
    Some favs are Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas-historical. Paranormal-Jeaniene Frost & Patricia Briggs.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  6. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I read romance b/c I'm a closet romantic and I'm a sucker for HEA :)

  7. Chrisbails: As authors, we love READERS! Without them we'd soon find ourselves on the endangered species list!

    Erin: Me, too! I love a HEA that makes me sigh and wish for one more page!

  8. I love the happily ever afters! My favorite genre - I read about equally historical romance and paranormal romance, but I love to throw in contemporary, especially western, to break things up. :D

    1. Barbara, HEA is what put lots of us to reading. I know it was the calling card for me. I could be transported off into a new world, past, present or future and know that the ending was going to be wonderful.

  9. I read romance because I love to read and a good book is a good book. My fav genre.... depends somewhat on my mood. Right now I am in a reread old favs mood, so I reread the 2nd JD Robb book yesterday and today I reread 2 of the MacGregor books from Nora Roberts... I was in a Roarke / MacGregor kinda man mood. However, tomorrow I am reading a scientific / spiritual text... the next day maybe science fiction or maybe historical romance...

    1. lavendersbluegreen, how delightful! I'll read everything from Faulkner to the back of the Cheerio's box! Isn't it fun to be able to have whatever genre you want at your fingertips!

  10. I read romance because there is nothing more hopeful and powerful than love, no obstacle big enough that love cannot conquer, and what else can bring you along for the ride of your life in situations and worlds you or someone else can imagine?
    My favorite genre is whatever the latest great happily-ever-after book I've read...lately cowboys, regency historicals and futuristic/paranormals have been top of my list.

    1. pc, In my humble opinion, if as a writer, we touch people's emotions then they will return to read another book. As a reader, if I don't feel something when I close a book, then I am so disappointed.

  11. I read romance because I want a happy ending in my stories and romance is full of hope and optimism.

    1. Good morning, Maureen. Gemma, in Just a Cowboy and His Baby, says that you are absolutely right. Romance is, indeed, full of optimism even when you are jumping hurdles to get at it!

  12. I love to read romance because there's always HEA. Not so much in the real world although I've been very fortunate and have been living my HEA for the past 20 years with my hubby.
    I like historicals the best but I also like contemporary and paranormal. And I usually switch them up.

  13. I want the escape from reality for a little while and I have to have the happy ending!! I love contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical romance and paranormal romance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  14. I read romance for the HEA. I don't always need a HEA but when I want one, romance is the way to go. Plus I love the ROMANCE (yes, all caps). I don't have a favorite type. I read a little bit of everything. Honestly, some days I want a sexy cowboy but somedays I want a Duke or an Earl. jepebATverizonDOTnet

  15. I read it for the HEA. I like paranormals.

  16. Historical Romance is my favorite genre. I do love a HEA.

  17. love HEA and everyone like reading about love :D and my fave is hisrom but I read every genre book :)

  18. I read romance because it makes me happy - any genre but it must have an HEA.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com


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