Showing posts with label carolyn brown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label carolyn brown. Show all posts

Monday, 30 June 2014

How to Marry a Cowboy - Carolyn Brown

This cowboy's met his match, and he's gonna put a ring on it.

Rancher Mason Harper's two little girls want nothing more than a mama of their own. So when a pretty woman appears on his front porch in a tattered wedding dress, he can't help but wonder if it's fate.

Annie Rose Boudreau is in a downright hellish mess. She's just a few steps ahead of the lowlife ex who's been hot on her heels, but she's tired of running, and nannying Mason's two sweet girls may be just what she needs. As her days on the ranch fly by, and the nights with Mason get hotter, Annie Rose decides that she's going to stay... for a lifetime.

My thoughts:
I liked this one from the start. When poor Annie wakes up to the chatter of two girls thinking their daddy brought home a new mother. And I do like all of Brown's books so no surprise there.

Right, Mason is a rancher with two wild girls who have scared away every nanny there is. But they were sweet rascals and just fun to read about. And Mason was sexy, calm and yummy.

Then we have Annie who is on the run from an old relationship and at first I was all she is never gonna tell, but then she DID tell and I was all, wow. Cos you know, mostly they just drag the secrets around until I wanna hit them in the head. But Annie did tell and the secrets were out. Yes! No unnecessary drama. Just two people getting to know each other, falling in love and taking care of two crazy twins. And various animals.

You have passion, romance, ranch life, fun times, and if you have read Brown then you know you are in for a good ride.


352 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Cowboys & Brides #4
Contemporary romance
For review

Monday, 7 April 2014

The red-hot chili cook-off - Carolyn Brown

In small-town Cadillac, Texas, Carlene Lovelle and her cousins' fancy panty business, Bless My Bloomers, is booming. But irony strikes when Carlene discovers another woman's silk bikini underwear in her husband's briefcase. Lenny Joe hasn't just crossed the line, he's left it in his dust, so Carlene's taking her revenge to the kitchen.

For ten years, Lenny Joe's team has dominated Cadillac's Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off. But with Carlene's Bless My Bloomers team now in the ring, it's anyone's game—and when there's pride and food involved, things are bound to get messy.

My thoughts:
I always do like Brown's books, they are just sweet.

In this one we have Carlene who designs lingerie and has her own store. Her cousins work there too. The wild one, and the religious one (who got on my nerves before she finally finally got that maybe some things are not meant to be.)

Right so all seems good so far, but no, Carlene's husband Lenny is such an ass! And the book begins with her finding underwear that are not hers. I loved what she did next. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

So the book is about her moving on. People telling her what to do, the whole town butting in. The women entering the Chili cook-off and would I steer you guys wrong...yes romance at the end too.

It is book 2 but you can just jump in.

Fun, sassy, and showing that you should follow your heart...and head.

Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Landmark
Cadillac, Texas #2
Contemporary romance
For review

Monday, 3 February 2014

Author Interview and giveaway: Carolyn Brown

Today I interview Carolyn Brown and there is a giveaway of 3 of her books :D


Welcome back to my blog Carolyn. Anything fun happened since I saw you around the last time?
Carolyn: I love propping up my feet and visiting with all y’all here at Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell. We always have so much fun! Oh, my goodness, so many fun things have happened since I last visited here. Family continues to expand and there’s more books to be written and cowboys are coming out of the woodwork wanting me to tell their stories...which I do not mind one bit. I love it when those sexy boys knock on my door, their boots all polished and their hats in their hands.

Tell me about your new book, The Cowboy's mail order bride...
Carolyn: Fulfilling a promise to her grandfather in his last days of life, Emily has brought a box of letters to Clarice, her grandfather’s first and lost love. Her intentions were to leave the letters and be on her way but things didn’t work that way. Clarice begged her to stay and tell her more about Marvin Cooper’s life. Her grandson, Greg, isn’t convinced that Emily is really who she says she is but he’s willing to play along…for a little while anyway. Magic is in the air…but then there is a certain magic in the fading art of real letters, isn’t there?

Is this the last in the Cowboy's and Brides series or will there be more?
Carolyn: There is one more in the Cowboy’s and Brides series: How to Marry a Cowboy is scheduled for July, 2014 and tells Mason’s story about what happened when he found a woman in a tattered bridal gown on his front porch. And then in October The Burnt Boot Series will kick off with Cowboy Boots for Christmas (Cowboy Not Included). Also, in August, another cowboy series debuts with Long Hot Texas Summer. So there are lots more cowboys in the next few months.

What was the inspiration behind this book?
Carolyn: That’s a long story but to make it short, I am a mail order bride. Husband and I wrote letters back and forth for two years (he was in Germany with the Army and I was in Oklahoma finishing high school). He proposed by mail and I got my engagement ring by mail. Even though it was all done in the era before Skype, texting and cell phones and all the technological things of this day and time, it inspired me to write the story. What if my proposal and my ring had been lost in the mail? What if since I didn’t respond, he thought my answer was no?

As you have written about so many couples, is there any couple that is your favorite?
Carolyn: My favorite couple? Hmmmm, that tends to be the couple I’m working with at the time but I have to admit that Emily and Greg sure have a special place in my heart. RT Reviews says that the book has an old world feel to it. I like that because I wanted it to blend the old with the new in a new and different way.

And what are you working on right now?
Carolyn: I’m working on The Cowboy Clash, the second book in the Burnt Boot series that will hopefully be on the bookshelves the first of 2015. Sawyer O’Donnell (Cowboy Seeks Bride) is coming back to tell us about his life in Burnt Boot when he gets thrown in the middle of a century old family feud.


A set of the 3 books in the Cowboys & Brides Series (Billion Dollar Cowboy, The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby and The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride), along with a cute cowboy charm gift from Carolyn herself!

1. Open to US and Canada.
2. Ends Feb 8
3. Just enter :D
Ask questions if you want to too :)

She's Got Sass...
Emily Cooper promised her dying grandfather that she'd deliver a long-lost letter to a woman he once planned to wed. Little does adventurous Emily know that this simple task will propel her to places she never could have imagined...with a cowboy who's straight out of her dreams...

He's Got Mail...
When sexy rancher Greg Adams discovers his grandmother Clarice has installed Emily on their ranch as her assistant, he decides to humor the two ladies. He figures Emily will move on soon enough. In the meantime, he intends to keep a close eye on her—he doesn't quite buy her story of his grandmother as a mail-order bride.

A lost letter meant a lost love for Clarice, but two generations later, maybe it's not too late for that letter to work its magic.

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than sixty books published. She writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances as well as women’s fiction. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. For more information, please visit

To purchase The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride:

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Review: The Cowboy's mail-order Bride - Carolyn Brown

With a bundle of letters in a boot box, Emily Cooper doesn't know what to expect when she arrives on Clarice Barton's Ravenna, Texas, ranch. Clarice is stunned to meet the great granddaughter of a man she hadn't heard from in decades and insists that Emily stay on the ranch to tell her all about him.

Greg Adams isn't thrilled with the idea of a strange, if beautiful, woman in his grandmother's company. But when this stubborn cowboy sets out to uncover her lies, he finds the truth staring him in the face: it's not an explanation he wants, it's just her.

My thoughts:
Awww cuteness promised and delivered. She has not failed me so far.

Emily is a true rancher and loves everything about the life. She is a country girl to the bone. She just lost her grandfather and has delivered some old love letters to an old flame of his. In comes Greg, the old "girlfriend's" grandson. A hunky cowboy who loves his farm and who first mistrusts Emily. She does come out of nowhere, but she shows her worth, friendship blossoms, and then romance.

And no book is complete without two meddling old women, haha, yes I loved them. They also had some plans in motion and it was just hilarious.

The romance was sweet and these two sure fell for each other. No over done drama either, just two people falling in love.


Mass Market, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Cowboys & Brides #3
Contemporary romance
For review

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Review: The Cowboy's Christmas Baby - Carolyn Brown

Tis the season for...
A pistol-totin' woman who's no angel
A tough rancher who doesn't believe in miracles
Love that warms the coldest nights

After a year in Kuwait, Lucas Allen can't wait to get back to his ranch for Christmas and meet his gorgeous Internet pal in person.

When he pulls in, there's Natalie Clark right in his front yard with a pink pistol in her hand and a dead coyote at her feet.

Lucas is unfazed. But that a BABY in her arms?

My thoughts:
Sassy women and real cowboys. If you have not noticed by now that I enjoy Brown's books then you can have looked that close. This is the *checks* 11th book that I have read by her. And they are all sweet as butter in the sun. 

The Holidays are close in this book and a Lucas is gonna see the girl he has talked to online for months. You would think it would be all kisses and hugs but Natalie did forget to tell him she got preggers and had a baby. I do get why he got mad, she should have told him but there is a reason why she did not. So it's a rocky start and they has to become friends and fall in love all over again.

Put in a scheming father and granfather. Animals running amok and getting everything ready for xmas and you got this book.

It's all sweet and fun. But then if I want cowboys I want a Brown book.


Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2013)
Cowboys & Brides #2
Contemporary romance
For review

Monday, 4 November 2013

Casa for the Holidays Blog Tour and Giveaway

November 4, 2013 Book Girl of Mur-Y-Castell Guest Blog: Sourcebooks Holiday Authors 

For today’s Casa for the Holidays blog post, our authors are chatting about their favorite holiday traditions! 

Juliana Stone, author of The Christmas He Loved Her: 
There are several holidays throughout the year that I absolutely love but for me, the one I look forward to the most is Christmas.  Thanksgiving is wonderful and ours falls in early to mid October, so that means all the fall fairs, apple cider, turkey, and pumpkin pie.  But Christmas is the one holiday that always takes me back to when I was a kid and still BELIEVED. 

Now, my kids are teens and they’re not up at the crack of dawn anymore, but that’s okay since Christmas Eve is where it’s at.  A couple of our friends always have open houses Christmas Eve and we drop in for some visiting, laughs and drinks. Once we get home, I always settle in with a bottle of wine and while I wrap the stocking stuffers (yes I’m a  mom who loves to wrap every single thing) I watch It’s A Wonderful Life with my mom (who comes with my dad and spends the night).  We relax, chat, and have a great night.

Every. Single. Christmas Eve.  And I hope it never changes.

Terry Spear, author of A SEAL Wolf Christmas: 
We always decorate the day after Thanksgiving so from that day until after New Year's, the house is cheery with sparkly lights and evergreen boughs, red bows, and decorations we've picked up over the years that meant something special. We also pass around our Christmas wish lists at Thanksgiving, and the night before Christmas, we open one gift. The next morning, someone passes out presents and while we're drinking eggnog or tea, we make a mess with gift wrappings everywhere. Every year, someone knows they bought a present that can't be located and we find it when the decorations are put away. We also love to share all the funnies of shopping for the gifts, because something always happens that we're dying to tell about but can't until we give out the gifts.

Carolyn Brown, author of The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby: 
These days since the family has grown so much Husband and I have Easter, complete with a huge Easter egg hunt in our back yard, and Thanksgiving, complete with Husband getting out the guitar and the whole family two-stepping all over the house or out on the yard if the weather is good. But on Christmas, the kids all stay at home so Santa can visit. Even the grandkids who are old enough to vote and buy their own beer know that Santa doesn’t come down the chimney unless they believe and everyone in our family believes.

 Husband and I call them all sometime on Christmas Day to say Merry Christmas from the beach in Florida where we go for a two week vacation every year. We dig our toes into the sand, feed the sea gulls cheese puffs, give a saucer of milk to the black and white cat that belongs to the motel and love being together on Christmas Day.

Grace Burrowes, author of Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait: 
Growing up, the best part of Christmas, from my perspective, was ten days home from school. Ten days to sleep in, play in the snow, read, bake cookies, take long walks in the winter-bare woods, make more cookies, wrap presents, decorate the house… ten days to NOT WORRY about this or that homework assignment, test, or quiz. 

It’s still my favorite aspect of the winter holidays. Because I was one of seven children, and the entire family could barely fit in one station wagon, we weren’t much for traveling in the winter. The occasional cousin might pass through before Christmas on the way to visit parents, grandparents sometimes popped in for a day or two, but mostly, we stayed put and had Christmas at home.

I loved that. I loved having time to myself at home, though Christmas break was by no means entirely consumed with hibernation. I have siblings thirteen years my senior, which meant from the time I was quite small, those siblings might grab a few of us “little guys” and head out for a skating expedition to Tait’s pond, a day of skiing at Oregon Hill, a winter hike up to the fire tower if it wasn’t too awfully cold. It didn’t hurt that our front yard was the best sledding hill in the neighborhood, either. 

Then too, I grew up in a college town, and that meant the university skating rink was a possible destination. If Mom really needed the house to herself for an afternoon, she might send a group of us off to the movies, and that was lovely—my grandmother’s candy store was right next door to the theatre, and Nana ALWAYS allowed us to sample the inventory. 

Christmas then, was about spending time at home and in the company of family. The big meals, the presents, the religious rituals for me were all secondary, and to this day, unstructured time in the place I call home is my greatest treasure. 

To enter to win a prize pack of all 4 of these Christmas authors’ novels, tell us about your own favorite holiday tradition in the comments! This contest is open internationally. 

1. Open internationally
2. Answer the question
3. Ends November 28th

To find out more about these authors, please visit their websites!
Carolyn Brown Website:
Grace Burrowes Website:
Terry Spear Website:
Juliana Stone Website:

October-December 2013
Fun Holiday-Themed Posts from Carolyn, Grace, Terry and Juliana,
And Chances to WIN Books at Each Stop!


Oct. 8
Booked and Loaded
Oct. 16
Ramblings From This Chick
Oct. 23
Debbie's Book Bag
Oct. 29
The Reading Café

Nov. 4
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Nov. 6
Smexy Books
Nov. 12
Cocktails and Books
Nov. 14
The Bookish Babe
Nov. 20
Night Owl Reviews
Nov. 22
Fresh Fiction

Dec. 4
Dec. 5
Under the Covers
Dec. 10
Romancing the Book
Dec. 11
Anna's Book Blog
Dec. 16
What's on the Bookshelf
Dec. 17
That's What I'm Talking About

Monday, 19 August 2013

Author Interview and giveaway: Carolyn Brown

Today I have author Carolyn Brown over, and  I am sure you remember one of many of her cowboy books I have reviewed ;)

1. As I have had you over before, what’s new in the life of Carolyn Brown?
Carolyn:  Thank you so much for inviting me back to Mur-y-Castell to talk about Cowboy Seeks Bride. Dewar and Haley (H. B.) are delighted to join me so if anyone has questions after the interview, just feel free to ask us anything. They’re itchin’ to talk to all y’all.

What’s new in my life? In my writing life, I’m still in love with writing about sexy cowboys and the folks in Cadillac, Texas in my women’s fiction books. I’m very busy with new contracts and looking forward to getting to know all these characters better that are fighting for their turn to sit behind me and tell me what to write. In my personal life, Husband and I just celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary on August 12. Note: I was a very young bride!

2. And how about your new book Cowboy Seeks Bride… What about it will readers fall head over heels in love with it? J
Carolyn:  It’s very different from the other Spikes & Spurs books. As one reviewer said, it borders on historical. But then it’s a reenactment cattle drive and those happened right after the Civil War so it would border on historical, however, these folks do know about cell phones, television reality shows and lap top computers, even if they do miss them.

Dewar is ecstatic about going out on a month long cattle drive with his cousins and a couple of older cowhands from over on Ace’s ranch (One Hot Cowboy Wedding). The only thing drawback concerning the whole trip is going to be that citified fellow that the sponsoring television company is sending along to take notes. He doesn’t know until they are minutes away from leaving Ringgold that H. B. isn’t a fellow at all but a feisty red head with green eyes and a damn sexy body.

H. B., aka Haley, really doesn’t think her father, owner of the company sponsoring the trip, will make her ride a horse for more than 400 miles. It has to be the worst April Fools joke in history but it’s not a joke and she really is going. She’s determined to wipe the grins right off those cowboy’s faces and show them that she’s just as tough as they are.

I’m hoping my readers fall head over heels in love with the story!

3. This is the end of the Spikes and Spurs series. Will we ever meet any of the characters again?
Carolyn:  Sawyer and Finn O’Donnell are a couple of secondary characters in Cowboy Seeks Bride. They’re cousins of Dewar’s and they help with the cattle drive from Ringgold to Dodge City. They show up as heroes in a brand new series that will debut in 2014 set in Burnt Boot, Texas. So keep your boots on and your spurs handy…you will be seeing a couple more O’Donnell cowboys in that series and maybe  een get a bit of catching up on what’s going on with some of the Spikes & Spurs clan at the same time.

4. What makes Dewar and H.B the perfect couple? 
Carolyn: Dewar needs a woman who is independent, capable of handling herself and who can hold her own. He’d never be satisfied with someone who would walk three steps behind him and not speak her mind. Haley doesn’t want a relationship with a cowboy for sure, but she wants all the qualities that Dewar has just naturally. She likes a strong man who isn’t afraid of hard work, one that makes her senses reel and who appreciates her for who she is.

It just takes them a while to catch up with what their hearts knew from day one when she drove up her little red sports car and realized that the whole thing was not a joke and she was really going on a month long cattle drive.

5. Now if this was a real TV show, who would play them?
Carolyn: Timothy Olyphant would play Dewar right well. He’s got the swagger, the expressions and even wears his jeans just right for the part. Katherine Heigl  could play Haley. She’d make a lovely red head and I just know she could play the part beautifully. If you have a hot line to the movie companies, tell them I’ll be glad to sit in on the casting calls.

6. What's coming next from you?
Carolyn:  The Cowboys & Brides series kicked off in June with Billion Dollar Cowboy. In October, readers can look forward to The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby with The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride (Feb. 2014) and How to Marry a Cowboy (May 2014) following. The final two women’s fiction books set in Cadillac, Texas will be sandwiched in there with The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off coming out in April and The Yellow Rose Barbecue Ball in July. After that we’ll jump right into The Burnt Boot series with a Christmas book in October. There are more cowboys and humorous fiction on the way, folks, so don’t put away your reading glasses just yet!


1 copy of Just a Cowboy and his baby (the book before this one)

1. US and Canada only
2. Ends Aug 31st
3. Just enter :D 
And please be free to ask Carolyn questions :)


He's Tough as Nails and Ready to Ride...
Rancher Dewar O'Donnell is just an old-fashioned cowboy at heart, and he can't wait to reenact the historic Chisholm Trail ride with his buddies. The trial-run cattle drive for a reality TV show sounds like a great time—until H.B. McKay pulls up in her slick red sports car...

She's Way Out of Her Element...
Haley McKay is a feisty, high-powered businesswoman with the power suit and stiletto heels to prove it. She's keen to research her company's hot new idea for a reality TV show—but mount up with a bunch of modern-day cowboys? Are they kidding?

It's too late to back out now, so Haley sets out to prove that it will take more than snakes, storms, and stampedes to make her back down.

Besides, sleeping under the stars with Dewar O'Donnell could prove mighty interesting...

Praise for Carolyn Brown:

"Lazy drawls and pointy-toed boots are at the heart of Brown's Texas-set romance...the couple's relationship is hot as the Texan sun."—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Funny, frank, and full of heart...One more welcome example of Brown's Texas-size talent for storytelling."—USA Today Happily Ever After

"Alive with humor...Another page-turning joy of a book by an engaging author."—Fresh Fiction

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than sixty books published. She writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances, as well as women’s fiction. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of DavisOklahoma. Look for The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby in stores this October! For more information, please visit

To purchase Cowboy Seeks Bride:

Monday, 12 August 2013

Review: Cowboy Seeks Bride - Carolyn Brown

Rancher Dewar O'Donnell is just an old-fashioned cowboy at heart, and he can't wait to reenact the historic Chisholm Trail ride with his buddies. The trial-run cattle drive for a reality TV show sounds like a great time - until H.B. McKay pulls up in her slick red sports car.

Haley McKay is a feisty, high-powered businesswoman with the power suit and stiletto heels to prove it. She's keen to research her company's hot new idea for a reality TV show - but mount up with a bunch of modern-day cowboys? Are they kidding?

It's too late to back out now, so Haley sets out to prove that it will take more than snakes, storms, and stampedes to make her back down. Besides, sleeping under the stars with Dewar O'Donnell could prove mighty interesting...

Paperback, 384 pages: Published August 6th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca:  Spikes & Spurs #7: Contemporary romance: From the publisher for a review
My thoughts:
I could say it time and time again. Brown writes cute, sassy and fun cowboy books. The women are sassy and the men are, well cowboys ;)

The book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. There is talk of Dewar's family and friends, but hey that's normal. You do not need to have read previous ones to follow along.

Dewar is a cowboy through and through. He loves his ranch, he loves the life. Haley is everything he isn't. She loves her job in Dallas and her power suits. Therein lies the drama. These two meet, become friends and then something more. But there is always that big cloud over them. He wants to live where he lives, she is going back to Dallas and her fancy office.

The atmosphere was also nice in this one as they went on a month long cattle drive, and lots happened. I will just leave it at lots so not to spoil anything.

While reading I heard about Haley's grandma and I am telling ya, I would love that story :D Hint hint to the author.

Drama on the trail, romance, passion and cowboys. What more could a reader ask for?



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