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Carolyn Brown | Exclusive Interview
Author Guest / January 15, 2019

Please welcome New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Carolyn Brown! Her latest book, THE MAGNOLIA INN, is in stores now.  1. While a lighthearted novel, The Magnolia Inn explores grief, loneliness, regret, and ultimately, redemption. What inspired these heavier themes throughout the novel? Carolyn: They say you should write about what you know. I lived with a father who was a weekend drunk and then with an alcoholic stepfather. They were both good men underneath all their problems, but the problem was there in both instances and it affected a lot of people around them. 2. Female friendship is such an important part of this book. I absolutely LOVED the characters of Aunt Sugar, Dottie, Lucy, and Flossie! They are four women who know what they want and aren’t afraid to ask for it, but even more importantly, they are there to support each other and Jolene no matter what. How did you go about bringing such authentic women to life? Carolyn: I simply combined some of the strongest women I know into those characters. A short story here about a sweet lady who has long since passed away. Miz Marie told me once that she’d hired a man to…

Meet the Author: Carolyn Brown
Interviews / July 6, 2018

You have been a full time writer for several years. What’s the best and worst parts of your job? The best part is when my characters talk to me and give me direction or little bits of their past to work into the story. The worst part is when they stop talking to me. I have a plaque in my office that says, “I know the voices aren’t real but they have the best ideas.” Disclaimer here: When I’m writing their stories, they are very real to me. Do you have any habits or rituals that get you in the right mindset to write? Just to sit down in my office chair and get started. I can write in a hotel or in another place in the house, but I like my own chair in my own office much better. If you had to choose one career highlight what would it be? What are some of your goals for the future? There are several career highlights…winning awards, getting new contracts, receiving notes from fans telling me how much they love my books or better yet, from a fan whose life has been changed for the better by something I wrote….

Carolyn Brown | The Sometimes Sister Top 5 List
Author Guest / February 28, 2018

Hello to Sara and all y’all at Fresh Fiction. I always enjoy myself, whether it’s a book club visit by phone, Ritas & Readers event or having the privilege of attending a book club night. I’m here today to talk to y’all about my newest release, THE SOMETIMES SISTERS. Harper, Tawny and Dana have inherited their grandmother’s small lakeside resort that includes a café run by Granny Annie’s long time friend, Zed. He’s real proud of the recipe book that his mother handed down to him from her mother, and from the look of it, maybe it went back more generations than that. So today we’re going to list the top five things that are mentioned in the book that Zed offers as the daily blue plate special. On Sunday, his blue plate special is chicken and dressing, cranberry sauce from scratch, mashed potatoes (none of that powdery stuff from packages but real potatoes), gravy and corn on the cob. People come from miles to eat at the café on Sunday and there’s usually a waiting line. Fridays were Harper’s favorite. She loved Zed’s pot roast and homemade yeast rolls, covered with butter and right out of the oven. She…

Carolyn Brown | Top 5 Comfort Foods From The Strawberry Hearts Diner
Author Guest / July 18, 2017

Good mornin’ to all y’all folks at Fresh Fiction and thank you so much for inviting me back to your site to talk about THE STRAWBERRY HEARTS DINER. I’d always wanted to set a book in a cozy little 50’s style diner somewhat like the character Leroy Jethro Gibbs visits in the television show, NCIS. So it was exciting to get the opportunity to get to spend time in the Strawberry Hearts Diner with Jancy, Vicky, Nettie and Emily. Jancy wasn’t planning on being in Pick, Texas any longer than it took for her to visit her grandmother’s grave and then drive away. But fate stepped in and she found herself sitting in the Strawberry Hearts Diner parking lot watching her car burning to a crisp. With very little money and a driver’s license that was only good for a few more months in her purse, she would’ve rather had a job somewhere else than the diner. But there she was, taking the HELP WANTED sign out of the window. Things could have been worse but even with room and board plus a salary and tips, she’d have rather been working anywhere else. After all the sweetheart of Pick would…

Carolyn Brown | Breaking The Rules With A Handsome Cowboy
Author Guest / July 1, 2014

HOW TO MARRY A COWBOY, Mason and Annie Rose’s story, is the final book in the Cowboys & Brides series that started out with BILLION DOLLAR COWBOY last year. Mason was one of four cowboys who showed up on my porch a couple of years ago. They were all sexy as the devil in blue jeans. They had hats in hands and were there to ask me to write their story. And I refused. They were all rich cowboys and I had no idea how to write about the rich and famous. But I did listen to them a little and it didn’t take long for them to convince me that they were really good old boys and that the money didn’t make them any different than the other cowboys I’d written about. I didn’t realize until I started writing HOW TO MARRY A COWBOY that Mason Harper had two personal rules and he’d never crossed the line before. The first one was to never get involved with a woman in the house, no matter who she was and the second one was to never get involved with the nanny of his twin daughters, Lily and Gabby. Then Annie Rose shows…

Carolyn Brown | The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off
Author Guest / April 3, 2014

Thank you Miz Sara and everyone at Fresh Fiction for letting me make a stop here on my recipe blog tour for THE RED-HOT CHILI COOK-OFF. I’m so excited about the second book set in Cadillac, Texas. There’s a brand new lingerie shop in town called Bless My Bloomers, run by three cousins, Carlene, Alma Grace and Patrice. And things are heating up at the panty shop because Carlene found some bikini under pants in her husband Lenny Joe’s briefcase and they damn sure did not belong to her. Now Alma Grace is the president of the Easter program committee at the local church and she’s headed for a committee meeting. In Texas, folks don’t just go to a committee meetings empty handed. No, sir! It’s a fine time to take along food and Alma Grace arrived at the church fellowship hall with a platter of jalapeno poppers and a dozen peanut butter cupcakes. Lord, no, Alma Grace didn’t make them herself! Alma Grace could sweet talk a nun into a black lace corset and fishnet hose but she couldn’t make toast without it resulting in sirens and fire trucks. God bless her mama’s cook. An excerpt about what happened…

Sara Reyes | Saturday Ramblings… Time for Tea, Books and Friends

Hello, my friends. It’s been a long time since I chatted with you here. Did you miss me? Laughing, probably not since we’ve had many many authors stop by and be our guest at Fresh Fiction, more interesting than what I usually rambled about. And so, here we are and I’m not quite sure what to say. Well, today is book club tea day in Texas. It’s a late one because the tea room holds it at 3:30pm to 5:00pm. That’s the strange thing about teas I’ve found over the years, the ‘proper’ time ranges from noon to 6pm. Each venue has their own idea of what is right. Most believe that a tea was a snack between luncheon and dinner so the ladies wouldn’t faint. I guess I’ve always thought of it as similar to feeding your kids when they came home from school before the family dinner. Give them a quick sandwich or snack and they won’t tear the kitchen apart rummaging for food. But whenever tea is held there is always someone who expresses that it’s too early, too late but never just right. Ah, well, life goes on. From experience I am certain the Chocolate Angel…

Carolyn Brown | Meet a Love Drunk Cowboy
Author Guest / May 4, 2011

Hi y’all! And how is everyone at Fresh Fiction today? In southern Oklahoma things are hopping right along. Spring has sprung. Summer is well into coming into its own and the flowers are blooming. And I have a new book on my bookcase! LOVE DRUNK COWBOY just hit the stands today and I’m so excited I could just dance a jig with a peg legged pirate, or maybe do some line dancin’ with a tall, dark sexy cowboy! Yes, indeedy, that does sound better. LOVE DRUNK COWBOY is the debut book in the new Spikes & Spurs series which has grown into four books already with the possibility of more on the horizon. Red’s Hot Cowboy will be out in September; Darn Good Cowboy Christmas in October and an untitled fourth book in the spring of 2012. What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas. Right? That’s what Jasmine and Ace thought when they had a secret wedding but then it was broadcast on national television and the secret was out of the bag. We haven’t come up with a name for it yet but believe me, my fabulous editor Deb Werksman will find a perfect fit for…

Fresh Pick | HELL, YEAH by Carolyn Brown
Fresh Pick / December 28, 2010

Honky Tonk #2 August 2010 On Sale: August 3, 2010 Featuring: Travis Henry; Cathy O’Dell 384 pages ISBN: 1402239270 EAN: 9781402239274 Mass Market Paperback $7.99 Add to Wish List Romance Contemporary Buy at Amazon.com A Fresh Fiction 2010 Favorite Read. Hell, Yeah by Carolyn Brown Are sparks gonna fly when he shows up? He lives the good life… Gorgeous and rich, Travis Henry travels the country unearthing oil wells and then moving on. Then the beautiful blue-eyed new owner of the Honky Tonk beer joint becomes his best friend and so much more. She’s finally found a place that feels like home… When Cathy O’Dell buys the Honky Tonk, the nights of cowboys and country tunes come together to create the home she’s always wanted. Then in walks a ruggedly handsome oil man who tempts her to trade in the happiness she’s found at the Honky Tonk for a life on the road with him… Will a sexy showdown persuade two stubborn lovers to reveal their true hearts’ desires, or will they both be left singing the blues? Can’t help falling in love with you. Excerpt “Ten, hell yeah!” The women yelled with Gretchen Wilson as she sang “Redneck Woman”…

Carolyn Brown | A Talk With Cathy of the Honky Tonk
Guests / August 11, 2010

Hello all y’all at Fresh Fiction! I’m so glad to be here today, especially after meeting y’all at the RWA Conference in Orlando last week. What a wonderful experience getting to visit with y’all. HELL, YEAH hit the bookshelves with a bang the first of the month. It’s the second in the Honky Tonk series, following I LOVE THIS BAR which came out in June. MY GIVE A DAMN’S BUSTED will be out in October andHONKY TONK CHRISTMAS in December. HELL, YEAH is Cathy O’Dell’s and Travis Henry’s story and I thought we’d interview Cathy today so y’all could get to know her better before you rush right out and buy the book … or else throw your name in the Stetson to win a copy. Pretzels and peanuts are on the bar. Get comfortable and get your questions ready and we’ll get started as soon as Cathy finishes up her night at the Honky Tonk. She’s popping the top off a cold beer right now and propping her feet up on one of the tables so I think she’s just about ready. You’ll find a pencil and piece of paper beside you so write down whatever you’d like to…