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Friday, November 5, 2010

Guest blogger: Carolyn Brown, giveaway

Thank you so much for inviting me to stop by your site on my blog tour for the last two books in The Honky Tonk Series: My Give A Damn’s Busted and Honky Tonk Christmas. They both hit the book stands on October 1 and follow I Love This Bar (June) and Hell, Yeah (August).Working with the various owners and characters in the Honky Tonk this past six months has been a hoot!
I sincerely hope all of my readers enjoy reading about Sharlene, Daisy, Cathy and Larissa as much as I did writing their stories. And who wouldn’t love all those sexy cowboys who grace the fronts of the books?

I could talk all day about the characters in the books. We became very good friends during the time I was writing the books. But someone asked me to explain how I juggle writing so many books at one time. And the characters have gotten their name in the marquee lights many times during this tour so they can trot on over to the refreshment table and have a few of those cute little cookies while I talk about something other than their love lives.

A therapist would love to get me on his little sofa. I could probably put his eight kids through college with the first sentence: I have tunnel vision!

I’m sure it’s because I wasn’t made to eat Brussels sprouts at the right age or else I didn’t want to share my toys with my brother who came into the family when I was two years old. But there is no known cure for the disease and antibiotics will not cure it. Neither do chocolate or donuts!

Truth is that the tunnel vision serves me well when I’m writing. I started telling Daisy and Jarod’s story (I Love This Bar) when there was just a pinpoint of light at the end of the tunnel. But I kept writing every day, getting the story down on paper (ignoring the dust, laundry and knee high grass in the back yard), and the light got bigger and bigger until one day the story was told and behold I’d written THE END at the finish of 300 plus pages.

Then I turned around and there was a pinpoint of light at the other end of the tunnel. I squinted and Travis was headed for Cathy with intentions of kissing her (Hell, Yeah) and I had not even introduced them yet. So I started writing their story and the same thing happened. When I reached the end of that tunnel and their story was told, I heard a screeching noise behind me and Larissa was braking hard to keep from crashing into Hank’s pickup truck (My Give A Damn’s Busted). There was nothing to do but turn around and try to keep up.

I really thought when I walked out into the bright sunlight at the end of that book that the series was finished but it didn’t work that way. Sharlene had a really fantastic story to be told and she was having a nightmare about her time in Iraq and Holt was on his way to the Honky Tonk, so there was still one more book (Honky Tonk Christmas) left in the tunnel. And Sharlene said she’d haunt me if I didn’t give her a HEA so I was off again.

So I suppose the answer is that I don’t do much juggling as I do just plain writing.

Characters pop into my head, tell me enough about their life to interest me, and I have no choice but to write their story. While I’m writing it, I’m in that tunnel where I see very little except the next scene and the light growing ahead.

One book until it’s finished! Turn around and squint down the tunnel and there’s that beckoning light saying, “Write my story!”

So tell me, do you read more than one book at a time? Or do you get so involved with the characters in one book that you can't put it down?

A copy of Carolyn's HONKY TONK series will be sent to two lucky commenters. Please include email addresses along with your comments so the winners can be contacted. **Available for only US and Canada residents.



My Give a Damn’s Busted (Book 3)—In Stores Now!

He’s just doing his job…

If Hank Wells thinks he can dig up dirt on the new owner of the Honky Tonk beer joint for his employer, he’s got no idea what kind of trouble he’s courting…

She’s not going down without a fight…

If any dime store cowboy think’s he’s going to get the best of Larissa Morley—or her Honky Tonk—then he’s got another think coming…

As secrets emerge, and passion vies with ulterior motives, it’s winner takes all at the Honky Tonk…

Honky Tonk Christmas (Book 4)In Stores Now!

She Means business…

Sharlene Waverly is determined to have the “new and improved” Honky Tonk up and running before the holiday. For that, she’ll need Holt Jackson, the best darn carpenter in the state. But his warm, whisky-colored eyes make her insides melt, and before she knows it, she’s sharing her darkest secrets and talking about the nightmares…

He’s determined to keep things professional…

Holt Jackson needs the job at the Honky Tonk, but is completely unprepared to handle the beautiful new bar owner he’s working for.

Sharlene and Holt try like crazy to deny the sparks flying between them, but their love may just be the best Christmas present either one of them ever got.

About the Author

Carolyn Brown is an award-winning author who has published 36 historical and western romance novels for the library market, many of them bestsellers in that market. 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 http://www.carolynlbrown.com/

***** GIVEAWAY****


  1. Good morning! Thank you ladies for inviting me to your site today. It's a wonderful, new day here in Oklahoma. I've got a cup of coffee and would love to pour you one so we can sit a spell and visit ... any questions or comments?
    Carolyn Brown

  2. Carolyn,

    Thanks so much for joining us today. I love your energy and straight talk. I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't notice the dust bunnies when I'm writing a book until they're staging a coup.

    BTW, I love how your hero and heroine smack into each other right away in "I Love This Bar". Action from the start. (I hope I have the right title in mind.) :)

    I sometimes read more than one book at a time, but if it's a novel, that's a bad sign. If I'm not feeling compelled to read the whole story in 1-2 days, I probably won't ever read it all. At some point, I gave up forcing myself to finish a book when it doesn't grab me. It was an epiphany to realize I didn't have to finish a book I had started. There would be no test. LOL.

  3. Samantha Grace: Thank you, it's great to be here. If you leave the dust bunnies alone they'll eventually form a critique group and tell you what you need to fix in your book as you sleep. Yep, you got the title right .. and I'm glad you liked that beginning.
    I agree about finishing a book that is a chore. I like books that have me giggling, weeping or sighing and saying, "Dammit! I wasn't ready for it to end. What happened next?"
    Thanks for coming around to visit ... went to your website and had a visit with you. Your books look intriguing! Can't wait to read them!

  4. Carolyn

    I can just hear your southern accent as I read your post! I love it!

    I used to have tunnel vision...I could pop out an entire book in 4-6 weeks, edited and everything. Then I became a mom and I'm not really allowed to have it anymore. So I write/read/edit whatever calls to me in the 15 minutes or so I get to myself. Only two more years till the munchkin goes to school!! :)

    Thanks so much for joining us today!

  5. Carolyn, I keep chuckling about the title of your latest -- it kinda describes ME at the moment!

    I can draft one book and do edits on a different one because the characters are so different, but some days it feels like I'm trying to steer the Titanic away from an iceberg when I attempt it. LOL

    And I'm like Samantha about not finishing books anymore -- if I'm able to set it down after the 1st 50-100 pages, it's not likely to get finished. :)

    So are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you revise as you go, or after your story is done?

  6. Hi Carolyn. Thanks for joining us at Lady Scribes today! I've had to learn to be able to read more than one book at a time, as an English major in college. In any one semester, I've taken as many as four literature classes at once. That often means I'm reading four literary works at once. And then I usually read something for fun along with my coursework.

  7. Hi Carolyn, Your series sounds fascinating. I like to alternate fiction and non-fiction,depending on my mood, so I'm usually reading at least 2 books at a time. Thanks for stopping by the Lady Scribes.

  8. AvonLadyJerrica: I speak two languages. Southern Redneck is my first language and the one spoken at home. English is my second but I'm not nearly as fluent in it!
    Enjoy that munchkin, darlin'! They grow up so fast!
    Donna: I'm a bit of both: panster or a plotter. But mostly I'm a jet airplane pilot. I fill up my airplane with characters and we're on our way from chapter one to the end of the book. But somewhere about chapter three the characters hijack the plane and we go on the most amazing trips.
    Catherine: Your brain must be amazing! Just don't forget to toss in that "for fun" book along the way.
    Clarissa: Thank you ... come on inside the Honky Tonk and dance a couple of two-steps with that cowboy over there beside the juke box who's got his eye on you!

  9. LOL. I'm totally using the line that the dust bunnies are my crit group the next time company arrives unannounced. :)

  10. I read several books at one time! I read different genres and have them lying around the house. I can pick one up and read a few chapters here and there! I do sometimes become so caught up with a book I end up staying up all night! LOL! Thanks for sharing today!


  11. Samantha: They can be very helpful so don't disturb them and never, ever show them a dust mop or broom or they won't speak to you for days and you'll have a blank screen on your computer until you can grow another crop. Temperamental little critters, they are!
    Johanna: Here's hoping that if you ever pick up a Honky Tonk book, it will be one that keeps you up all night!

  12. Yeah, I guess I do have tunnel vision for both reading and writing but I don't think I can crank them out at the rate you are, lol. I do have to concentrate on one thing at a time. I even eat my food that way lol.

    And who wouldn't love all those cowboys! Woo hoo! I simply love your title "My give a damn's busted" omg I LOL at that title. I've written a cowboy series myself I'm trying to get published but I certainly haven't cranked it out quite as fast as you have. I'm only hoping I'll get quicker with more practice. Practice makes perfect, right? At least that's what my hubby tells me LOL.

    Thank you so much for joining us here at Lady Scribes today, you've been a blast!

  13. Melissa: Thank you for your comments. My wonderful editor at Sourcebooks, Deb Werksman, and I worked together on the titles. I had something different in mind when I sold the series but LOVED her ideas so much that mine were soon in the trash can. My Give A Damn's Busted fits the storyline as if it were written special for it ... even the words of the song!
    And yes, ma'am, you will get faster ... good luck with that series! Cowboys are so much fine to write about ... with those tight fittin' Wranglers, scruffy old boots, Stetson hats and big belt buckles (don't let your eyes linger too long on the buckle or you'll get hives)! And then there's that deep drawl when they say, "No, ma'am!" Oh, my, my heart is racing just thinkin' about my new hero, Raylen O'Donnell. Must get back to him.

  14. What a lovely post. I'm laughing as I read. They all sound such fun.

  15. Glad you enjoyed the visit, Sheila. The books were so much fun to write ... take a trip through the Honky Tonk and meet some very interesting people! I guarantee that Chigger and Jezzy Belle will give you a few giggles.

  16. Sorry to be late to the party. The books sound like so much fun. As for your question, I do read more than one book at a time and I usually have another novel in the CD player in my car. I also tend to work on more than one story at a time. Instead of tunnel vision, I think I have writer/reader ADD.
    I am so glad to hear about the benefits of dust bunnies. I will never disturb them again (not that I've actually distrubed them recently anyway).
    Thanks for joining us at LadyScribes.

  17. Amy: Better late than miss all the fun ... those dust bunnies are some very special critters ... do not disturb ... tell them bedtime stories and they'll deliver lovely scenes in your sleep. They are very special! And yes, ma'am, you can give my phone number to your MIL and I will verify every bit of that statement.