Monday, January 26, 2015

Reading Trends

by Susanna Ives

I have a “thing” for the nineteenth century. I can’t explain it except that maybe there is something to those former life theories. I read books written in the 1800’s, and adore the art and the history of that age. I’ve filled my Pinterest pages with all things nineteenth century.  It’s rather weird, I admit.


However, I recently noted an interesting non-1800’s reading trend.

Months ago, I downloaded a bargain book about a woman who becomes a spy for the Allied Powers titled The Time in Between and promptly forgot about.  Then a few weeks ago, I became irritated with the book I was reading, closed it, and thumbed through my Nook library. There was that bargain book waiting.  I opened to the first page and gave it a half-hearted try. Four hundred pages and forty eight hours later, I’m on the edge of my seat and completely hooked into the lives of the book’s characters and their world.  I thought about some of my favorite books The English Patient, Shining Through, and The Wedding Officer (BTW - I really didn’t enjoy the movie versions of these books) and I realized that I also have a “thing” for stories about women in World War II.



What about you? Have you ever noticed an interesting and unexpected trend in your reading choices? 




Susanna Ives is the author of the funny Victorian romances Wicked Little Secrets and the upcoming Wicked, My Love.

Ooh! Pretty cover!


You can learn more about her work at her Website/Blog  | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest |

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Creativity and the Flow of Writing


The latest novel in my Broadswords and Ballroom series for Casablanca is due in a week, so thoughts of writing flow and creativity have been at the forefront of my mind. One of the things I love most about being a writer is the same thing I love about being a reader, namely, being swept away into another world. I love to get to know my characters as they interact on the page, as a scene I thought would be a simple moment in the park, for example, turns out to be a pivotal moment when a Highland girl with a claymore and an unsuspecting earl meet. It is always fun to watch scenes unwind themselves in the theatre of my mind as I write, but it is especially fun now that I am writing comedy, because the freedom of comedy allows my characters to step out of their norms in ways that shock me a little, and often shock the calm English characters who watch them do it.

The flow of a scene, whether comedy or drama, comes at its own pace when I sit down to write. I have a word count to make each day, but the question of how long it takes me to write those words depends on the flow of the story. Some days, the words are a torrent, flowing like the waterfall behind my house. 



Other times, scenes in the very same book will move more slowly, like the stream that runs down from the waterfall, hidden under ice. The flow is still there, I just have to chip away at the ice, warm it with patience and time in the chair, before those scenes finish on the page, and my daily word count is reached. 


Writing is a joy, but it can be hard going as well. On the days when I have a sniffle, or less time before work, or when I haven't slept the night before, I have to whip out the caffeine to spur myself on, or take more time at the lap top on my lunch hour, or write when I get home from work. This is always a challenge for me, because my brain turns to mush after dark. I am a morning writer, but I am also a writer who wants to make her deadlines, so I dive in even at night, when the word count hasn't been reached yet. 

Some of you out there are writers too...what makes changes happen in your work flow? What are your most frequent stumbling blocks, and how do you get past them?

Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. Sometimes an actor, always a storyteller, Christy works happily with Sourcebooks Casablanca to bring the knife-throwing women of her novels to life. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina. Please join her for more fun and frolic on her website ChristyEnglish.com
 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentine’s Day...Already? by Jade Lee

Valentine’s Day...Already?  by Jade Lee

Don’t panic. It’s still January. That means Valentine’s day is still a month away by my count. It’s not true, but if I try to think in terms of actual days and weeks, my brain might freeze up. Can’t have that, right?

But let’s slide right into the quiz. Guess what I find most annoying about February 14.

A. That the decorations go up in stores before I’ve even taken down my Christmas decorations. Or Halloween decorations.
B. I’m on my post-Christmas diet and suddenly I’m flooded with emails about chocolate hearts.
C. I’m supposed to think of something romantic to do with my husband. Last year’s winner: we said to each other, “It’s Valentine’s day. Happy Valentine’s day.” We’re so romantic...not
D. As a romance novelist, Valentine’s Day is a great promotional opportunity. So not only do I have to be romantic with my husband, I need to think of something awesome to do in public.
E. Absolutely nothing. I love this day!

Answer: All of the above, including E. Sound contradictory? Well, that’s me. Because I find the commercialization of holidays inevitable. Ever been tempted by a Kwanzaa corn cookie? I have! And all the preparation and thought that goes into holidays are definitely annoying, but then all part of the joy of the day, right? Or maybe I just like emoting, which is what my family says. Valentine’s day? I wuv you! Halloween? BOOO! Scared ya?  Kwanzaa? Have some sweet potato pie!



Yup, I’m a holiday junkie. So next question. Guess how I loooove to celebrate a holiday, any holiday.

A. Gifts! Little ones, big ones, I’m all about giving and receiving.
B. Stretch out on the couch and read a good book.
C. Marathon Benedict Cumberbatch session. Or Nathan Fillian. Or whomever is my flavor of the day.
D. Food, food, food. Yum!
E. All of the above!

Answer: E, naturally. I love all of the above. But D is the reason I’m on a post-Christmas diet. Gotta get lean before the Valentine’s day chocolate binge, right?



Now as a treat for you! Tell me what’s your favorite way to celebrate a holiday and I’ll give one lucky commenter a pre-order copy of my Valentine’s Day anthology A Dozen Rakes, Renegades, and Rogues, Oh My! A dozen historical romance authors are selling it at 99 cents, release day Feb 14! But don’t wait. Get it now. Here’s the amazon LINK
Oh, and don't forget to join our Dozen Days of giveaways event; Romance, Rakes, Renegades & Rogues, You could win a new Kindle Fire HD.
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If you’re the lucky winner and you already have pre-ordered it, I’ll send you something else.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Let's Go Shopping!

Recently my husband made me go furniture shopping. That's right. he made me. We've needed a new dining room table and chairs for about 8 years and a new mattress for the last 2. But I hate furniture shopping!

Not my table.


Finally, my husband lined up a Saturday where we didn't have plans, sent my daughter to her grandma's house, and dragged me to the furniture store. I won't say I enjoyed it, but I'm sitting at my new beautiful dining room table right now, and last night I slept very well on our new mattress.

If there was thing in your house you could replace this weekend, what would it be? Furniture? A sink? A TV? Nothing at all?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BAD BOYS AHEAD


*POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR 'THE ORIGINALS' AHOY

You have been warned. 

I'm one of those people who rarely watches TV. It became a bit of a choice between having time to write, or watching random shows on the box just for the heck of it, and well, the writing won.

However, I do love buying boxed sets of my favourite shows, and going on a full season binge whenever they release.

I like being able to watch the series all at once (or within a week), because you can really see the characters arc's growing over the span of the show. Also, because when I start, I want to watch MOAR! NOW!

My recent glom was The Originals, which I've been hungrily anticipating ever since I heard it was happening. The ultimate bad-boy Klaus Mikaelson, and his arc of redemption? His noble brother, Elijah, who sometimes does what needs to be done to protect his family, even as it tortures him? Yes, please. I adore anti-heroes and complex relationships between families. I love finding out what makes them tick, and why they do what they do - but only if they're well written. They can do horrible things (some things are on my non-forgivable list), but it fascinates me to see those tender moments, the ones in which you see what they're really hiding underneath their mask. The moment when Klaus holds his baby in his hands, and knows that he cannot raise her, for all of the enemies he has created over the years, brings a lump to my throat. Or when Elijah admits why he cannot turn away from his brother Klaus, no matter what he does.

They make mistakes. I'm not going to lie, sometimes with the Originals, I do think, 'Dude, you've been alive for over a thousand years, and you still haven't learned to think about consequences?' Like when Klaus and Elijah give their dead mother's bones to their mortal enemies, the witches, to be consecrated, so that they can use her immense powers to save someone they care for. Yes, they needed help, but now the witches control their mother - the same mother who tried to kill them.

Like, that wasn't going to backfire in their faces. Somehow it still sucks me in.

Now that I've had my drama quota for the week, I had the pleasure of flicking through my soon-to-be released Of Silk And Steam, on the hunt for quotable quotes. And I began to think that some of the things I like to watch (anti-heroes, complicated family relations) read true in my writing, as well.

My hero, Leo, has made a lot of mistakes. He too, has a family - two half-sisters, and a younger half-brother - whom he has treated poorly in the past. Because of his actions, his younger brother nearly died, and he didn't even realise it, caught as he was between his uncaring father, and the cruel duke who raised him as his own. But as I was flicking through the manuscript, I was thinking that the reason I like him so much is because he knows he made mistakes. He's learned from them. One of my favourite quotes occurs when he tells his heroine, Mina, that:

“It’s a hard thing to look at yourself in the mirror, and not like what you see. Or worse, to see your father looking back at you. Both of them.”


Now he sees his brother, Charlie, making a lot of the same mistakes he did. And when his brother inexplicably pushes matters too far, and his own reckless actions cause tragedy, only Leo can show him the way through it all.

Leo is trying to make amends. He doesn't understand how his sister's can love him, for where he grew up, no such emotions were tolerated. And when the world is pulled out from beneath his feet once again, he can either react the way he did once before, or find a new path, one that is very unfamiliar to him.

I like torturing heroes. But I also like it when they grow, not only to see who they really are, but to make different choices, even if they are difficult ones.

So I guess I'm curious. I know I'm not the only one who likes anti-heroes, but what I want to know is why? What draws you to them? What turns you off them? Got any good recommendations? Because I'm always on the look out for a bad, bad man... with a heart of gold. 


Bec McMaster writes award-winning romance novels featuring red-hot alpha males, kick-ass heroines and edge-of-your-seat adventures. Her London Steampunk series is available from Sourcebooks. Read more about her at www.becmcmaster.com or follow her on twitter @BecMcMaster. 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Getting Personal - our Little Lamm

Hi everyone!

I've been a little incognito for the past couple of months. I've barely tweeted, ventured onto Facebook, or even participated in forums like I normally do. The reason for this? Personal, important, and something that not a lot of people talk openly about.

My husband and I are going through an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.

It's amazing to me how little people know about it. The first thing people usually think of is Octomom, or test tube babies. But the reality of the process is fascinating, terrifying, and completely amazing.

Day 5 blastocyst - From Wikimedia Commons
My husband and I have been going through infertility diagnostics and treatments off and on for ten years. It's been very, very difficult. And part of the reason it's so difficult? It makes you feel ashamed of your own body.  I'm open about our infertility treatments because it's my way of tearing down the wall of quiet shame that infertility forces on us. I want people to know, because if I'd known anyone who could talk about it when I was first going through it, things would have been easier to bear. Pregnancy is natural, normal, and so easy that horny teenagers can just glance at one another and instantly get knocked up, right? So what's wrong with us?

The short answer? Nothing. Though we've seen five or six different reproductive specialists, no one has ever been able to pinpoint the reason we've been unsuccessful. All our tests come back as normal. We fell into the category of unexplained infertility, which is a pretty sucky category.

So, what have I been up to for the last two months? Shots. Shots and shots and more shots. That I had to give myself, every night, for weeks on end. For two weeks, there were two shots a night. And those shots were loaded with crazy-making hormones, hormones that made my ovaries swell and make multiple eggs, hormones that made me want to punch people upside the face.

But they worked. We got 9 eggs, and 8 of those were mature. 7 of them fertilized. And last week, two of them were transferred back into me.

So now, we wait. There are more hormones, which I'm taking as a good sign. I want to kick my husband in the teeth, which I'm told is also a good sign. I'm being as calm and happy and healthy as I possibly can be, telling these little cauliflower-looking cells to keep growing, grab hold, and stick around for the next 40 weeks or so.

My husband held my hand and we watched on the ultrasound screen as our little embryos were transferred into my uterus.
"See that white dot on the screen there? Your embryos are right there."
My husband's voice was soft as he said, "Isn't life amazing?"

It very much is.


Gina Lamm is the author of the Geek Girls Regency romance time travel series. Book 3, Kiss the Earl, is coming in April of 2015! You can visit her website here.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Novel Experience in Las Vegas!



I am excited to announce that I'll be attending  The Novel Experience Convention and book signing in Las Vegas in April!

Aside from writing, READERS are my major priority this year. This convention will be the perfect opportunity for me to meet and interact with bloggers and fellow bookworms.

There will be parties and dinners and a lot of opportunities to just hang out. I'm planning on bringing some fun swag and I'm going to take somebody out to Bubba Gump Shrimp because I don't want to eat alone.

I will also be joining a group of historical authors to treat readers to wine and appetizers Friday evening. There will also be authors hosting dinners, taking readers on Vegas tours and checking out some awesome shows. I hear there's even going to be a pub crawl! 

The signing is free and open to the public. It will be my first time signing at an event and I'm nervous and excited. I have some really cool goodies planned for my table, and of course I will have ALL of my books available.

And the biggest piece of awesome news for the signing is that BITE AT FIRST SIGHT will be available EARLY!!



Registration and Hotel info Here.

Aaaand... the first attendee who emails me after booking their room at The Planet Hollywood  will get a FREE VIP TICKET from me. The link to reserve the hotel room under the convention discount is here.

So if you plan on attending, let me know! Viva Las Vegas!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish

Just before Thanksgiving, I wrote the two words that every author loves--“The End,” marking the completion of my latest Victorian romance. The first in a projected series, taking place in a different year and a different setting, and featuring a cast of new characters whose dynamics are complicated and contentious even on a good day. As you can guess, it’s been quite a ride, bringing these people to life and giving the lead couple the happy ending they (mostly) deserve!

Over the years, I’ve learned that every book I write has something to teach me. The first one, which remains close to my heart, showed me that I could see a project of that scope through to the end. Waltz with a Stranger taught me about perseverance, about getting back in the game even in the face of distractions and disappointments. A Song at Twilight taught me about taking risks and trying new approaches in storytelling--because how else does one grow as a writer?

This last one? Taught me about focus. In a way, it was a little like learning the lesson of Waltz with a Stranger again, but with a difference. Waltz derailed twice due to Real-Life Stuff and I stopped work for several weeks. This time, I kept going--through a four-month stretch that was like fifty miles of bad road, which I now refer to as “The Summer of Suck.” Progress was slower, but it never completely ceased, and by mid-October, things had calmed down enough that I could retreat into the writing cave, roll a boulder in front of the entrance, and FINISH THE BOOK!

Real life wasn’t the only source of distractions. One thing I can say about myself as a writer is that I seldom have trouble finding things to write about. If one idea fizzles, another one--or ten-- will come along soon enough.

That can be a mixed blessing when you’re trying to stay on point. Because, true to form, these Shiny New Ideas proliferate like bunnies and show themselves at the least convenient moment. There you are, toiling over your current project, sweating, straining, and cursing it up one side and down the other, and there they are, flashing their little white scuts at you and demanding your attention. “Here we are! Wouldn’t you rather chase us than work on that boring old thing?”

Resisting that siren song is always hard, especially when the words are flowing like cement and the Muse has decamped for sunnier climes and left you to struggle on alone. And when you’ve reached the point in your manuscript where you’re heartily sick of your characters and tempted to dispose of them all in an earthquake or a  volcanic eruption.

And that’s when you need to remind yourself that the book you’re now struggling with and possibly even hating was once a Shiny New Idea too. An idea that you loved passionately enough to pursue and pin down, and that you promised to see through to the end.

Keep going. Keep writing. Not just until you’re finished, but until you fall in love again with what you’re doing, because the rewards are infinite.

And once you get to the last page and write “The End” or “Fin” or whatever flourish you use to mark the conclusion, go forth and bag yourself some fresh plot bunnies!

Pamela Sherwood
  

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Mysterious Standing Stones by Victoria Roberts

Tales of standing stones and stone circles have been told since the beginning of time. In Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, the fictional Craig na Dun stone circle comes to life when Claire takes a magical voyage back through time to 18th century Scotland. I didn’t think that I needed to mention “into the arms of Jamie Fraser.” 

But who really knows what secrets these mysterious stones hold?

These magnificent sights can be found all over Scotland in places such as Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Orkney, the Western Isles, and the Scottish borders. 
  
One of the most famous stone circles is the 5,000 year old Callanish Stones that are located on the Isle of Lewis. They’re situated above the waters of Loch Roag and have the hills of Great Bernera as a backdrop. The structure is thought to even pre-date the infamous Stonehenge. The Callanish Stones are visible for several miles and form a circle. In the center of the ring, there is a single stone that stands about 16 feet high. The largest side of the stone almost completely aligns to the north and to the south.  

There is no doubt that Scotland’s dramatic landscapes have witnessed thousands of years of human history. Whether or not you believe the standing stones and stone circles are positioned for astrological reasons or as burial markers, etc. that is only something modern day archaeologists can speculate. Maybe that’s what makes these structures so intriguing. 

That's what inspired my latest collaborative effort with bestselling authors Willa Blair, Eliza Knight, Vonda Sinclair and Terry Spear.

Kissing the Highlander is five brand new Highland novellas by bestselling authors of Highland romances that will delight you with mystery, intrigue, romance, drama and so much more! From the authors who have provided countless hours of reading pleasure so that fans can slip away to the past and live among all those hot Highlanders... Are you ready to journey back to Scotland again?

My tale is called Kilts and Kisses and is available February 10, 2015 just in time for Valentine's Day.

Blurb:

Since the deaths of her parents, Ceana Gunn has lived in the shadow of her uncle and his family. She wants nothing more than to see her clan the way it was when her father was still laird. But her uncle has other ideas. Ceana soon discovers that the only refuge to be found is in the last place she expects—the arms of her enemy.

Luthais MacKay wants to be left alone. His only interest is training his prized hawks. He certainly doesn’t have time to listen to the petty squabbling of his clan when his father travels to Edinburgh and leaves him in charge. But when Luthais discovers a mysterious woman on his lands, he’s determined to unravel her secrets…one layer at a time.

Now available for Pre-order:

If five new tales from the Scottish Highlands aren't enough for you, how about six? The second book in my Highland Spies series, Kilts and Daggers, is also available for pre-order.



Blurb:

Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She's counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure Highland captain Fagan Murray's company for weeks.

Fagan has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan's grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect...and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.

Now available for Pre-order:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indigo

What is it about the Scottish Highlands that you find so intriguing? Is it the mysterious standing stones? The beautiful country? The Scottish heather? The men in kilts? 

(I say all of the above!)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Favorite Lines from Viscount of Vice by Shana Galen

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My new novella, Viscount of Vice, came out earlier this month, and I thought I’d share it with you using one of my favorite blog topics—favorite lines.

Chapter One

Still, it seemed harsh even for one such as Beelzebub to claim him when he was hanging naked from the window of one of the most prestigious addresses in Mayfair.

Chapter Two

“If you spend much more time with me,” he continued, “I’ll ruin your reputation.”


Chapter Three

She melted into him, and he wrapped his arms around her, pushing her back against the wall of the assembly hall.

Chapter Four

Henry Flynn, a husband? Who would marry the Viscount of Vice?

Chapter Five


He had doubts as to whether, if he went up, he’d come back down, but Emma might be up there, and so he put his foot on the first creaky step, knowing with each groan of the staircase he was closer to that eternity Lucifer had planned for him in hell.

What’s your favorite line?

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Viscount of Vice

Whispers and secrets are no match for love... Henry Flynn, the new Lord Chesham, still blames himself for the disappearance of his younger brother when they were children. That incident destroyed his family, and now he's on a path of self-destruction that no one can interrupt...

Lady Emma Talbot can't stand watching the man she secretly loves destroy himself little by little. She's determined to show him that no one holds him culpable, before it's too late. But Emma doesn't know what really happened to Flynn on that fateful day long ago, so what chance does she have of saving him from himself?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Trouble With Texas Cowboys Launch!

Two cowboys wanted to court Jill Cleary for all the wrong reasons.
And then there was Sawyer O'Donnell...

Can a girl ever have too many cowboys?
No sooner does pint-sized spitfire Jill Cleary set foot on Fiddle Creek Ranch than she finds herself in the middle of a hundred-year-old feud. Quaid Brennan and Tyrell Gallagher are both tall, handsome, and rich...and both are courting Jill to within an inch of her life. She's doing her best to give these feuding ranchers equal time-too bad it's dark-eyed Sawyer O'Donnell who makes her blood boil and her hormones hum...
 
There's a feud going on in Burnt Boot, Texas and Jill and Sawyer are caught up in the middle of it, protecting each other's backs from the Gallaghers and the Brennans, even in the newest battle which the local folks call "the pig war."
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Maybe a little excerpt about how they got together in the first place:

The scariest sight in the world is a woman’s finger on the trigger of a sawed-off shotgun. Sawyer O’Donnell was not an idiot. When he saw the big hole in the barrel of that gun aimed right at his heart, he dropped the broom and threw up his palms.


“Lady, you might want to put that shotgun down. I’m not havin’ no part of this feud business. Let’s talk about it,” he whispered.


The gun stayed right where it was, and his hands didn’t drop an inch.


Gladys hadn’t said a damn thing about a crazy woman in Burnt Boot when he hired on as foreman of Fiddle Creek Ranch. Maybe the redhead with the bloodshot green eyes was a member of one of the feuding families. Hopefully, she wasn’t out to shoot first and ask questions later.


“Who in the hell are you, and why are you in my bunkhouse?” she asked bluntly.

Your bunkhouse?” Sawyer raised his voice. “Lady, you made a wrong turn back there at crazy and demented. This is my bunkhouse, and you are damn sure not welcome here. So put that blunderbuss away and take your ass back to wherever you came from.”


“Yes, it is my bunkhouse. I told Aunt Gladys I’d do my own cleaning when I got here. She said the door would be open and she’d meet me here,” she said.


His hands came down. “Aunt Gladys? Who are you? She didn’t tell me that anyone else would be living here.”


Deep-throated laughter preceded Gladys into the bunkhouse. “She’d be my great-niece, Jill Cleary, and I didn’t know until last night that she was coming to Burnt Boot. I didn’t tell you because I wanted y’all to meet before either one of you went to jumpin’ ship.” She clamped a hand on the gun and lowered it until the barrel pointed at the ground. “Darlin’, you got to load a gun, or it ain’t worth a damn. You made good time. I wasn’t expectin’ you for another hour. Saw you comin’ in, but I had one more bale of hay to kick off the back of the truck before I could get here. Now give me a hug and meet my brand-new foreman, Sawyer O’Donnell. He’ll be sharin’ this bunkhouse with you.”


Jill propped the gun against the back of a worn sofa and rolled up on her toes to hug her aunt. “I’m not sharing my living quarters with a stranger. I’d rather pitch a tent by the river.”


Gladys pushed her back but held on to her shoulders. “In January?”


“Then I’ll stay in the house with you,” Jill said. “You said you’d hired a foreman that was living on Salt Draw. Why didn’t you tell me he was living in the bunkhouse?”


“Same reason I didn’t rush down here and tell him that you’d be living in it too. You’d have bitched. He would have quit. You’ve lived in bunkhouses before now, and so has he. Looks like only two in this big old place would be a blessing after living with twenty or thirty people. And, darlin’, I love you, and someday you’ll inherit all I’ve got and all Polly has got, too, but you are not livin’ with me. Not with your temper. And, besides, you said when you called last night that you wanted to live in the bunkhouse, so that’s what you are going to do.”
 
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REVEIWS have been awesome!
 
"The Queen of Cowboys does it again, with a funny, feuding families good time. THE TROUBLE WITH TEXAS COWBOYS has down to earth characters and a great storyline." -Romance Junkies
 
"In a nutshell, Carolyn Brown has outdone herself with this book. From the very first page I couldn't help but be hooked. It was fantastic from beginning to end. I can't wait to read the next book in the series." - The Romance Reviews

"Brown's latest is chock full of ruggedly handsome boys with a plucky heroine at the story's center. Brown's modern storytelling is humorous, heartwarming, and full of sass and spunk. The banter between Jill and Sawyer is infectious, and the chemistry between them sizzles. Add a solid, well-crafted plot filled with distinctive characters, and readers will be left with one entertaining read." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

From Goodreads:

"The Trouble with Texas Cowboys by Carolyn Brown is a blood boiling story filled with seaming hot cowboys and the troubles between two feuding family’s. The book leaves you swooning and planning a trip overseas where real cowboys live and breathe, just so you can get your hands on one." -Demi Spencer
        
"This book started off hilarious and it just got better. You have a shotgun wielding woman, two feuding families, three matchmaking aunts, and four people who can't take no for an answer. Its a light, funny read that will have you turning the pages like there is no tomorrow." - Elle Mark
 
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Book dedications are very personal and we, as authors, agonize over who we want to recognize by dedicating our hard work to them. I've been accused of pimping country music in my books...my answer to that was, "yes, ma'am and I full well intend to continue to do so in the future." I cut my teeth on country music and it was a good day in Tishomingo, Oklahoma when my mama could bring in the Grand Ole Opry on her little red radio on Friday and Saturday evenings. And since two of my very favorite country stars now make their home in my hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, this book has been dedicated to them...

This book is dedicated to Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
For the many hours of wonderful country music that inspires me to keep writing about cowboys and their sassy ladies.

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Happy Reading everyone!
Tell me who you have you dedicated books to or who would you dedicate your book to if you wrote one. I'll chose one person from the comments and send them their choice of a signed copy of The Trouble With Texas Cowboys or a ebook copy of the same...your choice!