The Wedding Pearls
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And the ride gets even crazier when hot-as-sin cowboy Branch Thomas crosses into her lane. They don’t call him the sexiest man in the Lone Star State for nothin’.
As the miles pass and sparks fly between Tessa and Branch, her grandmother starts dropping hints about family wedding traditions. And as Tessa discovers the power of her budding friendships and the unbreakable strength of her newfound family of strong Texas women, she wonders if she’s also on the road to the biggest adventure of all: true love.
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She checked her reflection in the mirror. Lipstick was all chewed off, so she reapplied that. The rest of her makeup still looked good, but the curls she’d worked so hard to put in her shoulder-length hair that morning had drooped. Her mama could fix her hair in the morning and work out with kids all day long and it would still look good that night. Tessa’s curls fell out within a couple of hours, and perms did nothing but turn her hair to straw. Maybe, like her clumsiness, it was a genetic thing and she could blame that on Lola, too.
A horn blasted right beside her dark gray Chevrolet and she jumped, dropped the still-open lipstick in her hand, and groaned when it smeared down across the light gray fabric on the passenger seat. She grabbed it up, twisted it shut, and put the lid back on it, then reached in the backseat for a baby wipe. She never, ever left the house without them and bought them in bulk when she went to the discount store.
When she finished getting the mocha-colored lipstick wiped from the seat, she turned around to find nothing but the window separating her face from Branch Thomas’s. She quickly hit the button and rolled down the window. Hot, sultry air rushed in as the cool air escaped.
“You scared me.”
“Sorry about that. I figured you could fall in behind me. I didn’t want to get out of my truck in this heat,” he said.
Today his jeans were faded and he wore a dark green knit shirt the same color as his eyes. And Lord have mercy, but he smelled good enough that she wanted to lean out the window and kiss him right smack on the lips.
“So I’m to follow you, then,” she said.
“If you want to go out to Frankie’s, you do. There’s more twists and turns to get to her place than you can imagine. As we go through town, look over to your left when we pass the Dairy Queen. The sign isn’t huge, but that’s Lola’s shop. She buys and sells antiques.” Without waiting for a comment, he turned around and headed back to his truck. The tight little strut he had in scuffed-up cowboy boots made her wonder how in the hell he’d ever gotten to be a lawyer. He was a cowboy through and through and looked like he’d be more at home on a tractor than in a courtroom.“Well, who pissed in your oatmeal this morning?” she mumbled as turned her car around and followed the big black truck.
She's a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® finalist who has published more than 70 books. She's won the National Reader's Choice Award twice, Bookseller's Best Award and the Diamond Award from Montlake for selling a million books! Wow!
Brown presently writes both women's fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.
Her two new releases this month are Wild Cowboy Ways and The Wedding Pearls. Carolyn will be giving away a copy of each, so be sure to leave a comment and enter the drawing.
You can find Carolyn on Facebook and her author page, check out her books on her website, or read her hilarious blog, A Little Sweet Tea and Sass.
Now let's get to know Carolyn...
EE: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Carolyn: It was Cinderella when I was a little girl and I still have my Cinderella watch to prove it.
EE: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
Carolyn: That would be my husband, Mr. B. He’s lived with me for 49 years. Not even Superman could accomplish that feat and live to tell about it.
EE: What’s your favorite “love” word?
Carolyn: I will do the dishes, honey! That’s a phrase isn’t it? My favorite single word is sweetheart.
EE: What sound or noise do you love?
Carolyn: The sound of the ocean. I love, love that sound!
EE: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Carolyn: Steel Magnolias
EE: Who’s your favorite villain?
Carolyn: Boyd Crowder from Justified!
EE: What is your biggest vice?
Carolyn: Maple iced donuts.
EE: What is your favorite tradition from your childhood that you would love to pass on or did pass on to your children?
Carolyn: Driving around town and looking at all the Christmas lights. My mama loved to do that every year with us three kids and we loved it.
EE: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
Carolyn: I’m not sure I have a quirk but maybe drawing my eyebrows together when I don’t agree with some asinine thing a person is telling me. I’d make a horrible poker player.
EE: What three things are, at this moment, in your heroine’s purse?
Carolyn: A tape measure, a tube of hand lotion and her cell phone.
EE: What drew you to write in the genre(s) you do?
Carolyn: Happy Ever After. Everyone loves that. And I love to touch people’s emotions. What better way than to write love stories.
Carolyn is giving away copies of her two new books, Wild Cowboy Ways and The Wedding Pearls. Just leave a comment and enter the drawing.
What tradition would you like to pass on to your children and/or grandchildren?