E.E. Burke's Best of the West: New York Times Bestselling Author Carolyn Brown Shares Her Newest Release!

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Thank you so much for letting me stop by to talk about Luckiest Cowboy of All, the final book in the Happy, Texas series. It’s always a pleasure to drop by GLIAS and I’m hoping that my readers do indeed get lost in Jace and Carlene’s story. And this is a two-for-one book…you get my brand new release and Sara Richardson’s Hometown Cowboy all in one book. So happy reading!

A secret baby brings a second chance for love.
Carlene Varner's homecoming isn't exactly going according to plan. She thought she'd have some time to adjust before introducing her daughter to Jace Dawson, the father her little girl has never known. Instead, within days of her arrival, her house burns down and she and Tilly have no choice but to move in with the sexy cowboy himself at the Prairie Rose ranch. Now the whole Dawson clan-heck, the whole town of Happy-is all up in their business.

Jace has dealt with stubborn bulls and bucking broncos-but being a dad? He is so not ready for this... Yet the more time he spends with Carlene and little Tilly, the harder it is to imagine life without them. Now he just has to convince Carlene that he's the real deal-and hope that this time she's here to stay.

HOMETOWN COWBOY by Sara Richardson
Outrageously handsome Lance Cortez is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time cowboy star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.


Carlene drew her jacket closer around her chest and headed back out for the rest of the boxes. “Thank you, Aunt Rosalie, for leaving me everything in your will. At least I own the house, have a place to live and don’t have to pay rent.”
She stepped off the porch when she heard tires on the gravel road. With the house the only one on a short dead end road, she was pretty sure the visitor would be pulling into her driveway any second. She tucked her hair behind her ears and shivered.
Shading her eyes against the bright winter sun, she watched a big black crew cab truck came to a stop right beside her minivan. Cowboy boots were the first thing that appeared when the door opened and then a very familiar figure followed. Jace Dawson tipped back his hat and waved. In a few long strides he was close enough she caught a whiff of Stetson aftershave—a scent that still created a stir in her hormones every time she smelled it.
Happy, Texas had a population of less than seven hundred, so it was a given that she’d run into Jace someday, probably sooner than later, but the first day she was there, before she could even get unpacked meant that the gossip vines had not died in ten years.
“Carlene, I heard you were coming back to town. Here let me help you get those into the house.” He picked up all three of the remaining boxes and headed off toward the porch. “So you’re going to be the new fifth-grade teacher, Mama tells me.”
“That’s right.”
He filled out those Wranglers even better than he had in high school and had maybe even grown another inch or two.
“Been a long time,” he said. “Where you been all these years?”
She opened the door for him and he set the boxes in the middle of the living room floor. “Here and there. Moved around a lot. California, then Georgia and Oklahoma, back to Florida and then here.”
“You plannin’ on livin’ here? Mind if I sit down?”
“When did we get to be so formal? Of course you can sit.” She kicked off her shoes and padded barefoot across the cold hardwood floor.

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With more than 3 million copies of her books sold, Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist. She’s won the National Reader’s Choice Award three times, the Bookseller’s Best Award and was awarded the prestigious Montlake Diamond Award for selling over a million books.  Her books include romantic women’s fiction, historical, contemporary, cowboys and country music mass market paperbacks. She and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, live in Davis, Oklahoma that only has one traffic light. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. When she’s not writing she likes to sit in her back yard with her two tom cats, Chester Fat Boy and Boots Randolph Terminator Outlaw and watch them protect the yard from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, locusts and spiders.

Here's where you can find out more about Carolyn and her amazing books:

Let's get to know Carolyn a little better...

E.E: Describe an absolutely perfect day.
Carolyn: An absolutely perfect day in my world is a day when my characters talk to me, tell me what happens next in the story and I meet my goals for the day before supper time.

E.E.: What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
Carolyn: Whatever the RITA contest book that are coming my way. I’m always excited to get the contest books, to see what genre I have the privilege of judging.

E.E.: What inspires you daily? 
Carolyn: I get so caught up in what I’m writing that the characters become real and when they tell me all about their lives…shhh…don’t tell anyone that I hear voices in my head.

E.E.: What has been your most rewarding publishing moment? 
Carolyn: I love getting new contracts and hearing that I’d made the New York Times and the USA Today lists was amazing. But the most rewarding thing I’ve ever had as a writer is hearing that a reader has overcome a major problem by reading my books. Now that’s rewarding.

E.E.: Which already filmed movie represents your writing style?
Carolyn: The Longest Ride comes to mind. I’d love to see any of my books made into movies!

E.E.: What could we find in your heroine's purse?
Carolyn: Carlene is an elementary school teacher so there would be broken crayolas, maybe tissues for little noses, a package of crackers in case her daughter, Tilly, gets hungry on the way home and a rubber band to use when either she or Tilly needs to pull their hair up in a pony tail.

E.E., thanks again for inviting me back to GLIAS!

Now it’s my turn to ask a question. Do you like secret baby/second chance stories? Do you think a woman is totally selfish when she doesn’t tell the father of her child that he’s a father or do you take all the facts into consideration before you pass judgement?

Giveaway: One signed copy of Luckiest Cowboy of All or an ebook for Kindle or Nook. Reader’s choice.

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  1. Hi, it really does depend upon why she has not told him.

    A great post thank you.

  2. I love second chance romance and have read ALL of Mz Carolyn's Cowboy books!!

    1. Hello, Miz T! You are one of my most avid fans. Sending big hugs to you!

  3. If definitely depends on the situation. As long as the mom is doing it to protect the baby & the baby’s father for a particular reason, it usually all works out. As long as their is a happy ever after that’s what counts.

    1. Thank you Tonya. Carlene was trying to protect Jace. She was afraid she'd ruin his life because they were so young.

  4. I take all of the facts into consideration. I know many woman that ended up pregnant by a man that before they were showing and they were no longer with the man because he ended up not being a good person so they didn't tell him. It's sad but sometimes it's in the best interest of the child. Later in life if the man gets his life together they can always rectify the situation. I have a sister that this happened to but the man knows about the child. He's not even a good enough of a man to be in my niece's life. He chooses not to be and quite frankly she's better off without him. Sad.

    1. Thank you, Stephanie. Jace would have done the right thing when he and Carlene were young, but it would have been for the wrong reasons. Now Carlene has to know that it's for the right reasons and not just because he has a daughter.

  5. I would love to win this book! It’s my kind of book!

    1. Miz Linda, here's hoping that you love it when you get to read it!

  6. I take all in consideration before i make a judgement and that is what my daughter had to do and like her daughter and i told her don't tell him so luckily she didn't put him on the birth cert but she was letting him see her until that went downhill also and I think that she was falling for the loser again anyway. ptclayton2@aol.com

    1. Hello, ptclayton! So Jace and Carlene's story might resonate with you. The difference is that Jace is a great guy and he would have married Carlene, but she didn't want to ruin his dreams. Now that they are older, she realizes that maybe she made a mistake.

  7. I love secret baby and second chance roms... I like to get all of the facts for the whys... see how things play out.

    1. Good for you, Colleen! Peel back the story a layer at a time like it was an onion! That's the way you get to the bottom of the story!

  8. not a fan of the tropes

  9. I like second chance stories.
    I would have to have all the facts, there must be a reason she didn't tell him.

  10. I would take all the facts into consideration before you pass judgement! This sounds good,