E.E. Burke's Best of the West: COWBOY BOLD from NYT Bestselling Author Carolyn Brown

With her sassy humor and sexy cowboys, USA Today bestseller Carolyn Brown launches her new Longhorn Canyon series.

One city girl, one die-hard rancher, and eight mischievous kids. What could go wrong?

Every summer Cade Maguire looks forward to opening his Longhorn Canyon Ranch to underprivileged city kids. But this year, he's having no luck finding a counselor for the children-until Retta Palmer walks through his door.

Flat broke after selling everything she owns to pay her father's medical bills, Retta is thrilled to hear of an opening for a counselor position. She's not as thrilled about the ranching part, or the sexy cowboy with beautiful blue eyes who's her new boss.

After being left at the altar two years before by his fiancée, Cade isn't sure he can take another heartbreak. And Retta isn't even sure she wants to stay. But the sparks between them are absolutely undeniable. And with a couple of lovable kids and two elderly folks playing matchmaker, Cade and Retta may find that the best way to heal is with each other.

Here's an excerpt:

   Cade pushed up out of the chair and Retta’s breath caught in her chest. Tall, dark, and handsome came to mind, right along with sexy, sweet, and kind. “Think there’s any truth in that?” he asked.
   Then he tipped his cowboy hat toward her and was gone before she could reply.
   Yep, I could really like this fella. She heard her father’s voice in her head as clear as if he were standing right next to her. He loves kids and cats, and he goes to church on Sunday. 
   “So could I, Daddy, but…”
   There are too many buts in the world, she remembered him always saying.
   “I know, Daddy, but life is complicated.”
   Life is what you make it and quite simple if you just listen to your heart.

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Meet Carolyn

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author and a RITA finalist. Cowboy Bold is her 90th published book. With more than four million copies sold of her books, she’s also the three-time recipient of the National Reader’s Choice Award, a Bookseller’s Best Award, and a Montlake Diamond Award.

Carolyn and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else, as well as what they’re doing and when—and they read the local newspaper on Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

When she’s not writing, Carolyn likes to sit in plot new stories in her backyard with her tom cat, Boots Randolph Terminator Outlaw, and watch him protect the yard from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, locusts, and spiders. Visit her at www.carolynbrownbooks.com.

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An author writes a book with the sincere hopes that the readers will truly get lost in the story. That means not being able to put the book down, of remembering the characters and wondering how they’re doing even when they’ve finished reading, and of course, hoping that the new character friends that readers have made in the story will appear even for a little bit in future books.

That’s my goal in every book I write, and as Cowboy Bold debuts the Longhorn Canyon series, I hope that my readers love Cade and Retta as much as I did. Pretty often I drag my feet at the end of a book because I really don’t want to leave my new friends behind, but this time it wasn’t so difficult. They’ll be making a strong appearance in Cowboy Honor and Cowboy Brave so I got to keep them a while longer.

Thank you for letting me stop by and visit with y’all today. This is the day that Retta and Cade’s story is on the shelves. And I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Cowboy Bold, plus an e-book in your choice (Kindle or Nook) so don’t forget to comment.

I understand there are questions y’all want to ask. I’ve got coffee in one hand and a hand full of southern pecans in the other, so fire away.

E.E.: What is your biggest vice?

Carolyn: About twenty years ago when I landed my first contract with Kensington, I thought it was writing. I chose to write under a pen name, Abby Gray (Gray was my maiden name and Abby was my one-eyed black and white cat so the name seemed fitting. What with print being in black and white and I have tunnel vision when I’m writing). But when my first book came out, my sister, who was my huge supporter, called three newspapers. So that vice was out. Since then I’ve been afraid to have a vice, but I have been known to eat a whole bag of barbecue potato chips in secret and drink way too much diet soda.

E.E.: What turns you off like nothing else?

Carolyn: Condescending people who sit high on their pedestals and look down on other folks. Beware, someday that pedestal will come crashing down, and you’ll be real lonely with no friends left to support you.

E.E.: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?

Carolyn: Not just in the day! I often have my characters on my mind as I go to sleep, and sometimes they wake me up in the middle of the night to fuss at me for not getting that last scene I wrote done just the right way. I’m glad that authors aren’t locked up for talking to themselves since those hot guys and sexy ladies and I often have out-loud conversations. Of course, no one can hear them but me—I’m special that way!

E.E.: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?

Carolyn: I’m a huge country music fan. Mostly the older songs that have the country twang, but I do love some of the newer artists like Miranda Lambert, The Pistol Annies and Brad Paisley. But when I put on my earphones, it’s usually George Strait, Travis Tritt or a little Jamey Johnson that I’m listening to.

E.E.: What inspires you daily? 

Carolyn: When my characters talk to me that inspires me. I have a plaque in my office that reads: I know the voices in my head aren’t real, but that have such amazing ideas. A famous man once said that writing is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent persperation—I can believe that on the days my characters are silent.

E.E.: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?

Carolyn: My husband, Mr. B, has a wicked, dry sense of humor. Sometimes he’ll say something that turns my day around. Or maybe if he knows I’m struggling with a scene, he’ll disappear and return from town with a diet soda, set it on my desk and disappear without saying a word. It’s the little things that make me smile.

Now it’s my turn to ask you readers a question: I fell in love with the cover for Cowboy Bold because I love vintage cars and trucks. If you could have any vintage vehicle what would it be?

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  1. I am new to your books. By the cover it looks interesting. I look forward to reading your book

  2. I have read one of your books and I see I gave it ☆☆☆☆☆ so I hope I win and have the opportunity to read another one! I'm on my 134th book after starting reading again in late November 2016 after decades of not reading.

  3. I cannot wait to read this book.

  4. I would want a vintage 67 Mustang in candy apple red

  5. a 57 GMC pick up in navy blue!! LOVE your books - always buy the paperbacks for my keeper shelf!!

  6. A vintage Corvette
    Thanks for the chance!

  7. I would love to one day have a vintage mustage or Chevrolet truck I just love the way they look, thank you for this great chance!

  8. Vintage mustang for sure!!

  9. I love the old wooden station wagons. Crazy, I Know!!! They look like fun!!! Thanks!!

  10. At 15 we gave my son a 1963 t-bird 2 door just like my grandma drove light blue of course it didn't run but he worked on it got it running and then when i moved to Iowa sold it in the bay area where he still lives. We used to go to so many car shows my first one was a corvette show i worked at Oldsmobile and Chevrolet as a service writer so i saw several vintage cars come in and the owners would watch their car being worked on and I would of also. Love westerns and vintage car shows they are the best. Before the t-bird my grandma had a woodie and that was so cool . In her t-bird she would drive up to my foster home and i would smile whenever i saw her coming into the driveway as i loved riding low in the car and plus with her driving it was so cool at that time she was in her 60's and she passed 5 yrs ago in her 101 still living with her 2nd husband in her condo tough cookie.

  11. Looking forward to reading this book. Sounds amazing. Wishing you a wonderful week.

  12. Looking forward to reading this book. Sounds amazing. Wishing you a wonderful week.

  13. Congrats on release #90, Carolyn!!!

  14. I would love a 1930 Ford Model-A. I love old cars and trucks. They are so much nicer than the cars nowadays.

  15. They exact truck on your cover would have to be my choice! Cherry red Ford Pickup!!!

  16. Mustang Love them so I guess that would be my pick

  17. My first car when I turned 16 was my grandparents 1968 mustang. I sure wish I had it back! It’s your stalker Kim miss Carolyn! Some reason I could log in with my google