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Tour & Giveaway: 142. Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown...

August 31, 2009
Author Carolyn Brown is touring for her new book, Lucky in Love, and I am thrilled to that she's visiting moi today! Check out what she has to say:
Thank you for having me as your guest today. It’s an honor to be here to discuss Lucky in Love--the first book in the Lucky Series from Sourcebooks. When I was invited to blog at Drey’s Library, I thought about doing something promotional since this is the first in the Lucky Series and my first foray into the more mainstream line after writing more than thirty books for the library market.

But I held an executive meeting with the main characters, Beau and Milli, and they wanted something different since they didn’t get their names on the cover along with mine. That’s been a sore spot with them; they think they worked as hard as I did to tell the story. So we came up with the topic: Where did that come from anyway?

Once the basic story for Lucky in Love invaded my mind (if Beau and Milli weren’t ranchers I’d swear they had some divine intervention in the form of aliens) it had to be told. I know I saw Milli one day at the Ardmore Mall and Beau at the western wear store buying a pair of boots. The characters had taken over my mind and my computer! It was either write the book or never know a moment’s peace. Yes, my imagination does run amok but that’s the life of a romance writer.

After writing a chapter or two I realized I was the tool for writing. Beau and Milli were actually telling me what to write. Each day I’d sit down at the computer and there they were right in the room with me. And they didn’t give a damn about the outline, either. I suppose that’s why there are so many scenes that even yet with the book in its final glory, I still wonder where that scene came from anyway?

Milli took up residence on my shoulder like Tinker Bell, whispering in my ear and not afraid to pitch a fit. She fussed and fumed when I didn’t get her story just right and pretty often at the end of the day, I had to go back and change a few things. Most of the time it was because I’d let her get soft and she surely did not like that. She is a spit fire and only let the fears of her heart have control once. We argued about that part of the story but finally reached a compromise. I could write about her one little weakness if it made her stronger in the end.

Beau stood behind me and read over my shoulder. Try writing about the hunky, sexy cowboy from the book cover when he’s standing right behind you. Now try doing it without getting hot flashes! I could almost hear him chuckling when I described him as a Greek God with his blond hair, blue eyes and all those muscles. He thought he was just a plain old rancher, lucky in everything he touched except for love.

So to those of you who read Lucky in Love please know that the cover says Carolyn Brown is the author, but in reality it was a huge joint effort between me and that sexy Texas cowboy and the love of his life, Milli Torres. And Milli and Beau are probably still laughing over getting particular parts of their story told that I had no intentions of writing.

I’ve wondered if the characters hop right off the page and sit on the reader’s shoulder like they do mine. Does she giggle at parts so ludicrous they have to be real? Does he give you hot flashes when he takes his shirt off?

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. She was born in Texas and grew up in southern Oklahoma. She and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma.

lucky in loveAbout the book:
When hunky rancher "Lucky Beau" Luckadeau accuses spitfire Milli Torres of stealing his prize bull, she promptly shoots at him, triggering a feud that only gets resolved when they discover they share a steamy hot memory from a night long ago...

It was a night of passion that has always haunted Lucky. The mysterious beauty he seduced at a cousin's wedding disappeared. He's always been lucky at cards, lucky with cattle, and lucky with land, but he's never been lucky in love.

Now Milli Torres has come to southern Oklahoma to help out on her grandfather's ranch. A cut fence and a big, mean Angus bull in the pasture are bad enough, but then she looks up and sees Beau Luckadeau. Great God Almighty, how did he get from Louisiana to Ardmore, Oklahoma, and what in the hell is she going to do if he recognizes her?
drey's thoughts:
I'll be honest and admit that this wasn't one of my first picks when presented with the list from Sourcebooks. Cowboys aren't really my "thing"... But after reading Carolyn Brown's writing, I couldn't wait to pick up the next Lucky book. Good thing that was in my TBR pile already!

Milli is sassy. Just like I like 'em. Surprise, surprise! She also has a secret, one that she can't tell Beau. Who happens to be stubborn. And cranky. Perfect for the repartee that just rolls off the pages in this entertaining read. Carolyn Brown had me going from page 1 to 293 with hardly a break in between. If you're looking for a late summer or early fall, easy romance read, pick this up.

Giveaway!
Like what you see? Here's a chance for two of you to win your very own copy of Lucky in Love, thanks to Sourcebooks!
Rules:
-- Contest is open to US and Canada residents, no PO Boxes please!
-- To enter, comment and share: Cowboys--hot or not? =) I always thought that a hat does wonders for a guy. Even went line-dancing in my younger days, just to drool over the dudes in hats and boots. Shhh! Don't tell anyone!
-- Follow for 1 extra entry.
-- Share for 2 extra entries (let me know what & where, please).
-- Do it all before 6:00 pm CST September 18th. Good luck!

Tour stops:
9/1: Cindy's Love of Books
9/2: Reading with Monie
9/3: Cindy Reads Romance
9/4: Romance Reader at Heart's Novel Thoughts Blog
9/8: A Journey of Books
9/9: Love Romance Passion
9/10: Pop Syndicate's Book Addict and Yankee Romance Reviewers

114 comments:

Book Junkie II said...

Woo hoo! I so want this book! Please count me in! And Cowboys will ALWAYS be hot, hot, hot!!

I am a follwer and I have blogged here: http://bookminded.blogspot.com/2009/08/tour-giveaway-142-lucky-in-love-by.html

bjwaldron(at)gmail.com

Mary said...

Don't you love it when a book you didn't expect to like turns out to be a good read?!

Cowboys - yes, Hot :D

I'm a follower : )

Blogged on my sidebar (Giveaways):
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Carolyn Brown said...

Good morning from Oklahoma.Thank you, Drey, for having me as guest blogger today ... AND for your thoughts! I'm so so glad you got a surprise when you read Lucky in Love and liked it.
Carolyn Brown
www.carolynlbrown.com

drey said...

Good morning, Carolyn! Thanks for swinging by, and THANK YOU for the guest post. Milli & Beau are such fun characters. *grin* I've already read One Lucky Cowboy and can't wait for Getting Lucky!

Karen H in NC said...

This book sounds pretty good..count me in please!

Cowboys - hot or not? yes, definately!

+1 I am a current follower

kkhaas AT bellsouth DOT net

Carolyn Brown said...

Drey,
Maybe I'm converting you to cowboy romance ... there must be a hidden gene toward that tendency since you actually went line dancing!
Carolyn Brown

photoquest said...

Definatley Cowboys are hot!!!
photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

photoquest said...

I also follow
photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

dor said...

Cowboys? Hummm..yes..hot, yummy yum!!!

dorcontest at gmail dot com

photoquest said...

photoquest2Tour & Giveaway: 142. Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown...www.dey'slibrary.blogspot.com
I shared (twitter) for 2 entries
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dor said...

Yes, I follow and finally have a pic up too.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Beth said...

Cowboys sound fun. They're so foreign to a girl from New England!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Beth said...

I'm a follower.

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

kalynnick said...

Cowboys are always HOT!!!..There is something about a guy who wears boots and could ride hard...LOL

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Amy M said...

Cowboys are SO HOT! Those tight jeans, muscled chest, scuffed up boots..yum!

Oh, and I am a new follower :)

Thanks!
Amy M

Anonymous said...

Cowboys, not so hot. The book, hot. Count me in.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

clenna said...

Cowboys - hot! Especially with chaps on - whew!

clenna said...

I follow

Carolyn Brown said...

Stopping by to say thank you to everyone who has commented. You have convinced me there's enough readers out there to continue writing about sexy cowboys!
Thank you,
Carolyn Brown

scottsgal said...

Cowboys - definitely HOT. I graduated from UT Austin so we had some fine looking ones there.

+1 already a follower

msboatgal@aol.com

Sheila Deeth said...

I'm following. I was hooked on Westerns on TV, and used to use my Granddad's library ticket to borrow them from the library before I had the vaguest idea of what "hot" meant. Cowboys? Sure.

elaing8 said...

please enter me in the giveaway

Cowboys are hot!!

elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

elaing8 said...

I'm a follower

elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

Kat Bryan said...

Drey, it's not just the hats, it's those tight Wranglers! Hot? YES!

I'm a follower.

winterset AT peoplepc.com

GINNY RUCKER said...

Do I think cowboys are hot? Heck yeah! :0) I also want to say that I read this book this past Saturday and LOVED it! And no I'm not just sayin' that cuz my Mama wrote it. I adored the characters ~ they both are full of enough spit to keep their boots shining for awhile. And the frontcovers for the 3 books in this set!? I'll just say what I told Mama when I saw them... practice safe reading. :0)

I am a new follower.

GINNY R.
bgmrucker (at) cableone (dot) net

Amy M said...

Do I like Cowboys? Well, considered my husband is out fixing fence today. YES! *laugh*

I can't wait to read this book. It's setting right next to me NOW calling out my name! Just as soon as I get a free day, I'm going to pick it up and not put it down until it's finished.

BTW the Morgan, Inc the book is dedicated to would be MY six kids. This wonderful writer is MY MOMMA!

I also listed this giveaway on my facebook page!

Tina H said...

Of course cowboys are hot! Not all of us were lucky enough to find one for our very own, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate their assets!

Beth said...

Yes, cowboys are hot!
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Beth said...

I am a follower
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drey said...

Carolyn ~ Heh. Never knew one IRL, even if I did go line dancing. Then again, I tried all kinds of dancing! Except for the ones that involve a pole, lol! So yeah, it's just a "looking" thing. *grin*

Ginny & Amy ~ You must be so proud of your momma! =)

Mamafruitcake said...

Depends on the cowboy- but that artwork on the cover is pretty hot!

Debbie F said...

Count me in! And YES cowboys are HOT!!!! Love the tight blue jeans they always wear!

I follow!
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Jenny N. said...

Hot, the younger ones only not the middle aged ones

+1 I'm a follower

jen4777[at]hotmail.com

Maria Yanez said...

I LOVE Carolyn Brown, I am her BIGGEST fan!!! I can never wait until her next book comes out!! She's a great writer and has very interesting character took keep one's nose in her books!

Maureen said...

I say yes to cowboys and I am a follower
mce1011[at]aol[dot]com

chey said...

Yes cowboys are hot!

I follow

chey127 at hotmail dot com

Nancy J. Parra said...

Woot! Love cowboys! Love Carolyn! Can't wait to get my hands on this book. Thanks for sharing.

www.nancyjparra.com

Morning Glow said...

Oooh me, pick me! I LOVE cowboys! Infact, my friends and I used to go "cowboy hunting" at the local county fair every year. Sometimes we even nabbed some!

I am a follower!

Thanks!
Morning Glow
ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

Carolyn Brown said...

Want to thank everyone of you for your comments! Without readers, writers would soon top the endangered species list and I'm tickled to have everyone of you interested in my book! Thanks again Drey for having me, today!
A Southern Hug to you all,
Carolyn Brown

Virginia said...

Hi,Carolyn! I loved your post--lots of fun! Cowboys are beyond hot. They are INTENSE when their feelings are involved. My most romantic heroes have always been cowboys! gcwhiskas at aol dot com

cheryl c said...

I love westerns, historical and contemporary. Cowboys are sexy!

Already a follower!

castingsATmindspringDOTcom

Chelsea B. said...

Coyboys=HOT! But I'm form the south, so its a given' ;)

bridget3420 said...

Not. I'm not really into cowboys.

bridget3420 said...

Blog follower

lag123 said...

some are hot but not all.

lag110@mchsi.com

lag123 said...

I am a follower.

lag110@mchsi.com

GINNY said...

Drey
Yes I am proud of my Mama. But I was proud of her long before she published a single book. She can sew a quilt that is somehow cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And she makes the meanest Texas sheet cake I've ever eaten. For those of yall who don't know... that's a chocolate cake with a chocolate fudge type icing. Oh my fat cells are screaming for some of that right now! Bake me up one Mama and send Drey the recipe! :0)

GINNY

drey said...

Ginny ~ Now that's not fair, I can't bake a lick! How 'bout UPS-ing me a nice portion of that Texas sheet cake? =P

Bridget said...

Hi, Drey! Reading about that Texas sheet cake reminds me that I was going to bake brownies today. Oops! I think it's too late for that.

Well, I blogged about this on Win A Book for ya!

etirv said...

Definitely hot!

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etirv said...

I follow you!

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Crystal said...

Cowboys are definitely hot!

I follow.

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Lisa N. said...

I would vote hot! I'm a follower of this blog.

rocket_kay at hotmail dot com

bridget3420 said...

Blogged

http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/2009/09/91-book-giveaway-list.html

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Wanda said...

Yes! Cowboys are hot! I love a rugged looking hardworking man! And especially one on a horse!
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

I am a follower of your blog.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

binabug said...

not big on cowboys, everyone always wore their cowboy hat when coming into the bar and it was not something that was unique etc
a man in a three piece suit, now that would have been unique and more my liking.....

sabina dot edwards at gmail dot com

trishalynn0708 said...

Totally hot. I think cowboys are sexy. The big muscular, dark haired, dark eyed ones. I think my most fantasized cowboys would have to be the McKettricks from the Linda Lael Miller series she wrote. LOVE that series. :)

lovestoread0708(at)yahoo.com

trishalynn0708 said...

Blogged about it
http://trishasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveaways-of-day-922009.html

lovestoread0708(at)yahoo.com

trishalynn0708 said...

I follow now.. On google

lovestoread0708(at)yahoo.com

trishalynn0708 said...

I also have 2 giveaways going on at my blog if you wanted to stop over and check them out. :)

Jasmyn said...

*Most* cowboys are hot. I think it'd be amazing to have a sexy guy ride in on a horse and save the day.

I have also been following for about a month now :)

jasmyn9[at]hotmail[dot]com

Nicole said...

Cowboys - hot!! Especially in a pair of good fitting Wranglers. Love the cover of this book - very hot!

+1 follower

Brenda said...

Cowboys are definately HOT especially with tight jeans and open shirts!


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Brenda said...

I'm a follower through google reader!

Brenda said...

I'm a follower

Stacie said...

Cowboys = Hot!!!

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mindy said...

this looks wonderful thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

DCMetroreader said...

I like cowboys.
Thanks for the giveaway
Kimspam88(at)yahoo(dot)com

DCMetroreader said...

Follower

Sarah Z said...

Cowboys are so HOT! Love the stomach of the one on the book cover - yum!
Thanks
Sarah
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Tiffany819 said...

Cowboys=hot! I think they are sexy! Well, some of them! lol Thank you for the giveaway, I'd love to read this book!!

tiffanys819 at gmail dot com

quiltingreader said...

Cowboys are hot!

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roxxyroller said...

Cowboys - Hot!! It often makes ya wonder what kind of tight bod they have going on under those shirts!!
And plus, cowboys are hard workers so imagine the muscles! Mmmmm mmm good! :P

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roxxyroller said...

I follow your blog!
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roxxyroller said...

I own CoolCanucks.ca, which is a Canadian Contest and Freebie site. This giveaway is posted here!

http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/21127-dreys-library-lucky-love-carolyn-brown-book-giveaway-sept18-canada

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heatherzilla said...

Cowboys are HOT!
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heatherzilla said...

I am a follower.
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Belinda M said...

Cowboys are very, very hot!!


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Belinda M said...

I follow your blog


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Belinda M said...

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Belinda M said...

shared giveaway 2

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Ladytink_534 said...

Aw cute! I've always loved a good cowboy story whether romance or adventure, so yeah HOT!

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Ladytink_534 said...

I'm a follower
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Kaye said...

Good for you, Drey! You found a gem where you least expected it.
Count me in please. Sounds very good and a lot of fun.

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Kaye said...

I'm a follower

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Paula said...

Cowboys....very hot. It is the boots for me. Any man in jeans and boots...

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Debs Desk said...

cowboy - hot, very hot. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Anonymous said...

Yippee to cowboys...

karen k
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Anonymous said...

i'm a follower ;)

karen k
kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

Nancye said...

Cowboys hot? OH YES!!! Gimme some tight jeans and a pair of Stetsons and I'll be drooling!! Eye candy!! :) (Think lan Jackson!! Oh yeah!)

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Nancye said...

follower

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Alicia said...

It depends on the cowboy.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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NatalieA said...

I guess they are hot, but I'm not really into them! Thanks!

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NatalieA said...

I follow!

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Lee P said...

Cowboys are hot!! Yeehaw!! Thanks for this giveaway and please count me in.

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Lee P said...

I follow your blog.

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Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

+1 Cowboys - HOT! I'm a little biased 'cause I live out in cow and corn country... but still! Show me dirty jeans and a cowboy had and I'm yours!

+1 I'm a follower

+2 I've added your giveaway to my Contest Bar - Dirty Martini's on the house!

Ben said...

Cowboys: HOT! Especially the ones in Texas! You know, everything is bigger in Texas!! Can't wait to read about that sexy one on the cover of your new book. One word is all I got: MER - CEY!!

And I posted the giveaway contest on my facebook!

And I know the post says, Ben says, it's because I'm on the hubby's google acct!!!

One last note, I may not have any of the books dedicated to me (although I think Jayci would be a great name for your next character) or I may not be related by blood, but I am very proud of Mama Carol & her accomplishments & I love her cookin too!!! Many a day I spent in high school at her house for lunch! I wish everyone knew the woman behind the book!

Ben said...

Cowboys: HOT! Especially the ones in Texas! You know, everything is bigger in Texas!! Can't wait to read about that sexy one on the cover of your new book. One word is all I got: MER - CEY!!

And I posted the giveaway contest on my facebook!

And I know the post says, Ben says, it's because I'm on the hubby's google acct!!!

One last note, I may not have any of the books dedicated to me (although I think Jayci would be a great name for your next character) or I may not be related by blood, but I am very proud of Mama Carol & her accomplishments & I love her cookin too!!! Many a day I spent in high school at her house for lunch! I wish everyone knew the woman behind the book!

Jayci Begley
begley071902@yahoo.com

Carolyn Brown said...

Hi everyone,
I dropped by this morning and was AMAZED at all the comments. Thank each and every one of you for stopping by! If you were all here in my back yard today we'd have brownies and sweet tea and discuss Lucky in Love!
Carolyn Brown

Deedles said...

Cowboys are definately hot!

Beth said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Cowboys are Hot!

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Kira R. said...

Cowboys = definitely hot!

kirar59 [at] yahoo [dot] ca

Kira R. said...

I follow.

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cqueen2 said...

cowboys are hot!! a cowboy riding a house wearing a sexy hat and no shirt can come riding my way any time :)

thanks

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cqueen2 said...

i follow your blog

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Misusedinnocence said...

Cowboys are hot. Especially the well spoken ones. Deadwood was hardcore. ;)

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Misusedinnocence said...

I follow.

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Mitzi said...

I love cowboy romance novels!!! I like the hats, but the chaps are what I really love...yummy!!!

I'm a new follower.

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flowerchild said...

sounds like a great read,please coune me in..thanks
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cowboys=very hot

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