Carolyn Brown’s Honky Tonk Christmas

Welcome to the Honky Tonk today! We’re havin’ a Christmas party because the construction at the Tonk is finished. Sharlene has put all Christmas songs on the juke box for the day and there’s mistletoe hanging from a red satin ribbon right in the middle of the floor … exactly in the same place that Travis laid that passionate kiss on Cathy in Hell, Yeah!

There’s pecan divinity, fudge, egg nog, chips and picante and so many other finger foods on the bar that if you go home hungry, it’s your fault. If you don’t like egg nog, I’m sure you can rustle up a bottle of beer from behind the bar.

Chigger plugged money into the juke box and let me choose my top three favorite songs by Toby Keith since she played a part in getting Daisy and Jarod together in I Love This Bar. Oh, my! Decisions! Decisions! Okay, number one … “Christmas Rock.” I just love the way Toby sings that song and doesn’t every woman dream of opening up a little black or red velvet box and finding a nice big rock inside?

That brought out some two steppin’ folks. I see Billy Bob, Jim Bob and Joe Bob, the red haired triplets out there with their new wives. Those boys haven’t lost a bit of their charm and they still do a fine job on the dance floor. B-32 gets me “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Toby and Chigger is starting a line dance. And my last choice is Toby’s “Please Come Home For Christmas.” Awww, ain’t that cute! There’s Sharlene and Holt dancing a nice sweet slow dance.

Travis and Cathy are coming across the floor and putting their money in the juke box. They’ve played another of my favorites: a duet by two of my very favorite singers, Elvis Presley and Gretchen Wilson singing “Merry Christmas Baby.” I wasn’t even aware they’d blended their voices until Sharlene put it on the juke box but they sound wonderful together. The past and the present all combined into one beautiful song. Much like Travis and Cathy in Hell, Yeah! Cathy had to overcome past mistakes before she could move on with her life and truly have many merry holidays with her sweetheart. Don’t they look cute out there dancing together?

Larissa and Hank just came in the door and put more songs on the juke box. There’s Jo Dee Messina singing “What Child is This?” Larissa just handed off her new baby daughter to Chigger and she’s looking up in Hank’s eyes as they dance together. It’s hard to think that a year ago Larissa was playing “My Give A Damn’s Busted” by Jo Dee to him and telling him not to set foot in the Tonk ever again. Sharlene just told me that Joe Dee is singing “Silver Bells” next. I think I’ll grab a cup of Jezzy’s egg nog and sit over in the corner while that one plays. It’s my very favorite Christmas song.

Sharlene and Holt said that it’s their turn to choose the music and their first choice is “If We Make It Through December.” Alan Jackson is singing but I remember when Merle sang that one years and years ago. They’re dancing slowly to the song and Sharlene whispered to me that she’s also played two others by Alan Jackson: “There’s A New Kid in Town” and “Honky Tonk Christmas.”

What a wonderful day! Everyone is here and all my favorite country music Christmas songs have been played. I’ve visited with all the previous bar owners and the characters that made all four books possible. Now it’s my turn to play a few tunes. I think I’ll choose “O Holy Night” by John Berry; “Christmas in Dixie” by Alabama and “Two Step ‘Round the Christmas Tree,” by Suzy Bogguss.

When they finish it’ll be time to turn out the lights and go home. The party will be over but the Honky Tonk will be open again as soon as the holiday is over. Go ahead and kiss that sexy cowboy under the mistletoe. What goes on in the Honky Tonk, stays in the Honky Tonk!

What’s your favorite Christmas song? What kind of memory does it bring back to you?


My Give a Damn’s Busted (Book 3)—In Stores Now!

He’s just doing his job…

If Hank Wells thinks he can dig up dirt on the new owner of the Honky Tonk beer joint for his employer, he’s got no idea what kind of trouble he’s courting…

She’s not going down without a fight…

If any dime store cowboy think’s he’s going to get the best of Larissa Morley—or her Honky Tonk—then he’s got another think coming…

As secrets emerge, and passion vies with ulterior motives, it’s winner takes all at the Honky Tonk…


Honky Tonk Christmas (Book 4)In Stores Now!

She Means business…

Sharlene Waverly is determined to have the “new and improved” Honky Tonk up and running before the holiday. For that, she’ll need Holt Jackson, the best darn carpenter in the state. But his warm, whisky-colored eyes make her insides melt, and before she knows it, she’s sharing her darkest secrets and talking about the nightmares…

He’s determined to keep things professional…

Holt Jackson needs the job at the Honky Tonk, but is completely unprepared to handle the beautiful new bar owner he’s working for.

Sharlene and Holt try like crazy to deny the sparks flying between them, but their love may just be the best Christmas present either one of them ever got.

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. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. For more information please visit

Two lucky winners will receive a four-book set of The Honky Series (I Love This Bar, Hell Yeah, My Give a Dam’s Busted, and Honky Tonk Christmas).   Good luck to you all!

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41 thoughts on “Carolyn Brown’s Honky Tonk Christmas”

  1. I’ve been a country music fan all my life, as Barbara would say “I was country when country wasn’t cool”.

    I love Toby’s Xmas CD specially “Mary It’s Xmas”.

    I love Alabama’s Xmas CDs, favorites would be “I was young Once too”, “Santa Claus (I still believe in you)” Brings memories of when I was younger.
    “Tennessee Christmas” because that do it so beautifully.

    I totally love Reba’s first Xmas CD. I have worn it out. The favorite from this CD is “A Christmas Letter”

    I could go on and on so I will spare you.

    By the way The Honky Tonk Series sounds great!

    Hope all has a great Xmas and happy new year!

  2. Good morning everyone! It’s great to be here at Petticoats and Pistols today to finish up my blog tour for the last two Honky Tonk books. I’m glad to see some comments because I’d sure hate to tote all these books back with me. I really want someone to win them so they can read all about my Honky Tonk! Writing about it was a hoot!!

    Jennie: Thank you! O Holy Night is one of my favorite’s too … so many artists have done that but my favorite has to be John Berry’s version … and recently I heard the Celtic Women singing it and it was absolutely fabulous.

    Sherry: Yes, ma’am, Miz Barbara was singing about me, too, when she sang that song. Writing the Honky Tonk series was a dream that came true so I could write about country music.

  3. Johns Denver’s Rocky Mountain Christmas is my favorite album Aspen Glow is a beautiful song. I’d like to hear Toby Keith’s song’s. I like Jewel’s Christmas album too.

    Book series sounds fantastic!

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    Merry Christmas!

  4. Snoopy’s Christmas brings back childhood memories. It was one of the few songs my brother played over and over again on our record player. (Yes, I’m THAT old.) (The other songs he played continually were Popcorn and the Coca-Cola theme song on a plastic record sold by our local Coca-Cola plant.)

    I wanted to thank you for the great blog. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and would love to read the four books, as you are a new author to me. Also loved the titles. Thanks for sharing!

  5. My favorite cd’s are Toby’s and Elvis’ Christmas albums. My favorite song is Elvis’ “Why Can’t Every Day Be Like Christmas.” So true, and it brings tears to my eyes everytime I hear it…

  6. I stepped away for a moment and came back to find folks are here to visit!
    Laurie G: The Honky Tonk’s were so much fun to write that I hated to see the series come to an end, but the Honky Tonk will always be there in my mind, with mistletoe hanging on the ceiling and Sharlene and Holt kissing under it!
    Laney: Don’t you just love the old memories that songs bring back? Here’s hoping you do read the Honky Tonk series and someday when you are asked to remember a favorite book, they are among them!
    runner10: That was my grandmother’s favorite Christmas song. The season always brings back memories of her even though she’s been gone 30 years!
    Melissa: Isn’t it wonderful when a song touches your heart so much that it evokes emotion, whether giggles, tears or sighs? That means it will always be a favorite.

  7. What a great post,thank you so much,I love Christmas books my favorite,I read them all year long,an these you have look really great!

  8. Vickie: I really thought that the Honky Tonk was a trilogy until I finished My Give A Damn’s Busted and my editor called to ask for a Christmas book. Sharlene was yelling for her story to be told and it fit right in with Honky Tonk Christmas so I was very glad for the opportunity to tell it.
    Ellie: Thank you. There’s just something about Christmas carols! I remember many years ago when my daughter was in show choir at school and they all went caroling on the back of a flat bed truck covered with hay. Afterwards we invited the whole show choir and their parents to our house for chili, clam chowder, candy, cookies and homemade bread. We had a wonderful time!

  9. Oh wow, country music has been a huge part of my life as much as reading has!

    My favorite Christmas song, The Christmas Song sung by Karen Carpenter. I can still hear the record playing that album, my mom loved the Carpenters and I loved hearing Karen sing and would sing with her. Every time I hear it now, I can smell the house we were living in and picture the snow falling.

  10. Enjoyed reading the comments. Your books sound like a fun read.
    My favorite Christmas song is White Christmas-it reminds me of growing up in Colorado where we usually had a white one. I live in Arizona where that’s not going to happen. It was 82 degrees yesterday and a beautiful day at that.

  11. Your books sound awesome. I love that the titles are from country songs. My favorite Christmas songs are Holly, Jolly Christmas; The Christmas Song, and White Christmas.

  12. My favorite Christmas song has always been O Holy Night. Martina McBride does a beautiful version of it. I also like Trisha Yearwood’s Take A Walk Through Bethlehem. I love the titles of your Honky Tonk series, I’d love to read them. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season.

  13. I love CAROL OF THE BELLS. It is such an uplifting song.

    Love the titles for your books. They sound like a lot of fun. I look forward to reading them.

  14. I love your Honky Tonk series. Now I’m looking forward to the next three (From Wine to Water, Walkin’ on Clouds, A Trick of the Light) and the one later on Love Drunk Cowboy. My favorite song is O Holy Night with Silent Night next.

  15. One of my fav Christmas songs is Snoopy & The Red Baron (Christmas Bells)… my grandfather had this song on tape and would play it over and over for us… we used to make up moves and dance to the song as it was playing…

    Oh my, love those covers and each book sounds like a terrific read!

    Happy Holidays!!! 😀

  16. Your book titles are incredible. Made me laugh out loud. I really love all the old traditional Christmas songs. But for my fav non-traditional is Jeff Foxworthy’s 12 Days of Christmas. Since I am totally non-traditional anyway, it works for me. Since I’m just a Honky-Tonker at heart.
    I am sitting in the shadow of the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states and we had an Alpine Glow the other night that was eery. But fitting for this time of year.

  17. Winter Peck: Then you will love the Honky Tonk and all the music on the two juke boxes! My momma listened to country music on an old red radio that she set in the bedroom window at night so she could get better reception.
    Joye: Arizona and Texas doesn’t produce many white christmases but we can always listen to the song, shut our eyes and pretend! Turn the air conditioner way down low, bundle up in a blanket and put a pan of gingerbread in the oven. And ignore the thermometer! LOL
    Crystal GB: The book titles were compliments of my fabulous editor, Deb Werksman. I had different titles in mind but when she came up with the first two titles, I was sold and my titles went to the trash. Funny, now I can’t even remember what they were. The last two titles were a joint effort because they fit the books so well.
    Linda: And may your holidays be all merry and bright like the song says. Glad you commented and tossed your name into the Stetson for a set of books. And here’s hoping that you really enjoy them when you do read them.
    Patricia: Here’s hoping the Honky Tonks are as much fun to read as they were to write.
    Goldie: Remember my Avalon books are sweet romance, not spicy, but my heroines are always full of spit and vinegar and ready to take the world by the horns, look it in the eye and maybe even give it a jerk if it doesn’t suit her!
    Colleen: Love that story about your grandpa. And love your name. It’s the name of a secondary character in my Love Drunk Cowboy coming in May, 2011.
    Mary J: I’d love to be sitting up there and see that Alpine Glow with you! Good luck on the draw for the books since you are a Honky-Tonker at heart! And happy holidays … Mr. Foxworthy is one of my favorite comedians!

  18. Welcome back to The Junction, Carolyn! We’re all so glad to have you drop in to end your blog tour.

    I have too many favorite songs to ever pick just one. I love John Denver (and the Muppets), Keith Urban’s new Xmas CD is wonderful. And Colleen reminded me of Snoopy & the Red Baron–love that one, too.

  19. Tracy: It’s great to be here again. Thank you all for the invitation to make a stop here today. I love stopping by the junction and visiting with everyone. It’s like coming home to the heart of the west!
    Christmas songs bring us the spirit so it’s all right to have more than one favorite … maybe we should decide to have a favorite for each hour of the day!

  20. “maybe we should decide to have a favorite for each hour of the day!”

    Great idea, but I still don’t think that would cover it. I’d have to celebrate Xmas for more than a month. 😀

  21. Hi Carolyn,
    I’m a fellow Oklahoman. I live in Oklahoma City right now but every time I go to visit my sister in Durant I pass a stone’s throw from Davis going down I-35. Love your titles and of course I LOVE TOBY KEITH! LOL Can’t wait to read these books—they all look really interesting and I like that they connect. Good to have you here at the Junction. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night.

  22. well i sure love your book titles!
    they sound fun and full of spunk!
    what a fun blog post…too bad you couldn’t have had audio with it 🙂

    my favorite christmas song is “oh holy night” sang by most everyone 🙂

  23. Tracy: You sound like my sister who keeps Christmas CD’s in the car all year. Nothing like going shopping in July and listening to Silent Night!
    Cheryl: Hello, neighbor and thank you! Toby is a favorite of mine, too … I Love This Bar of course inspired the book.
    Tabitha: You are right, my gals are full of spit and vinegar, sass and brass. Audio would have been wonderful! Christmas songs or even the four songs that inspired the books would have been GREAT!!!

  24. Hi, Sandra.

    I won a copy of I Love This Bar earlier this year
    and I loved it! It’s now on my keeper shelves! I
    just know I’m going to enjoy the rest, especially
    the Christmas book!

    I’m in the choir in our parish so my favorites tend to be of the choral variety. One current special song is Our Brother Now, By Birth. Also
    a favorite: O Holy Night.

    Pat Cochran

  25. I love Toby Keith’s CD Christmas to Christmas and the song that’s my favorite on it is Santa I’m Right Here, just about all of his songs are beautiful. I also love Elvis’s song Blue Christmas I use to call my brother which lived out of state and play if for him every Christmas but he pasted away about five years ago so Blue Christmas reminds me of him. He loved Elvis and they play some of Elvis’s songs at his funeral.

  26. Estella: Thank you for stopping by … glad you like the series! There’s more on the way starting next May with Love Drunk Cowboy.
    Pat: Woohoo on your win. Maybe your luck will continue and you’ll wind up with all four!
    Quilt Lady: Hello! It’s good to see you again. What a lovely memory about your brother. Thank you for sharing!
    Anon1001: I’d forgotten about that song … it’s a great one!

  27. Wow! These books sound wonderful. I’ve added them to my wish list because my family asked for my list and ORDERED me not to buy any books this month. (I’m afraid I didn’t follow orders very well but I did not buy any on the list, yet)

    Your words painted such a vivid picture of the Honky Tonk that I feel I am there. I love word pictures!

  28. Opps, I forgot to list my favorite Christmas song. I guess maybe that is because I love Christmas and love the music. I think my very favorite is ‘White Christmas’.

  29. My favorite Christmas song is The Gift sung by Garth Brooks. It makes me cry every year. I sure wish he was still singing! I’ve been hearing such good things about your books – they sound like really fun reads.

  30. Connie: Welcome to the Honky Tonk … here’s hoping you get all four for Christmas and love them all! In Texas and Oklahoma “dreaming of a white Christmas” is about as close as we really get to one! LOL
    catslady: Love Mr. Garth. He’s a fellow Okie! I betcha he’ll come back before long. He’s such a wonderful entertainer that he won’t be able to stay out of the business!

  31. Carolin
    Your series sounds wonderful can’t wait to read them.
    As far as Christmas songs I all I can think about is the kids ones I have my 3 little grandbabies each day and we have been signing. I seen mommie kissing Santa Claus so it is stuck in my head..
    I love Christmas music and usually by this time of the year I am ready for it to end. Not this year, just getting started.

  32. Dina: Thank you. Like I mentioned before I owe some of the title business to my fabulous editor over at Sourcebooks, Deb Werksman.
    Brenda: Aren’t grandbabies fun. My youngest is two years old and she’s stolen my heart. She sings “Happy Burpday to you” on birthdays! I can’t wait to see what she does with Christmas music.

  33. Brenda: Bless your heart for making that correction! Lots of people call me Carol, Caroline or some variation of my name … I’m married to Charlie Brown (honest to goodness, I really am for the past 44 years)! But the funniest thing that happens is when folks don’t get the Brown right … is that Brian? Is that Broone?

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