Love Drunk Cowboy hit the ground running a couple of weeks ago and I’m so excited about it. It’s the first book in the brand spanking new wild Spikes & Spurs series and it’s already garnering some awesome reviews. It will be followed by Red’s Hot Cowboy in September and Darn Good Cowboy Christmas in October. And a fourth one in the spring of 2012 that doesn’t have a title yet but I’m sure my awesome editor, Deb Werksman, at Sourcebooks will come up with something terrific.
Deb is always telling her authors that they need to come up with a fifty word hook that describes their book so well that the buyers can’t wait to get their hands on the hot little copies. The hook for the Spikes & Spurs series went like this: They traded their Prada spike heels for cowboy boots and power suits for tight fittin’ jeans but kept their whoop-ass independence. The sexy cowboys that swaggered into their lives wore spurs and ten gallon hats and quickly found that taming a sassy woman was tougher than breaking a wild bronc.
Love Drunk Cowboy is Austin Lanier and Rye O’Donnell’s story. She’s inherited a watermelon farm in the tiny town of Terral, Oklahoma and she just wants to sell it and return to her big city life. But she didn’t count on Rye O’Donnell being so damn sexy and she sure didn’t count of him living right across the road. But his boots have spurs and hers have stilettos: can two people from two totally different worlds make it work?
Today I’m interviewing several of the characters from Love Drunk Cowboy. But it’s a different kind of interview so that we get to know Austin better from the other characters view point. I’m only asking one question: In 50 words or less, what do you think of or about Austin Lanier?
Okay, everyone got a cup of coffee, glass of sweet tea or a Diet Coke? Only five seconds until the interview begins. Four…three…two…one!
Barbara (Austin’s mother): Austin is a career woman just like her two aunts and me. She will never, ever stay in that god forsaken place down there on the Red River. Not even a sexy cowboy can knock her off her climb on the ladder to success. I’m her mother. I know!
Felix (the summer help who supervises all the others): Miss Austin will never leave Terral. She’s gotten the dirt from the watermelon fields under her fingernails and she’ll never be happy anywhere else. Her grandmother knew exactly what she was doing when she brought Austin to Terral right at the beginning of planting season.
Molly (Granny Lanier’s old friend): Oh, honey, Austin has come home and Rye is absolutely in love with that girl. He’s got this silly grin plastered on his face and he can’t take his eyes off her. A woman don’t leave a sexy cowboy that looks at her like that! Besides, there’s the watermelon wine.
Greta (Granny’s other friend): Me and Molly love Fridays when Austin comes to the drug store and we have ice cream with her. She and Rye make the cutest couple and you should see the way she blushes when we try to make her tell us what’s going on in their sex life.
Gemma (Rye’s youngest sister): Austin don’t take shit off nobody, not even my brother. They argued after the Easter dinner at our ranch and she started walking five miles back to Terral. It was kind of funny when he chased her down and threw her over his shoulder like a bag of chicken feed.
Clydia (Austin’s aunt): Austin has never been happier than she is in Terral and that chunk of eye candy across the road…WOW! If I was thirty years younger I’d change careers and take up farming and wine making. He’d make a nun’s panty hose start crawling down and Austin is not a nun!
Rye O’Donnell: Love at first sight is for country songwriters, not a rough old cowboy like me. The first time I saw Austin Lanier, my heart set off in a fast gallop and I ain’t caught up with it yet. She is my soul mate and I’m a love drunk cowboy!
Thank you everyone for telling us a little about Austin! Now does anyone out there have questions for me? Talk to me! I’m here all day!
She’s a Self-Made City Girl…
High-powered career woman Austin Lanier suddenly finds herself saddled with an inherited watermelon farm deep in the countryside. She’s determined to sell the farm, until her new, drop-dead sexy neighbor Rye O’Donnell shows up…
He’s as Intoxicating as Can Be…
Rancher Rye O’Donnell thinks he’s going to get a good deal on his dream property—until he meets the fiery new owner. Rye is knocked sideways when he realizes that not only is Granny Lanier’s city-slicker granddaughter a savvy businesswoman, she’s also sexy as hell…
Suddenly Rye is a whole lost less interested in real estate and a whole lot more focused on getting Austin to set aside her stiletto heels…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carolyn Brown is an award-winning author who has published 36 bestselling romances for the library market. She now writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. Carolyn’s next book, Red’s Hot Cowboy will be in stores in August 2011, followed by Darn Good Cowboy Christmas in October 2011. For more information, please visit www.carolynlbrown.com and www.sourcebookscasablanca.com.