Love Drunk Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Howdy folks! It’s a pure delight to be here again!

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…



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 and

Good news – Carolyn is giving away a copy of Love Drunk Cowboy to two lucky individuals who leave comments today on this post.                     

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35 thoughts on “Love Drunk Cowboy by Carolyn Brown”

  1. I have the Honky Tonk Series on my TBR shelf. Need to find a chunk of time when I can start it and read right through. I like the “fish out of water” type theme of LOVE DRUNK COWBOY. It is so true that you can be going in a direction you think is just what you want and get sidetracked. What better than a handsome cowboy to sidetrack you and make you realize that maybe life has a better option out there for you.
    This sounds like it will be a fun summer read. Perfect way to spend warm afternoons sitting out on my porch with a tall glass of iced tea. Then again, It is likely to heat the day up. Sounds like I’ll have to add a fan to that picture : )

    I hope the release of LOVE DRUNK COWBOY is going well. I look forward to the rest of this series.

  2. This series sounds like another must read for me. I absolutely loved your Honky Tonk series. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story with a watermelon farm in it, where do you come up with such wonderful ideas for settings?

  3. Good morning everyone. I’m so glad to be here this gorgeous Saturday morning! And how nice to see folks already commenting!
    Patricia: You are so right about getting side tracked. Sometimes life offers a wonderful chance at happiness on a tiny little side road instead of down a major highway.
    Linda: Actually, this story idea has been a long time in the making. We lived in Terral, Oklahoma more than than thirty years ago. It was only for a year but we got acquainted with watermelon farming way back then. I’m so glad you had fun at the Honky Tonk…here’s hoping you like watermelon farming just as well.

  4. I have read the other books in the series and really enjoyed them. Looking forward to reading this one too. I like the covers of the books.

  5. Welcome Carolyn,,,,great post,,that book sounds really yummy,,,,Ijust love a good book


  6. Hi Carolyn,

    This series sounds like a real hoot! Mmmm…may have to think about taking up watermelon farming. :o)

  7. Hi Carolyn, congrats on your new release! It sounds like a really good series and I will have to start looking for it. Love me some cowboys so it I should really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your books with us today!

  8. Joye: Thank you! Sourcebooks does a fine job on my covers. Don’t you just love those red boots? And in my next one, Red’s Hot Cowboy, Pearl is wearing red boots, too!
    Vickie: Good morning. I like the idea of Love Drunk Cowboy being yummy…Rye sure thinks Austin is yummy!
    Apple Blossom: You are so welcome. It’s truly my pleasure to be here at Petticoats and Pistols. I just absolutely love the name of this blog!
    Goldie: Thank you! The series started off as a trilogy but then grew to a four book series when Deb asked for a Christmas book (Darn Good Cowboy Christmas, Oct. 1) and then the secondary characters started pestering me so now there will be three more eventually, making it seven books so far.

  9. Kirsten: Watermelon farming is a LOT of hard work but in a good season, you can sure make a lot of money…and then there’s the watermelon wine and where that leads!
    Linda: Thank you for that compliment. It means a lot coming from you! And I plan to keep them coming. Someone asked me when I was going to retire and my answer was, “I plan to retire on a day when I’ve just finished my last contracted book and the undertaker is sitting in the rocking chair on my porch waiting for me to write ‘the end’ on the last page of my manuscript.”
    Quilt Lady: Thank you…it’s on the shelves at B&N and Hastings. And BREAKING NEWS…my next release, Red’s Hot Cowboy, has been bumped up from Sept. to August and in addition to being for sale in all major book stores, it will be on the Wal-Mart bookshelves, also. I have arrived!!

  10. Cathy: You snuck in on me there! If you like cowboys, you should like Rye just fine. He’s all cowboy: boots, spurs, belt buckle, sexy smile and Stetson. Come on down to watermelon country and settle in for a summer read!

  11. Hi Carolyn,
    Your books sound great. Haven’t read them, but look forward to finding them, here. I love cowboys, too, that’s why I married one!

  12. I am captivated with this delightful book and wish you all the best. Love that cover, ooh, so sweet.

  13. Mary J: Ahh, married to a cowboy, are you? Bet you could write a bunch of good books…or maybe you already have?
    Anne: Thank you! I’m still squealing over my cover!

  14. Oh I enjoyed seeing a little bit of the characters personalities in this post! Looking forward to reading this series! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  15. Melinda: From your lips to the bookseller’s ears on that comment about selling a ton! Thank you for the good wishes.
    Colleen: One of Rye’s sisters is Colleen…love the name. I thought the characters having to write a 50 word hook about Austin might showcase their character…glad you liked it.

  16. Estella: Hi, lady! Nice of you to stop by…can’t wait to see what you think of Rye and Austin.
    CrystalGB: Thank you!Cover credits go to Sourcebooks. They are truly fantastic.

  17. Hi Carolyn, LOVE DRUNK COWBOY sounds like a book I would love to read. Molly and Greta sound like they could take up matchmaking…fun! 😀

    I must say I absolutely love the cover of your book too! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W. 🙂

  18. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!
    Loved the Honky Tonk series and I know I will enjoy
    this series! Sounds like a real fun read!

    Pat Cochran

  19. Cindy: Molly and Greta are pretty good at matchmaking and old enough to say what they want to without worrying about it. You’d love those two old girls, I’m tellin’ you.
    Becky: Have fun reading it and remember when it ends there are more cowboys on the way.
    Pat: I’m so glad you liked the Honky Tonk. Come on down to Terral and see if you like watermelon farming and watermelon wine!

  20. Pat: From Houston, yes, ma’am, come up to Terral. Up, down or over yonder, it’s just off Highway 81 going south toward Texas or north from Ringgold. We can expect you at the Watermelon Festival the third Saturday in July, right? I’ll be signing copies of Love Drunk Cowboy. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund to help one Terral senior with their first year of college!

  21. I love the idea of your donating part of your money for a college scholarship! So generous!

    I enjoyed meeting Austin’s family and love cute idea Can’t wait to read Love Drunk Cowboy! Best wishes!

    johnslake at usa dot com

  22. Jessica: Thank you…hope you really enjoy the book.
    Laurie: Thank you. My granddaughter won the scholarship when she was a senior and it really helped her. I’d like to give back to the community.

  23. Congratulations to Patricia and Laurie on the draw for Love Drunk Cowboy!
    Thanks to the fillies at Petticoats & Pistols for such a warm welcome to the site. I really had a fun day with y’all!

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