Carolyn Brown is Back with Romance for Christmas!

Good mornin’ everyone. I’m so excited for the opportunity to return to Petticoats and Pistols to talk about my two new books! Mistletoe Cowboy has been on the shelves since Oct. 2 and Just a Cowboy and His Baby found a place on Dec. 4. And they’ll both fit right down into a stocking—I know because I put them both in one!

Recently, I was asked about questions readers have never asked me. I thought and thought, ate some chocolate, thought some more, made a cup of tea, thought some more, ate more chocolate, drank two cups of coffee and finally went to the donut store up the street for a maple long john. I bought two hoping that would jog my memory…but got nothing, zilch, nada, not a blessed thing.

In the fourteen years that I’ve been writing romance books, I think I’ve been asked every question there is except maybe why I don’t dye this mass of gray hair. That I can answer with one word—lazy. I’d have to keep dying it and I’d rather write books as worry with my hair. Besides some days I’m so engrossed in writing that I forget to even look in a mirror so I don’t see it.

Oh, you were talking about questions readers haven’t asked about Mistletoe Cowboy and Just a Cowboy and His Baby. Silly me! I thought you were asking what they had not asked about me! So far they’ve asked lots of questions about the two new books, but I went on ahead and ate two more maple long johns before I picked out a few.

Mistletoe Cowboy:

Why did you choose the desolate Palo Duro Canyon as a setting for a romance?

I really thought about setting Mistletoe Cowboy in another small town out in the Texas panhandle. It was a sweet little place but Creed and I just couldn’t see him buying a ranch there. So Husband and I drove north and I thought I’d found the right place in Silverton, Texas, right up on the south rim of the Palo Duro Canyon. But then we drove down through the canyon and the desolation had Creed written all over it. He just wanted a place where he could ranch and forget all about women.

Sage is a painter. Did you ever paint pictures?

Yes, I worked in oils for many years and loved it. Sage and I had a lot in common when it came to painting. However, Sage has abilities that far exceed anything I ever had. She’s able to bring people as well as animals and scenery to life on the canvas. I could never do that.

Did you ever live on a ranch?

Not a ranch but a small farm. We had cows, hogs, chickens, lambs, gardens and a big hay barn. These days I live in town and have two tom cats who rule my back yard.

This is your third Christmas book? Do you canadian phamacy intend to write one next year?

Oh, yes! The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby is slated for publication in October, 2013. It’s part of the brand new series, Cowboys & Brides, and will be the second book in the four book series following Billion Dollar Cowboy (June 2013).

Just a Cowboy and His Baby:

I’ve been waiting forever for Gemma’s story but now I’m afraid that this is the last Spikes & Spurs and Dewar, her older brother, didn’t get his story told. Please tell me you didn’t leave him out.

No, I surely did not! I couldn’t leave Dewar out. Bless his heart, he’s waited a long time for his story and a bride. His story, which is the grand finale of the Spikes & Spurs, The Cowboy Seeks A Bride (working title) will be available in August (2013).

Is there really a lady saddle bronc rider named Kaila Mussell or is that fiction, too?

No, Kaila is a real lady and she is the first woman to ever win the saddle bronc title. She was kind enough to give me permission to use her name in the book and I wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

I heard that Just a Cowboy and His Baby ends on a Christmas note. Why isn’t it your Christmas book?

There’s a story behind that. My awesome editor, Deb Werksman, and I decided after it was written that it did not have enough Christmas flavor. It starts in the spring and most of it is written in the hot, dusty summer months. That doesn’t conjure up visions of sugar plums and mistletoe, does it? But you are right—it does end on a Christmas note which is what makes it a perfect companion book to stuff down into the Christmas stocking with Mistletoe Cowboy.

So does that stir up a few questions in your mind? Do we need to run up to the fantastic little donut shop and buy a few more maple long johns?

‘Tis the season for…
A matchmaking grandma on a long-distance mission…
Mistletoe temptation in every doorway…
A sexy cowboy with a killer smile…

When Gran Presely agrees to sell Creed Riley the Rockin’ C Ranch for a song at Christmastime, he can hardly believe his good fortune. There’s just one little catch-her tantalizing granddaughter Sage is part of the deal…

One determined, hell-on-wheels cowgirl.
One equally determined, sexier-than-hell cowboy.
One innocent baby, who suddenly takes center stage and everybody’s priorities are suddenly up for grabs.

With a young baby dropped in his lap, bronc rider Trace Coleman’s world is turned upside down. Suddenly, Gemma O’Donnell, his stiffest competition on the rodeo scene, is now the one person who can help him. She’s already resisting his sexy smile and even sexier swagger, but she can’t resist a baby. When it comes down to it, only one can win, but is winning more important than love and family?



Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than forty books published, and credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. She 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, where she is working on her next cowboy romances! This Fall, look for Mistletoe Cowboy and Just a Cowboy and His Baby, the latest in the Spikes & Spurs Series. Carolyn’s first women’s fiction novel, The Blue Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee, hits stores in March 2013. For more information, please visit


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32 thoughts on “Carolyn Brown is Back with Romance for Christmas!”

  1. Cathy, thank you for stopping by on what has to be a busy Saturday in the holiday season. Gemma says that she’ll put in a word with Santa so that you find her book in your Christmas stocking…Happy holidays and good luck on the drawing!

  2. I ordered it for my kindle, but it wouldn’t work ! Amazon is working unit and told me to try in a few days. I love all Carolyn’s books! Can’t wait to download again! Who cares about grey hair ! You look fabulous !

  3. Kim: THANK YOU for that lovely comment! Folks in my family get gray hair very early. I was thirteen when I got my first good sized streak. My son was gray long before he was thirty. I hope your Kindle wakes up soon and you enjoy the story!

  4. Hi Carolyn! We’re so happy to have you visit us again. It’s always a thrill to have you.

    I live very near Palo Duro Canyon here in Texas and go there often. I love the haunting beauty of the place. I can’t wait to read the book that you set there.

    By the way, I enjoyed meeting you in Anaheim.

    Wishing you lots of success and a very Merry Christmas!

  5. Can’t wait to read this story. For some reason your books are hard to find around here.

    I totally love your gray hair, it is very pretty.

    Wishing you and everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!!

  6. Linda,
    Thank you all for inviting me again. I really love stopping by your site! I can’t wait for you to read Mistletoe Cowboy and see if I got the setting just right for you. It was great meeting you in California last summer. So many, many new faces and new friends and such a good time!

  7. Sherry, bless your heart! My gray hair is as big a part of me as my sass! lol
    I’m hoping that my books are hard to find because they are flying off the shelves that fast. I do tend to dream big! But remember they can always be ordered at many sites on line!
    Thank you so much for stopping by!

  8. Stefanie, welcome to Texas where the women are sassy and the cowboys are sexy. Spikes & Spurs has grown to six books and will add the finale this next year so there’s lots of family, fussin’ and friends involved!

  9. Personally I love your grey hair. If mine were that beautiful color I would go natural but mine just looks dead when I try so I go back to coloring.

    Love Christmas stories and love a rodeo so these two books look like winners! Will be asking for them in my stocking…..who am I kidding…..I fill all the stockings around here so guess I should say I will be purchasing them for my stocking!!

  10. Good morning, Carolyn! Welcome to the Junction!!! Your books sound amazing, especially Just a Cowboy and His Baby. I love fiesty cowgirls, bronc riders and babies. A winning combination. Can’t wait to get my hands on that one.

  11. Renee: Thank you! I love stopping by the Junction on a blog tour. Y’all are simply great here! Gemma is pretty fiesty and Trace is sexy for sure so enjoy the book when you get it in your hands…and ignore all the wrapping paper, dirty dishes and cobwebs! LOL

  12. I have enjoyed all of your cowboy books so far. This one sounds really good.
    My question is this Do you read the dialogue aloud so you can decide if it flows and would actually be spoken like that?

  13. Haven’t had the honor of reading any of your books, so will hope you pick my name.
    Love the mention of your grey hair. I decided one day that I would dye my grey hair. It turned out to be the most God Awful color of orange you ever saw. No more! I’ll enjoy my grey hair from now on..
    I am living in California and so am not familiar with Texas area names, so it could be a made up name to me.
    I also like your book covers. Very nice. I do look at the cover when I buy. Why, I don’t know. But it does make up my mind on purchase.

  14. I love the Spikes and Spurs series and can’t wait to read this new release. It’s about time sassy Gemma got her book and her HEA. I can’t believe Dewar’s story is the end for the Spikes and Spurs series, but I’m looking forward to reading the Cowboys and Brides series. Any character crossover happening there?
    Congrats on the new release and Happy Holidays!

  15. Good to see more folks joining this Petticoats and Pistols party!
    Colleen: There are five books on the way for next year: Life After Wife (a sweet romance) Jan. 8; The Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee (my first women’s fiction), March 5; Billion Dollar Cowboy, June; The Cowboy Seeks a Wife, August; and The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby, October! Happy Reading!

    Joye: No, ma’am, but I will admit that I talk just exactly like I write. One of my friends says that she can hear my voice in her head the whole time she is reading.

    Mary J: I tried bleaching mine blonde when I was very young and only had gray streaks…crayon orange was mild compared to the color that it came out. Taught me a lesson real quick, too! Sourcebooks always, always pleases me with their cover art…they go to great lengths to make the cover models look like the people I write about!

    Anon: And Happy Holidays to you, too! May you find some time to relax and read.

    Linda: Thank you! Here’s hoping you like all the new ones as well as the previous ones.

    Joanne: Gemma is very sassy, that’s for sure and we all know it’s going to take a cowboy with a lot of strength to walk beside her in her HEA. One never knows about cross over mentions…those cowboys along the border know each other pretty well so it could happen.

    Katie: Thank you for stopping by and good luck on the drawing. Hoping that you like Gemma’s story when you read it!

  16. That’s funny…I wrote a comment and it isn’t here. Ah, well, if I can remember what I said…
    I haven’t read any of your books, but would love to.
    Whatever I said after that, I can’t remember. Except that i really like your cover art.
    Merry Christmas

  17. Mary J., I had trouble on another blog today. Took three times before I got the comment to register. Must be a full moon or Santa Claus is interfering in cyberspace. Gemma says thanks and that she loves the cover art too. She was sooo excited that she got to be on the front with Trace!

  18. I have read a few of your books and really enjoyed them. These sound really good and I will have to check them out. By the way I love your hair. Yours is such a pretty color. I think everyone should wear their hair it natural color unless they are really young. I don’t dye mine either but I don’t have much gray. My older sister is 62 and she has very little grey in her hair, so I don’t have much either. I would be to lazy to dye mine also.

  19. Quilt Lady: Thank you for that sweet compliment. Funny thing is that my maiden name was Gray, too! LOL
    Glad that you enjoyed my books and hope that you really get into these last two!

  20. Don’t let anyone tell you to color your hair. It looks great the way it is. We should be proud of those gray hairs. We have earned every one of them.

    I didn’t realize women were competing on the saddle bronc circuit. Are they competing amongst themselves, or are they competing with the men?

    Both books sound good. I’ll be looking for them.

  21. Thanks for the chance to win one of your books Carolyn. You girls sure have some handsome cowboys around here. In Palo Dura Canyon area, you were near where I used to live. And, where my mom and dad lived after I married. Texhoma is about 109 miles from Amarillo. I would love to win your book.
    MAXIE ( )

  22. Patricia: It was something new to me when I started researching Gemma’s story, too. Men and women compete together in the competition. Gemma loved it! And thank you for the compliment on my hair. My children can’t remember me ever having anything but gray hair and I had all three of them before I was 25.

    Maxie: Loved writing about the canyon area. It was the perfect spot for Creed and Sage’s story! Momma asked me once why I didn’t dye it like my sister does her’s (she has a deal with Miss Clariol. I have one with Betty Crocker! LOL!) and I told Momma that my hair didn’t bother me because I couldn’t see it unless I looked in the mirror and I avoided those things!

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