Carolyn Brown: Billion Dollar Cowboy

Howdy, all y’all!

I’m so glad to stop by here, prop up my red cowboy boots and visit with the fillies about Billion Dollar Cowboy, the debut book in my new series, Cowboys & Brides.

Someone asked me recently how I came to write about four very rich cowboys and that started me thinking about why I came to write about four sassy ladies who lassoed those cowboys.

It all started with the cowboys, Colton (Billion Dollar Cowboy), Lucas (The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby), Greg (The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride) and Mason (How to Marry a Cowboy). They popped into my mind and at first I told them that I couldn’t write about rich cowboys because I didn’t know or understand the ways of the rich folks in this world.

But they insisted and we negotiated the terms. I’d turn the air conditioning down low (look at that sexy cowboy on the front of the book, fillies!) and write their stories but I got to pick the leading ladies and they had to stick around and tell me exactly how the story went.

We shook on it and Colton pulled up a chair around since I was writing about him first.

Four very sassy ladies had been talking to me for a while about writing their stories and I brought them front and center and we had a long conversation. Not a one of them were interested in a rich cowboy, no matter how sexy, smooth talkin’ or good at two-steppin’ they were. But I could see some real possibilities so I introduced Colton to Laura Baker, and oh, my but the sparks flew from day one. Both of them were wary as two old tom cats on the back yard fence. Neither trusted the other as far as they could throw a ton of bricks. And we were off on a real ride tellin’ the story that come out of putting them together.

Laura had grown up on a ranch without much in the way of affection from her great-aunt who had taken Laura and her sister, Janet, in to keep them out of the system. She liked ranching but had no intentions of making it her life’s work and it damn sure wasn’t her dream. However, Janet had an addiction to gambling. She’d gotten in way over her head with the last betting spree and she was back to begging Laura to get her out of trouble. The only way Laura can manage to help her sister is to work for their distant cousin, Andy, at some rich cowboy’s ranch in Ambrose, Texas, wherever to hell that is.

She wasn’t any too happy with me there at the first. She didn’t trust Colton and he couldn’t believe any woman on the face of the great green earth wouldn’t give two hoots if he was rich or not. Things didn’t get much better when poor old Colton found himself drugged after a night in a local honky tonk. It was only by the quick thinking of the ranch foreman that he awoke in his bed the next morning and not with a wedding ring on his finger after those two women had put something in his drink.

Laura is determined not to stay one minute more than it takes to earn the money to keep Janet from being maimed or killed by loan shark. She sure isn’t interested in playing along with the ruse that she was Colton’s girlfriend, especially when it turned into an engagement complete with a diamond half the size of a hockey rink. But since it involved enough money to get Janet out of gambling debt she went along with the crazy idea. And since his grandmother, the ranch foreman and even the sixteen year old foster child, Roxie, has set the wheels in motion with their tricks, there doesn’t seem to be much choice in the matter. Before long, they trusted each other to the point of waking me up in the middle of the night to tell me how to write the next scene.

And that’s when I knew I’d made the right decision in putting Laura on that particular ranch and not Natalie, or Rachel or even Emily who were waiting in the wings to see what would happen when Billion Dollar Cowboy was all finished. After Laura’s experiences I wasn’t sure that they wouldn’t all light a shuck and hide the mesquite trees but when I started The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby, Natalie was right there ready to take on the job.

What do you think it would take to make a cowboy with more than a billion dollars trust a woman? What would it take for a woman to believe a rich cowboy who could have anyone or anything that he wanted?



Colton Nelson was 28 when he won the Texas Lottery and went from ranch hand to ranch owner overnight. When people started lining up wanting some of his millions, he hired a friend, Andy Joe, to handle his affairs and find him a bride and buy her, no matter what the cost.

Laura Baker and her sister, Emily, had been raised in foster homes. Though she was the younger of the two, Laura was always bailing Emily out of trouble. So when Andy Joe slid into her booth at a diner one night and made a proposition to Laura, it seemed the perfect solution…until Laura met Colton and realized she didn’t give a damn about his money and that her love was not for sale.

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Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than 60 books published. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. Carolyn’s first women’s fiction novel, The Blue Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee is now available, and you can look for her next cowboy romance, Cowboy Seeks Bride in August 2013! For more information, please visit:


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Carolyn is giving away a copy of BILLION DOLLAR COWBOY to one lucky commenter!

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37 thoughts on “Carolyn Brown: Billion Dollar Cowboy”

  1. Welcome Caroline. this sounds like it will be a good book. i love cowboys and ranches. It will be interesting to see if his money will also buy love. I would love to win your book. Thanks for the chance. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  2. Good Morning

    This is a story I can’t wait to read. I just finished ready the Spikes & Spurs series (waiting not patiently for the last of these).

    I totally love your writing style the humor is great.

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

  3. Sherry, Colton and Laura invited you down to Ambrose, Texas, to get to know the folks. Roxie will be glad to show you around…and Dewar’s story, the finale in the Spikes and Spurs (THANK YOU so much for reading all of them) will be out in August!

  4. What would it take for Colton to trust a woman? -faith and love

    What would it take for a woman like Laura to believe in a handsome wealthy man like Colton? The same -faith and love

  5. OMG Carolyn I am just going to love your new series.. I think I am already a little in love with Colton already… I am just such a big fan of all your books.. And all of these Billionaire’s I am sure are going to find their way into my heart.. And I love your sassy ladies too. It’s what really draws me to your books… I want to be just like them..

  6. Carolyn, welcome to the Junction. Your new series sounds wonderful. I love cowboys who meet their match in spunky heroines. And, YOWZA, that Colton is smokin’ hot. I’m ordering your book as soon as I press send on this comment. WOOT!

  7. Kathleen O: Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading my books. It’s not easy for a super rich cowboy to open up his heart and love unconditionally but the ladies in the series are pretty sassy and it’s next to impossible for those cowboys not to love them.

  8. Welcome to P & P Carolyn and no I’m not a stalker! I love your books so much! If no one has read Carolyn’s books, then you are missing out! I love a author that writes my kind of books! You will never be disappointed. I love my cowboys! Thanks for dropping by Carolyn . Hope to see you at the RWA in Atlanta!

  9. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has conversations with her characters–even in the middle of the night. I think that time is one of the only things that would make a man in Colton’s situation trust a woman (or maybe a circumstance where he had no other choice) and for a woman to believe such a rich man–well, let’s just say his actions will speak louder than words.

  10. Kim: I wouldn’t care if you were a stalker…LOL! I’m so glad that you stopped by and that you continue to read my books and shout out to the world how much you like them. Big hugs to you.

    Sherri: Laura sure agrees with you on loving a cowboy…she says that once you lasso one, he’s in it for the long haul.

    Kelli Ann: Colton and Laura were as real as the folks on the ranch out on Sunshine Road (that’s not far from where I live). They took up residence in my head and even popped in and out while I was writing the next three books in the series just to check on things.

    anon10001: So did mine. I squealed when Sourcebooks sent it to me for approval. They’ve done such wonderful work with all my covers but I really, really liked this one. Colton’s eyes are flat out mesmerizing.

  11. Kim and anyone else who is interested…
    I will be signing books in Atlanta at the Literacy Signing for RWA…Marriott hotel…July 17! Y’all come on out and don’t forget to come by and say hello.

  12. I can imagine it being difficult for Colton to trust any woman. That must be so lonely. Maybe if he appears to loose his money and she doesn’t give a damn if he isn’t rich anymore? Or her being in dire streets and refusing his money.
    Or maybe if the heroine doesn’t like him in the beginning just because he has so much money and therefore he must be very spoiled…

  13. Im so excited to read your books! I love how you wrote your story lines! I think for me I always like when there is a sassy lady for a CUTE cowboy!!!

  14. Oh I will be there! Finally I get to go and im bringing my partner in crime Lisa Leonhardt! So excited!

  15. Dianne, Colton says, “Awww, shucks, ma’am, I’m not that special. I’m just a hard workin’ ranchin’ cowboy.” But Laura agrees with you.

    Stephanie: Laura knows from day one how much Colton is worth but she has trust issues, too. It takes jumping a lot of hurdles for them to listen to their hearts.

    Lori: THANK YOU!! I’m glad that you love my books…that’s like honey in an author’s ear! Colton agrees that Laura is pretty sassy.

    Pearl: Thank you so much. I agree that cowboys are a special breed of wonderful and they are so much fun to write about.

    Kim: I can’t wait to meet you and Lisa!

    ellie: Bless your heart! Colton loves it when someone says that he’s extraordinary. And believe me, that gives me fodder for a great big ego trip.

    Rita: I loved westerns when I was growing up…Justified is my new favorite western. Raylen, with his complicated life, is my favorite modern day cowboy.

  16. I bought Billion Dollar Cowboy the day it came out and have read it. I loved it and am looking forward the rest of the series as well as Dewar’s story. Don’t put me in the drawing since I have the book. I also loved The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee and will buy the two other books in the series.

  17. Carolyn, I’m popping in a little late but wanted to give you a big welcome to the Junction. We’re always glad to have you visit. You always think of the most interesting stories. Billion Dollar Cowboy looks great! I’d love to find me one of those rich cowboys who is handsome to boot. Can’t think of anything that would be more fun. 🙂

    Wishing you tons of success!

  18. Colleen, I’m so glad that you stopped by today! My cowboys thank you so much for reading their stories.

    Goldie Hale: WOW! That just makes my day. I’m busy working on the final book in the Cadillac series…The Yellow Rose Barbecue Ball. Agnes says it sounds like something out of Duck Dynasty. LOL!

    Linda: I’m always tickled to see Petticoats & Pistols on my blog tour when I get it. Love, love visitin with y’all. And Colton says to come on to Ambrose. You can kick any mesquite bush around those parts and a dozen good lookin’ cowboys will come runnin’ out. Can’t promise that they’ll all be rich ones but they will be cowboys. Thanks so much for havin’ me today!

  19. I’ve loved to read your cowboy books. I have read all of them so far. I put this one on my TBR list.

  20. I always enjoy books with humor and this one looks like it has lots of it. I’m not familiar with your books so now I will have to look for them.

  21. Hi Carolyn, I love your books. I have to say cowboys are my favorite thing to read about. Love the cover of your book and will have to put it one my list. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  22. Cowboys — gotta love ’em.
    Mama always said it was just as easy to fall in love with a rich guy as a poor one. Neither my sister or I listened I guess. NOW that I’m married (46 yrs), maybe it would be nice to win a lottery. 🙂 Winning a book, your book, would be just as nice.

  23. A very interesting idea for a story, Carolyn! I love your name because my maiden name is Brown and I have an aunt named Carolyn Brown! Small world! My married name is Western and I love to read stories about cowboys….. ha ha!

  24. I love the way you talk about your characters! So alive! Makes these books more real and makes me want to read them even more.

  25. Your characters came alive for me reading about them. Makes looking forward to reading the books even more exciting.

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