Good morning, everyone! Thank you so much for inviting me back to visit with the fillies! I always love making a stop here and having a glass of sweet tea with all y’all.


I’ve got Alana Carey with me today and I’ve got some questions about this fake engagement that she’s roped Paxton Callahan into. She stands six feet tall in her cowboy boots. She has blonde hair and big blue eyes and she can out rope, out-ride, and out-do most cowboys in the state of Texas whether it’s on the dance floor, having shots of whiskey or riding broncs. Her two soft spots are her father, since he’s raised her alone when her mother died, and Paxton Callahan.


First question: What made you decide to ask Paxton to enter into this fake engagement with you?


Alana: My dad, Matt, told me that he’d been diagnosed with untreatable cancer and he only had six weeks to live. The only thing that he wished he had lived long enough to see was me married and settled. He had done so much for me that I had to give him his dying wish. I lied. I told him that Pax and I had been secretly dating for several months, that we hadn’t told anyone because we wanted to be sure that it was real, but that he had proposed to me. I thought that would make him happy, but oh, no, he wanted to walk me down the aisle. Since Pax was my best friend, he went along with the idea—thank goodness, since I didn’t ask him before I told Daddy.


Carolyn: What happened then?


Alana: Well, the whole town got behind the engagement, and suddenly we were all knee deep in wedding dress shopping, and wedding showers. One little lie to make him die a happy man turned into a huge thing, and there was no way I could back out of it since Daddy wanted me to have the biggest wedding ever seen in our part of Texas.


Carolyn (gasping): Keep going. We’re hanging on every word.


Alana: Then Daddy began to talk about the honeymoon and flying us anywhere in the world that I wanted to go. I didn’t want to waste weeks or even days off on a fake honeymoon. I wanted to spend every minute I could with him.

Carolyn: Even in the midst of the sadness, did you enjoy all the wedding plans?


Alana (with a smile): Of course. I had the wedding every woman dreams about, and Daddy was happy, but the crazy thing was that soon I didn’t know what was fake and what was real. I’d loved Pax in secret for years, and now I got to be engaged to him. But I have to admit, I wondered if he felt the same about me. That’s all for today or else I’ll be giving away spoilers.


Carolyn: Guess that’s all we can get her to talk about today, but I would like to add that Sunrise Ranch will be a bonus novella included in Cowboy Strong, and then will be available to order on July 7 in both ebook and paper book. Sunrise Ranch is the last story from Daisies in the Canyon.


And so, there you have it folks. Would you buy this book on the basis of that interview? I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Cowboy Strong, the last book in the Longhorn Canyon Series to one lucky person. A little note: There is one more little novella on the way tucked into the A Little Country Christmas anthology that will actually end the series. It’s titled The Perfect Christmas.

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  1. This sounds so good! I can’t wait to read it! I was literally hanging on every word of that interview hahaha. Then to say there’s a Christmas goodie in back!!!! You know my heart haha.

    • Writing the last full book in a series is always tough for me because I hate to say goodbye to the characters, but I did get to write the little novella about Dixie and Landon, so that helped.

  2. Happy 4th of July Carolyn. Yes I am truly intrigued from you interview. This book sounds very enticing.

  3. Oh Carolyn Brown I would buy anything you have based on that interview!!! You are one Awesome author

    • Thank you, Kim. I enjoyed visiting with Alana again. Some folks might not know, but a book usually takes about a year to go from my finished manuscript to the published product. So, it was fun to get to have a little time with the characters again for the interview.

  4. I loved reading this book and as always Mz Carolyn’s characters are just like someone you know possibly! Don’t enter

  5. Good morning and thanks for stopping back by! I loved this little interview and yes it will make me want to read this book and the whole series! I’d love the opportunity to read this book and novella! I hope you have a very Happy 4th of July! Stay safe in these difficult times!

    • Good mornin’ Stephanie, and thank you for your interest in the series. Hope everyone in your neck of the woods is safe and more importantly staying sane in these tough times!

  6. Thank you for stopping by and for reading the interview! Alana is upfront and honest…except for that little deception to give her father his dying wish.

  7. Thank you Carolyn for sharing your book with us all. It sounds really good. Happy 4tg of July to you.

  8. Oh for sure I would buy this book based on your interview! Shoot, your books are dear to my heart. Happy Independence Day! God bless America! And you.

  9. Hey, Miss Carolyn! Welcome back. I love Alana’s interview. Sure pulled me into the story. Paxton sounds like my kind of cowboy. The stuff dreams are made of. I hope you’re doing well. Honey, I’d buy any of your books, interview with your characters or not. You write excellent books that get my heart pumping. Thanks for coming!

  10. I live in the hot Phoenix area so we are heading to the mountains and camping out. Watermelon and hot dogs on the menu
    I have enjoyed reading some of your books.

  11. Aww, hand to heart, that is so sweet. Yes, I would buy this book based on that interview!

  12. Wow, your book sounds like a very good read! And yes, I would buy this book based on the interview for sure,it sounds very intriguing and like a very good page turner! And the cover is Gorgeous . I enjoyed reading this awesome interview!

  13. Welcome, Carolyn. Glad to see you back here and glad you have a new book for us to enjoy. I would definitely buy this book on the basis of this interview. Alana is the type of friend you would want. Her love for and dedication to her father are admirable. Having her best friend agree to give her father his last wish gives you a hint at the type of person he is. They seem to be two people who deserve an HEA, and I am sure you give them a good one.

    I hope you have an enjoyable 4th of July weekend. Stay safe and healthy.

  14. Stopping by today to wish everyone a very happy 4th of July! And to thank all y’all for the comments on yesterday’s post. I have the best fans, family and friends ever!

  15. Hi Carolyn – I loved the excerpt about Alana & Paxton. Sounds like amazing reading.
    I love my cowboys, so Paxton sounds like a keeper to me. Sometimes what’s right in front of you is what you have been searching for all along. Alana, needs to open her eyes more & look into her heart. Will put this book, Cowboy Strong & Perfect Christmas on my TBR list Enjoy reading all your books, Carolyn & passing them on to my friends.

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