Friday, May 16, 2014

BRAIN, DON'T DESERT ME NOW!

TWO giveaways...in ebook form...one of Blue Ribbon to one reader. One of Red Hot to another.


I heard a suspicious whine in the air so I thought I'd better fortify the Over Coffee bar. Hot scones will be out of the oven soon, meanwhile help yourself to the fresh coffee and tea. Made cookies last night and they're great with coffee and kick butt on the whine. Just sayin' 
My guest is romance author, Carolyn Brown. She's been dancin' around with way too many sexy cowboys the past couple of weeks, but I'll let her tell you about that problem...
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So I was about to send a note off to Sia to ask her for an interview rather than a post. My brain was coming up totally empty and for me that’s a first. I can always talk the ears off a politician so what was wrong with my brain. Did I have something terminal? Good Lord, was I going to blank out on the WIP? It’s only a few thousand words over the half way mark…brain don’t desert me now!

Then that little voice inside my head said, “Hey, you have given your brain cells a workout this past two weeks and they are demanding a vacation? Plus you've been layin’ off sugar and your fat cells are whinin’. The brain cells demand the right to whine along with them.”

One can not argue with the truth but it can be explained.

I was typing along on the third book in the Burnt Boot series and was on top of the mountain. That’s when I hit the half way mark. I've climbed, struggled, slipped in several places and slid backwards in even more. But now I’m on the top. I can see where I've been and where I’m going and the backside doesn't look nearly as formidable as getting to the top.

Then I got the first round edits for Daisies in the Canyon and it does involve more than adding commas and question marks. No problem, put the WIP on hold. I've reached the top so it’s not any big deal, right?’

Wrong! I get half way through the Daisies in the Canyon and I get the first round edits for The Trouble with Texas Cowboys. Both of my publishers are putting out a book next January—one at the beginning of the month; one at the end. So I leave Daisies in the Canyon and work on The Trouble with Texas Cowboys because the deadline for it comes first. Remember now, I was half way through with the WIP, One Cowboy Too Many.

Three sets of characters dashing around in my head which means a lot of hot cowboys. I turned on the fans and drank a lot of really cold water. I could do this. I could eat an elephant a bite at a time. So still no problem, right?”

Wrong again! My awesome editor called to say that since we’d decided to go another route with the last two books in the Burnt Boot series, the launch materials did not fit anymore. So I left behind Daisies in the Canyon, The Trouble with Texas Cowboys and One Cowboy Too Many and whipped out new launch materials. Then I had five sets of characters in my head, all of them involving hot cowboys and I needed more than a fan, dear hearts! Where were those little white pills to prevent hot flashes? I know I had some left in the cabinet.

And that is why my brain cells are whining today! But hey, I wanted to be a writer. I asked all the higher powers to let me be a writer. And now I am one so my brain cells can suck it up and help me think of a decent post so Sia won’t be disappointed. And my fat cells can be
The one and only Chester Fat Boy. He told
Boots Randolph Terminator Outlaw, it was
his turn to be the star.
quiet, too, or I’ll start cleaning house and sweat a few of them out just to show them I’m still the boss.


Oh, and I finished all the edits, the launch materials and worked on a few more new ideas for the WIP. Got to admit I probably couldn't have done it without my muse so meet Chester Fat Boy, who has been beside me every day for two weeks. Yes, he does have his own pillow and yes, he does sleep a lot but he never forsakes me. I bet he’d even have something very interesting to write a post about and he wouldn't whine like my brain and fat cells!


I spent a week in Cadillac, Texas (you can read about it here). Both books are great stories and you have a chance to win an e-book of either, The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society (Book I) or the current book, The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off (Book II and they can be read as a stand-alone). 
BTW, Sia is never disappointed with any of Carolyn Brown's writing. Just sayin'.


                                                                                                                                                          


BUY: AMAZON, B&N,
CHAPTERS INDIGO ca, INDIEBOUND
More Than the Chili's Heating Up Cadillac, Texas


Carlene Lovelle, co-owner of Bless My Bloomers lingerie shop, found a pair of fancy red-silk panties in her husband's briefcase, and all hell is breaking loose. She custom-made those fancy bloomers herself—and she remembers the bimbo who bought them. If her husband had a lick of sense, he'd known there are no secrets in a town like Cadillac.

Carlene's cohorts—and their mamas—plan to exact revenge on Lenny Joe where it'll hurt the most: break his ten-year winning streak at the prestigious Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off. Never before has a woman dared to compete. But the ladies of Bless My Bloomers are cooking up a storm...and it seems the whole town is taking sides in the showdown.


Welcome to Cadillac, Texas, where the chili is hot, the gossip is hotter, and friends stick by each other, no matter what the challenge.

                                                                                                                     


Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than fifty 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 continues to write more cowboy romances! For more information, please visit www.CarolynLBrown.com and Facebook.

17 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Nice to meet you Carolyn! And thank you once again as always for introducing us to so many wonderful people Sia :)

Liza said...

Oh, this sounds like a fun read. As for all the rest, well, glad you made it out to the other side Carolyn!

Mason Canyon said...

First, let me say I've read both of the Cadillac, Texas books and the winners will have some fun reading.

Now, Carolyn how in the world do you do it? One of these days you'll have to write a book where all these characters come together for one huge blowout celebration. Can't wait to see what's in store for us with these new series. Give Chester Fat Boy a hug for me.

Sia, the cookies are good but those scones smell delicious.

Carolyn Brown said...

OE...Thank you so much for stopping by this morning. And it's wonderful to meet you. Sia is the best at introducing authors and readers!

Liza: It was tough but I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel! Now to deal with those new cowboys...such a tough job. LOL

Carolyn Brown said...

Mason, thank you so much for joining us. Chester Fat Boy feels like quite the king of the mountain today and appreciates your hug. A family reunion between all my characters would be a hoot! How do I do it? I have tunnel vision...whatever I'm working on gets my full attention and the other projects have to simmer on the back burner. Still, my poor little brain does its fair amount of whinin' when the back pots all need stirrin' at the same time.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Keith, I do have some great guests and I'm glad you enjoyed Carolyn's post.

Liza they are a fun read.

Mason Cadillac was a fun place, wasn't it? Oh my gosh, my mind whimpers just thinking of the logistics of a blowout celebration, lol!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Carolyn Thank you for being a guest Over Coffee this week. I always enjoy your articles.

I'll be in and out today. I have to work a couple hours and then PT, but I will be stopping in later.

Carolyn Brown said...

Sia, I LOVE visiting with all y'all at Over Coffee. And THANK YOU for the awesome reviews on the Cadillac books. There's one more coming out in the spring of 2015...The Yellow Rose Barbecue Ball and yes, Agnes and Violet are at it again!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Great post! I bow to the mistress. Obviously, Carolyn is a far better multi-tasker than most of us mere mortals. (Certainly better than I!) It's one of life's great ironies that if you want a task accomplished, allocate it to someone who's already busy. In this case, I think it fits. Congrats on getting all of that accomplished. Fifty books? Wow. It took ME forever just to write one!

~Sia McKye~ said...

I read the first chapter preview of the new one. I loved what I read. The whole haircut scenario was hilarious, lol! I do love Agnes. Older but not to old to be willing to try new things. And can I just say, Violet deserves everything she gets, lol!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Susan I've heard that said too. I just know, even being able to focus on the task at hand, doing what Carolyn did--editing two books and in middle of writing another--would be a huge task for me. She seems to take in stride, bless her heart.

Jo said...

More reasons why I am glad I decided not to be a writer. Don't have a muse anyway.

I won a book from you two or three years ago Sia, never did get it from the author. Must admit I had forgotten about it.

How's the shoulder doing?

cleemckenzie said...

How great to meet Carolyn, but I'm really impressed with Chester Fat Boy. With a muse like that I could probably write gooder.

Carolyn Brown said...

I've been off to my granddaughter's graduation this afternoon and evening. Just got home and read through the comments. Something granddaughter said in her salutatorian speech made me smile. She said her mother was her inspiration and one of the things she taught her was that she could eat an elephant a bite at a time...I remember telling her mother that when she was Issy's age! LOL! Anyway that's the attitude I take into every major project, folks...one bite at a time and pretty soon the elephant is gone. So glad that y'all liked Chester Fat Boy. He liked being a star today. SIA, I'm so glad you liked what's on the way in The Yellow Rose Barbecue Ball!

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Sia, Hi, Carolyn...

Busy. Busy... Congrats on you marvelous muse and your third book in this series...

WESTERN ROMANCES are THE BOMB today .... But of course you know this writing them for years now...

All the best with keeping Chester Fat Boy happy and well fed!

Tina said...

Wow, Carolyn, you are one busy lady! I love the premise of the chili cook-off book, gotta get my hands on that one. My engineer husband prides himself on his chili but has never entered a contest. We have plenty of them here in Colorado!
Tina @ Life is Good
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Old Kitty said...

Wow!! All these lovely characters swirling away happily! Yay!! And huge congratulations with finishing all the edits and keeping your brain cells in check!!

Big hello to lovely Chester! Take care
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