Friday, August 2, 2013

Cowboy Seeks Bride...The Spikes & Spurs Finale

It all started in 2010 with Love Drunk Cowboy when Rye O'Donnell found his HEA before his older brother Dewar! Their father had always expected his children to get married in the order of their birth but the characters who popped into my head had a whole 'nother idea in mind.

Wil, Rye's friend, wanted his story told after Rye and Austin figured out that living in the little bitty town of Terral, Oklahoma wasn't so bad. Their story all started with the lights went out in Henrietta and Wil had to come into town for the night. Pearl had inherited the motel over on the east side of town and she really wasn't interested in that sexy cowboy but the heart will have what it wants. They were pretty insistent that I listen to what they had to tell so Red's Hot Cowboy was next in the Spikes & Spurs series.

I'd promised Ace the next slot in the line up but Madam Editor said she needed a Christmas book and Raylen, bless his heart, had been in love with Liz since they were just kids. So the two middle O'Donnell children, Raylen and his sister, Colleen, each found true love in Darn Good Cowboy Christmas with a couple of traveling carnival folks.

Gemma and Dewar were ready to tell me what happened in their lives but Ace had been promised so One Hot Cowboy Wedding was the next one on the list. Ace and Jazzy were pretty spicy characters and they woke me up at night if I didn't get their story told just right.


Right about then, it was time for another Christmas book. Creed, Ace's brother from One Hot Cowboy Wedding, stepped right up to the plate and told me about a ranch he'd been looking at over in the Palo Duro Canyon and I was hooked. Mistletoe Cowboy involved lots of snow, mistletoe, oil paintings and a meddling granny, which was right down my alley.

Gemma was impatiently stomping her boots and swearing that she was tired
of waiting. Dewar said to go right on and tell her story. There wasn't a woman in his life and he was about ready to settle in to being the favorite uncle in the O'Donnell family. I'd planned that Gemma would fall for one of Ace's brothers but oh, no! She said she wasn't doing any such thing. She was going on the Pro-Rodeo Tour in the bareback bronc riding events and I was going to write all about it. Well, dear hearts, Trace had been telling me the same thing so I just threw them together and added a baby to the mix in Just a Cowboy and His Baby.




And now it's time for Dewar's story, the grand finale...the big bang to end the series and leave everyone with a smile on their face with Cowboy Seeks Bride. Don't you just love that cover? It tells the story right there before you even open up to chapter one to read: If it was an April Fools’ joke, it damn sure wasn’t funny. If it wasn’t a joke, it was a disaster.

Dewar, two of his friends and three of his cousins were mounted up and ready to herd a hundred head of cattle from north Texas to Dodge City, Kansas. It was a reenactment of the old Chisholm Trail cattle run for a television company who planned on producing a reality television show. It was going to be a wonderful month of lazy rides, sleeping under the stars and eating campfire food, right up until the fellow the television company sent wasn't a man at all but a feisty red haired woman.

It's been a wild three year ride with the O'Donnells and their friends but it's been fun. Dewar and Haley are the icing on the cake...well, along with that pesky donkey, Eeyore, and all the adventures they had in a modern world without cellphones, lap tops or even a real bed to sleep in. But hey, there's something about a quilt under a weeping willow tree beside a bubbling stream with the stars shining down that sure is sexy.

Reviews have been good:
"A head-butting, heart-stopping, mouthwatering, sassy and very sexy romance read!" - The Book Reading Gals

"Carolyn Brown is one of my favorite authors of the modern cowboy... " - Dirty Girls Good Books

"I am a big fan of country romance and Carolyn Brown is always my go to since she always has the hottest cowboys and the best romance out there." - Love to Read for Fun

"Refreshing, fun and... down right sight worthy... filled with delicious cowboys, a piping hot romance and a wonderful adventure to boot." - Tome Tender

"I absolutely adored the outrageously colorful characters... The writing was so expressive that I could almost hear the country drawl. 5/5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"I felt like I was right there with them on the reenactment ride. I felt the dust, the heat of the sun and the sounds of the wilderness. Pretty cool." -Long and Short Reviews

Next Tuesday Cowboy Seeks Bride will hit the shelves! Do you hate to see a series come to an end? Have you made friends with the characters and wish you could have "just one more book" about them?

If so, keep your hats on and your boots polished. After the Cowboys & Brides series which debuted with Billion Dollar Cowboy in June, there's a brand new series, The Burnt Boot series, in the making and Finn and Sawyer O'Donnell (you will meet them in Cowboy Seeks Bride) are stars in two of the four books!

To celebrate the launch of Dewar and Haley's story I'm giving away a complete signed set of the Spikes & Spurs...all seven books! All you have to do to win is leave a comment and I'll put your name in the famous red boot. Mr. Random has agreed to choose a winner on Tuesday, the day that Cowboy Seeks Bride hits the shelf.

53 comments:

  1. Wow, the entire set? Count me in!!! Why have I not gotten into this series before? Now I definitely plan to find me some of these books! Cheers :)

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  2. Good morning, Ada...yep, the whole set! A family reunion between the book covers!

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  3. Amazing give away and some great looking reads, my kind of Friday!

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  4. What a great giveaway! Love these cowboys!

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  5. All seven books? What an AWESOME giveaway, Carolyn!!! (Don't put my name in the red boot. I just wanted to congratulate you on another fabulous release.)

    Hugs,
    Melissa/Macy

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  6. Hey, Caroline, hot, loving cowboys! Who could want much more??? Love the new title for the upcoming series too!

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  7. Congrats Carolyn!! You have given us readers an amazing series and although I am sad that its coming to an end I am also so excited for what is to come!!

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  8. My best friend introduces me to Carolyn a few years ago and I fell in love with her books! Her books just make you feel good! We read them together so we can laugh together! Thanks for the awesome ( the whole set WOW) giveaway!

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  9. Congrats Carolyn !!! I enjoyed this series so much. Your novels never fail to put a big smile on my face while I'm reading. It's awesome when an book does that. Keep up the awesome work. I love all of your books.

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  10. Can't believe the fabulous series is coming to an end, it makes me sad but then happy to know the series to come may give us a peek to those awesome characters we have known to love!!! Thanks for the the amazing books you write!!!

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  11. Vicki and Sharlene...thank you and good luck!

    Melissa: Thank you! Dewar and Haley are so ready to have their book on the shelf.

    Terry: Cowboys, cowboys...and more to come. It's a wonderful world.

    Teresa: Keep your boots on...Finn and Sawyer are coming back in the Burnt Boot Series which follows the Cowboys & Brides.

    Kim: You are a sweetheart and I do appreciate you driving all that way to Atlanta! Hugs to you.

    Debra: Thank you so much. Dewar says that he'll put the biggest smile of the whole series on your face. Of course, Rye and Raylen are arguing with him.

    Abby: I'll keep writing if fantastic readers like you keep reading.

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  12. Awesome giveaway. I love cowboys. Your series sounds great.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  13. Write what an awesome prize and way to send off the last book in this series Carolyn you have given us do many wonderful books thank you

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  14. Such an amazing series!! Can't wait for this last book and congratulations on such a success!!! Love the Spikes and Spurs series so much!!

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  15. I love these books, this is an awesome giveaway!

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  16. I can't wait to read these books. I love the attitude of your characters!!

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  17. I'm reading your Lucky series and can't wait to continue with your books. I love them. Thanks for the give away!!

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  18. I'd love to start this cowboy series!
    Thanks for the chance to be introduced to your cowboys!

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  19. So excited for this book!!! I loved all the past novels so I know I'm going to love this one just as much!!

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  20. Congrats on this new release!! This series has been one of my favorite and I can't wait to read this!!


    20.27.26@gmail.com

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  21. Wow can't believe this is the last one!!! It makes me sad but now that I know that there will be more cowboys I'm excited and happy for what is to come!! I really hope that these characters will make an appearance in the new series!

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  22. Love it! I almost feel like I could go and hang out with your characters. They're so real.

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  23. Crystal: Dewar is blushing. I keep telling him that my readers love cowboys!

    Ginny: Bless your heart for that compliment. Hugs!

    Abigail: My entire cowboy character staff and their ladies are bowing to show you how much they appreciate you reading their books.

    Tory: Dewar and Haley are just sure you are going to love them best of all.

    Katina: The Lucky Series is what started my love affair with cowboys.

    Kim: Here's hoping the finale lives up to the standard of the other six!

    Gail: Thank you! So glad that you've enjoyed the O'Donnells and their friends.

    Jen: You'll meet Finn and Sawyer in Cowboy Seeks Bride and later on, they are the heroes in two of the Burnt Boot series, debuting in October 2014.

    Shana: Thank you. That's an fantastic compliment coming from an awesome author like you.

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  24. Oh, thanks for a great chance at some fantastic reading. It's been a while since I've read a cowboy romance - I am long overdue!!! Love the covers.

    catslady5(at)aol.com

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  25. This would be an absolutely fabulous prize to win. T have read your medieval series and loved them. They are on my "keep" shelf. I haven't read any of these, but with your fabulous writing, they have to be great! The covers are extremely nice and I loved the description of each book. Loved the way they tie into each other. Happy writing!

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  26. Sounds like an interesting series

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  27. catslady: Yes, ma'am, it's time for cowboys to come visitin' with you!

    Shirley: Thank you for reading my books and for keeping them!

    bn: Thank you!

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  28. I love all her books! You really do feel like you are part of the family and living in the book! Can't wait to read more of them!!

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  29. Great!! Count me in, they sound really good.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

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  30. You at such an amazing author and I am so excited for this novel! Congrats on an amazing accomplishment of writing awesome novels! As a big fan I can only say how much I adore those characters of your and how I've spent countless hours rereading the greatness of your work, thank you soo much Miz.Carolyn for creating my escape from reality!! It would be an honor to win and good luck to everyone else!

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  31. Amanda: The O'Donnell family would take your right in and make you feel at home.

    Martha: You name is in the red boot. Good luck!

    Tabitha: You've given me my ego trip for the whole weekend! Thank you!

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  32. Wowzers! A whole set! Thats a whole lot of yummy cowboys. Excuse while I get a towel to wipe all this drool up. =P Thank you for the opportunity! I love me some cowboys! And Congratulations on the newest release!

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  33. i would love to win this series, by my favorite author. Please add me to contest. Congrats on new release, looking forward to not putting book down til i am finished.

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  34. I am looking forward to your new Book and not putting it down til it's done . I would love to be entered in your contest for your cowboy series. You are my favorite author. I enjoy your work. Congrats!

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  35. Wonderful! Since I haven't had a chance to start this series yet, even though I've been meaning to, winning the whole set would be fantastic.

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  36. I love this series! I love me some cowboys :)

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  37. Congrats on the release Carolyn, it's always sad to hear a series is coming to an end. I haven't had the pleasure of reading your series but I sure hope to! Thanks for having this giveaway!

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  38. JPEEZY: Haley says that when you meet Dewar you'll be glad you have that drool towel, that he's one sexy cowboy.

    Betty: WOW! I love being someone's favorite author.

    Barbara E: Dewar says that the best of the series is the last book and Rye keeps telling him that his book, the first one, outdoes the last one. They're taking bets. Maybe you can referee when you read them.

    Christy: Rye thanks you. Wil thanks you. Ace thanks you...etc. etc.

    Anita: Welcome to Ringgold, Texas...let me introduce you to the O'Donnell family and their friends!

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  39. what an amazing series and an amazing giveaway
    meandi09@yahoo.com

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  40. Victoria: Thank you!

    Jennifer: Haley really likes that word "amazing". She feels pretty amazing after riding a horse for 30 days straight and herding cattle through storms and dust!

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  41. As you know I adore your books. SO can't wait to read this one

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  42. regencygirl: Thanks for stopping by and I'm so glad that you love my books. Haley says it's because I write about sexy cowboys, that the ladies love my books! She could be right!

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  43. Howdy Mr. Random - pick my name out of your cowboy hat :)

    Thanks Carolyn!!

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  44. I am on a quest to have every book Miss Carolyn ever wrote, either in print or on my Kindle! I have yet to read one of her wonderful novels and not be thoroughly entertained!

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  45. Gina: Mr. Random is pleased to make your acquaintance. He helps me choose winners all the time and says to tell you good luck.

    Miz Kathy: Now that's a quest I can flat out get right up in the middle of, darlin'!

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  46. Congratulations!
    An entire series-- YOWZA! :-)

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  47. A friend recommended the whole series to me! I've started and can't put them down!!

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  48. I just love your Cowboys! Haven't read the whole series (yet,) but I have a lot to look forward to.

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  49. OMG!!! Who doesn't love cowboys??? Love your books!

    Thanks so much for the give-away. That's so generous of your to give the entire set. I would be thrilled to win... now I gotta give Mr. Random a pat in the back.:) LOL

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  50. Congrats on finishing one series and starting a new one. I bet it's like waving goodbye to old friends but looking forward to making new ones! Thanks for the giveaway and good luck on your new release!

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  51. WINNER! WINNER!
    Shirley Buchanan is the winner of the entire Spikes & Spurs series. Congratulations Shirley. Welcome to Ringgold, Texas, home of the O'Donnell family!

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