Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Marry a Cowboy Launch


How to Marry a Cowboy is the final story in Cowboys & Brides series that started last year in June with Billion Dollar Cowboy. I’ve had such a fun time with all these wealthy cowboys running around in my head for more than a year but it’s one of those tales that did not start out that way.

You see, these cowboys showed up in my virtual world with their hats in hand, their boots all polished up and lookin’ all sexy. They had a request: would I write a book about each of them. And I said, “No!” Okay, I might have said, “Hell, no!”
 
I’ve been told my whole life that one can not write about that which one does not know or have a clue about. And believe me, I’ve never been rich so there was no way I could write about the rich and famous. But Colton persuaded me when he said that he wasn’t a billion dollar cowboy, he was a plain old cowboy with a billion dollars. I began to rethink my stand and agreed that if they’d let me choose the sassy women for the books, I might tell their stories.
 

And here we are, today—literally today since How to Marry a Cowboy hit the shelves this morning—with a big launch party for the last book in the series! So pop the corks off the champagne
or blend up some margaritas and daiquiris. Be sure to get a cupcake from the counter. I know they’re ugly as sin on Sunday morning but Lily and Gabby, the twins in the book, made them for this launch party and they think they area beautiful. Pull up your lawn chairs for the concert the twins are going to put on for us. And yes, you can put on your drooling bib when Mason enters the room…FYI, those little fans on the counter, the ones with a picture of the book cover on the front and an excerpt on the back are to be used in case of hot flashes.

Speaking of an excerpt...this is the way the book starts out: “Gabby, come quick! Hot damn, Daddy done got us a new mama!”

The sound of a little girl’s running feet pounded through her head like a longhorn cattle stampede, and her eyes snapped open to see two little blond girls with tangled hair flying out to the sides of their heads as they jumped up and down on the wooden porch, giving Annie Rose the mother of all headaches. The bright morning sun rising above the trees out there on the horizon stung so bad that she frowned and quickly shut them, hoping it was all a bizarre nightmare.

The faint smell of a ranch that wafted to her nose on the morning breeze was one of her favorite scents in the world, but even that wasn’t comforting under the circumstances. She felt the rumbling purr of a big yellow cat who had apparently curled up in the curve of her body sometime during the night. Sudden fear, not of the cat, but because she’d slept past daylight, put her into flight mode, and she pushed the cat to the side and sat up.

The porch posts tilted off to the left, and the little girls went fuzzy. She shut her eyes again and muttered to herself, “Where am I? I’ve got to find an airport or a bus station.”

“More important, who are you?” a deep man’s voice asked, half-gentle, half-suspicious, and Annie Rose opened her eyes again to look into the concerned green eyes of the handsomest man she’d ever seen in her waking moments.

She glanced down at the torn and dirty bridal gown and the suitcase sitting off to one side of the swing, and it all flashed through her mind like a dying woman’s last visions—the terror that gripped her so hard that it nauseated her, the drive across the northern part of Texas, and the last time she checked her rearview to be sure she wasn’t being followed. Looking up to see the tree coming right at her, the impact when her left front bumper hit and bark flew, then the long, greasy slide into the muddy water. It was all there in vivid color, right along with Nicky standing across the room from her with a telephone to his ear.

Maybe if she faked amnesia it would buy her a couple of hours. That’s all she needed to get cleaned up and get out of here. People did get amnesia. She’d seen it a few times when she was working as a nurse. What she’d dealt with lasted only a day or two, but she’d read case files where it had gone on for much longer. If she could buy herself time to change and catch a ride, that would work out perfectly.

“I’m not sure about anything.” She raised her head to look at him and blinked against the light-headedness.

One of the girls sat down beside her on the swing. “It’s okay. We’ll take care of you. I am Gabby, and this is Lily, and you are our new mama. Daddy married you last night.”

“I don’t think I married your daddy, honey,” she said.

Lily locked her arms around her daddy’s waist. “Tell her, Daddy. Tell her that you had a wedding. You must have, Daddy, she’s wearing the prettiest wedding dress ever, but Daddy, she sure did get it messed up. That’s the big problem with dresses, you know, we keep telling you all the time, Daddy. They ain’t jeans, and they don’t stay clean. Come on, Daddy, help her remember. Where did you find her anyway? Why did you leave her on the porch and not bring her in the house?”

The two little girls decide to make her a booklet, How to Remember, that very day and since it worked so well that Annie Rose got her memory back, it led to more booklets throughout the story: How to be a Rancher and How to be a Mommy and the final one, How to Marry a Cowboy, but the girls didn’t make that one for her!

What would you like to find in a How to Marry a Cowboy booklet…if someone where to write one for the market? I'll give away a Kindle or Nook copy of How to Marry a Cowboy to two lucky folks who comment today...so be sure to leave your email address!

TODAY I'm joining four other authors for a FB party...y'all come on over to the FB PAGE and join us. We'll be there all day and there's lots of prizes to be given away. A different author every half hour to talk to and every one of us is giving away a prize or two! I'm on the list for 9:30-10 and 11:30-12 in the morning. That's CST...hope to see you there!

24 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Happy Launch Day Carolyn! This looks fabulous

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    1. Thank you, Christy! I'm so excited about this book!

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  2. Every single thing Carolyn writes is a gift to the reader!

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    1. Bless your heart redmama for that comment! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  3. Not entering the contest, just wanted to say I hate to see the series end. It's been a wonderful series and can't wait to see what comes next, Carolyn. Congratulations on your launch day and giving Mason his not her story. :)

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    1. Thank you Miz Mason...this was such a fun series to write. Those wealthy cowboys taught me that the heart has no use for money. And there's more cowboys on the way...so don't take off your boots just yet!

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  4. Happy Release Day, Carolyn! I'll have a margarita, please!

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    1. Coming right up, Miz Cheryl and HAPPY RELEASE DAY to you as well!

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    2. Thanks, Carolyn! Exciting, isn't it?

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  5. Rosemary RobinsonJuly 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Would you marry me would be a great start or finish to the booklet.

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    1. Yes, ma'am, it would...and it might be in that booklet (shhh, no spoilers from me or Mason and Annie would be upset)

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  6. A GREAT BIG Congratulations to all the Casablanca authors who have releases hitting the shelves today. I'm honored to get to sit beside them on the book shelves!

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  7. Congrats! Another awesome cowboy romance. Count me in! Loved the excerpt. :)
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Mason and Annie Rose are so excited to be sitting on the shelves beside the other three cowboy books in the series!

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  8. Congratulations! Happy Release Day! Mmmm, cowboys.

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  9. Terri, thank you so much! It's been a hectic day with the FAB 5 FB page party and three stops on the blog tour but hey, it's sure been exciting!

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  10. Happy Release Day!!!! I sure would like to find a cowboy...

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    1. Kathleen, I'm sure just the right one is out there waiting for you!

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  11. Happy release! Tips

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  12. Okay folks, the drawing has been held...drum roll please...Susan P and red mama need to message me your email. I have Susan P's but need to know whether you want your book in Kindle or Nook. Red mama, I need your email address and whether you want Kindle or Nook!

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  13. Red mama, my email address is ccbrown66@att.net
    If you will send your choice to that address I'll get your book ordered!

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  14. Congrats on the new release, sounds like a sweet story!

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  15. Congrats on the new release, Carolyn!!! :) Keep them coming!

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