It's the last day of January, that means we have survived one of the hardest months of the year. Still we have a ways to go before Winter is over, so I am here to cheer you up today with a delightful dose of down home comfort reading. I am thrilled to be hosting Carolyn Brown once again on my blog. For all of you long time readers, Carolyn Brown is a perennial favorite here on Rainy Day Ramblings. I can't get enough of her charming, feel good romances. Her latest book, Luckiest Cowboy of All is no exception! Carolyn's books are what the soul needs on a wintery day. For all you new followers, let's get to know Carolyn Brown:
Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and a RITA finalist. Her books include historical, contemporary, cowboys and country music mass market paperbacks. Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, she refers to herself as a Tex-Okie. She and her husband live in Davis, Oklahoma. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren.
Let's get to the interview, here is Carolyn Brown, and be sure to check out the amazing giveaway at the end of the post!
Thank you, Heidi for inviting me back to Rainy Day Ramblings to talk about Luckiest Cowboy of All, the final book in the Happy, Texas series. It’s always so much fun to visit here—to prop up my feet and have a glass of sweet tea with you while we discuss the story!
The Happy, Texas series was focused on second chance romances. What do you like about second chance romances?
Second chance romance stories are a favorite of mine. Sometimes we’re either young or stupid or may a mixture of both and we blow the best chance at a romance that we could ever have. Then that second chance comes along and we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that we’d better jump every hurdle and dodge every bullet to make it work. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be an easy road to travel—it just means that we’ve just been given a miracle and it’s up to us to make it turn out right this time around.
I adored all of the couples in this series, it is a toss up between Henry and Hope or Carlene and Jace as my favorite. Do you have a favorite couple in the series?
I loved every one of the couples while I was writing about them. Henry and Hope stole my heart and I loved having them in my head through all three books. Young love. Senior citizen love. Love doesn’t know age. Each couple had their own obstacle course to run and sometimes one or both of the characters would wake me up to tell me that I hadn’t gotten their story just right. More than one morning found me making adjustments to the story so they’d stop fussing at me.
The kids in these books are adorable. I was especially charmed by Silas in Long, Tall Christmas Cowboy. Do you have some real life inspirations for the children in your books?
A real live Silas, my great grandson, was the inspiration for Silas, the character. His older brother, Kyce and their uncle, Zayne, who is just older than Kyce were both inspirations for a couple of other little boys in the book. Rustin came from a little boy I met in the grocery store one day. And Emma—well, she’s the fourth child that I never had, but always thought I might like to have.
You books are always a dose of down home comfort. I love picking up your books in the winter, they make me feel better. What do you do to beat those pesky winter blues?
Thank you, Heidi. I’m glad that my stories make you feel better during the cold winter days. What do I do to beat the blues? I let the characters, waiting in line for their stories to be told, into my head and we have the best conversations. Then I settle into my chair and begin to put what they are telling me into stories.
I am amazed at the number of books you are able to churn out each year. How many books are you planning on writing and releasing this year?
I have five books on the publication list this year: Luckiest Cowboy of All which came out yesterday; The Sometimes Sisters, Feb. 27; Cowboy Bold, the first book in the brand new Longhorn Canyon Series will be out May 29; Small Town Rumors, July 3; and Cowboy Honor, the second Longhorn Canyon book, Sept. 25.
I loved the Happy, Texas series, and I am sad to think that is over. Is this the final book in the Happy, Texas series?
I’m so glad that you liked the series. Happy, Texas is a real town out in the panhandle and I went there a couple of times to do research before and while I was writing the series. It’s a tiny little place set in the middle of that kind of place where dirt meets sky out there in the distance. It’s a place that absolutely stole my heart and soul. Yes, ma’am, the series has come to an end, but don’t take off your boots--the Maguire cowboys are riding into town with Cowboy Bold in May!
What is your favorite comfort food for winter?
I love hamburgers but not only in the winter! But comfort food would probably be fried chicken, mashed potatoes, hot biscuits and corn on the cob. Add a little blackberry cobbler with ice cream on top and my little fat cells just wallow in ecstasy.
A huge thank you to Carolyn for spending time with us today. I am sure she will be back in February with her next release: The Sometimes Sisters.
And a huge thank you for letting me stop by today. Yes, yes, yes—I’d love to come back in February and talk about The Sometimes Sisters!
Don't miss the rest of the Happy, Texas Series:
Here is my review:
Luckiest Cowboy of All (Happy, Texas #3) by Carolyn Brown
A secret baby brings a second chance for love. Carlene Varner's homecoming isn't exactly going according to plan. She thought she'd have some time to adjust before introducing her daughter to Jace Dawson, the father her little girl has never known. Instead, within days of her arrival, her house burns down and she and Tilly have no choice but to move in with the sexy cowboy himself at the Prairie Rose ranch. Now the whole Dawson clan-heck, the whole town of Happy-is all up in their business. Jace has dealt with stubborn bulls and bucking broncos-but being a dad? He is so not ready for this... Yet the more time he spends with Carlene and little Tilly, the harder it is to imagine life without them. Now he just has to convince Carlene that he's the real deal-and hope that this time she's here to stay.
Mass Market Paperback, 331 pages
Published: January 30th 2018 by Forever
Four and a half stars: A charming second chance love story that will steal your heart.
Jace Dawson has watched both his brother and sister find love, but he doubts it is in the cards for him. Jace hasn’t gotten over the girl who stole his heart when he was in high school, and then left town without further contact. Nine years later, Carlene is coming back to Happy, Texas to teach school. Jace wonders how he will feel when sees her again. He soon gets his answer, when he decides to pay Carlene a visit. He gets the shock of his life when he comes face to face with a red haired little girl with his eyes. How on earth is Jace going to handle being a daddy? He has no idea. Perhaps spending eight seconds on a bucking bull would be easier?
What I Liked:
- Luckiest Cowboy of All is the third book in the Happy, Texas series, and I have to say it is the sweetest and most charming of the three. I loved this second chance story. It is full of heart, hope and it features all the characters I have grown to love. If you are a fan of second chance romances, this is one not to be missed.
- This book is all about Jace and Carlene, and Hope and Henry. If you read the previous books in the series, you are familiar with Jace, the youngest of the Dawson clan. Jace is a fantastic uncle and brother. I was thrilled to finally get his story, and it didn’t disappoint. Jace is probably my favorite of the Dawson siblings. He is kind, caring, funny and he has a huge heart. Carlene is the perfect match for Jace. She is sweet, determined and not afraid to follow her heart. Together they are electric.
- Tilly steals the show. Tilly is a spunky, precocious nine year who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I got a kick out of this girl. I have to admit, that sometimes kids in books aren’t my favorite because authors fail to get them right and they don’t feel authentic. That is not the case with Tilly or any of the other kids in this series. I adored the children in this series. They are too cute and funny.
- This book is all about the second chance romance. You get a double dose with Jace and Carlene’s romance and then a bonus relationship with Hope, Jace’s grandma, and her long lost love, Henry. I enjoyed watching Jace and Carlene reconnect and find a way to make a family. There is plenty of heat and chemistry between the two. I was enchanted by Hope and Henry. At seventy, Hope is widowed and alone. She gets the shock of her life when Henry, her long lost love, rolls back into town. Sparks fly, and a romance sizzles. I loved seeing these two finally follow their hearts after so many years. I also enjoyed seeing Carlene and Hope sharing their heart’s secrets. Both romances were charming.
- This book is down home comfort. It features wonderful characters, fantastic romances, cute kids and animals, and lots of feels. I liked that there isn’t drama or angst. It is just a simple, sweet read. Perfect for winter reading.
- The ending is bittersweet. I loved catching up with all of the characters from the series one year down the road. Lots of big, happy changes for everyone. It was wonderful, but then I was sad at the thought of this series coming to an end as it has been one of my favorite series from Carolyn Brown to date.
And The Not So Much:
- I loved Henry and Hope’s story, but I found that I wanted more of Henry’s point of view. How did he feel about Hope all of those years?
- I struggled just a tiny bit with Carlene’s reasons for not contacting Jace sooner. Why was she so darn afraid to let him know he had a daughter? Not a big issue, just a niggle I had.
Luckiest Cowboy of All is the perfect ending to a sweet and satisfying series. I loved that this book featured two second chance romances. If you want a comfort read with terrific characters, adorable kids and animals and charming second chance romances, look no further. This book is what you need to beat those pesky winter blues! Loved it!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
Finally, the fantastic giveaway! Today, I am able to offer up, thanks to the wonderful folks over at Grand Central Publishing/ Hachette, three sets of the entire three book series of Happy, Texas Series.
Yes, that's right, three sets of three books for three lucky winners!
To enter read the Contest Policies and fill out the Rafflecopter. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good Luck!