Thank you for having me as your guest today. It’s an honor to be here to discuss Lucky in Love--the first book in the Lucky Series from Sourcebooks. When I was invited to blog at Drey’s Library, I thought about doing something promotional since this is the first in the Lucky Series and my first foray into the more mainstream line after writing more than thirty books for the library market.
But I held an executive meeting with the main characters, Beau and Milli, and they wanted something different since they didn’t get their names on the cover along with mine. That’s been a sore spot with them; they think they worked as hard as I did to tell the story. So we came up with the topic: Where did that come from anyway?
Once the basic story for Lucky in Love invaded my mind (if Beau and Milli weren’t ranchers I’d swear they had some divine intervention in the form of aliens) it had to be told. I know I saw Milli one day at the Ardmore Mall and Beau at the western wear store buying a pair of boots. The characters had taken over my mind and my computer! It was either write the book or never know a moment’s peace. Yes, my imagination does run amok but that’s the life of a romance writer.
After writing a chapter or two I realized I was the tool for writing. Beau and Milli were actually telling me what to write. Each day I’d sit down at the computer and there they were right in the room with me. And they didn’t give a damn about the outline, either. I suppose that’s why there are so many scenes that even yet with the book in its final glory, I still wonder where that scene came from anyway?
Milli took up residence on my shoulder like Tinker Bell, whispering in my ear and not afraid to pitch a fit. She fussed and fumed when I didn’t get her story just right and pretty often at the end of the day, I had to go back and change a few things. Most of the time it was because I’d let her get soft and she surely did not like that. She is a spit fire and only let the fears of her heart have control once. We argued about that part of the story but finally reached a compromise. I could write about her one little weakness if it made her stronger in the end.
Beau stood behind me and read over my shoulder. Try writing about the hunky, sexy cowboy from the book cover when he’s standing right behind you. Now try doing it without getting hot flashes! I could almost hear him chuckling when I described him as a Greek God with his blond hair, blue eyes and all those muscles. He thought he was just a plain old rancher, lucky in everything he touched except for love.
So to those of you who read Lucky in Love please know that the cover says Carolyn Brown is the author, but in reality it was a huge joint effort between me and that sexy Texas cowboy and the love of his life, Milli Torres. And Milli and Beau are probably still laughing over getting particular parts of their story told that I had no intentions of writing.
I’ve wondered if the characters hop right off the page and sit on the reader’s shoulder like they do mine. Does she giggle at parts so ludicrous they have to be real? Does he give you hot flashes when he takes his shirt off?
About the author:
Carolyn Brown is an award-winning author who has published 36 historical and western romance novels for the library market, many of them bestsellers in that market. She was born in Texas and grew up in southern Oklahoma. She and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma.
About the book:
When hunky rancher "Lucky Beau" Luckadeau accuses spitfire Milli Torres of stealing his prize bull, she promptly shoots at him, triggering a feud that only gets resolved when they discover they share a steamy hot memory from a night long ago...drey's thoughts:
It was a night of passion that has always haunted Lucky. The mysterious beauty he seduced at a cousin's wedding disappeared. He's always been lucky at cards, lucky with cattle, and lucky with land, but he's never been lucky in love.
Now Milli Torres has come to southern Oklahoma to help out on her grandfather's ranch. A cut fence and a big, mean Angus bull in the pasture are bad enough, but then she looks up and sees Beau Luckadeau. Great God Almighty, how did he get from Louisiana to Ardmore, Oklahoma, and what in the hell is she going to do if he recognizes her?
I'll be honest and admit that this wasn't one of my first picks when presented with the list from Sourcebooks. Cowboys aren't really my "thing"... But after reading Carolyn Brown's writing, I couldn't wait to pick up the next Lucky book. Good thing that was in my TBR pile already!
Milli is sassy. Just like I like 'em. Surprise, surprise! She also has a secret, one that she can't tell Beau. Who happens to be stubborn. And cranky. Perfect for the repartee that just rolls off the pages in this entertaining read. Carolyn Brown had me going from page 1 to 293 with hardly a break in between. If you're looking for a late summer or early fall, easy romance read, pick this up.
Like what you see? Here's a chance for two of you to win your very own copy of Lucky in Love, thanks to Sourcebooks!
-- Contest is open to US and Canada residents, no PO Boxes please!
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