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Carolyn Brown
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    Contemporary Romance Historical Romance Women's Fiction
  • Country: United States
  • Books: 104
  • Profession: Full time author
  • Born: 22 October
  • Member Since: Mar 2017
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BIOGRAPHY

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, Wall Street Journal , #1 Washington Post, #1 Amazon Best Selling Author & a RITA Finalist.
Her novels have sold more than seven million copies, and have been on multiple best seller lists, won several awards, and have been praised by both reviewers and fans. Her 100th book was published in 2020. Her novels have been translated into 19 foreign languages, and several are available in large print. Presently, she writes women's fiction with a romantic element and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website at www.carolynbrownbooks.com

Carolyn Brown Books

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Cowboy Courage: Includes a bonus novella (Longhorn Canyon Book 6)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jan 28, 2020Contemporary Romance Romance Western Romance
The Banty House
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The Banty Houseby Carolyn BrownPublish: May 26, 2020Romance Women's Fiction Humor
Cowboy Strong: Includes a bonus novella (Longhorn Canyon Book 7)
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Cowboy Strong: Includes a bonus novella (Longhorn Canyon Book 7)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jun 30, 2020Contemporary Romance Western Romance
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#1 Best SellerThe Family Journalby Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 12, 2019Women's Fiction
The Empty Nesters
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The Empty Nestersby Carolyn BrownPublish: Aug 20, 2019Contemporary Romance Women's Fiction
Christmas with a Cowboy: Includes a bonus novella (Longhorn Canyon Book 5)
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#1 Best SellerChristmas with a Cowboy: Includes a bonus novella (Longhorn Canyon Book 5)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Sep 24, 2019Series: The Longhorn Canyon SeriesContemporary Romance Western Romance
The Perfect Dress
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#1 Best SellerThe Perfect Dressby Carolyn BrownPublish: Apr 16, 2019Contemporary Romance Women's Fiction
Cowboy Rebel: Includes a Bonus Short Story (Longhorn Canyon Book 4)
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Cowboy Rebel: Includes a Bonus Short Story (Longhorn Canyon Book 4)by Carolyn BrownPublish: May 28, 2019Contemporary Romance Western Romance
Cowboy Brave: Two full books for the price of one (Longhorn Canyon)
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#1 Best SellerCowboy Brave: Two full books for the price of one (Longhorn Canyon)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jan 08, 2019Series: Longhorn CanyonContemporary Romance Western Romance
The Magnolia Inn
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The Magnolia Innby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jan 15, 2019Contemporary Romance Women's Fiction
Small Town Rumors
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Small Town Rumorsby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 03, 2018Contemporary Romance Women's Fiction
The Sometimes Sisters
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The Sometimes Sistersby Carolyn BrownPublish: Feb 27, 2018Romance Women's Fiction
Cowboy Bold (Longhorn Canyon)
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Cowboy Bold (Longhorn Canyon)by Carolyn BrownPublish: May 29, 2018Series: Longhorn CanyonWestern Romance
Cowboy Honor: Includes a bonus novella (Longhorn Canyon)
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Cowboy Honor: Includes a bonus novella (Longhorn Canyon)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Sep 25, 2018Series: Longhorn CanyonContemporary Romance Western Romance
The Barefoot Summer
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The Barefoot Summerby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jan 03, 2017Romance Women's Fiction
The Lullaby Sky
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The Lullaby Skyby Carolyn BrownPublish: Sep 13, 2016Romance Women's Fiction
The Ladies' Room
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The Ladies' Roomby Carolyn BrownPublish: Sep 04, 2012Romance Women's Fiction
The Strawberry Hearts Diner
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The Strawberry Hearts Dinerby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 18, 2017Romance Women's Fiction
The Wedding Pearls
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The Wedding Pearlsby Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 15, 2015Romance Women's Fiction
The Lilac Bouquet
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The Lilac Bouquetby Carolyn BrownPublish: Mar 28, 2017Romance Women's Fiction
Hidden Secrets
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Hidden Secretsby Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 13, 2012Romance Women's Fiction
Trouble in Paradise
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Trouble in Paradiseby Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 18, 2012Contemporary Romance Romance
Wild Cowboy Ways (Lucky Penny Ranch)
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Wild Cowboy Ways (Lucky Penny Ranch)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 22, 2015Series: Lucky Penny RanchWestern Romance
Hot Cowboy Nights (Lucky Penny Ranch)
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Hot Cowboy Nights (Lucky Penny Ranch)by Carolyn BrownPublish: May 31, 2016Series: Lucky Penny RanchWestern Romance
Merry Cowboy Christmas (Lucky Penny Ranch)
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Merry Cowboy Christmas (Lucky Penny Ranch)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Sep 27, 2016Series: Lucky Penny RanchWestern Romance
Wicked Cowboy Charm (Lucky Penny Ranch)
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Wicked Cowboy Charm (Lucky Penny Ranch)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jan 31, 2017Series: Lucky Penny RanchWestern Romance
Toughest Cowboy in Texas: A Western Romance (Happy, Texas)
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Toughest Cowboy in Texas: A Western Romance (Happy, Texas)by Carolyn BrownPublish: May 30, 2017Western Romance
Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas (Happy, Texas)
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Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas (Happy, Texas)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Sep 26, 2017Contemporary Romance Western Romance
Luckiest Cowboy of All: Two full books for the price of one (Happy, Texas)
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Luckiest Cowboy of All: Two full books for the price of one (Happy, Texas)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jan 30, 2018Romance Western Romance
Choices (Love's Valley Historical Romance)
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Choices (Love's Valley Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 18, 2012Historical Romance
Chances (Love's Valley Historical Romance)
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Chances (Love's Valley Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 18, 2012Historical Romance
Absolution (Love's Valley Historical Romance)
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Absolution (Love's Valley Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 18, 2012Historical Romance
Redemption (Love's Valley Historical Romance)
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Redemption (Love's Valley Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 18, 2012Historical Romance
Promises (Love's Valley Historical Romance)
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Promises (Love's Valley Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 20, 2012Historical Romance
From Wine to Water (An Angels & Outlaws Historical Romance)
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From Wine to Water (An Angels & Outlaws Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 01, 2010Historical Romance
Walkin' On Clouds (Angels & Outlaws Historical Romance)
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Walkin' On Clouds (Angels & Outlaws Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 20, 2012Historical Romance
A Trick of Light (An Angels & Outlaws Historical Romance)
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A Trick of Light (An Angels & Outlaws Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Aug 01, 2011Historical Romance
From Thin Air (Black Swan Historical Romance)
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From Thin Air (Black Swan Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 20, 2012Historical Romance
Pushin' Up Daisies (Black Swan Historical Romance)
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Pushin' Up Daisies (Black Swan Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 20, 2012Historical Romance
Come High Water (Black Swan Historical Romance)
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Come High Water (Black Swan Historical Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 18, 2012Historical Romance
I Love This Bar (Honky Tonk Book 1)
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I Love This Bar (Honky Tonk Book 1)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jun 01, 2010Series: Honky TonkContemporary Romance
Hell, Yeah (Honky Tonk Book 2)
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Hell, Yeah (Honky Tonk Book 2)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Aug 01, 2010Series: Honky TonkContemporary Romance Western Romance
My Give a Damn's Busted (Honky Tonk Book 3)
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My Give a Damn's Busted (Honky Tonk Book 3)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 01, 2010Series: Honky TonkContemporary Romance Western Romance
Honky Tonk Christmas
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Honky Tonk Christmasby Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 01, 2010Series: Honky TonkContemporary Romance
Willow (Promised Land Romances Series Book 1)
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Willow (Promised Land Romances Series Book 1)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Mar 12, 2013Series: Promised Land Romances SeriesHistorical Romance
Velvet (Promised Land Romances Series Book 2)
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Velvet (Promised Land Romances Series Book 2)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Mar 12, 2013Series: Promised Land Romances SeriesHistorical Romance
Gypsy (Promised Land Romances Series Book 3)
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Gypsy (Promised Land Romances Series Book 3)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 23, 2013Series: Promised Land Romances SeriesHistorical Romance
Garnet (Promised Land Romances Series Book 4)
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Garnet (Promised Land Romances Series Book 4)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 23, 2013Series: Promised Land Romances SeriesHistorical Romance
Augusta (Promised Land Romances Series Book 5)
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Augusta (Promised Land Romances Series Book 5)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 18, 2012Series: Promised Land Romances SeriesHistorical Romance
Emma's Folly
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Emma's Follyby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 16, 2013Historical Romance
Violet's Wish
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Violet's Wishby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 18, 2013Historical Romance
Maggie's Mistake
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Maggie's Mistakeby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 18, 2013Historical Romance Romance
Just Grace
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Just Graceby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 18, 2013Historical Romance
Love Drunk Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs Book 1)
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Love Drunk Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs Book 1)by Carolyn BrownPublish: May 03, 2011Series: Spikes & SpursContemporary Romance Western Romance
Red's Hot Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs Book 2)
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Red's Hot Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs Book 2)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Aug 02, 2011Series: Spikes & SpursContemporary Romance Western Romance
Mistletoe Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs Book 5)
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Mistletoe Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs Book 5)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 02, 2012Series: Spikes & SpursContemporary Romance Western Romance
One Hot Cowboy Wedding (Spikes & Spurs Book 4)
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One Hot Cowboy Wedding (Spikes & Spurs Book 4)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Apr 03, 2012Series: Spikes & SpursContemporary Romance Western Romance
Darn Good Cowboy Christmas (Spikes & Spurs Book 3)
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Darn Good Cowboy Christmas (Spikes & Spurs Book 3)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 04, 2011Series: Spikes & SpursContemporary Romance Western Romance
Just a Cowboy and His Baby (Spikes & Spurs Book 6)
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Just a Cowboy and His Baby (Spikes & Spurs Book 6)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 04, 2012Series: Spikes & SpursContemporary Romance
Cowboy Seeks Bride (Spikes & Spurs Book 7)
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Cowboy Seeks Bride (Spikes & Spurs Book 7)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Aug 06, 2013Series: Spikes & SpursContemporary Romance Western Romance
Billion Dollar Cowboy (Cowboys & Brides Book 1)
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Billion Dollar Cowboy (Cowboys & Brides Book 1)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jun 04, 2013Series: Cowboys & BridesContemporary Romance Western Romance
A Heap of Texas Trouble
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A Heap of Texas Troubleby Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 06, 2016Contemporary Romance Women's Fiction
What Happens in Texas
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What Happens in Texasby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jun 07, 2016Contemporary Romance Women's Fiction
The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop
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The Yellow Rose Beauty Shopby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 14, 2015Romance Women's Fiction
The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride (Cowboys & Brides Book 3)
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The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride (Cowboys & Brides Book 3)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Feb 04, 2014Series: Cowboys & BridesContemporary Romance Western Romance
The Cowboy's Christmas Baby (Cowboys & Brides Book 2)
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The Cowboy's Christmas Baby (Cowboys & Brides Book 2)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Sep 24, 2013Series: Cowboys & BridesContemporary Romance Western Romance
How to Marry a Cowboy (Cowboys & Brides Book 4)
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How to Marry a Cowboy (Cowboys & Brides Book 4)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 01, 2014Series: Cowboys & BridesContemporary Romance Western Romance
A Falling Star
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A Falling Starby Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 22, 2013Contemporary Romance
The Ivy Tree
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The Ivy Treeby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 16, 2013Contemporary Romance
Cowboy Boots for Christmas: (Cowboy not included) (Burnt Boot, Texas Book 1)
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Cowboy Boots for Christmas: (Cowboy not included) (Burnt Boot, Texas Book 1)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 07, 2014Series: Burnt Boot, TexasContemporary Romance
One Texas Cowboy Too Many (Burnt Boot, Texas Book 3)
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One Texas Cowboy Too Many (Burnt Boot, Texas Book 3)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Mar 01, 2016Series: Burnt Boot, TexasContemporary Romance Western Romance
The Trouble with Texas Cowboys (Burnt Boot, Texas Book 2)
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The Trouble with Texas Cowboys (Burnt Boot, Texas Book 2)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jan 06, 2015Series: Burnt Boot, TexasContemporary Romance Western Romance
A Cowboy Christmas Miracle (Burnt Boot, Texas Book 4)
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A Cowboy Christmas Miracle (Burnt Boot, Texas Book 4)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Sep 06, 2016Series: Burnt Boot, TexasContemporary Romance Western Romance
All the Way from Texas
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All the Way from Texasby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 18, 2013Contemporary Romance
Morning Glory
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Morning Gloryby Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 20, 2012Historical Romance
Evening Star
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Evening Starby Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 01, 2007Historical Romance Romance
Sweet Tilly (Drifters and Dreamers Romances)
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Sweet Tilly (Drifters and Dreamers Romances)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 20, 2012Historical Romance
The Dove
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The Doveby Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 20, 2012Historical Romance
Love Is
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Love Isby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 18, 2013Contemporary Romance
A Forever Thing (A Three Magic Words Romance)
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A Forever Thing (A Three Magic Words Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 01, 2011Contemporary Romance
In Shining Whatever (A Three Magic Words Romance)
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In Shining Whatever (A Three Magic Words Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 16, 2012Contemporary Romance
Life After Wife (A Three Magic Words Romance)
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Life After Wife (A Three Magic Words Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jan 08, 2013Romance Women's Fiction
The Third Wish: A Novella
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The Third Wish: A Novellaby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jun 13, 2017Contemporary Romance
The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off
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The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Offby Carolyn BrownPublish: Apr 01, 2014Women's Fiction Humor
To Trust (Broken Roads Romance Book 1)
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To Trust (Broken Roads Romance Book 1)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Sep 04, 2012Series: Broken Roads RomanceContemporary Romance
To Believe (A Broken Roads Romance)
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To Believe (A Broken Roads Romance)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 01, 2008Series: Broken Roads RomanceContemporary Romance
To Commit (Broken Roads Romance Book 2)
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To Commit (Broken Roads Romance Book 2)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 20, 2012Series: Broken Roads RomanceContemporary Romance
To Dream (Broken Roads Romance Book 4)
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To Dream (Broken Roads Romance Book 4)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 20, 2012Series: Broken Roads RomanceContemporary Romance
To Hope (Broken Roads Romance Book 5)
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To Hope (Broken Roads Romance Book 5)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 20, 2012Series: Broken Roads RomanceContemporary Romance
Lucky in Love
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Lucky in Loveby Carolyn BrownPublish: Sep 01, 2009Series: Lucky CowboysContemporary Romance Western Romance
One Lucky Cowboy
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One Lucky Cowboyby Carolyn BrownPublish: Nov 01, 2009Series: Lucky CowboysContemporary Romance Western Romance
Getting Lucky (Lucky Cowboys Book 3)
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Getting Lucky (Lucky Cowboys Book 3)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Jan 01, 2010Series: Lucky CowboysContemporary Romance Western Romance
Talk Cowboy to Me (Lucky Cowboys Book 4)
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Talk Cowboy to Me (Lucky Cowboys Book 4)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Mar 01, 2017Contemporary Romance Western Romance
The Yard Rose
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The Yard Roseby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 18, 2013Contemporary Romance
The PMS Club
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The PMS Clubby Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 18, 2012Contemporary Romance
The Wager
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The Wagerby Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 18, 2012Contemporary Romance
That Way Again
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That Way Againby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 18, 2013Contemporary Romance
Lily's White Lace
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Lily's White Laceby Carolyn BrownPublish: Jul 16, 2013Contemporary Romance
Long, Hot Texas Summer
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Long, Hot Texas Summerby Carolyn BrownPublish: Aug 26, 2014Western Romance
Daisies in the Canyon
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Daisies in the Canyonby Carolyn BrownPublish: Dec 16, 2014Contemporary Romance Western Romance
An Old Love's Shadow (Vintage Carolyn Brown Romances)
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An Old Love's Shadow (Vintage Carolyn Brown Romances)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 01, 2014Contemporary Romance
Small Town Romance Collection: Four Complete Romances & A New Novella
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Small Town Romance Collection: Four Complete Romances & A New Novellaby Carolyn BrownPublish: Feb 14, 2017Contemporary Romance
Red River Deep (Vintage Carolyn Brown Romances)
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Red River Deep (Vintage Carolyn Brown Romances)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 01, 2014Contemporary Romance
Bride for A Day (Vintage Carolyn Brown Romances)
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Bride for A Day (Vintage Carolyn Brown Romances)by Carolyn BrownPublish: Oct 01, 2014Contemporary Romance

Carolyn Brown interview On 22, Jun 2018

"Having worked a lot of jobs in her life, author Carolyn Brown feels her job as a mother of three has been the most important to her. She enjoys the quiet and likes to write in the peaceful office in her house. She is a lover of small towns so the fact that she resides in a town with only one traffic light does not come as much of a surprise. Her large family is where she takes away a lot of stories and one meeting with all of them gives her enough ideas to work on for years. Author of many books and claiming success with the Lilac Bouquet, she enjoys writing both stand-alone novels and series as she feels it gives her diversity as a writer.

Following the philosophy “WRITE, don't WHINE!” since always, she is currently working on a women's fiction titled The Perfect Dress and will begin work on Cowboy Rebel, the fourth book in the Longhorn Canyon Series."
When did you first start writing, and what motivated you to publish your first book?

I started my first book in 1973 when my third child was born and wouldn't sleep at night. So she watched the fish in the aquarium and I wrote. Twenty years and enough rejection slips to wall paper the White House, I finally managed to sell a book but it wasn't that first one. That one set under the bed for 40 years and only came out last year--The Lilac Bouquet--and I'd had more than 80 books published before I finally got that one right!!

Have you had any other jobs apart from writing?

Let's see, I was a seamstress and worked in a fabric store. I managed a 50 apartment complex, did some teacher's aid work, worked at a newspaper and wrote an award winning humorous column for 14 years, but the most important job I had was being mother to three kids.

What is the most ideal setting for you to write in?

Quiet! Plain and simple. I have an office in my house and that's my ideal place to write.

You have said before that your family has given you multiple story ideas. How have they done so?

At any holiday when our family all gets together, there's about 40-50 of us. All I have to do is sit in the corner and watch...and come away with enough ideas to keep me busy for years.

I understand that you live in a town with only one traffic light. Do you think that living in a small town affects your writing?

I LOVE small towns. They have a heart beat and pulse of their own. It's a place where everyone knows everyone and don't mind tattling.

How did you come up with the idea for Happy, Texas?

Happy, Texas is a real place out in the Texas panhandle. It's a tiny little town in the midst of huge ranches. I'd always wanted to write a series set out there where the dirt and sky meet way on out there on the horizon. When I approached my editor with the idea, she loved it. The rest is history.

Your trilogy Happy, Texas just came to an end. Do you plan to write another series after this?

The debut book in my newest series, The Longhorn Canyon series--Cowboy Bold--just came out May 29. It's set in Sunset, Texas and right now we're planning five books in the series, but it could stretch out to a couple more.

“Promise me,” Annie whispered. “I promise.” Zedekiah nodded with tears in his eyes. These are the first lines from your book The Sometimes Sisters, and they have such a strong impact on a reader. How much time do you spend on the first line of your novels?

I believe the first line in a book is super important. A reader will pick up a book from the shelf and look at the cover. If that holds his/her interest then they'll turn it over and look at the back for the blurb. If that looks good they'll open the book and read that first paragraph. It's probably about the most important paragraph an author can write. I spend a lot of time coming up with just the right first page and sometimes redo it multiple times until it absolutely feels right.

Do you prefer writing stand-alone books or series? Why do you say so?

My women's fiction (The Sometimes Sisters, The Lilac Bouquet, etc.) are stand alone books but my cowboys are series. I love writing both because it gives me diversity.

Are all your characters based on imagination, or are they also based on people from your life?

Everyone I see or hear can become a trait in a character. Sometimes one of my characters is a combination of half a dozen people. For instance, Agnes in The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop, has characteristics of one of my elderly friends who passed away several years ago, my daughter, my mother and a lady who I admired.

How do you decide what perspective and point of view to write from?

My characters tell me their stories, and I simply write them. If the male POV is important today, that's what I write. If the female POV is in the spotlight, then I write that.

What is the best writing advice you have ever received?

Nora Roberts once said at an RWA conference that we should write every single day. You can always redo something that's badly written, but if you have nothing written, then you've wasted precious time. My own philosophy is WRITE, don't WHINE! You can't sell something if you don't write it so don't go around whining with excuses why you haven't finished that book.

How has selling 3 million copies of your books affected you and your writing?

My grandmother preached that if you love what you are doing, whether it's sitting in the Oval Office of the White House, or it's digging ditches for the county, then you are a success. With that in mind I'm a success because I love writing. I like to think that it hasn't affected me all that much. I still get excited when I sign a new contract, when a new book comes out, and when I see a cover for the first time. I hope that I never take any of this great privilege for granted.

What book ideas are you currently working on?

I'm working on a women's fiction titled The Perfect Dress and when that is finished I'll go right to work on Cowboy Rebel, the fourth book in the Longhorn Canyon Series.

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