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Carolynn Carey

Carolynn Carey
BIOGRAPHY

Carolynn Carey writes both sweet contemporary and historical romance set in the Regency period in England. She has won writing awards in both categories. When not writing, she loves to read, knit, and correspond with readers!

Carolynn Carey's Books

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A Summer Sentence (Barbourville Series Book 1)by Carolynn CareyPublish: Apr 29, 2020Contemporary Romance
The Christmas Cake (Cedar Hollow Series Book 2)
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The Christmas Cake (Cedar Hollow Series Book 2)by Carolynn CareyPublish: Oct 10, 2019Series: Cedar Hollow seriesContemporary Romance
Falling for Dallas (Barbourville Series Book 2)
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Falling for Dallas (Barbourville Series Book 2)by Carolynn CareyPublish: May 25, 2020Contemporary Romance
A Christmas Spirit of Forgiveness
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A Christmas Spirit of Forgivenessby Carolynn CareyPublish: Jan 21, 2020Historical Romance
My Cupcake, My Love
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My Cupcake, My Loveby Carolynn CareyPublish: Jan 20, 2013Series: Cedar Hollow seriesContemporary Romance
McCray County Retreat (McCray County Series Book 1)
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McCray County Retreat (McCray County Series Book 1)by Carolynn CareyPublish: Nov 14, 2017Series: McCray County SeriesContemporary Romance
McCray County Images (McCray County Series Book 2)
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McCray County Images (McCray County Series Book 2)by Carolynn CareyPublish: Aug 06, 2018Series: McCray County SeriesContemporary Romance
Celebrations of Joy: A Barbourville Novella (The Barbourville Series Book 0)
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Celebrations of Joy: A Barbourville Novella (The Barbourville Series Book 0)by Carolynn CareyPublish: May 15, 2015Series: The Barbourville SeriesContemporary Romance
Dealing with Denver (The Barbourville Series Book 3)
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Dealing with Denver (The Barbourville Series Book 3)by Carolynn CareyPublish: Jul 21, 2009Series: The Barbourville SeriesContemporary Romance
Dreaming of Dayton (The Barbourville Series Book 4)
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Dreaming of Dayton (The Barbourville Series Book 4)by Carolynn CareyPublish: Jul 30, 2013Series: The Barbourville SeriesContemporary Romance
The Forgotten Christmas Tree (The Barbourville Series Book 5)
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The Forgotten Christmas Tree (The Barbourville Series Book 5)by Carolynn CareyPublish: Dec 10, 2013Series: The Barbourville SeriesContemporary Romance
At Home in Barbourville (The Barbourville Series Book 6)
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At Home in Barbourville (The Barbourville Series Book 6)by Carolynn CareyPublish: May 13, 2014Series: The Barbourville SeriesContemporary Romance
The Bow Wow and Meow Campaign (The Barbourville Series Book 7)
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The Bow Wow and Meow Campaign (The Barbourville Series Book 7)by Carolynn CareyPublish: Oct 16, 2014Series: The Barbourville SeriesContemporary Romance
Barbourville Christmas Reunion (The Barbourville Series Book 8)
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Barbourville Christmas Reunion (The Barbourville Series Book 8)by Carolynn CareyPublish: Mar 02, 2016Series: The Barbourville SeriesContemporary Romance
Chasing Dreams in Barbourville (The Barbourville Series Book 9)
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Chasing Dreams in Barbourville (The Barbourville Series Book 9)by Carolynn CareyPublish: Aug 10, 2016Series: The Barbourville SeriesContemporary Romance
The Mysterious Merriana
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The Mysterious Merrianaby Carolynn CareyPublish: Oct 20, 2016Historical Romance
The Untamable Antonia
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The Untamable Antoniaby Carolynn CareyPublish: Feb 16, 2017Historical Romance
A Simple Lady
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A Simple Ladyby Carolynn CareyPublish: Jul 09, 2015Historical Romance
Compromising Situations
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Compromising Situationsby Carolynn CareyPublish: Jan 07, 2015Historical Romance
My Elusive Countess
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My Elusive Countessby Carolynn CareyPublish: Feb 15, 2016Historical Romance
The Secret Christmas Ciphers
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The Secret Christmas Ciphersby Carolynn CareyPublish: Dec 21, 2013Historical Romance
Prognosis for Happiness
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Prognosis for Happinessby Carolynn CareyPublish: Jan 29, 2012Contemporary Romance
Holly Grove Homecoming
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Holly Grove Homecomingby Carolynn CareyPublish: Apr 20, 2016Romantic Suspense
Christmas with Tiffany
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Christmas with Tiffanyby Carolynn CareyPublish: Nov 20, 2012Contemporary Romance

Carolynn Carey's Series in Order

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  • Cedar Hollow series

    The Christmas Cake (Cedar Hollow Series Book 2) - Published on Oct, 2019 My Cupcake, My Love - Published on Jan, 2013
  • McCray County Series

    McCray County Images (McCray County Series Book 2) - Published on Aug, 2018 McCray County Retreat (McCray County Series Book 1) - Published on Nov, 2017
  • The Barbourville Series

    Chasing Dreams in Barbourville (The Barbourville Series Book 9) - Published on Aug, 2016 Barbourville Christmas Reunion (The Barbourville Series Book 8) - Published on Mar, 2016 Celebrations of Joy: A Barbourville Novella (The Barbourville Series Book 0) - Published on May, 2015 The Bow Wow and Meow Campaign (The Barbourville Series Book 7) - Published on Oct, 2014 At Home in Barbourville (The Barbourville Series Book 6) - Published on May, 2014 The Forgotten Christmas Tree (The Barbourville Series Book 5) - Published on Dec, 2013 Dreaming of Dayton (The Barbourville Series Book 4) - Published on Jul, 2013 Dealing with Denver (The Barbourville Series Book 3) - Published on Jul, 2009

Carolynn Carey interview On 31, Oct 2018

"Author Carolynn Carey grew up in a small town in Tennessee, where she enjoyed being part of an extended family that included lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. She loves making up stories and allowing characters to reveal themselves as that story develops. She writes romance because she enjoys reading books that entertain and leave her feeling optimistic. The first book that made her cry was The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, which she read repeatedly when she was young. Her goal is to tell a story that entertains the reader and hopefully leaves them feeling upbeat at the end."
Where did you grow up? What are some of your favorite memories growing up?

I grew up in a small town in Tennessee, where I enjoyed being part of an extended family that included lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. We were happily unaware that the area where we lived was not only rural but remote, lying about halfway between the second and third largest cities in the state, Nashville and Knoxville. Our activities centered around church, school, family, and friends, all features that play into my small-town novels set in the fictional town of Barbourville located in fictional McCray County.

Did you have any fears/doubts while writing your first book? Did you ever think you would be a three-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest?

When I first tried my hand at writing a book, some thirty years ago now, I didn’t know what I didn’t know, as folks are fond of saying these days. There was no internet, and learning anything about the craft and the business was iffy. Finally, after I joined Romance Writers of America, I began to realize exactly how much I had to learn, but I was encouraged and amazed when I became a finalist in the Golden Heart, RWA’s contest for unpublished writers. I was a finalist three different years with three difference Regency novels. None of the three were published until years later, but upon publication, each of those either won or was a finalist in contests for published writers.

What are some important things to remember when writing historical romance? How difficult it is to stay true to the facts?

Research for historical novels can be both frustrating and fulfilling. Trying to be true to the customs and facts of life in society two hundred years ago often feels like shooting at a moving target. Just when you think you’ve figured something out, a new or different source from that era may negate what you thought you knew.

What do you think is better motivation to write something (story, song, poem, etc): Being in love or heartbreak? What inspired you to write romance novels?

Motivation to write is an individual thing. In my case, I love making up stories and allowing characters to reveal themselves as that story develops. I write romance because I enjoy reading books that entertain and leave me feeling optimistic.

What inspired you to write the series "The Barbourville Series"? Which is your favorite book in the series and why?

I love the idea of small-town life where the people stand behind and support each other whenever trouble affects any of them. I’m aware this is an idealized concept, but I think many people, like me, enjoy immersing themselves for a few hours in a setting like that found in my Barbourville and McCray County books. I don’t think I could pick a favorite, but I especially enjoyed writing the two set around Christmas (The Forgotten Christmas Tree and Barbourville Christmas Reunion).

What is the first book that made you cry while reading it? Have any of your books ever made you cry?

The first book that made me cry was probably The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, which I read repeatedly when I was young. Set during the American Civil War, the story ends with a man riding away from the woman he loves because a different woman (who loved him) had lost her life in order to save him. As for my own books, occasionally I’ll tear up while writing a scene, but I would never write anything as sad as the ending of The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come.

What are some of your goals and intentions when writing your books, and how well do you feel you've achieved them?

My goal is to tell a story that entertains the reader and hopefully leaves them feeling upbeat at the end. I hope I achieve this goal with every book I write.

What is the best review you've ever received? How do you deal with the bad reviews?

The best review I’ve ever received was actually a letter from a fan who said she’d read Compromising Situations six or seven times. To me, having someone like a book enough to read it multiple times is the highest compliment. As for bad reviews, I remind myself that tastes differ, and what appeals to one reader may not appeal to another. The only time I’ve responded to a bad review was when the reader gave me a one-star review because she couldn’t download my book. I asked her to contact Amazon for help. I hope readers understand that their review should reflect their opinion about the writing, not elements over which the authors have no control.

Got any advice for any aspiring writers out there? What is one writing tool/website/magazine/etc that you couldn't live without?

My advice for aspiring writers sounds simplistic: write. As you write, it’s important to learn the craft, so if you can, join a critique group. Also, organizations such as Romance Writers of America and its many chapters offer education and information. But nothing substitutes for simply writing.

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