Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Casting Call with Carolyn Brown + Giveaway


Carolyn Brown writes sexy cowboys who know how to treat a lady right. In bed and out. Her books make us want to break out our boots, do a little two steppin' and rock out to some sexy country crooners.

WELCOME TO THE BLOG CAROLYN!!!

Meet Carolyn:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist, Carolyn Brown, has published more than fifty books.

Brown's books have been translated into eleven foreign languages and fourteen have been reprinted in large print format. Her books have been reviewed in Library Journal, Booklist, Romantic Times, Romance Reviews Today, Publisher's Weekly, Cataromance, USA Today and Romance Reader At Heart. Two of her romances have been published as Japanese Manga books.

Brown writes cowboy romance for Sourcebooks: The Lucky Trilogy, the Honky Tonk Series and now the Spikes & Spurs Series.

She has also written more than forty sweet romances for Avalon which include several historical series as well as contemporary stand alone romance novels.

Sourcebooks will publish her debut women's fiction novel in January, 2013.

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Thank all y’all for inviting me to participate in your week long celebration of your first Blogoversary! Congratulations on a fantastic year and may it be the first of many, many anniversaries.

The casting call has gone out looking for sexy cowboys and sassy women to play the parts in my Darn Good Cowboy Christmas cowboy romance book.

The day has come to talk to the actors and actresses and they are waiting. I’m going to look at all the faces and make a decision as to which ones I intend to talk to today.

Raylen O’Donnell is a cowboy from the heart out with his cowboy boots, jeans, belt buckle and attitude. A tall, dark haired, actor takes my eye immediately. He’s got some scruff on his face and those jeans and boots have seen some real cowboy type work. I motion for him to follow me and darlin’ he is definitely well over six feet and would you look at all those muscles. And Liz Hanson is a spit fire, dark haired, dark eyed carnie who is determined to put down roots in Montague County, Texas.

He waits for me to sit and says, “Where’s the microphone and my guitar?”“Have a seat, darlin’ and tell me about yourself?” I point to a chair.
I put up a hand. “Whoa, hoss! This is a movie audition for the character of Raylen O’Donnell, the cowboy in Darn Good Cowboy Christmas.”
“I’m not an actor. I’m a country music singer. I was just here with a good friend,” he says with a drawl that melts my heart.
I wink at him. “Darlin’, I know exactly who you are. I’m one of your biggest fans and I was surprised to see you in the casting call waiting room. How’d you like to be in a movie?”
“The character is a cowboy?” he asks.
“Honey, he is so cowboy that he struts in his sleep.”
He smiles. “I reckon I could do that job.”
“Sit right there and don’t move. I’m going to find someone to help you out with the script.”

I open another door and there sits a whole room full of actresses but one stands out! She has a bit of the gypsy in her just like Liz Hanson. And she’s wearing red cowboy boots. I don’t need to look anymore. That is my character in the flesh.

I hand her a script and she looks at me like I’m crazy.I crook my finger and she follows me, smiles at the cowboy and slaps a hand on his shoulder. It’s evident from their expressions that they already know each other. Can I pick ‘em or what?
“I’m not here for a part in the movie. I was sitting out there with my friend,” she says.
“Yes, ma’am, I know that but have you ever done any acting? You are a dead ringer for Liz Hanson, the sassy heroine in my book.”
“Read with me. It’ll be fun,” my cowboy says.
It’s my turn to explain. “Okay, in this scene Raylen has done pissed Liz off big time and she’s thrown back the shower curtain and there he stands in nothing but what God gave him. You start cowboy.”

Raylen: “Damn women anyway. Nobody falls in love with their soul mate when they are kids. I don’t give a damn if she could have walked a barbed wire fence instead of a rail one in her damned bare feet. I’ve been a fool to think that she was the one for me. Shit, any other woman wouldn’t leave me standing cold while they talked to their best friend. How would she feel if I left her sitting there while I talked to Ace about coon huntin’? Hell, I wouldn’t do that to her. I like her too damn much to talk coon huntin’ when I could be spending time with her. And I would never, ever throw her favorite hat in the dirt and then step on it.”

Me: “Okay, now, the cowgirl didn’t even knock on his door but plowed in without an invitation, and grabs the hat that she stomped on during their big fight and crams it down on her head, figuring she might as well take the damn thing to the next fight since she offended it in the first fight. The shower curtain flies open and there is Liz, her hands on her hips, anger flashing from her dark eyes, and his hat on her head.”

Liz: “What the hell was that all about?”
Raylen: “What the hell are you doing in my house and why are you wearing my hat?”
Liz: “Having a fight with you, you mule-headed jackass! The door was open and I followed the trail of clothes. And evidently this damn hat means more to you than I do, and since it started the fight, I figured it should be here for the next one. Now answer me.”
Raylen: “Don’t you treat me like shit and then yell at me. I didn’t cause this problem, lady. You did when you’d rather talk to your carnie boyfriend as me! And you can damn well go put my hat back on the rack. This steam will get it all out of shape.”
Liz: “You are a jealous horse’s ass. I wasn’t talking to a boyfriend. That was Blaze. I told you that he is my friend and Tressa’s been sick. And this hat is so damned ugly it would take more than a stomping or steam to get it out of shape. It already looks like shit.”
Raylen: “Oh, sure. Make an excuse. I heard you talking about him almost going out with a teenager. What kind of friends do you have that would be attracted to a little girl? And don’t talk about my hat like that.”
Liz: “The girl was seventeen, not a little girl. And she didn’t look like a child, either. And don’t be hateful! This is your fault, Raylen O’Donnell. Your Irish temper put you in this pot of boiling water.”
Raylen: “You put me in this pot, not my temper. You’d rather talk to your carnie friend as me? Well, go on and talk to him. And put my hat back and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.”

I start clapping instantly. They are absolutely perfect for the job. Plus I won’t even have to dub in voices for the actors when they sing the parts in the movie.

And I swear that’s exactly what happened at the casting call for Darn Good Cowboy Christmas when I sweet talked Josh Turner and Gretchen Wilson into playing the lead roles in the upcoming movie based on my cowboy romance.

(Of course, Hollywood hasn’t really come calling folks but when they do, I’m ready.)

Tell me, do you often see actresses, actors, musicians or someone you know as the lead characters in books when you are reading them?

DARN GOOD COWBOY CHRISTMAS:
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks (October 4,2011)

He's One Hot Cowboy. . .
Raylen O'Donnell is one smokin' cowboy. He could have any woman he wants, but he's never been able to forget a certain dark-haired girl who disappeared from his life. So when she suddenly returns to the ranch next door, Raylen's not fixing to let her get away again . . .

And She's Out For a Sizzlin' Christmas
Raised in a traveling carnival, Lizelle Hanson thought all she wanted was a house that didn't have wheels and a sexy cowboy for her very own. But when settling down's going to take some getting used to, and catching Raylen, the hotter-than-hell cowboy next door, might just take a little holiday magic. . .
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Giveaway tiiime! Carolyn is giving one(1) lucky US READER a copy of Darn Good Cowboy Christmas. Now here's how to get your hands on a hunky cowboy:
  • Leave a comment answering Carolyn's question: Tell me, do you often see actresses, actors, musicians or someone you know as the lead characters in books when you are reading them?
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Don't forget about our grand prizes giveaway here.

***Head over to Dani's blog (Ramblings From This Chick) to see who Carolyn cast for Love Drunk Cowboy and win a copy.***

A huge thank you to Carolyn for celebrating with us and for donating the giveaway books.

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