Today I have Carolyn Brown on the blog talking hot and sexy cowboys! Best of all, Sourcebooks is sponsoring a giveaway of Darn Good Cowboy. I am going to do the giveaway differently then usual. Tell me and Carolyn if you love cowboys, police officers, military men, etc. There will be two winners and I will announce them on December 7th, 2011. This giveaway is for US and Canada only.
Good morning! Thank you for inviting me to your blog to visit for a while today about my cowboys. It’s always a delight to talk about cowboys, to write about them, to visit with them and to watch them!
When y’all invited me to your blog today, you asked me to talk about what real life cowboys inspire me to write all these books about hot cowboys. I’ve thought about that a lot and decided that to name all the cowboys who inspire me would take several volumes because there’s something about every cowboy I’ve ever met that has inspired me. Many of whom I have no idea what their names might be and they have no idea that their walk, the way they opened the grocery store door for a lady, the way they tipped their hat at an elderly woman on the street…all those things were an inspiration for a character in one of my cowboy books.
From the cowboy who struts across the rodeo grounds to mount up on a wild bull to the one I met in McDonald’s out in the panhandle of
. He was about sixteen and he said, “yes, ma’am,” in that deep Texas drawl that I feel certain already had all the teenage girls swooning. We visited for a while and he became the inspiration for a young Raylen O’Donnell in Darn Good Cowboy Christmas. Texas
Then of course, there’s my son, Lemar Brown, who is a real life cowboy down in southern
. His spread might not be as big as the O’Donnell horse ranch in Ringgold but he’s a cowboy through and through. Maybe it comes from all those Louis L’Amour he read over and over again. Oklahoma
And my son-in-law, Todd Morgan, who lives five miles from where Darn Good Cowboy Christmas was set, who is a cowboy at heart! Both those cowboys are my inspirations and I swear they are so cowboy that they strut in their sleep and drawl when they laugh.
But in addition to real life cowboys there are those who are real to me even if they are just characters in books, movies or television shows. The first one that comes to mind is John Wayne in The McClintock. It’s one of my very favorite western movies. I saw it when it first came out on the big screen and have seen it many times since and like it just as well as an adult as I did as a child.
And then there is Timothy Olyphant from Justified. That fellow wears his jeans and his hat just right and his southern accent would make a woman’s panty hose start to creep down toward her ankles. He would be a cowboy in
as well as the hills of Texas or in Kentucky as well as the beaches of Wyoming . You can take the cowboy off the ranch and out of the saddle but you can’t take the cowboy attitude out of a real cowboy. And that’s what is the true inspiration. Florida
Oh, and the Sackett brothers in Louis L’Amour’s books are as real to me as the cowboys who walk down the streets of
. The movie, The Sacketts, was fantastic with Tom Sellack playing Orrin Sackett and Sam Elliott as Tell Sackett. Whew! Now those are two actors that make their cowboy characters as real as the ones I see every time I leave the house in my part of the world. Davis, Oklahoma
When I’m writing sometimes I can talk Sam Elliott into being my muse. He sits behind me and tells me if I’m getting the cowboys described just right. With his deep southern drawl, his voice has been the inspiration for many characters. And Tom Sellack: put him in cowboy boots and a hat and he is a real cowboy in my eyes. With that cocky grin, I bet he’s inspired more than one western writer!
Now put them all together. Sam’s voice, Tom’s dimples and cleft in his chin, Timothy’s swagger and John Wayne’s force and it creates a very real cowboy like Raylen O’Donnell who graces the front of Darn Good Cowboy Christmas.
As a reader, what is it about a cowboy, real life or character that you like? What makes you grab that book from the shelf in the bookstore that has a hot cowboy in a hat, boots and a silver belt buckle with a bull rider or a bronc rider on it? Is it the anticipation of reading about a man with a deep drawl and feeling his strong arms around you as you read?
Darn Good Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown—In Stores NOW!
He’s One Hot Cowboy
Raylen O’Donnell is one smokin’ hot 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 nexct 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 settling down’s going to take some getting used to, and cathing Raylen, the hotter-than-hell cowboy next door, might just take a little holiday magic…
About the Author
Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than forty books published, and credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. She writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma, where she is working on her next book, One Hot Cowboy Wedding, which will be in stores in April 2012. For more information, please visit http://carolynlbrown.com/.
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