Gemma O'Donnell wasn't the first woman to win the ProRodeo
buckle for bronc riding, but she was darn well going to be
the second. What she didn't count on was her main
competition sweeping her off her feet.
He'll Do Whatever It Takes To
Trace Coleman isn't really after a
title—he needs the cash prize to buy his dream ranch. But
one sexy, determined cowgirl keeps getting in his way. In
his effort to take her out of the running, he risks losing
both the title—and his heart.
They're Both in
For a Little Surprise...
is turned upside down when a pint-sized bundle of joy gets
dropped right into Trace's lap...and suddenly all the stakes
Absolutely love your books Debbie Rudder (Debbie Rudder 8:22pm December 8, 2012)
Sounds like a great book. Can't wait to read it. :) (Judith Cauthan 12:03pm December 14, 2012)
Cowboys make the best heroes and the heroine sounds like a perfect match. (Irene Menge 4:15am December 14, 2012)
Cowboy and Baby make a great book I can't wait to read. Thank you for the giveaway. Happy Holidays...I love cowboys and their lady loves. (Allie Motherway 5:54am December 14, 2012)
I am a passionate person - and I find nothing more stimulating than a great debate (remember respect the person, there is no need to accept the idea). What is better to make your pulse rise, your eyes flash? (Carla Carlson 7:19am December 14, 2012)
This is the great debate for women - they have to give up their career, put their own lives on hold, and raise a baby or more. Then by the time they can breathe again, they're too tired to achieve at the same level as before, so they wait until the kids are at secondary level school or college. Then, of course, their skills and employment history are so out of date that they can't get hired at anything like the same level as previously. Hence the male bronc rider in your tale can keep riding all he wants, but the female is doomed to a very hard choice. I think that's plenty of scope for conflict right there! (Clare O'Beara 7:24am December 14, 2012)
Good morning! It's sure great to get up this morning and find folks already here at Fresh Fiction ready to talk about Gemma and Trace! (Carolyn Brown 8:14am December 14, 2012)
Debbie: Thank you. Comments like that sure make my job easier when I'm staring at a blank computer screen! Judith: Gemma is excited about this book. She had begun to think her turn to tell her story was never coming. Happy Reading when you get it in your hands.
Irene: Trace has a big smile on his face. He really did make a wonderful hero and Gemma turned out to be a solid heroine with a heart of gold...even if it was covered with a layer of sass.
Allie: Gemma says that it takes a strong woman to tame a cowboy but Trace swears it took a stronger cowboy to keep Gemma on her toes. Good luck with on the drawing!
Carla: There is lots of pulse risin' and eyes flashin' in Just a Cowboy and His Baby! With all those older brothers, Gemma is pretty darn competitive.
Clare: You got out the hammer early this morning and hit the nail on the head. Gemma figured it was her last chance at a rodeo tour if she wanted to settle down and have a family, which was important to her and which is something she really wanted. It does make for a lot of conflict and a heavy determination to be a winner at the Las Vegas rodeo! (Carolyn Brown 8:23am December 14, 2012)
Love, love, love your books. Am very excited to see Gemma's story. Can't wait to read this one. (Aida Alberto 8:47am December 14, 2012)
Good morning Aida! Gemma is so very excited to be on the bookshelves this month. She grabbed Trace and danced a two step all over my office floor when she saw her picture on the cover with Trace! (Carolyn Brown 9:02am December 14, 2012)
If there wasn't a little bit of differing of opinion, whether in a book or life, it'd be pretty dang boring!! ;-) Robin in NC (Robin Weiss 9:06am December 14, 2012)
I love reading about cowboys! I love her books! Thanks for a great read Carolyn! (Kim Cornwell 9:11am December 14, 2012)
There are many traits that make for a strong women - especially motherhood. When you throw in love, well the career conflict can be a very real roadblock. A slight change in career path could make a big difference. Why not be able to do both? Instead of rodeo, how about raising broncs for the rodeos? I would love to read "A Cowboy and His Baby" and thank you for the opportunity to win your new book. (Beth Charette 9:51am December 14, 2012)
Competing against one another always makes for an awesome read. Cannot wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for the giveaway! (Nicole Nobles 9:54am December 14, 2012)
Conflict with people you have a close relationship with is something that just happens. As long as the conflict is not overly contrived it adds to a novel. (Monica Vargo 10:08am December 14, 2012)
Robin: You got it! The best part of an argument is the making up!
Kim: Thank you, thank you! You've made my day!
Beth: Gemma likes your answer very much. Can't wait to see what you think of the twist at the end of the book.
Nicole: Gemma didn't back down a bit from Trace; but neither did he. They gave it all they had from start to finish but still only one could win...or could they?
Monica: I've always said that nobody in any relationship, friendship, marriage or business, can live together or work together 24/7 and not have a conflict once in a while. (Carolyn Brown 10:15am December 14, 2012)
sounds like a great book! :) I like some conflicts in books and movies.... (May Pau 10:40am December 14, 2012)
This sounds great. (Cathy Thomas 10:54am December 14, 2012)
May: A bit of conflict sure spices up the story, doesn' it?
Cathy: Thank you! I hope you like it when you read it! (Carolyn Brown 11:46am December 14, 2012)
Oh I definitely like some arguing between the hero and heroine! That can create some great sexual tension! (Rebecca Whitehead-Schwarz 12:21pm December 14, 2012)
fantastic book! I just love your writing style; it's a pleasure to read; as if you are talking just to me and your audience! Loved Trace and Gemma and the entire Spikes and Spurs series. I hope you continue with this series. (Peggy Fragale 12:41pm December 14, 2012)
Rebecca: Oh, yes and Gemma says that making up after a good rousting discussion is so much fun!
Peg: That is the sweetest comment. Every author prays that she/he can connect with their readers liek that and make their characters into real people. Dewar's story is scheduled to come out next year and that will be the last Spikes & Spurs but a brand new series is in the works...Cowboys & Brides! So don't put your spurs away! (Carolyn Brown 12:48pm December 14, 2012)
I like a little friction. After the fight there is the makeup scene. No one can be a perfect couple all the time. (Ann Sheiring 1:39pm December 14, 2012)
your book sounds amazing . (Danielle McDonald 1:57pm December 14, 2012)
Ann: Not realistically they can't and they have to be real for readers to connect with them. My first editor told me that I could not put my hero and heroine on a picnic blanket and let them fall in love. I had to put them on a shaky limb in a tree and throw rocks at them. It works! LOL
Danielle: Thank you! I hope that you love it when you get a chance to read it! (Carolyn Brown 2:17pm December 14, 2012)
Hi Carolyn, great to see you on Fresh Fiction! The book looks like a must read! Hoping to get my hands on a copy soon...
Wishing you a safe & very Merry Christmas & a prosperous 2013!
Sandi: It's great to be back here at Fresh Fiction again...love these folks! Here's hoping that Gemma and Trace entertain you with their story. And a very Merry Christmas to you as well! (Carolyn Brown 2:44pm December 14, 2012)
Love a good cowboy story. (Susan Falkler 3:04pm December 14, 2012)
Thank you for your post and question, Carolyn. My answer: I'm somewhere in-between. Some conflict is necessary; without it there's no plot. But---just my opinion---too often authors, especially romance authors, overdo it.
It's easy to generate a story when the hero and heroine hate each other but are forced to interact closely, then discover they have the hots for each other. But to me that's sheer contrivance. I just don't buy it. How often does this happen in the real world?
Far more credible, and (more to the point) more romantic, when both characters love each other, or (at first) one does. But they live in the real world, so there are always other demands that conflict with love. This creates complications, including a clash of egos.
But the romantic connection is still there. It's all about real love, not just lust or the drive for power over the other person. And it resolves the conflict in a natural manner, without contrivance.
To me this is romance fiction at its best. If only it were more common!
Good luck with the release of "Just a Cowboy and His Baby"! (Mary Anne Landers 3:38pm December 14, 2012)
Enjoyed reading your blog, book sounds like a great read. I live with enough conflit and rather not have much in what I read. (Sheila True 4:12pm December 14, 2012)
Thank you for all the wonderful books you brings to us to read. (Cynthia St. Germain 4:22pm December 14, 2012)
love books with babies and cowboys!! (Michelle Schafer 4:40pm December 14, 2012)
I love the cover [red boots and all :)] and I love the interview. Can't wait to read the book. (Robin McKay 4:59pm December 14, 2012)
I like a bit of conflict in the story to learn more about what makes the characters tick, but too much can take away from the story and get in the way. (Leni Kaye 5:15pm December 14, 2012)
I love to read about cowboys. Book sounds great, would love to win. Happy Holidays to all. (Linda Hall 5:25pm December 14, 2012)
Conflict is fine between the characters for me... I enjoy the journey they take to find their HEAs! (Colleen Conklin 5:27pm December 14, 2012)
I love reading your books so can't wait to read this one.I like it when the hero and heroine has alittle conflict for it spices up the story and of course in the end they get together...love reading about cowboys! (Carole Fiore 7:19pm December 14, 2012)
Some books need some arguments. (Cheryl McEwen 7:40pm December 14, 2012)
I recently read my 1st "cowboy book" and loved it! I hope I can read more! (Renee Pajda 9:04pm December 14, 2012)
Can't wait to read! (Dianne McVetty 9:10pm December 14, 2012)
I love the Spikes and Spurs series. Sometimes you have to to have some good arguments and some good banter to make a story believable and Carolyn does that in her books. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. (Joanne Balinski 9:15pm December 14, 2012)
I'm really a sucker for a good old-fashioned love story, but I know that there's times when couples do have their moments!! As long as a spat doesn't get carried away with cussing, or gets violent, or goes on forever, it's fine with me. If I had a choice, though, I'd rather not have it at all. I'm really a lover, not a fighter!! Your book sounds like uplifting reading for the Christmas Holiday. I'm anxious to read it. I hope you have a Merry Christmas, and a terrific New Year!! (Peggy Roberson 9:15pm December 14, 2012)
I love a small town love story - and having a cowboy plus a baby makes it that much more fun! (Diane Sallans 9:17pm December 14, 2012)
I love stories about cowboys and cowgirls. I can't wait to read this. (Rebecca Hagan 9:28pm December 14, 2012)
I actually like both types of stories. Most of the time I'd say a little fighting is good. Once in a while I just need an "everything is always wonderful" book. (Sue Galuska 9:55pm December 14, 2012)
i would love to win...love the cover and sounds like a great read.... (Kimberly Hoefs 10:53pm December 14, 2012)
Hello, all y'all who've commented since I last checked in. And thank you so much for your comments. I was off to a school Christmas concert tonight where two of my many granddaughters were singing so I got a bit behind.
I'm glad to know that so many of you are familiar with my books and have enjoyed them. And to get your honest opinions on conflict, lack of it or maybe just enough to keep the book interesting and moving. Diane Sallans, I love small towns so that's why I write about them. They have a heart beat and pulse of their own and are so much fun. Renee, hope that you like my cowboys when you get around to reading one. And Kimberly, Sourcebooks does a bang up job on my covers. I usually squeal when I get to see one for the first time! Merry Christmas everyone. Trace and Gemma send hugs to you all! (Carolyn Brown 11:03pm December 14, 2012)
I love your books. They always have the right subject and humor when my life hits a rough spot such as having lousy day at work or having a disagreement with my family. Some of the arguments in your books do put my problems in a different perspective spin on how to look at things. (Kai Wong 11:07pm December 14, 2012)
I like a bit of 'debating' in my stories. (Mary Preston 8:39am December 15, 2012)
Good morning again. It's good to see more people stopping by! Kai: Writers LOVE to hear that their books help folks get through the rough times so your note means a lot to me. To get away from our own problems sometimes does help us find a solution and books are a great escape.
Mary: Gemma agrees that it is debating and not arguing...at least part of the time. (Carolyn Brown 9:02am December 15, 2012)
Carolyn. I love reading your books. I have bought extra books to give to my niece and a friend of mine. I also have them in hardcover, except for the last one. :( I re-read them and I can't wait for the next series. Can you give us a hint?? Will the cowboys be related to the Spikes and Spur series? Once again, it was nice meeting you in Anaheim this past summer. I hope you make it out to Southern California again. Happy Holidays.. THeresa (THeresa Peresandi 12:00pm December 15, 2012)
Theresa, so glad that you stopped by today. Bless your heart for giving my books to your friends. That is the sweetest thing! The next cowboy is Billion Dollar Cowboy and kicks off a four book series that is brand new. He's a billionaire and is tired of running from women who only want his money! She could care less about money and wants his heart but that requires a lot of trust on his side and even more on hers after her upbringing. Dewar's story will be out in August and will finish the Spikes & Spurs but...one never knows when one of the O'Donnell's or Rileys will pop up in a cameo appearance in another series! Those cowboys along the Texas border do tend to know one another! Great meeting you, too! And I understand there is an RWA planned out that way again in a few years so look for the sassy gray haired lady having a good time! (Carolyn Brown 12:43pm December 15, 2012)
God willing, I will be there!! I would say look for my gray hair but I use a bottle to cover it up. Don't want to scare anyone!! Keep up the great writing and I'll keep buying.. (Theresa O'Malley 1:40pm December 15, 2012)
By the way, I meant to tell you that I love the songs you pick for your books. Especially the one by Billy Currington. (Theresa O'Malley 2:07pm December 15, 2012)
Carolyn, I love reading all your great cowboy books. I'm never disappointed and love them and will hate to see the Spikes & Spurs series end. I know you will keep coming up with new stories (maybe more with two gals in competition for the hot cowboy's attention...did I say, "cat fight?" I will keep reading every book you write!! (Linda Luinstra 4:25pm December 15, 2012)
Anyone that hasn't read Carolyn's, "Red's Hot Cowboy" is missing one good book...one of my very favorites! Amazon rated it 4-1/2* but I'd give it 5* and that's no lie!!! Keep going with writing those fantastic books, Carolyn. (Linda Luinstra 4:52pm December 15, 2012)
Theresa, I was raised on country music. It was considered a good Saturday night when Momma could pick up the Grand Ole Opry on her red radio that she set in the bedroom window to get better reception. And don't put your boots up, dawlin', because I'm going to be writing cowboys for a while yet.
Linda: Oh, I do love a cat fight! Thanks for the shout out about Red's Hot Cowboy, which is still on sale for $2.00 at Amazon right now! (Carolyn Brown 11:17pm December 15, 2012)
Love reading about cowboys and cowgirls.. so I sure am hoping to read this one !!! one of those wish I was there kind of books !!! thanks for the opportunity to win ! (Rosemary Foley 2:42pm December 16, 2012)