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Guest Post from Carolyn Brown Author of The Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee – Giveaway

I am very pleased to welcome Carolyn Brown today. She is the author of many, many books but most recently, The Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee. (You can read my review.) Ms. Brown writes today on small towns, ladies’ societies and the politics therein.  


So without further ado – I present, Carolyn Brown!


Hello everyone at Broken Teepee and thank you so much for inviting me to stop by your site today to talk about The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee, my debut book in the women’s fiction genre. I’ve written historical romance in both series and single title, contemporary romance in both series and single title, cowboy romance and country music romance and now I get to step into women’s fiction which is a dream come true for me.

You asked what made me decide to write about a ladies society and if I’d ever been in one. It’s easy for me to write about small towns and small town politics since I’ve always lived in them. In my world anything bigger than five thousand people is a metropolis!

And in every small town there is at least one, most of the time several competing, ladies clubs. They might be a social club or community action club but at the root there’s one woman who is the head she-coon of the whole thing. So it stood to reason if there was going to be a good argument going, a great place to start would be smack in the middle of a ladies society.

Excerpt:

Violet, the queen of the club, as most of the members called it, was up near eighty years old, built like Sponge Bob Square Pants, and had stovepipe jet-black hair right out of the bottle. Few people had the balls or the nerve to cross her, and those who did were put on her shit list right under Martha, aka Marty, Andrews’ name, which was always on the top.

Back in the beginning of the club days, before Marty was even born, the mayor’s wife held the top position on the shit list. When they’d formed the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society, Loretta Massey and Violet almost went to war over the name of the new club. Loretta insisted that it be called a society, and Violet wanted to be called a club. Belonging to a club just sounded so much fancier than saying that one belonged to a society. Loretta won when the vote came in, but Violet called it club anyway and that’s what stuck. Rumor had it that Violet was instrumental in getting the mayor ousted just so they’d have to leave Grayson County and Loretta would have to quit club.

Now enter Agnes who wanted to be in the club so she could tear it apart from the inside since she hated Violet. Their sixty year old feud could flat out put the Hatfields and McCoys to shame. Violet hates Agnes just as much as Agnes hates her and she’s just as determined that Agnes will never, ever be in her club. Agnes isn’t one bit happy about the fact that her favorite niece, Cathy, is engaged to marry Violet’s son, Ethan, either. And now it’s time for the club to induct a new member into its ranks since Prissy Parnell married and moved away. Cathy’s twin sister, Marty, is there to cast her vote and has gotten a speeding ticket on the way. She was speeding because she has to vote against Aunt Agnes (and no one could ever know that she did, especially Agnes) to keep Cadillac from just plumb going up in smoke.


Excerpt (when they were counting the votes):

Marty threw one long leg over the other one and let the bright red three-inch high heel shoe dangle on her toe. They could frown all they wanted. She was wearing a dress, even if it only reached mid-thigh and had black spandex leggings under it. If they wanted her to wear panty hose, they’d better put a second amendment on that charter and make it in big print.

God Almighty, but she’d be glad when her great-aunt died and she could quit the club. But it looked like Agnes was going to last forever, which was no surprise. God sure didn’t want her in heaven and the devil wouldn’t have her in hell.

“One vote for Agnes,” Violet said aloud.

Beulah marked that down on the minutes and waited.

Violet enjoyed her role as president of the club and took her own sweet time with each ballot. Too bad she hadn’t dropped dead or at least moved to California so Cathy could be president. Marty would bet her sister would get those votes counted a hell of a lot faster.

There was one piece of paper in the candy dish when Beulah held up a hand. “We’ve got six each for Agnes, Trixie, Anna Ruth, and two for Gloria. Unless this last vote is for Agnes, Trixie, or Anna Ruth, we have a tie, and we’ll have to have a run-off election.”

“Shit!” Marty mumbled.

Cathy shot her a dirty look.

“Anna Ruth,” Violet said and let out a whoosh of air.

A smile tickled the corner of Marty’s mouth.

Saved, by damn!

Agnes was saved from prison.

Violet was saved from attending her own funeral.

Now to the next question—have I ever been in a ladies society? No ma’am, I have not. I was once invited to join a writer’s club for both published and “expiring” authors (right hand raised to heaven, that’s the word that was on the invitation). I wasn’t sure how close I had to be to dead or if joining would expedite matters so I declined. I’ve never been in a club or a society so all of The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society is purely fiction and research. I’m not so sure I’d want to be in Violet’s club. Those pins that they have to wear sound pretty ugly.

Would you like to read more about what went on in Cadillac that fall? How do you choose your books? Covers? Back blurb? The first few pages?
THE BLUE-RIBBON JALAPEÑO SOCIETY JUBILEE BY CAROLYN BROWN – IN STORES MARCH 2013 

You Are Cordially Invited…Come early, eat until your buttons pop, and dance until you drop!

Miss Clawdy’s Café has won the Jubilee blue ribbon every year since the dawn of time. This year, town matron Violet Prescott is going after that ribbon with an iron-clad determination only thinly disguised by her perfect coiffure and flawless manners, bless her heart.

It’s time for café owners Cathy and Marty and their best friend Trixie to pull out their secret weapon. And this is where a lifetime of friendship, combined with just the right recipe at just the right time, might carry the day—or blow everything to smithereens.

Welcome to Cadillac, Texas, where the jalapeños are hot, the gossip is hotter, and at the end of the day, it’s the priceless friendships that are left standing…

Praise for The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee
“Brown brings her cowboy-romance writing talents to bear on this hilarious tale of women in a gossipy small town… Fast-paced, the intertwined tales collide along a bumpy road toward a surprising calamity at the jalapeño jubilee. A high-spirited, romantic page turner.” —Kirkus

“Humor and down-home charm make this a first-place prize winner. All the character quirks and small-town appeal are used to the fullest advantage.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“An excellent book. I loved every bit of it…” —FreshFiction.com

Wasn’t that fun?
Thank you Ms. Brown for taking the time to stop by and “chat” a bit today. 


About the Book:

You Are Cordially Invited…Come early, eat until your buttons pop, and dance until you drop!
Miss Clawdy’s Café has won the Jubilee blue ribbon every year since the dawn of time. This year, town matron Violet Prescott is going after that ribbon with an iron-clad determination only thinly disguised by her perfect coiffure and flawless manners, bless her heart.
It’s time for café owners Cathy and Marty and their best friend Trixie to pull out their secret weapon. And this is where a lifetime of friendship, combined with just the right recipe at just the right time, might carry the day—or blow everything to smithereens.
Welcome to Cadillac, Texas, where the jalapeños are hot, the gossip is hotter, and at the end of the day, it’s the priceless friendships that are left standing…

About the Author:

Carolyn Brown is a bestselling and award-winning author with more than forty books published, and credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. 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 cowboy romance, Billion Dollar Cowboy, which will be in stores in June 2013. The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee is Carolyn’s first fiction novel, and there are more to come, including The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off (April 2014)! For more information, please visit http://carolynlbrown.com/.


The Giveaway:

I’m also excited to let you know that I have one copy of The Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee to give away to one lucky reader (US/Canada only)! How do you win? It’s easy! Just hop on the Rafflecopter! Good luck everyone!


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Disclosure:  I was sent a free copy of The Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee from Sourcebooks for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.

20 thoughts on “Guest Post from Carolyn Brown Author of The Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee – Giveaway

  1. holdenj

    I have to say, I haven’t ever belonged to a ladies’ society. But, the book sure looks fun! I recognize her from her cowboy romances. Thanks for the info and chance to win.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Carol L.

    Hi Carolyn, this looks like another interesting and entertaining read. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’ve never belonged to a Women’s Society. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. Colleen Turner

    I haven’t ever been a part of a ladies society but I hope to one day :). I don’t think there are any around where I live but I am sure when I get a little bit older I will look for one, maybe like the red hat society ladies…I love to see them out and about!
    candc320@gmail.com

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  4. Carolyn Brown

    Thanks for all y’all’s input and comments. I’m glad to see that so many of you have visited while I stepped out for a doctor’s visit. Glad for the excitement that you’ve shown toward the book…good luck on the drawing and happy reading!

    Reply

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