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.
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):
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…
You can purchase The Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee at Sourcebooks
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