Monday Spotlight: Carolyn Brown

Meet the Honky Tonk Ladies

Hi y’all! I’m so excited about being in the Author Spotlight this week. It’s a big honor and I’ve been telling everyone who’ll stand still and listen all about it. I thought about getting one of those snake oil wagons from back at the turn of the century and going from town to town telling folks but my husband said that would be going too far. And I had my eye on the cutest little denim duster with a rhinestone bull rider on the back to wear when I stood on my soap box.

I guess Daisy, Cathy, Larissa and Sharlene, the four proud owners of the Honky Tonk and the heroines of I Love This Bar, Hell, Yeah, My Give A Damn’s Busted and Honky Tonk Christmas would look better in the duster than I would anyway. It’s not often I can get them all together in one place so let me introduce you to the Honky Tonk ladies. Grab a cold beer and let’s go visit with them.

Daisy is the one with the dark brown hair and blue eyes mixing Tequila Sunrises. She worked at the Honky Tonk seven years before she inherited it and thought she’d be there like Ruby Lee, the lady who built the place, until she died. It was a perfect plan until Jarod McElroy propped a hip on a barstool one day and her whole world turned upside down in I Love This Bar. Who’ll win in the war between them? Jarod, who wants Daisy to go home with him or Daisy who is determined to run the Honky Tonk until they take her out of the doors feet first after a busy Saturday night?

The tall blonde with the same shade of blue eyes as Daisy next to her mixing up a pitcher of Margaritas is Cathy, her cousin. She gave up her job as an accountant in an oil business in Mena, Arkansas, and came to Mingus to get away from an abusive boyfriend. She found herself in possession of the Honky Tonk in Hell, Yeah and fighting a tremendous attraction to Travis Henry, a crack-pot oil engineer who could speak her language on every level. Could all those raging hormones be ignored or would they win in the end?

Larissa, the dark haired, exotic beauty making buckets of beer is the third owner of the Honky Tonk. She’d traveled the whole world looking for a place to settle down and really call home but nothing spoke to her. So she went home to Perry, Oklahoma, pulled down a map of the United States, shut her eyes, turned around three times and stuck a pin in the map. It landed in Mingus, Texas, population less than three hundred, home of several bars, a convenience store and a post office. She thought she’d made a wrong turn and fallen off the end of the world when she went to see where Mingus was but it wasn’t long until she realized she’d found home in the town and in the Honky Tonk in My Give A Damn’s Busted. And if Hank Wells thought he could drag up any dirt on her to make her sell the Honky Tonk when she inherited it, then he had rocks for brains. When the dust settled who had a busted give-a-damn?

Sharlene is the short red head helping Larissa. She’d tell you what she did in those two tours of Iraq but then she’d have to kill you! But the classified job she performed for the good of her country still haunts her dreams and here lately the only way she can find peace is when she’s with Holt Jackson, the carpenter she hired to build an addition to the Honky Tonk. He’s got baggage in the form of a set of twins his sister left him to raise when she was killed. And Sharlene has an agenda: get the Honky Tonk enlarged to twice its size so she can have a Honky Tonk Christmas with all the past quirky characters and owners in attendance. Can it be done or will she and Holt burn the place down with the heat between them? Only reading the series will answer the questions.

About the Author

Carolyn Brown is an award-winning author who has published 36 historical and western romance novels for the library market, many of them bestsellers in that market. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. For more information please visit


  1. Good morning everyone! Drag up a chair and let’s visit. Got a question? I’ll be in and out all day to answer them. Got a comment? Or have you read the Honky Tonk Series? Would love to hear what you have to say.

  2. Carolyn, you would look fabulous in that duster – long as you loan it to me when you’re done! I’m looking forward to lots of honky tonkin’ this week. Here’s a questoin for you – who’s your favorite out of all those hunky cowboys? And which is your favorite cover?

  3. Joanne: If I find that duster in the western wear store, we’ll both own one! Favorites are day-by-day pickin’s but today Holt is my glory child and favorite cowboy … from Honky Tonk Christmas. And today I love that cover best since the holidays are here. But then Hell, Yeah is my glory child, also when it comes to covers since it’s a runner up on the Affaire de Coeur magazine’s HOT GUYS contest and is featured in this month’s magazine.

  4. haven’t read the series but would love to

    hi and welcome Carolyn

  5. I haven’t read the series, but it’s on my to be bought list.

  6. Robyn: Welcome to the Honky Tonk! Cowboys are plenty; beer is cold and music is three songs for a quarter!
    Chey: Thank you! Hope you like them! Remember to buy a drooling bib … the covers are yummy!

  7. I have read ALL four books and LOVE them! Ya’ll better hurry up and get to reading!!

  8. Opps that latinababea would be me Carolyn, Maria Yanez 🙂

  9. Maria latina babea: Thank you for stopping by today. Loved seeing your name!

  10. It sounds like a fun series Carolyn. Do all the women own the bar together or one at a time?

  11. Maureen: They own it one at a time … first Daisy owns it. Her cousin, Cathy, comes to visit and work for her so she inherits it. Then Larissa starts coming in and she and Cathy become very good friends so Larissa inherits it. After that Sharlene arrives on the scene looking for a story and wants to shadow Larissa, and she ends up with the bar and the Bahama Mama house that Larissa bought. They’re all sassy and independent …

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