Guest Post ~ Top 5 Playlist ~The Trouble With Texas Cowboys Carolyn Brown

The Trouble With Texas Cowboys
Carolyn Brown
Release Date: January 6, 2014
Contemporary (Western) Romance
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Can a girl ever have too many cowboys?

No sooner does pint-sized spitfire Jill Cleary set foot on Fiddle Creek Ranch than she finds herself in the middle of a hundred-year-old feud. Quaid Brennan and Tyrell Gallagher are both tall, handsome, and rich...and both are courting Jill to within an inch of her life. She's doing her best to give these feuding ranchers equal time-too bad it's dark-eyed Sawyer O'Donnell who makes her blood boil and her hormones hum...

As I get settled in my rocking chair and ready to visit with y’all, George Strait is singing in the background. I grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry on Mama’s red radio that she set in the open window so she could get reception all the way from Nashville to Tishomingo, Oklahoma. So it’s only natural that I listen to country music while I write cowboy romance.

My list is very eclectic. I love the old ballads that Conway, Hank and Loretta sing but then I also like the new artists like Miranda and Blake. BTW, my newest book, The Trouble with Texas Cowboys, is dedicated to Miranda and Blake because their music means so much to me and the cowboys that I write about. Sometimes when one of my characters listens to a song on the radio, it turns their thinking around a hundred and eighty degrees.

In The Trouble with Texas Cowboys, my play list was pretty long…remember the Burnt Boot Bar and Grill or Polly’s Place as the locals call it plays an integral part in the story and the old juke box was almost a character within itself. I see someone over there in the corner has a hand raised; what is it darlin’?

She says she wants to know the top five songs that really made a difference in The Trouble with Texas Cowboys. Okay, I’ll give it my best shot.

The first song mentioned is Travis Tritt’s “T.R.O.U.B.L.E.”  (a short excerpt) Travis Tritt’s old song “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” played through his mind. The verse that kept running around on a continuous loop said that the men were going to love her and the women were going to hate her, because she reminded them of everything they were never going to be. It said that it could be the beginning of another war, because the world wasn’t ready for nothing like her.

The next one would be “You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody,” by George Strait with “Sure be Cool if You Did,” by Blake coming in as a tie. (Hey, the five top play list idea didn’t have anything to say about ties).

Third place goes to Miranda and Blake’s version of “You’re the reason God made Oklahoma”. I did substitute Texas for Oklahoma when I heard it in my head.

Fourth is Miranda’s “Gunpowder and Lead” just because the sass in it reminds me of Jill Cleary.

And coming up with another tie for fifth place is Conway’s, “Hello, Darlin’.” His deep drawl reminds me of Sawyer. And the one that tied for that place is “Old Country” by Mark Chestnutt. It talks about a country boy and a city girl. Jill isn’t a city girl but I can just hear Sawyer singing this song to her since he’s one of those country boys who really did just plow that day until noon.

Do any of you readers recognize those songs? What would you add to my play list as I write the next cowboy romance?
Carolyn Brown is a New York Times bestselling author with more than sixty books published, and credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. Carolyn was born in Texas but grew up in
southern Oklahoma where she and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, make their home. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.
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Janice Hougland said... Best Blogger Tips

I like any of the songs on Willie Nelson's Stardust album. And I love any of Eddy Arnold's or Jim Reeves' crooning magic songs. But I think I'd love anything that gave you ideas for your stories, Carolyn! Thanks for your writing and this post.

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