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Hurry for sale prices

If you’re one of my newsletter subscribers, you already know about this sale. (And if you’re not, why not sign up soon so you, too, will be one of the first to hear about new releases and sales.)

For this coming week (ending Friday, September 30, at midnight), you can buy three of my Barbourville books for 99 cents each. These three books tell the stories of the triplet Vance brothers—Dallas, Denver, and Dayton.

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To buy, click on the cover above.

In the first, Dallas Vance travels to Barbourville, Tennessee, expecting his visit to his niece to be a relatively short one. However, he soon finds himself drawn to the lovely widow who lives across the street in a monstrosity of a house that gobbles up all her extra cash, cash she needs for her young son. Wanting to help Beth Ann, Dallas talks her into allowing him to renovate an old-fashioned cottage situated at the back of her property, and soon his interest in returning to his upscale condo in Chicago takes second place to making a home in Barbourville with this woman who has an independent streak as wide as the state of Tennessee.

 

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To buy, click on the cover above.

In Denver’s case, neither he nor the heroine, freelance writer Mattie Meadows, is originally from Barbourville. When they meet there on the front porch of the cottage that Dallas had renovated, neither is pleased by the other’s presence. Although he’d been on his way home to Chicago, Denver reluctantly agrees to help Mattie on a secret quest in this small town, and that leads them not only to a surprise discovery but also to the realization that they want to spend the rest of their lives together in Barbourville.

 

 

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Dayton, the third brother who is now left alone in Chicago, is horrified that Denver and Dallas have given up their lucrative law careers to start new lives in Barbourville. Thus, he decides to consult an old friend, psychologist Jill Taylor, to help him understand why they’ve changed so radically. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that Jill has left her counseling practice in Atlanta to move to Barbourville and open a small restaurant. Determined to confront her, he arrives unannounced on her front porch one evening and the next day ends up peeling potatoes in the kitchen of Jill’s Soup Bowl. Still, he’s determined not to end up like his brothers, never dreaming that his ambitions will soon change. Now he just needs to convince Jill that he has changed too.

 

If you want to know more about any of these or my other books, I encourage you to check out my website. And if you’re not already a subscriber to my newsletter, be sure to sign up soon. I assure you that I won’t inundate your mailbox with emails.

 

 

A Simple Lady gets a second chance

We’ve all heard stories about manuscripts being stored under the bed or in the back of a drawer for years, then pulled out and published.

a-simple-lady-webWell, my newest release, a Regency titled A Simple Lady, has a similar history, although, in addition to my having relegated around 300 printed pages to the back of a drawer twenty years ago, I also had the manuscript stored on floppy disks. What? You don’t know what a floppy disk is? That’s okay. I barely remember them myself, but fortunately I had hung on to mine along with the paper copy. More about that later.

But back to A Simple Lady’s history. Back when I wrote the novel, I entered it in the Romance Writers of America’s contest for unpublished writers. The manuscript finaled and was kicked around in New York by a major publisher for a while before being rejected. By this time, I’d moved on to other books and decided there really wasn’t anything else I could do with A Simple Lady.

Fast forward to 2015. I ran across the paper manuscript and decided, what the heck, I’d get some use out of it by printing my current book on the back of the sheets, which I did. Then, as I was proofing my new book, I started reading the backs of the twenty-year-old pages and discovered I really liked that old story and wanted to publish it myself (an option that didn’t exist twenty years ago).

Fortunately I remembered that I had those floppy disks that contained various revisions of the earlier version of A Simple Lady. I also had a reader for the floppies and an older computer that worked with the reader. It took a while for me to locate the original version of the manuscript (before I’d messed around with it trying to satisfy the New York publishers). After that, I realized the original needed quite a bit of work. Two more revisions were required before I was happy with the final product, which went live on Amazon today (July 11, 2015) as an ebook. A paperback will be available soon.

I always had a soft spot for this story but allowed others’ opinions to convince me that it wasn’t worth pursuing publication of A Simple Lady. I’m so glad I ran across that old manuscript and decided to give it a second chance. If you enjoy historical romance, I hope you’ll give A Simple Lady a chance too! To get the ebook, simply click on the following Amazon link: A SIMPLE LADY.

Latest Barbourville book released

The excitement of releasing a new book never seems to grow old. At least that’s been my experience. And I certainly felt the same this past week when I released the sixth book in the Barbourville series.

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Set in a small town in Tennessee, At Home in Barbourville (The Barbourville Series) features one of the secondary characters who first appeared in The Forgotten Christmas Tree. In that book, Steve Travis was happily selling Christmas trees on his father’s tree farm. Jump forward about three months and we find Steve sitting in an attorney’s office waiting for the reading of his great-aunt Gertie’s will. To his and everyone else’s surprise, Miss Gertie named as a major beneficiary the girl Steve once loved, the girl who, some five years earlier, had told him to “leave her the hell alone” and then moved away from town. Now, in order for Rani to claim her inheritance, she has to agree to work with Steve for the summer by creating a nursery to sell plants to the citizens of the town and county.

Steve figures he should be relieved when Rani decides to turn down the inheritance. Instead he’s angry. Here’s an excerpt:

Steve relaxed his grip on the shearing knife and stepped back to examine the Fraser fir he’d just finished shaping. Not that he really needed to be doing this work today. His dad said that shearing was best left until later in the year, but he’d needed to do something physical to work off some of his anger.

Although why he should be angry was beyond him. Okay, so Rani wasn’t interested in coming back to Barbourville, even to claim an inheritance that most people would give their eye teeth for. He should be thrilled. His dad could buy the property and keep it in the family.

But what had Aunt Gertie been thinking with that nursery business plan she’d concocted? Sure, he’d given some thought to growing vegetable plants and annuals in the greenhouse they used for growing poinsettias, but he’d never mentioned that to Aunt Gertie. He’d never mentioned it to anyone, as a matter of fact.

The sudden gust of wind sweeping between the rows of firs carried with it a scattering of snow flurries, reminding Steve that the heat of his anger couldn’t compete with the fury of Mother Nature. He turned the collar of his jacket up and headed back toward the house where he’d lived his entire life. Mom would be in the kitchen working on supper and his dad would likely be watching the early news. They’d both be wondering why he hadn’t come inside yet.

Hunching his shoulders against another wind gust, he’d barely taken two steps when his cell phone sounded. He ducked between two of the largest firs to get out of the wind while he ran his hand into his jacket pocket and pulled out the phone.

Caller ID told him only the number, but the area code was one he didn’t recognize. Prepared to hang up quickly if some telemarketer had stumbled upon his number, he answered in a brusque tone. “Yes?”

A moment of silence. Then, “Steve?”

His stomach rocked. “Yes. Who is this?” He asked the question although he knew the answer. That was one voice he’d never forget.

“Adrienne. I mean, Rani. Do you have a minute?”

“Sure.” He huddled between the two trees, shielding the phone from the wind with his body. “What’s up?”

Even if you are not a follower of the Barbourville series, At Home in Barbourville is a book that can be read as a stand-alone and is especially appropriate for people who are looking for books without graphic sex or books that can be recommended for young people.

Note: The excerpt above is copyrighted by Carolynn Carey and cannot be reproduced in whole or in part without permission of the author, Carolynn Carey.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Here’s wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day! May you always love and be loved in return!

A gentle reminder: Both Falling for Dallas and My Cupcake, My Love are scheduled to go back to their regular price tomorrow, from 99 cents to $2.99. Be sure to get them at the sale price if you haven’t already downloaded them.

To buy Falling for Dallas, click here: Falling for Dallas

To buy My Cupcake, My Love, click here: My Cupcake, My Love

Another book deal: Falling for Dallas

I was pleased recently to receive an email from Amazon informing me that they were including one of my books in their “Kindle Romance from $0.99 cents” promotion, which will run through February 14. (As an aside, Amazon owns the rights to two of my books because they purchased the backlist from my original publisher.) The book being featured is Falling for Dallas, and you can purchase it for only 99 cents by clicking on the following link: Falling for DallasFallingforDallas

Of course there are many books other than mine that are also available at a reduced price, beginning at 99 cents, and if you’d like to take a look at all of them, just click on this link: Kindle Romance from $0.99

I will also remind you that my Valentine-themed book, My Cupcake, My Love, is on sale for 99 cents until February 15. You can get it at the reduced price by clicking here: My Cupcake, My Love. (And while you’re at it, you may want to order something for your own Valentine. I’ve been looking here: Valentine’s Gift Suggestions)

But no matter whether you buy one of my books or one of the others in the promotion, I hope you find something you enjoy reading. If you’re like me, you don’t want to be caught without something good to read. 🙂

The sheriff’s Special Baked Beans recipe

As I contemplated sharing recipes on my blog, I felt a disclaimer was in order. I am not a chef. I am not even an especially talented cook. But I do know what tastes good to me. That’s why I’ve referred to some old family recipes throughout my Barbourville series, and now I’d like to share them with my readers.

ASummerSentenceThe Special Baked Beans recipe I’m sharing today is one that my mother cut out of a newspaper many years ago. It’s easy and delicious and has become a specialty of my husband, who never allows me to make the recipe these days because he thinks he can make it better (and he’s right, darn it).

This recipe is also a specialty of Sheriff Daniel McCray in my first Barbourville book, A Summer Sentence. That book was published in 2005 by Avalon books (now Montlake). I hadn’t intended it to be the first in a series when I wrote it, but three brothers (triplets) appeared in my book and each demanded his own story. (Characters are pushy that way sometimes. ;-)) But they were still secondary characters when the sheriff made his special baked beans for a Barbourville luncheon. My mother, my husband, the sheriff, and I are all pleased to share the recipe with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

SPECIAL BAKED BEANS
2 cans pork and beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
2 Tablespoons bacon fat
2 Tablespoons minced onion (dried minced onion works fine)
2 teaspoons dry mustard
Fry bacon and drain, reserving 2 tablespoons bacon fat. Brown minced onion in bacon fat. Mix all together. Bake in 350-degree oven for 30 minutes or until warm.

Enjoy!

Print version of Dreaming of Dayton is available

I’m pleased that Dreaming of Dayton is now available as a print book for those who prefer paperback books to electronic. The paperback is currently on sale for $8.07 as opposed to the list price of $8.99. (Note, too, that the introductory price of 99 cents for the electronic version of Dreaming of Dayton has expired, but it is still available at a very reasonable $2.99.)

dayton-web-copyAs most of us are aware, the rise of electronic books has been phenomenal in recent years, and I’m one of the converts, although I still enjoy holding a paperback from time to time. At the same time, it’s great to be able to download a book to your device and be able to start reading a new book any time of the day or night.

What’s your position on reading electronic books? Are you, too, a convert, or do you prefer always to hold the printed product in your hand? In any case, it’s an interesting time we live in.