Get into Bed with Kelsey Browning (Author Interview)

Kelsey Browning - HeadshotKeira: What’s the best way to keep a secret… secret?

Kelsey Browning: Hmm…this is a hard one for me because I’m pretty much an unfiltered, open book. LOL. But I think the best way to keep a secret is to realize what’s at stake for the person who has the secret. And the other way would be never to tell another single person. A secret is hard to contain once even one other person knows. 🙂

Keira: What would make you break a promise to keep a secret?

Kelsey: If the secret could hurt either the person keeping the secret or hurt someone very close to me.

Keira: Eden Durant, your heroine in Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights), also has secrets, that have her starting over. What does she feel are the best and worst things about starting over?

Kelsey: The best and worst for Eden is probably the same thing—that no one really knows the real her. It keeps her “safe,” but it also keeps her from getting too close to anyone. Keeps her from having the relationship that—deep down—she craves.

Keira: Have you ever started over in your life? What did you find the best and worst about starting fresh?

Kelsey: Oh boy, have I. My family “started over” when we left Texas to move overseas to Doha, Qatar (a small country just off Saudi Arabia). The best was experiencing a new adventure and leaving behind so many of the expectations about the way we were supposed to live our life. The worst was being without family and friends from home. It was tough being half a world away from so many of the people we love.

Keira: Name three not-so-secret-secrets she might only tell the hero, Beck.

Kelsey: All the restaurants where she worked between California and Texas. Why she dresses like a color-blind toddler. 🙂 How she really feels about sex.

Keira: Ladies love a man in uniform – how did Beck get his?

Kelsey: Deputies (including the Chief Deputy, Beck Childress) serve at the pleasure of the sheriff. Beck was hired by the current Crockett County sheriff when he moved home to Shelbyville after leaving a career on Wall Street.

Keira: Beck is also running for election. When and why did he decide to do that?

Kelsey: Let’s just say if you read the first scene in Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights), you’ll know the answer to that. 😉

Keira: How do you define love? What makes it real and work?

Kelsey: You like to ask the easy questions, huh? LOL I think love—at least romantic love—is a combination of attraction, respect, and trust. Other than that, it’s a mystery. As far as making it work for the long term, I think the trust and respect are critical. And learning how to be a good listener—something I’m still learning after 20 years of marriage—is a biggie.

Keira: Is it ever okay to keep a secret from a spouse or loved one?

Kelsey: Yow – you’re on a roll today! A big, ugly secret? No. A surprise party? Yes.

Keira: Now for the hardest question. 😉 What are you working on next?

Kelsey: I’m working on a new Texas-set contemporary series and book two in The Granny Series!

Problems In Paradise Cover - FinalBook Summary:

Eden Durant hasn’t always been Eden Durant. She’s made a fresh start in Shelbyville, Texas, far from her mother’s notoriety. Running the Paradise Garden Café is as much excitement as Eden wants—or it was, until she meets Beck Childress. Although he’s the one man who could expose her past, she’s willing to open up enough to see if he might be her future.

Chief Deputy Childress is determined to get to know the real Eden, when he isn’t busy cleaning up after the sheriff and running in the election to replace him. When several men fall sick after eating in Eden’s café, he investigates even as her mysterious past raises both his suspicions and his protective instincts.

As their relationship heats up, so do the pressures of Beck’s campaign. When Eden’s secrets are revealed, jeopardizing his dream of becoming sheriff, he’ll need to choose: serve and protect the town he loves or the woman who makes it home.

Buy: Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights)

Author Bio: Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and cozy Southern mysteries. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, and Bad Dog. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series.

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Creating a Book’s Playlist

Running the Red Light CoverGuest blog by Kelsey Browning, author of Running the Red Light (Texas Nights)

Yes, I’m one of those writers who listens to music while writing. It didn’t start out that way. When I first began writing, I needed total quiet. I’ve since learned that’s a pipe dream with two dogs, a 14-year-old, phones ringing, TV blaring, landscape guys mowing, construction down the street…You get the idea.

While I was doing content edits (always tough for me) for Running the Red Light, I needed to block everything out. So Smarty Boy gave me a pair of Bose headphones—dubbed “edit phones”—for Mother’s Day. Hallelujah! My brain now knows when I slip those puppies on and click on the playlist that it’s time to go to WORK!

I build my playlist as I draft the book and listen to it throughout the revision and editing process. Today, I’m sharing the songs on Running the Red Light’s (Texas Nights) playlist and the logic behind them!

  • Photograph” by Nickelback – Nickelback just gets guys’ issues, so I have at least one of their songs on each of my playlists. This one speaks to Jamie’s love/hate relationship with his hometown, Shelbyville, Texas.
  • Walk Like A Man” by Tim McGraw – This song is on both Jamie’s and his brother Cameron’s list. As the kids of an alcoholic, they could have walked in their father’s footsteps, but their mom encouraged them to become better men.
  • Find Out Who Your Friends Are” by Tracy Lawrence – Late in the book, this song is referenced in a scene at Dirty Harry’s bar while Roxanne is deciding whether Ashton Davenport is still a foe or is becoming a friend.
  • How Bad Do You Want It” by Tim McGraw – All his life, Jamie Wright has wanted to be a success. To make it. And he wants it bad. But he might find out he wants Roxanne even more.
  • Roxanne” by The Police – This one is pretty self-explanatory. Roxanne’s lingerie store is named after this classic.
  • Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good” by Nickelback – I chose this song both for the reference to the shower and the fact that both Jamie and Roxanne know their physical relationship may feel good, but neither of them plan for it to last.
  • Some Days You Gotta Dance” by The Dixie Chicks – Sometimes you just have to say screw it and act like everything is all right, which is how Roxanne pushes through her problems.
  • Angel Boy” by Tim McGraw – Jamie looks like a hot-shot, bad-ass attorney to other people, but only he knows about the doubts inside him.
  • Real World” by Big & Rich – Again, this song speaks to Jamie’s internal struggle between success and true happiness.
  • I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight” by Toby Keith – Roxanne and Jamie’s relationship is supposed to be short-term only, but Jamie realizes he doesn’t just want tonight.
  • Jamie’s Cryin’ by Van Halen – I love me some old Van Halen, and this one directly relates to how Jamie is struggling with his messed up life and priorities!

If you notice, my playlist is always heavy on country music. That’s probably for two reasons. One, I was raised on classic country from artists like Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Don Williams, and George Jones. Two, I don’t think any other music genre tells a story quite like country does!

Do songs draw pictures in your head like they do mine? Can you “see” the song’s story?

Kelsey Browning - HeadshotKelsey Browning Bio:

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and cozy Southern mysteries. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series. Give her a shout at or drop by For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin’ News.

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Running the Red Light

Release Date: January 6, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: e-book

After wearing a “Least Likely to Succeed” label all her life, Roxanne Eberly is hell-bent on making her Red Light Lingerie store successful. Although the residents of small-town Shelbyville, Texas, are a little…lingerie-resistant, she’ll win them over eventually. So when a former employer sues her, putting a major wrinkle in her careful plans, she reluctantly accepts help from hot-stuff Houston attorney Jamie Wright.

Jamie’s on track to become his firm’s youngest partner, but discovers an unwritten prerequisite—marriage. Turns out, the only woman he wants is Roxanne, but peddling thongs and sex toys isn’t a suitable career for the spouse of an up-and-coming attorney.

Jamie’s tangled up in Roxanne’s lawsuit, her life and her lingerie. But if they’re ever going to make it work, Roxanne’s big-city boy will have to decide what he values more: the career he always thought he wanted or the woman he never thought he’d fall for.

Buy: Running the Red Light (Texas Nights)