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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Personal Assets (Texas Nights #1)” by Kelsey Browning

Aug 21
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Kelsey Browning has dropped by CABR 🙂

Ever wondered if a romance set in small town could be sexy?

Kelsey shares her thoughts, having grown up in one herself 🙂

She also has two (2) fun giveaways!

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Kelsey Browning:

Can Small-town Texas be Sexy?

I grew up in a small, northeast Texas town boasting one red light, a dozen Protestant churches, and one city cop with a rabid love for his radar gun. At eighteen, I left to attend college in Louisiana and never moved back. Since then, I’ve lived and traveled all over the world. So why did I choose small-town Texas as the setting for my debut contemporary romance, Personal Assets, and the rest of the Texas Nights series?

One word. Home.


No matter how many planes I climb aboard or how many states and countries I live in, Texas is home in a visceral, atavistic way no other location can ever be. When I drive the two-lane highways into the northeastern part of the state and begin seeing the pine trees, growing tall and feathering slivers of sunshine through their branches, I know I’m home. I see red clover, trailer houses and trucks selling watermelons at the roadside, and it’s as if I’ve never been gone.


“But Kelsey—” I hear you saying—yes, I have preternatural hearing, “—small towns aren’t sexy! They’re boring and gossipy and full of speed traps.”


“Sugar,” I reply (because that’s what I call people when I’m not blessing their hearts), “small towns everywhere are full of undercurrents and problems just like every other place on this planet.”


Problems may not be sexy in the real world, but they sure are in a romance novel. And my characters usually have a special problem, because someone is always, always fighting for or against their idea of what home should be. That means unmet expectations, disappointments, and reconciling themselves with the divide between what they have and what they think they want. It usually means the obstacles in their paths aren’t serial killers, the end of the world or zombies. More like killer squirrels, last call by a belching bar owner, hurtful secrets and resistance to love.


This. This is why I love creating the fictional setting of a small town. Because those obstacles are normal, relatable, and sometimes even funny. Everyone has overheard gossip at the salon (aka beauty shop). Everyone has stopped at a roadside diner (please tell me you have!). Everyone has meandered down a small-town street and wondered what the heck the people who live there do for a living and how they can stand to do it.


My aim is to bring open-minded, ambitious and yes…sexy…heroes and heroines like Allie Shelby and Cameron Wright to these fictional Texas towns. Because if they can find their happily-ever-afters while the one cop in town is wielding his radar gun at them, you know they were meant to be.


I like to set my stories in these small places because I believe people make their homes in those communities because they want to be there. Because they love all the insanity of living in a small town. And because, let’s face it, I have a heckuva lot of fun plunking my characters down in the middle of gossip, family meddling…oh yeah, and the kind of relationships and sex that bring a spark of the forbidden to those small Texas towns.


Do you like to read romances set in small towns? If so, what’s the draw for you? What makes you crazy and what makes you want to read more?




Sex therapist Allie Shelby has the professional credentials, but she could use a bit more practical experience. Finding the right man to bring out her inner bad girl is tough in a population-challenged Texas town. So when sinfully sexy Cameron Wright rolls back into Shelbyville, Allie wastes no time inviting him to join her in some hands-on research.

Cameron has come home to fulfill his dream of restoring classic cars. Back in high school, he knew the town princess, Allie Shelby, was way out of his league. Today he has even less in common with Allie, so he’s shocked as hell when she propositions him. Still, he’s only human, so he accepts her offer—and with each encounter, she shows him another, wilder side. Before long, he’s thinking about more than just sex.

But while her personal life heats up, Allie’s business is about to crash and burn. And she has to convince Cameron that she’s one princess who’s not looking for a prince to ride to her rescue.

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One lucky person will win a Bed Lounge Pillow.

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An eBook of Ruthie Knox’s MAKING IT LAST

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PERSONAL ASSETS Launch Party on Facebook

Kelsey will also be hosting a launch party event/giveaway on August 26th. You could win a basket of goodies 😀


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Kelsey Browning pictureABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories full of hot heroes, saucy heroines and spicy romance. 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 Kelsey@KelseyBrowning.com or drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com. For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin’ News.



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  • Sure, I love books set in small towns because everyone knows each other and the gossip mill rolls along full steam!

  • Maria says:


  • Sasha Thanks SO much for hosting me at CABR today. I’m curious about the significance of the Caribbean theme–have you lived there or want to live there?

    I’m looking forward to chatting with your readers today!


    • Sasha says:

      You’re welcome Kelsey 🙂

      I actually live in the Caribbean and have what I call a Caribbean Accent because I was born in Jamaica but grew up n Trinidad.

  • Amy R says:

    Whenever I read a small town romance, whether it be in Texas or somewhere else, it always makes me want to move to one. But, I grew up in a college town of about 100,000+ so I like the amenities a bigger town has. My husband grew up in a town of about 500 and his family still lives there. We compromised and live in a town of about 7,000 and is only 10 minutes from another college town of about 150,000, so I am happy. It is the best of both worlds. There is one school system and when the kids play sports or go to the store they see all their friends. I like that about a small town – all the local businesses support the school. Our Mascot is the Bulldogs and so they are Bulldogs from the time they start kindergarten until they graduate high school. Anyway, long post, but congrats on the book!

    • Sasha says:

      Amy, you make me want to move to a small-ish town 🙂

    • Amy – the things I didn’t know about you! I’m with you on the amenities. I grew up in a town of 1500, but with a town of about 70k nearby. I wouldn’t call that big-city by any stretch, but you could shop :-).

      BTW – University of Georgia is the Bulldogs (or Bulldawgs, as they say down here) too!

      Thanks for all your support, Amy!

  • Lori Meehan says:

    I love small town romance. The towns people are nosy busy bodies who know what’s good for everyone. They do it because they care about each other and want what’s best for each other.

    • Lori –

      Exactly! But, of course, they often get in each other’s way. And make it much, much harder on the hero and heroine. Which is exactly the way we like it ;-).

      Thanks for stopping by!


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