Friday, May 30, 2014

Carol Burnside: Small Town Romance

There’s an old saying of “write what you know” and I know small southern towns, so when I first began writing, my characters lived in the setting I’m most familiar with. I’m from a small Texas town, but I’ve lived in small towns of Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Georgia and Virginia, as well. You could say “southern” runs through my veins. It’s either that or all the sweet tea I’ve consumed.

As small towns go, Sweetwater Springs is not the tiniest, nor is it spreading into a bustling metropolis, but in my fictitious world, it’s located southeast of Little Rock, the real life capital of Arkansas. There, the Baxter family has lived for decades. John Thomas and Reba raised three kids in a rambling house along the meandering banks of Sweetwater Creek. J.T., Travis and Rosie had largely idyllic childhoods, but events in their adult lives were not all rainbows and roses. Their struggles to find the kind of happiness their parents found are the first three stories of my Sweetwater Springs series:  A Suitable Wife, Her Unexpected Family and His Small Town Princess.

If you like “sizzling romance with heart and humor,” give my Sweetwater Springs series a try. A Suitable Wife is available in ebook and print. Her Unexpected Family is available in ebook (print coming soon) and His Small Town Princess will release by summer.

Leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook copy of A Suitable Wife or Her Unexpected Family!  (winner's choice).

Here’s what others are saying about this series:
A Suitable Wife

“From friendship to love . . . a bumpy ride, but so worth it.” – Shirley Buchanan, Romance Book Haven 5/5 stars Goodreads review

“a perfect afternoon read not to be missed.” – Susan May, 5/5 stars Amazon review

“This book was well worth the sleepy morning. A Suitable Wife has it all. Passion, friendship, a villainous ex (or two), picturesque settings, heart touching back-story, dedicated family, and some great love scenes.” – Tami 5/5 stars Goodreads review

“a love story that satisfies in every way. Five enthusiastic stars! Very highly recommended!” Pam Asberry, Amazon review

I loved this book...! can't wait to read more in the series from this author. –Anon, (B&N) 4/5 stars

Author Carol Burnside's beautifully written love story had my heart strings working overtime. – Stephanie Lasley, The Kindle Book Review 5/5 stars

Simply excellent...she brought out the nuances of emotional vulnerabilities so very well. The story tugged the heart and I read it in one go.– Monica, Amazon 5/5 stars 

Her Unexpected Family
“Ms Burnside's books are always fun, always carefully crafted to maintain the readers interest and keep the pages turning.” – S.Weeaks, 5/5 star review, Amazon

“I laughed at the humor, cried with the heartbreaking parts and sympathized with their plight as they tried to find their lasting love. Well written characters meshed with a well developed plot for true reading pleasure. Real page turner. I look forward happily to the next book in the series.” – Shirley Buchanan, Romance Book Haven  5/5 star review

 “I recommend this read for readers that don't mind pulling out the tissues and looking like a fool when crying over a book and if you don't mind laughing out loud in the middle of nowhere whilst reading.” -- Desere 4/5 stars 

“Be prepared to have tissues at hand. This is one roller-coaster of an emotional story. It is tender, heart-warming and at times heart-breaking. But I loved it.” – Laura 5/5 stars

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Carol Burnside is an award-winning author of the Sweetwater Springs series of “sizzling romance with heart and humor.” Her personal second-chance-at-love story resulted in a marriage to her high school sweetheart of thirty-plus years. Also published in short stories, Carol’s novel length manuscripts have placed in numerous contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence.
Writing as Annie Rayburn, she produces soft sci-fi and lite paranormal erotic romances which have been favorably received. Talk about cross-genre! Enjoy excerpts, review snippits, and more about her sexy Crainesian characters on her website  or connect with her on
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***Carol's winner is Cindy Hamilton! Please email with your details!***


Peaces of Me said...

Sounds great! I always enjoy 'meeting' new to me authors, thanks!!

Mary Preston said...

You must be thrilled with the reviews. I do love the sound of these books.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Nice to 'meet' you too. Thanks for commenting.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

I am, Mary. Thanks! I think you'd enjoy reading them. Good luck!

Connie said...

I love cozy, family-style stories and your novels appear to exactly fit that bill! Thanks for your generous giveaway.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Thanks for your interest, Connie!

erin said...

congrats on the new release!!! Thank you so much for the fun post!

Cindy Hamilton said...

I love meeting authors I haven't read before, your books sound great! Going to check them out!!

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

I hadn't read your books, but this does sound like great fun and I'm glad to have another author to read!!! Thanks for stopping by & thanks to Tote Bags 'n'Blogs!!

Agatha Townsend said...

I like new authors to read. Haven't read any of these authors yet but would like to try

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...
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Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Thank you, Erin. Glad you enjoyed it.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Yay! Thanks, Cindy.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Happy reading, girlygirlhoosier!

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Thanks for the comment. Good luck in the drawing, Agatha!

Laurie G said...

As I've never been to Arkansas, I'd love to visit Sweetwater Springs. Thanks for the introduction to your series. I'm interested in JT, Rosie and Travis's stories.
Excellent reviews too.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Thanks for your interest, Laurie. Arkansas is a beautiful place and lives up to its slogan: The Natural State.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

This giveaway is now closed to new entries. picked Cindy Hamilton as the WINNER!

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Cindy, you're my winner! Please contact me at with your choice of ebook and what type file you need: ePub, PDF or .mobi

Thanks for participating! I look forward to hearing from you.