Spotlight & Giveaway: Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Molly Cannon

Posted July 10th, 2013 by in Blog, Giveaway, Spotlight / 109 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome contemporary romance author Molly Cannon to HJ!


Hi Molly For all of our readers who may not be familiar with your work, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your books?

molly cannonHi! Thanks for having me at HJ! I live in Texas with my husband and our extremely large cat Nelson. When I’m not writing, I read, take dance classes with the hubby and watch all kinds of sports. We start more Country Western dance classes next week! My books are small town Texas contemporary romances. I like to laugh so I try to write my characters with humor while I get them to their Happily-Ever-After.

Please summarize Crazy Little Thing Called Love for the readers here ….

Etta Green kissed Everson, Texas, goodbye years ago. A big city chef, she intends to return only long enough to settle her beloved grandmother’s estate and then hightail it back to Chicago. But Grammy Hazel had other plans. In her will, she left Etta part-ownership of a B&B that’s about to go bankrupt before it even opens. And what’s worse–Etta’s partner is Donny Joe Ledbetter, a handsome devil with some serious bad boy charm. Growing up, Donny Joe didn’t give Etta a second glance. Now, she’s got his whole attention.

A far cry from the shy bookworm he once knew, sexy, spirited Etta Green is nothing but trouble. Yet Donny Joe decides to play nice. After all, the quicker they open the B&B, the faster this exasperating–and irresistible–woman will be on her way. Donny Joe has never been a one-woman kind of man. But one crazy little moment of unforgettable desire may change his mind–if he can convince Etta to stay for good…

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013?

I’m working on the third book in my Everson, Texas series. I have a story in a Christmas anthology A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER that will be released in December this year. It will include stories from Kristin Ashley, Marilyn Pappano, Hope Ramsey, and Jill Shalvis.

Where can readers get in touch with you?
twitter: @CannonMolly

Character Q & A

Please introduce your character Donny Joe Ledbetter from your novel Crazy Little Thing Called Love to HJ’s reader

CLTCLDonny Joe has a reputation as a ladies’ man. But he works as hard as he plays, and having grown up poor, he’s proud of the place he’s carved out in the business community of Everson, Texas. Commitment to one woman is something he’s managed to avoid – unless you count his devotion to Gabe, the old stray tomcat that’s adopted him as his owner.

What does your character do for a living?

Donny Joe owns a swimming pool business and The Backyard Oasis a store that sells everything to make backyards fabulous places to relax with friends and family.

Who is your character’s Love interest in the book? 

Etta Green is a chef in her Chicago restaurant. She comes back to Everson to settle her grandmother’s estate. She spent summers in Everson with her Grammy Hazel, but has no plans to leave her big city life.

Is your character ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?

Both of them think they are ruled by logic, but in reality emotion and lessons from the past guide their decisions.

Was it love at first sight for your character? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

Oh, not at all. They didn’t care for each other in the beginning, but when they are forced to work together on the B&B they have to admit their first impression were completely misleading.

If you character could go back in time and change one thing what would it be? Why?

If Donny Joe could go back in time he probably wouldn’t join in the youthful act of vandalism that set his life on an uncertain path.

I’m sure Etta would go back to spend more time with her grandmother. Her unexpected death leaves a big hole in her heart.

How has your character evolved from when the novel began to when it ended?

Donny Joe starts the book as a care-free man who takes responsibility in his professional life, but all of his personal relationships remain casual flirtations. By the end he craves a meaningful relationship with Etta and a chance to be a real pat of her family.

How did your characters spend the week just before the story starts?

Donny Joe spent the week working at his store, dancing at Lu Lu’s, and helping his neighbor (Etta’s Grammy Hazel) with her plans to turn her house into a B&B.

Etta spent the week in Chicago, wrangling with her partner about the future of their restaurant.

Thank you for stopping by HJ!

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An excerpt:

“Belle thought you and I needed a do-over. She thought since we’ll be working together on the house we should see if we can play nice.”
He leaned back on his bar stool giving her a lazy once over. “Well now, when a woman tells me she wants to play nice that’s usually a mighty tempting offer.”
She tried to ignore the feeling he’d finished undressing her with his eyes and would be just as happy if she kept her clothes on.
He leaned toward her and announced, “But in your case I’m not sure you even know the meaning of the word nice, and you sure don’t strike me as a woman who plays much.”
“Now wait a minute. I play. I play all the time.” Good Gravy, she sounded like an idiot. Why was she explaining herself to this man anyway? She should have known he wouldn’t make things easy. “So, do you want to dance or not? Belle’s watching us like a hawk.”
He sat there a moment like he was considering all his options and then pushed his beer mug away like he’d lost a mighty struggle. “Well hell, by all means. Since your sister is watching let’s dance.” He stood up and held out his hand. “Miz Green, I’ll play nice if you will.”
She sighed before standing up as well. “Might as well get it over with.”
She took his hand, struck instantly by how warm and how strong it felt as he led her onto the dance floor. The song was slow. He tucked her in close to his body and started moving around the floor. Without considering any possible consequences, she inhaled the scent of him, masculine and clean. His shoulder was sturdy beneath her hand, his denim covered thighs brushed against her legs. Donny Joe moved with the grace of a man who knew how to partner a woman. In every way possible, she thought in a moment of recklessness. It had been a long time since she’d lost herself on the dance floor in the arms of a man. He swept her around the dance floor, and she surrendered, letting herself be swept. Just for one dance. Just for one song. It had been a long while since any man had made her feel the kind of slow, unhurried heat simmering beneath her skin. Before she realized it her head was nestled against his chest, and the song was coming to an end.


109 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Molly Cannon”

  1. Karina

    My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Its an excuse to eat all I want, and then burn it off power shopping on black Friday. I also get to be with my family which is what I’m most thankful for.

  2. Mary Preston

    I love Christmas. I love everything about Christmas. It’s a great time to gather with family.

  3. Erica Mitchell

    My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, great food, and family always gathers together to eat, and just spend time together.

    • Molly

      I love Thanksgiving, too. A time to stop and give thanks is nice, and if food is involved, even better!

    • Molly

      Yvonne, that is so true. Holidays can be lonely times, too, when we spend them alone. I’ve experienced that, and you’re right it isn’t much fun.

    • Molly

      Music is a wonderful part of Christmas for me, too. And I’ll start signing at the drop of a hat! Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells….

  4. Donna Durnell

    I don’t know that I have a favorite holiday. Growing up it was probably Thanksgiving &/or Christmas. But as an adult of advanced age, with grown kids, & half-grown grandkids, AND now a Church calendar to abide by — well, all holidays are busy and not always family – and so I don’t have a favorite.

  5. Patoct

    Thanksgiving – I love the meal and there is no rush to get all the decorating and presents bought – it is just so much simpler.

  6. roslyngroves

    My favourite holiday is Melbourne Cup Day. The entire city of Melbourne is given the first Tuesday of every November off because of a horse race. That’s right – a horse race!

    • Molly

      Hi Krysten! I love the variety of food, too. I love hearing what dishes are must-haves with different families. As our family has expanded our list of things we must serve has expanded, too.

  7. Kai W.

    I love Christmas. I love the the foods, getting together with family and friends, and the gift givings. This is the Holiday, I look for the good in people.

    • Molly

      I can go crazy with the decorations. I used to take all the pictures off my wall and wrap them like giant presents and hang them back up to fit in with the Christmas decor. I haven’t done that for awhile.

  8. elena k

    i love Christmas. there are the lights and the tree and there is something romantic and cozy about them. thanks for the giveaway

    • Molly

      Elena, I always think my living room looks so much better with the twinkling lights and glowing tree. I almost hate to take it down!

  9. Ada H.

    I love Christmas, it’s right near my birthday and I absolutely love winter. And it gives me an excuse to sing Christmas carols all the time 😀

    • Molly

      Hello Ada! My middle son’s bday is in early December so we always made a point of celebrating his birthday before we started putting up Christmas decorations. We wanted his day to be special, but i love your attitude! And I’m singing along with you!

  10. Sandie W

    Thanksgiving is my favorite…it’s a time to share love and good food with family and friends and just relax before the hustle of December hits. I love the laid back atmosphere!

    • Molly

      Oh, me too! I’m always amazed at the creative costumes people come up with every year. And the little kids are adorable.

  11. Leanna

    I love Thanksgiving when my brother would bring all his friends who didn’t have anywhere to go. I love the traditions, being with family and friends.

    • Molly

      Leanna, what a lovely tradition. My daughter-in-law always invites students from other countries who attend her university. Thank you for sharing with us.

  12. Jen FitzGerald

    I’m sure you know what mine is–the 4th of July!!!! I hope this book comes out on audio book with the same reader. It was awesome. Love ya, Molly!!!

    • Molly

      Hey Jen! Thanks for stopping by. The 4th rocks! And I would love to have the same reader. Susan Bennett was wonderful. Love you, too!

  13. kp

    Christmas is my favorite holiday. My family lives spread out over the country but we all get together for this holiday!

    • Molly

      We have family spread out now, too. I love a reason to gather together. It’s so nice that your family can do that at Christmas.

  14. Rebe

    I love Christmas, because it’s the one time of the year I get to see my family! (It’s also right before my birthday!)

  15. Annwitch

    Christmas, because it is the only day of the year the company I work for is closed. At least I still don’t have to work one holiday.

  16. Missy Morrison Goodsell

    Christmas was always my favorite because seeing the joy in the kids faces & to have family all together is wonderful

  17. Janice Hougland

    Hello to you, Molly! I’m so glad to “meet” you on this blog tour as I love the humor and romance combo. I like the small town background too, as I grew up in a small ranch town in So. Calif. My relatives and family background are from Farmersville, TX so I have an affinity for Texas stories. And the two-part names, which is common for the South, is a thing with my family too. My name to family members and best friends is Jannie Jean. 🙂 So the story of Donnie Joe and Etta sounds right up my alley! And my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving as that’s when all of our family members get together (like a reunion). At Christmas everyone does their own, private family thing. And, of course, I love birthdays as we make them very, very special in our family.

    • Molly

      Hello to you, Jannie Jean! I love your two-part name. I’m so glad you introduced yourself. We try to make birthdays special, too. Everyone’s own special holiday!

  18. Lisa H

    I love romance with a little humor. Well, I love all kinds of romance. But the humor makes that kind just a little bit better than the others. hehe Any holiday is my favorite. haha At the moment, I am thinking how much fun I had on July 4th. We helped host a fund raiser for the USO. My husband and his band were the entertainment. There were children and it was a blast. But if you were to ask me again right after some other holiday, I would probably give a different answer. haha Thanks for the interview. lisakhutson(at)coxnet

    • Molly

      Hi Lisa! Humor helps me get through everyday, and romance can be bumpy unlessyou can laugh alongthe way! Your fundraiser sounds wonderful. What a great cause! And enjoying all the holidays as they come is a good approach.

  19. Gina

    Hi Molly,

    So excited about your new book. Your books are as sweet and sassy as pickled watermelon rinds! My favorite holiday is Christmas. I enjoy the decorating and the baking and the celebration of Jesus’ birth with friends and family.

  20. Christina G

    Independence Day is my favorite holiday. No gifts to buy, no stress, just a great time for family and friends to get together, share a meal, enjoy some outdoor fun in great weather, and then of course there are the fireworks!! Fireworks are awesome!!

  21. kymroberts

    Hi Molly and Sara!

    I’m so glad you’re visiting HJ! I am currently reading Crazy Little Thing Called Love and truly enjoying the character growth and the town of Everson and the sparks between Etta and Donnie Joe are wonderful 😉 My one regret–I want to hear more from Grammy!
    Any character interviews with the ghost of Grammy coming up? I’d love to hear her laughing from the grave!


    • Molly

      Hey Kym! Grammy probably has a lot to say. Maybe her ghost will appear if Belle ever gets her own book! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Good ideas!

  22. tina

    Favorite Holiday would have to be thanksgiving. I love getting together with my family and my bf’s family, but it doesn’t have the stress that goes along with Christmas. Plus there’s soooo much good food! 🙂


    favorite holiday? that would be thanksgiving and the beginning of the silly season. decorating for christmas, buying gifts, planning food. 🙂

  24. ndluebke

    Christmas is my favorite holiday, the music and good will. But lately, whenever family is visiting, is a great time because it doesn’t happen often.

    • Molly Cannon

      Oh, I know. As are family grows larger and moves farther away it is always a blessing when we can all be together, and it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.

  25. Marsha R West

    My favorite is Thanksgiving followed by July 4th. Good food, family, and no presents to worry about. Molly, this may be more comments than I’ve seen anywhere but at a Kristen Lamb blog! WhooHoo. You go gal!

    • Molly

      Marsha!! It’s great to see you here!! And you are right! I think food, family and friends are the key to most holidays. Isn’t this a great blog? So many nice comments.

  26. Vicky Green

    Thanksgiving is a favorite of mine – special time with family. But since 4th of July just passed, it just may have become my new favorite holiday – no pressure or stress about having to do major shopping, and the fireworks are the best part to end the day celebrating our country’s independence.

    • Molly Cannon

      I know what you mean, Vicky. We just enjoyed one of the best 4th of July holidays I think we’ve ever had. We will wait ans see if Thanksgiving can live up to it this year!

  27. Cindy Hamilton

    Christmas is my favorite time, I love all the musical animation stuff that I put out at Christmas. I drive my husband nuts when I get them all going at once!!

    • Molly Cannon

      Cindy, I would love to see that! I only have a couple of animated things and a few musical ornaments I always hang. I may have to find more for this year! A new mission!

  28. Carolyn Valdez

    Christmas is my favorite time. All the family gets together which I love.
    Also people seem to treat others so much better. Wish they would do that all year round.

    • Molly Cannon

      You are right, Carolyn. I think that is a good wish for all seasons. Christmas is a good time for us to remember how much our family and friends mean to us.

  29. Aline

    I would say Christmas is my favorite but everybody already picked that LOL

    I love Easter too. My family and I usually go to church in the early morning and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ 🙂

  30. cahmmerritt

    I have to say July 4th – It is an event for gatherings of friends, neighbors and family… warm and sunny (yeah ’cause I am in the Pacific Northwest and there is never enough sun). I love my family but am closest to my best friends who are the “family of my heart” so the 4th is a holiday where some of us, many of us and even more can all gather with favorite foods, opportunities to catch up on our lives and if somebody forgot the hot dogs it is ok because 8 other people remembered…

    • Molly

      That sounds lovely! I know we have a group of friends who qualify as ‘family of my heart’ and sharing holidays with them is always special. I love the Pacific Northwest. It’s beautiful.

  31. Jamie

    Halloween is my favorite holiday! What could possibly be more fun than seeing little children dressed up as demons, vampires, fairies, monsters and Sarah Palin! Besides, I give them what they want…candy!

    • Molly

      I love to see the children, too. They are so cute! We used to go to Halloween parties every year and coming up with new costumes was always a challenge. I confess I wanted candy, too!

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