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The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Brown
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Book Description

You Are Cordially Invited...Come early, eat until your buttons pop, and dance until you drop!

Miss Clawdy's Café has won the Jubilee blue ribbon every year since the dawn of time. This year, town matron Violet Prescott is going after that ribbon with an iron-clad determination only thinly disguised by her perfect coiffure and flawless manners, bless her heart.

It's time for café owners Cathy and Marty and their best friend Trixie to pull out their secret weapon. And this is where a lifetime of friendship, combined with just the right recipe at just the right time, might carry the day—or blow everything to smithereens.

Welcome to Cadillac, Texas, where the jalapeños are hot, the gossip is hotter, and at the end of the day, it's the priceless friendships that are left standing...

"Funny, frank, and full of more welcome example of Brown's Texas-size talent for storytelling."—USA TODAY Happy Ever After on One Hot Cowboy Wedding

"Brown revitalizes the Western romance with this fresh, funny, and sexy tale filled with likable, down-to-earth characters."—Booklist on Love Drunk Cowboy

"Brown's novel will warm your heart and bring you characters so real, you'll swear they're flesh and bone...A 5 Star Comfort Read!"—Love Romance Passion on Getting Lucky

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In Cadillac, Texas, there is only one thing hotter than the regularly scheduled town gossip: it’s the jalapeños, and who takes home the blue ribbon for growing the spiciest. But don’t let their sweet, southern charm fool you; these Texas ladies are focused on one thing and one thing only: winning. Every year, Miss Clawdy’s Cafe has taken home the prize, leaving owners Cathy and Marty mighty confident of their achievements. Until Violet Prescott, the president of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society, challenges everything, bringing on an all-out, hot-and-spicy chili-pepper war. In this laugh-out-loud read, best-selling Brown takes her expertise in writing top-notch cowboy romance novels to stir things up in her first work of women’s fiction, which is not about the lust of a rootin’, tootin’ cowboy but, rather, about the love among four female friends, proving that, no matter what, friendship matters most. --Carissa Chesanek


"Brown brings her cowboy-romance writing talents to bear on this hilarious tale of women in a gossipy small town... . Fast-paced, the intertwined tales collide along a bumpy road toward a surprising calamity at the jalapeño jubilee. A high-spirited, romantic page turner.
" - Kirkus

"An excellent book. I loved every bit of it... " - Fresh Fiction

"Humor and down-home charm make this a first-place prize winner. All the character quirks and small-town appeal are used to the fullest advantage. 4 Stars " - RT Book Reviews

"Brown's story reminded me a bit of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe... Heartwarming and fun to read. " - Long and Short Reviews

"Brown keeps it lively with tart and raunchy dialogue, situations that will make you laugh out loud, ancient rivalries revisited and the hope that friendship will triumph over all. " - Shelf Awareness

"If you love small town stories with wonderful characters and witty dialog, this book by Carolyn Brown will thrill you! " - The Reading Cafe

"Sometimes you find a book that is so charming it makes you want crawl inside and live there for a while and that is exactly what The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown does." - The Royal Reviews

"Quick, fun, and sassy... The writing is engaging, the characters become your friends, and the story will have you laughing and crying the whole way through. " - A Bookish Way of Life

"The intriguing characters of The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee and their zany look at life will stay with you long after you've finished the last page." - Thoughts In Progress

"A hilarious, warm-hearted story of friendship, love, feuds and food... charming, fun and oh so southern." - Book'd Out

Product Details

  • File Size: 1299 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402281269
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (March 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2XUU96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars- I Liked But Not Loved It March 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As much as I really wanted to love it, since I usually love books about gossipy, witchy, sometimes backstabbing women...I had problems ever even connecting with some of these women.

This is going to be difficult for me to write, since I don't want to spoil anything for anyone.

This book is essentially about a group of women that grew up together, some of whom are related. There is one set of twins, an old girlfriend of theirs, an elderly Auntie, a female Preacher/girlfriend, then the various `mean girls' and one token male friend who doesn't happen to be gay like you usually find in these types of books.

Each person is having their own crisis and has the back-up of the others in this group. The book gives the impression that this is going to have a lot to do with this Jalapeño Society, but while it really does not. It is somewhat peripheral to the rest of the story.

The women who were supposed to be mean, were so mean that even when one of them `redeemed' herself, I couldn't find it in y heart to really like her.
There are so many characters coming and going that it took about 40 percent of the book for me to be comfortable with who was who doing what and to whom. Ages are somewhat vague but some of these women acted as if they were in there late teens. You then come to realize that those women are at least in their 30's. There seemed to be relationships that could have or should have been explored (at least from my perspective). I DO understand that this was NOT a romance; it would have made me feel a great deal better if more than one would have found her `happily ever after' or at least a someone with which she could warm the sheets.

And for the life of me why was there even a Jack character in here?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny but Sensitive April 14, 2013
Welcome to the ruthless and competitive world of food competitions. To most people, Cadillac, Texas, population of 1524 people, is a pleasant and nurturing place to live. Become a member of the Blue Ribbon Jalapeno Society and it becomes a cut-throat, back stabbing battle ground. Growing the hottest jalapenos and creating food products from them was the founding principle of this decades old club. The competition with the group and between the neighbouring town is quite fierce.

Amid this rivalry, are sisters Marty and Cathy and their dearest friend Trixie. Together they run Miss Clawdy's Cafe, named after the twins' mother. Across the street from the cafe, lives 78 year young Agnes Flynn, feisty aunt of the twins. And across from her, in the renovated garage is Darla Jean and her Christian non-denominational church. Darla Jean is herself a reformed prostitute.

On the far side of town, both physically and financially, is Violet Prescott, self appointed for life Queen of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society. Everything in town must go according to some plan that Violet has devised, which is solely to the benefit of herself and her son.

Even with all the underhand conniving by Violet, the twins, their aunt and Trixie manage to thrive and deepen their friendships. While their relationships strengthen, they open their hearts and homes to those around them and show that small town warmth that I expected.

This book was funny and highly entertaining but at the same time, it has a sensitive side that makes it a personal story. The main characters range in age from early 20s to almost 80 years old, making it a suitable read for a wide range of readers.

Food plays a big role in this book as you might expect from owners of a cafe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars snarky, lovable characters March 21, 2013
Carolyn Brown is most known for her contemporary western romances and I was excited to try The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee her first venture into woman's fiction. Brown delivered a humorous tale about four women living in Cadillac, Texas. This was a quick, quirky and enjoyable character driven tale about life in a small town renowned for growing the hottest jalapeños.

Oh my, the things that go on Cadillac Texas! We meet the members of the Jalapeno Society run by; Violet Prescott the town's self-imposed queen and ruler. The tale centers around Trixie Matthews, twins Marty and Cathy Andrews and Darla Jean the newest addition to their social circle. Cathy is planning to wed Ethan Prescott and Violet is planning to control her life just likes she rules her son. Cathy needs to put down her e-reader and smell the burnt coffee! Trixie lives above Miss Clawdy's café and every Wednesday night she has a romp with her ex-husband, police officer Andy. Darla Jean is a reformed hooker who now preaches the word of God. Everyone is worried about the elections and dealing with life's daily drama in small town Texas. As this character driven tale unfolded, I laughed and giggled aloud.

Brown has created a unique, sometimes hilarious cast of characters in this small town. Whether you love them or hate them you certainly won't forget them. Marty, Trixie, Cathy and Darla are all very different and together they are wonderful. Even the twins are night and day; Cathy is soft-spoken and an introvert while Marty just lays it all out there and says exactly what she thinks. Trixie's relationship with her ex-husband Andy and the woman he cheated on her with Anna Ruth was an interesting tread. Darla is an original and often offers the others a shoulder and advice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Beach Read
Sometimes you just want something light and entertaining and this one definitely fits that bill. Fun characters and lots of relationship twists.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Every cliche in the book!
After a choppy start, I settled into reading this bit of fluff. You will find a parody of every southern characteristic, but unfortunately nothing new or creative on the author's... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start
The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee certainly got off to a slow start. It didn't get good until about the 39% mark (kindle speak)…maybe because it had too many main... Read more
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I did like the story but it was kind of goofy.
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This was a totally different book from what I've read by Carolyn. Parts of this book cracked me up. Read more
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Ms. Brown's quirky style shines on this one. Enjoyable read!
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I love all the Carolyn Brown books. They are funny, romantic, adventurous. Just makes you fall in love with the characters.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist, Carolyn Brown, has published more than seventy books.
Brown presently writes both women's fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website at

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