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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: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (March 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2XUU96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 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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9 of 9 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed January 19, 2014
By NancyH
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read other books by this author that I enjoyed but was very disappointed in this one I did not
Like the bad language and will delete this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
I thought it was going to be on the level of the Bright's Pond series by Joyce Magnin, I loved that series, it didn't quite live up to my expectations of that but didn't miss it by... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
As a "born again" Texan, I really loved the banter of the characters. It really struck the Tex note. I'd recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humor.
Published 12 hours ago by Cynthia Clanton
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the characters
This was a fun read, and I'll watch for more books by this author. A few spelling and grammar mistakes, but overall the characters and story line made this a great book.
Published 1 day ago by Tillie Specknoodle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I normally read biographies so this was a great change. I will read more of Carolyn Brown's books. I see that she has a new book out with the setting in Cadillac,TX. Read more
Published 3 days ago by ttich2
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Best Ever" by Carolyn Brown
I absolutely love Carolyn Brown's writing style. You are captured in the beginning by the story and can't put it down until the end, which is always too soon. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Grama T
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Keeps you laughing. Fun and easy read. Couldn't stop reading. Would love to be just like Agnes when I get older
Published 4 days ago by Vkjohns
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Has a great mix of humor and heartwarming elements. I'm sorry to have reached the end! Looking for more! :)
Published 15 days ago by A Gonsalves
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story.
A delightful read, a story to get lost with. I found myself making time and staying up late to read it.
Published 28 days ago by Sarah Blackwood
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY!
Oh, this was the funniest book I have read in a l o n g time. Just buy it and laugh you fanny off. Well worth any price
you pay for it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Suela
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I enjoy books about cooking, small towns, etc., but this one didn't appeal to me. Sometimes the "mystery" is just taken too far.
Published 1 month ago by BramawRed
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist, Carolyn Brown, has published more than sixty 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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