209 Responses to Contact the Author
  1. Susan Garcia says:

    Hi really enjoyed your books,,,but are you going to write anymore on the cat clan and lake people…..thank you for your time Susan
    Ps I am from the New Orleans area

  2. Nan says:

    You are an incredibly gifted author. I just finished the Dreams books and am completely stunned that I had never heard of you or your books since I read everything all the time. (Do you need an agent?)

    All good wishes to you in 2014! I hope to hear more from “Soophee”! Brilliant.

    Nan

    • ann says:

      I enjoyed sea of dreams and mountian of dreams as well what an imagination I was even dreaming about them , fantastic books hope there is more

  3. Joane Cook says:

    Is bubba and the dead woman part of a series or stand alone book. If series, could I have a list of titles and what order they should be read.
    Thanks

    • carenlb says:

      Bubba and the DW is the first in the series. It goes Bubba and the DW, Bubba and the 12 Deadly days of Christmas, Bubba and the Missing Woman, Brownie and the Dame (3.5), Bubba and the Mysterious Murder Note, The Ransom of Brownie (4.5), and Bubba and the Zigzaggery Zombies. This is the same as on the page with all the novels listed. Thanks.

    • Nancy says:

      I love the Bubba series and find Bubba the most patient person( yes I know he is not real but one could wish). Looking forward to the next installment. I would like to know when and if you are going to put the Bubba series on audio. Would love to be able to listen when I can not read. I have so enjoyed your writing, keep them coming and I will be rereading the ones I have.

      • carenlb says:

        Good question. I had a few guys doing an audio for the first one and their business went belly up. I have no plans for audio right now but I’ll keep an eye out for a service. Thanks for your support!

  4. Lorraine Edlin says:

    Love love love bubba. So happy to see books. Please keep him going. I laugh all the way through. Thank you very much for such great writing.

  5. Karen says:

    You are 1 of my favorite authors! I just finished the latest Bubba book- loved it! But I love all your books/series. It amazes me that you can write in different styles so well.. like Bubba books and then The Lake People.. totally different but both great. I recommend you to everyone! Keep on rocking!

  6. susan c. says:

    I read The Dead Woman and Twelve Days of Christmas. Your writing is hysterical, and your characters are enchanting. You compiled the traits of those who frequently come up for discussion in small Southern towns. I never dreamed murder stories could be so amusing. Your plots were captivating. I was sorely tempted to skip enough pages to discover the perpetrator in both books

  7. Deirdre says:

    Love you Cat Clan and Moon Series. Are you going to tell Claire’s story ? I would very much like to read about Claire and Shade. If you are going to publish the story, can you give me an idea of when, so I can be on the look out for it?

    Deirdre M Abbott

  8. Donna Killian says:

    I Love your lake people books.Read Veiled eyes and thought you need to make movie with Johhny Depp, it would be wonderful, I normally read romance, but gave you a try and so glad I did. Thank you.

  9. Gail Pippin says:

    Just finished The Life and Times… Nearly pissed myself. I know that’s crude, but it’s true.
    But, I’ll bet the soup was good….

  10. Naomi Shank says:

    I just finished reading, “Disembodied Bones”, and WOW! it’s one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. “Veiled Eyes” was recommended to me by a friend last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed it and went on to read the first in the Cat Clan books and the first in the Bubba series, and I’ll be continuing with both series. I also have your Moon Trilogy and hope to start that soon. Will there be any more books in the Lake People series, or is it a trilogy?

    • carenlb says:

      Yes, there’ll be more in the Lake People series. I’m thinking next year, depending on what’s happening with the other series. Thank you so much. I’ve always thought Bones was one of my better novels.

  11. curmudgeon57 says:

    A new Bubba? Holy crap . . . I mean carp. Thanks!

  12. Tanya says:

    Oh my, the new Bubba novel is just what I needed!!!! Seriously, you are fast becoming my all time favorite author! I’m only into the first or second chapter, and had to take a break to wipe the tears from my eyes from laughing so hard! You are truly a wonderful writer, wish there were more like you! Of course, you being more of a “one of a kind” isn’t bad either!!!! Love your books, murder/mystery or paranormal, they are all great! If you ever get behind and need a proof reader, or anything, let me know, I want to see your books on every bookshelf in the country, and some in other countries!!!!

  13. Josette says:

    Just found your books, gotta say I love them. Reminds me of the small town/county I live in, without the murders of course. Where can I get a Get your Bubba on shirt? That shirt would be freaking hilarious!

    • carenlb says:

      I usually do a couple of giveaways on the Bubba shirts per year, so keep an eye on the website or like my author’s page on facebook. Thanks so much!

  14. Janet says:

    I absolutely LOVE the dreams series. I love Sophie. When will the third one be out, and if it is already out, where can I find it? I have read the first two over and over again, at least 20 times each.

  15. Peter says:

    I adore your Bubba stories. I had lived in Texas from San Antonio to ft worth. I also have a very dear friend from east Texas, she is certainly Ms. D. I Left texas in 1996 and miss much of the lifestyle and the characters that live there. You bring them back to me. I always check amazon for the next Bubba story. They allow me to go back from time to time and visit my old home. Thank you for that gift.

  16. Becky says:

    I’m an avid reader of scores of books and you’re the first author I’ve every written to. I love Bubba! Having lived from Beaumont to Carthage, TX and from Franklin to Alexandria, LA I can relate. After raising 5 kids I enjoyed The Ransom of Brownie the most. Caught myself laughing out loud while reading the books. Love the way you write about what Precious is thinking. I tend to get in trouble and embarrass my kids like Miz Demetrice does Bubba. Ifin ya run out of idears how to Knock off Elgin ya can prolly feed him to the gators, drop him down a well, put cottonmouths (nasty mean snake) in his bed, or run over him with his John Deere. My poor husband sleeps with one eye open. I know this is lengthy but I really enjoyed the Bubba series I’m reading the Zigzaggy Zombies now. Keep up the good work and thank you for not using Gods name in vain in The Ransom of Brownie and the disgusting f word in any of the books. Trying to decide what to read next love mysteries/thrillers have any suggestions?

    Becky

    • carenlb says:

      Thank you so much. Finding clean mysteries is hard. Let me get back to you. I’ll ask on Facebook. Personally I read everything and nothing much really bothers me.

    • carenlb says:

      And thanks for the suggestions on Elgin methods of death. I keep a list so I don’t repeat myself, but new ways are getting scarce.

    • Becky says:

      I meant what would you suggest next in your books. Just finished the first Lake people series and starting on the next one.

      • carenlb says:

        Okay. I looked at your original letter and noticed you’re not a fan of bad language so if you don’t mind a genre change, try Sea of Dreams and then Mountains of Dreams. Both fantasy or urban fantasy. Not much language. Most of the other series I wasn’t very careful about language. Hope you liked the Lake People ones.

        • Becky says:

          I did. Really liked the the last when she was in the mine. Just the right amount of suspense. Thanks for the suggestions.

    • Suzanne says:

      Becky,
      I am a huge fan of all Caren writes. I just can’t get enough! The language in her books is generally mild to maybe moderate. The book probably with the harshest language is probably The Life and Death of Bayou Billy. I think when you get done with the dream books, I would go to Bayou Moon & Crimson Bayou, then on to the Moon series, then the veiled eyes, and then her stand alone books. You can’t go wrong in which order you read the series or stand alone books. They are all amazingly epic. Her wit and humor shines through in each book!

  17. Tasha says:

    I just finished the Bubba and the Zombies book. Loved it. Laughed out loud when Prexious had her internal monologues. Such a great cast of characters. I have read every Bubba book so far and I look forward to the next one. Thank you for crazy mind…keep it active.

  18. Merrylee says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE BUBBA!!! Nice ending in Zombies. Brownie makes me laugh out loud. More, please. 🙂

  19. don herring says:

    Thank you so much for all of your stories. I’ve read all of the Bubba series, the Lake People and the Moon trilogies. The way you are able to create personas that allow the reader to mentally see that character, and especially identify with them , is a great talent. I’ve just downloaded two more of your works this week, so after just finishing the last Bubba, I’ll start on one of those tomorow. Again thank you so much from a ol’ boy from Suffolk, Virginia.

  20. Leah Lynch says:

    Ok. Hasten unto the wedding. And thanks a lot now Qi want a Bassett Hound..The cats are not amused.

  21. Linda Luttrell says:

    LOVED all the “Bubba” & “Brownie” books. I howled more than Precious! There are some snazzy drink names mentioned in the last two Bubba books: “Smurf Fart” and one with “Pink Panties.” Wondering if you’d published the exact mixology on these…sure would love to have them! As an old Alabama native, hope you’re enjoying your time here!

    • carenlb says:

      Thank you. I haven’t published the exact mix on those drinks but just google them and you’ll find them. If not, let me know. Yes, I’m enjoying Alabama. I thought the weather here would be more like Dallas, but Huntsville is a bit cooler and that’s a nice feeling in the summertime.

  22. carla c says:

    Will there be any more Mignon Thibeaux books?

    • carenlb says:

      Sorry to say I haven’t planned any for her. I hate to say that but it was the lack of sales on those two novels that was the death knell. It’s too bad because she was an interesting character and I loved the comparison of her persona to the people where she came back to. (Does that make sense?)

      • Suzanne says:

        Oh man. If the sales do pick up on the Mignon books, would you pick her story up again?

        All you write is epic of course. I have read all your books, but for some reason, her story was almost the last I read, so maybe sells will pick up for it. I hope so! You deserve it!

  23. Alicia Massie-Legg says:

    What fun! I haven’t enjoyed a book series so much in years. I read copiously and voraciously, primarily favoring books that are completely unconnected with my daily work (Music History teacher and voice teacher at a private college.) I love the creativity and humor. Keep them coming! I have read all the way through Bubba and the Zigzaggery Zombies, and look forward to more. Thanks so much for the enjoyment, Caren!

  24. Deborah Rtan says:

    Just finished Bubba and the Dead Woman. Enjoyed it enough to look up the rest of the series. Couple of remarks: first, the president mentioned was Dwight D. (Not E.) Eisenhower. Second, wasn’t sure if the descriptive parts were supposed to be in an inner monologue vernacular or just grammatically poorly edited.

    • carenlb says:

      I’ll certainly fix the Dwight E. in the next one to D. Of course, there are always mistakes. And on the second part, I’ll say that it was whatever makes me look better as a writer. 🙂

  25. glw says:

    Absolutely LOVE my Bubba books !!!! Laugh out loud funny…laughed so hard my sides hurt!! Can’t wait for next book…I’ve read all of series several times!!! Thank you!!

  26. herb says:

    Just finished Bubba’s latest misadventure and I’m excited to see what twists and turns you bring to he and the wonderous Deputy Gray’s wedding vows.

    I also want to let you know that I’ve enjoyed reading all of your other books also. I do regret that you have never found the interest in revisiting that little town on the Texas, Louisiana border again?

    • carenlb says:

      If you mean Bayou Billy, I’m not sure how I could do a sequel to that one, but hey, you never know. He could wash back in from the Gulf of Mexico.

  27. Sheryl says:

    Hi!

    I love the Bubba series and Mignon books. I live with and take care of my 91 year old father. I had the worst trouble reading your Bubba books. I read them after my father went to bed. I was afraid I would wake him up from laughing. He has a good sence of humor so I bought him the books in paper form and he is reading them now.

    My great grandfather was the first civillian moving in to Fort Worth as the military moved out and bought one of the officers houses. He had 15 children & I am decended from the next to the last. I have Loooots of cousins. So I have told them about your books. I tend to get in trouble like Mignon does (not with murders) and would like dearly to see more of her.

    Thanks again for the laughter.

    • carenlb says:

      It’s always nice to hear that someone was afraid to bother someone else by laughing too much. Seriously, appreciate the comment and the word of mouth business. It’s always great for an author! Thank you.

  28. ray storey says:

    Loved Bubba and the dead woman & brownie and the dame.

    As a relocated Texan (relocated from the Rockies) I loved Bubba and mix Demetrice. I think I met her and him sometime during the time I’ve been in Texas.

    Thanks for your service-from a retired Army soldier.

  29. Brenda Vincent says:

    Hello frm bowling green, ky. Have just read ur 1st two bubba books. Enjoyed them very much. One of my coworkers is on the 1st one now. Intend to buy others. Reading them on my iPad. (sorry, I now write everything in text shorthand!). I’m an avid reader. My favorite thug to do. Please keep bringing on the bubba!!

  30. Joy says:

    I recently stumbled upon the first book in the Bubba series, and I’m enjoying it very much! I have lived in Texas all of my life – so far – and it’s wonderful to find a book that accurately captures the charm and eccentricities of this state and its wonderful people. I also read some of your blog, and you are a hoot! You have yet another faithful reader…

    • carenlb says:

      So glad you enjoyed it. Try the other Bubbas. They’re not bad, either. The correct order is on the novels page.

  31. MARNA says:

    I have read all of the Bubba books, Scarlet Tanager, Moon series, Disembodied Bones, Billy Bayou, Veiled Eyes. LOVED ALL OF THEM!! I’m now reading Dial ‘M’ For Mascara and I have one problem; in several places it refers to the Goose “stationary”. Stationary (with an a) means in one place; stationery (with and e) is paper. The way I have always remembered the difference is place with an A = stationary; paper with an E = stationery.

    • carenlb says:

      Sorry about that. I have lists for all the books of things I need to correct for revisions. I’ll add it to my list and fix it in the next revision, which should happen in the next year or so. Thanks for the support.

  32. Elizabeth McDonald says:

    It is time for a new Bubba Book, don’t you think. I reread this series every three months or so since I discovered it. You are one of the lovely surprises in authors I have found since starting e-books. Keep writing please.

    • carenlb says:

      Next up in my queue is Bubba #6. Thank you so much.

    • Suzanne says:

      Be sure to read her other books as well. The same wit and humor comes out in her dream series, and there’s plenty of drama,suspenseand thrill I. The lake people, bayou moon series, then there are is paranormal in the different moon trilolgies and in her stand alone books you have mystery and suspense to name a few. All of her books are of course, EPIC. Worthy of multiple reads.

  33. Suzanne says:

    That should be plenty of drama, suspense and thrillers.

  34. Donna says:

    Just found Bubba and the Dead Woman and read it and Bubba and the Twelve Days of Christmas. I swear we must have been to the same family reunions somewhere ’cause I have relatives just like the Snoddys. The only problem I had was trying to read during a records audit-probably not the wisest thing I’ve ever done. Auditors kept looking at me like I was really off! Really enjoying reading your books and can’t wait to get the rest.

  35. Peggy says:

    Thanks for the houra of joy your bbooks give us all. You must write all the time to produce so many wonderful books. Will we get another drean series novel.?

    • carenlb says:

      Thanks, Peggy. I’ll probably get to a third Dreams novel in a year or so. So much to do and so little time.

  36. Valerie says:

    Love Bubba. Just have one question. Where do I get my ” get your Bubba on ” tee shirt.

    • carenlb says:

      Every time I do a Bubba release I give away t-shirts, so wait until around Christmas and keep an eye on the website and the Facebook page. You might get lucky.

  37. Michael J Campbell says:

    I know you must gets lots of email , so i won’t waste your time praising your books, I’m sure you hear it all the time. I was curious about when your next book ; book three of dreams series will be done? I wish you well ; have a good day.

  38. Bernette Beals says:

    I love Bubba! When will his next book be out? The Zombie book was hilarious. I enjoyed it so much.

  39. Craig says:

    Just finished, The Ransom of Brownie; my insides hurts from laughing. I read all over the place and people hear me quoting all of the funny parts of your Bubba books. You make a lotta people smile, thanks…

  40. Beth says:

    I have never commented on a book before, but I felt that I just had to tell you how wonderful the Bubba books are. I am a voracious reader and I dicovered Bubba on a free book list. These books are by far some of my favorites. I love all of the crazy characters especially his mother and the many ways that she has murdered Bubba’s father. I look forward to the next chapter in Bubba’s life. Thank you for making me laugh out loud!! 🙂

  41. Pat Kirby says:

    I love all the bubba books. But I recently read “sea of dreams” and “mountain of dreams”. Please don’t leave us hanging…….
    Do you have any idea when the third will be out?
    I loved them as I see other fans did.
    You are really a talent. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
    Pat

    • carenlb says:

      Thanks Pat! I’ll probably get to the third and final dreams novel next year. I’m doing Bubba 6 now, then a Cat Clan novella, then a Lake People novel. I keep trying to come around to all the series that I need to keep up with. (I probably shouldn’t have done so many series but I love writing so much and doing different things keeps it fun.)

  42. Karyn says:

    I LOVE your books! I’m currently re-reading the Bubba books because nothing makes me laugh out loud as much as visiting the Snoddys! Thank you so much! My only complaint is that you just can’t write as fast as we can read! I found this website after searching desperately for info on the next installment for Bubba. Glad to know I’ll be rewarded soon. Please, PLEASE keep writing. Your talent is much appreciated.

  43. Shirley says:

    I love the bubba series and I can’t wait fort the next book in this series . Please let me know when the next one is coming out . I hope it won’t be long .

  44. Michael Naden says:

    Just finished Bubba and the missing woman. Now I’m completely out of Bubba reading material. More Bubba please as soon as you can.

    I love your writing!!.,
    Thank you,
    Mike Naden..
    a cl bevill and Bubba fan.

  45. Abbi says:

    Can I ask whom “Bubba” was inspired by? Enjoyed your writing in “bubba and the Dead Woman

    • carenlb says:

      Thank you. Another good question. I know when I think of Bubba I think of Clint Walker circa 1960. (He was an actor most famous for a TV series that was western.) I think when I developed Bubba I wanted a redneck who wasn’t really a redneck even though he talks like one, an unexpected person. I’m going to think about this a little more. It’s been over ten years since I wrote the first one and then I put it down because it didn’t get picked up by literary agents, so it’s been a while.

  46. Linda Dunne says:

    I just want to say how much I have enjoyed your Mignon Thibeaux mysteries. They are very cleverly crafted and I very much enjoy Mignon and John Henry. I hope you inspired to write another one at some time…maybe they could work together a little more so he doesn’t have a stroke and their trust can build. Thank you for their two books.

    • carenlb says:

      Thank you so much. Bayou Moon was my first published book and I really liked the sequel, too. I hope to come back around and get them into another mystery. I think conflict was a huge part of their relationship, and didn’t hurt the book too much either.

  47. Barbara Page says:

    I loved all the Bubba books. I live in Tennessee and can relate to
    These characters. Bubba is really a gentle soul putting up with everyone. I look forward to more of these characters and maybe a big Bubba wedding.

  48. Melinda M says:

    I love love love your writing!! The Lake People series and the dreams duo are by far my favorites. I would love to see more of those, especially Soophie!! Thank you for being true to your calling and allowing the rest of us to enjoy it!!

  49. Mary Mason says:

    I was so excited a couple of years ago when I discovered your books! LOVE Bubba, of course, but I sure hope there’s another Dreams book soon! And Deadsville – I really, really like that one!

  50. JOHN TULAK says:

    WILL SOPHIE HAVE ANY MORE ADVENTURES

  51. Connie Lee says:

    Just thank you.
    Bubba makes me laugh.
    what a great author you are.

  52. Debbie Leonard says:

    I just finished reading Bayou Moon & Crimson Bayou. I loved them. I would be thrilled to read more about Mignon & John Henry. Is there any chance this is in the future? I know you write many other series, but I fell in love with this one! I have also read all the Bubba books & they are fantastic! Keep up the good writing!!!

    • carenlb says:

      I had one in mind for a third, featuring the investigator in the second book, kind of a companion piece. I loved the Father of Alligators title and he’s got this wounded male thing going on. I’m not sure when I might get back to it. Thank you for your support.

  53. David Cousert says:

    I have read thousands of science/fiction books since the early 60’s. I really enjoyed the two Dream series books were exellent, and I hope you keep writing in that series!

    • carenlb says:

      Nice compliment. I’ll get to a third Dreams book this coming year or so. After all the burned man hasn’t popped up his head in one whole book. Thank you!

      • Melinda M says:

        Oooohhh!!!! More “Dreams”?!?! SO EXCITED!!!! I read your blog upon occasion – which is more than I do any other blog – so I know you have some writes block….but Soophee & the sisters could fix that!

        I have to admit that I haven’t really gotten into the Bubba books, but I LOVE everything else! I have read them all over and over and over again…

  54. leslie madden says:

    Love all your books. I had just bought an ereader a couple of years ago and I downloaded a free book…then I was hooked. Will you have another cat clan or lake book out this year? Great stories one and all.

  55. Jacqui says:

    Oh my days, just finished reading the Cat Clan series and I’ve read all of the Moon series – absolutely enjoyed them. I note that there’s more to come on the Cat Clan

  56. Michael Naden says:

    Just finished hubba and the zigzaggary zombies, glad to radvthat more hubba is to come.

  57. Barbara Sutherlin says:

    I have become a compulsive reader of murder mysteries and I do pick a book by it’s cover. When I saw “Bubba and the Dead Woman” I had to get it. It just appealed to my warped sense of humor. I love Bubba. I love the beautiful Willodean. I really love Miss Demetrious, not sure I spelled that right. I have read them mostly in order, the Brownie ones I missed at first, the next one has Zombies and then on to the loonies. And then what? I will go on to your other books but I will be waiting for the next “Bubba” adventure.

    • carenlb says:

      Thanks so much! Be advised not all my books are the same. I genre hop and write experimentally. You might try Deadsville: it’s got a similar vein of humor and no bad language.

  58. Tony Wells says:

    You’ve got me addicted the the Bubba series. I usually not one of the “factual police” guys, but when I read Bubba and the Ten Little Loonies it drove me crazy that you were having David pull the hammer back on his Smith & Wesson Model 642. Since I have one of those, I know it has no exposed hammer, so that couldn’t be done. Being a Southern boy that frequently interacts with the wonderful world of rednecks, I enjoy the stories immensely. Keep it going.

    • carenlb says:

      Oh and I hate to be wrong about stuff like that. Rest assured that when I revise the book I will fix that part as I’ve added it to my list. Each book has a list. Sometimes it’s dropped words or accidental misspellings, but I hate to make a mistake like that. Thank you for the correction! And thank you for the support!

  59. Cindy says:

    Thank you forBubba. I love the bubba books i got them all. I got my mom hpoked also.I was wondering if ypu plan on writeing anymore about Bubba.I would love to here how willowdeen and him are doing with a baby. Thanl you.

    • carenlb says:

      Oh yes, I’ve got a bunch planned for Bubba. The wedding is next and there’s a few more mysteries in store for Bubba and Willodean. Who knows what will happen with the baby? Thank you so much for your support and for hooking your mother, too. Word of mouth has been a big boon for me and every satisfied reader counts!

  60. von bray says:

    I understand that you are working on the next Bubba novel, and that it should be out in December or January. Is it possible that you could maybe skip lunches,or possibly only sleep three nights a week to expidite the release? I don’t really want you to suffer, but I am. I feel as though I should get into the car and drive to Pegram County. I ‘m lost. I really want to go to the wedding. I hope you understand.

    • carenlb says:

      Haha. You’re funny. I do understand. But comic genius takes time. No psychotic breaks for me, unless it’s in a good way. Thanks for your suggestions.

  61. Kathleen Kersey says:

    I am working on the Lake People series. Book one and three are available for IPad but not the rest. I have read/bought all of your other series except Bubba. Any idea when the others in the Lake series will be available for IPad? Thanks! Really enjoy your stories.

    • carenlb says:

      I just checked on iTunes and found all three available. First is Veiled Eyes, which is still free. Then there’s Disembodied Bones, and finally Arcanorum. I’m going to start on a fourth one after I finish the Cat Clan novella I’m working on. Let me know if there’s still a problem and I’m happy to try to fix it. However it looks good from iTunes at this point. Thank you for your support!

  62. Kathleen Kersey says:

    iTunes got it back now. Don’t know what the glitch was. Thanks!

  63. Sharon says:

    I got the first Bubba as a free book and immediately bought the rest of the series. Can’t wait for the next adventure. I am wondering if there will be another Deadsville book. What an interesting and unusual concept. I would enjoy reading more.

    • carenlb says:

      I had planned three in the Deadsville series, but I’m not sure I’ll write them, which isn’t what I like to say to readers, but the first one didn’t sell very well, and it’s not prudent to write them. However, I hate to leave a book hanging, so they’ll probably come back around in some time. Sorry this isn’t the answer you want to hear, but there’ll will be more Bubba books to be sure.

      • Peter Varhol says:

        Caren, I sent you an email on this about this time, but your readers should know too. Deadsville is just about the best book I ever read. I laughed, I cried (at Puddles-A-Lot), I couldn’t put it down. I am a Bubba fan through and through, but if you don’t read Deadsville, you are missing out.

  64. Terry says:

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy ready your books!

  65. Dawn says:

    I just finished reading Veiled eyes and loved it.. awesome read thanks heaps 🙂

  66. Michael Nethery says:

    Totally worth while read!
    Thank you for entertaining me! bubba is one of the best new characters I have met lately
    Michael

  67. Katrina Edwards says:

    I loved the books about the Lake People – hope you are going to do more.

    Off ti get introduced to BUBBA

  68. Colleen Heimbach says:

    Absolutely love your books! They are very Fresh and well written. While most books are written in overused themes, you’d are fun, different and totally worth my time and money. Thank you!
    Colleen

  69. Frank Flessner-Filzen says:

    What can I say except I love your work. I have read almost all your books(i am working on the list).
    Bubba is the funniest mystery series I have ever read.
    Do you think there will be a sequel to “Dial M for Mascara”? That would be great.
    Please keep up your wonderful work.

    • carenlb says:

      Thank you so much. Funny that you should ask about Dial M for Mascara because someone asked about it earlier. As I told the other person, I had intended on a sequel to that novel, more of a companion piece about Mary Grace’s friend. I even have an outline and a good title, 10 Little Lipsticks, which I seem to have appropriated for a Bubba book. The first one didn’t sell very well and I may yet return to it. Appreciate the interest.

  70. Cal A. Lutz says:

    Caren, I have read twenty of our books and counting. I have enjoyed them all. Keep up the good work. If I may make a suggestion, if you haven’t already done so you need to replace your proof reader. She isn’t very good. I find several errors in each of your works. I have been called a grammar Nazi and I sometimes feel like one when I find simple mistakes that take away from a brilliant writer’s work. I proof everything I read. Our local paper is a hoot and I’ll have red circled numerous entries by the time I’ve finished with it. I wouldn’t be against high-lighting some in your books and sending them to you. Keep up the good work!

    PS To me ‘Dial M for Mascara’ was one of if not the best of them all. Is she apt to get into any more trouble?

    • carenlb says:

      Thanks so much. I do get some comments about proof reading occasionally and can only say you should have read it before my proof reader got a hold of it. My apologies on that matter. Unfortunately, no matter how many times I go over my material, something always gets missed. As for Dial M for Mascara, I did intend on a sequel, 10 Little Lipsticks, but the first one didn’t sell very well. I might get to it a little later, but appreciate the question. I always liked that particular character.

  71. Peggy m borgstrom says:

    I am on book 5 of the Bubba series and I am thoroughlyenjoying them. I can’t put one down and can’t wait to read the next one.

  72. Angela says:

    Hi there! Love your work! Just finished reading the Moon and Cat Clan series. I’m a huge fan and look forward to checking out more of your work. However, will there be anymore installments in the Moon or Cat Clan series? If so how soon! I am hooked!

  73. Becki Thomas says:

    Pleas tell me you are going to write more about Tavie and Nico and the rest of the Deadsville bunch! Love,love,LOVE these characters!

  74. Laura Waddell says:

    Hi Caren:
    I stumbled upon your Bubba Snoddy series quite by accident on the Barnes & Noble website. I quickly devoured all 6 in the series & have read them all at least twice.

    Any plans for book #7 any time soon? I’m dying to know about Bubba & Willodean’s baby and anxious to catch up with Ms. Demetrice, Brownie & all the Loonies.

    Thanks for all the laughs!

  75. Debbie Turner says:

    Just discovered Bubba. Read all six one after the other and now feeling I need more Bubba. When is book 7 likely to be published? I chuckled and laughed out loud throughout the whole series and now seem to be getting withdrawal symptoms. Need more Bubba. Think I’ve got a serious Bubba addiction. Thank you for making me laugh so much.

  76. Tim says:

    I really enjoy reading sea of dreams and mountain of dreams , do you have plans for any more books in that series ? If so will it be soon ? Thank you for your time . Tim

  77. Jackie Andaloro says:

    Hello from Brisbane Australia. Just finished the last of the ‘Bubba’ books ie…Bubba and the Ten Little Loonies. I have thoroughly enjoyed the quirkiness of them all. And, the great one liners throughout…… I imagined (in my mind) who will play the characters if any films of the books are made……Miz Demetrice could only be Shirley Mclean, Bubba (sigh) me’be Hugh Jackman and Nia Peeples as Willodean and of course David could only be played by ‘Sheldon’ from the TV show, Big Bang Theory. Keep the ‘Bubba’ books coming…….they are a joy to read! Thanks Jackie

    • carenlb says:

      Hello Jackie from Australia,
      Thank you so much. I’ve had a lot of people input on who plays Bubba, but I’ve never heard Hugh Jackman, who would be, of course, wonderful. Now if only I could sell the movie rights. Shirley would make a great Miz Demetrice. I’ve never thought of who could play David, but that actor who plays Sheldon would be fantastic. Lovely to hear from you.

  78. Queenie says:

    Love Bubba and the gang. But – isn’t there always a but – your overuse ofthe wordd ‘tuckus’ and ‘tushie’ are distracting. And ‘tuckus’ is correctly spelled ‘tuchus.’ I think, without giving offence, you could use the word ‘butt.’ Or ‘behind.’ Or ‘fanny.’ Living in the South, I have neverheard any Yiddish words used. That said, keep writing these funny, one-of-a-kind stories.

    • carenlb says:

      I used to work for a family in Texas and they taught me all the good Yiddish words, but of course, I wouldn’t want to overuse any words. I’ll keep it in mind when I revise and when I write the next book in the Bubba series. Thank you!

  79. gayle says:

    I can’t wait until next Bubba book!!! If I need to laugh….I just reread what I have! Have my daughter hooked on them now!!! I would love to see movie made! Thank you for a wonderful read! Such a gifted author!

  80. Farlin Masa says:

    Katrina did not go through Texas.

  81. deanna says:

    HI, i am trying to find the paper back book Crimson Bayou. I can find Bayou Moon in paper back but Crimson only comes on Kindle or Nook.. Could i order a paper back copy through you?
    Thank You.

    • carenlb says:

      Sorry I haven’t responded to this earlier. The holidays caught up to me. Crimson Bayou is only available electronically. Apologies. I self-published it and there hasn’t been enough demand for the paperback version, but check back in a few months because there’s always a chance that if I get enough requests, I’ll put it into paperback. Sincerely, Caren

  82. Tony says:

    Thank you for the Bubba stories. Is it the missing woman on e book? And nice twist to the ending. Gots to get them hitched

  83. Don Petersen says:

    I enjoy your Bubba books. A bit idiosyncratic at times in plot structure (you think the endings?), but very enjoyable. I’m obviously no critic, but in my world that’s what reading a book is all about — enjoying it more than whatever else you would be doing with your time. And you succeed wonderfully.

    I guess I don’t have a particular question or statement. Just encouragement. Keep it up. You make my life better than it would be if I had no Bubba book to read!

    • carenlb says:

      It’s always great to hear from a reader (I do think the endings.) I had to go look up the word, idiosyncratic, to make sure I was understanding you correctly. Thank you because I love being peculiar.

  84. Kathleen Johnson says:

    RC Cola and a Moon pie, laughing so hard I shot coffee out my nose. Thanks for the memories.
    It is my opinion that artistic license gives you the right to use whatever words/situations you deem necessary for your story lines. Critics be damned!
    Enjoyed reading the Bubba series. Reminds me that Southerns are some of the most engaging, funniest breed among us.
    As a reformed therapist I understand your drive to continue in your new found profession. Like you said, no offense to those therapist out there, just sayin.
    Best of luck

    • carenlb says:

      Thank you. I think I’ve gotten past the whole whining about critics thing, although occasionally a review or such will strike me in just the right (wrong) way. I do enjoy writing for a living and hope to do it for quite some time. It’s much better than being a psychotherapist, and I would know.

  85. I love your books Bubba is my hero. Please keep writing I just bought 2 of your other books Deadsville & Crimson Bayou can’t wait to read them!

    • carenlb says:

      Thank you! Hope you like the other books. Crimson Bayou, by the way, is the second Mignon Thibeaux book. The first being Bayou Moon. (Sorry about the price on that one, but Macmillian sets it, although I’ve begged them to lower it.)

  86. gayle says:

    when will the next Bubba book be released..re-reading the series now!!! I love my laugh until my side hurts bubba books!!

    • carenlb says:

      I’m about halfway through with 7, so probably end of March.

      • Suzan Gonia says:

        Thank You!! I really love the Bubba books and have read them all. You’ve created some lively, eccentric and engaging characters – Precious is delightful – and I miss reading about them. I’ve bought ebooks for $12.99 that I haven’t enjoyed as much.
        Please keep writing!!

  87. Fran says:

    Really enjoy your books! I would love to see that video of Brownie’s rube goldberg contraption 🙂

  88. All I can say is that the author used the word, “smirk,” or “smirked” 29 times in the entire book, which would have been okay, except that the next book I read used “smirk” or “smirked” 16 times in it, and it was by a different author. Meyer wraps up

  89. Stephen Franz says:

    Starting with “The Ransom of Brownie” I got my wife into reading the Bubba series. (she became interested when she hear me laughing as I was reading – which was something I very seldom do)

    Yesterday we were in Ennis, TX to drive the Bluebonnet trail. Ennis is no Pergramville, but they do have Bubba’s Bar-B-Que.

    In honor of the Bubba series we had a very enjoyable – but not humorous – supper there.

  90. James Loughran says:

    Hi there,
    I just finished Sea Of Dreams. Could not put it down until it was finished. It was brilliant. I am looking forward to getting hold of book 2 in the series. I just had to write a little letter to you to let you know how much I enjoyed reading it.
    Sincerely.

    Jimmy

  91. Sally Eldridge says:

    I want to thank you for your Bubba series. I enjoyed it so much. I let my grandson, Jacob age 12 read the “Ransom Of Brownie on my Kindle and he finished off 2 1/2 of the series in a day. When his mother came to pick them up I couldn’t give up my Kindle so she agreed to buy the Wedding book for him to finish. He talked her in to buying the whole series for his kindle. He was laughing to much, that is older sister wanted to read them and she is now also a fan. Then my daughter decided to read them also. You now have 4 new fans. Thank you for the hours of enjoyment you have given us. Can’t wait for the next view into Bubba’s life. Keep bringing back Brownie and Janey.

    • carenlb says:

      How very kind of you and thank you so much! My daughter is 12, as well, but I don’t know if she would read any of my novels. Oh well.

  92. Susan Duet says:

    I just finished the Bayou series. I really loved it. Since I live below New Orleans in the Bayou area could really relate. Will there be a number 3? I would love to see those 2 get married.

    • carenlb says:

      Unfortunately I’m not sure. They never sold well so I never wrote a third, although I had intended making them a series. Apologies.

  93. P.J. says:

    I LOVE BUBBA!
    please tell us there will be a 7.5 Brownie book and an 8 Bubba book!! You are awesome.

  94. Gregg Milner says:

    I think I’ve pretty much read everything you’ve written now. I have to say that the Bubba series has been my absolute favourite but I really enjoyed the deadsville book. I just wanted to express my gratitude for the many hours of reading pleasure you have given me and I hope you carry on writing forever.
    Please let me know if you need any more proof readers. Lol.
    Congratulations on the amazing writing.
    Thank you
    Gregg M
    Sheffield, UK

  95. Cheryl Crews says:

    I love all your books. But, Bubba & his family just kills me. I don’t know how many times I have read all of his books. I hope you are going to do one about Bubba & Willodean & having their baby. I can just see Bubba going crazy with things going on & the baby on it’s way. Of course Janie & Brownie need to be there to help out. I have trouble sleeping & I will turn on my kindle & listen to one of the Bubba stories & I can’t think of anything bad when I am listening to them & I go to sleep. It’s only that I have read them so many times that I can do that. when I get a new book from you, I have to read it all in one day. They are to good to put down. Thank you so much for giving these wonderful stories to us. Please keep bringing these keep bringing them to us.

    • carenlb says:

      Thank you so much. That’s such a tremendous compliment to me. Yes, there will definitely be more Bubba books. I’ll be starting another one after I finish the book I’m working on now so rest assured. Appreciate hearing from you.

  96. Timothy Kennedy USN Retired says:

    Are there any plans for a third book ? I enjoyed these two books and hope to read a third in this series soon . Have a great life . Tim

    • carenlb says:

      Which series? The third Dreams is on the way. If it’s the Mignon Thibeaux series, then probably not for a while. Apologies.

  97. Veta J. says:

    Great books. You have a wonderful imagination. The dreams series is my latest favorite. Glad to see you are finally charging for your books. They are definitely worth it.

    Thanks for the terrific places to go to and the shivers you give.

  98. Alicia Salpietra says:

    I love the Bubba series, I enjoyed the two audible books, I would love to listen to the rest on audible, is this a near future possibility? I enjoy reading and listening especially when traveling in the car or working around the house when I’m unable to sit and read.

    • carenlb says:

      Working on Audible books now. I had a delay with the narrator, but have a new one now. Hopefully a few months until Bubba and the Missing Woman comes out on audible.

  99. Kourtney Allen says:

    Im in love with Mignon Thibeaux’s story. I know you said it would be a while, my daughters and I are eagerly awaiting a 3rd book.
    Thank you for sharing your talent. Im going to try the Bubba books next. We need a good laugh while we recover from parade season;)

    Best wishes from New Orleans,

    Kourtney Allen & Family

  100. Gayle Warner says:

    I was just wondering …hoping another Bubba book was…is on it’s way!!??
    Love my Bubba books…Please don’t stop the series!!

    • carenlb says:

      I’m working on a Bubba book next. I was sidelined a tad by rotator cuff surgery, but am climbing back on my laptop wagon soon.

  101. Absolutely love your books. Am looking forward to more. I can read again because I can change the fonts in my Nook books. Thank you so much. It means a lot to one who is disabled.

  102. Lisa Bateman says:

    Wow, you are my favorite author of all times. I’m currently listening to Veiled Eyes the lake people. Idk where to start next. I’m like a kid at Christmas finding you. I would like to get signed paperbacks. Do you ever sale them? Thanks for your time and I can’t wait to read your other books,

    • carenlb says:

      I don’t personally sell signed copies but if you want one, you need to email me at clbevill@clbevill.com with your address and I’ll send you a signed Bubba book. (Only the Bubba novels are available in paperback, as well as Bayou Moon, and Deadsville.

  103. Lisa Bateman says:

    How many Lake People books are there and in each book, do we get to see characters we’ve met in previous ones? Gosh, idk where to start after this series. Maybe Bubba. I haven’t check those out yet. Your books give so much feeling and emotion. I haven’t found one in a long time, and definitely not one as good as yours, that caused me to feel this connected with it and I get lost in it. I love listening to Veiled Eyes while driving. The narrator has the best accent and pronunciation for the Lake People. Words can’t express how great your writing is. Very talented. This relieves so much stress for me after working all night 12 hours. I’m a lab tech and get a lot of blood testing on re patients that are really sick and I do blood typing and find blood that’s compatible for them if they need blood. It gets stressful doing life and death stuff. Your books take me away. We have a lot of overdoses that are brought in and die. I get so upset. Thank you for making my life brighter.

    • carenlb says:

      There are four books in the Lake People series. Veiled Eyes, Disembodied Bones, Arcanorum, and Death Twitches. These are mainly standalones and occasionally you get to see previous characters. Thank you so much for your kind words! It means a great deal to me to connect with readers, and I do know how you feel because I’m a voracious reader myself. Hope you enjoy the rest!

  104. Alicia Salpietra says:

    I love the Bubba series, including Brownies books, I bought all the kindle & audible books available. Will there be any more books in audible format. I love reading & listening to them.

    • carenlb says:

      Thank you, Alicia. Yes, the fifth one is out, and I’m working with the narrator on the sixth and seventh ones, so it should happen in the next few months. We’ll follow up with the novellas as soon as I make certain that we can do novellas on audible. So glad to hear that it’s being received well. I really enjoy hearing Mike Alger’s reading of the books.

  105. Marie T. says:

    Hi! I have had the good fortune to have read most of your book. Today, I started reading ” The Flight of the Scarlet Tanager ” ,for the third time. I have to tell you that I laughed at portions I have read… laughed until tears came from my eyes. My DH thinks I am a raving lunatic, because I am reading and laughing precariously at the same time. GREAT book, as are all the rest of your books. Keep um coming, for they are greatly appreciated.

    • carenlb says:

      Thank you so much. Just for information, the audiobook for Scarlet Tanager is out on audible and on Amazon.

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