What book should you read next? What words should you write next? Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you need look no further for ideas and pointers to help you make up your mind. You might even get your next book for free--and signed by the author!

Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Margaret Brownley and Free Books!

He's a preacher; she's an outlaw. Both are in need of a miracle.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for The Healer, by Linda Windsor, is:

tstam3@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Margaret Brownley, author of A Lady Like Sarah (Thomas Nelson, December 2009).

PhotobucketThrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this--except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."

So that's what Margaret did. She now has more than 20 novels to her credit and has been published in 15 languages. In addition, she's written a non-fiction book and sold a two year story line to a CBS daytime soap (with her partner-in-crime Lee Duran).

Happily married to her real life hero, Margaret and her husband live in Southern California and have three grown children.

I love that bit about the church newsletter, Margaret! 

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- Failed 8th grade English (Diagram a sentence? Not on your life!)

-- Hated history (All those dates and battles. I'm just saying . . .)

-- Wrote my first novel in 5th grade

-- Geographically dyslexic (can't find my way out of a paper bag. I think my problem will be solved once the magnetic poles shift)

-- Directionally challenged (which means if you give me directions to your house, you better reverse them so I can find my way home again).

Oh, that last one is sad. And so me too! You think it's a gal thing?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Lady Like Sarah.

PhotobucketPreacher Justin Wells leaves Boston in disgrace, heading out alone on the dusty trail to Texas. But when the once-respected clergyman encounters a feisty redhead in handcuffs with a dying U.S. Marshal at her side, his journey takes a dramatic turn. When he promises the injured lawman to take his prisoner to Texas, Justin has no idea the trouble that lies ahead. The slightly-built prisoner turns out to be Sarah Prescott--sister of the notorious Prescott brothers--and she's determined to miss the hanging party waiting for her in Texas.

A Lady Like Sarah is the first book in my Rocky Creek series. I'm happy to say it's a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist. It's also a Women of Faith selection. The next book in the series, A Suitor for Jenny, is scheduled for a September 2010 release. 

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Preacher Justin Wells' work ministering to Boston's upper class ill-prepared him for the challenges he now faces in the untamed west.

Though Sarah has no formal church training--and has had nothing but a hardscrabble life--it's ultimately her faith that sustains them as they battle Indians, gunmen, nature, an uncertain future--and their growing feelings for each other.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I hope the novel will touch readers' hearts--and maybe even make them laugh a time or two.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketFor Justin, it's Hugh Jackman--yum, yum. Jackman's all man but he has the sensitivity to play a conflicted preacher.

PhotobucketSarah would be a challenging role. Isla Fisher's got the look and the energy to play Sarah and can deliver a humorous line. It would be interesting to see how she plays tough and vulnerable

Most writers struggle with the whole "show, don't tell" rule. For some, it can be difficult to even recognize when "telling" is happening. Please give us a brief example from your novel where you "show," and then write how that passage would have looked, had you "told."

From A Lady Like Sarah, showing:

She settled back on the canvas roll that served as a pillow, aware that her hat had been removed and her hair had come loose. "Who . . . who are you?"

"Name's Justin Wells. Reverend Justin Wells."

Surprised, she stared at him. She pictured preachers old and stooped-shouldered, lacking in humor. This one stood straight and tall, his broad shoulders straining against his white shirt, rolled up at the sleeves. 

"A preacher, eh?" 

"That I am." Her surprise seemed to amuse him, and a glint of humor danced in his eyes. His mouth turned up in a grin. 

"Talk about dumb luck."

The grin left his face and his dark eyebrows arched upward. "Is there a problem?"

"No," she muttered. "No problem." She lowered her lashes. Of all things, a preacher.


She settled back on the canvas roll that served as a pillow and asked him who he was. He said he was a preacher. She couldn't believe it. He didn't look like no preacher she ever saw. She asked him again to be certain and he assured her there was no mistake. He asked her if there was a problem and she told him no. But of course there was.

LOL, that is the best example of telling I've seen all month, Margaret. Just about as dry as beef jerky! Excellent.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? What do you struggle with?  

I enjoy developing characters and writing dialogue. I struggle with writing synopses--oh, boy, do I ever! I much prefer to write by the seat of my pants but editors get nervous about that kind of stuff and every once in awhile I'm asked to write a synopsis. At such times, I grin and bear it--and complain a lot.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

I had to ask my family this question and they immediately yelled out Eveready battery and a high voltage wire. I do have a lot of energy and hardly ever get tired. I know, I know, it's a pain for those who have to live with me, but what can I say?

What is the last book you read that moved you?

The most recent book I read that moved me was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This book takes place in the south during the 1960s. I think the reason it affected me so much is because, even though I was young at the time, Martin Luther King and the fight for civil rights is still deeply ingrained in my memory.

I can't tell you how many times that book has been recommended on my site, Margaret! I loved it, too. Very moving.

What are you working on now?

I just finished the 3rd book in my Rocky Creek Romance series. I'm getting ready to work on a new series.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My website is www.margaretbrownley.com
I also blog frequently on www.petticoatsandpistols.com

Margaret's book can be purchased online via the following buttons:

548092: A Lady Like Sarah, Rocky Creek/ Women of Faith Series

Thanks, Margaret, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Margaret has offered to give a copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, July 3. To enter, leave a comment for Margaret, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Carla Stewart and Kim Sawyer, below, and leave a comment under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Katy F. said...

LOL I was a history major in college and I hated the battles too. I'd much rather read about regular people in the past than wars.

One of my favorite bloggers loved this book so please sign me up for the giveaway!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a fantastic story! I'll have to add this series to my list of must-reads! I would love the chance to win it.


Sylvia M. said...

Oh, this is a very interesting plot! That next book sounds great too.


Cindy W. said...

I really enjoyed your interview. I always find it funny to hear when someone who is a professional in their field flunked a subject in school that pertained to their field (i.e. writer flunking English, a Historian flunking history, a doctor flunking science). I always hated science in grade school and high school but I ended up becoming a surgical tech and loving the science of medicine. I guess as we gracefully age we go through seasons where our interests change.

Anyway, about the book. I love the cover art. Good cover art always draws me in. I would love to read your book & hopefully I will win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Katy,
Thank you for stopping by. Since we both hated reading about war in school I'd say we have something in common. Good luck!

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Cindy.

I loved your story about hating science and becoming a surgical tech. Do you suppose this kind of thing is more common than we think?

Wendy said...

I like Margaret's books - thanks for offering this one.

Carman said...

Please enter me! i've been wanting to read this book for a while. :)


adge said...

Please include me in the giveaway. I liked her examples, and the excerpt. Thanks. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

Kameko said...

Margaret, I have "A Lady Like Sarah" and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There were times I was laughing out loud and times I had tears in my eyes. I was so drawn in by Sarah and Justin, I didn't want to stop reading the book until I reached the end. It's a fantastic book and I recommend it to anyone! Good luck to the winner of the drawing - they are in for a treat.

Loved the interview - what was the topic of your novel in 5th grade?

Blessings to you both ~


Phyllicia said...

please enter me in the drawing :)

squiresj said...

I haven't been to Margaret's site for awhile. Shame on me.
Story about a Preacher marrying an outlaw. My Mom was a Pastor's daughter and married a Professional Gambler's son. So I try hard not to judge people.
Don't give me directions like East, West, North or South. Give me landmarks and not something like where so and so used to live. Everyone in this town thinks you know where something was a 100 years ago and you've only lived here 18 years.
I would love to win this.
jrs362 (at)hotmail (dot)com

Esther Y.M. said...

I would love to read this book.

Please enter me in.



Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!


Theresa N. said...

Wish I'd been on your church mailing list newsletter. :) This book sounds like a great read.
Theresa N

hspruitt said...

Interesting interview - I love the difference between the showing and the telling.

Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!!


hspruitt AT JUNO DOT com

barbjan10 said...

Oh wowee! I can relate to church newsletter; as church secretary I had to write the newsletter and loved to put graphics in, but was never told I should write fiction! I am sure I am already a fan. I love the CBS soaps..and am curious as to which story was yours. I'm very curious about your book. I enjoyed your interview and love your humor. I hope to win your book, if you please!!

Blessed Be in Christ,
Barb Shelton

windycindy said...

I would like to see how the heroine's
faith evolves.
Thanks, Cindi



Content Copyright Trish Perry | Graphic Design and Layout Eagle Designs