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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Margaret Brownley and Free Books!

PhotobucketDisgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney finds that the wild west is nothing like it's depicted in her books—and neither are the men!

Today we're talking with Margaret Brownley, author of Dawn Comes Early, Brides of Last Chance Ranch (Thomas Nelson, March 2012).

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’s now a New York Times bestselling author and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 25 novels to her credit.

The first book in her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series, Dawn Comes Early, releases March 2012. The book will be followed by Waiting for Morning in December, and her California Gold Rush book A Long Way Home will soon be available as an eBook.

Margaret’s also excited to announce that her non-fiction book, Grieving God’s Way: The Path to Hope and Healing, will be published in July—not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

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

--My office is painted Monet purple for creativity.

--I’m an early riser (4 a.m.).

--When I’m not writing you’ll find me at the beach.

--I love waterfalls, Italian food and children.

--I think I just proved that I also can’t count.

We'll just count that last comment as Number Five. Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dawn Comes Early.

Heiress Wanted. Looking for hard-working, professional woman of good character and pleasant disposition willing to learn the ranching business in Arizona Territory. Must be single and prepared to remain so now and forever more.

Her latest dime novel banned, 29-year old Kate Tenney answers an advertisement for heiress to an Arizona cattle ranch. It seems like the perfect solution for a disgraced novelist with no intention of getting married—ever.

Trouble begins the moment she steps foot in Arizona Territory. The west is nothing like she wrote about in her books. Not only does she have to deal with a hard-nosed ranch owner, and nefarious outlaw, but a traitorous heart. Kate does not trust men and has no intention of falling for Luke Adam's charm. She’s determined to learn the ranching business and prove to the doubting ranch owner that she’s up to the task—if it kills her. If only she could stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.

What is it about Kate that will make your readers care about her?

Kate has had a hardscrabble life. Deserted by her father and neglected by her mother Kate longs for something permanent in her life. She thinks land will always be there for her, which is why she decides to choose the ranch over a man. I think readers will root for her as she learns the error of her ways.

Please share with us one quote that either inspires you or simply amuses you as you go about your efforts as a writer.

I like this quote from Hemingway: “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof [malarky] detector.” Now if I could only keep mine in good working order!

What are you working on now?

I’ve completed book two of the Brides of Last Chance Ranch and am now working on Book three. I also have a novella in the works.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find me on my website at www.margaretbrownley.com I’m also on Twitter and Facebook.

The book can be purchased at fine book stores and online via the following buttons:

549686: Dawn Comes Early, Brides of Last Chance Ranch Series #1

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

In Dawn Comes Early Kate and Luke are of two different worlds. She’s a college educated woman and he’s “just a blacksmith.” He doesn’t even know what she’s talking about half the time. Are any of you partnered with an opposite? If so, what are some of the challenges and/or joys of such a relationship?

Thank you, Margaret, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Margaret has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Margaret's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Kathi Macias, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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Patsy said...

My husband and I have so much in common and are not opposities. Hubby and I have been married for 36 years. Whew! I don't know how I'd live with someone very different from me. That would have it challenges for sure.

Would love to read Dawn Comes Early. I know Margaret is a great writer. (By the way, I like purple too).


Soni B said...

OH MY we were different, I have been a widow for almost a year... Let;'s see, he drank, I did not
he had a dry humor along with sarcasm, I need some thing funny to laugh at He was content to sit in side and watch tv...I needed to be outside in Gods beauty... He would try to find a job that suited him better, he worked un happy for over 20 years... tho I also had to work in an enviorment I did not like, I did like the people I worked with and got along with them.
I never had to face a life changing event with him, due to him, but he did with me... I am a cancer survivor...

He was so full of love, but hid it, had a bad temper, and was the best daddy to our girls...

I am full of love but need to share it, I speak my peace, but try not to let my temper4 get the best of me...

I still believe I fell in love with the right man... tho life was not easy

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Patsy,
As one who married an opposite I can't imagine living with someone like me. It sounds like we both married the right man.

Have a great weekend!

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Soni, My heart aches for you. I'm so sorry for your loss. You sound like you're in a lot of pain and need a hug. I hope you have a good support system.

God bless!

beemama said...

This year my hubby and I celebrate 39 yrs of marriage. In the things that count we are alike. In faith and commitment to our marriage. In personalities we are SOOOO different. He is very quiet and very much a homebody. I love people and being around others. Over the years we have learned to adapt. We spend quiet evenings at home reading (which I love to do) and watching movies. I go out for girl time with my daughter and others mostly during the day while he spends his time quietly waiting for me to return. We have worked out our differences and use them to enrich our time together.

by Pegg Thomas said...

My hubby and I had to overcome a huge difference gap. He was raised very strict Catholic (his mother a Polish Catholic) including graduating from Catholic school. I was raised Baptist. He was a city and I grew up running the fields and forests around our home. And here we are... 30 years later and we haven't killed either other... yet! ;) We've always gone to church together and have always chosen a church based on its Bible teaching - not on its name out front. Oh, yeah, and I converted him to farm life. :)

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

My husband and I are opposites but God holds us together! He likes to watch T.V. I don't. I love to read books, he doesn't. Just so we would have something in commen I started to watch and learn about NASCAR. I actually like it now! We have four boys and have been married fourteen years. We've had our ups and downs but God helps us to always stay strong!

Marianne said...

i have never had a partner, but love reading about marriage. Would love to win this novel by Margaret.

marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Beemama, congratulations on 39 years! They say that the first 50 years are the hardest so you're well on your way.

I like that you use your differences as a way to enrich your life. That says a lot!

Margaret Brownley said...

Pegg, I'm laughing. A lot of us can identify with not "killing each other." There were times...

But I wouldn't change a thing--would you?

Margaret Brownley said...

Jennifer, I'm a writer and my husband like to read. He's a TV guy, but then most men are.

Oh, well. I guess God made us different for a reason.

Take care.

Margaret Brownley said...

Ah, but Marianne, but I bet you have friends who are opposites. Come on 'fess up.

Abigail Richmond said...

I am not married.
I would love to read this book.

Lisa E. said...

In one area we are complete opposites. I'm overly cautious (kind of a worrywart) and my husband is very laid-back and calm. We've found for the most part this is usually a blessing. I've become a calmer person over the years, and my husband is more cautious than he used to be. We've kind of balanced each other out. In every other area we are very similar personalities, so it works out well. :)


by Pegg Thomas said...

Well... I might change one or two little things... but nothing major. ;)

Pam K. said...

My husband and I were opposites in some things (I'm the one who likes to watch sports; he didn't) but were closer to being alike in educational level.
I'm looking forward to reading "Dawn Comes Early" and would be delighted to win a copy. I really enjoyed reading the Rocky Creek series.


misskallie2000 said...

Been divorced longer than I was married but he had to have things his way and I let him. But eventually his way was another women and I didn't agree.

Have this one on my wish list and looking forward to reading.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

lgm52 said...

I am not, nor have I ever been a partner to someone who I am not an equal to.

apple blossom said...

No both of us have our BS he in theology and me in education so we are pretty much on same wave length

I'd still love to win the book thanks
ABreading4un [at] gmail [dot] com

Barbara Jansma said...

My husband and I are opposites in that he is an extrovert and I an introvert. He lets everyone know where he stands on every subject and at times it is embarrassing to me. But no one can say they do not know what he means on a subject. :) He has shown me that I can be more open on subjects also. Since we will be celebrating our 56th anniversary this December God has blessed us with many years and 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
It seems that I'm the oldest on this list but have enjoyed reading your posts. There is not a couple on this earth that has not gone through troubles. Am so glad that we have made it this many years and these years have been the best and most blessed.
Barb J. Cjansma@cfl.rr.com

Margaret Brownley said...

Barbara, congratulations on 56 years of marriage. You two must be doing something right. I don't know that you're the oldest on this list, but with your positive attitude you certainly are young at heart.

JackieW said...

I used to believe the old saying Opposites Attract but now after all these years I would add...But Arn't Necessarily Good Together.

JOYE said...

My husband was not college educated as I was and it made for some very different points of view on a lot of subjects I must say. I admire people who have things in common within a marriage.

Nancee said...

My husband and I grew up very differently. My father was an office executive and did very well, so we were able to travel, etc. My husband's father was an iron ore miner, and they barely got by. My husband was very well educated, however, and we have a very special marriage, and I think that we definitely complement each other, and we are best friends as well.

Anonymous said...

I think most couples are a little alike and a little different. Makes life interesting.
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )



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