Monday, September 13, 2010

Interview With Margaret Brownley ++ Giveaway!!


Hey everyone!! Today I have an author who writes wonderful books. I really liked her first one and am hoping to get a copy of this one somewhere. Margaret has offered to give one of my readers a copy of this book, A Suitor For Jenny.

Thank you for being with us today, Margaret!

Thank you so much for having me!

  1. How long have you known you wanted to be an author?

I’ve wanted to be a writer all my life. I wrote my first novel in 5th grade—a mystery with no ending. Of course no one took me seriously as a child, probably because I failed 8th grade English. I still don’t know how to diagram a sentence.


  1. When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?


I hope that readers cheer for Jenny and come away with a renewed belief in the power of faith, love and God’s guiding light.


  1. Can you tell me a little bit about your book?

A Suitor For Jenny is the 2nd book in my Rocky Creek series. Here’s a short blurb:

When looking for a husband, it's best to go where the odds are in your favor.

And that would be Rocky Creek, Texas, 1880. But Jenny Higgins's plan to find husbands for her two sisters hits a snag when enthusiastic applicants fail to meet her stringent requirements.

Rejecting her sisters' choices for mates and riding herd on her growing feelings for Marshal Rhett Armstrong, she refuses to give up.

Jenny thinks choosing a husband is not a job for the heart. It'll take one strong and handsome marshal to convince her otherwise.


  1. Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?


I’m so fortunate that I’ve able to travel quite a bit. I’ve been to all 50 states and at least 15 countries. The places I still want to visit are Italy and Australia.



  1. If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?

I’d rather have dinner with family and friends than anyone else. But if I had to choose strangers I would have to say Queen Elizabeth and a handsome blacksmith.

Queen Elizabeth because she has known something like 11 or 12 prime ministers and 12 U.S. presidents. That makes her pretty special. A handsome blacksmith is the hero in my next book so having dinner with one would certainly be inspirational—or at the very least allow me to ask questions.


  1. What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?


I’m not much of a futurist so I’d have to say historical—but not too far back. I do like my modern conveniences. I’ve always had an affinity for the roaring 20’s (before the stock market crashed). It would be fun to travel back to August 26, 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution became law, and women could finally vote. How would I have celebrated? I would have jumped up on the table in my red flapper and danced the Charleston. Now that’s what I call the bees knees.


  1. Do you have a favorite hobby?

Traveling and reading are what I like to do best. We really do enjoy our RV. I play at the piano, love to shop and spend time with friends and family.


  1. Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?


I’ve been told that I’m a person of many contradictions. Let’s see if you agree: In school I failed English and hated history but grew up to write historical novels. I don’t like to cook but raised a chef. Can’t swim but taught all my children how to swim. The list goes on and on.


  1. Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?

Enjoy the journey. Being published comes with its own challenges, so you really have to enjoy each step of the way or you won’t survive. Surround yourself with a support group and celebrate every success. Celebrate when you finish a chapter, enter a contest ,pop a query in the mail or sign up for a writing workshop. This is what kept me going the five years it took me to sell my first book, and it will keep you going, too.



  1. Any last thoughts for your readers?

I just want to thank my readers for the many kind cards and letters about A Lady Like Sarah. She seemed to strike a chord with many of you and I do appreciate hearing from you.

And how can they connect with you?

I can be reached through my website:www.margaretbrownley.com

I also blog regularly on www.petticoatsandpistols.com

If you need a smile check out my Stagecoach Etiquette for readers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prY2q9Oasp4

READERS-Margaret has offered a book for giveaway so please follow instructions below.


MANDATORY ENTRY-Tell me something you like to do for your quiet time. Whether reading a book or writing, etc.


EXTRA ENTRIES-
1.Follow me on GFC.
2.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done 3 times a day.
3.Subscribe to my blog through RSS Feed.
4.Blog about this or post on Facebook. You get 3 entries for this but only one time.

This giveaway will end 9/20. Winner will be chosen through Random.org. They have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.



Have a little faith.

41 comments:

PoCoKat said...

I follow on GFC.

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Kristie said...

During my quiet time, I read (a lot) and pray. And pet my cats. Thanks!

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Kristie said...

I follow you through Google Reader. Thanks!

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Hilary St. Laurent said...

During my quiet time I read a lot, sleep a lot and pray a lot. :)

Thanks for the great giveaway and I loved the interview!

hilarystlaurent AT gmail DOT com

Hilary St. Laurent said...

I follow on Google Friend Connect!


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Hilary St. Laurent said...

I read through google reader! :D

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Nora St. Laurent said...

I have a devotional time very early before my kids get up. I write my journal and pray.

Later one I have a devotional time with each of my kids. This is usually in the car on the say to school, we read a devotional and pray! We also have a time at the dinner table that we read a devotional and pray.

I'd love to read this book. It sounds intriguing. I haven't read anything my this author before. I'd like to!!

Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.

Nora St.Laurent
Finding Hope Through Fiction
norafindinghope (at) gmail.com

Nora St. Laurent said...

I'm a follower of your blog

Nora St. Laurent
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Ariel said...

I like to either read or play video games.

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Ariel said...

I am a follower.

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Karla said...

I love reading books in my quiet time, taking naps is nice too : )

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Karla said...

I follow via GFC - Karlatrx
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Wendy said...

My quiet times involve a Turtle Mocha and a good book. I also paint with is refreshing and inspiring.
Thank you for the chance.
Wendy
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Tina Pinson said...

Good interview. I find it interesting that so many writers started when they were in elementary and found they had a love of writing young.

when I relax do I want to read or write, hmm. Depends on how I want relax, they both help me escape. One into someone elses created world. the other into mine. If I want to get tangled up without having to worry about my characters, I read someone else's book.

Tina Pinson said...

I also am a follower, and I put a link on facebook

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Margaret, Enjoyed your interview. I have not read any of your books but am adding you as new author to my list and your book on my wish list. Thanks for stopping by to chat with us.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

I am GFC Follower

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misskallie2000 said...

I enjoy reading or checking the book blogs I follow.

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misskallie2000 said...

Tweeted giveaway
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Shared on FB
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Wendy said...

I like to curl up on the couch with a dt coke and a blanket and study the bible.
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Ann Lee Miller said...

Read, read, read, read... etc. :)
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Miss Lissy said...

I like to read or write for my quiet time.
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Miss Lissy said...

I follow you with google friend connect
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Michelle Sutton said...

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, A Lady Like Sarah. I would love to win this book and review it.

Pink Panther said...

I love to curl up with a good book and put on some of my favourite music. Or I would go on the Internet and read, and read, and read, and.... read. :)
You can reach me at luvpinkpanther@gmail.com

Pink Panther said...

By the way, I am a follower too. You can reach me at luvpinkpanther@gmail.com

Julia M. Reffner said...

I love to spend quiet time in prayer and write poetry.

I'm a follower.

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K said...

I like to read.
Kim
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K said...

I follow you via GFC
Kim
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K said...

I subscribe to your RSS feed
Kim
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Cherie J said...

What I do during for my quiet time which is usually in the evening after the kids are in bed is read. I consider it my me time. A Suitor for Jenny sounds wonderful. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cherie J said...

I am following you on GFC.

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

ape2016 said...

I like to crawl in bed, turn on the Ipod with classical music and read.

ape2016 said...

follow via GFC

Jenna Wood said...

I love to blog!

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Inspired Kathy said...

Reading and blogging is what I do in my quiet time.
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Inspired Kathy said...

I follow on GFC bkhabel at gmail dot com

Renee said...

Reading is my favorite quiet time activity. The local library is like a second home to me!

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Julie said...

I like to go for a walk or read a book
thanks for the giveaway
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Julie said...

follow blog as jelaws5
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