Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Interview with Margaret Brownley and Giveaway!!

Hi everyone,
Sorry for being absent last week but I went on vacation and had a break from blogging, other than what was already scheduled. Today I have an interview and a giveaway with an author who is known for her humorous western novels. And this one is quite interesting:) I will be posting my review this week but you also have a chance at winning your own copy of Dawn Comes Early here today.

Thank you for being with us today, Margaret!!!
Thank you so much for having me!

How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
I wrote my first “novel” in fifth grade so it’s been awhile. It was a mystery I didn’t know how to end (still don’t).

Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
“Dawn Comes Early” is the first book in my Brides of Last Chance Ranch series. Disgraced novelist Kate Tenney travels to Arizona Territory as “heiress to a cattle ranch. The west is nothing like what she wrote about in her books—and neither are the men!

When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
My heroine is pretty disillusioned when she travels to Arizona. Not only was her latest book banned, effectively ruining her writing career, every man she’s ever known deserted her. For this reason she’s willing to sign a document forbidding her to marry. Men aren’t permanent; land is.
However, she’s soon to learn that God has a plan for her—and it’s bigger than any plan she could have thought up for herself. All she has to do was put her trust and faith in Him. That’s just as true for us as it is for Kate.

There is an interesting story about how you got the idea for this series. Could you tell us about it?
The idea for Brides of Last Chance Ranch series came to me after reading an old newspaper article in the New York Times dated 1891. A group of fifty ladies of the First Church of Millford formed a society of old maids in 1861. Each member vowed she would not marry. Each woman paid five dollars on admission with the principal going to the one who remained unmarried the longest. Thirty years later all but fifteen of the original had married. I was never able to find out who won the prize—and being a romantic I sincerely hope no one had— but that’s the wonderful thing about being a writer; you can make up your own endings.

Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?
I’d love to set a western down under. Those Australian cowboys are yummy.

What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
It would be fun to go back in time. If nothing else I’d know what stocks to buy.

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 during the five years it took me to sell my first book, and it will keep you going, too.

Any last thoughts for your readers?
Thank you all for your interest. If it wasn’t for readers like you I wouldn’t be able to do what I love doing!

And how can they connect with you?
You can reach me through my website: Love and Laughter in the Old West.
I’m also on Twitter and Facebook.

So readers, what did I tell ya? She is a wonderful writer and I thoroughly enjoy her books. Dawn Comes Early has it's funny moments but also moments that make you sit there and think. An excellent book that you will love if you enjoy historical novels. Get your entries in below!


More Love and Laughter from New York Times Bestselling Author
Margaret Brownley
“Daily Reasons to Smile” Contest

“I’ve matched up twenty-three couples over the years and in all that time I only made one error. Although I still think the marriage would have worked had she not shot her husband.”
—Aunt Bessie in Dawn Comes Early (Brides of Last Chance Ranch)

Characters from Margaret’s new book will send you a reason to smile every day until April 11th. Join in the fun and you could win a book, potted cactus (the story takes place in Arizona Territory) or an iPod Nano and alarm clock docking station. To enter send an email to info@NancyBerland.com. Be sure to put “Reason to Smile” in the subject line. That’s it!

Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. It will end 3/29. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Thanks so much for entering!

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Patricia said...

On Margaret's website I found the book "A Lady Like Sarah"
A Rocky Creek Romance. I added it to my TBR list.

Wendy Newcomb said...

I found this book, A Suitor For Jenny, on Margaret's website.


Cozy in Texas said...

This sounds like a great book with strange twists to the story - looking forward to reading it.

A Cooking Bookworm said...

Margaret has also written A Suitor For Jenny. On my TBR list! :-)

Colleen said...

sounds like a great book.

ann said...

A Lady like Sarah is another one she wrote.
amhengst at verizon dot net

Pam K. said...

Margaret's Rocky Creek Romance series is wonderful! My daughter and I enjoyed these books very much. I especially enjoy the quotes that begin each chapter. It would be great fun to win a copy of her newest book.


melsdaisypatch said...

A Vision of Lucy

apple blossom said...

A Vision of Lucy

Dealsfan32 said...

I vision to lucy


rubynreba said...

A Lady Like Sarah.

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