Thursday, February 7, 2013

Please Welcome Christian Author Margaret Brownley

More Love and Laughter from N.Y.  Times Bestselling Author

Margaret Brownley

Margaret’s new book Waiting for Morning is a historical romance set in Arizona Territory in 1896. The hero, Dr. Caleb Fairbanks introduces the Last Chance Ranch cowhands to his beloved gas-powered “horseless carriage,” Bertha. When Caleb and backfiring Bertha incite gunfire from former dance hall girl, Molly Hatfield, the handsome doctor barely escapes with his life.  Little does he know that his troubles have only just begun….

Is there a story behind your book Waiting for Morning (Brides of Last Chance Ranch)?
Each heroine in the series has an opportunity to inherit the Last Chance cattle ranch. However, she must first sign a contract forbidding her to marry. Ranch owner Eleanor Walker has her reasons for making such a demand—and each heroine has her own reasons for agreeing to it.  Of course this leads to all kinds of complications… 
The idea was inspired by an article in a 1890s newspaper: a group of fifty ladies of the First Church of Milford formed a society of old maids in 1861. 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 hope no one did) but the idea intrigued me.  Today, it’s no big deal if a woman decides to remain single, but those were different times back then and women had far less options.

What started you on your writing journey?
I wrote my first novel in fifth grade, a mystery I didn’t know how to end (still don’t).  After flunking eight grade English, my teacher told me not to even think about being a writer and so I didn’t—for awhile.  But that old writing bug wouldn’t leave me alone and when I finally decided to go for broke, I wrote four books (including the world’s worst romance) before getting the “call.”

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
It was actually a reader who suggested that Lucy’s teen brother in A Vision of Lucy (part of my Rocky Creek series) have his own book.  He’s now all grown up.  Dr. Caleb Fairbanks is handsome, witty, passionate, owns a dog named Magic and drives an annoying automobile he built himself.  He’s also hot on the trail of a medical mystery…

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
A Broadway show tune.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Children make me laugh. So does writing.  Think about it; how many people get paid to spend the day conversing with imaginary people?  Is that crazy or what?

What do you like most about the area where you live?
I live in Southern California, which I adore.  I’m less than an hour away from the desert, mountains, country and beach. I’ve actually played in the snow and swam in the ocean on the same day!
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I think we all struggle with faith from time to time. I know I do and that’s what I like to write about.    
Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
This is going to sound crazy, but for one hour a day, five days a week, I’m on the treadmill and that’s where I pray, read, plot (books), and try to solve the problems of the world.

Was that George Clooney we saw you with the other night?
Answer: Shh

Giggle~ When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
In June, my story “And Then Came Spring” will be in A Bride for All Seasons collection
In September, my story “Pony Express Christmas” will be in A Pioneer Christmas collection.
In October, “Gunpowder Tea” the third and last book in my Brides of Last Chance Ranch series will be released. (The heroine is a Pinkerton detective and the hero has more aliases than can be found in Boot Hill)

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Margaret Brownley is giving away a copy of  WAITING FOR MORNING. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


pol said...

I am reading this book now and it is so good, esp like the antics that come up with "Bertha" , thanks for a wonderful story. Enjoy your interview today.
Paula O(

Jo said...

This sounds like such a great book. Thank you for the giveaway.


Wendy Newcomb said...

I would love to win this book, thank you for the chance!


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

KayM said...

I love how Margaret got the idea for her series. I enjoyed the interview.

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Margaret Brownley is on of my favorite western/prairie historical authors! Thanks for the chance to win her latest novel!

Pam K. said...

I'm looking forward to reading Waiting for Morning. It will be fun to meet Caleb again. I'm glad he was able to attain his dream of being a doctor. I would love to win a copy of this book to add to my Margaret Brownley collection.


Anonymous said...

Hello Margaret (Oh my I almost said filly) LOL Glad to see you here and was an interesting interview. Sounds like you have a lot of choices of where to spend your day where you live. Sure hoping to win your book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Waiting for Morning sounds like an excellent book.

Katie J

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Cyndi said...

Love her historical fiction! Look forward to reading this!


HomePlace Gatherings said...

Love your books! Hoping I'm picked. :)

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Amy R.S. said...

To play in the snow and the ocean one day, that sounds like an amazing place to live. Would enjoy reading your book. Please enter me.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Amy R.S. said...

To play in the snow and the ocean one day, that sounds like an amazing place to live. Would enjoy reading your book. Please enter me.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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