Monday 21 November 2016

Interview and Giveaway: Margaret Brownley

Today I have Margaret Brownley over for an interview, and there is a giveaway too :)

Tell me about yourself
My husband and I have three grown children and six grandchildren and we make our home in Southern California. Some think I’m a terrific cook (probably because I raised a chef) but I’m only so-so at best. I love traveling and have been to all fifty states. As a writer, I write by the seat of my pants—no outline, nothing. No one’s more surprised at the way my books end than I am. Come to think of it, since I don’t plan in advance, even dinner is a surprise.

And your new book?
Left at the Altar is the first book in my A Match Made in Texas series. As the title suggests, Meg Lockwood is left at the altar by her erstwhile fiancé. The marriage was supposed to unite two feuding families, so not only is the jilted bride affected, but the entire town.

The book takes place in 1880 when time was often determined by the town jeweler. Unfortunately, Two-Time, Texas has two feuding jewelers who both insist that they alone have the right time. This causes all sorts of trouble for the town. Can you imagine trying to figure out when stores open and when to go to church or school? Talk about a divided town!

What makes the West to fun to write about?
I love writing about the old west.  That was when men were men and women were women, but a cowboy wasn’t a cowboy unless he was wild, woolly and full of fleas.  Of course the heroes I write about are more likely to be tall, dark and handsome.
Today’s language seems rather dull compared to the colorful expressions and words of yesteryear.  Can you think of more mouth-pleasing words than hornswoggle, caboodle or skedaddle?  Or what about fiddlefooted, ranktankerous, rumbumptious or splendiferous? A latte may be the haute cuisine of coffee, but give me an Arbuckle’s any day.

Tell us more about the hero
No sooner does Boston Lawyer Grant Garrison arrive in Two-Time, Texas when he finds himself in the midst of the town feud. His first mistake is defending Meg’s erstwhile groom against a breach-of-promise suit. His second mistake is falling for the plaintiff.

And the heroine?
Meg Lockwood is one of three sisters. The books opens on her wedding day which turns out to be the most miserable day of her life. Can you imagine the embarrassment of being left at the altar? All she wants to do is hide, but when her father files a breach-of-promise suit on her behalf, escape becomes impossible.

Thank you!

1 print copy of Left at the Altar

1. US only
2. Ends Nov 27
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Title: Left at the Altar
Series: A Match Made in Texas, #1
Author: Margaret Brownley
Pub Date: November 1, 2016
ISBN: 9781492608134

Welcome to Two-Time Texas:
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single marriage can unite a feuding town
or tear it apart for good

In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler…but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood’s marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she’s left at the altar by her no-good fiancé, Meg’s dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed.

No wedding bells? No one-time town.

Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there’s something about Meg’s sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in…even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart.

Who knew being Left at the Altar could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?

MARGARET BROWNLEY penned her first novel at age eleven and has been writing ever since. She’s now a New York Times and CBA bestselling author and has written thirty-five novels and one nonfiction book. Margaret and her husband have three grown children and make their home in Southern California. Twitter | Facebook

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  1. Old West language was rather colorful. I loved it :)

  2. This would be so enjoyable and special. Thanks for your great feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I love stories set in the Old West. I have always been a Western girl, born and raised here in the Western U.S. This sounds like a lot of fun. Please enter me. Happy Monday.

  4. Left at the altar...brutal. I do love a Western setting, though!

  5. Oh this sounds interesting. Not a big western romance genre person but I swear Blodeuedd is determined to make me one! :)

  6. I'm going to have to try this book out!!

  7. Woolly, and full of fleas... lmao! Yeah, TG for romance authors, they leave that part out.

  8. " were men and women were women, but a cowboy wasn’t a cowboy unless he was wild, woolly and full of fleas." Hear hear! That's why I love reading fantasy westerns, but then I do prefer them on the grittier side ;-)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  9. If you don't know where I am now...hehehe
    Enter me in! This sounds like fun!
    carolerae4488@gmail (DOT) COM

  10. this looks and sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. splendiferous... that's great! One of the things I love most about any type of historical fiction is the language. It's so different from our own. Good luck with your release!

  12. Sounds like a good book!



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