Interview and giveaway with Margaret Brownley!!!

I am super-duper excited because I have author Margaret Brownley as my guest this week! Margaret is a New York Times Bestseller and she is going to be giving away a copy of her new book Dawn Comes Early. This book is already on my TBR list and after you hear about it, you’ll want to add it to yours too!

Margaret is giving away a copy of Dawn Comes Early to one lucky commenter (sorry, but U.S. residents only for this giveaway). Read on for the blurb…

Looking for a 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. Will be given ownership of ranch. -Eleanor Walker

Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest book for a fresh start at a cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory. She hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels.

But what awaits her is a much harder life. There is no room for mistakes on a working cattle ranch in 1895, and Kate is ill-prepared for her new life. She quickly learns that dawn comes early . . . every day. But she is tenacious.

Having been abandoned by a string of men, Kate has no intention of ever marrying. But she didn’t expect to meet Luke Adams either. Luke awakens feelings inside Kate she doesn’t recognize, and his steady presence is a constant distraction. She has only written about love in the past, never known it herself. But her feelings for Luke stand in the way of all she has to gain if she is chosen as the heir.

Perhaps God brought Kate to the barrenness of the desert to give new life to her jaded heart.

Isn’t this just a fantastic cover? And now, let’s take a minute to meet the author behind the book…

Thank you, Margaret, for being my guest this week. What was the inspiration behind your latest book? 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 Milford 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 sincerely hope no one had— but the concept intrigued me and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. 

Dawn Comes Early is the first book in the series. So what does a disgraced dime novelist know about cattle?   According to the hero, “Not a dern thing—and that ain’t all she don’t know.”

Speaking of books, what is your favorite book in the Bible and why? My favorite book of the Bible is Luke because it presents the most vivid description of Jesus’ life.

I love the book of Luke too! How does your faith influence your writing? Faith is an essential part of who we are and that shows up in every aspect of our lives.  One of my frustrations in writing for the secular market was not being allowed to explore a character’s faith (or lack of it).  I don’t think it’s possible to fully develop a character without including his or her relationship to God. 

Everything that happens to us changes our faith in some ways, sometimes for the better, but not always.  The same is true of our characters. We know to hold a protagonist’s feet to the fire, but sometimes forget to show how the experience affects spiritual matters.

You’ve written many books! Do you have a favorite? My favorite book is always the one I’m currently working on, which happens to be the third book in the Brides of Last Chance series.  Once a book is completed I tend to put it out of my mind.

If you suddenly were given one million dollars to start a new charity, what type of charity would you launch and why? It would have to be something with children. More money is given to animal causes than children’s charities and that bothers me.  I love animals (and there’s a lovely dog named Homer in Dawn Comes Early), but I love children more.

I definitely agree with you, Margaret. Children are so precious and need to be cared for and protected. How can readers connect with you? I’m on Facebook and Twitter and you can reach me through my website:

Margaret’s bio: Thrills, 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” will be published March 2012.  The book will be followed by Waiting for Morning and Afternoon Tea.

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.
Thank you so much for being my guest, Margaret. It’s been an honor to have you share about your book with my blog readers!

And now, here’s all you have to do for a chance to win a copy of Dawn Comes Early…leave a comment for Margaret (and yes, anyone can enter, but confirmed subscribers receive two entries, so be sure to sign up to follow this blog, then check your email and confirm your subscription to be added to the subscriber list! Sorry – this particular giveaway is open to U.S. residents only). Giveaway ends on April 5, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random.

Don’t forget to join me each Thursday for interviews and giveaways from some of my favorite author friends!

32 thoughts on “Interview and giveaway with Margaret Brownley!!!

  1. Margaret~

    I love your bio, “making the church newsletter read like a Grisham novel.” That cracked me up yesterday when I read it on Pentalk, and I chuckled again this morning.

    This sounds like a really lovely book, and I’d love to win it.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

  2. I’ve been reading lots of good reviews of your book. I love the sound of this book. The ad makes you wonderf what’s going to happen.

  3. Hi Margaret! I love running into you on my favorite blogs. Looking forward to your newest release, Dawn Comes Early. Another lovely cover, too! I know I’m going to love Kate and Luke and I’ll chuckle and cheer as their relationship grows.
    Penny, thanks for hosting one of my favorite authors here! I’d love to win a copy of the book, and I am a confirmed subscriber!
    Carol Ann

  4. I haven’t read your books before, usually don’t read historicals, but this one sounds like one I want to check out.

    (I’m a confirmed subscriber)

  5. I agree that if I were given money to start a charity it would be for children too. I’m really anxious to read this book. It looks so good!

    I am a subscriber.


  6. This book sounds awesome!! It is definitely going on my to read list!! Hoping I win, but if not, it will be on my wish list! 🙂

  7. I think I’ve been following Margaret around this week. 🙂 Some of my favorite blogs, including this one, have her as a guest.

    I look forward to reading Dawn Comes Early.

    I am a subscriber.


  8. I loved the Interview and agree with the Charity, we have to start thinking more about our Children in this great Nation, they seem to be all but forgotten.
    Your book sounds great and I would love to win it, please add me to your Giveaway.
    Blessings to all


  9. I’m a subscriber to your blog, Penny.
    Thanks for giving away this book by Margaret and for the interview with her. I chuckled my way through her Rocky Creek series and am looking forward to reading her new series. It would be great fun to win a copy of Dawn Comes Early to share with my daughter.


  10. Hi Margaret,
    Thanks for sharing about your new book with us. It sounds as though it would be a good and fun book with the main character coping with adjustments and learning new things. Congratulations on all of your writing success.

  11. I am a confirmed subscriber to your blog Penny. I haven’t read anything by Margaret yet. Margaret is a new author to me. I am so looking forward to getting to know Margaret through her books. I would love to win a copy of Dawn Comes Early.


  12. Great interview Margaret. I agree – it boils me that se pay so much attention to saving the eagle or the whale, but the millions of little human babies being murdered every year by abortion. Would enjoy a copy of your book if I win it.

  13. Penny it’s so nice to find your site, and on such a fun day as your interview with Margret.

    Margret your book sounds like a fun read, I love how you got the idea for the story. What fun!

    Penny so glad to find you through voiceBoks, I’m now happily following and look forward to reading more from you!

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  15. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has left comments for a chance to win Margaret’s book. I think it sounds awesome and can’t wait to read it! We still have a couple more days to enter, and I’m excited to see who wins. 🙂

  16. I haven’t read any of your books but can’t wait to read one. I know I will like Dawn Comes Early by the review. Historical romances are the type of books I read. Please enter me I would greatly appreciate it.

    Mary Duff

    6 Erskine St., Apt.101
    Presque Isle, ME

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