Wednesday, March 07, 2012
If you love the humorous opening quote below as much as I do, then I am sure that like me you will want to order this book! And read below for a way to enter to win this book, an ipod and more!
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.”
—From Dawn Comes Early
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!
Tell us about your favorite book as a child and your favorite book as an adult. Can you see a connection between those books?
First I want to thank you for letting me visit today. It’s great to be here!
To answer your question Little Women was my favorite childhood book. I read it at age ten and pretended to be Jo, the writer. By age twelve I had graduated to adult books and my favorite was Gone With the Wind. Now my favorite books change on a yearly basis. Last year my favorite book was The Help. This year who knows?
I also loved Little Women and Jo. And The Help was one of my favorite books last year. I see a theme here, Margaret. We both like books with characters about female authors!
What is your favorite Scripture? Do you also have a favorite Scripture that encourages you in your writing?
My favorite “staring at a blank page” scripture is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NKJV.
If you could go to any place in the world to research/write a book, what setting would you choose?
I write western romance and always wanted to set a cowboy story in Australia.
I love the idea of a "Down-under cowboy" story! Hope you get to write that one!
I often wonder if I would write if I had to do it the old-fashioned way without computers and spell-checks and email. Is there anything about technology that you don't like? Or anything about it that you feel enhances your writing?
I started writing on the typewriter and that was no easy task (I have the greatest respect for Shakespeare and his quill pen). My daughter talks about coming home from school and knowing immediately what kind of writing day I had by the amount of whiteout in my hair. In the olden days we also had to go to the printer to make copies and then it was off to the post office to send the manuscript snail-mail. Just thinking about it makes me shudder. Writers today don’t know how good they have it.
The only thing I don’t like about technology is seeing children and teens glued to their cell phones.
What advice would you give to a beginning writer that you wish someone had given you?
I wish someone had told me to 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.
Please tell us about your book.
Brides of Last Chance Ranch
Looking for hard-working, professional 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.
Her latest dime novel banned, twenty-nine-year old KATE TENNEY finds herself without a publisher or other means of support. An advertisement for a woman willing to learn the ranching business seems like the perfect solution for a displaced western writer who has no intention of getting married—ever.
Trouble begins the moment she steps foot in Arizona Territory. The west is nothing like she wrote about in her books. Not only does she have to deal with a hard-nosed ranch owner, and nefarious outlaw, but a traitorous heart. Deserted as a child by her father, grandfather and others—even God— Kate does not trust men and has no intention of falling for LUKE ADAM’S charm. She’s determined to learn the ranching business and prove to the doubting ranch owner that she’s up to the task—if it kills her. Her faith tested by the harsh realities of the desert, Kate battles to hold on to the one thing that promises permanence—land.
If only she could stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.
You can also find Margaret on Facebook and Twitter!
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 January 2013.
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.