Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley Ends March 26th


About Margaret:
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.
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.

I'm so happy to have Margaret back with me. She has graciously offered to give away a copy of her new release Dawn Comes Early. Be sure to leave a comment or answer the question, What is the strangest, most interesting or funniest thing or law you have learned about that was done in the 19th century? If you follow by feedburner be sure to mention it and don't forget to leave your email so I can contact you if you win.

More Love and Laughter from New York Times Bestselling Author
Margaret Brownley
“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

Old Time Meetings Stir Muse
I love reading nineteenth century newspapers. Advertisements and articles are filled with all sorts of valuable information but a society’s social and political concerns can best be found in old meeting notices.  A meeting notice for “The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Male Independence” found in an old Kansas newspaper gave me the idea for my Rocky Creek series.
Apparently men weren’t the only ones concerned with maintaining independence during the nineteenth century.  In 1861 fifty ladies of the first Church of Milford in New York formed a society of old maids. It cost five dollars to join the group and members had to vow never to marry. The interest earned from the money paid for the annual dinner, with the principal going to the woman who remained unmarried the longest. 
According to an article in the New York Times thirty years later in 1891 all but fifteen of the original fifty had married.  By then the prize money had risen to a thousand dollars.  I’ve not been able to find the winner’s name—and being a romantic I sincerely hope there wasn’t one— but the best part of being a writer is where real life fails, inspiration takes over, and so the idea for my new series The Brides of Last Chance Ranch was born. 
Sixty-five year old Miss Walker is looking for an heiress for her cattle ranch in Arizona Territory.  To that end she advertises for a hard-working, professional woman of good character and pleasant disposition.  Most important the woman must be single and prepared to remain so now and forever more.
In Dawn Comes Early we meet Kate Tenney—a disgraced dime novelist whose latest book was banned in Boston.  I don’t know what the Milford ladies had against matrimony, but Kate has every reason to remain single and she intends to prove that she’s up for Miss Walker’s cow punching job—if it kills her.  If only she can stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.
So that in a nutshell is how I came up with my story line. Of course not all old meeting notices stir the creative juices and some, like the “Society for the Prevention of People Being Buried Alive,” give me the willies, but then nothing is perfect, is it? 
Visit Margaret at www.margaretbrownley.com
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Dawn Comes Early rides of Last Chance Ranch
Heiress Wanted
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 answers an advertisement for heiress to an Arizona cattle ranch. It seems like the perfect solution for a disgraced novelist with 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.  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.  If only she could stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts. 


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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, March 26th. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

34 comments:

  1. Lady DragonKeeperMarch 19, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Sounds like another wonderfully unique storyline with the humor and wit that can only be from Mrs. Brownley! Thanks for the chance to win!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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    1. I love a few chuckles while reading a great love story!

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  2. An advertisement for an heiress, how interesting! Sounds like a great start to a new series.
    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I follow via feedburner!

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    1. How much more fun can that be? And a novelist to boot!

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  3. Margaret - sounds like you have another great story.
    As for interesting/odd laws - in Georgia it is illegal to eat peanuts on the sidewalk.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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    1. Love it! There are some crazy laws out there.

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  4. Margaret's books are very enjoyable reading. I love the mix of action, humor, and romance. I'd be very happy to win a copy of "Dawn Comes Early." It sounds like another winner.

    I subscribe to your blog through Feedburner.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Good luck, Pam. And I agree, Margaret's books are great.

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  5. I have this book on my wish list, winning it would be great!

    I follow you by feedburner and your blog by GFC.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

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  6. This sounds like a delightful book and I already have on my wish list. Looking forward to reading soon. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    Old email subscriber and GFC follower

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  7. Margaret's books are just so much fun I know why this one is on your wish list. Thanks for stopping by and for being a follower!

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  8. MARGARET!!! What a GREAT premise AND a GREAT story behind the premise -- sign me up, Deb!! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Julie. I got you down!

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  9. This sounds like a great story. I haven't read one of Margaret's books before, but look forward to delving into a new author.

    Ginger in AL
    ginger[dot]solomon[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Margaret's stories are so much fun to read! Good luck!

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  10. Great post! I like how your mind works, Margaret! The prevention of being buried alive would give me the willies, except in my household we're a bit twisted and we get a chuckle out of some stories of what people would do to avoid that predicament (like bells in the casket, so you can ring it when you revive, should the horrible buried alive thing happen). The new book series sounds intriguing, as well (but I'll let someone who's never heard of you win a copy!)

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tammy. I've heard of the bells, too. A good reason for embalming. At least now they'd discover you were alive before they buried you.

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  11. I can't wait to read Margaret's new book. I love the intro about Margaret writing suspense in her church newsletter. :) Please sign me up for the opportunity to win her book. I follow this blog.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
    digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Hey Jodie,

      LOL! I know I loved that too. Hilarious. I wish I could have read one of those bulletins.

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  12. I don't remember which year this law was....but I loved it! It was that in Alexandria, MN. you could not kiss your wife with garlic breath. martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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    1. LOL! Funny law. But even funnier how you'd prove it. heehee

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  13. In Michigan, it is against the law for a lady to lift her skirt more than 6 inches while walking through a mud puddle. Oh my, this could be a problem today!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Yikes! It sure would. But even a bigger problem if the muddle puddle was high enough to touch her skirt.

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  14. I love those crazy laws. I just came across this Arizona law: Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony. Do you suppose there was a run on blue masks?

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  15. Sounds like another great book that I am going to enjoy reading. It is really interesting reading about the state that you live in and the laws that the state has or had.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hey Jo,

      thanks for stopping by. Good luck on winning Margaret's book.

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  16. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous story :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Karen! Good luck.

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  17. This sounds like a great story. Please count me in and I follow through feedburner. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Amy! I got you down. And good luck!

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  18. I enjoyed your interview Margaret and learning how you came up with your characters and storyline! I have read some of the laws that used to be on the books in Iowa and find humor in many of them - there were a lot of silly ones back when! Your book sounds like a great read and please drop my name in the hat for the drawing! Thank you for an opportunity to win a copy of it! Best wishes to you in your writing!

    Blessins,
    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lori. I've got your name in the hat. Good luck.

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