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An Interview with N.Y. Times Bestselling Author Margaret Brownley

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

Margaret Brownley thank you so much for taking the time to join us on the blog today! I’m excited to hear about your new release, Dawn Comes Early.

“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

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 contest@NancyBerland.com.  Be sure to put “Reason to Smile” in the subject line.  That’s it!

Jess Says: I fell in love with your Rocky Creek series. You have an amazing gift for crafting believable characters that leap off the page and suddenly become like real friends. Can you tell us a little bit about the heroine in your new novel Dawn Comes Early? What will we love the most about her? What will be loved about this new series?

Thank you, Jessica.  Hope you like my Brides of Last Chance Ranch just as much.

The heroine in Dawn Comes Early is Kate Tenney, a disgraced dime novelist who travels to Arizona Territory as “heiress” to a cattle ranch.  However, she soon finds out that the west is nothing like she wrote about—and neither are the men.

What’s to love about Kate? Readers tell me they love her determination. Having ridden only sidesaddle prior to coming out west nothing comes easy for her, and she has the bruises to prove it!   I also think Kate and Luke make an interesting couple; she’s a college educated woman and he’s “just a blacksmith.”  He doesn’t even know what she’s talking about half the time.   As for the series:  If you like inspirational stories set in the old west, this is for you!

Jess Says: Each of your novels include a few hilarious characters that keep us readers chuckling from first page to ending. Who are the funny characters in Dawn Comes Early? What are their loveable quirks?

I think readers will like Luke’s matchmaking aunt.  Aunt Bessie reads Kate’s dime novel (Yep, the one banned in Boston) and learns an eye-popping thing or two about love.

Readers might even take a fancy to Cactus Patch’s resident outlaw who laments, “The way this town treats its outlaw, it don’t deserve none.”

Jess Says: Your tagline is Love and Laughter in the Old West. What draws you to write about this specific time period?

I love writing about the old west because that’s when women came of age. The westward migration freed women in ways never before imagined. Women abandoned Victorian mores and rid themselves of confining clothes.  The gun may have won the west, but it was the women who tamed it. They brought churches, schools, newspapers and helped build community. These are the heroines for whom we like to cheer.  It must have been a shock to the male ego to have to deal with such strong and unconventional women—and that’s at the very heart of my stories.

I also like writing serious themes with a touch of humor and the old west lends itself nicely to laughter, don’t you think?  Since people lived so close to the land it’s also a perfect setting for an inspirational novel.

Jess Says: What is something surprising about yourself that even your most faithful reader may not know?

I failed eighth-grade English and almost flunked history (all those dates and battles). I did good in science so I’m probably better suited as an astronaut than a writer.  Still can’t diagram a sentence.

Jess Says: Could you share your favorite Bible verse with us?

On days when I’m  unsure of myself, my  favorite “staring at a blank page” scripture is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NKJV. 

Jess Says: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned during your publishing journey?

I learned the importance of building a viable support system.  This is true of any endeavor, but is especially true of writers.  Writing is such a lonely occupation and only another writer can understand the ups and downs of an author’s life. Publishing is also going through a great many changes.  No single person can keep track of it all.  You need a lot of eyes and ears.

www.margaretbrownley.com

Readers can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

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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” is a available now.  The book will be followed in January 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.

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Dawn Comes Early

Brides 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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Once Upon a Time with Gail Sattler

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I had the amazing opportunity to meet Gail Sattler at the ACFW Conference this past year. She met with me for a one-on-one appointment and graciously critiqued my work (go ahead, we might as well call her a saint).

Welcome to the Love Worth Waiting For blog Gail! I’m excited to have you here today.

Jess: For those reading who are new to your writing, tell us more about Gail Sattler? How long have you been writing and who do readers enjoy about your stories the most?

I’ve been writing for about 15 years, starting when my children were in diapers. I think what readers enjoy most about my stories is the touch of humor in stories that are easy to read about characters that are easy to like.

Jess: Your new release Seattle Cinderella is a modern retelling of the fairy tale, were you nervous to take on a beloved storyline?

No, not at all. I’ve stated very close to the fairy tale storyline, and had a lot of fun changing the main elements of the story to a modern and believable setting.

Jess: Can you tell us a little bit about the characters and the journey they’ll go on in their stories (without spoiling the good bits, of course)?

Sure! Instead of being a scullery maid, Cinderella, aka Cindy, works in a job where she does get quite dirty, right down to her steel-toed workboots. While the Prince isn’t royalty, he is moderately well off, and is just a prince of a guy. For the rest of the stories, it was a lot of fun to imagine what the step-sisters would be like, and what they would do for a living in a modern-day setting. They had to move forward without dwelling too much on the past, but they did want to make their past wrongs right.

 

 

 

Jess: If we’re going with the Disney versions, my favorite hero would be a toss-up between Beast and Flynn Rider. How about you, which fairy tale hero is your favorite, why?

I can’t say it’s a fairy tale, buy my favorite Disney hero is… the Tramp from Lady and the Tramp. Now there’s a romantic tale! Or is that Tail?

Jess: Authors are also known for being voracious readers, what books are on your nightstand right now?

With ebooks now so prevalent, all my Love Inspired novels are available, as well as my last recent full length novel, The Narrow Path.

Jess: Can you let us in on what you’re working on right now, when can we look for your next book to be released?

I’m working on a new series, which is by a team of 9 authors. It’s centered around the Bloomfield Garden Club, although there isn’t much mention of gardening in the stories, it’s mostly about the trouble all the members of the garden club get into as they go about their lives, and the lives of others.

There are links to it on my website on www.gailsattler.com, as well as some fun photos and other stuff.

Thanks for having me, it’s been fun answering your questions.

-Gail Sattler

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Gail Sattler lives in Vancouver BC with her husband, 3 sons, 2 dogs, and a lizard named Bub who is quite cuddly for a reptile when he isn’t eating her houseplants. When Gail isn’t writing she plays piano for the worship team at her Mennonite Brethren church, or electric bass for a local jazz band, and in the new year she’s going to try out a community orchestra with her acoustic double bass. When Gail is writing, she writes tales of love, always faithful to the happily-ever-after ending readers of romance have come to know and love.

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More information about Seattle Cinderella:

Cinderella lives—except her name is Cindy and she resides in Seattle!

Cindy is forced to run her late father’s muffler shop. Will her step-sisters’ shenanigans and Luke Princeton’s charms only make her life even more unbearable?

Cindy’s step-sister Annie has reformed her ways. But how will she prove it to the man she loves?

Step-sister Zella is writing her own love story. But is she using a poison pen?

Cindy’s godmother, Farrah, has caught the attentions of a younger man. Does she have the courage to love again?

How far will God go to give these women a happy-ever-after?