Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Welcome Margaret Brownley, and a Review

I'm so honored to have one of my favorite authors, Margaret Brownley, here today! She's talking about her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series, and the first book Dawn Comes Early. There's a contest, and a surprise too :)

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."

It turns out God was and Margaret did. She now has more than 20 novels to her credit. In addition, she's written many Christian articles and a non-fiction book. Still, it took a lot of prodding from God before Margaret tried her hand at writing inspirational fiction which led to her Rocky Creek series. "I love writing about characters at different stages of faith," she says of the new direction her writing career has taken, "and I'm here to stay."

Happily married to her real-life hero, Margaret and her husband live in Southern California.


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 (Brides of Last Chance Ranch) 

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!


Today’s the official launch day of my new book Dawn Comes Early. The idea for the Brides of Last Chance Ranch series came to me after reading an old newspaper article in the New York Times dated 1891 (It’s amazing what you find when changing the shelf paper).

A group of fifty ladies of the First Church of Millford 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 being a romantic I sincerely hope there were no winners— but that’s the wonderful thing about writing; you can make up your own endings.

Kate Tenney is a disgraced dime novelist who travels to Arizona Territory as “heiress” to a cattle ranch, but before gaining the ranch she must first sign a document forbidding her to marry.

She meets up with trouble the minute she steps into town thanks to Cactus Joe, the resident outlaw. Luke Adams comes to her rescue but it’s clear from the start that he and Kate are from two different worlds; she’s a college educated woman and he’s “just a blacksmith.” He doesn’t know what she’s talking about half the time.
What does Kate know about running a cattle ranch? Absolutely nothing! But she intends to learn if it kills her. If only she can stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.



Thank you so much for sharing these insights into the creation of Dawn Comes Early! 

Now for the surprise :) Margaret is offering a copy of this first book in the Brides of Last Chance Ranch series to one of my readers! Isn't that awesome?! Leave a comment to be entered. Continental US Only! Ends March 19th!

 My Review

Morning came too early for me after staying up into the wee hours to finish this fascinating new book.

Kate Tenney comes to Arizona Territory after answering an advertisement seeking an heir for a ranch owner. She is a city girl and former dime novelist who has romanticized the west in her mind and finds out quickly, as soon as she gets there, in fact, that it is nothing like she thought it was going to be. Faced with an outlaw from the get go, Kate is thrown into the wild and wonderful world of western life.

Luke Adams is the local blacksmith. He’s a hardworking, not too formally educated but oh so lovable kind of man. He ends up rescuing that crazy city girl Kate from numerous situations. He falls for her pretty early on but doesn’t think he’s smart enough for a woman like her because she uses big words when she talks. Their romance was so much fun to watch with some exceptional scenes that would look good on the big screen!

The main aspect that kept me so engaged while reading this book was how well I got to know each and every character. From Miss Walker, the unusual owner of Last Chance Ranch, to the seasoned ranch hands and Luke’s charming, matchmaking aunts, I was held captive by the depth of characterization and humor! There was no glossing over anyone’s importance to the story at all. I loved that! I genuinely felt like I was seeing into each person’s life-their hopes and dreams, fears and heartaches, failures and accomplishments-and I laughed out loud, often!

There are a few scenes in the book when Kate reads to the ranch hands from one of her dime novels and all I can say is – they are priceless! I woke my husband from a sound slumber with my laughter. It’s during that scene and a few that follow, that I fell in love with all the cowpokes and knew they would champion Kate in her determination to conquer the challenge of learning ranch life.

I can’t wait until the next book! Margaret’s writing plunges me into the depths of the storyline with exceptional humor embedded throughout. Containing a strong spiritual thread, I never felt like I was being hit over the head with it. It’s just a natural part of who the characters are. 

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Brides of Last Chance Ranch series! I want to thank Margaret Brownley for asking me to be an influencer once again and providing an Advanced Reader Copy for review purposes.

65 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book! I'll have to add that one to my wishlist. :)

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  2. I love Margaret's books! I read all the A Rocky Creek Romance series :) They are such fun!!!

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  3. Sounds like a great story - I will be adding it to my reading list and moving it right to the top!

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  4. I would love to win one of Margaret's books

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  5. This book has been on my wish list since I first saw it listed on Amazon...can't wait to read it!!!

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  6. Dawn Comes Early sounds like a perfect book to chase away the "will-winter-ever-end" blues. Add me, I need a little romance and laughter!

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  7. I'm a big Margaret Brownley fan and look forward to reading her new series. She tells fun stories, and I know I can count on some good laughs. Sounds like Dawn Comes Earlyis gonna produce many of 'em.

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  8. Great line about how the marriage would've worked had she not shot her husband. I'd love to read the rest of the book. Thanks for the contest!

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  9. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for a generous giveaway! Can't wait!

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  10. This is a book I will share with my mom. Thank you....

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  11. Fabulous review I cannot wait to read this novel. I have only read two of her other novels and am a fan. Her heroines are strong willed and I love that about them.

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  12. Hi Kim,

    Margaret's are some of the best! Thanks for coming by :)

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  13. Can't wait to read it! I love good, entertaining, historical fiction!

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  14. Hey Sandi,

    Best wishes! Don't forget to enter Margaret's email contest :)

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  15. Hey Merry,

    You'll get plenty of both in Dawn Comes Early! I just love Margaret's humor :)

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  16. Hi Melissa,
    Glad you came by. It's such a fun book :)

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  17. Hi Loopy :)

    One great line of many! Thanks for coming by.

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  18. Hey Keli!

    So glad you found time to come by and enter :) You'll fall in love with so many of the characters...well, all of them really!

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  19. Hey Carole,

    Dawn Comes Early is all of the above and more! Thanks for coming by and entering :)

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  20. Hi Janet,

    So glad you stopped in! It's another terrific book from a very gifted writer :)

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  21. Hi Katie,

    I have to say they are too good not to share :) Margaret writes with a lot of humor and puts sound Christian principles in there without hitting anyone over the head. Thanks for coming by.

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  22. Hi Michele,

    Thanks for taking time to come by and enter! I know Margaret appreciates all these encouraging comments :)

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  23. Hey Cindy,

    Thank you! I could have gone on and on but had to stop somewhere :) Glad you came by and thanks for commenting!

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  24. I've read only one other of her books and it was wonderful. LOVE that you woke your husband up with your laughter!!! :O)

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  25. Sounds like it would be great, would love to read it. Hope to win a copy.

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  26. Hey Diane!
    Yes, well he wasn't thrilled that I woke him up ;) Every time I read one of Margaret's books, that happens :) Thanks for taking time to come by and leave a comment!

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  27. Hi Debbie,

    It is a great book! If you haven't read any of Margaret's books, get out there and get a copy :) Thanks for coming by. Hope you're having a great day!

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  28. I've never read a book by Margaret Brownley. They sound like really good reads!

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  29. Hi Lesa,
    They are great reads! Glad you came by and entered :)

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  30. I am interested in reading this book. I love Arizona and I love Westerns. I have always wanted to get in on the bottom floor and read the first book of a series.

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  31. Hi Linda,
    I'm sure you'll love Margaret's books, then since you love Arizona and westerns :)
    She also has a series called A Rocky Creek Romance that is wonderful! It's three books, all full of great heroes and heroines, and plenty of humor.

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  32. I heard about this book through an e-mail, and I'm excited to be able to purchase it. I look forward to the 30 days of smiles coming my way!

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  33. Hi Brenda,

    An email...Cool :) We'll be drawing a winner from this blog post on March 19th. Have a great day!

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  34. I haven't read any of Margaret's books yet. I have looked them up on CBD and they all sound like something I would like to read. More books to add to my wishlist. ;)

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  35. Can't wait to read this book! I am sure it is going to be a good one!!!!!

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  36. Can't wait to read this book! I am sure it is as good as her others!!!!

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  37. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

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  38. Terry ScarangellaMarch 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    I haven't read any of your books yet but they sound very intereting and I would like to add them to my TBR list

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  39. My daughter, Sarah, and I laughed our way through the Rocky Creek series. We were attracted to the first book because of the title, "A Lady Like Sarah." The trailer for this book was fun as well. After the first book, we were hooked so had to get the other two. I'm looking forward to reading Margaret's newest series and would love to win a copy of "Dawn Comes Early." Thanks for giving away a copy.

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  40. I would love to win this book. It looks like a great read. Thank you for the give away.

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  41. Your book sounds great!! There is a serious lack of new inspirational Westerns!!! Thank you Margaret. My library members are always looking for new authors in that genre. I would love to read this book. Take care and happy writing. Oh, thank you for the great contest too. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Love the cover of this book. It sounds like a great book and would love the opportunity to read it.

    Blessings,
    Jo

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  43. I have this book on my wish list, thank you for your review and the chance to win a copy of it.

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

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  44. This book sounds really good! I cant wait to read it!
    I would love to be entered!
    Thanks for this chance to win!

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  45. I can't wait to read this book! I love Margaret Brownley's books! Hope I win!

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  46. I was gone most of today and came back to find quite a few new entries :) Not a bad thing, but I don't have time to individually thank each one of you, so I will just do it collectively...

    Thank you all SO much for taking the time to visit my blog and leave a comment on Margaret's book!

    Best wishes to all!!!

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  47. the humour is already coming through in the review!
    look fwd to this read :) thanks...
    thanks Margaret for your generosity!

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  48. "Reading to the ranch hands"! Sounds like a really fun book! As soon as I hit enter, I'm off to add it to my to read list.

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  49. I'd love to win a copy of "Dawn Comes Early". I love the inspiration for the book. I think it's comical that the pastor told Margaret that she should consider writing fiction. That's a riot!

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  50. This is a new-to-me author and the book sounds fantastic! Thanks for your giveaway as I love to read new authors!

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  51. cool giveaway! I love reading book, and I love old western and similar stuff! I can't wait to see who wins!

    -Bella Hope

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  52. I'm in! very good giveaway!

    -Kerri P

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  53. Would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

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  54. I am posting this comment on behalf of Rick, who had trouble leaving a comment, so he sent me an email:


    Thanks for entering me into the contest. I run the library for my church so I try to get new books however I can :)

    Rick Estep, Media Director
    HeavenBound Media Center

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  55. I've read several of Margaret Brownley's books and enjoyed them --thanks for the chance to win her latest novel!

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  56. This would be the first book I would read by Margaret Brownell.
    Please enter me into the contest to win a copy of her book Dawn Comes Early.
    Blessings, Tina

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  57. I love cowboys and second chances and can't wait to read Margaret's book. I have on my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

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  58. Sounds like an interesting book. Will have to check it out at the library, but would love to win a copy.

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  59. I love Margaret's books and would love an opportunity to win one. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!!!!

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  60. I seem to be having a problem entering....it says that I have already made the comment but it hasn't published anything or said it will be published later...help!!! I would love to win one of Margaret's books....Please enter me for a chance to win. Thanks!!!

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  61. Oooops!!! Sorry! Now it has entered me 2x in a row...I was having some kind of computer malfunction...Thanks!!

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  62. I would love to be entered in this giveaway - hope it's not too late! :D

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  63. Anne - Great review, you make me want to read this book! Will need to check out Margaret's books.

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  64. I'm coming in at the end of this awesome giveaway, but would still love to be entered. This book looks good! :-)

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