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You know those authors whose books you know you’ll love, just because they were written by that author? Margaret Brownley is one of those authors for me. While I have barely scratched the surface (unfortunately!), I look forward to reading each and every one of her books. So I am very excited to have her visit with us today! Margaret’s newest novel, A Match Made in Texas, sounds so fun! Here’s a quick peek. (This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. You can view my full disclosure policy here.)
Welcome to Two-Time Texas:
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single woman can change the course of history:
There’s a new sheriff in town.
Amanda Lockwood gets more than she bargained for when she’s elected Two-Time Texas’s first female sheriff. Anxious to prove herself, she sets out to stop crime in its tracks—taking down wanted man Rick Barrett in the process. But there’s something special about the charming outlaw. Common sense says he must be guilty…but her heart keeps telling her otherwise.
So what’s a sheriff to do? Gather an all-female posse and ride to save the day.
Things sure don’t look good for Rick. If he doesn’t convince the pretty sheriff to let him go, he’ll soon be pushing up daisies. But his plan to woo her to his side backfires when he’s the one who falls head over heels. Now he must choose between freedom or saving the woman he loves…and the clock is ticking.
Who knew A Match Made in Texas could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?
The heroine, Amanda Lockwood, is one of my all-time favorite characters. She is the middle sister. I loved her when she first popped up in Left at the Altar. She was always in trouble and her father claims she demanded equal rights the moment she was born. This time, around, she’s in way over her head.
She sounds like a character who will keep us in stitches! Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
That’s easy. It’s got to be Deputy Sheriff Hobson. He’s always citing words of wisdom from his Grandpappy and is so enthusiastic about his job that no one is safe from arrest.
That’s quite a combination in one office… Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
One of my favorite books was Little Women by Louise May Alcott. The story was the inspiration behind the three Lockwood sisters, whose names are Amanda, Josie and Meg. Sound familiar?
Little Women is such a good story, and what a fun “nod” to it! If you could live during the time period of your novel, would you? Why or why not?
I’ve often thought it would be fun to travel back to the Old West during the 1880s for a short—very short—time. I don’t think I could be away from modern amenities for more than a day or two. I’d be curious to see if I captured the true essence of the times.
So many of us have romanticized that era. It might be a bit shocking to discover reality. But I agree, it would be tough to do without the technological advances we enjoy. You’ve accomplished a lot, and have many things to be proud of. What accomplishment means the most to you?
Being a wife and mother
It’s certainly hard to beat that. Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
Yes, I’m working on the first book in my Shotgun Brides series. The title is Stop the Wedding.
A new series! Yay! 😉 What is one thing you wish you had known before you began writing/publishing?
I was going to say I wish I’d known how hard it would be. But now that I think about it, maybe it’s better I didn’t know.
Some things are indeed better discovered later. Would you say it’s gotten easier or more difficult to write and publish over the years?
It’s more difficult. I try to stay fresh, but after writing more than forty books, that’s not easy to do. There are only so many ways to describe blue eyes, for example. Publishing has gotten more difficult. There are less bookstores than when I first started writing and shelf space is limited. There are also more entertainment choices. You hardly see people reading in a waiting room, any more. Now they’re talking on the phone, playing games or on social media.
They don’t know what they’re missing! But that’s true and somewhat discouraging. In light of that, if you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
Enjoy the process of writing and laugh at the rest.
Thankfully we have your books to help with that! 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us, Margaret!
Your turn! Are you a Little Women fan? If so, which sister is your favorite?
Bestselling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than forty novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including the National Readers’ Choice and Romantic Times Pioneer awards. She’s a two-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on her next series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth-grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.
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Welcome to Two-Time Texas:
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single marriage can unite a feuding town
…or tear it apart for good
In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler…but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood’s marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she’s left at the altar by her no-good fiancé, Meg’s dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed.
No wedding bells? No one-time town.
Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there’s something about Meg’s sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in…even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart.
Who knew being Left at the Altar could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?
‘A Match Made in Texas’ Giveaway:
Margaret has generously offered to give away a copy of A Match Made in Texas. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy. (This includes: No one under 18 can enter the giveaway. No purchase is necessary.)