Monday, September 20, 2010

Giveaway and Author Interview: A Suitor for Jenny

I am thrilled to annouce my guest today with giveaway is author, Margaret Brownley!

Welcome to Writing for Christ! Thank you for being with us today.


 Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi everyone and thank you for having me. What a lovely idea, writing for Christ!

Let’s see. Where shall I begin? I’ve always wanted to be a writer and wrote my first book in fifth grade, a mystery with no ending. When I announced to my family that I wanted to be a writer no one took me seriously, probably because I failed 8th grade English. Undaunted I wrote angst-driven stories throughout my teens. Every year I entered the Seventeen short story contest, and didn’t even merit honorary mention. I finally resigned myself to not having what it took to be a writer and went on to do other things. Marriage and raising a family took up most of my time but the writing bug remained. Tired of writing amusing notes to my children’s teachers I volunteered to be the editor of our church newspaper. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, my then pastor took me aside and suggested I try writing fiction, which of course is what I always wanted to do.

1. How long did you write before you were published?

Once I made the decision to go for broke, I wrote four books before I sold my first. It took me five years to sell my first book. I was working at the time and had three active children so I had to get up at 4 a.m. to write (still do). Back when I started we didn’t have the Internet and all the wonderful writer resources available today. I was pretty much on my own and had no idea what I was doing. I finally joined a writers group and one of the members dragged me to my first writer conference. What an eye opener that was. I didn’t even know what a SASE was, let alone viewpoint.

2: When you held that first book in your hands, what was your first thought?

It was a dream come true and I couldn’t believe it. My first thought? Thank you, God! This was followed by, I wish my 8th grade teacher could see me now. My third thought? Take that, Seventeen magazine! Stupid thing I did? Quit my day job. I was a writer, right? I stood to make millions! Now you know why I write fiction.

3: Tell us about your new book

A Suitor For Jenny is the 2nd book in my Rocky Creek series. Here’s a blurb;

When looking for a husband, it's best to go where the odds are in your favor.

And that would be Rocky Creek, Texas, 1880. But Jenny Higgins's plan to find husbands for her two sisters hits a snag when enthusiastic applicants fail to meet her stringent requirements.

Rejecting her sisters' choices for mates and riding herd on her growing feelings for Marshal Rhett Armstrong, she refuses to give up.

Jenny thinks choosing a husband is not a job for the heart. It'll take one strong and handsome marshal to convince her otherwise.



4: Where can readers find out more about your books?

Readers can visit the ol’ homestead: http://www.margaretbrownley.com/ . I also blog regularly on http://www.petticoatsandpistols.com/

5: What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?

That it’s still possible today, as it was more than a hundred years ago, to triumph against all odds. I also hope that my readers go away with a renewed belief in the power of faith, love and God’s guiding light.

6: What are two things that people wouldn't normally know about you as a writer and or person?

Since I’m on Facebook and Twitter my life’s an open book so there’s not much people don’t know about me. Some think I’m a terrific cook (probably because I raised a chef) but I’m only so-so at best. As a writer, I write by the seat of my pants—no outline, nothing. No one’s more surprised at the way my books end than I am. Come to think of it, since I don’t plan in advance, even dinner is a surprise.

Thank you for being with us today. Any final words for readers?

I just want to thank all my readers for the lovely cards, letters and emails. I treasure them all. With all the wonderful books out there I’m amazed and humbled that you took the time to read mine. God bless you all.

Have a Little Faith!



My website: http://www.margaretbrownley.com/

Stagecoach Etiquette for Readers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prY2q9Oasp4

Blogs: http://www.petticoatsandpistols.com/

Readers to enter to win Jen's book, PLEASE LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS! If I draw your name and there is no email, YOU WILL NOT WIN!
For extra entries:
~Be a follower
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And a NEW one:
~Follow or Subcribe (not both for extra entries) Operation Encourage an Author.

Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items of said prize.
Thanks for coming by to enter!

Contest closes on October 1st.

75 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book. I am not familiar with this author.

    I am a follower and a subscriber.

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  2. This book sounds the type that you would want a comfy chair to sink into and then just enjoy! Thank you for the gioveaway.


    I am a folower and an e-mail subscriber.

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  3. Sounds like a great read! I heard about her first book - A Lady Like Sarah - and it look good! Please count me in!

    Katie M

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  4. Please enter me!

    God bless!

    ~Katie G.

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  5. I am a follower of this blog.

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  6. I am a subscriber.

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  7. I am a follower of Operation Encourage an Author.

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  8. Sounds great! I'd love to win this book.

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  9. I am a follower!

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  10. I loved your interview. I sometimes wing dinner...it will start out as one thing and end up as another. I should plan ahead, but don't!
    Congratulations on raising a chef!
    Please enter me!

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  12. I am a follower!


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  13. I am a subscriber!


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  14. I love romance books :) Please enter me!

    I am a follower.

    I am a subscriber.

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  15. I am a follower of Operation Encourage an Author.


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  16. Oh, oh! I loved the first one and have been looking forward to reading this book too!

    nina4sm[at]gmail[dot]com

    I am a follower.

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  17. I'm a follower and I'd love to win!
    Ann Lee Miller@msn.com

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  18. Margaret is a new to me Author but I look forward to reading this. Please count me in.
    Carol L.
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  19. I'm a follower and a subscriber.
    Carol L.
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  20. Please enter me! Margaret Brownley is a wonderfully talented author! Thanks for the chance!

    Molly
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  21. +1 I am a WforC follower

    Molly
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  22. +1 I am a WforC subscriber.

    Molly
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  23. +1 I am a follower/subscriber to OEA

    Molly
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  24. I've really been wanting this one! Please enter me

    Blessings
    Michelle V
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  25. I follow your blog.

    Blessings
    Michelle V
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  26. I subscribe via email

    Blessings
    Michelle V
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  27. I follow Operation Encourage and Author.

    Blessings
    Michelle V
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  28. Oh, and I am a follower!

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  29. and a email subscriber!

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  30. I am a follower and email subscriber. Plase enter me in contest. Would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  31. I already love this book. I have added to my wish list. This has got to be a great book and I look forward to reading.

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  32. I love to read books written in this time period. This book sounds great. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy.
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  33. Would love to read Margaret's book! Thanks for the chance!

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  34. Please enter me! I can't wait to read this book!

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  35. Can't believe that I forgot my email addy:

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  36. I am a follower and

    a subscriber
    A Suitor For Jenny sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  37. Sounds like a fun read.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com
    I am a follower and a subscriber and I follow Operation Encourage an Author.
    Thanks,

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  38. Oh, I'd love to be entered in this drawing. thanks. Nice cover

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  39. WfC follower of gfc

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  41. OEaA subscriber

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  42. What a fun cover, I can't wait to read A Suitor for Jenny. Please toss my name in the hat. Thanks!

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    I'm a follower.
    I'm a subscriber.
    I'm a follower of OEaA.

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  43. I really want to read this book!
    It looks and sounds so good!
    Please enter me!
    carman sent me.
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  44. would enjoy reading this fabulous novel...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
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  45. i'm a follower and an email subscriber, too :)

    karenk
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  46. I can tell from the interview that this is going to be a great read for me. Please consider me. Thank You!
    apeygirl[at]gmail[dot]com

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  47. Ah, the matchmaker gets matched, eh? Sounds fun . . . I'd like to be entered into the giveaway please!

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  48. I'm a subscriber via e-mail. =)

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  49. I always love a great romance book, please count me in.

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  50. Love Margaret Brownley books. I also love the cover art. Would love to win a copy.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W

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  51. +1 I am a subscriber.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W

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  52. I am a GFC follower.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W

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  53. I am a subscriber & follower of Encourage an Author.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W

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  54. Margaret,

    We have something in common--when I first started writing, I didn't know what pov or an SASE was either. :) I'm looking forward to reading your new book.

    I'm a follower.

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  55. Such competition, but I'm hoping God wants me to win!

    I'm a follower and a subscriber.

    Doreen
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  56. Sounds like a very good book. Would love to be entered!! Mommiebethers@ameritech.net

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  57. I'm interested in reading this book.
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  58. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  62. I am a follower on Operation Encourage an Author

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  63. Great interview! Thank you both for sharing with us. :)

    Would love to be entered.
    Thanks and blessings,
    Karen
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  64. I am a follower. :)

    Thank you,
    Karen
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  65. This sounds like a great read! I would love the opportunity to read this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. Please remove my name from this drawing because I won this book on another blog. Thanks.

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  67. Oh, pick me, pick me! *grin*

    I think you ahve my e-mail, but it is krista at kristaphillips dot com :-)

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  68. Hey, Casey, thanks for giveaway -- I would love to be included as this is a book I've been wanting to read.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  69. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  70. Follower

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  73. This book sounds charming! Thanks for the giveaway.
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  74. I am a new follower of your blog.
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  75. I am also a new follower of Operation Encourage an Author. How wonderful.
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