Friday, September 28, 2018

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: Cowboy Charm School by Margaret Brownley ***ENTER GIVEAWAY***

COWBOY CHARM SCHOOL
 HAYWIRE BRIDES, #1
by
MARGARET BROWNLEY
  Sub-genre: Western / Clean Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: September 4, 2018
Number of Pages: 384

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When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together...but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride!
Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom—notorious criminal Frank Foster—is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the wrong man.

STOP THAT WEDDING!
Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé's over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding—for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way.

"Light and airy as cotton candy, this tale charms." 
-- Publishers Weekly


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Interview with Author Margaret Brownley

Tell us how you come up with characters.  
With me, it’s all about voice.  Speech says a lot about a person. I try to imagine how a character would greet me should we meet for the first time.  Would he say, “Howdy, ma’am?”  Or the more formal “Please to make your acquaintance?”  When I first met the heroine of Cowboy Charm School, she looked me square in the eyes and said, “Chocolate, right?”  I figured anyone who greeted me by guessing my favorite vice had to own a candy store, and I was right! 

What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
Plan? What’s that?   I don’t even like to map out a trip or plan a meal. I’m a pantser, which means I sit down and write by the seat of mine.  Give me a setup or opening scene and I’m off and running.  

What is the best piece of advice you received as an author?
The best advice I ever received was to give readers something to “see” in every paragraph. The black mustang lifted his tail and galloped away, hooves barely touching the ground.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
I would invite Louisa May Alcott, so I could thank her for the hours of enjoyment she gave me as a child. (I pretended I was Jo the writer).  I would want to include Mark Twain because he traveled all over the west and I could use his eye for details.   I had the pleasure of having lunch with Louis L ’Amour years ago and the stories he told still resonate.  He and Mark Twain would sure keep things lively.  Finally, I would want to invite Jane Austen, because she really set the standard for women’s fiction. 

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I came out of the womb demanding pen and pencil.  I spent my allowances on notebooks and wrote my first “novel” in fifth grade.  However, none of my teachers were impressed.  I flunked 8th grade English.  Truly!   To this day, I can’t diagram a sentence.  Predicates?  Nouns?  Who cares?  Give me a sentence and I’ll fix it, but don’t ask me to diagram it. 

How do you deal with writer’s block?
I believe that writer’s block is the subconscious telling you that you made a wrong turn somewhere in the story. Something’s not right.  This is a clue to go back and find that wrong turn and fix it.

When I was teaching creative writing, I noticed that a number of my students bogged down around page fifty.  That’s when I discovered a little trick that seems to work nine out of ten times:  Simply change the protagonist’s name.  By page fifty, you start to know your characters and it’s possible that the name you chose in the beginning no longer fits.  Perhaps you gave your heroine a feminine name that doesn’t do her justice.  Or your hero’s name no longer fits his character or background.  Try changing the names.  You’ll know if you’re on the right track if your story starts to flow again. 


New York Times bestselling author MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. She's a two-time Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is also a recipient of the Romantic Times Pioneer Award.  
Her story, A Pony Express Christmas, will appear this fall in the Old West Christmas Brides collection, and book two of her Haywire Brides series will be published May 2019.  Not bad for someone who flunked eighth-grade English.  Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
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