(Brides of Last Chance Ranch)
by Margaret Brownley
N.Y. Times Bestselling Author
Romancing The West is always thrilled to host Margaret Brownley, a talented author who knows how to pull your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone. Welcome, Margaret! Please start off by telling us about the soon to be released Waiting for Morning.
Margaret: If Molly's purple attire doesn’t blind you, her dazzling smile will. She doesn’t just sing to the cattle, she puts on a whole show. If only she wasn’t so stubborn about her brother’s care. Or so distrustful of a certain handsome doctor...
There is nothing Molly Hatfield wouldn’t do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming herself for the accident that left him wheel-chair bound, Molly has dedicated her life to his care.
But Molly didn’t bank on meeting Dr. Caleb Fairbanks, the town’s handsome and charismatic young doctor. Now nothing will ever be the same.
Margaret is giving away a copy of
Dawn Comes Early
RTW: We want to know all about the second book in your Brides of Last Chance Ranch series.
Margaret: First, thank you for letting me visit today.
Waiting for Morning will be published in December (BTW: each book in the series stands alone) and can be preordered now.
It’s the story of former dance hall girl Molly Hatfield who answers the Last Chance owner’s advertisement for an heiress. Some readers might recognize the hero, Dr. Caleb Fairbanks. He was Lucy’s teen brother in A Vision of Lucy. It’s now fifteen years later and he has fulfilled his dream of becoming a doctor. A reader suggested that Caleb have his own book. It’s so much fun when readers get involved.
RTW: Do you have some sort of overall theme that work you into all your books? And how is that theme shown in Waiting for Morning?
Margaret: The overall theme is probably forgiveness. Molly blames herself for the accident that put her brother in a wheelchair.
RTW: What was your favorite scene to write in the book?
NYT Bestselling Author
RTW: Tell us a little about the Last Chance Ranch
Margaret: For many people the ranch really is the last chance. It’s owned by Eleanor Walker, one of the most successful ranch owners in Arizona Territory. She’s a tough, feisty lady—and some might even say eccentric. Having no family of her own, she’s seeking an heiress just in case—heaven forbid—something should happen to her.
RTW: Sounds like a lot of fun. Please give us some back story on Molly Hatfield and tell us how she came to take this particular story journey. How does Dr. Caleb Fairbanks upset her applecart?
Margaret: In a word, Molly is desperate. Her hometown in ashes, she’s now needs a home for herself and her wheel-chair bound brother. She must convince the ranch owner that she’s capable of learning the ranching business even while taking care of her brother.
Molly and Caleb clash over her brother’s care even as they battle their feelings for one another. Caleb doesn’t just upset the applecart, he upsets her whole world.
RTW: Who was your favorite character to write?
Margaret: My favorite minor character to write was Aunt Bessie. She’s the town matchmaker and wedding planner and insists that the saloons close prior to all weddings so that guests remain sober. Her demands cause such an uproar that the marshal puts a one year moratorium on weddings.
RTW: I love animals in books because they can be so much fun. Please talk about the dog.
Margaret: I ran a “Your Dog in My Book” contest to benefit the Have a Heart Humane Society. The winner was an adorable Lhaso Apso named Magic. In Waiting for Morning, Magic is Caleb’s dog and I’m sure he’ll win your heart like he won mine. Lhaso Apsos didn’t arrive in America until the 1930s, so you wouldn’t have found one in the Old West. But with a name like Magic, anything is possible…
RTW: What are you working on now?
Margaret: I just completed the last book in the series. The next heroine is an undercover Pinkerton Detective.
I also just completed a novella for a collection titled A Bride for all Seasons with three of my favorite writers: Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher and Debra Clapton.
RTW: How can readers learn more about you and your books?
Margaret: Readers can reach me through my website. I’m also on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Thank you everyone!
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Thanks for stopping by to visit with Margaret today! Be sure to check out her article: When a Lady Says “I Won’t!” on Thursday--you won't want to miss it. Comments on that article will be included in the drawing as well, so you could get TWO chances to win!
Small print: Drawing will be held Oct. 6, 2012, at 9pm Pacific Time. You must leave your email address to be eligible to win (because otherwise we don't know where to send the book!). USA mailing only.