Iâ€™m excited about the publication of my book
Cowboy Charm School. Â
Itâ€™s been in the works for a long time. I played around with
the concept for more than five years before I actually got around to writing it. Â
Book ideas generally come to me in scenes. Â Iâ€™ll suddenly
visualize someone atop a runaway stagecoach, scrambling over a roof, or running
burning building and then have to figure out who, what, and why.
The scene that popped into my head for
Cowboy Charm School was a bride and groom
standing at the altar about to say, â€śI do.â€ť Â Suddenly, a tall, handsome stranger
runs into the
church yelling, â€śStop the wedding!â€ť Â
I finally figured out that the stranger is Texas Ranger Brett
Tucker, who thinks heâ€™s saving the bride from marrying an outlaw. Heâ€™s mistaken,
but his accusations cause the bride and groom to break up. Â Feeling terrible for
done, Brett decides to work to bring the estranged couple back together again.
God knows he means well. Â But as the old western saying
goes: When buying a horse, donâ€™t consult a pedestrian; when courting a woman,
donâ€™t ask the
advice of a bachelor.
Itâ€™s advice that the hapless groom soon wishes heâ€™d taken.
Â For not only is Brett a confirmed bachelor, his well-meaning advice backfires
in more ways
The book was a lot of fun to write for several reasons. Â I
really loved working with the characters. Brettâ€™s overdeveloped sense of honor
kind, compassionate nature, make these two among my favorite protagonists. Â Â
There was another enjoyable aspect to writing the book.
Kate owns and operates a candy shop, and this gave me an opportunity to include
all kinds of
interesting tidbits about all things sweet.
For example, did you know that marshmallows originally
grew on trees? Â It was the French who came up with a way to replace the sweet
sap from the
mallow tree with gelatin.Â
I do hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed
writing it. Before I go, my candy-making heroine asked that I leave you with one
thought; Letâ€™s all work together to save the earth. It is, after all, the only
planet with chocolate.
Until next time,
Question for Readers: What is the best or worst advice you were ever given?
New York Times bestselling author MARGARET
BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. She's a two-time
Romance Writers of America RITAÂ® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She
is also a
recipient of the Romantic Times Pioneer Award. Â Not bad for someone who
flunked eighth-grade English. Â Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
Where readers can find Margaret on the Internet?
12 comments posted.
My best advice came from my parents. Go to college. I had originally wanted to do something differently. Thank goodness I listened to them.
(Anna Speed 3:26am September 8, 2018)