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Margaret Brownley - More Love and Laughter


Dear Readers,

I’m excited about the publication of my book Cowboy Charm School.  

It’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.  

Book ideas generally come to me in scenes.  I’ll suddenly visualize someone atop a runaway stagecoach, scrambling over a roof, or running from a 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, “I do.”  Suddenly, a tall, handsome stranger runs into the church yelling, “Stop the wedding!”  

I finally figured out that the stranger is Texas Ranger Brett Tucker, who thinks he’s saving the bride from marrying an outlaw. He’s mistaken, of course, but his accusations cause the bride and groom to break up.  Feeling terrible for what he’s done, Brett decides to work to bring the estranged couple back together again.

God knows he means well.  But as the old western saying goes: When buying a horse, don’t consult a pedestrian; when courting a woman, don’t ask the advice of a bachelor.

It’s advice that the hapless groom soon wishes he’d taken.  For not only is Brett a confirmed bachelor, his well-meaning advice backfires in more ways than one.

The book was a lot of fun to write for several reasons.  I really loved working with the characters. Brett’s overdeveloped sense of honor and Kate’s kind, compassionate nature, make these two among my favorite protagonists.   

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?  It was the French who came up with a way to replace the sweet sap from the mallow tree with gelatin. 

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 last thought; Let’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?

About Margaret

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 RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is also a recipient of the Romantic Times Pioneer Award.  Not bad for someone who flunked eighth-grade English.  Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.

Where readers can find Margaret on the Internet?


Facebook: aretBrownleyAuthor/





12 comments posted.

Re: Margaret Brownley - More Love and Laughter

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from my
grandmother. She said, "Never go to bed mad, especially if
you're mad at a loved one."
(Tina Rucci 5:02pm September 5, 2018)

I was once told to let something go and the consequences were not good.
(Debra Guyette 8:19pm September 5, 2018)

When I was looking at colleges and trying to decide what to study, I was
considering archeology. (It wasn't really an option for financial reasons, but I
was interested.) My dad told me it was a stupid choice because everything had
already been found. I look at all that has been discovered since 1964 (my that
was long ago) and do wish I had been involved in some of it. There is still so
much more out there.
(Patricia Barraclough 12:07pm September 6, 2018)

get out of debt
(Ann Unger 9:21pm September 7, 2018)

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)

Be yourself
(Colleen Conklin 12:56pm September 8, 2018)

Every time I come up with something I can do or be I have
someone who likes to point out the reasons not to.
(Candy Voisine 11:36pm September 8, 2018)

Interesting a/out marshmallows...I learned something today
(Jackie Wisherd 12:15pm September 9, 2018)

Best advice - wait 24 hours when angry before
making a decision. Things will look different
(Jane Squires 7:27am September 9, 2018)

Always keep your word. Always.
(Mary Songer 4:52pm September 9, 2018)

The best advice I received from my mom is to let something
go and if it is truly yours or meant to be it will come back
to you.
(Traci Watts 8:40pm September 9, 2018)

I really don't know!!
(Martha Lawson 9:54pm September 9, 2018)

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