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,
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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 flunkedeighth-grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.
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