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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Guest Post with Author Margaret Brownley and Giveaway

MARGARET BROWNLEY penned her first novel at age eleven and has been writing ever since. She’s now a New York Times and CBA bestselling author and has written thirty-five novels and one nonfiction book. Margaret and her husband have three grown children and make their home in Southern California.

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I love to read but choosing just ten books was a challenge. To make it easier, I went with the books that stayed with me the longest.

1. A book that will change the way you think about success and maybe even the world: The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

2. An unforgettable story about forbidden love: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

3. A sad, but beautifully written book: All the Light We Cannot See by
By Anthony Doerr

4. Possibly the best western ever written: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

5. A book that will bring a smile to your face: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. When a socially-challenged man sets out to find the perfect woman, you just know there’ll be trouble.

6. A story of betrayal and redemption that will touch your heart: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

7. Books that are just fun to read for word play and silliness: Anything by Dr. Seuss

8. A great self-help book that should be required reading for grumps: Happiness is a Serious Problem by Dennis Prager

9. This book will make you want to…eh…make your bed and should be given to every teen. Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven

10. I bought the following book because of the crazy title and found it a charming, feel-good story that takes place during World War II. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaver and Annie Barrows

Welcome to Two-Time Texas:
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single woman can change the course of history:
There’s a new sheriff in town.

Amanda Lockwood gets more than she bargained for when she’s elected Two-Time Texas’s first female sheriff. Anxious to prove herself, she sets out to stop crime in its tracks—taking down wanted man Rick Barrett in the process. But there’s something special about the charming outlaw. Common sense says he must be guilty…but her heart keeps telling her otherwise.

So what’s a sheriff to do? Gather an all-female posse and ride to save the day.

Things sure don’t look good for Rick. If he doesn’t convince the pretty sheriff to let him go, he’ll soon be pushing up daisies. But his plan to woo her to his side backfires when he’s the one who falls head over heels. Now he must choose between freedom or saving the woman he loves…and the clock is ticking.

Who knew A Match Made in Texas could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?

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Rick paced back and forth in his cell like a caged animal. He still couldn’t believe he was behind bars. Again.

To make matters worse, he had been put there by a lady sheriff and her overzealous sidekick. The lady’s knowledge of guns would probably fit on a three-cent postage stamp with room to spare. Yet after he’d overtaken her deputy, she’d clobbered him over the head with the butt of her Colt like nobody’s business.

How could such a small package be so lethal? Never had he felt more mortified—as if the egg sized bump on the back of his head wasn’t bad enough.

He still couldn’t believe it. He was no lightweight. Had in fact fought off half a dozen thugs during a prison riot. Yet one pint-sized woman had gotten the best of him.

The memory made his head pound harder. Gingerly, he reached back to finger the sore lump. Cripes! Why did she have to earn her bread as a sheriff at his expense?

He turned stiffly, almost stumbling in the confines of the tiny space. He was better suited for the great outdoors than an iron cage. If he ever got out of this mess, he’d be tempted to spend the rest of his life avoiding anything with a roof over it.

He whirled about and punched the wall, but all he got for his effort was sore knuckles. Even the narrow-barred window that looked out on an empty field offered no chance of escape. After spending five years in prison, he swore off confinement forever. Yet, here he was less than six months later, behind bars again. And he had only himself to blame.

Of all the stupid, idiotic…Shaking with fury, he tried to think. He’d escaped a hanging, but no man was that lucky twice. If he didn’t find a way out of this mess, he would soon be keeping company with the daisies.

His thoughts interrupted by raised voices, he turned to stare out the open door leading to the sheriff’s office. All morning long he’d watched a parade of disgruntled citizens storming in and out of the office. Now he studied the lady sheriff seen in profile. Like it or not, she was his best chance of getting out of there alive. She might be his only chance.

He tried reconciling the woman currently holding her own against a group of combatant citizens with the one he found stranded in the middle of the Texas wilderness. He didn’t want to feel sorry for her, but how could he not? It hadn’t been an easy morning. Even now he could hear a group of angry protestors outside demanding a new election.

No sooner had the mayor left than members of the town council arrived, insisting upon her resignation. She might not have the experience or knowledge required of a lawman, but she sure did know how to hold her own against those blathering council members.

No slack showed in her rope, that’s for sure. Instead she let each unwelcome visitor have his or her say before pointing them firmly to the door. In some cases, she even ordered her eager deputy to bodily escort the person out. He couldn’t help but admire Miss Sheriff Lockwood.

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  1. Sounds like another good read. Thank you for posting and the giveaway.
    Carol L
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