A Match Made in Texas: Book Giveaway

“Are you’re askin’ if your virtue is safe with me?”
She blushed, but refused to back down. The man didn’t mince words and neither would she. “Well, is it?”
“Safe as you want it to be,” he said finally.
                                –From Margaret’s new book, A Match Made in Texas
My new book will be released June 6th and I wanted to share a little bit about it.  This is Amanda Lockwood’s story.  If you read Left at the Altar, you might remember that she is the sister who was always in trouble.  Well, she’s in really big trouble this time around. 

The book opens with Amanda stuck in the middle of nowhere after been thrown off a stagecoach for criticizing the driver.  This is where Rick Rennick finds hers and he offers to give her a ride.   After assurances that her virtue is safe with him, she accepts.  Here’s what happens next:

No sooner had she seated herself upon the wooden bench than Mr. Rennick took off hell-bent for leather. Glued to the back of the seat, she cried out. “Oh, dear. Oh, my. Ohhh!”

What had looked like a perfectly calm and passive black horse had suddenly turned into a demon. With pounding hooves and flowing mane, the steed flew over potholes and dirt mounds, giving no heed to the cargo behind. The wagon rolled and pitched like a ship in stormy seas. Dust whirled in the air and rocks hit the bottom and sides.

Holding on to her hat with one hand and the seat with the other, Amanda watched in wide-eye horror as the scenery flew by in a blur.

The wagon sailed over a hill as if it was airborne and she held on for dear life. The wheels hit the ground, jolting her hard and rattling her teeth. The hope chest bounced up and down like dice in a gambler’s hand. Her breath whooshed out and it was all she could do to find her voice.

“Mr. R-Rennick!” she stammered, grabbing hold of his arm. She had to shout to be heard.

“What?” he yelled back.

“Y-you sh-should—” She stared straight ahead, her horrified eyes searching for a soft place to land should the need arise. “S-slow down and enjoy the s-scenery.”

Her hat had tilted sideways and he swiped the peacock feather away from his face. “Been my experience that sand and sagebrush look a whole lot better when travelin’ fast,” he shouted in his strong baritone voice.

He made a good point, but at the moment she was more concerned with life and limb.

He urged his horse to go faster before adding, “It’s also been my experience that travelin’ fast is the best way to outrun bandits.”

“W-what do you mean? B-bandits?” It was then that she heard gunfire.

She swung around in her seat and her jaw dropped. Three masked horsemen were giving chase and closing in fast.

Have you ever been stranded? 

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Left at the Altar.  (Giveaway guidelines apply)

A Romance Writers of America  RITA finalist

There’s a new sheriff in town, and she almost always gets her man!

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Margaret Brownley

Margaret has published more than 40 books and is a N.Y. Times Bestselling author and two-time Romance Writers of America Rita Finalist. She writes historical novels set–where else?–in the Old West! She has written for a day time soap and is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.


Updated: May 25, 2017 — 7:07 am

45 Comments

  1. This looks like a great book.

  2. Yes, I have been stranded before. I was moving from California to Missouri and when I arrived in Tucumcari, New Mexico the highways were shut down and I was stranded in a hotel there for two days. Finally on the third day they opened up the roads telling us to drive at our own risk. I took off and as soon as I hit the Texas border the roads had been cleared well.

    I would love to win a copy of your book. Thank you for the chance.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. Hi Cindy, I hope you had a good book to keep you company.

  3. I have been stranded when hitching with a friend. I hated hitching.

    1. Hi DebraG, I don’t blame you for hating it. Hitching is scary.

  4. Ooohweee! Sounds like an awesome story!

    1. Hi Susan, I hope it’s awesome.

  5. I have been stranded a few times and I always panicked.

    1. I know the feeling. Scary.

  6. Sounds like a fun read!! When dating my now husband, he ran out of gas so we were stranded for a while. (parents said I was never to see him again because we broke curfew – see how well I listen lol).

    1. That sure did bring back fun memories. When my husband and I first dated, he ran out of gas, too. I still think he did it on purpose, though he always denied it.

      1. It was our first date. But better than that – he had me waiting at the alter because he ran out of gas again!!

  7. We were traveling to Arizona when I was a child and broke down on the side of the road in the Yuma Desert area. Well this was before cellphones naturally so we sat for hours as the car cooled down enough to drive to the service station. This sounds like a fun read. Congratulations on the upcoming release of . A Match Made In Texas. My birthday is June 6 too, though I won’t say how many years 🙂

    1. Hi Deanne, what fun! My book comes out on your birthday. Since it’s my 41st book, that’s gotta be your age, right?

  8. I was stranded and the experience was scary but I managed to maintain my control.

    1. Hi Anne, being stranded is no fun. Control is good, if you can manage it.

  9. Sounds like a great book! I don’t think I have ever been stranded and I sure hope I never am. I would be so scared!

    1. I once was stranded in a foreign country. No fun!

  10. I was dropped off and forgotten. What a wait I had since cell phones did not exist.

    1. It’s amazing how we managed to survive without cell phones.

  11. Your books sound captivating. In a snowstorm being stranded was normal when I was younger living in a Northern Clime.

    1. Hi Pearl, thank goodness I’ve never been stranded in a snowstorm.

  12. Looking forward to A Match made in texas coming out

  13. I once got stranded on the side of the road in the dead of summer with two kids in the back and 9 months pregnant!!! My car was just shutting off on the freeway! It was kind of terrifying but I had to keep my cool because of the kids. Everything went ok in the end but it was scary for a bit.

    1. Oh, wow, Cori. That MUST have been terrifying. It’s a good thing you didn’t go into labor.

  14. What a fun book! Love the excerpts. I haven’t read either yet so please include me in the giveaway! Thanks so much!

  15. Once after a school concert… I was standing there waiting to be picked up… even the teachers were leaving, but one stayed until my parents arrived… no cells back then… the concert ended early and my parents were delayed… scary feeling.

    1. Something similar happened to me. I think I was ten at the time.I still remember being scared.

  16. I was stranded once that I can remember when my now husband and I were just dating. It was pouring down rain as it was winter here in the Oregon coast, and I was on my way to work early one morning. I had my very young daughter (about 4yrs old who is now 25) with me and needed to drop her off at the babysitter. Well, I was driving through what I thought was a shallow water puddle, but wasn’t. My car stalled right in the middle of it! This was way before cell phones were really prevalent, in the early days. I had no way to get out of the car without slogging through the water and carrying my daughter too. Well, it just so happened a nice lady was driving by and saw my situation, stopped and offered her cell phone to call someone. The only person I could think of was my boyfriend, but thought for sure he was already in his way to work. Turned out he was home and he came to rescue me. The lady with the phone stayed with me until he got there, I think she saw how scared I was. God was definitely looking out for me that day!

    I love your stories Margaret and this one already drew me in just from the excerpt! Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Hi Trixi, your story gave me the shivers. That nice lady was truly an angel.

  17. Sounds like this book will be a fun read.
    I was stranded many years ago. I flew back from Bali to Singapore and got in too late to check in at the mission facility where I had stayed before. (It was a bit like a hotel for traveling missionaries and other type people. I was a Peace Corps volunteer.) Anyway, it was too late to get a room and I had no place else to go. There was a shower room, much like you find in schools. I lay down on the floor of one of the stalls and slept there for the night. I didn’t really sleep too well since it was not a secure area and wasn’t really very comfortable. At the time, homelessness wasn’t the issue it is today, but thinking back, I can more appreciate their situation.

  18. Love the excerpts. Can’t wait to read. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  19. This sounds like an exciting book.

  20. Me and a friend of mine got stranded in the middle of now where when our car broke down. It was a very sceary day.

    1. AT least you were with a friend. It would have been even more scary had you been alone!

  21. I’ve never been stranded, just stuck in traffic. Margaret, you are one of my favorite authors. Thanks for all you work. I can’t wait to read this book!!!

  22. Hi Dawn, since I live in Southern California, being stuck in traffic is a way of life. Thank you for your kind words!

  23. Sounds like a great, funny book.
    Have loved all the books I’ve read of yours
    Linda

  24. Yep my car died and I was stranded for almost a whole day. Being stranded is the absolute worst. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

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