When Opposites Attract–and Book Giveaway

 “Daily Reasons to Smile” Contest

“I’ve matched up twenty-three couples over the years and in all that time I only made one error. Although I still think the marriage would have worked had she not shot her husband.”


                                         —Aunt Bessie in Dawn Comes Early (Brides of Last Chance Ranch)


Characters from Margaret’s new book will send you a reason to smile every day until April 11th. Join in the fun and you could win a book, potted cactus (the story takes place in Arizona Territory) or an iPod Nano and alarm clock docking station.  To enter click on this link contest@nancyberland.com to send an email.  Be sure to put “Reason to Smile” in the subject line.  That’s it (but you can check on my website for full details)!


They are  called the opposite sex because when you think you have fooled them, it’s just the opposite.


I’m happy to announce that the first book in my Brides of Last Chance Ranch has just been released.  I had a lot of fun writing Dawn Comes  Early.  The heroine is a disgraced novelist traveling to Arizona as” heiress” to a cattle ranch.  She soon learns that the west is nothing like the one she wrote about in her books—and that goes double for the men.


She meets up with trouble the minute she steps into town thanks to Cactus Joe, the resident outlaw. Luke Adams comes to her rescue but it’s clear from the start that he and Kate are from two different worlds; she’s a college educated woman and he’s “just a blacksmith.”  He doesn’t know what she’s talking about half the time as the following scene demonstrates:


            “I always liked Longfellow’s ‘Windmill,’” she said. “I can’t remember the words exactly but he wrote that the windmill faced the wind as a bravely as a man meets his foe.”


            Luke frowned. “Never heard of a Longfellow windmill. Most of the ones around here were made by the Wolcott Union Windmill Company.”


            “Oh, but Longfellow’s not a . . . a very well-known company.”


            “Probably why I never heard of it.”


 But Luke and Kate are about to find out that when all words fail, you just have to listen to the language of the heart.


 Are any of you partnered with an opposite?  If so, what are the challenges and/or joys?




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28 thoughts on “When Opposites Attract–and Book Giveaway”

  1. Thank you, Elizabeth. My hubby and I are opposites. I’m a writer and he doesn’t like to read. He’s into sports and I’m not. I like classical music; he likes jazz. Parents who are opposites produce well-rounded kids. I taught our children a love for books and Mozart; my husband taught them sports and Louis Armstrong. They really did have the best of both worlds.

  2. Margaret,

    I love all your books. The cover is just amazing. I cannot wait to read this book. The cover alone would get me to buy it but the writing inside is just awesome…


  3. my husband an I are opposites,but have more in common as the years go by,, maybe we both are bending a bit more,,,What I thought I didnt like or tolerate seems not so bad as ive gotten older,,,maybe we are growning on each other,lol

  4. Hi Vickie, I guess we do grow more tolerant with age. My husband hardly ever complains anymore about the books in our bed and I’ve learned not to talk during a double play or touchdown. There’s hope!

  5. I think most of what’s ‘opposite’ about my husband is just him being a man and me being a woman. 🙂
    We took a Myers-Briggs personality test when we got married (yes, they gave them in the Dark Ages) and we came up exactly the same. I can’t remember what, but the same, except I came out an extrovert while he came out an introvert. Except, to me, that was exactly WRONG. He can talk to anyone about anything for any length of time. I’m more given to awkward silences.

  6. I love the cover Margaret… I have not partner in life… But if I did I would hope that we would have been a good match…

  7. Mary, I’m laughing because hubby and I also took the Myers-Briggs Personality test, only we failed. Seeing the dismal results our pastor tried to talk us out of getting married. Fortunately, we didn’t listen to him. We’re still married and he’s not preaching anymore.

  8. Love the cover and the exurpt has me hooked.

    My husband and I get along great. I read all the time, he reads only on the thrown in his “reading room”. I talk all the time, he only talks when he has something very important to say. I watch movies and series tv shows, he watches sports and fishing and hunting shows. But it works as this fall we will have been married 49 years, God willing. He is the love of my life.

  9. Margaret,
    My husband and I were alike when we married and now are completely opposite! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN! LOL We’ve been married for 33 years, but I must say, it has not all been “smooth sailing” for sure. We both love music, and both sing and play guitar. We are both avid readers. But he came from a large family and my family was much smaller, and he LOVES sports and I don’t give a fig about any of it. The only time I liked sports was when my kids were playing. LOL I don’t know how we’ve stayed together all these years! LOLLOL

    Love your cover for your book, and of course the premise just sounds so intriguing. I wish I could just sit and read and write all day every day, don’t you? LOL
    Hugs, Cheryl P.

  10. Hi Margaret, love the cover. As for hubby and me, we’re very alike although we do have some different interests. He’s OCD though and I’m poorly organized,but it works because he helps me. One thing, other than his sister, we both have the nuttiest family trees imaginable. Sheesh. 37 1/2 years of marriage for us…been together since Christmastime 1972.

  11. Hi Margaret, I’ve been enjoying receiving your reasons to smile every day! I didn’t realize your book had been released yet, so gonna head over and get it for my Kindle.
    My husband and I started out opposites, but have grown more alike over the past 40 years. Not sure if that is a good thing or not!

  12. Cheryl, I don’t know how you started out similar and ended up different. Sounds like your marriage allowed you to become more like what you were meant to be. That’s pretty neat.

  13. My husband and I used to be so much alike we could predict what the other one would say or do in a situation but lately, it is just the opposite. I’m constantly being surprised that he says something or does things the way he does because that means we no longer agree. It has been frustrating but educational to figure out how to get through a day without arguing since we see and think so differently now. One thing we have always been opposites about though, is one is cold and the other too warm. Used to I was always cold. Now, he gets cold way before I do. That isn’t something either of us can help, it’s just a fact. He covers up more so I can open a window. 🙂

  14. I’ve got a major problem with that Myers Briggs test anyway, Margaret. I remember wading through those questions and they’d give me choices and I’d think, “I don’t want to do ANY of that!” But you’d have to pick one:
    Would you rather…..
    1) Run in the field with sheep, even though you might step in droppings.
    2) Nap on a beach, even though the third degree sunburn will land you in the hospital
    3) Sit in class listening to a brilliant speaker, even though you were stupid enough to sit in the front row and now can’t sneak out even though you desperately need to go the restroom and Mr. Brilliant will NOT shut up.

    Uh…uh…the sheep droppings I guess…..
    I just could never pick. I think in the end the answers were mostly meaningless.

  15. Pam, I can relate to the hot/cold problem. When we first got married I was always cold and hubby hot. It’s now the oppposite. He’s buried under a blanket and I’m hanging out the window.

  16. Mary,

    I don’t remember the sheep question but I know what you mean. I wonder what kind of questions they ask on those matchmaking sites.
    I think you can overboard trying to find the perfect mate. If you’re that much alike, then one of you is unneccesary.

  17. Over the 20 years of our marriage, my husband and I have grown more similar. We were not exactly opposites, but we did have different tastes. It’s wonderful that through the years we wanted to share in each other’s interests. My husband now enjoys country music and visiting historic sites. I now enjoy his hobby of being a railroad enthusiast and do-it-yourself home improvements (did I just say I enjoyed home improvements?!?) Love your books, Margaret, and am happy to have them in my collection.

  18. Well, I guess you’d say we were opposites that attracted for awhile till he moved on.
    That sounds rather depressing so I’ll just move on to say I love Margaret’s books and would love to win a copy of “Dawn Comes Early.”

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