Cowboy Charm School & Giveaway!

When buying a horse don’t consult a pedestrian;

When courting a woman don’t ask advice of a bachelor.

                                               -Cowboy Charm School

I’m excited that my next book Cowboy Charm School will be published September 4th (but can be ordered now.) I played with the idea for four or five years before I actually got around to writing the book.  Book ideas generally come to me in scenes.  I’ll suddenly visualize someone atop a runaway stagecoach or scrambling over a roof and then have to figure out who, what, and why.

The scene that popped into my head for Cowboy Charm School was a wedding scene with a handsome stranger running down the church aisle yelling, “Stop the Wedding!” 

It took me awhile to figure out that the man was Texas Ranger Brett Tucker,  who thinks he’s saving the bride, Kate Denver, from marrying an outlaw. He’s mistaken, of course, but the groom jealously jumps to all the wrong conclusions and the couple breaks-up. 

Brett feels terrible for what’s he’s done and is determined to set things right. Since the hapless groom hasn’t a clue as to how to win Kate back, it’s up to Brett to give him a few pointers–and that’s when the real trouble begins. 

For a chance to win a copy of the book, tell us the best or worse advice anyone ever gave you.  (Contest guidelines apply.)

“This tale charms.” -Publishers Weekly






Margaret Brownley
Margaret has published more than 46 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: August 19, 2018 — 7:38 am


  1. Ummmm I normally know not to get advise from my mom. Or do the opposite of what she says and i do ok….lol How’s that?

    1. Hi Sabrina, I would say that sounds pretty normal. Of course, a smart mom might give you the opposite advice that she wants you to take. LOL.

  2. The best advise my I ever received was from my Dad. He told me to always work hard, have my own money even if it’s just a small account separate from my husband’s. He said women need to have a cushion and a sense of security. Plus if we ever want or need anything and we work hard for our money, we should be able to have money that’s ours to do with as we please.
    He said he encouraged my mom when they got married 52 years ago to have her own little nest egg that’s hers to do with as she pleased. I think it’s great advise and gives me independence and security.

    1. Tonya, I would say your Dad was a smart man!

  3. My daddy told my husband and I, before we married, “always put Good first in your lives and everything else will work out.”

    1. Hi Melanie, good advice. A God-centered life works out best.

  4. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
    There may be more than one way to do it right, but wrong is just wrong. Pick your right.

    1. Hi Jerri, I wish more tech companies would follow the if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it rule. It seems like every time I get things running right, something is updated and I have to start all over.

  5. My Daddy always told me if you couldn’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all. I never did hear my daddy say anything bad about a person ever. Will definitely be putting this book on TBR list

    1. Hi Glenda, your dad sounds like a really nice man. I was brought up with that same advice.

      One day, my husband overhead a friend and me talking and he was shocked to hear me “gossip.”
      When I told him we were talking about characters in my book, he laughed.

  6. I learned not to take advice from ‘friends’. Not all of them have your best interests in mind.

    1. Hi Estella, you do have to be careful. Sometimes a friend means well but just doesn’t understand the whole picture.

  7. There are definitely a few friends who I don’t take advice from! My mom has more led by example than given advice with words. I need to follow her example in life. The story sounds great!

    1. Hi Susan, you bring up a good point. Advice doesn’t just come in words.

  8. I haven’t really ever had anyone to turn to for good advice. I usually figure things out on my own.

    1. Hi Janine, the only thing I don’t like about figuring things out on my own is that I have no one to blame when things go wrong. LOL

      1. Well, yea, there is that.

  9. My son is always reminding me to live today, the day I have, because yesterday’s gone and tomorrow isn’t here yet. I usually follow that up with a song line from Lee Roy Parnell about putting “One Foot in Front of the Other.” Here’s a key lyric…

    “life’s a journey, no need to hurry, one day at a time
    one foot in front of the other, take one step and then take another
    just keep on walkin’, headed in the right direction”

    For anyone wanting to hear this up tempo country/blues song with more terrific lines by this ginger Texan who was born in Abilene, here’s a link:

    (P.S. George Strait recorded this Moore/Parnell written song first but I much prefer Lee Roy’s version which has more heart and a better music track, IMO. And, to be completely honest, I just love Lee Roy.)

    1. Eliza, that sounds like good advice for everyone, especially in times of trouble. Thank you for sharing that song–so wise.

  10. Always do things right the first time then you want have to do them again. Take pride in your work.

    1. Good advice, Quilt Lady! It takes less time to do it right than to do it twice!

  11. Worrying does not help the outcome. From my parents.

  12. Work, strive, persevere and you will accomplish. My father was old school and did not go in for pampering.

    1. Hi April, it seems we have a lot of wise fathers out there! We need more old school.

  13. Anne, good advice, which I almost never follow!

  14. If you want to succeed then do not give up and keep going.

    1. Hi Ellie, ah, the old “if at first you don’t succeed” rule. Had I not followed this advice, I would never have been a writer.

  15. worst: everyone should go to college

    1. Anon, That’s a tough one. It can be bad advice for some, and good advice for others. This is something we’re dealing with in my family.

  16. Just be you

  17. Hi Colleen, sometimes the most simple advice is best.

  18. Best advice I ever got was if you see a group of the same women together everyday they could be a gossip group that may cause trouble so if you don’t want the trouble then stay away.

    1. Or they could just be a group of writers plotting their stories. LOL

      1. true but I live in a senior low income apartment so I know there not writers.

  19. Best advise was always be yourself, don’t try to be anyone else.

  20. Loved this advice from the show Larkrise to Candleford…

    When fear is knocking at the door,
    Let Faith answer it.
    You will find nobody is there.

    1. I’ve never watched that show, but that’s great advice.

  21. Some of the best advice I got was when I was a new mom. A older momma told that each child will be different but the one thing they will always require is your love! After three kids I have never forgotten it.

  22. Hi Cori, that advice me of when I was a young mother with three small children. One day, I was stopped in a store by an older woman who told me to treasure every moment with my children, as they grow up so fast. I’m so glad I took her advice.

  23. Hello Margaret, The best advice I received was to love the Lord and then everyone else.

    1. Amen! If we do that, we probably wouldn’t need any other advice.

  24. Best advise I ever received was to do right, no matter what anyone says or does.

    1. Tricia, good advice. Not always easy to follow, but still good.

  25. Sounds like a fun read! Who doesn’t like a charming cowboy living I the old west!

    1. It’s funny you should say that. I just had a reviewer tell me his wife told him to read the book, hoping maybe he’d learn something. LOL

  26. Whenever I was worried about something, my mom would always tell me, “Well, it will all work out.” Now that she’s gone, I tell my kids when they worry, “You know what your grandma would say. . .” They can help me finish the sentence “it will all work out!” We kind of laugh about it but it really is true.
    Thanks for the chance to win Cowboy Charm School. I love your blend of humor, romance, and adventure.

    1. Pam K, thank you so much for sharing. What a great way to keep your mom’s memory alive.

  27. Cowboy Charm School sounds like fun. We all need a bit more fun in our lives.
    Most of the bad advice I ever got was from my dad. I was the oldest of six and I think he was afraid I would be an old maid and never leave home. No chance of that, I left for the Peace Corps on the other side of the world 3 weeks after graduating from college. He kept introducing me to guys I had nothing in common with trying to convince me I should marry them.
    One bit of advice he was really wrong about was my college major. I was really interested in archeology. He said there was no reason to study it because everything had already been found. That was in the early 60’s. Just think of all the wonderful discoveries made since then. It really wasn’t an option for me anyway. there were no colleges close to us that offered it, and I couldn’t afford to go to school far away.

    1. Hi Patricia, sounds like your father was a product of his times. Women didn’t have a lot of choices back then but to marry and settle down. Good for you for following your heart!

  28. “Learn to type.” That was my mom, who made my sister and I learn to type because she had always been a waitress or factory worker and wanted better for us. I worked initially as a secretary and then became an engineer, so the advice came in handy. And now that I am retired knowing how to type means I can post comments faster!

    1. Sally, I insisted that all my children learn to type and they’re all glad they did.

  29. The best advice is to love always. U never know someone’s day is like

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