The Cowboy Meets His Match & Book Giveaway

His first mistake was marrying her;

                  his second was falling in love.                               

How would you feel if you suddenly found yourself married to the wrong person?  That’s what happened to Chase and Emily in The Cowboy Meets His Match. 

Chase has to marry per his father’s will in order to keep the family ranch. Emily has just traveled to Texas from Boston as a mail-order-bride.  After vows are exchanged and the bride’s veil removed, Chase realizes he’s married to the wrong woman. His new bride has no affinity for cattle and doesn’t even know how to ride a horse! He immediately demands an annulment, but as the following scene shows, that doesn’t work out the way he’d hoped. 

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With a glance at the clerk, the judge drew a handkerchief out of his pocket and dabbed at his sweaty forehead. Replacing the handkerchief, he cleared his throat. “I’m sure this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.” The judge’s hollow laugh was met with scowls. Growing serious, he reached for a leather-bound book and thumbed through the pages.

“Ah, here we are,” he said, sounding relieved. “Annulment.” Adjusting his spectacles, he quickly scanned the page. “This should only take a few minutes. You just have to answer a few questions.” Finger holding his spot, he looked up and asked in all seriousness, “Why do you want an annulment?”

Chase reared back. “Why? Because I married the wrong woman, that’s why!”

“Yes, yes, yes, I know that.” The judge stabbed the page with his finger. “But that’s not listed here as legitimate grounds for annulment.”

The uncle jabbed the muzzle of his shotgun on the floor and placed both hands on the butt. “What are legitimate grounds?”

The judge’s finger moved down the page. “Bigamy, for one.” He looked up. “Are either of you married?”

“Yes, we’re married,” Chase said, his voice thick with impatience. “To each other!”

The uncle stared straight at Emily. “I think he’s asking if either one of you is married to someone else.”

Emily’s eyes flashed him a look of disdain. If it wasn’t for him and his veiled threats, neither she nor Chase would be in this predicament. “I’m not married. Or at least I wasn’t until a few minutes ago.”

The judge checked the book again. “Okay, forget that. Are either of you underage?” The judge had directed the question to her.

“I’m twenty-two,” Emily said.

“Twenty-six,” Chase said.

The judge’s finger moved down the page again. “Are either of you related to the other?”

Chase shook his head. “Absolutely not.”

The judge peered at them over the frame of his spectacles. “Are either of you”—he cleared his throat—“unable to consummate the marriage?”

Emily’s face flared, and Chase threw up his hands. “This is getting us nowhere.”

The judge held up the palm of a hand. “Now hold on. There’s more.” He glanced at the uncle’s shotgun. “Were either of you coerced into the marriage?”

Emily felt a flicker of hope, but before she had a chance to answer in the affirmative, the door flew open. A man stormed into the chambers with a bride in tow, and he looked fit to be tied.

The uncle stepped in front of the new arrivals, his shotgun raised in a threatening pose. The newly arrived bride gasped and fell back.

“Sorry, Royce,” the uncle said. “You’re too late. The will said the first one married will have full ownership of the ranch.” He tossed a nod at Emily. “Meet Mrs. Chase McKnight, your new sister-in-law.”



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: May 22, 2019 — 1:44 pm


  1. What a pickle to be in! And no way out. That cowboy and bride got some talkin’ to do and rules to be set or worse than he** is gonna be the rule.

    1. So true, Jerri! The problem with talking is they didn’t even speak the same language. He speaks Texan and she’s from Boston. When he says things like “I’ll give you the gate,” she has no idea he’s talking about a divorce.

      1. So excited to read this book. Sounds like a fun one.

  2. Sounds like a great start for this couple. Now I need to read it to see how. it goes from there. Thanks for the post

    1. You’re welcome, Carol. Thank you for reading it.

  3. What a great scene! And it sounds like my kind of book! I never get tired of mail-order bride stories.

    1. Hi Sharon, I’m sure glad you like reading them, because I sure do like writing them!

  4. This scene has me hooked! Can’t wait to read.

  5. Well, that sure piqued my interest. this should be very intriguing.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Debra!

  6. Let the story begin! Fun to read this excerpt.

    1. That’s funny, Kathy. Sounds like a race!

  7. This book sounds good. I look forward to reading more.

  8. Sounds like a good read!

    1. Hi Estella, I sure do hope it’s a good read!

  9. Interesting post sounds like a great read and would love to read it.

  10. Wow this sounds amazing

  11. Omg I can’t wait to read this book it sounds like it Will be a hoot and deep as a hollow to watch the drama and humor fall out between the couple.

    1. Hi Glenda, your “hoot and deep as a hollow” made me laugh! Now you’re speaking Chase’s language.

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      Sounds like a great book! I did marry the wrong person, twice, but I have no regrets because each marriage created a beautiful daughter!

      1. Hi Stephanie, It sounds like two “wrongs” really do make a right! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Sounds great.

  13. This sounds like a really fun read! The excerpt certainly makes me want to know the rest of the story.

    1. That’s what a writer likes to hear! Thank you, Cheryl.

  14. Just reading the excerpt got me hooked. Can’t wait to read the whole book.

  15. Oh my! I know I’d be searching for a way out!

  16. Hi Susan, I’d be searching for a way out, too!

    1. Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to read it!

  17. Ooh, a bit of intrigue there! The excerpt certainly makes me want to see just what is happening here. Someone has ulterior motives I think. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Sally, ulterior motives for sure. Thanks for your post.

  18. Sounds like a great book! Thank you for the opportunity!

  19. And thank you, Linda, for your interest.

  20. Great reading!

  21. Wow…another fantastic story.

  22. I love humor in books and this one sounds great1 Can’t wait to see how this couple fall in love!

    1. Hi Valri, falling in love won’t be easy!

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    i love mail order brides book would love to in and read

    1. Oh, goody. I love writing mail order bride books!

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    i love theses books would love to win

  25. loved that excerpt

    (Hope you don’t mind me saying that a gun owner would never put the muzzle to the ground like that. It’s the surest way to ruin a gun or damage it. Just for future reference 🙂 .)

  26. Thanks, Denise. I have a gun person who goes over my ms, but apparently he missed that.

  27. Oh this sounds good! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Colleen! Good luck.

  28. LOL! What a great excerpt, Margaret! I’ll have to read this one!

    1. Thanks, Kit! Hope you enjoy.

    2. I’m with Kit!!!! What an absolutely delightful excerpt!!

      1. Thanks, Pam, you’re the best!

  29. This makes me want to read it!

  30. This looks like a good one. (They always are!) I can’t wait to read it!!!

    1. Oh, wow, Melissa! Nice to see you here. Welcome!

  31. I enjoyed all your books that I have read so far. Thank you for sharing your talents!!

    1. Susan, thank you for your kind words and thank you for stopping by.

  32. OH!MY! I must read more!

  33. This sounds like a fun book. Who knew an instant marriage couldn’t be instantly anulled.

  34. You’re right, Alice. Who knew?

  35. I will look forward to reading this book. Thank you Margaret Brownley for your generous gift to me. So appreciated! I am grateful and VERY happy!

    1. You’re very welcome, Kathy. Do hope you enjoy!

  36. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  37. This book sounds really good, I Love the title and I love the cover it is beautiful! Sounds like a good page turner!

  38. This book sounds great! I would love to read it because I know all your other books are so fun!

    1. Kimberly, thanks! I appreciate your comments and I appreciate you.

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