Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley – Q&A and Giveaway

Long and Short reviews welcomes Margaret Brownley, author of Left at the Altar, the first book in the A Match Made in Texas series, which releases November 1, 2016. Leave a comment or ask the author a question for a chance to win a print copy of the book (US only).

What is your favorite scene in LEFT AT THE ALTAR?

I think it would have to be the New Year’s Eve scene. Neither Meg and Grant feel like celebrating and are feeling very much alone. They just so happen to bump into each and that’s when the real fireworks start. She’s the plaintiff in a sensational Breach of Promise suit and he’s the defendant’s lawyer. They shouldn’t even be talking to each other. But when midnight strikes, they suddenly find themselves in each other’s arms. Their kiss leads to all sorts of complications that affects both the outcome of the trial and the town.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Left at the Altar is based on facts, but the events in the story are purely my imagination.

Prior to 1883, a person traveling from the East Coast to the West would have had to pass through more than a hundred time zones. Some towns had several time zones. This wasn’t a problem when traveling by covered wagon, but became a huge problem with the arrival of the train. Engineers couldn’t remember all the different time changes and would often pull out of the station too soon causing passengers to miss connections. But that was a lot better than pulling out too late and risk being hit by another train. Indeed, this very thing did happen on occasion.

My story takes place before standard time existed. Time was often determined by the town jeweler. Unfortunately, Two-Time, Texas has two feuding jewelers, which causes all sorts of trouble for the town. The idea came to me after reading about a town in Kansas that had several time zones prior to standard time. Can you imagine trying to figure out when stores open and when to go to church or school? Many things divide us as people; I’m so glad that time is no longer one of them.

Which character in LEFT AT THE ALTAR will be the most difficult to part with?

Left at the Altar is the first in three-book series. Each of the three Lockwood sisters have their own story to tell. Meg is the middle sister. I really got to know this family. Now that I’ve completed the third and last book in the series, I feel like I’ve just lost three of my best friends. I also miss the eccentric town of Two-Time.

Do you share any personality traits with Meg Lockwood?

Meg and I are both very much family-oriented. We’re also loyal to a fault, but Meg’s loyalty gets her into more trouble than it ever got me into. We also have this thing for tall, handsome men.

10_24-margaret-brownley-book-coverWelcome to Two-Time Texas:
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single marriage can unite a feuding town
…or tear it apart for good

In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler…but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood’s marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she’s left at the altar by her no-good fiancé, Meg’s dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed.

No wedding bells? No one-time town.

Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there’s something about Meg’s sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in…even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart.

Who knew being Left at the Altar could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?

About the Author: 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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  1. Looks good. I would love to read more. Did you do a lot of research for this one?

  2. Congrats. Left At the Alter sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. If you could have dinner with a character from one of your books, who would it be and why.

    • Wow, that’s an interest question. It would have to be one of the handsome heroes–who else? The hero in Left at the Altar, Grant Garrison, wouldn’t be a bad choice. I’d love to hear his Boston accent as he whispers sweet nothings in my… I mean as he tells me all about himself.

  3. kim hansen says:

    Congrats sounds good.

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