What Historical Time Frame? by Margeret Brownley – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes back Margaret Brownley who is celebrating the upcoming release of her newest book A Match Made in Heaven. You can read our 5 star review of the book here. Leave a comment for a chance to win a print copy of the book (US only please).

If you could live during any historical time frame, where and when would it be and why?

It would have to be somewhere in the Old West during the late 1800s. That was when men were men and women were women but, as the old song goes, a cowboy wasn’t a cowboy unless he was wild, woolly and full of fleas. (Of course, the heroes I write about are more likely to be tall, dark and handsome.)

I’m also fascinated by how the westward movement affected women and forced them to reinvent themselves to survive and even flourish.

The westward migration freed women like never before. Women abandoned Victorian traditions, rigid manners and confining clothes and that’s not all; they brought churches, schools and newspapers to frontier towns and helped build communities.
Women today may still be banging against glass ceilings, but those brave souls of yesteryear had to break down doors. One newspaper reporter complained that “Women dared to lay hands on man’s most sacred implements—the razor and strop—and shave him to the very face.”

Ah, yes, women were barbers, doctors, firefighters and saloon keepers. Women even disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War. With little more than their faith to guide them, they owned cattle ranches and gold mines and fought for women’s rights. Oh, to have been a part of that!

The gun may have won the west, but praise the Lord for the gusty and courageous women who tamed it.

Welcome to Two-Time Texas:
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single woman can change the course of history:
There’s a new sheriff in town.

Amanda Lockwood gets more than she bargained for when she’s elected Two-Time Texas’s first female sheriff. Anxious to prove herself, she sets out to stop crime in its tracks—taking down wanted man Rick Barrett in the process. But there’s something special about the charming outlaw. Common sense says he must be guilty…but her heart keeps telling her otherwise.

So what’s a sheriff to do? Gather an all-female posse and ride to save the day.

Things sure don’t look good for Rick. If he doesn’t convince the pretty sheriff to let him go, he’ll soon be pushing up daisies. But his plan to woo her to his side backfires when he’s the one who falls head over heels. Now he must choose between freedom or saving the woman he loves…and the clock is ticking.

Who knew A Match Made in Texas could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?

Enjoy an Excerpt

What to wear, what to wear….

Amanda pulled the clothes out of her wardrobe one by one. She examined each skirt, shirtwaist and dress with a critical eye before tossing it aside. One discarded skirt struck the wall, knocking a “Votes for Women” handbill to the floor.

Her bedroom looked nothing like her sisters’ rooms had looked when they lived at home. They favored floral wallpaper, ruffled curtains and dressing tables encircled with Swiss dotted skirts.

In contrast, Amanda’s stark white walls were plastered with handbills supporting all the causes she’d favored through the years. Books were crammed into every nook and cranny. Hat forms molded with felt in various sizes, shapes and colors stood drying on windowsills and floor. Handmade silk flowers and colorful ribbons spilled out of drawers and haphazardly stacked boxes.

She yanked another skirt off a wooden peg. Nothing so far had suited her needs. What does a woman sheriff wear anyway?

“Watch it,” her sister Meg cried, ducking to keep from being assaulted by an air-borne frock.

Meg and Josie had rushed to the house the moment they read the election news in the extra edition of the paper. Both had expressed horror in no uncertain terms.

Meg looked especially upset. Today blond wisps escaped an untidy bun as if she had pinned her hair up in a hurry. “I still can’t believe people actually voted for you. Of all the crazy things you’ve done through the years, this has got to be the craziest.”

Josie made a face. “And that’s saying something.” She stabbed her index finger at the Two-Time book of town ordinances that lay open on her lap. Amanda had brought it home from the sheriff’s office to study.

“Listen to this,” Josie continued. “‘It’s against the law for a lady to lift her skirt more than six inches while walking through a mud puddle.’ What do they expect you to do? Walk around with a tape measure?”

Amanda sighed. Two-Time had more laws than a dog had fleas. Unfortunately, most were aimed at regulating the behavior of women. Few laws actually dealt with the illegal activities of criminals.

Josie continued. “‘And women of uncertain chastity are not allowed on the streets after dark.’” She shrugged. “That takes care of half the women in town.”

“And look at that one,” Meg said, reading over Josie’s shoulder. “‘It’s against the law for women to raise their voices in public, curse or wear fake mustaches.’”

Amanda rolled her eyes and placed the index finger from both hands beneath her nose to imitate a mustache. “Oh, yeah, that’s what I want. A hairy lip.” Maybe then she’d look more official.

Josie laughed. “Just be sure not to raise your parasol on Main or you might spook the horses and land in jail.” She kept reading, each law progressively more ridiculous or impossible to enforce than the last. “Oh, here’s one you should be familiar with. ‘Women are not allowed in saloons, barbershops or other domains sacred to men.’”

“Sacred my foot.” Amanda made a face. Waltzing into the Golden Spur saloon to demand it close on Sundays had earned her a stint behind bars. Nothing sacred about it.

“I especially like that one,” Meg said pointing over Josie’s shoulder. “‘It’s illegal for a volunteer fireman to rescue a woman wearing a nightgown. If she wants to be rescued, she must be fully clothed.’”

Josie burst out laughing. “Look at this one….”

Amanda scowled. “You two are supposed to be helping me pick out an outfit.” She had to look like a sheriff even if she didn’t feel like one.

About the Author:New York Times and CBA best-selling author MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned nearly forty novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers’ Choice and Award of Excellence. She’s a former Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

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Comments

  1. Tonya Lucas says:

    Margaret- Your book A Match Made In Texas sounds fantastic. I’ve got to try it. I’ve never read any of your books before but I’m always looking for new authors. You have a blessed Friday and a terrific weekend.

  2. As an author, it must be hard to pick a time. As a reader, I love them all.

  3. Rita Wray says:

    Love the excerpt, sounds like a fabulous read.

  4. kim hansen says:

    Love the excerpt and Love her books.

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