Monday, September 9, 2013

Waiting for Morning by Margaret Brownley ends September 16th

                                     Margaret Brownley
Please welcome Margaret backed to The Sword and Spirit! I'm so pleased to have her back. Margaret is giving away a copy of Waiting for Morning. So be sure to leave a comment to be entered!

More Love and Laughter
Margaret Brownley

“What poison do you have planned for today?” he asked.
Annie kept her features deceptively composed.  “Gunpowder.”
He grinned.  “Sounds lethal.”
It took every bit of willpower not to be charmed by his crooked smile. “Not lethal enough.”  - Gunpowder Tea



After reading about Kate Warne, the first known female detective, I just knew I had to write about one.  The result is my new book Gunpowder Tea.

Kate worked for the Pinkerton National Detective agency from 1856 to her death in 1868. Since women were not allowed to join the police department until 1890, the firm’s founder Allan Pinkerton was well ahead of his time in hiring her.  Originally, he thought she was applying for a secretary job, but she convinced him to hire her as a detective.

Quick to see the advantage of female detectives, he put her in charge of the Pinkerton Female Detective Bureau, formed in 1860 to ‘worm out secrets’ by means unavailable to male detectives.  She also managed the Pinkerton Washington department during the war.


Suspicion ain’t proof unless you’re married.
                                                                                                         -Gunpowder Tea


Little is known about Kate’s early life. She was supposedly a widow when Allan Pinkerton hired her, which may or may not be true.   Her job was often to elicit sympathy and therefore confessions from the criminal element, and widowhood might have been part of her charade.

No known photos exist of her, but Allan described her as a “brown-haired woman, graceful of movement and self-possessed.”

Kate Saves Lincoln
A master of disguise, Kate could change her accent as readily as she could change her appearance and her “Southern Belle” disguise helped save President-elect Abraham Lincoln’s life.

After verifying a plot to assassinate him, Kate wrapped Lincoln in a shawl and passed him off as her invalid brother, thus assuring his safety as he traveled by train to Washington D.C.  Kate never slept the whole time Lincoln was in her charge. This may or may not have been the inspiration behind the Pinkerton logo: We never sleep. 

                  A Love Affair

Little is known about these early days because the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 wiped out Pinkerton records. What is known is that Kate caused trouble between Allen and his brother and partner Robert.  The two argued over Kate’s expenses, which Robert thought were excessive.  He didn’t think it right for the company to pay for his brother’s “sordid affair.”   

There’s no question that Allen cared deeply for Kate and their affair lasted until her death.   Kate was an excellent detective and her trailblazing efforts helped the Pinkerton Detective Agency rise to fame.

                                                          Gunpowder Tea
Pinkerton Detective Miranda Hunt has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom – a notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling Last Chance Ranch.

But she isn’t the only one there with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggert is working the scene undercover as well. Although their true identities are a secret—and both are suspicious of the other—it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the spark that flares between them.

But with careers and lives on the line, love will have to wait—perhaps forever.  
              Dawn Comes Early


Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest book for a fresh start at a cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory. She hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels. But what awaits her is a much harder life. There is no room for mistakes on a working cattle ranch in 1895, and Kate is ill-prepared for her new life. She quickly learns that dawn comes early . . . every day. But she is tenacious.
Having been abandoned by a string of men, Kate has no intention of ever marrying. But she didn’t expect to meet Luke Adams either. Luke awakens feelings inside Kate she doesn’t recognize, and his steady presence is a constant distraction. She has only written about love in the past, never known it herself. But her feelings for Luke stand in the way of all she has to gain if she is chosen as the heir.
Perhaps God brought Kate to the barrenness of the desert to give new life to her jaded heart.
 
Today I’m giving away a copy of my previous book Waiting for Morning.   For a chance to win, stop by and say hello.

There is nothing Molly wouldn't do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming herself for the accident that left him wheel-chair bound, Molly has dedicated her life to his care. But in 1896, gainful employment for a woman is hard to come by. So when Molly learns that an eccentric rancher in Cactus Patch, Arizona, is looking for an heiress--someone to take over management of the ranch in exchange for future ownership--she jumps at the chance to provide a real home for her brother.

If she proves to have a knack for ranching and agrees to remain single for life, the ranch can be hers. Neither stipulation worries Molly. She's resourceful and hardworking. And she gave up dreams of marriage long ago when she dedicated her life to her brother's well-being.



More about Margaret Brownley


Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this—except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."
           
Margaret wasn’t sure that was true, but she wasn’t about to take chances. She’s now a New York Times bestselling author with more than 30 novels to her credit including her current Brides of Last Chance Ranch series. Also look for her work in the following recently released or soon to be released collections A Bride for All Seasons, A Log Cabin Christmas and A Pioneer
Christmas.  Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English.  Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

www.margaretbrownley.com


DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.

Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, September 16th at 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.




50 comments:

  1. I love the fact that Margaret was writing for the church newsletter! I wish ours was half that interesting. lol
    I have always envied people who have the gift for copying any accent out there. I have tried and failed miserably. :)
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    1. Hi Susan, I'm not very good at copying accents either. I guess it takes a certain ear and I seem to have a tin one. Thanks for stopping by--and good luck!

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    2. Hey Susan! Thanks for coming by. I think I'm with you two on the accents. 'sigh' Good Luck on the drawing, Susan.

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  2. I really loved reading Dawn Comes Early and would love a chance to read Waiting For Morning. It sounds like an excellent book.

    I follow by email.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Hi Katie, I should probably mention that the books stand alone so you don't have to read them in any particular order. Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!

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    2. Thanks for being a follower, Katie. So glad you enjoyed Margaret's book. Good luck in the drawing.

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  3. I enjoy reading stories of this era and even better when it is about women who were placed in an all man's job at that time since it was rarely done. Cannot say enough how I love that time period. I have read a couple of Margaret's books before and I am sure this one will be as good! Thank you for the giveaway, please enter me in that.

    God's blessings,
    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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    1. Hi Lorlyn, your name has been entered.
      I love the time period, too. I better. I spend most of my days living in the 19th century. Recently, my husband came home from the doctor and I asked him what the sheriff said. Yep, it's that bad.

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    2. LOL! Funny Margaret! Lori, I love the 19th century, too. I'm like Margaret and spend much of my day in it. It's a destresser for me.

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  4. HELLO! :D LOL! I enjoyed Dawn comes early and would LOVE to read Waiting for Morning! :) I can't wait to read and review Gunpowder Tea! I LOVE that cover! The look on the guys face is great! :D

    Amada

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. Hi Amada, I love the look on the hero's face, too. Of course he has every reason to be suspicious. She does, too. And did you happen to notice she's holding a gun? It's a match made in heaven!

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    2. LOL! Yes I did notice the gun, and he has a reason to have that look! :D I can't wait to get a chance to read it! Now you REALLY have me curious! :D

      Hugs, Amada

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    3. :D

      I love how you're taking your series through all different things! You made me laugh with the "Not lethal enough" line! I love the idea of a female Pinkerton in Gunpowder Tea (plus that title is just AWESOME!!!), and the whole brother in wheel chair twist from Waiting for Morning! I can't wait to see how Eleanor looses these other girls, and when she'll just give it up and marry that great man that keeps asking!!!

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    4. Thank you, Amada. I was amazed at how many letters I received from readers asking for Eleanor to find a happy ending! Who says readers don't like older characters?

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    5. Hey Amada. I love the title to Gunpowder Tea! Such an awesome title. Good luck inn the drawing!

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    6. Exactly Margaret! I love the older characters JUST as much if not more than the younger ones most times! :D

      Thanks Debbie!

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  5. Good evening, Ms. Brownley!

    I wanted to give a special note of gratitude to you, as whilst was engaged with your previous visit on this lovely blog, I was a winner of this very book through your newsletter! I am still in the process of getting to the point to where I can borrow *Dawn Comes Early* through my library, in order to begin this series on the right footing! I've been consumed lately with various things, and I apologise I have not yet had the pleasure of reading the book I had won!

    The Pinkerton Agency has amassed quite the following in inspirational literature, as over on the Society, I have noted down other writers' contributions to this intriguing and dynamic resource of America! I have even visited their official website, and read further about their history! Its gratitude to you & those other writers, for keying me in on this part of our history!! THANK YOU!

    I simply wanted to say, I am still as enthralled as ever to dig into this series, and wanted to drop by and say "Hallo!" I will not be entering this contest of course, being that I have the book! Sending you good cheer!!

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    1. Jorie, thanks so much for your kind message. BTW, each book stands alone, so they don't have to be read in any particular order. I did this on purpose to make it easier for readers to step in at any time.

      Take care!

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    2. Jorie!!! So good to see you here. I've missed you. I received your email and am sorry I haven't had time to write back. I've been across the country for the last 10 days and am still here in Idaho and Washington. but I'll get back with you after my conference! So glad you stopped by.

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  6. I've read several of Margaret's books, including Dawn Comes Early. They are so fun to read! I'm happy to have a chance to win a copy of Waiting for Morning. I'm looking forward to Gunpowder Tea as well; love that title and cover!
    I do follow this blog by Feedburner; thanks for the extra entry.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Pam, thank you for your entry and good luck to you!

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    2. Hey Pam. Love that title too! Margaret's books are so much fun to read. Good luck!

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  7. Margaret's novels are wonderful...thanks for the chance to read WAITING FOR MORNING. I'm a follower, too.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. KarenK, thank you for kind words. Good luck to you and have a great week!

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    2. Thanks for coming by, Karen and for being a follower! Good luck.

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  8. I would love to win Margaret's book, thank you for the chance.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. I follow by feedburner:

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. Hi, Margaret!

    I find the story of Kate Warne fascinating. A perfect example of the fact that sometimes it takes a woman to do a man's work, or there are some things that only a woman can do!

    So glad you traded your church newsletter writing talents in for those of Christian fiction! I don't have any of your books, love the storyline of Waiting For Morning, & would love to read it. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a feedburner follower.

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    1. Bonnie, thank you. I agree with you; sometimes it does take a woman to do a man's job. Woman detectives could go where angels--and male operatives--feared to tread!

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    2. Hey Bonnie! I agree I'm glad Margaret switched hats. What a blessing for Christian Fiction readers. I've been gone with my hubby to conference on the west coast so was late getting to my blog (no internet at Glacier Park...we vacationed before his conference)But I wanted to let you know that I left you a message on last weeks blog. You have some fascinating ancestors!

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  11. I love Margaret's books. She's a terrific author. Very interesting about the Pinkerton's National Detective Agency. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in a giveaway. Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you!

    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Why, Barbara, what a nice thing to say. Thank you! You're making me blush.

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    2. Thanks for coming by Barbara and for being a follower. And I agree, Margaret is a talented author!

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  12. I follow by FeedBurner!!

    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. It has been awhile since I've read one of her books. Probably have one in TBR pile. Would love to win.
    I follow by feedburner
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot cin

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    1. Squiresj, your name's been added to the drawing. Good luck!

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    2. Good Luck and thanks for being a follower and for stopping by.

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  14. I love the Pinkerton agents - great history!
    thanks for the chance to win.
    truckredford(at)gmail.com

    i am a follower

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    1. Good luck and thanks for following my blog!

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    2. Eliza, the Pinkerton agents do have a great history. And they had so little to work with. That was before forensics and even fingerprints made it possible to identify suspects. Wouldn't those detectives be amazed at today's crime-fighting tools?

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  15. Eliza, thank you. I love the Pinkerton agents, too. I still can't believe they had a female detective department in the 1850s. Great stuff.

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  16. O Debra and Margaret, I really, really, really want this book. Have tried before to win it. Hope I get lucky today. Sounds really good. Wish I had a lot of your books. Please put me in the drawing. Thanks. I am a follower
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. I hope you get lucky too! Good luck, Maxie. And no worries on Debra. That is my given name, but I've been called Debbie Lynne since I was a baby because my mother is a Debi too. :o)

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  17. Sorry Debbie, didn't mean to put your name wrong. Forgive me. Maxie

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  18. I loved learning about female Pinkerton agents, Margaret's newest book sounds really great. Please include me in the drawing for Waiting for Morning.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  19. I love Margaret's books. So please count me in.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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  20. Wendy Newcomb won Waiting for Morning! Congratulations, Wendy!!

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