Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Giveaway for Margaret Brownley's A VISION OF LUCY

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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." So that’s what Margaret did. She now has more than 25 novels and novellas to her credit and has been published in 15 languages.  The first book in her Rocky Creek series A Lady Like Sarah was a 2010 Women of Faith selection, and Romance Writers of American RITA finalist.    She is currently at work on a new series for Thomas Nelson. Happily married to her real life hero, Margaret and her husband live in Southern California, and have three grown children. 

 Leave a comment to entered to win A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley. This is a great book you don't want to miss reading. So if you don't win, I highly recommend you buy it. If you'd like to read my review, check out my May 20th blog post. Good Luck!
More Love and Laughter 
in the Old West 
 From Bestselling Author  
Margaret Brownley

Sage Advice from A VISION OF LUCY

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. For this reason a woman wishing to look appropriately domesticated for her Mail-order Bride photograph should wear an apron and wield a kitchen utensil (preferably not a rolling pin).

Say Cabbage

In 1850, Julia Shannon of San Francisco took the family portrait to new heights when she shockingly advertised herself as a daguerreotypist and midwife.  After reading about her I just had to write about a lady photographer.  Of course, the heroine of A Vision of Lucy doesn’t deliver babies but she still finds plenty of ways to get into trouble.

I loved writing about old time photography and have nothing but awe for the brave souls who first took camera in hand.  Not only did they contend with unwieldy equipment but also dangerous chemicals and exploding labs.

Women had an advantage over male photographers who were often confounded by female dress. This explains why one photographer advertised in 1861 for an assistant, “Who Understands the Hairdressing Business.”  Women also had a few tricks up their leg of mutton sleeves—or rather their skirts.  Elizabeth Withington invented a “dark thick dress skirt” to use as a developing tent when she traveled.   

Those cheerless faces in early photographs were partly due to vices that held heads still for long periods of time. Photographers used all sorts of devices to hold a client’s interest.  One even had a trained monkey. Another photographer had a canary that sang on command.  Mechanical birds were a favorite gimmick and “Watch the birdie” became a familiar refrain in studios across the country.

Magazines and newspaper ran ample advice for posing.  An 1877 edition of The Chicago Inter-Ocean advised women with large mouths to say the word “Flip,” although one photographer preferred the word “Prunes.” If a small mouth was the problem the word “Cabbage” would make it appear larger.

Not everyone was enamored with cameras.  One dog owner put up a sign warning “photographers and other tramps to stay away” after his dog had an unfortunate run-in with a tripod.

Did photography have a bearing on the suffragette movement?  Indeed, it did, but it appeared to be more of a detriment than a help.  The photographs of militant suffragettes or women dressed in bloomers did more harm than good.
If you think America was tough on suffragettes, think again. The women’s rights movement was considered the biggest threat to the British Empire.  According to the National Archives the votes-for-women movement became the first "terrorist" organization subjected to secret surveillance photography in the world. 
Photography has come a long way since those early daguerreotype days.  One can only imagine what the brave souls of yesteryear would think of today’s “aim and click” cameras.  Now days you can’t even drive down the street without having your picture taken. But as Lucy would say, Never leave the house unless you’re ready for your close up.

Speaking of photography, my publisher is running a “Vision of Funny” photograph contest with prizes.  To enter go to margaretbrownleybooks facebook page and click on “Contests” under the book image. I think you also have to do something silly like click the “like” button. (just be sure you do it with a smile.) Hurry, contest ends July 13th.

   Trouble may follow Lucy wherever she goes, so does a vision of second chances.

Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. If she can earn money making photographs, then maybe her father will see that what she does is worthy, more than just a distraction. And her deepest hope is that he’ll see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, whose paintings still hung on their walls.

But trouble follows Lucy on every photo shoot: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.

When Lucy meets David Wolf—a quiet, rustic man who lives on the outskirts of town—she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn’t count on her feelings stirring whenever she’s near him.

Two things happen next that forever change the course of Lucy’s life. But will these events draw her closer to God or push her further away. And how will David accept this new version of Lucy?

Congratulations to Ann winner of The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y'Barbo.
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  1. A woman photographer in the West. Sounds intriguing.
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  2. My daughter is an avid photographer and I can see her as Lucy. I would love to win Margaret's latest release. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    Blogger/google still will not let me post on this type comment so am commenting as Anon.

  3. Sounds good. Please enter me. Thanks.
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  4. Sounds like great book. Enjoyed the old fashioned photography facts.

    Please enter me
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  5. A Vision of Lucy sounds so fun, I'd love to be entered. Thanks.

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  6. I subscribe via feedburner and follow via GFC. I failed to say this on above comment on 27th.

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    I am still having problems with blogger and am posting as Anon.

  7. This sounds like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. I subscribe via feedburner.


  8. I read Margaret's book "A Lady Like Sarah" and enjoyed it very much. "A Vision of Lucy" sounds like it would be equally fun to read. If you like learning more about early day photography, Jane Kirkpatrick wrote two very interesting books about her grandmother, who was a photographer. The titles are "A Flickering Light" and "An Absence so Great."
    I follow with Feedburner. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to win!

  9. I've been wanting to read this author!! Please enter me. Thanks.

  10. As I've been traveling on research trips, i've developed a love for taking pictures, especially of flowers and butterflies. I love my digital camera. I'm one of those old timers who can really appreciate them, since I used to have to way my decision in which pictures to take since each one cost to be developed.

    I look forward to reading Lucy's book.

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  11. I'm in the middle of reading this book & want to say it's a great read w/lots of photography facts & humor galore. I just pubbed a freelance story in a Missouri magazine this month about photography in the Ozarks ~ serendipity perhaps? Margaret, I love "A Vision of Lucy."

  12. Hi everyone. Just stopped by to say hello. I admire all you photographers out there and wish I wasn't camera-challenged. One day I'm going to learn how to use my iPhone, but right now I've got my hands full trying to figure out how to work the three remotes for our new TV. Don't you just love technology?

  13. Always wondered where "watch the birdie" came from. :D
    Neat glimpse into the art and science of old-fashioned photography. Sounds like a captivating book.

  14. Thank you for such an interesting insight into photography. This book sounds fun! Looking forward to reading it.

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  15. Great interview. A Vision of Lucy sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the giveaway.A subscriber and follow via GFC. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com

  16. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  17. Love seeing historical books where women have a career!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  18. How interesting about photography being dangerous. I never would have guessed. And developing tent under a thick skirt? LOL.

    Please put me in for the drawing. I just read A Lady Like Sarah, the first book in Margret's series. That was a really fun, memorable book (I loved the heroine). I'm sure Lucy's story will be the same.

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  19. Oh oh oh! I LOVE the cover! I am not a professional by any means, but I do love taking pictures. :) Please enter me! Also, I'm a new follower, but at the moment this computer isn't allowing me to sign into my google account. :P I'm Charity U.