Today you're in for a treat as Margaret Daley joins us to talk about her latest Love Inspired novel, Heart of a Cowboy. I have ready many, many a LI book by Margaret, and they rank among my favorites. So pull up a stool and sit a spell and get to know this lovely lady and her new inspirational romance.
Margaret has graciously offered a copy of the book to one lucky winner, so leave your comments below with a way for me to reach you.
Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines. She has sold seventy-four books to date.
Margaret is currently the Volunteer Officer for ACFW. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She served as vice-president for two years in WIN-ACFW and is still on its board as an advisor. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.
Until she retired last year, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community.
You can visit her web site at http://www.margaretdaley.com and read excerpts from her books and learn about the ones recently released and soon to be released.
About Heart of a Cowboy
Ten years ago Jordan Masterson left her hometown heartbroken—and pregnant. Now, yearning for connection with her family, the single mother returns to Tallgrass, Oklahoma. But she's shocked to find her son's father—unaware he has a child—a vital part of the community. Zachary Rutgers owns the ranch that the local homeschoolers use for riding and recreation. Which means little Nicholas, Jordan and Zachary will be spending a lot of time together. Jordan must tell Zachary the truth about their son—and ask for answers herself. Hoping the heart of her cowboy will still be hers for the taking.
What's your latest book?
Heart of a Cowboy is out this July. It is the second book in my Helping Hands Homeschooling Series for Love Inspired, Steeple Hill. The first book in the series is Love Lessons, Love Inspired April 2010, and the third book will be out in November called A Daughter for Christmas.
Oh, cool! I've just begun homeschooling, so I'm intrigued already. ;-) What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?
The power of forgiving a person—it is freeing when a person does it.
Amen to that. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
My favorite to write is romantic suspense. My favorite to read is suspense and adventure.
Romantic suspense is one of my favorites to read, so I'm grateful you love to write it, LOL. What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?
I would have an office with a large picture window overlooking a lake with a mountain in the background.
Reality: I have an office that overlooks my front yard and the flower beds. I watch butterflies land on the butterfly bush—also hummingbirds like butterfly bushes, too. My walls are hot pink with white trimming. I have a lot of flamingoes in my office as well as book shelves full of lots of books—thousands.
I could use some of those shelves--and I just relocated my office, so I get to look at our butterfly bush too. =) What lessons have you learned through the publication process that you wouldn't have guessed as a pre-published writer?
I thought when I sold my first book I had it made. Selling the second book was as hard as selling that first one.
Are there any people (family, writing group, editors) who you rely on when writing?
I have a critique group I belong to, and we’ve been together for years. I also have several writer friends I brainstorm with, go to conferences together and discuss the publishing business.
Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?
My church, family and friends. I have four granddaughters who are wonderful. I love going to lunch and a movie with a friend.
If someone were to give you $5,000 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy? (No saving or gifts to charities allowed!)
Taking my granddaughters to Disney World. I’m a kid at heart and would have so much fun with them.
Awww. I bet they would like that too! What are you writing right now?
I am writing the second book in my female bodyguard series (Guardians, Inc.) for Love Inspired Suspense. It is called Protecting Her Own and will be out next June.
Love the idea of that series! Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?
I have several coming up:
A Daughter for Christmas, Love Inspired, November 2010
Christmas Bodyguard, Love Inspired Suspense, December 2010
Trail of Lies, Love Inspired Suspense, April 2011
Protecting Her Own, Love Inspired Suspense, June 2011
You're a busy woman, Margaret! And we readers are grateful. Everyone, be sure and check out Margaret's website at www.MargaretDaley.com and her blog at MargaretDaley.blogspot.com.
You can purchase Heart of a Cowboy from Amazon.
Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Contest ends 7/22/10. Winner will have two weeks to claim book.