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12 Days of Pioneer Christmas, Day 12: Margaret Brownley & A Pony Express Christmas

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It's with great pleasure on this final day to introduce Margaret Brownley, the author of over twenty novels and numerous non-fiction pieces. Her latest book, A Bride of All Seasons , released in June, 2013. She is happily married to her own real-life hero and resides in California. Margaret talks about her upcoming novella in A Pioneer Christmas , titled A Pony Express Christmas . For more information about Margaret and her books, visit www.margaretbrownley.com. What made you write about your period in time? I love writing about the 1800s. The westward migration freed women in ways never before imagined. Women abandoned Victorian traditions, rigid manners and confining clothes and that’s not all they did; they brought churches, schools and newspapers to frontier towns, and helped build communities. The gun might have won the west, but it was the women who tamed it. How is Christmas celebrated in your family and what effect did it have on your writing this st

12 Days of Pioneer Christmas, Day 11: Review of Defending Truth by Michelle Ule at Colonial Quills

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For today, please hop over to Colonial Quills for an amazing review of Defending Truth from Pioneer Christmas co-author, Michelle Ule! She leaves me blushing ... but I'm so tickled she likes the story! (Lots n' lots of other interesting stuff over there as well ....) Thank you so much to those of you who have hung in there for all our posts! Just today and tomorrow for the giveaways. Winners announced on September 3! 12 Days of A Pioneer Christmas Monday, August 19 12 Days of Christmas Introduction Tuesday, August 20 Cynthia Hickey on cynthiahickey.blogspot.com Wednesday, August 21 Kathleen Fuller on www.kathleenfuller.com Thursday, August 22 Michelle Ule on michelleule.com Friday, August 23 Marcia Garver on Yielded Quill Saturday, August 24 Shannon McNear on www.shannonmcnear.com Monday, August 26 Lauraine Snelling on michelleule.com Tuesday, August 27 Kathleen Fuller on www.kathleenfuller.com Wednesday, August 28 V

12 Days of Pioneer Christmas, Day 10: Anna Urquhart & A Silent Night

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Today I have the joy of introducing Anna Urquhart, my fellow debut author from the collection! 1. What made you write about your period in time? In light of the fact that we were looking at westward expansion, I wanted to find a focus of heading west that is often overlooked--travel by water. The Eric Canal opened in the 1830s which brought a flood of people into Michigan Territory and beyond. So that time period sparked my initial interest. 2. How is Christmas celebrated in your family and what effect did it have on your writing this story? Christmas is always about family gathering, coming home from wherever they are. However, most of those traveling west didn't have that luxury. They had only each other and those they've met along the way, those who essentially have become family. So that is what I tried to capture in the Christmas story--the gathering and celebration of new-found family. 3. What research did you do to authenticate Christmas celebrat

12 Days of Pioneer Christmas, Day 9: Vickie McDonough & Buckskin Bride

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A huge welcome to Vickie McDonough, author of 28 novels and novellas, including the Texas Trails: Morgan Family series, Texas Boardinghouse Brides, and A Pioneer Christmas Collection. Vickie discusses “Buckskin Bride”, her novella in A Pioneer Christmas Collection . For more information about Vickie and her books, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com .   What made you write about your period in time? I love historical novels, and that’s mostly what I write. I chose 1889 because it was the year of the first Oklahoma land run, and I wanted my story to take place during the winter after that. My hero won land in the land run, and that’s the setting for my story, Buckskin Bride. How is Christmas celebrated in your family and what effect did it have on your writing this story? Even though our boys are all grown now, we still put up a tree and have lights and decorations all over the living room. I hang stockings on the mantel but we no longer fill them since o

12 Days of Pioneer Christmas, Day 8: Uncommon Romance, & Margaret Brownley

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My co-author Michelle Ule has a marvelous post up today titled "Uncommon Romance," discussing how many of the Pioneer Christmas novellas depart from your traditional romance model. Co-debut-author Anna Urquhart is featuring an interview with Margaret Brownley , author of A Pony Express Christmas. I'll be running that interview here on Saturday, but you can check it out on Anna's site first. And don't forget to take the time to enter her giveaway! Speaking of giveaways: the response to mine has been so overwhelming, I've decided to give away TWO copies of the collection. :-) 12 Days of A Pioneer Christmas Monday, August 19 12 Days of Christmas Introduction Tuesday, August 20 Cynthia Hickey on cynthiahickey.blogspot.com Wednesday, August 21 Kathleen Fuller on www.kathleenfuller.com Thursday, August 22 Michelle Ule on michelleule.com Friday, August 23 Marcia Garver on Yielded Quill Saturday, August 24 Shannon McNe