Shannon here: Historical romance author, Margaret Brownley shares insight into her fictional characters’ romance, plus a chance to win a copy of A Vision of Lucy. Comment on any post dated May 30 – June 3 for a chance your copy. Deadline: June 4, 11:59 PM central time. Here’s Margaret:
More Love and Laughter in the Old West From Margaret Brownley
Sage Advice for Photographers from A VISION OF LUCY
- When photographing stampeding cattle, charging bulls or blazing shoot-outs, use a fast shutter speed.
- Brides, take pity on your photographer. Matthew S. Brady and his helpers were able to record the entire War Between the States with little more than 1100 photographs. Half that number should satisfy most brides.
- Doctors, do not look at the camera like it’s a patient needing help through death’s door. Such a pose will speak ill of you, and it won’t do much for your practice, either.
- A man imagines himself more handsome than his photograph; a woman believes herself more homely.
- While posing for a photograph spinsters should avoid looking desperate or deprived. A serene smile will show that your circumstances are by choice and not for lack of beauty or character.
- What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?
In A Vision of Lucy, the heroine is a photographer. Others including her father consider this nothing more than a frivolous past time. The hero David Wolf sees her as the true artist she is—and that deeply touches her.
2. What’s the most romantic thing your heroine ever did for your hero?
Half-breed David Wolf was left on the mission steps as an infant. He has no real sense of identity until he meets Lucy, who loves and appreciates him for the man he is.
3. Where is the most romantic place your hero and heroine have ever been?
Would you believe a hole in the ground? Lucy’s determination to capture the perfect photograph gets her and the hero into a lot of trouble —including a cave-in.
4. What’s the most romantic present your hero ever bought your heroine?
Wolf is a woodcarver by trade and he made her a beautiful bracelet with a wolf carving.
5. What simple gesture does your hero do that melts your heroine every time?
Lucy has never met a man like Wolf. At first she’s intrigued by the mystery of him. He rides his horse Indian-style and comes and goes as he pleases. To the town of Rocky Creek Lucy is nothing but trouble. But Wolf sees her for the gifted woman she really is and she melts.
6. What simple gesture does your heroine do that melts your hero every time?
Whenever she’s nervous, afraid or upset, Lucy can practically talk the hide off a cow. She talks and talks and talks and can’t seem to stop. The only way to shut her up is to give her lips something more to do—and Wolf is only too happy to comply.
7. How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?
Wolf and Lucy meet under dire circumstances and he kisses her to bring her out of her shocked state. He didn’t mean anything by the kiss but, of course, neither of them can forget it. Later when he realizes he’s in love with her his Indian blood keeps him from acting on his feelings.
8. How soon after meeting the heroine did the hero know she was the one?
It takes her awhile mainly because so much is happening and her main goal is to land a job as a photographer.
9. What is the most caring thing your hero has ever done for your heroine?
After all the trouble she causes him he still wants to spend the rest of his life with her.
10. What is the most caring thing your heroine has ever done for your hero?
After Wolf is shot Lucy hides him at the back of the church to nurse him back to health. Wolf has never known such kindness.
11. Who said, “I love you” first, your hero or your heroine?
I think Wolf did but Lucy thought it.
12. If you hero and heroine end up married, where will they go on their honeymoon?
Wolf better hold onto his hat because it will be a place where Lucy can shoot the “perfect” photograph—and that means trouble with a capital T.
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About Margaret: Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: I penned it all. Nothing wrong with that—except I happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, my former pastor took me aside and said, “Maybe God’s calling you to write fiction.
So that’s what I did. I now have more than 25 novels to my credit, including bestselling and RITA finalist A Lady Like Sarah—not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask me to diagram a sentence.
About the book: Trouble may follow Lucy wherever she goes, but with the help of God and the rugged, reclusive David Wolf, she’ll never face adversity alone.
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: David says the words Lucy has longed to hear since her mother died: that she is a compassionate, creative young woman that God made in His image. And in return Lucy helps David change his perspective on an event that wounded him long ago.
God’s arms are around this unlikely couple as they leave behind long-held assumptions and discover the true freedom of forgiveness.
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