Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Books & Writing -- Welcome Margaret Daley

It is a privilege to have author Margaret Daley today as my guest. 

Welcome, Margaret.

Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-four books has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn't traveling she's writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

You began your career, as an author, writing for the secular market. Can you share a little about how and why you made the transition to the Christian market? 

Often my stories were about family and relationships so it
wasn't that hard to make the change. But mostly the Lord gave me a story I could only tell as an inspirational romance. Love Inspired bought that book and the rest is history. But when I look back on my career, I can see where the Lord was pushing me in the CBA direction.

God always works those things out. So much peace in that.

What are some of the differences and similarities you see between the two markets?

The biggest differences with the CBA market are it has a
faith element in the stories, no cursing and no sex scenes. Other than that the markets are similar. Plot and characters are important. A good story is paramount. A compelling opening is essential in each market.

You are a prolific writer, having published a whopping eighty-three books. Do you have a favorite and a least favorite story and can you tell us why?

My favorite story is Saving Hope (the first book in The Men of the Texas Rangers Series) because it was a story I felt I had to tell. Another story that is a book of my heart is a Love Inspired Suspense, Heart of the Amazon. I love the feel of suspense, romance and adventure in it. The characters wrote it for me.

It is thrilling when characters take the helm and write a story.

In order to create that many books you must put in a lot of work hours. I’d love to know how you do it. Can you share a little about what your day/week looks like? And do you find time just for you? And what might that be?

I work usually at least six days a week. When I start in the morning, I check emails, then start on whatever story I have to do. I only do one at a time if possible. I work through the day until seven at night with breaks throughout the day. I need to get up and move around periodically. At night I often watch T.V. while I do my promotional activities, emails, etc. In fact, I'm doing this interview while relaxing and watching Project Runway.

Discipline and long work days -- can't get away from it. 
I like your idea of doing promotional work while watching television. 
I'm going to try that.

You have a new book out, Scorned Justice. Can you tell us a little about the story and how you came to write it?

Scorned Justice is the third book in The Men of the Texas Rangers Series. Rebecca Morgan is a judge on a difficult trial involving the Russian Mafia. This story is about justice and revenge and the lengths people go to seek revenge.

 Texas Ranger Brody Calhoun is with his parents in west Texas when an unexpected attack injures the brother of Rebecca Morgan, Brody's high school sweetheart. The local sheriff, a good friend, asks for Brody’s help. At first, it seems like an open-and-shut case.

As Brody digs deeper, he realizes the attack may be related to an organized crime trial Rebecca will be overseeing. With Rebecca's help, he compiles evidence involving cattle rustling, bribery, and dirty payoffs that shatter the entire community and put Rebecca directly in the line of fire.

Brody expects to protect her. What he never expects is to fall for Rebecca all over again, or for a murder to throw the case wide open. Is Brody's faith strong enough to withstand not only deep-rooted corruption and cattle rustling, but also love?

Wow! Sounds good. And what a gorgeous cover!

For a chance to win a copy of this book leave a 
message, along with your email address. 
I'll be drawing for a winner one week from today!

Is the book available now? Where can readers find it? 

Yes, Scorned Justice is available everywhere online now. It will be out in stores soon, if not already. 

Where can you be found on the web?

Website: http://www.margaretdaley.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/margaretdaleybooks

Thank you, Margaret -- Fascinating.


  1. The Texas Ranger series looks like a good one. I can't pass up this series as I've been reading about the Texas Rangers since I started reading Zane Grey books as a kid. My wife has read the first 2 and I've put them on top of my TBR pile.

  2. I love to read historical fiction and your Texas Ranger series sounds like it is full of details that support a fascinating story! The title alone has me interested! Thanks for the interview!


  3. Anonymous5:17 AM

    I think my husband would enjoy this series....I must see if I can get them and introduce them to him.

  4. Anonymous6:39 AM

    Would really love to win this book. Bonnie Traher momtr3@yahoo.com

  5. Harry, I think the Texas Rangers are an amazing group of law enforcement officers. I hope you enjoy the books.

  6. Anonymous7:34 AM

    Sounds like some great reading and I will be checking my Kindle for her books. I always enjoy discovering new books and authors I hae not know about. Thanks for the give-away.

    Ann Ellison

  7. Anonymous12:28 PM

    Great interview! The book sounds really good!

  8. Kim, this is a contemporary romantic suspense with the Texas Rangers.

    Anonymous, I hope your husband enjoys the series.

    Bonnie, I'm also having a drawing on Relz Reviews, too.

    Ann, I hope you get a chance to read the series.

    Thanks, Laura.

  9. Anonymous6:38 PM

    Please put my name in for Margaret's book . Would like to win it. Thanks. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  10. Did you all see that? Margaret is having another drawing on Relz Reviews!

    Margaret, can you post the link?

  11. Anonymous10:47 AM

    Margeret and Bonnie-
    Thank you so much for the interesting interview. I love western themed books, and this one looks like one of the best. Please enter me in the drawing, thank you so much!
    Jill S.