Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Author Interview & Giveaway: The Rancher's Want Ad Mix-Up by Megan Besing

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The Rancher's Want Ad Mix-Up
Title: The Rancher's Want Ad Mix-Up 
Author: Megan Besing 
Publisher: Love Inspired Historical 
Release Date: April 26, 2022 
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance 

A mail-order mistake… 

Or a made-to-be match? 

When Della Mae Wagner’s train arrives in Missouri, she’s shocked to find that the couple who hired her don’t just want a teacher for their grandsons but a wife for their son! After a broken engagement, marriage is not in Della’s plans. And Hank Lamson isn’t pleased—with his parents, with his unexpected guest or with Della’s unfairly appealing smile. But his plans to send her packing are foiled as his family comes to love her…and he feels the walls around his wounded heart start to fall. 

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Megan Besing 

Despite always adoring happily-ever-afters, Megan Besing didn't unlock a love for reading until her mid-twenties, which quickly expanded into writing. Her own stories have won many awards, including the Selah for her novella, Perfect for the Preacher, along with the Pre-published Maggie for The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-up. And now she’s thrilled to be a Sunrise Publishing author. However, her most cherished achievements are being a wife and mother. She lives in a pocket-size Indiana town, centered around extended family, where she's always planning a road trip with a view. Yet, her favorite place may just be on her front porch drinking tea. Connect with Megan at meganbesing.com.

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Q: What was the inspiration behind The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-Up?

Megan: Several years ago, Love Inspired had a contest for stories, and I randomly thought of a historical idea where a woman arrived to be a teacher, but really the ad was for a bride. Then once I finished the story, I realized that I had drawn inspiration from my own mother-in-law. She was the one who wanted my husband and me to get together. Our long story short, my mother-in-law did some scheming of her own. Not sure it helped completely, but I am her daughter-in-law, so it didn’t hurt. 😊

Q: How long did it take you to write this story?

Megan: When the original story didn’t go to the final stage of the contest, I drug my feet on finishing it. It probably took about eight months. Then it sat on my computer for a couple of years before more edits were added.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote from this book?

Megan: Pretty much anytime the three brothers are talking, especially Wallie. My daughter is reading the book now, and she gave me her favorite of Wallie’s quotes so far:

Wallie squinted. “What’s an ally?”

“Friend, you goof.” Edward leaned over and scratched some bark off the nearest tree. “We can’t be friends, Miss Wagner. We’re brothers.”

“My brothers are my friends,” Della countered. “And they are friends with each other as well.”

“You have brothers?” Wallie’s eyes grew as large as the cinnamon rolls rising in the kitchen.

“Yes, I have three.” She patted the blanket, beckoning the boys to sit beside her. Youngest to oldest they obeyed, sitting on the far corners of the rugged blanket. It was a start.

Wallie crossed his legs and rested his elbows on his knees, chin in hands. “You don’t look like a sister.”

“Wallie’s right,” said Robert. “You’re too old.”

“Too old?” Della adjusted her skirt to make sure her ankles were covered. Maybe at twenty-four she was becoming an old maid, as Mother liked to remind her, but regardless of her age, she knew that politeness and manners were what she needed to teach the boys today. “Boys, it is never polite to tell a lady she is too old.”

“Well, ya are. You’re too old to be our sister.”

Q: What do you hope readers take away from The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-Up?

Megan: So often we search for our identity in our jobs, spouse, and or kids. Della learns that God is the only one who can fill that hole we all have. Pleasing others shouldn’t be our life goal, but how we’re here to put God first in our lives.

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers would not know?

Megan: I thought I would never write a historical book. Believed it would be too hard. Eventually, my husband’s love for history rubbed off on me, and I learned I really enjoyed antique shopping, which prompted additional research. Then God opened doors, and now The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-up is my second published historical story.

Q: What are you reading now?

Megan: All That it Takes by Nicole Deese (An auto buy author for me.), The Next Worst Thing by Sarah Jane Woodley (A new-to-me author), Besting the Earl by Allie Kensington (A newer author), Point of Impact by Lisa Phillips (My mentor author at Sunrise Publishing)

(I usually have several books going at once. I tend to be an eclectic mood reader and also a big fan of kindle unlimited.)

Q: How many bookcases are in your home?

Megan: I’m sad to say only like three small ones. Recently, four of our bookshelves decided to no longer hold things. So, we have a fair share of books stacked in closets and nestled in Rubbermaid tubs in our basement. But one day, I have high hopes of having an entire wall of bookcases.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Megan: I’m usually taking care of my family or doing something with them. We like to play board games or activities outside like mushroom hunting, camping, or even kickball. But if I have a free moment to myself, I like to sit on my front porch and read.


Grand Prize Package: (1) winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card, signed copy of The Rancher's Want Ad Mix-up, rose necklace, 1 Cor. 13:13 tote, apple oven mitt, apple kitchen towel, and a Great is Thy Faithfulness bookmark!

2nd Prize: (1) winner will receive an engraved rose leather journal!

Third Prize: (1) winner will receive a signed copy of The Rancher's Want Ad Mix-up!

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  1. I enjoyed reading the author interview.

  2. This sounds like fun. I like a mail order bride story... especially when she doesn't realize she's a mail order bride!

  3. Thank You for the review.

  4. Thank you for sharing your interview and book details, I enjoyed reading your Q&A and I am looking forward to reading The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-Up

  5. Great interview - thanks, Jolene & Megan!

  6. Sounds like an interesting book!

  7. Oh, my goodness! The excerpt Megan gives that include her daughter s favorite of Wallie’s quotes had me laughing out loud. This book is a must read.

    1. Oops, forgot to sign into my Google account. I am so looking forward to reading this.

  8. I love this cover and want to read this someday! It looks so good!

  9. Thanks for the author interview! I usually have several books going at once, too.