I am so pleased to have my longtime friend (and first-ever fiction mentor) here on my Easy Writer blog today. A Log Cabin Christmas is already a NY Times bestseller, so here’s your chance to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy. Take it away, Margaret!

“When God said let there be peas on earth I don’t think he meant us to eat them.”

George, age 6 in Snow Angel/A Log Cabin Christmas

My husband and I spent our honeymoon in a rustic log cabin in Yosemite. It would have been the perfect honeymoon getaway had it not been for that mouse.

Standing on a chest of drawers screaming wasn’t exactly how I pictured my wedding night. It was even worse the next morning when we had breakfast at the lodge with everyone staring at us.

That was the first and last time I’d stepped foot in a log cabin, so before I could write my story for A Log Cabin Christmas I had to do some research. That’s the fun part of writing but so is sharing fun facts with readers.


· Abe Lincoln was born in one. Okay, so maybe you already knew that, but did you also know that the first president born in a log cabin was Andrew Jackson?

· Pound for pound wood is stronger than steel which makes Log Cabins virtually indestructible (except by woodpeckers and carpenter bees). They can stand up to earthquakes and are pretty much fire-resistant. A log home was the only beachfront home in the Carolinas to remain standing during Hurricane Hugo.

· Log cabins were not an American invention. The Swedish bought the idea to American in the 1600s.

· Providing there were trees, a log cabin could be built in days, needed no nails and was rainproof, sturdy and cheap to build. The only tool needed to build one was an ax.

· Log cabin designs were influenced by the Homestead Act of 1862 which required homes to be at least ten by twelve and have one glass window.

· Foundations were built eighteen inches high because it was believed that termites couldn’t climb that high. (I know for a fact that eighteen inches will not keep out mice!)

· A log cabin helped win a presidential election. William Harrison made a big deal over his “humble beginnings” and used the log cabin logo (along with hard cider) to show he was a “people’s man.” Ironically, the man was born in a wood frame house.

· Log Cabin syrup was introduced in 1887 by Patrick J. Towle, a Minnesota grocer. The name was chosen to honor Towle’s hero Abraham Lincoln.

Now that you know a little bit more about log cabins, here’s a short preview of my story:


The moment schoolteacher Maddie Parker walked into the tumble-down log cabin schoolhouse, she knew coming to Maverick, Texas was a mistake. Now she’s stuck at school with three of her rowdiest pupils during a blizzard and in terrible danger of becoming unglued.

Sheriff Brad Donovan is fit to be tied. What kind of teacher would keep her pupils after school in such weather? Now it’s up to him to rescue them—no easy task. For now he’s stuck at the schoolhouse with no means of escape. But while the storm rages outside, hearts are thawing inside.

Brad and Maddie have personal reasons for fighting their attraction to each other, but as the days drag on it becomes increasingly hard to do. Was it fate or bad luck that brought that together? Or could this have been God’s plan all along?

P.S. If have an adversity to mice don’t worry. The only furry creature in my story is a bear!

Now that I shared my log cabin story, how about sharing yours? You might even win a copy of the book!



Margaret is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books. Her next book Dawn Comes Early will be released March 2012. It’s the first book in her exciting new Brides of Last Chance Ranch series.

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  1. Carmen7351 November 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    The closest I can come to a log cabin is a room we had at Angel Lodge in the Grand Canyons. It had a log cabin look to it inside. Our only window faced the trail to the bottom of the Canyons. It was the most romantic place. We love rugged outdoorsy looks! LOL

    I love stories of the West, so I’m going to assume it will be delightful!

    Linda at:

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. Glenda Parker Fiction Writer November 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Margret, I have a better mouse story. I live in Nebraska. In the 1800’s we didn’t have trees, we made houses out of sod. Mice chew right through sod houses. One of my first homes when I was first was married was a little soddy. I had a resident family of mice and let me tell you the babies are a lot faster than their parents. We didn’t live there long.
    Please enter me in the drawing. I would love to read your book. It sounds really good.
    Glenda Parker

  3. Sandra Stiles November 30, 2011 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I think I have always loved log cabins since I read my first books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You don’t find them too much in Florida. However, my husband and I tried to buy one down here and two days later a big company bulldozed it to put in a town house. Heart breaking. One day, Lord willing we’ll get to move to Tennessee and build that log cabin in the mountains. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book.

    skstiles612 at yahoo dot com

  4. Anne Baxter November 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    The first house I remember living in was a log house–two bedrooms, one bath, one living room, one kitchen. My Dad put white shingles on it, and it still looks the same today! I love to be entered into the drawing for the book.

  5. Dan's Mom November 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Ever since I read On the Banks of Plum Creek, I’ve wanted to live in a cabin or a sod house! There’s country girl in my blood. Now that we’ve retired and own property in southern Indiana, I’m hoping our dream will come true. Looking forward to reading your new novel. Warm regards, Patsy

  6. Margaret Brownley November 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Glenda, you’re right! Your mouse story is better than mine.

  7. Margaret Brownley November 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Carmen, at the risk of sounding immodest the book is delightful!

  8. ann December 7, 2011 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Some interesting facts about log cabins. And I love the statement
    “When God said let there be peas on earth I don’t think he meant us to eat them.” This sounds like a wonderful book I would enjoy reading
    amhengst at verizon dot net

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