Maggie's Bio ~
Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestselling author, and has sold over 300,000 books of historical romance. She is a winner of 2014 Book Buyers Best/ OCC/RWA -inspirational, 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2014 and 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice award and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), The Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America (RWA), Faith, Hope and Love, and Georgia Romance Writers. Maggie’s series are Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides and Virtues and Vices of the Old West. The Trouble with Patience, book one in a new series, of Virtues and Vices of the Old West will release in February, 2015. You can follow Maggie on her website www.MaggieBrendan.com, her blog www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com,Twitter @MaggieBrendan and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaggieBrendan?ref=hl .
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Maggie's awards ~
2004 Atlanta Persistence Award from the American Christian Writers
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Heart of the West Series:
A Love of Her Own - Book 3
The Blue Willow Bride series:
Twice Promised - Book 2
Press Releases ~
Endorsements and Praise ~
Deeply Devoted - Releases in September 2011!
Brendan, Maggie. Deeply Devoted. Revell. (Blue Willow Brides, Bk. 1). Sept. 2011. c.352p. ISBN 9780800734626. pap. $14.99. CF Instead of choosing the young lady his mother has picked for him, Peter Andersen sends to Amsterdam for a mail-order bride in this new series by Brendan (“Heart of the West” series). Catharine Olsen arrives in Cheyenne, WY, with her mother’s china and her two sisters in tow. Peter is patient not only with Catharine but with her sisters. However, as the two begin their life together on the wheat farm, Peter’s mother will go to any length to see her son’s marriage destroyed. VERDICT This novel should appeal to fans of Lori Wick who enjoy a gentle romance with a Western twist as well as those who like reading about cultural clashes.
Virtues and Vices of the Old West:
The Trouble With Patience ~ Book 1
A Sweet Misfortune ~ Book 2
Trusting Grace ~ Book 3
Romantic Times-4 Star review: "Brendan once again writes an engaging tale
set in the Montana of the Old West." Sarah Frobisher
Booklist: "Brendan draws on firsthand experience as she gives readers glimpses into the painful challenges and tender silver linings of a loved one's battle with a chronic illness, capturing the selfless love that fuels the caregiver's spirit. " Kate Campos
Foreword Reviews: "Brendan smartly uses the West and the aftermath of the Civil War to ground her characters and their conflict and in so doing, writes not only a charming romance, but an interesting piece of historical fiction." Camille-Yvette Welsch
-- Romantic Times Book Reviews, www.RTBookReviews.com
More Praise and Endorsements of Maggie's other books:
You won’t want to set this book down until you reach the final resolution. It has multiple love stories layered beautifully and passionately. Book one in the Heart of the West series takes readers on a cattle drive through the mountainous countryside of
and to places where feelings run deeper than the valleys. It leaves you waiting and wanting book two. Colorado
- ROMANTIC TIMES 4.5 STARS
For fans of Lori Wick and Kim Vogel Sawyer, Maggie Brendan’s beautifully woven story captures the rugged, adventurous life on the American frontier—and the quest for love by the pioneers who live there.
Grab your hat and hold on to the reins for an exciting ride! An exciting historical novel by a rising new author.—DiAnn Mills, Award-winning author – When the
When a rough-and-tumble cowboy meets a genteel lady from the South, sparks fly...but "sparks" is a good way to start a fire. This gentle romance set amongst the rugged beauty of the
—Kim Vogel Sawyer, Bestselling Author of My Heart Remembers and the Sommerfeld Trilogy
“Maggie Brendan is adept at weaving a sweet love story, and The Jewel of His Heart showcases her penchant for capturing the Old West in authentic dialogue, in vivid descriptions, and in the struggle of two hearts destined to become one. Within these pages indeed lies a jewel.”
—Tamera Alexander, Bestselling author of From a Distance, Beyond This Moment, and The Inheritance
“With its tender love story and vivid imagery of a time gone by, Maggie Brendan’s gentle style of prairie romance is reminiscent of Janette Oke, capturing the heart of both the Old West and the reader with romance that will make you sigh.”
Julie Lessman, author of the Daughters of Boston series
Brendan blends colorful characters, lively dialogue, and intriguing historical details. — Amanda Cabot, author of Paper Roses and Scattered Petals
Authors in the Spotlight
Book Title: A LOVE OF HER OWN
Category: Inspirational Website: http://www.revellbooks.com
Description: She has everything her heart desires . . . except the one thing money can't buy Still cautious after a broken engagement, April McBride fully intends to guard her heart when she travels to
, to attend her brother's wedding. But a run-in with horse trainer Wes Owen opens up vast possibilities for frustration, embarrassment, friendship, and . . . love? Lewistown, Montana
Author Spotlight: Maggie Brendan
Have you had the opportunity to see the fantastic modern interpretation of Lewis Carroll's
in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass? If so, then you caught more than Johnny Depp still being impossibly handsome; you were also captured by the spirit of optimism and escape--the spirit of the West. You also saw Biblical inspiration brought to life as Carroll's original work functions around the verse “For now we see through a glass, darkly…now all we know is hazy and blurred, but then we will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into our hearts right now.” 1Cor. 13:12 (The King James and The Living Bible Paraphrased). Alice
One of the most compelling things about love is the individuality that it allows us to feel as human beings. A Love of Her Own explores the heart of the individual when his or her life is graced by love.
In book one, No Place for a Lady, April McBride emerges as needing her own story because she is spoiled and self-centered. But love based on grace plays no favorites. In other words, the more flawed one is, the greater that person’s need and potential for love. April has a beautiful exterior but a deeply flawed inner character. Similarly, Wes Owen has his own flaws. The combination of these two individuals produces a revelatory explanation of the nuances of love that redeems. Although, April has relied on her father’s money, her beauty and intelligence, she has never tapped into the true source of a higher power.
April is like an ornament at the beginning of the story, an all too disposable quality. She doesn’t know herself and is caught up in the desires of the world. Too often in today’s society, women are still seen as ornamental, and consequently have self-esteem issues that run very, very deep. You only have to see the ads on TV or in women’s magazines to see how youth, beauty, money or the power of all of these translate into success.
April learns how to drive a stagecoach and knowing this saves her life and others' lives when they are under attack. She also meets some lovely Christian women who exhibit a Christ like hospitality and love that in turn, teaches her how to love others unselfishly and give of herself unconditionally. Subsequently, her inner beauty matches her outward beauty along with the discovery of her own self-worth.
Don’t read this book looking for picture perfect romance or people. Read this book if you have ever felt abandoned, lost, alone or not worthy of true love.
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