Monday, April 14, 2014

SPRING FEVER AND GIVEAWAY

My Dear Readers,

With spring bursting out in its usual Atlanta fashion, I'm reminded of Easter, new births, and just plain ole spring fever. Do you get it too? I find this is one of the hardest times for me to stay indoors parked in front of my computer writing...and you know how I love to write. But spring calls to me, to clean out, spruce up and beautify surroundings or plant annuals. But I have to prioritize my work and chores. So I write lists and try not to stray from the immediate things I have to do between the things I'd like to indulged in instead.

I do have a title for my new booking releasing in January 2014 for the series Virtues and Vices of the Old West. Book one will be entitled The Trouble with Patience. It really does suit the storyline of a  x-vigilante sheriff coming to grips with his past and a virtuous woman who is draw to him despite their obvious differences and personalities. Forgiveness is the key word here and as I think about it, all my books are based on this theme in one way or another. This story was a blast to write, and I've already started on book two of the series.

With that in mind, I'd like to give away The Book Lover's Journal. If you're an avid reader who likes to make notes of favorite books you've read, then this is perfect for you! Write and tell me what's you're favorite thing to do when springtime rolls around. Are you bursting with energy or a slug that needs a few extra hours of sleep and would rather be reading? We'll select a winner but you must subscribe or be a subscriber to my blog to be entered. It's just that simple. So hop right in like the Easter bunny and share your thoughts.

I hope you have a blessed Easter Sunday and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord who gave His life so that we should have life everlasting.Hallelujah, He is Risen, He is Risen indeed!




I'll be looking forward to reading your answers. Please share your friends that No Place for a Lady is a free Kindle download for a period of time. It continues to be one of my well-loved stories. Here's the link. http://tinyurl.com/kkva4ep.

God bless you and keep you until next time!

Maggie

Monday, February 10, 2014

FUN AT THE BLUE WILLOW INN AND RESTURANT

What an incredible turnout for the Ladies tea and book signing at the historic Blue Willow Inn & Restaurant give for me this past Saturday! The weather was perfect too. The ladies that work there out did themselves and treated me like a royal. We had 60 people buy a ticket and then there was a waiting list.
THE BLUE WILLOW RESTURANT & INN
 
I love the stately structure and always feel like I've stepped back in time. I was in Blue Willow Heaven! Many know of my love for blue willow dishes and how that all got started when I was a little girl. My brother and his wife gave me a blue willow tea set for Christmas.
 
 
When I saw the decorated room where the ladies tea would be held, I couldn't help but feel very honored. Miss Billie has a great staff and they worked hard to make this tea and signing a great success.
 
Me and Miss Billie-owner of The Blue Willow Restaurant & Inn
 
Our very own bride, Makensy, directing the ladies upstairs. Isn't she a doll?
 
Wonderful smells led me upstairs where I met Miss Billie and her staff. They spared no expense with the dining area. It was so pretty that I didn't want to even place my water glass down for fear the glass would leave a water ring on the beautiful blue fabric covered table.
 


 
Each of the place settings had a key chain holding a magnolia charm, a southern belle, and a charm of the Inn hooked onto the napkin. Our delicious menu consisted of Chicken salad, Croissants, Quiche, Cucumber salad sandwiches, Broccoli salad (that was wonderful),frozen desserts, an array of dessert squares, tea/Lemonade, mints and nuts and coffee. How perfect!
 
The sideboard laden with giveaways and of course my books!
 
 
 Desserts

Me speaking to the ladies
 
 




Drawing names for fun prizes! I gave blue willow tea cup and saucer, a box of tea, cookies from Holland and for-get-me-knot seeds. One bag I gave away had a bibliophile's journal. I'm not sure what the staff gave out as I was too busy calling out names. Miss Billie like my gift to her --The Heart of the West Series
 
 
She won The Blue Willow Cookbook! I have it and it's a beautiful book.
Carol is a bundle of energy!
 The charms-beautiful~!
 Love the ladies in their hats!
 
Signing my books
 
As you can tell this was a wonderful, fun-filled afternoon and I gained new friends and readers.
Many at the end of my talk, asked a lot of good questions. I believe Miss Billie said they will start having a tea once a year. She was so delightful to talk with and hear some of the stories of the years she and her husband had at the Blue Willow Inn. Her husband Louis is smiling down from heaven and how well she has carried on with her supportive staff and surely he is proud, as I am to have met her.
 
What a wonderful day that I'll never forget. Thank you Blue Willow Inn folks. See you soon for some friend okra, catfish and banana pudding!
 
If you're ever in GA please go by the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, GA!
 
Maggie Brendan
 
 



Thursday, January 16, 2014

LADIES TEA AND BOOK SIGNING AT THE BLUE WILLOW INN

THE BLUE WILLOW INN

What fun news to tell all my reader friends! The historic Blue Willow Inn at Social Circle, Georgia, will be hosting a tea and book signing for me! I can hardly wait to see you and discuss my mail-order brides. Make your reservation today as seating is limited. We'll have surprise gifts and loads of fun and a mouth-watering menu upstairs in the Magnolia Room.

I've eaten here many times, and you'll find no better place to eat down home Southern cookin' as you will here. Many famous people have dined there, and the history of the Inn is so interesting! Browse their beautiful and charming gift shop after the tea. If weather permits, allow some time to take a picture of the Inn.


You don't want to miss out on all the fun, so here's all the details.
 
See y'all soon!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Contest for Perfectly Matched

I'm dropping in this morning to let you know that I'm giving away a signed copy of Perfectly Matched as part of my interview with Southern Writers Magazine.

If you've already got your copy of the new book, you could give this one to a friend. :)


HERE'S THE LINK: http://www.southernwritersmagazine.com/

Happy Monday!

MAGGIE

Friday, November 01, 2013

INTERVIEW-SOUTHERN WRITERS MAGAZINE

Hi friends,

Fall has spread its beautiful mantel of color in Georgia with its usual spectacular red and gold, and sparkling blue skies. It's my favorite time of year, and I have much to be thankful for as we nudge closer to Thanksgiving. With the release of the last book in The Blue Willow Brides series, I sigh as I bring the three sisters in the series to a close. I loved writing it and they became my friends. I've been receiving good reviews, and if you haven't read Perfectly Matched, I hope you'll get a copy.

I was truly thrilled when asked by the editor of Southern Writers Magazine to do an interview for them. I've done lots of interviews over the years, but I think this is my favorite. It's not only an online magazine but a print magazine as well. They called me "Belle of the Books"--now I really liked that! :) Next week, they will have a contest to win an autographed copy of Perfectly Matched.

Here's a teaser for the article:

Have a great weekend with your family, watch your favorite football team, do a corn maize, baked some pumpkin bread, read, play with the kids or grandkids, or whatever it is you enjoy doing on your weekend. But whatever you do, choose to make each day count and don't waste one minute of enjoying your life to the fullest.

Happy Trails,

MAGGIE

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

5 Book Giveaway and an Up Close and Personal Interview on TBCN

Are you a member of The Book Club Network yet? It's a great place where readers and authors connect and book contest with giveaways from authors. Nora and Fred St.Laurent do a wonderful job keeping track of all the authors and readers comments. I've interview Nora before on my blog if you'd care to look back and check that one out.

Here's the good news--My publisher is giving away 5 books when you answer the questions posted on TCBN. The contest runs until the end of the month, so don't delay. Five people will win a copy of Perfectly Matched.

When you go to the link I provide you can join TBCN and join in the fun. There's always, books and prizes throughout the month. http://www.psalm516.blogspot.com/. You can post a comment to my interview but to enter the contest, you must join TBCN to win.

I hope you check them out. They love their readers and authors and I'm so grateful to them.

Happy Fall,

MAGGIE

Saturday, October 19, 2013

History behind Perfectly Matched and Book Giveaway



Popping in today to let you know that I'm the guest blogger over at one of my favorite sites-Petticoats and Pistols. I have a short article and historical pictures of the places mentioned in my new book, Perfectly Matched. Also, I'm giving away a copy of the book. To be entered, post me a comment and they will draw a winner and you'll be notified.

To enter to win click here: Petticoats & Pistols Blog. You'll enjoy some of the comments people have already posted. Have fun!

MAGGIE

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Happy Fall!

I hope your fall weather is as spectacular as Georgia's! It's my favorite time of year, and I'm especially happy that Perfectly Matched was released last week. The feedback for my new book, Perfectly Matched, has been good so far. This completes The Blue Willow Brides series.

I attended Georgia Romance Writers Conference and had a good time. I finaled for The Maggie Award of Excellence but sorry to say, I didn't win, but my good friend Eva Marie Everson did. Congratulations to Eva! I believe all the finalist are winners to make it this far.


Wouldn't you know the lights were out for nearly two hours in the hotel and surrounding Norcross! I was in a workshop that evening and the only light we had at first were flashlights from my cell phone and a few other attendees. Elevators of course were out. Very eerie to say the least. Finally, the emergency hall lights came on so we had to move to the hall to have the workshop. We all had to laugh since the conference is called Moonlight and Magnolias. :)

The speakers were great! Deborah Dixon and Deborah Smith. Deborah Smith was quite the comedian. I met new friends from GA as well as from states far away, and food was delicious!

I'm excited about a magazine interview in the Nov/Dec issue of Southern Writer's Magazine! What an honor! I'll be posting the link here and on my Facebook Author page when it's available.

I have fabulous new to share about a tea that will be given for me at the Historic Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, GA. So mark your calendars for February 8th if you live in driving distance. More to come when details are ironed out. This is going to be so much fun! I'm thrilled that they have asked me, and they will be selling my series in their lovely gift shop. I can hardly wait to tell you all about it!

One last piece of good news--Amazon selected Twice Promised for Kindle Big Deal and will be available for $3.99 on Kindle Oct. 11-27th. Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/nnee77w .

Come back soon, I have a giveaway coming up!

Happy Reading,

MAGGIE

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Special promotional for Deeply Devoted

Good news to share with you about a special promotional offer that my publisher is having for Deeply Devoted, book 1 in The Blue Willow Brides. This is to promote my upcoming release, Perfectly Matched in October. The e-book is only $2.99 at the sites, starting Sunday-9/8 through 9/10th. If you haven't had a chance to read it, here's your chance.




 

Please share with your friends who enjoy historical romance. For those of you that signed up for my newsletter, thank you! If you haven't, I hope you will. It's at the top right of my blog -"Newsletter Sign-up".

I'm planning on a couple of giveaways and contests soon for Perfectly Matched. I received my author copy of the new book this week and once again, I was excited to hold the finished copy in my hands. It's always a thrill and I hope the story will be one of your favorites and stay in your hearts for a long time to come.

I write for you!

Maggie

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Deeply Devoted Hot Deals

Dear readers,
I'm excited to tell you that Deeply Devoted is the e-reader Deal of the Day on these sites today August 24th. It's a promotion for my upcoming release Perfectly Matched. So here's your chance to grab your copy at a very low price if you don't have a copy.


B&N



CBD



Apple

 
When I receive my copies of the new book next month, I'll be running a contest for a chance to win the new book. so stay tuned.
 
I'm also very excited to be a finalist for The Maggie Award and the Heart of Excellence Reader's Choice Award. Wish me luck. The winners are announced in October.
 
I hope your summer is ending well. It seemed to fly past me, but I'm looking forward to fall and what it holds in store for me.
 
Maggie Brendan
 
 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

MY NATIONAL ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA CONFERENCE

Recently I attended my very first RWA conference in Atlanta. It was so much fun, but exhausting since I tried to squeeze in as many workshops as possible. I was particularly impressed with its professional level of workshops and how smoothly it was run with 2,000 authors congregating to further their careers. This picture is the literary book signing that RWA does each year. We raised $52,000 for literacy. Any books that weren't sold were donated to area libraries. There were 450 authors signing and readers were already lining up by 3 although it didn't start until 5:30. To top it off, we had the worst and longest thunderstorm in history with 3" of rain, but that didn't keep people away. Amazing!

This is how all the elevator doors were decorated at the Marriott Marquis. Each one had four different book covers. Isn't that neat? No, mine wasn't up there because my publisher wasn't a sponsor for this event.
One of the workshops that I enjoyed was given by the CDC on viruses, epidemics and everything you wanted to know about them for novel writing. I can see you raising an eyebrow but no, I'm not writing about epidemics, but every since my brother died of the Hantavirus I've been interested. I even stepped up to the microphone and told them they need to better inform the public about the deadly virus, most of whom have never heard of it. The panel shook their heads in agreement when I told them my loved one died from it. I never had to mention his name--they knew. They suited up some authors to demonstrate how they remove contaminated gloves and gowns after they had been called in to work with emerging contaminates.


I enjoyed the Faith, Hope and Love chapter meeting and met many of my fellow inspirational authors. I didn't final this year, but wow, so many talented people did. I enjoyed the Georgia Romance Writer's masquerade party and came away a winner of one of their gorgeous baskets!

While I was going down to for the literacy signing, I heard bad news about a family member's health and was feeling down as I took my seat in front of my stack of books. About 25 minutes later, my husband texted me that I had a message at home that I was a finalist for The Maggie Award! That really perked me up tremendously for a while. I'm truly honored to make the list. The winner isn't announced until October at the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference. Wish me luck!

I thought you might like to see my view of the atrium level from the 17th floor. (Their were 40 floors). A really fabulous hotel.
I really had a wonderful time meeting some authors I knew online and our late night chats with a few. I even met Rita Estrada, the namesake of the Rita Award. By the way-I've been nominated twice for the Rita but never finaled--at least not yet. :) I sat in on Nora Roberts chat too! She's a hoot! Our speakers were wonderful! I learned new lingo--like swag and the hybrid author, and felt honored that some authors were excited to meet me! Imagine that! Little ole me!

I'll close with one more  wonderful thing this summer we did before my conference. My granddaughter, Maggie, attended her 2nd Fox Broadway Camp in Atlanta and it was a delight to watch her perform  in Damn Yankees. She's a natural actress with a voice of an angel. I just have to share these pictures. She's the one with the red bandana and dark hair in the center of each pic. She's so beautiful! I hope to see her on Broadway one of these days!



Hope you're summer is turning out the way you hoped it would. As for me, I'm waiting for the autumn leaves, and sweaters...impatiently....

Happy Trails,

Maggie.