December 11, 2008

Southernbelle Turns Cowgirl

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by Maggie Brendan

Since my first book will hit the bookstores on January 1st, I thought I'd share a little about the book, No Place For A Lady. It's the first in the series, Heart of the West. The story takes place in Colorado, one of my favorite places in the US. Historically, not very many women went on cattle drives, but my heroine surprises everyone by doing just that!

Longing for a new start, Crystal Clark arrives amid the splendor of the high country, just after the death of her father. She's relieved to be leaving her troubles behind to visit her aunt's cattle ranch. Despite being raised as a proper Southern belle, Crystal is determined to hold her own in this wild land--even if a certain handsome foreman named Luke Weber doubts her abilities.

Just when she thinks she's getting a handle on the constant male attention from the cowhands and the catty barbs from some of the local young women, tragedy strikes. And saving the ranch from a greedy neighboring landowner means Crystal must take charge of a cattle drive, ready or not. Can she rise to the challenge? Or will she head back to Georgia defeated?

I hope you'll read my book to find out how Crystal manages to change and adapt and grow stronger spiritually.

Like to win a copy of No Place For A Lady? Hop on over to my blog http://southernbellewriter.blogspot.com to find the answer of the name of Crystal's horse and the name of the ranch. Then come back and post your answer in the comment section of this blog. It's that easy.

23 comments:

Tina Dee Books said...

Love that cover--can't wait to read what's inside!

--Tina Dee
www.TinaDeeBooks.com

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

I'm pretty excited myself, Tina! It's fun to read in a book form now.

Barbara said...

After all the hard work and hope to be looking at the publication of your book is a great reward. I hope you enjoy it to the fullest.

I have to agree with Tina Dee. That is a great cover. It combines very nicely the concept of Colorado, cowboy, and the southern belle with her parasol.

I look forward to reading about Rebel and the Aspengold ranch.
Barbara
Barbaraakee[at]aol[dot]com

Vickie McDonough said...

This sounds like a great book! I'm looking forward to reading. Nice cover!

Pamela J said...

The name of Crystal's favorite cutting horse is Rebel and the name of the ranch is Aspengold.
What fun it was to go to your blogspot. I always enjoy seeing new ones!
Your book, by the way, looks like it is going to be great fun to read. I LOVE the picture on the cover too. What a great way to start out the new year.
Pam Williams
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Cheri2628 said...

I am a GA southern belle myself! Your book sounds delightful, and I love the pretty cover. Horse- Rebel; Ranch - Aspengold

Cheri2628 said...

Duh! Forgot to leave email address!

castings[at]mindspring[dot]com

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Hi Pam. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my book. It's a fun read with humor, love and drama. I love the cover too! Revell did a beautiful job!

Lloyd and Shirley said...

I always dreamed when I was young that it would be great to be a southern belle - now I get to read my southern belle friend's book about Crystal's cutting horse Rebel and the Aspengold Ranch.

lloyd.lnsfarms[at]bbcwb[dot]com

Lloyd and Shirley said...

I gave you the wrong email address; here is the correct address: lnsfarms[at]bbcwb[dot]com

Becky C. said...

I would love to read the book and learn more about Rebel, and the Aspengold Ranch!

I'm also a Southern Belle.

Please enter me in the contest.

Thank you,

Becky C.

rec(at)hiwaay(dot)net

Mary said...

Tina,

We had a pony named Rebel, and boy was he. Aspengold makes me think of the beautiful variety of trees in Colorado. Would love to spend some time there.

I look forward to reading "No Place For A Lady"

God bless,
Mary

Kristi said...

Hello,

Her fave horse is Rebel and the ranch is Aspengold.

Thanks!
Kristi
kherbrand(at)comcast(dot)net

Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Ooooh! A western with a Colorado setting. You've won me over. LOL! Sure wish I had room to spotlight you on my blog in January with your new release. Bummer!

So, is Aspengold Ranch a real one, or based off one that exists here in Colorado? And Rebel sounds like he can be quite a handful, but also a very loyal horse.

You've got yourself the makings of a fantastic novel. Can't wait to read it and get a copy for myself. Thanks!

Tiff (tiff at ambermiller dot com)

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Hi, Tiff. No, the Aspengold just a figment of my imagination. Though if I could have one in CO. that would be its name. I love the Rockies! Hope you will enjoy the book.

Jo said...

This sounds like such a good book. The name of the ranch is Aspengold and Crystal's horse is Rebel. Please enter me in the drawing.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Cleda said...

Another comment in case the other was voided by not using the right format for email

the statement answering the question that will include me in the drawing: cowgirl on the Aspengold ranch. She learns how to cut a steer from the herd with the help of her favorite cutting horse, Rebel."

thanks for sharing about your wonderful book....

cedson76255(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to get a copy of your book to read! I love romantic fiction. For the drawing, Rebel is the name of the horse Crystal rides. God bless as you continue to write!
Tammy Martin

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Mary and Tammy, you forgot to leave us your email address in case your name is drawn. Please pop back in and leave it. Blessings,

Molly Noble Bull said...

I received my copy of Brenda's book yesterday, and I can hardly wait to read it.
I love the cover, too.
Love,
Molly

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Molly, I so hope that you'll enjoy it.

Maureen said...

It's the Aspengold Ranch and Rebel is the horse's name.
mce1011[at]aol[dot]com

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Merry Christmas to Cleda!! She is the winner of a copy of my new book. Your name was drawn from all the ones that posted the correct answer. The answer was the Aspengold Ranch and Rebel was Crystal's trail drive horse. Be looking for it in the mail sometime after Christmas. Happy Reading.