February 10, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day - And a Giveaway of No Place for a Lady!

In celebration of Valentine’s Day this weekend, my valentine to you romantic readers is to give you a chance to get a copy of No Place for a Lady, book 1 in Heart of the West series

I’m looking forward to the final release in June entitled A Love of Her Own.
Here’s a couple of 18th Century valentines and a couple of cowboy valentines.
Have you bought your valentines yet? Better get on the stick. It’s Sunday, you know. 

 Leave a comment about your most favorite Valentine Day Card you received for a chance to win my book. My favorite cards were the first ones that my daughter and son cut out and glued hearts on construction paper with their sweet little hands for me. I still have them. Such a treasure!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Crystal Clark arrives in Colorado's Yampa Valley amid the splendor of a high country June in 1892. After the death of her father, Crystal is relieved to be leaving the troubles of her Georgia life behind to visit her aunt Kate'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 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 the ranch. Crystal will have to tap all of her resolve to save the ranch from a greedy neighboring landowner. Can she rise to the challenge? Or will she head back to Georgia defeated?

Book one in the Heart of the West series, No Place for a Lady is full of adventure, romance, and the indomitable human spirit. Readers will fall in love with the Colorado setting and the spunky Southern belle who wants to claim it as her own. 


Tina Dee Books said...

Happy Valentine's to you too! Such a beautiful book cover!

Virginia C said...

Hi, Maggie! Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for writing about the wonderful women of the West. It took strong men to settle and develop the West, and even stronger women to stand beside those men! My childhood sweetheart and I were friends from first grade on, until his death at age 37. He has been on my mind much of late. I still have a valentine that he gave me in grade school with a little heart shaped box of candy. Still have the box, too : ) The valentine is a lady-bug that says: "You bug me. Can I bug you?". For some reason, that is the funniest, sweetest Valentine that I ever received!

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Abi said...

I think the valentines my two daughters made me when they were younger are the most treasured. Thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Diane said...

Love the vintage Valentine's. Your book looks wonderful. My favorite Valentine was from a boy in elementary school that I had a crush on. silly now, but at the time..... :O)


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brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Tina, what was your favorite Valentine card?

K said...

My favourite Valentine cards are the ones from my mom! Plus, I have always loved making Valentine cards for my mom throughout the years, still do! The cut-out heart cards are a classic! :)

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Trinity Rose said...

My favorite Valentines were from my dear sweet children. They would cut out red or pink hearts and put lacy hearts over them and always wrote a sweet verse inside. My 7 children are 14 and over now and don't give me cards anymore, but I will always remember them.
Please sign me up for the book giveaway.
Thanks, Wanda

Julie Bromley said...

My favorite Valentine's Day Card - funny you should bring this up! My mother recently sent me the scrap book she kept for me when I was very young. I was looking through it and she kept all the birthday cards, valentines and baptism cards. The one valentine's day card that is in the scrap book is from my grandmother who passed away when I was 6 years old. I teared up when I saw it because there was her writing inside the card "Love Grandma June and Papa". I can't remember what was on the cover but the words will always be remembered! Julie Bromley

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Virginia and all, what wonderful memories! Y'all are making me tear up. Maybe I should have said, "see if you can make me cry" for the contest. lol. Seriously, I'm a hopeless romantic and there's too little in the world, I think.

Kaitlin said...

I love Valentine's cards. I think my favorite Valentine was the one my grandmother sent me this year. It is my first year away at college (I commuted for two years), and the other day I found a package in the mail. It was filled with homemade heart-shaped cookies and a sweet card from my grandma. Needless to say, she made my day!

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Precious grandmother, Kaitlin!

Edna said...

It is hard for me to say as I don't get them anymore, the kids used to make them for me when they were small and I still have all of them.
It is not a card but a box of valentine chocolate (back when I could eat candy) that my sweet hubby had for me a few years back with out having to be reminded by my daughter. Since my birthday is Feb 10 (today) one granddaughter's on the 1st and her sister on the 13th, we don't think much about valentine.
But I would sure like to win this great book, for my 67th birthday and for valentine also.
Please enter me.



Carla Gade said...

The new series looks wonderful!

My favorite valentines are the one my kids made for me with construction paper and doilies when they were little. The kind where the heart was the face and body and paper legs and arms were added. So sweet.

bigguysmama said...

I know this will sound cheesy, but my best Valentines come from my kids. I always help the kids with the ones they take to school and never have them do one for me, obviously. That would be lame. But, they always come home from school with a sweet Valentines card for me telling me how much they love me. Now that you can't beat! (that's not offered as a challenge btw =})

mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

Linda said...

I love the homemade Valentine's Day cards from kids. Also love the older boxed sets. Used to decorate a shoe box for Valentine's day. Fun days.
Please enter me for No Place for a Lady. thanks.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Emma said...

Hi Maggie!
Happy Valentine's Day!My favorite Valentine Day Card were the ones that my daughter make me. Please enter me in the giveaway for No Place for a Lady. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Biggusmama-that's not cheesy at all. Those are some of the sweetest times to recall were decorating and making valentines. Mine are grown now, but in my mind's eyes they're still my sweet babies and anything they made for me is cherished.

Anonymous said...

My favorite valentine card was from my teacher in high school. I came from another country and did not speak much English, but was the best student in math class.
The teacher gave me a valentine card with a heart shaped box with chocolates inside. I was only the one who has received it. It made me very special.It was my first valentine that I ever have received. I did not have this custom in my homeland over seas.
Anna Labno

A J Hawke said...

I still remember the first Valentine Day card I received.
It was very simple but I
still think about it.

A J Hawke

Vickie McDonough said...

I enjoyed your first two books, Maggie.

My dad used to come over around Valentine's Day with a bouquet of flowers and/or candy. It was always a special thing he did. He's gone now, but I still remember how much of a blessing he was.

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Thanks, Vickie. Glad you enjoyed them. What a sweet dad. I know you must miss him.

Brenda said...

I really like the book cover. I also love western love story's, I know two loves! LOL

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Michelle said...

My favorite Valentine's are the ones that my kids make as well. Their homemade cards are always so sweet.

Thank you for entering me! I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time.

scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

I forgot to say Happy Birthday, Edna!Good luck on the contest. :)

Stephanie said...

I can't remember a favorite valentine (unless you count my 2nd grade romance) ;-) BUT...I remember the favorite Valentine's Day card that I GAVE.

I made my husband a card for our first Valentine's Day. I cut it all out of construction paper - a big tree full of heart "apples" with an overflowing basket at the bottom of the tree. The caption was, "I love you a bushel, Mr. Peck." :-)

Yep, that's our last name. Yep, it's corny. Yep, I loved it. :-D

Thanks for the chance! Reading and cooking are the two things I do best - and I haven't had a chance to read any of Maggie's books yet!

Happy Valentine's Day!

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Stephanie, I think the handmade and heartfelt ones are the best and yours was definitely creative. Thanks for sharing.

Lynnette Bonner said...

Oh, I'd love to win a copy of this book! :)

Favorite Valentines... well, I don't remember a specific one. But I always love getting cards from my kids. In fact I have one on my wall that says, "to my million dollar mom" on it. But I don't think my son made it on Valentines Day.

Casey said...

I've never really gotten Valentine cards, but my sister put a sweet cut out heart under my plate this morning that was so fun to find!

Love to read your book- thanks for the chance!!


brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

The winner for a copy of my book is Trinity Rose! Congratulations! Thanks to all of you that shared your memories of your favorite Valentine. I hoped your Valentine's Day was wonderfully sweet!