Sunday, February 27, 2011


Isn't this the most beautiful book cover?? Deeply Devoted is now up on your favorite shopping sites for pre-order. I'm very proud of this book and hope you will enjoy reading it. It all started with a children's Blue Willow Tea set given to me by my brother and his wife many years ago when I was in grammar school. If you're wondering how that could be--I was the baby of 8 children and my oldest brother married when I was only 5 or 6.

My imagination took me many places as I played with my tea set, which sadly didn't make it through the years, but I truly treasured it. My brother and sister-in-law have since passed on as well, but they and the tea set live on in my heart. With my fascination of Blue and White, my dining room hutch displays a "grown up" set of Blue Willow, which is still my favorite among the sets of dishes I own. Don't you just love Blue Willow? It never goes out of style.

Here's a brief synopsis of Deeply Devoted:

A Blue Willow tea set, a tragic past, a worn letter, and devotion to her two younger sisters, is all that mail order bride Catharine Olsen brings from Amsterdam to Cheyenne, WY to meet her future husband. Peter is a gentle, but hard-working wheat farmer, who doesn't realize the extent his meddling mother will go to in order to discredit his bride after he decides not to marry the lady she chose for him. Will Catharine's secret past threaten the idyllic life she has created with her new husband?

Be on the lookout for a book give away and maybe something more in the near future!

Also, check out my publisher's site, (Revell) for more details.

I've been busy just living life as I'm sure you have, and I haven't lived up to my promises to blog more often. Besides writing, I was honored to endorse another book and a chunk of my time in February was spent in the dentist, endodonist and oral surgeon's chair and I had the virus that's been going around my state to add to my misery. But I'm trying to get back on track and with the purple leaf plums bursting out yesterday in all their pink finery, I'm looking forward to spring. How about you?

So what have you all been reading and how have you been spending your time? Drop me a note. I enjoy hearing from you.



Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

I love this cover and I love Blue Willow so I'm sure this will be an amazing story! I can't wait to read it.

Currently I'm reading The Line Queen by Patricia Falvey, it's not Christian fiction but I'm enjoying it so far.

I'm sorry to hear that you were sick, I hope you're back to 100%!

XOXO~ Renee

Lys said...

OoohhH! I've been on the lookout for your next book! Can't wait to read it - the plot and cover look amazing!!

I loved the little story about your tea set - so sweet!

I just finished reading "Save The Date" by Jenny B. Jones - Awesome book!

Hope you are feeling better!

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Beautiful cover, Maggie - I can't wait to read it. :)

I'm not reading anything at the time. We have 2 part-time employees at my job (one of which is me) and the other woman decided to just up and quit out of the blue a week and a half ago. She didn't turn in/work a notice or anything - just left us high and dry. I'm working full-time, until we can get a new employee trained. Now, I remember why I LOVE part-time - these hours are killer!

Sorry to hear you've been having such a rough time of it, and I hope you're feeling lots better.


Maggie Brendan said...

Renee,Thx for your good wishes.I'm doing good now. I haven't heard of the book you're reading.

Lys-I heard that Jenny's book was great!

Lori-sounds like you're in a bind at work. Where are you working now?
Full time is hard, no doubt about it. My job as a writer is full time now, but I've worked full-time and part-time besides the writing and it seems there's just never enough hours in the day! Take care and thx for taking time to post. Hugs to you all.

AngBreidenbach said...

That is one gorgeous cover. And the story sounds enchanting. I'm a tea set fan myself. I have tons of little tea cups in my china hutch and shelves. On another blog post, show us the set you have. It'd be fun to see :-)

trump said...

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