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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Brenda Lott (Maggie Brendan) and Free Books!

Despite being raised as a proper Southern belle, Crystal Clark is determined to hold her own in wild 1892 Colorado's Yampa Valley--even if a certain handsome foreman doubts her abilities.

Before we meet today's featured novelist, I want to announce that the winner of Amy Deardon's novel, A Lever Long Enough, is:

runninmama@. . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now let's meet novelist Brenda Lott, writing as Maggie Brendan, author of No Place For a Lady (Revell, January 2009).

PhotobucketMaggie Brendan is a member of American Christian Writers and the American Christian Writers Association, and is a contributor to www.BustlesAndSpurs.com,, a website for inspirational romance set in the old West. No Place for a Lady is her first novel.

Tell us a bit more about the plot of No Place for a Lady, Brenda.

PhotobucketLonging for a new start, Crystal Clark arrives amid the splendor of the high country in June 1892. After the death of her father, Crystal is relieved to be leaving the troubles of her Georgia life behind to visit her aunt's cattle ranch. Despite being raised a proper Southern belle, Crystal is determined to hold her own in this wild land--even if a certain handsome foreman named Luke 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?

Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

That would definitely be Crystal! She is a strong southern lady with charming manners and a belief in God. Though a Christian, she has her flaws like most of us. She uses her wit to cover for any weakness that she has but must rely on her faith to see her through.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I think the readers will relate to Crystal's emotional phases in love, adventure and tragedies and how she handles them, along with a bit of humor to survive.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

Mmm. I'm not good at remembering actor's names. Crystal, the heroine would be someone with a southern drawl, about 5'2", with dark hair and green eyes. Luke, the hero, would be quite tall, with rugged good looks and a mustache. Dark hair and blue-grey eyes.

Hmm, maybe if we employed some color contacts . . . maybe Evangeline Lilly for Crystal? She looks a bit like your cover girl. Photobucket

And maybe Gerard Butler for Luke? Granted, he'd have to hide his accent, but I think he's worth the risk, don't you? Photobucket

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? Explain.

I love to describe the scenery, from smells to visuals. I love the outdoors and mountains, so it comes easily to me. I can find beauty in just about everything.

What do you struggle with in your writing?

Allowing myself the freedom to write everyday. I almost feel guilty spending so much time with my face in front of the monitor. I have a lot of interest and other things tend to pull me away, so I have to make a committed segment of time to write. I like to have a neat and fairly ordered house, too.

Isn't it funny how that joy you feel when you're writing can actually trigger guilt if you don't pay attention to why you're doing it? I catch myself at that, too. It truly is a blessing when God lets you do something you enjoy so much. Okay, Brenda, now choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

I'd have to say an oak tree! Strong and determined.

Other than your writing, what is something about your life, right now, that thrills you?

Seeing God's beautiful magnificent world around me down to the smallest blade of grass inspires and thrills me. I love the sky with its constant, changing clouds and the sun, moon, and stars. I feel like so many people take this incredible world that we have around us for granted. It simply amazes me!

What is the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

Jim Robinson's Prodigal Song, A Memoir. His personal story is heartbreaking of Jim's total surrender to God. It made me have a clearer and sharper understanding of God's mercy and grace. I did a review of the book on my blog about six months ago in case anyone is interested. It was a very well-written memoir, and I highly recommend it.

What are you working on now?

I just recently completed book 2 in Heart of the West, The Jewel of His Heart, and I'm working on my 3rd novel for Heart of the West, Kickin' Up the Dust! Of course that title could change, but I hope not.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online, Brenda? Please include the link for purchasing your book!

My book can be purchased at Amazon.com and wherever books are sold.
And here's the link to Jim Robinson's site. www.jamesrobinson.com

Thank you, Brenda, for telling us about yourself and your books. Readers, Brenda has offered to sign a copy of her book for the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 29. To enter, leave a comment for Brenda, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. If you subscribe to my blog, at right (or if you're already subscribed) you'll be entered an additional time to this drawing and all future drawings.

Check back on Monday, when we'll draw the winner of Cecilia Dowdy's novel, Milk Money. You can still enter for that drawing, below.


ladystorm said...

would love to win this book.


conarnold said...

Thanks for sharing the interesting interview, Trish, and I appreciate having a chance to win.

Carole said...

I've been reading about Maggie's book and would love to win a copy. Thank you as always for your giveaways.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Anna W. said...

This looks great!


I'm also a follower of your blog. Thanks again!

windycindy said...

Hi! Enjoyable interview. I find her a very interesting person! The cover of her book is great and I agree that "Kate" favors the heroine. Please enter me in your drawing for this book. Many thanks! Cindi

A J Hawke said...

I want to read this book.
Hopefully, I'll win a copy.

Thanks for the good interview.

A J Hawke


squiresj said...

Sounds like a book I would live to win and write reviews about. May God continue to annoint you and use you in your writing. May he meet all your finances.
jrs362 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Theresa N. said...

As a Southern Belle myself I'd love to read your book, she sounds very feisty.
Theresa N

Jessica said...

Your book sounds great! And who is that Gerard guy? Wow...
Thanks for the interview and congrats on the book. Hope I get to read it soon. :-)

mez said...

I love spunky Southern ladies, this sounds great. Please include me for the drawing, thanks.


Cheri2628 said...

I am also a Southern Belle, and I love to read romances about the old American West. I especially like that your book is about faith, love, and discovering your strength and confidence in yourself. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

I'm honored and grateful to all of you who've commented on my first book and my personal interview. I think Trish made it fun! I wish I could afford to send each and everyone of you a copy! Good luck in the drawing! :)

lisa said...

This sounds like a wonderful new series. I look forward to reading the book! Please enter me for a chance to win!

ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

Trish Perry said...

I'm so glad to see everyone's interest in Brenda's book, especially since there are two more in the series!

Jessica, Gerard "wow" Butler was one of the actors in the Hilary Swank chick flick, "P.S. I Love You," which is based on Cecelia Ahearn's novel of the same name. He was also in that abysmal waste of screen time and airbrush paint, "300," but we'll forgive him that, because he's just so stunning.

Carolynn W. said...

The book sounds wonderful, thanks for the chance to win!
carolynnwald at hotmail dot com

Martha A. said...

i would love to win it!!! martha(2)lclink(dot)com

Deborah said...

please enter me!

Cheryl said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Please enter me in the drawing. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Katie said...

PLEASE enter me!!!!! thanks

shirley Kiger connolly said...

No Place for a Lady...Hmm. That sounds like just the book I'd like to read (in my spare time...whatever that means)

Loved the interview.
Please enter me too, if it isn't too late.
Blessings Shirley Connolly

sarahw said...

man, this book looks great. can't wait to rea it. please enter my name,
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com



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