Pioneer Christmas is a novella collection from 9 best-selling, award-winning authors, including Lauraine Snelling and Margaret Brownley. It’s the story of pioneers who live in unusual homes, such as a dugout, cave, and a tipi, who strive to survive in harsh weather or circumstances during the Christmas season.
Oh my goodness! I didn’t realize this is where your novella was published. FYI, Vickie is one of my critique partners, and I think this was the first project I of hers that I critiqued. It’s a great story! Who came up with the concept for this collection?
The series originated with Becky Germany, fiction editor at Barbour.
What Inspired your contribution?
My novella is titled Buckskin Bride. I searched for a unique type of home my heroine could live in, to fit the requirements of the collection, and decided on a tipi. With a home that was portable, it made sense that my heroine’s family was nomadic. I envisioned my heroine as more of a tomboy type who preferred buckskin to calico, and Maddie was birthed. I also wanted to set the story in Oklahoma, shortly after the first land rush.
What is the take-away from Buckskin Bride?
Maddie and her sisters endure tough times when their father doesn’t return from a hunting trip. They have to use their wits and skills to survive, but they also learn to trust others. The main take away is that no matter how tough things seem, God is always there to help you walk through them—if you’ll only call on him.
I really like that you added that we need to ask Him for help. 🙂 What are you currently working on?
I’m working on Song of the Prairie, which is the third and final book in my Pioneer Promises series from Whitaker House. The series is about the three Harper brothers who run a stage stop in rural Kansas in the 1870s. The first book is the series, Whispers on the Prairie, released in July and was a Romantic Times Recommended Read. Book 2, Call of the Prairie, releases in January.
Ah yes, another great series! Don’t miss out on this one–I believe I critiqued Call of the Prairie in this series and it’s another must read. Sorry for gushing, but when I really like someones writing I can’t help myself. J Now for a fun question. What is your idea of the perfect day?
That’s a tough question. Hmm…I think a perfect day would be hopping in the car with my husband and garage sailing for antiques and collectibles for my booth at an antique mall. Between stops, I’m sipping a Coke and reading a book. No cooking or laundry. Just having a nice time.
Thanks for sharing with us Vickie and for offering to give away a copy signed by all the authors to one lucky commenter. Please leave a comment for Vickie if you’d like to be entered into the giveaway.
Rules: There must be at least 10 qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The drawing is open to U.S. addresses only. I will contact the winner Monday Oct. 21st and the winner will than have until Oct. 27th to reply or forfeit the book. No other winner will be drawn. Void where prohibited by law.