Vickie McDonough and Heart of a Cowboy

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Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams penning romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is an award-winning author of more than 40 published books and novellas. Her novels include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. Song of the Prairie won the 2015 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Her latest series, Land Rush Dreams, focuses on the Oklahoma land runs.

Vickie has been married forty years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious nine-year-old granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website:

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Here’s the blurb for my novella, The Hand-Me-Down Husband, which is the 4th novella in Heart of a Cowboy.

After years of herding cattle for other ranchers, Lance Garrett has finally purchased his own ranch in Northeastern Texas. Life is perfect, until a freak summer storm changes everything. When a tornado hits, his home is severely damaged and his wife is killed. He still has a ranch to run, but now he has a motherless one-year-old to care for—and he’s lost the will to go on.

Ellen Stewart despises Lance Garrett. If not for him dashing into her little sister’s life, stealing her heart, and filling her head with his dreams, Isabelle would still be alive and safe in St. Louis. After receiving a letter from Lance requesting help with Tessa, Ellen rushes to Silver Springs, intent on taking her young niece back home with her. A rugged ranch is no place for a motherless baby. But when she realizes the depth of Lance’s despair and his love fore his daughter, she can’t leave him alone. Though everything within her wants to flee back to the big city, something makes her stay. Tessa needs her father, for one—and Lance needs her.

When some local church members make a stink about Ellen living at Lance’s ranch, he proposes. Ellen never wanted a hand-me-down husband, but could the marriage be God’s will for them both?



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