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Sarah’s Surrender with Vickie McDonough

I’m pleased to have Vickie McDonough back on my blog this week. If you enjoy historical fiction then keep reading.

Sarah's Surrender McDonoughWhen Sarah Worley rejects Luke McNeil’s marriage proposal to pursue property in the Oklahoma Territory land lottery in 1901, the ranch hand pulls up stakes and goes after her. But he’s the last person she wants to see. The land lottery gives Sarah the chance to realize her dream of independence and a home of her own. But with it comes challenges she never considered. When her dream becomes a nightmare, she must decide whether to stay on her land or give up and return to the life she left. Luke hopes that by winning a claim, he can give Sarah the home she’s always wanted. How can he prove his love and show the stubborn woman that he’s the right man for her?

 

Vickie McDonough 3 - smaller sizeBestselling 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 recently stepped into independent publishing.

Vickie has been married over 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:www.vickiemcdonough.com

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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: www.vickiemcdonough.com

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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?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Cowboy-Susan-Page-Davis/dp/1943959021/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1457319862&sr=8-1

Joline’s Redemption with Author Vickie McDonough

Joline's RedemtpionJoline has fallen as far as any woman can. She once had lofty dreams of love and luxury, but she made a series of dreadful decisions, leaving her bereft of all hope. Jo has a long list of secrets to keep and has to continually look over her shoulder, as the man she’s running from may show up anywhere, anytime.

Vickie McDonough 3 smallBest selling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She lives out her childhood dream by penning romances set in the Old West. Vickie is an award-winning author of more than 35 books and novellas.

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Rancher Under Fire by Vickie McDonough

Rancher Under Fire 446233Welcome back, Vickie! I always enjoy having one of my critique partners visit my blog.:) Readers, you won’t be disappointed with this book. Keep reading to find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy.

Please tell us about Rancher Under Fire.

Rancher Under Fire is a Love Inspired Suspense set in Oklahoma. It’s the story of a former pro quarterback who left football to raise his daughter on a quiet ranch, but lately, things haven’t been quiet. Here’s the back cover info:

SABOTAGE AT ANGELFIRE RANCH

Jackson Durant would go to any lengths to protect his young daughter and his ranch. He knows the puzzling incidents on his homestead are no accidents. Someone is after him…but who? And why? Reporter Mariah Reyes is determined to find out. She never

expected her pursuit of a story on the reclusive rancher would endanger her life—nor that she’d fall for the cowboy. But when Jackson’s daughter is kidnapped, she’ll do anything to help save the little girl—even if it means becoming a target herself.

Will you share a short excerpt?

The familiar ta-dump, ta-dump of tires crossing the cattle guard pulled Jackson’s gaze down the long gravel drive. Though people frequented the ranch often, he wasn’t expecting anyone today. He studied the approaching vehicle—a sports car that was going far too fast.

He started toward his daughter. “Hailey, bring the filly back. Right now.”

Hailey stopped in the middle of the road and stared at the car, barreling toward her. Jackson increased his pace. His daughter tugged the prancing horse off the road and onto the dried winter grass. The filly pawed the ground. The closer the sports car came, the more agitated she grew.

Baron barked. Jackson broke into a run. A shrill whinny rent the air as the black filly reared, her front hooves pawing the air just inches above Hailey’s head. Jackson’s heart took a dive. He raced toward her, but his legs felt as if they were encased in cement.

“Let go! Hailey! Let go of the rope.”

Do you write in more than one genre? Yes. Most of the novels I’ve written have been historical romances, but my latest novel is a contemporary suspense. Some times it’s nice to write something different.

It’s fun to see you hop into a new genre. Vickie. I know when I critiqued this story, I really enjoyed it. 🙂

If your book is set in a real location, have you visited it? Rancher Under Fire is set in northeastern Oklahoma, but Angelfire Ranch and the nearby town are fictional. I live in northeastern Oklahoma, so I’m very familiar with the area. It’s filled with rolling hills, trees, lakes, and mostly small towns filled with friendly people.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? I love reading Christian historical romances the best. I grew up watching cowboy shows with my dad and fell in love with the Old West.

What is next for you? I’m currently working on Joline’s Redemption, the second book in a series called Land Rush Dreams, which is set in the Oklahoma Territory in the late 1800s. The first book, Gabriel’s Atonement, is finished and releases in January.

Here’s what it’s about: Gambler Gabe Coulter is content with his comfortable life—but when a man with a gun confronts him in a dark alley, everything changes. Guilt riddles him for killing Tom Talbot, even though it was self-defense. The dying man said the money he lost to Gabe was meant for his destitute wife and son. The only way Gabe knows to rid himself of the guilt over killing Talbot is to return the money he won to the man’s wife.

Lara Talbot doesn’t believe Tom had money. She sees Gabe as a charming con artist like her irresponsible husband and wants nothing to do with him. She struggles to feed her family, keep her rebellious sister in line, and care for her young son and sick grandpa. The land rush in the Oklahoma Territory seems the only way for them to get a home, so Lara rides, but her dreams don’t turn out as planned. Could God have a bigger dream for her than she could imagine?

Thanks for sharing with us, Vickie!

If you would like to be entered to win a copy of Rancher Under Fire, please leave a comment for Vickie. If you follow this blog you will receive one extra entry–please mention you follow in the comments. If you are a new follower–I will know, but it helps me if you mention it in the comments.:) All new followers will receive an extra entry as well.

Rules: Open to USA and Canada mailing addresses only. Drawing ends November 2, 2014. The winner will be notified on November 3, 2014 and have until November 10th to reply or forfeit. No new winner will be drawn.

Vickie McDonough 3 smallBestselling 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 in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is the award-winning author of thirty-four published books and novellas. Her books 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. Her latest book, Rancher Under Fire, is a contemporary suspense.

Vickie has been married thirty-nine years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious eight-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: www.vickiemcdonough.com

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Song of the Prairie

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I’m thrilled to once again welcome Vickie McDonough. Thanks for being with us, Vickie. Please tell us about your book, Song of the Prairie. Song of the Prairie is the third and final book in my Pioneer Promise series, which is set in 1870s Kansas and features the three Harper brothers. This last book tells Aaron’s story. He’s the oldest brother. Here’s a blurb, which focuses on the heroine’s storyline: Janie Dunn’s dream of being an opera singer suddenly fades when, at her dying cousin’s request, she flees Boston with her cousin’s newborn son to protect him from his abusive father. She moves to Kansas to live with her brother, but life takes another dire change when he is suddenly killed. Is a marriage of convenience the answer to her problems? Is Kansas far enough away from Boston that they are safe from the baby’s vengeful father?

How long did it take you to write this story? Three months.

What is next for you? I’m almost finished with the first book is a new series called Land Rush Dreams, which features two of the Oklahoma land runs and a land lottery. Gabriel’s Atonement, book one in the series, is the story of a gambler who kills a man in self-defense and then tries to make amends for the deed by helping the man’s widow and young son, even though she wants nothing to do with him. It releases next January.

If you could travel anyplace this summer, where would you go and what would you do? There are so many places I’d love to go. Ireland and Scotland, Australia, Fiji, the western U.S. states, but if I had to pick one place, it would be New Zealand. As for what I’d do, I’d tour the beautiful country and see all the sites and hopefully relax for a time.

What was the last fiction book you read that you would recommend? I’d recommend any of Marylu Tyndall’s book. I LOVE her fast-paced historical romances, which are usually set aboard a ship in the beautiful Caribbean. Oft times there’s a pirate on board ship. Her hero and heroines always have such wonderful conflict and delicious chemistry. Every one of her books are keepers.

How old were you when you first knew you wanted to be a professional writer? I was 47 when I first started writing. I’d always been an avid reader, but I never once considered writing a book until a story idea started running through my mind and wouldn’t leave me alone. It was affecting my sleep and driving me bananas, so I decided to write it down in hopes it would go away and leave me alone. As soon as I finished it, another story came. I wrote it too. After finishing the second book, I got to thinking that maybe God was trying to get my attention. I jumped in with both feet and never looked back. I’ve been writing for thirteen years now and have over 30 books and novellas in print and ebook format, with around 1,000,000 copies sold. I like to encourage people to say yes when God puts a calling on your life, even if it seems like an odd one. He dreams bigger dreams for us than we can dream for ourselves.

Do you have a favorite spot to read or write? Yes. I have a soft, comfy recliner that I sit in with my feet up. I have a heating pad on my back to use when my back hurts or if I get cold. And I have a fan remote on the table next to my chair in case I get hot and a glass of water or Coke nearby. I both read and write in it.

Please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Song of the Prairie.

Rules: Open to U.S. mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law. Drawing closes 7/20/2014. The Winner will be contacted by email on 7/21/2014 and have until 7/27/2014 to reply or forfeit the book. No new winner will be drawn.

Vickie has several books releasing in the near future.
Song of the Prairie, book 3 in my Pioneer Christmas series
Rancher Under Fire, a Love Inspired Suspense, September
Forging a Family, a novella in the Westward Christmas Collection, September
Unexpected Blessing, a novella in The Brides of Christmas Collection, September
The Fruitcake Bride, a novella in The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection, December

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Call of the Prairie

I’m thrilled to welcome back, Vickie McDonough. Please tell us about Call of the Prairie.

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Call of the Prairie is the second book in my Pioneer Promises series. It’s set mostly in a small Kansas town in 1873. The book’s hero is Josh Harper, who the second of the three Harper brothers, which the series focuses on. Call of the Prairie is a little different in that the heroine suffers from asthma. Here is a description of the book:

Sophie Davenport fears life is passing her by. Her strict, overprotective parents have kept her close to home because of the severe asthma attacks she sometimes endures. She longs to live a normal life and hopes to marry, but that dream seems impossible. When her aunt has a tragic accident and requests someone come to Kansas to help her, no one is available except Sophie. Her father, tied up with business, reluctantly agrees to let her go. Sophie is ecstatic and sees this trip as her one chance to prove to her parents—and herself—that she’s capable of standing on her own. But things in the small town of Windmill are not as her aunt portrayed. And her aunt’s handsome neighbor, guardian of two of the children her aunt cares for while he works, obviously doubts her abilities. Will the Kansas dust, drama, and difficulties prove too much for Sophie? Or will she lose her heart to her neighbor and succumb to the call of the prairie?

Is this the final book in the series?

No, Call of the Prairie is the second book in my Pioneer Promises series. The last book in the series is called Song of the Prairie.

What is next for you?

I turned in Song of the Prairie on Dec. 15th. This week, I’ve been working on the Art Fact Sheets (AFS) for two publishers. AFS’s are used by a publisher’s art department to design the book’s cover. Next, I have to do edits on my Love Inspired Suspense, Rancher Under Fire, which is due out this fall. Next, I need to write a novella for Barbour’s Westward Pioneers collection, which releases in September. After that, I’ll be starting a new series set during the Oklahoma land rush days called Land Rush Dreams.

It sounds like you are very busy! I’d love to have you come back and share with us about the Rancher Under Fire. Since Vickie is my critique partner, I’ve read that book and I must tell you it’s a great read. In fact I haven’t read anything by Vickie that I haven’t enjoyed.

I know that you enjoy antiques. What is it about antiques that attract you?

My interest started, I believe, with several antique pieces I have that were handed down from family members. My favorites are a sixty-year-old quilt that my great-grandmother made and a pair of end tables that are flat on one side and rounded on the other three. The fronts have curly wood decorations and hand-painted flowers. Another reason I like antiques is because I write historical fiction, and I like studying old furniture, dishes, and accessories so that I can make them realistic in my books. The third reason I’m into antiques is that my sister and I have two booths at an antique mall where we sell antique furniture, Pyrex, old pictures and other collectibles.

Is there a certain time period that you like collecting better than others.

No, not really. I don’t collect furniture for my home, mainly because I don’t have room for it. I buy small pieces to put in my booths, but what I really like are quilted wall hangings, especially hand-made one. I have a bunch of them that I decorate my home with, some seasonal ones, and I rotate them each month.

Thanks for sharing with us, Vickie!

Vickie McDonough 3 small  Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen and others living in the western 1800s. Vickie is the award-winning author of 29 published books and novellas. Her books 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, which released last July, was chosen by Romantic Times as one of their Recommended Inspirational Books for July.

Vickie is a wife of thirty-eight years, mother of four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and grandma to a feisty seven-year-old girl. 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: www.vickiemcdonough.com

Pioneer Christmas

Pioneer Christmas coverI’m excited to welcome Vickie McDonough. I discovered Vickie when I read her Texas Boarding House Bride series and have been a fan ever since. Please tell us about Pioneer Christmas.

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.

Vickie McDonough 3 small To learn more about Vickie and her books you can visit her website at www.vickiemcdonough.com