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Vickie McDonough ~ Finally A Bride ~ Book Giveaway

Help me welcome one of my favorite authors,
Vickie McDonough. 
She is an award-winning author of 23 books and novellas. Her books have won the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a multi-year finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Awards. She was voted Third Favorite Author in the Heartsong Presents Annual Readers Contest in 2009.
Vickie is the author of the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series from Barbour Publishing. Watch for her new books from Moody Press, Texas Trails: A Morgan Family series, in which she partners with Susan Page Davis and Darlene Franklin to write a 6-book series that spans 50 years of the Morgan family. The first three books release this fall. Also, next year brings the release of a new series from Guidepost Books, Whispers on the Prairie, set in 1870s Kansas. Vickie hopes readers find her stories An Adventure into Romance.

If time and money did not enter in the equation, what would be your dream?

When I was younger, I wanted to grow up and marry a rancher. Instead, I married a computer geek who's scared of horses. :) I’d still love to live in the country where I could have a horse, although now I think it would be fun to raise miniature horses.

They say what a person would take from a burning building tells a lot about them. If you could only save one thing (nothing living) from your home, what would that be?

My laptop, because my latest book is on it, and I have a deadline approaching. But I can tell you that I wouldn’t take just one thing. I’d be grabbing my purse, photos, cell phone, anything I could carry. And if the fire wasn’t too bad, I’d probably go back in for more. I know, I know, but I’m stubborn like that.

What are you currently reading?

Surrender the Night by Marylu Tyndall. It's great! What is your favorite genre for personal reading pleasure? historical Christian romances with western settings.

If you could live in any time, when and where would that be and why?

As much as I love writing about the 1800s and other past times, I prefer to live in this day and age. I love technology and new gadgets being created all the time. I also enjoy watching my favorite shows on TV or a good movie, and flying to another city in just an hour or two.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

In my living room. I’m wearing jeans, a teal thermal knit top, and gray house shoes. I’m sitting in my recliner, working on my laptop, and my husband is sitting in his recliner on the other side of a small end table watching NCIS LA.

What was the last movie you saw in a theatre?

The Grace Card

Did you like it?

Yes, it was a good movie with a powerful message of loving other who are different and of forgiveness.

Who was with you?

My husband, Robert, and our good friends, Mike and Kathleen

What snacks did you eat?

Robert and I shared a small popcorn and a Coke.

Who's your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing?

That would be my husband, Robert. He has encouraged me from day one and believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. He’s never complained about all the money I’ve spent for writer’s conferences or traveling for research trips. Right behind him is my mom, who proofs most of my stories and gives copies of my books away to the nurses and aids who come to her house to help her with her physical needs.

Other than the Bible, what is your all time favorite book?

A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

1. When I was 10, I begged and pleaded until my very citified parents bought me a horse.
2. At age 14, I bought a Honda motorcycle with money I earned babysitting.
3. My husband and I lived on a kibbutz in Israel for a year.
4. I’m the mother of four boys, all grown now.
5. My books have sold nearly 3/4th of a million copies. :D

What kinds of things can readers expect from your books?

An exciting adventure, a message of hope, and a satisfying romance with a dose of humor.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you?

Cashing my advance check. J

What is the hardest thing about writing?

The actual writing process.

What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer?

Being the mother of four grown men, I’ve learned a lot about males. I’ve been told I write males well. Dialogue and characterization are other areas that I’ve been told I’m good at.

What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?

Forgiveness; that no matter how far you’ve fallen, God is always willing to reach out and help you; and no matter how bad the circumstances, God longs for you to reconcile with Him.

What gave you the inspiration for this story?

Finally A Bride is the 3rd book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. In the first two books, The Anonymous Bride and Second Chance Brides, there is a feisty young tomboy named Jack. When it was time to write the final book, I knew that it had to be Jack’s book. It will take a special man to tame her.

Tell us about Finally A Bride.

Jacqueline “Jack” Davis is a reporter for the Lookout Ledger bent on discovering the truth and nabbing her story at any cost. When Noah Jeffers comes to Lookout as a temporary pastor, Jack suspects that there may be something hidden beneath his shepherding ways. Soon, though, Jack begins to be attracted to the new pastor despite her initial hesitation. But as she uncovers the truth, will this story cost her too much? Will she reveal what she’s uncovered or keep it hidden to protect newfound love?

Carly Payton returns to Lookout after years in prison, hoping to rebuild her life there. But she soon discovers that new starts and second chances are not always easy to find. Garret Corbett is determined to marry—but not to a jailbird like Carly. When Carly is equally repelled by Garret’s prank-playing ways, will the two see past their dislike and give each other—and love—a second look?

Watch love make a way in Lookout!

Check yourself into the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough, where you’ll meet Luke Davis, marshal of Lookout, Texas, who flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. When three mail-order brides are delivered to Luke a month later, he’s in an uncomfortable predicament. How will he ever choose his mate? Rachel Hamilton’s long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics. Will she find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? Or take an anonymous part in the contest for his hand?

Fans of The Anonymous Bride, will feel for Shannon O’Neil and Leah Bennett who are stranded in Lookout, Texas, without husbands or future plans. Thankfully, the marshal has ordered the rascally Corbett brothers to pay for the women’s lodging at the boardinghouse, but will the brothers’ idea of hosting Saturday socials really bring these women the kind of loves they long for? Will Shannon choose to marry just for security? Will Leah reject love when the challenges mount?


Web site: http://www.vickiemcdonough.com/
Facebook: Search my name: Vickie McDonough

Vickie, thank you for stopping by and sharing with us. To have the possibility to receive a copy of Finally A Bride 

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  • Giveaway closes Sunday, April 24, 2011 at midnight (CST). 
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Tess said...

I've loved all of Vickie's books so I can't wait for this one too! unity4tess@yahoo.com

Debbie Clark said...

I love reading Vickie McDonough books! Please enter me in the drawing for Finally a Bride. Thanks Vickie for telling a little about yourself. I also loved Janette Oak's book A Gown of Spanish Lace. I am assuming that you had no problem riding the Honda bike. My dad had a 150 and tried to teach me to ride. I ended up in the neighbor's fence & everyone was laughing. I decided then and there that I was NOT going to get on the bike again. It was too hard to remember the throttle, brake, etc.
Thanks again for the chance to win your book.
Debbie Clark

Josanne said...

Rank me number three in greatest supporters! Love your books, Vickie McDonough. I am in the midst of "Finally a Bride". It started out with a bang, or should I say "slipping and sliding"? Young Jacqueline "Jack" is a humdinger and a force to be reckoned with. I have looked forward to reading "the happily ever after" of the Boarding House Series. Although, I don't think my heart and mind will forget Lookout, Kansas altogether. The town and the residents there sure grow on ya!

barbjan10 said...

Vickie, do you still ride horseback and your Honda? You have a wonderful spirit and write such fun books to read. Thanks for your giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I win!

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Anonymous said...

I have the previous two of Vickie's work and would love to add this to the collection! Thanks for the chance.

Molly AT reviewsbymolly DOT com

lgm52 said...

Carman sent me.
can hardly wait to read this book.

Leah said...

I LOVED Vikkie's other books in this series. I cant wait to read this one!!!

Amy said...

I have read Vickie's first book and enjoyed it. Still need to get the second book. Would love to win this one. Thanks. Carman sent me.


PriviesAndPrims said...

I read the first one and loved it! Hoping I win this one. :)

Carman sent me over~

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Carman said...

I would love to be entered to win this! I look forward to being able to finish this series. :)

My "different" thing, is that I love the cover of FaB! The girl is so short compared to the guy! (I can really relate to that since I am 5'1") ;)

booklovercb at yahoo dot com

Cindy W. said...

Oh I love Vickie's books. I have been waiting for Finally a Bride and would love to win a copy.

Carman sent me... :)

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Vickie McDonough said...

Thanks for your kind comments, everyone. I didn't know I had so many fans. :) It's hard to say goodbye to a series when you've spent over a year with the characters, but alas, I'm already working on a new one.

I no longer ride motorcycles--too much jiggle--but given the chance, I'd love to go horseback riding again, just as long as I could get on it.

I wish I could give everyone a book.

Anonymous said...

love to win this ,so I can read it and have them all ...
carmen send over

apple blossom said...

mutiny of the heart sounds like a good read.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Charlotte Kay said...

Excited to read this book, too!!!!
Thanks for the opportunity to win it!
Many Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

karenk said...

would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

noseinanovel said...

Carman sent me! I would love a chance to read this book - I like the series concept.

Great interview, too. I love when authors tell us the odd little facts we may not know...it makes the reader feel they know them personally.


Vickie McDonough said...

Thanks, everybody, for visiting AJ's blog. Good luck in the drawing!

Lisa Nelson said...

Carman sent me.
Please enter me!
Thank you,
Lisa Nelson

JackieW said...

I'm glad to see that my name Jacqueline is your main character's name in this book...it's a good name not that often used in stories. The book sounds like an interesting one. I'll be sure to read it since I think I like the character already. LOL

Charity said...

I would love to read this book:) Sounds really neat. And something I found out is that Vickie didn't like English when she was in school. Funny from a woman who writes wonderful books now:D Thanks for the chance at winning this book.

Coming over from ACFW thread.

Penny Zeller said...

I loved your interview, Vickie, thanks for sharing! This book looks like a wonderful read.

Penny Zeller

Jo said...

Thanks for the interesting interview. The book sounds very interesting and I would love to read it. Please enter me in the giveaway.


Charity U said...

Sounds great!!!! Please enter me.


Vickie McDonough said...

I'm going to get a fat head from all the nice comments you all have made. Thanks!!!


by Pegg Thomas said...

Another Boardinghouse Bride book! I enjoyed Second Chance Brides. :) Thanks for entering me.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Ann Lee Miller said...

I enjoyed Second Chance Brides and would love to win. :)

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Sounds like sa fun book to read. Please enter me in the giveaway.
atouchofheaven2010 at gmail dot com

Mary B

Sarah said...

Great! thanks so much ssmith10101 at gmail

Anonymous said...

This looks and sounds like an awesome read.....

Jane said...

Wow what a great looking book! I would love to learn more about Jacqueline - such a pretty name!

Thanks for the chance to win!


Anonymous said...

thanks for the chance to win!
I learned that her Fav Dessert is French Silk Pie!
junegirl26 at hotmail dot com

Katy said...

Jack sounds like SO much fun! I'd love a chance at winning this book. Thanks! :-D

~ Katy

MomRedding said...

Looks fantastic! I really hope to win this one!


Anonymous said...

Wow! Sounds awesome!

jmschiele24 at yahoo dot com

Amanda Stephan said...

I haven't had the chance to read any of Ms. McDonough's books, but I'm putting her on my list! Thanks for the post! By the way...

Congrats! You've just been awarded the Stylish Blogger award! http://authoramanda.blogspot.com/2011/04/stylish-blogger-award.html

Heather said...

I just recently discovered this series and am really excited to start reading them.

thesunsetwont (at) gmail.com

Nancye said...

I would LOVE to won a copy of your book! Thanks for the chance!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Carol N Wong said...

I am a big fan of Karen Witemeyer. I want to read all of her books. I really love that she researches the time period and place so well and always has lots of sparks of humor. When I was reading 'A Tailor Made Bride', it was so hard to lay it down. Please enter me in this giveaway for 'To Win Her Heart'.



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I love the wind in my face, the open sky before me, the romance and flavor of the West, but, most of all, our loving and living God, who created it all. I love how He works out His plans in the realm of human events, which is His Story. I have been blessed with a gift: a compulsion to write Historical and present-day novels set in the American West that demonstrate His power to transform ordinary people into true heroes and heroines. I am just a scribe really. I find the joy of participating in the creation of inspirational fiction indescribable. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the credit and be glorified.

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