Thursday, December 23, 2010

meet Vickie McDonough

Award-winning author Vickie McDonough has lived in Oklahoma all her life, except for a year when she and her husband lived on a kibbutz in Israel.

Vickie is the author of 20 books and novellas, including the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. Historical Christian romance is her favorite genre to read and write. Vickie is currently the ACFW treasurer and a founding member of WIN, an ACFW chapter in Tulsa, OK. She is a member of RWA, CAN, Women Writing the West, OKRWA, and OWFI.

Vickie’s books have won the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, and the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a multi-year finalist in ACFW’s BOTY contest. This year she is a triple finalist in the ACFW’s Carol Awards(formerly BOTY)

She is a wife of thirty-five years, mother of four grown sons and grandma to a feisty four-year-old girl. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling.

To learn more about Vickie’s books, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com and www.bustlesandspurs.com where she contributes monthly.

 

Second Chance Brides

Rejected mail-order brides, Shannon O’Neil and Leah Bennett, 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, since they were the ones who brought the women to town in the first place. Now the brothers are searching for a way to marry off the women and be free of their financial burden. Getting into the matchmaking business doesn’t sound as far-fetched as it once did. Will the Corbett brothers’ idea of hosting Saturday socials really bring these women the kind of loves they long for? Or will their plans backfire?


Here's an excerpt of Second Chance Brides:


Mark shrugged, wishing he’d never allowed himself to get caught up in his brother’s scheme to marry off their cousin. If he hadn’t, he never would have written to Miss O’Neil on his cousin’s behalf, and she wouldn’t be stranded in Lookout right now, stirring up rotten memories. “I reckon the Lord wanted Luke and Rachel together. Our messing with things just made them worse. Kind of like when Sarah in the Bible gave Abraham her maidservant.”

“Oh, I don’t know about that.” Garrett rubbed his chin with his forefinger and thumb. “We’ve got two more pretty women of marrying age in Lookout than we had before. That can’t be a bad thing.”

Mark shook his head. From the tone of his voice, Garrett was scheming again, and this time Mark wanted nothing to do with it. They’d be out plenty of money before Miss O’Neil and Miss Bennett found a way to support themselves or got husbands since the marshal had ordered them to pay Miss Bennett’s and Miss O’Neil’s room and board. Never again would he let his brother sway him into one of his schemes. Pranks were meant to be fun, but people kept getting upset at them.

The fiddler tuned up again. Men separated from their groups, seeking out their wives. Mark’s gaze sought out Miss O’Neil again, and he found her standing at the edge of the crowd. She put him in mind of a frightened bird that desperately wanted to join the flock but was afraid of being pecked by the bigger birds. She looked as if she might flit away without a soul noticing.

But he noticed—and the fact irritated him.

“You gonna ask her to dance?”

“What?” Mark frowned at his brother. Had he seen him watching the Irish girl? Garrett would misinterpret his stare.

Downing the last of his punch, Garrett seemed to be studying Miss O’Neil himself. “She’s a fetching thing and free to marry now. Reckon we’ll have to find her and that blond a husband soon or we could be paying their room and board for a long while.”

“Guess you should have thought of that before dreaming up that confounded plan to find Luke a bride. You’ll remember that I warned you this could come back to bite you.”

Garrett grinned. “Yeah, and I also remember you writing to one pretty Irish gal, pretending to be the marshal. If you were so opposed to my idea, why did you join in?”

Mark kicked a rock that skittered across the dirt. “Guess I just got caught up in your excitement. I wanted to see Luke settled and happy, too. He’d been through so much.”

“Well, if you’re not going to ask a certain redhead to dance, I reckon I will.” Garrett set his punch glass on the church sign.

Mark grabbed for his brother’s arm as he strode off, but he clutched air instead. Why couldn’t Garrett let things be? He always had to meddle. But he had no way of knowing how Miss O’Neil set off all kinds of warning clangs in Mark’s mind. He was wrong to compare the two women, but Shannon reminded him so much of Annabelle.

He clamped down his jaw. He wouldn’t let another woman close like he had Annabelle. Not that Miss O’Neil was any threat of doing that. He just had to stay away from her. Not let his guard down around her. He’d fallen for a woman once, and it had been the worst mistake he’d ever made. If anyone found out, his reputation would be ruined.

The Irish girl shook her head at Garrett, and Mark smirked. So, she was immune to his brother’s charms. Good for her. A stiff breeze nearly stole his hat away, but he grabbed hold and pressed it down tighter. His gaze lifted to the sky, and shivers of alarm skittered down his spine. He didn’t like the looks of those yellow-green clouds. Could be just a bad thunderstorm brewing, but they had an ominous look about them.

He searched for his brother and straightened when he found him waltzing with Miss O’Neil. His hand tightened into a ball. Why should he care? But knowing Garrett was just trying to raise his hackles—and doing a decent job of it—irritated Mark. He had half a mind to march over there and cut in, but that was probably exactly what his brother expected him to do.

The song ended. Garrett leaned toward Miss O’Neil and said something. She shook her head then tilted it to the side. Mark read her lips. “Thank you.”

She drifted through the crowd, looked over her shoulder, and then headed across the churchyard. She was trying to run away, he knew that. Things must be terribly awkward for her here. He watched her stop and talk with Leah Bennett for a moment until Homer Jones asked Miss Bennett to dance. Shannon watched the two walk toward the group of waltzing townsfolk.

If not for him and his brother, neither woman would be stuck in Lookout. He felt bad about that, but when he and Garrett had offered to pay their passage back home or somewhere else, both had refused. Maybe they liked it here.

He gazed at the town, trying to see it from their viewpoint. Lookout was small as towns went. The layout resembled a capital E, with Bluebonnet Lane the spine and Apple, Main, and Oak Streets the arms. Most of the buildings were well kept, but a few of them were weathered and unpainted and had seen better days. Yeah, they had a small bank, a store, marshal’s office, livery, cafĂ©, a church and even a newspaper office, but that was about all. Why would a woman with no means of support want to stay here if she had family to return to?

Suddenly screams rose from the crowd, yanking Mark’s attention toward the ruckus behind him.

“Tornado!” frantic voices lifted in a chaotic chorus, joining with frightened wails.

Men grabbed their women and children and raced to find shelter. Mark shoved away from the tree he’d been leaning on. He looked back at Miss O’Neil. She stood on Bluebonnet Lane, her wide eyes captivated. Mouth open. Didn’t she know the danger she was in?

Foolish woman. He quickened his steps. People scattered in all directions, and yet she didn’t move. He may not want to dance with her, but he sure didn’t want her to come to any harm.

A flying tree branch snatched his hat off like a thief, almost knocking him in the head. He galloped faster, dodging men. Dodging women dragging their stunned children. “Run,” he yelled.

But she couldn’t hear him.


You can purchase Second Chance Brides from Amazon.

Vickie is giving away a copy of Second Chance Brides . To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

This looks like a good read.
Sunny

Lisa Lickel said...

Hi, Vickie! I'm so glad to see you here on the Book Loft. thanks for joining us.

CarlybirdK said...

I love Vickie's books. The first book in this series was excellent, I would love to win this one. I am a follower here, on Facebook and on Networked Blogs. I am also a subscriber :-) Thank you and Merry Christmas.
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Joanne Sher said...

Oh, this one sounds like fun! Please enter me :)

Rita's Random Ramblings said...

Sounds like a fun read! It's added to my list!

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Please enter me!! Thank you:)

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Thanks for another chance!

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Anonymous said...

This one sounds like it'd be a fun book to read. Please enter me in the drawing.
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Please enter me! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Meredith said...

Sounds fun! You don't read many stories about mail order brides situations gone wrong!

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I have this book on my wish list. I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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This book looks like it's goind to be funny.


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What a wonderful giveaway! I just found this blog through Carman. I'd love to win!

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I keep reading reviews of Vickie's books around the blogosphere, and I really want to read one! Please enter me :)

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Tressa said...

I've had this on my TBR list for a while, so I'd love the chance to win a copy! (Carmen sent me.)
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Leanne said...

I'd love to be entered to win this book! Thanks!

Sandee61 said...

Thank you for the entry! I'd love to read Vickie's book. It looks like a really good read.

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Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

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Cindy W. said...

I loved The Anonymous Bride and would love to read Second Chance Brides. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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dunlizzie said...

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Lady DragonKeeper said...

I always love a good historical fic, I hope it's not too late. =) Sounds like a fun one!

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