Monday, April 18, 2011

Vickie McDonough's Finally A Bride

Vickie McDonough 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 and has two new series coming from Moody Publishers and Guidepost Books. Vickie hopes readers find her stories An Adventure into Romance.

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

You can find Vickie online at her website, www.vickiemcdonough.com

Finally A Bride

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

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

Here's an excerpt of Finally A Bride:

Lookout, Texas

1896

Jacqueline Davis had done a lot of daring things in her life, but this deed had to be the most foolhardy. She held up her skirt with one hand, holding her free arm out for balance, and slid her foot across the roof's wooden shakes. The mayor's chimney was only a dozen more steps away. She peered down at the ground far below then yanked her gaze upward when a wave of dizziness made her sway. She sucked in a steadying breath. If she fell the two stories to the packed dirt below, she'd become tomorrow's news instead of her story about the mayor's latest scheme.

She just had to find out what he had up his sleeve. Weeks had passed since she'd landed an exciting story for Lookout's newspaper. She had to get the scoop—whatever the cost. Maybe then she’d have enough clippings in her portfolio to land a job in Dallas as a reporter and finally leave Lookout.

The sweat trickling down her back had nothing to do with the bright April sun warming her shoulders. A moderate breeze whooshed past, lifting her skirts and almost throwing her off balance. Her petticoat flapped like a white flag, but she was far from surrendering. She swatted down her skirts and glanced around the streets, thankful no one was out and about yet. “Oh, why didn’t I don my trousers before attempting this stunt?”

“Because you reacted without thinking again, that’s why,” she scolded herself just like her mother had done on too many occasions to count. Would she never learn? Sighing, she carefully bent down, reached between her legs, pulled the hem of her skirt through and tucked it in her waistband. Holding her arms out for balance, she righted herself again.

The hour was still early, but with the mayor's house resting right on the busy corner of Bluebonnet Lane and Apple Street, she couldn't exactly listen outside his parlor window to the meeting he was holding inside. If the two well-dressed strangers hadn’t ridden right past the boardinghouse while she’d been sweeping the porch, she’d have never known of their arrival.

Her knock on the mayor’s door for permission to listen in and to take notes had resulted in a scowl and the door being slammed in her face. Scuttlebutt was running rampant around town that Mayor Burke had some great plan to bring new businesses to Lookout. He was up to something, and she meant to be the first to find out what it was.

She slid her left foot forward. Listening through the chimney opening was her only alternative. She just hoped the men's voices would carry up that far. Sliding her right foot forward, she held her breath. Her task must be completed quickly before anyone saw her.

"Jacqueline Hamilton Davis, you come down from that roof right this minute—or I’m calling off our wedding."




You can purchase Finally A Bride from Amazon.

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

17 comments:

Katy said...

Please include me in this giveaway! Vickie's new book looks great!!

~ Katy
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Anonymous said...

This looks like a good book!
Sunny

Judy B said...

Sounds like a great read!

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read vickie's latest novel :)

karenk
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apple blossom said...

please include me in this giveaway. thanks

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PriviesAndPrims said...

I soooo want to read this! It sounds as fun as her other books!

Doreen
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windycindy said...

I love the time period and a strong
willed heroine...
Many thanks, Cindi
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Jo said...

I love reading books from right before the turn of the century 1800's - 1900's. This sounds like a great book that I would love to read.

Blessings,
Jo
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Ann Lee Miller said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
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Charity said...

Would love to be entered in this giveaway! Thanks!

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Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Please enter me in the giveaway!
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Mary B.

lgm52 said...

This sounds like such a good book. Count me in!
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Lady DragonKeeper said...

Wow, that excerpt is too short! LOL, great place to end it though ... leaving the reader with more questions. =)

Sounds like a great book --thank you for the chance to win!

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splashesofjoy said...

Looks like an awesome read! Thanks for offering your book!
Blessings.....Joy
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Charity U said...

Please enter me here too! Thank you. :)

Meredith said...

This book sounds like something I'd pick up at the store! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Leanne said...

I'd love to read this too if this giveaway is still open!

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