Friday, July 5, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Vickie McDonough

It's good to have Vickie visitng again today! Read on to learn more about her writing and her new book!

Is there a story behind your book Whispers on the Prairie?
My husband and I were traveling to different historical sites in Kansas on a trip we took several years ago. I was in search of a story for a new series, and I often get ideas when I visit historical sites and hear the stories about past residents. On this trip, we visited the Mahaffie Stage Stop in Olathe. I immediately fell in love with the place as we toured the 1850s house and heard the story about the Mahaffie family and their stage stop. I haven’t read many books that included a stage stop and felt that would be something different to write about, and the Harper family and the Pioneer Promises series was born.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Definitely emails. I should turn the sound off that indicates when I get one, but I really don’t want to. I spend a lot of time on emails when I should be writing.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I love historical romances, especially those with a western flavor set in the late 1800s, such as books by Karen Witemeyer and Maggie Brendan. However, one of my favorite authors is Marylu Tyndall, and she writes mostly books set earlier and in the Caribbean. I’ll read pretty much any Christian fiction novel with a cowboy, rancher, or lawman in it. I guess that love goes back to the days of the 1960s when I watched cowboy shows on TV with my dad.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
When I was 14 I bought a Honda motorcycle with money I’d earned babysitting so that I could be mobile. I wasn’t old enough to drive a car, but I was old enough legally ride a motorcycle. I had it for several years until I finally got a car.

What is your strangest habit?
I always wear socks, except when I bathe or wear a dress. J I can’t stand to go barefoot. I can’t tell you why, but I love my socks.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My seven-year-old granddaughter, Hailey, says some of the funniest things. She is very smart and very matter-of-fact, as if she knows all, but some of the things she says are hilarious.

What is your favorite season of the year?
 I love springtime, but alas, I’m allergic to it. I love when the trees leaf out and the grass turns green, leaving behind the barrenness of winter. I have a beautiful garden in my backyard with all kinds of flowers but I mostly have to enjoy from inside—unless I want to have itchy eyes and sneeze a lot. Smile.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Steak, baked potato, green beans, and salad

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I like to write about forgiveness, finding hope, and overcoming troubles through faith in God. Also, an often recurring topic I write about is that God has bigger dreams for us than we can dream for ourselves.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Whispers on the Prairie, Book 1 in the Pioneer Promises series released on July 1st. Readers are introduced to the Harper family and the three Harper brothers, Aaron, Josh, and Ethan, all adults, who run a Kansas stage stop together. Toss a stranded woman into the mix of a trio of marriageable men, and you have a wagonload of problems—and fun!

Sequels include:

Call of the Prairie – January, 2014

Song of the Prairie – July, 2014


To buy the book, go here:Amazon
Barnes and Noble

About Vickie:

Vickie grew up reading horse stories and dreaming of marrying a rancher, instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. But those old dreams have found new life as she pens stories of ranchers, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is the award-winning author of 27 books and novellas. Her novel, End of the Trail won Best Fiction Novel in the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc’s 2013 contest, and Long Trail Home won the 2012 Booksellers’ Best Award for Inspirational Fiction. Her books have also 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

Connect with Vickie here:




Vickie is giving away a copy of Whispers on the Prairie. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown



Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like a really good book, thank you for the chance to win it.


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Patty said...

Historical romances are my favorite too! I have been reading a few more contemporary books lately but always go back to a good historical.


apple blossom said...

love Vickie's books thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Patricia Bradley said...

Love the sound of this book. Alas, I too should mute my email alert tone!
pat at pt bradley dot com

Boos Mum said...

I absolutely hate to wear socks. I only wear them when it is too cold not too. They make my feet feel trapped. Thanks for a chance to win your book.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Cindi A said...

Please enter my name in the drawing for a copy of Whispers on the Prairie


Anonymous said...

Hi Vickie -- Have read several of yur books and find them delightful!!!Am anxious to read your new book, Whispers On The Prairie. Please enter my name in for the drawing of this book!!!Thank you. Pat Hines

sm said...

I always wear socks, but for a different reason than you. I have a circulation disorder and can't get my feet cold. Oh well!
I love to read Historical fiction about the old west, and this looks like a wonderful plot with 3 men and 1 stranded lady. sharon, CA

squiresj said...

Hi Vickie - I love your books. I so want to win this. I will read it, review it, and share with someone.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Merry said...

I love the setting of a stage stop for Vickie's newest book. Thanks for the giveaway!
Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

KayM said...

It is nice to "meet" a new-to-me author. I do actually have two Christmas collections to which she has contributed, but I'm saving them to read over the holidays. I'm looking forward to reading this prairie series. It sounds very special.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Judy said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds so good!

Judy B

Emma said...

WHISPERS ON THE PRAIRIE sounds wonderful.Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win .

Kevlin said...

Vickie is a new author to me. Her book "Whispers on the Prairie" sounds like a great read. Hoping one of my libraries will order this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win.


HomePlace Gatherings said...

Love reading Vickie's books!

Priviesandprims@yahoo dot com

rubynreba said...

Please enter me for Whispers on the Prairie. Looks good and I enjoyed the interview.

Vickie McDonough said...

Thanks to everyone for your nice comments about Whispers on the Prairie. I really appreciate you stopping by and reading about me and my books. It's neat to hear from people who enjoy my books already, but also fun to know I'm new to many of you. I hope you had a great Independence Day!

Kay from NY said...

Hope I'm not late. I would love the opportunity to win this book. Thank you.

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