Friday, September 3, 2010

Welcome Vickie McDonough and enter to win her new release!

The Anonymous Bride!  Book 1 of the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series
Welcome Vickie! I asked Vickie to explain how God worked through her to birth this new series.

When I first started writing The Anonymous Bride, I was a bit overwhelmed. I started out writing 20,000-word novellas and moved to short novels of 50,000 words for the Heartsong Book Club. I'd never written a 100,000 book before, and the task seemed daunting, even though I knew the plot of my story well. Writing this book--and the next one--became a walk in daily trusting in God to help me meet my word count and to make the book exciting and fulfilling for readers. I knew in my heart that since God had provided me the contract for the book, that He'd help me get it done on time. He did--with the first book in the series and with the second one. Now I'm working on the third book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and once again, I need Him walking with me, guiding me along the path of this book. So many people I meet think it's exciting to write a book--and it is--but it's also a lot of hard work and can even be a spiritual battle. I firmly believe God uses Christian fiction to bring people to Him and to encourage Christians in their faith walk and that there are dark forces that don't want us to succeed. I'm learning to trust God more with each book I write. I've heard of many other authors who struggle when writing their books. Have you ever considered praying for your favorite author? I'd like to encourage and even challenge you to do so. We can use the prayers!

Amen, Vickie! I believe anyone whose goal it is to glorify God will run into some heavy spiritual battle! Whether you write, paint, are a student, or wok in an office.. etc.  I know I've felt under heavy attack while writing many of my novels.

Now about the book!
The Anonymous Bride Three mail-order brides arrive in Lookout, Texas , each expecting to marry the local marshal. But—he didn't order a bride. When a contest ensues to discover which bride will make him the best wife, there is a surprise fourth entry--an anonymous one. Mayhem occurs as the whole town tries to figure out who the anonymous bride is, and the mayor pressures the marshal to pick a bride or lose his job. Will Marshal Davis tuck tail and run for the hills? Or will he lose his heart and his bachelorhood?

Here's a sneak peek at book 2 which was just released this week!
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, 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?

About Vickie!!
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 has had 18 books and novellas published, and 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, and OWFI. She is a wife of thirty-four 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:

My Review of The Anonymous Bride.
This is my first book by Vickie McDonough and I was not in the least bit disappointed. What I thought was going to be merely a lighthearted fun western romance (and it was that!) turned out to be also exciting and adventurous as well. Rather than simply dwelling on the humorous situation the sherrif finds himself in when his friends set him up with three mail order brides, the author also treads into deeper waters with such important issues as rape, betrayal, parenting, and faith. Well written, funny, and page-turning, I'm sure you'll enjoy this historical romance!!

If you'd like to win a copy of The Anonymous Bride, please leave a comment with your email addy. I'll draw a name next Friday Sept 10th


  1. I'd love a chance to win Second Chance Bride. thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. Both these books sound so great! I so enjoy stories with mail-order brides in them! :)

  3. Fri Sept 3rd,
    Morning, MaryLu.
    Well, I just think this is so neat of you ... to recommend and encourage other authors to us all. Both books sound wonderful ... full of fun and adventure !
    Please enter me into the contest to win a copy of "The Anonymous Bride". That would be great !
    Thanks again !
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley
    ( )

  4. The books sound wonderful!

  5. Oh wow, these books sound really good! The exact type of books I love to read. I'm going to have to look them up next time I go to the Christian bookstore.

    -Sarah C.

  6. Debbie Mitchell debsbunch5@jesusanswers.comSeptember 3, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    These books actually sound very interesting. I would love to win one. @MaryLu: to add to your list, there is a lot of spiritual battles when you are a wife and mother. You have a responsibility to raise your children in the Lord's way and evil always tries to make a sneak attack. Even when your children are all grown, you still feel that evil attacking them, so you are constantly in prayer for their protection. Life is a novel.....but, thankfully, the Lord has written it all, including the ending.

  7. the book sound good

  8. Ohhh!! I would so love to win a copy of this book!! Thanks for the opportuniy!


  9. I think I would like to try to read The Anonymous Bride. Sounds exciting.

  10. MaryLu,

    Thanks for spreading the word about my new books and to all your commenters for taking time to leave a message. Good luck in the drawing!

  11. Nice to meet you Vickie! This sounds like a great book to read!