Friday, June 25, 2010

My Friend Vickie - Interview & Series Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome Vickie McDonough to talk about her latest release The Anonymous Bride, first in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series.

Vickie is offering a giveaway to U.S. residents of all three books in her previous Oklahoma Brides series, Sooner or Later, The Bounty Hunter and the Bride, and A Wealth Beyond Riches! Thanks, Vickie! Just leave a comment with an email address to enter!


About Vickie

Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author, with 18 novels and novellas published. The Anonymous Bride, book one in her debut trade fiction series the Texas Boardinghouse Brides, released in April. Vickie was recently voted 3rd Favorite Author in Heartsong Present’s annual readers’ contest, and her book, Outlaw Heart, placed 2nd in the Favorite Historical Romance category. 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. She is a wife of thirty-four years, mother of four grown sons and grandma to a feisty four-year-old girl. To learn more about Vickie’s books, visit her website:


About 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?


What's your latest book?

The Anonymous Bride
, book one in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series released April 1.

Fun title! What's your favorite part of the story?

I love the ending, but there are also several other favorites I have. One is the scene where two of the mail-order brides arrive. Another is the one where Luke puts Max (a dog) in one of his jail cells and Jack comes in and talks to him about that.

LOL. Must have been a really rascally mut. ;-) What was the hardest part to write?

Probably the parts where Rachel, the heroine, is suffering guilt about her past and also when she doesn’t feel like she’s a good mother. I doubt there’s a mom alive who hasn’t felt that way at one time or another.

I know I have! Luckily those little tykes occasionally assure me I'm the best. Always makes my day. What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

My brand is “An Adventure into Romance.” I hope my stories entertain the reader, take them away from their own world or problems for a time, and give them an adventure and encourage them in their faith walk.

Is there a theme to this book?

Yes, the main theme is “forgiving past hurts” and realizing how clinging to them hurt you more than the person you’re angry at.

What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

It’s definitely historical romance. That’s what I mostly read and love to write. My favorite time period is the late 1800s with settings in the American West.

What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

I just finished reading A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer, and it is probably one of the best debut author’s books that I’ve read.

That's the third time TODAY I've seen something about that book! Must be awesome. What's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?

A lady I used to attend church with saw me at the new church we were attending. She told me that she’d read some of my books, then she blushed big time, and leaned toward me and said, “You’re books are so sensual, you must really have a fabulous love life.” I just stood there thinking, My books aren’t sensual. I wonder if she confused me with another author. Then I nearly laughed as I thought about my very-sweet-but-not-so-romantic husband. I still don’t know if she was talking about my books. I responded with something like, “Uh. . .thanks,” I think.

Also, I just have to share this: My four-year-old granddaughter says the most hilarious things. Yesterday, she was talking about her preschool and I could tell she was struggling to remember something. She looked at me and said, “What was I thinking about?” as if I could see into her mind and tell her what she was trying to think of.

Yeah, that sounds like a four-year-old! How cute. And a big chuckle over that, um, compliment.

Thanks for stopping by, Vickie! Readers, Vickie will be visiting again in October to talk about the second book in this series, Second Chance Brides, so you'll get to learn more about her and another of her books then!

In the meantime, you can purchase The Anonymous Bride at Amazon or CrossPurposes.

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Contest ends 7/1/10. Winner will have two weeks to claim book.


  1. Hope this is how to enter.I'd love to read the book! Follow me back!
    six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  2. These books sound great.

  3. Oh, sorry Jenna! Forgot my usual line about commenting to enter. But yes. It is. =)

  4. would love to read these fabulous books...thanks for the opportunity :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  5. I would love to read these books! They sound fantastic! I love reading the western bride books! Please enter me!


  6. I would love to read these books, please enter me and Carman sent me over. :)



  7. I would love a chance to read these books. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks

  8. Please enter me in the giveaway. Carman sent me.
    Have a super day,
    Trinity Rose

    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

  9. I love Vickie's work and would love to win this series. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  10. I would love to read these books.

    PS Carman sent me.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  11. Sounds like a great book!

    artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

  12. I really would love to read these,please enter me in to the giveaway.....really enjoyed the interview.....



  13. Fun interview! I love Vicki's books, please include me for this great set. Thanks.

  14. Wonderful & fun interview. I've read three of Vickie's book so far and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. "The Anonymous Bride" was fantastic! I can't wait for "Second Chance Brides" to be released so I can read it. Please enter me in the contest.

    Blessings to you both~
    Beverly bgrider2[at]cox[dot]net

  15. I haven't read any books by this author yet, but they sound good! I'd like to enter this giveaway.


  16. I would love to win these! Heartsongs Presents are some of my favorite summer reads, because I can usually finish one in an afternoon :)

    Please enter me: ksmiley2[at]kent[dot]edu

  17. The books look like a lot of fun to read. Can't wait. Please enter me in. Thanks :)

  18. I loved this interview!! That's so funny about the lady at church!!
    Please enter me. Thanks!:) bluerose_shelnut(at)yahoo(dot)com

  19. Please enter me in. I"d like to read these. I have enjoyed many books out by Heartsong presents. Can't go wrong there.

    robinribbit (at) yahoo dot com

  20. I love heartsong books. I have some of Vicki's books, but none of these. Please include me. Thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  21. Please enter me! I love that you are giving away a complete series. I always seem to never find one book out of a series, so it's great that this is a complete set!

    My email is latawniakintz(at)gmail(dot)com

    By the way, Carmen sent me!

  22. These seem like great books. Please accept my entry. Thanks!


  23. Enjoyed the interview and would love the chance to win these books. Thank you.

    Carmen sent me.

  24. Hi, I would like to read Vickie's book. my e mail id is

  25. Would love to win these books and thanx for hosting.


    p/s Carman sent me

  26. Rosanna,

    Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog, and thanks to all of you who visited and entered the drawing.