Tuesday, July 3, 2012

End of the Trail by Vickie McDonough Ends July 10th


Vickie McDonough is an award-winning author of 25 books and novellas. Her novel, Long Trail Home, is a finalist in the 2012 Booksellers’ Best Awards, and 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 is the author of the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series from Barbour Publishing and author of Long Trail Home and End of the Trail, books 3 & 6 in the Texas Trails series by Moody Publishers, in which she partners with Susan Page Davis and Darlene Franklin to write the series which spans 50 years of the Morgan family. Vickie is currently serving her third year as the ACFW treasurer. Vickie and her husband live in Oklahoma. She has been married for thirty-six years and is the mother of four grown sons and grandma to a precocious six-year-old girl.

 Thanks for joining me this week, Vickie. I always love having you on my blog! Vickie is giving away a copy of her book. To be entered answer the questions, Do you have something very old and precious to you? Or leave a comment. As always, don't forget to leave your email addy so I can contact you  if you win, and tell me if you are a follower so you can get that second entry. Good Luck and enjoy the interview.
 
As always, Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. Sitting in my recliner in my living room, working on my laptop. I’m wearing a green t-shirt, jeans, and house shoes.

Your series is a little different in that you are working with 2 other writers. Can you tell us a little about some of the challenges? The biggest challenges came when we were plotting out the series and trying to decide on the direction we wanted to go with it. We knew we wanted a Texas series that included actual events in Texas history, so we each researched Texas historical events and found the one that most intrigued us and set our stories around those. Plotting the books the hardest part—unless you count holding your breath until you hear that the series has sold. It takes a lot of give and take to collaborate with other authors, and yes, we had some disagreements, but not too many. Each of us had to give at some point, and in the end, I feel the series turned out great! So far, two of the books, Long Trail Home and Captive Trail are up for awards.

Do you think that writing the series with other authors might have changed the direction of your hero or heroine or perhaps the whole story from what it might have been should you alone wrote the series? Yes, definitely. No three authors think alike, and our styles are different. It would be impossible for me to plot or write a story exactly like the ones Susan and Darlene wrote—and that’s a good thing or all books would be similar.

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t, do you know why? My characters always surprise me in some way. Each one has his or her own unique personality. Each reacts to situations differently. Nothing specific stands right now that a character did, but in Long Trail Home, I added a new character—Josh, a three-year-old orphan. When I first plotted the book, he was not part of the plan, but he became a key element.

Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be? I love many of the interactive scenes between Brooks and Keri. But I think one of my favorite ones is when Brooks saves Keri from a wild critter. You’ll have to read the book if you want to know what kind of critter. Oh, and then there’s the scene where she rescues him…

How did this series idea come up? BTW I LOVE the Morgan horses!
My agent, Chip MacGregor, is also Susan’s and Darlene’s agent. The initial idea of having several of his authors do a series together was Chip’s. He pointed us in the Texas historical direction, but that’s where the we authors took off and ran with our own ideas.

And lastly, the other question I always ask:
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) You know, being the fiction writer that I am, I sometimes wonder what I would grab first if we had a fire. I think of the pictures of my four sons and know that those that are not digital are irreplaceable. Then there’s my laptop and also a counted cross stitch picture that took me nearly a year to make. As far as old things, I have a couple of quilts my grandma and great-grandma made that I’m especially partial to.

 He won a ranch in a card game. She claims the ranch is her inheritance. He's not leaving--and neither is she. (I LOVE this teaser!)
Brooks Morgan is quick on the draw, but his weapon of choice is his smile. He’s smart and witty and has charmed his way through much of life, but now that he’s growing older—and a bit wiser. He wants to stop drifting and settle down. He sees his chance when he wins Raven Creek Ranch in a poker game, but when he goes to claim his prize, a pretty woman with a shotgun says the ranch belongs to her. Brooks isn’t leaving his one and only chance to make something of his life—but neither is she. Can they reach an agreement? Or will a greedy neighbor force a showdown, causing them both to lose they want most in life?         

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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday,  July 10th . Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

51 comments:

  1. Vickie McDonough
    Thank you for your books,You are an appreciated writer God bless you
    chris Granville
    granville@frontiernet.net

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  2. Thanks, Chris! And a special thanks to Debbie for letting be a guest on her blog.

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  3. I really enjoyed this post! Thanks for featuring one of my favorite authors! I've already read End of the Trail, and I really enjoyed it.
    Blessings to all!
    Carrie

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    1. One of my favorite too, Carrie. So glad to see you here. Have a great Independence day!

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    2. Thanks, Carrie! You're one of my biggest cheer leaders. I appreciate you.

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  4. She is such a great writer! As for having something very old and precious to me...When I was a little girl in the early 1960s, my parents and I would drive cross country to see my grandparents. I was fortunate both sets of grandparents lived in the same community as my parents had grown up together.

    This was my grandmother on my mother's side and she and my grandfather had come from Italy in the early 1900s with their families as children to this country.

    She and I used to play the card game "Old Maid." The deck was much smaller than a standard card deck in terms of the size of the cards. When my grandmother would draw a card, she would make funny faces resembling those of the character on the card she had just drawn.

    This made me laugh histerically which caused her to laugh. We loved every minute of playing and we only got to do it once a year.

    Some years later and I don't remember when (we lost her when I was 10 to cancer), she gave me the Old Maid deck. I keep it in my jewelry box so I don't forget those wonderful, delightful days.

    authorboyles at swbell.net

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    1. What a sweet memory, Carolyn. My great-grand father and his brother were stow-aways on a ship from Sicily, Italy.

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    2. Carolyn,

      That is a special memory. I can remember taking a long road trip from OK to PA with my parents, sister, and grandparents when I was around ten. When I got tired and laid my head in Grandma's lap, she would massage my head by turning her fingers in small circles. Put me to sleep every time.

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  5. Ooooooooooo... I see my little window with the little brown hearts hanging down up there ~*~ Google Friend Connect follower
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  6. I am already subscribed by Feedburner they tell me! (I knew that tho') Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  7. I sure would like to have this book of yours! We used to have quite a few critters around our place. Hope I can still say "used to!"
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hope those were friendly critters!

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    2. We had lots of pets when I was young, but now I travel too much to have one.

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  8. I have a chicken knickknack that is made out of shells. It was my grandma's. I have a couple of things that were both of my grandma's. They are special to me because they remind me of them.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com
    I am also a follower by feedburner.

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    1. I love stuff that I know who owned it. I often wish the item could tell me stories of the loved one who owned it.

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  9. I loved the interview. This book sound interesting. I have a woodpecker toothpick holder. One that as you press its head it picks up a toothpick out of the holder. It was my dads, the funny thing was he didn't have any teeth. And I can still see his toothless smile. (My hearts warm). Would love to win.
    Brenda Scruggs
    scruggs3(at)nctc(dot)come
    I'm becomig a follower

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    1. LOL Brenda! LIke the bald man with a comb. I love the sounds of the little woodpecker! Maybe your dad just liked the novelty of it. HOw cool!

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      I actually remember those. How fun!

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  10. Vicki, i just want to say how much i enjoy your novels, and how i love getting to know you better through interviews. Debbie, thank you for consistently featuring great authors and their novels on your site. i am a follower via email (i rarely look at GFC) i would like to win this novel. Thanks for the chance.

    marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

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    1. Awe thank you, Marianne! I have made some awesome author friends and I love to have them on my blog! Vickie is one of my favorites!

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    2. Marianne,

      Thanks for reading my books. It's makes my heart happy to hear that you enjoyed them.

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  11. I have a beautiful vase that belonged to my Grandma. It is very special to me.
    This books looks very good.

    I am a subscriber.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. All these wonderful things that are precious to us. And the funny thing is no one has said I have this old expense.... it is always something that a loved one owned. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside because I'm the same way!

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    2. I also have a small pitcher that one of my distant relatives bought at the 1893 --I think it was that year--World's Fair. Those old treasures are special.

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  12. Thank you for the interview Vickie and Debbie - I enjoyed it. This books sounds like the kind I enjoy! I receive your emails and I also am a member/follower. I have a Christian fiction book my grandmother gave me as a gift (my Dad's mother) that I still have and do not wish to part with. She wrote something in the front cover that touched my heart and I will keep that book forever.

    Blessings,
    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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    1. Awesome, Lori! I collect antique bibles, but the ones the most precious are the ones of my family. So I understand what you mean.

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    2. I'm dying to know what the book is, Lori. I'm glad you have that treasure from your grandmother

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  13. Your book sounds really good. I have yet to read one so would like the opportunity to do so
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Joye. Good luck!

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    2. Joye, Have you checked your local library. Many of them have my books. I hope you get to read one someday.

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  14. all your books look so Interesting!!!
    richmond.abigail@gmail.com

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  15. I have read the other books by Vickie and have really really enjoyed them! I look forward to reading the newest one!
    I am also a new follower. :)
    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Vickie has a wonderful talent for drawing you into her stories. I understand why you enjoy them. I do to!! Good luck on the drawing!

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    2. You two are making me blush. Thanks for your kind words, but I give all the glory to God.

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  16. I loved the Interview, thank you so much, Vicky I love your books, please enter me in your Contest/Giveaway.
    I have an old Pillbox that belonged to my Grandmothers Mother and a Rosary from my other Grandmother, I treasure them both.
    I'm a follower

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Ingrid! what sweet keepsakes. Good luck on the drawing!

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    2. Thank you, Ingrid. I recently discovered old pill boxes. They are some really pretty ones out there.

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  17. Oh what a wonderful contest...I would love to win a copy of Vickie McDonough's new book....'End Of The Trail'....I have shared on facebook and twitter...babyruthmac16ATyahoo.com

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    1. thank you for sharing! And good luck on the drawing!

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    2. Thanks for spreading the news about this interview. I appreciate it!

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  18. A wonderful interview with one of my favorite authors.
    Vickie - this sounds like another captivating read.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net
    I'm a follower too.

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    1. Aww...thanks, Shirley. One of my best friends is named Shirley. :)

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  19. I have read a few of Vickie's books and really enjoyed them. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway. Look forward to reading this book as well.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Jo,

      Thanks so much for reading my books. I appreciate it!

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  20. I have several things very precious and old to me. I have an antigue doll that used to sit on my Grandma's dresser. I was named after that Grandma. I have two aprons I made while in Junior High School and I'm 62 now. I love your books.
    Enter me to win.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks! How cool is that to have a doll that belonged to your grandma! I wish I'd kept the things I'd made in Home Ec.

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  21. Sounds like a wonderful book.
    Theresa N
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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