Monday, August 11, 2014

Rancher Under Fire By Vickie McDonugh ends 8/18


Please welcome Vickie McDonough back to my blog. Vickie and I started Christian Fiction Historical Society blog together ( a blog with 31 talented authors). She's a good friend and a wonderful writer. Answer Vickie's questions to be entered in a giveaway of her new book Rancher Under Fire. Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry. If you aren't a feedburner follower I'd love to have you sign up for it and let me know.

When I first started writing, I wrote two contemporary novels, a historical, and then another modern day story. I didn’t know then that my career of over 30 books and novellas would follow a historical trail for the most part. I have had 3 contemporary stories published—a novella, a Heartsong novel, and an LIS suspense.



The suspense was definitely the most challenging.

Rancher Under Fire
is my suspense. I wrote the story years ago, but it never found a home until last year. My agent suggested sending it to LIS, but I told him it wasn’t suspenseful enough for that line. Imagine my shock when they

bought it. But, I was right in that it needed more suspense. You must keep the tension high in a suspense—keep throwing danger and difficult situations at your characters, and keeping them dodging trouble. I had lots of tension and bad things happening, but most of it was directed at my hero’s ranch rather than at him, such as stock tanks being shot, fences cut, etc. My LIS editor had me go back through the story and up the tension even more and direct more of the danger at my hero and heroine. I literally spent more time rewriting the book than it took to write it initially. But it’s done, and it’s a better story for all of the changes. I suspect it’s still not as suspenseful as many LIS’s, but I think you’ll enjoy it. I certainly have a much better appreciation for suspense writers like my good friend Margaret Daley.

Here’s the back cover blurb for Rancher Under Fire:
 

SABOTAGE AT ANGELFIRE RANCH

Jackson Durant would go to any lengths to protect his young daughter and his ranch. He knows the puzzling incidents on his homestead are no accidents. Someone is after him…but who? And why? Reporter Mariah Reyes is determined to find out. She never expected her pursuit of a story on the reclusive rancher would endanger her life—nor that she’d fall for the cowboy. But when Jackson’s daughter is kidnapped, she’ll do anything to help save the little girl—even if it means becoming a target herself.

Rancher Under Fire releases tomorrow (Sept 2nd), but you can pre-order it now: http://amzn.to/1mAlj3R


I’m giving away a copy of Rancher Under Fire to one lucky commenter. If the winner lives some place other than the U.S. or Canada, I’ll email you a pdf. copy.

Now, I have a question for you:
Who is your favorite suspense writer? What’s your favorite suspense novel?


 MORE ABOUT VICKIE:


Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen and others living in the West during the 1800s. Vickie is the award-winning author of 29 published books and novellas. Her books include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie, which released last July, was chosen by Romantic Times as one of their Recommended Inspirational Books for July.


Vickie is a wife of thirty-eight years, mother of four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and grandma to a feisty seven-year-old girl. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website and sign-up for her newsletter: www.vickiemcdonough.com
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27 comments:

  1. I love Vickie's stories! This one sounds good. Looking forward to reading it. For straight up suspense, I enjoy Lynette Eason books. Her stories are riveting, to say the least. Now if you combine military with suspense/thriller, I would say Ronie Kendig, hands down! Phenomenal writing!!!

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    1. Those are two great suspense writers, Anne. You have good taste in books. :)

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  2. I can't name a favorite suspense author because I enjoy so many. I love this type of book, and I enjoy police procedurals, CJ Box's Joe Pickett series, Marcia Muller...all those detective authors. I also have enjoyed Vannetta Chapman's books. I just can't pick.
    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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    1. Connie, I haven't read the first two authors you mentioned. Here's something fun--I got to meet Vannetta this spring when she came to town to sign books at a Quilt show. She was promoting her Amish books there.

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  3. I love many suspense authors...can't choose just one. Thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  4. Hello Debbie. I will say Margaret Daley has some great Suspense books. I would love to win Vicki's book. Thanks for the give-away. I am a follower. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. I've had the privilege to help Margaret brainstorm some of her books. And since she's my critique partner, I get an early peek at them--but I'm not bragging. ;0)

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  5. I enjoyed The Chase by DiAnn Mills. There are so many good authors that it is hard to pick just one!
    I am a subscriber.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I love DiAnn Mills books, especially her historicals. I haven't read The Chase yet.

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  6. I have too many favorite authors. I like "cozy mysteries" for the most part. One of my other favorite suspense writers which is not in the cozy mystery area, is James Lee Burke and his Dave Robicheau series.
    I'm anxious to read Vickie's suspense story.

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  7. Hi Donna! I have a number of friends who like cozy mysteries, but I haven't read many. I guess I like action more than figuring out the mystery.

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  8. Hi Vickie ! I am looking forward to reading your new suspense book Rancher Under fire.!
    Congratulations !
    I have many favorites but right now I am reading Susan Sleeman's Dark Tide. I also love Lisa Harris; Amanda Flower; Sandra Orchard and Nancy Mehl's books !!
    I follow this blog by feedburner.
    Thank you
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Jackie! I was once in a class high in the Rocky Mts with Sandra Orchard before she was published. She's a sweet lady.

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  9. I love Vickie's books! Would love to win this one, look forward to reading it! For suspense in this genre though, I think Shirlee McCoy would have to be one of my favorites!

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    1. Thanks, JP! I don't think I've read one of Shirlee's books yet.

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  10. Please enter me to win Rancher Under Fire.

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    1. Good luck, Susan. Thanks for visiting Debbie Lynne's blog.

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  11. What happened to my comment. I would so love to win. I love your books Vickie. I have reviewed some. I know I have one here in my TBR stack. jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. I don't know what happened to your comment, Jane, but I know I saw it. Weird. Anyway, you're entered in the drawing. Thanks for being a fan of my books!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Debbie Lynne's blog, Virginia. Good luck in the drawing!

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  13. Favorite suspense novel and writer - I don't have any answer to this question. I would have to think about that for awhile. I mostly read Historical Christian fiction, Amish Christian fiction, and biographies. Looks like I need to expand my genres..........Glad I found this blog. Great post!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Susan, I'm like you in that I read mostly historical novels. I do venture out to read a suspense now and then, especially when it's one of my friend's books. They can be very exciting.

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  14. Vickie I love your writing alot but my favorite suspense writer is Dee Henderson
    God bless u
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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    1. Hi Chris! I've read all of Dee's books, except for her newest ones. She's an excellent writer.

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  15. Chris Granville
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    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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