Monday, September 1, 2014

Rancher Under Fire by Vickie McDonough ends 9/8

Please welcome Vickie McDonough back to my blog. Vickie has a new release out, Rancher Under Fire. Vickie is giving away a copy of her book. To be entered in the giveaway answer Vickie's question at the end of her post. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a feedburner follower.

Writing “the end” on a three-book series is always a bit bittersweet. I’ve lived with the characters for over two years and have gotten know them almost as well as my own children. But each trilogy must come to an end, and such is the case with my Pioneer Promises series.

Some authors plot out a whole book before writing a page, while others are seat-of-the-pants authors, writing it as they think up the story. I fall somewhere in between. I like to have the skeleton of the story prepared in advance, but I flesh it out as I write. When I wrote Ethan Harper’s story, Whispers on the Prairie, the first book in the series, I had no idea who his brothers would end up marrying in their books. I didn’t know that Sophie, the heroine of Call of the Prairie would have asthma or that Janie, heroine of Song of the Prairie would let go of her long-held dream to save her cousins newborn son.

I really can’t explain how story ideas come. Sometimes it’s from brainstorming with other writers, other times an idea might pop into my head when I’m in the shower or preparing supper, and others come from praying for God to give me just the right idea. For me, writing is a ministry. I believe Christian fiction can touch the heart of readers, and it has the potential to changes lives. I also believe that God inspires authors to pen a story that someone in the world needs to read.

I’ve waved good-bye to the Harper family and am already finished with the first book in a new series set in Oklahoma called Land Rush Dreams. The first book is titled Gabriel’s Atonement and is the story of a gambler who kills a man in self-defense. Riddled with guilt, he tracks down the dead man’s wife and son, who are living in poverty, and tries to help them, but the stubborn woman refuses his help. But Gabe is just as stubborn. He soon learns that only Christ can take away his guilt and give a jaded gambler a new life and chance at love. You can pre-buy the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1kop7dv

So here’s a question for you. Have you read a Christian fiction novel that had a strong impact on your life? What was the title of the book? Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Song of the Prairie, book three in my Pioneer Promises series



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.


MORE ABOUT VICKIE:


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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20 comments:

  1. Don't think I have

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    1. I hope you read a good book that does touch you one day. Thanks for visiting Debbie Lynne's blog.

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  2. I don't know whether I'm just highly susceptible to suggestion, or what, but almost every book I have affects me and leaves me with some thought. For instance, I have just finished Brenda Anderson's "Chain of Mercy" and it made me think about the power of forgiveness and compassion. I also just read Neta and Dave Jackson's "Penny Wise" and thought about the busyness of life and God's compassion, mercy and care in the small details of life. I find these thoughts definitely come with "Christian" fiction more than secular...
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    1. That's cool, Connie. Most writers I know would be thrilled to know their books touched a reader like the ones you read impacted you.

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  3. I have loved this series. I know this one will be as good as the others because you never fail to provide a wonderful read. Thank you Vickie and Debbie for the interview and the chance to win.
    Shirley
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  4. This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti was one of the early Christian fiction books I read and it really made prayer and the power of God so real to me. Thanks for a chance to win one of Vickie's awesome books!
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  5. I'm a follower.
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  6. I love reading Christian fiction, but I don't think I can say that any have had a major impact on my life... except for creating a habit of neglecting the dirty dishes :) I just love reading books where I can feel comfortable with the morals and values of the characters- so I think the Christian fiction genre as a whole has definitely influenced me for good! Thanks so much for the giveaways! I love your stories :)

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. One of my goals in writing Christian fiction is to offer good, clean entertainment. I love reading Christian fiction because I don't have to worry about what I might stumble across.

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  7. The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd and I did write to the author four days ago referencing the page number said how it affected me; beautifully written and received. Her reply, "It was redemptive to write." I am thankful for Christian authors who reveal Christ's love and acceptance in their characters ~ triumph. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Kathleen, I'm glad you wrote to the author. We don't often hear from our readers, and it's a blessing when we do.

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    2. I won!! Thank you. As a historical fiction reader primarily, suspense will be a new read for me. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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  8. I cannot name just one title. God has placed so many books in my hands just as I needed the encouragement or knew someone who did. When I read and review a book, then I let God lead who is to get it next so they can be encouraged. Many times your books have encouraged me.
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  9. Thanks, Jane! I love that you let God lead so that you know who to give your books to. What I think is cool is that writers are dreaming up books, writing and editing stories that will touch people years after the books are published. God knows what each person will need, far before they encounter struggles.

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  10. I love reading Christian fiction, but I can't think of one that made a great impact on my life. They all usually make me think about my faith, though.

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    1. That's good they make you think about your faith, Susan. It's okay, too, if they just take you away to a new time and place for a while.

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  11. Hello Vickie. This Rancher Under Fire sounds really good. I do love the cowboy stories. And, a mystery to book. Please add my name for a chance to win it. Maxie >mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  12. Vickie, your Pioneer Promises series sounds so good. I'm going to have to watch the sales and see if I can get that series. I know I would love it for you write the kind of books I love. All of the books touch me in some way. If only to transport me to another place and time. I don't get to go much so my books take me on a trip in themselves. I love reading. Thanks for a give-away. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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