Monday, December 15, 2014

Win Choice of Vickie McDonough's Books ends December 22nd


Novellas are near and dear to my heart, because the first thing I sold to a publishing house was a novella. In case you don’t know, novellas are a short work of fiction. They are longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. Generally, they are 20,000 to 40,000 words in length. Longer novellas may be published by as a stand-alone book, but the shorter ones are usually found in a collection. My first three sales were novellas, and I still write them today.
This year, I have novellas in three collections. The first two have been on the ECPA’s Best Sellers’ List for the past three months. Here’s some info about them.


Westward Christmas Brides released in September. It focuses on stories of women who are heading west in hopes of a better life. There are nine authors, including Susan Page Davis, Marylu Tyndall, and Wanda Brunstetter.
My novella is Forging a Family, and it tells the story of Beth Ruskin, an Orphan Train agent, who has one more child to place. Then she and her father will travel to Arizona, where he plans to set up a doctor’s office. But a freak storm causes an unexpected delay in Texas. Beth prays she can find a home for sweet Lizzie, who has been rejected by more than one set of potential parents, simply because she wears glasses. Beth’s problems magnify when a big blacksmith gives her his three-year-daughter after she is injured in his smithy. Can Beth get Cade Maddox to see how much his daughter needs him and find a home for Lizzy, all before Christmas?

Amazon buy link: http://amzn.to/1w78Qxi





Also released in September is The Christmas Brides Collection, which includes authors Kelly Aileen Hake, Lynn Coleman, and a local writing buddy, Therese Stenzel. This collection of novellas are reprints from ones that appeared in previous collections. Here’s what The Christmas Brides Collection is about: Journey back into history to experience Christmas alongside nine brides-to-be whose wedding dreams are overshadowed by doubts and troubles.

My novella is titled An Irish Bride for Christmas. It’s the story of a man who recently lost his brother and sister-in-law in a tragic accident and is struggling to find a balance between work and raising his orphaned niece, whom he dearly loves. When a judge rules he’s not fit to raise her alone, Jackson is given until Christmas to find a bride or lose permanent custody of his niece. But how does a bachelor with a stagecoach business to run find time to marry—and just how is he supposed to find a bride in such a short time?

Amazon buy link: http://amzn.to/1BMtCoX



My third novella, The Fruitcake Bride, will be released on Dec. 22nd. It is the final novella in The 12 Brides of Christmas ebook series that started in October, with a novella releasing each week. The Fruitcake Bride is the story of a young woman who arrives in Advent, MO, to marry her clergyman fiancé. She makes many mistakes in her attempt to win over his congregation — including using brandy in the Christmas fruitcakes, which she donates to the orphanage fundraiser. Needless to say, the church ladies are in an uproar. Will the wedding still go on?
The Fruitcake Bride is just 99 cents. Amazon buy link: http://amzn.to/1srTyn8

You can follow The 12 Brides authors at 12Brides.com and on Facebook. Next summer, readers can enjoy The 12 Brides of Summer, a new novella collection by the same 12 Brides authors.

I’d love to have you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can find me listed by my name at each site. Also, if you’re not receiving my newsletter, I’d love to have sign-up. Just click on this link and you’ll be taken to the sign-up form: http://www.vickiemcdonough.com/www.vickiemcdonough.com/Newsletter_Sign-up.html

 

I feel blessed to have three Christmas stories out this fall. I hope you’ll get a chance to read at least one of them. I’m giving one lucky reader their choice of the three books listed above. Leave your name and email in the comments section to be entered.
Merry Christmas!

Vickie McDonough


www.vickiemcdonough.com

36 comments:

  1. Thank you for this great giveaway and Merry Christmas!!!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Melanie,

      Merry Christmas to you, too and good luck in the drawing!

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  2. A great selection of Christmas stories :)
    dkstevensne AT outlook DoT COm

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    1. I've read many of the novellas in these books, and I can attest that they are delightful.

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    2. Hey Deanna!!! Thanks for coming by today! Vickie is a master of writing so I know you'll enjoy her Christmas stories. Good luck.

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  3. I do follow your blog :) dkstevensne AT outlook DoT CoM

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  4. I love reading Christmas stories! jarning67athomtaildotcom

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    1. Me too, Joan. I guess that's why I write so many of them.

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    2. Hey Joan, Nothing like curling up by the fire at Christmas time with a Christmas story! Thanks for coming by.

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  5. I read the Westward Christmas Brides and loved it. Love to read more!

    mission wife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Thanks for reading Westward Christmas Brides, Melody! I enjoyed it too.

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    2. Yay! I'm glad you had a chance to read WCB! Good luck in the drawing.

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  6. I love Christmas stories. Thank you for the chance to win one. I am a feedburner follower.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Hey Susan!! Great to have you here today. I love Christmas stories, too! Thanks for following my blog and good luck!

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    2. Christmas stories are great for getting us in the holiday spirit. Thanks for reading them!

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  7. Christmas stories are great for getting us in the holiday spirit. Thanks for reading them!

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  8. I love your books and can't wait to read these! I have Westward Christmas Brides on my nightstand!
    Nancycooks4u(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Nancy! I love Vickie's books too! So much fun to read. Good luck!

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    2. Ooo, fun! You'll really enjoy the stories in that collection, Nancy.

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  9. I love Christmas stories. All three of your books sound great. Thank you for giving the opportunity of this giveaway.

    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today, Barbara! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Also, I am a FeedBurner follower.

    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Merry Christmas!
    bookwormgal2011 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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  12. Our church library readers love novellas!
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Happy Holy Days!
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Your story about the Orphan Train agent sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway!
    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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  14. Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

    Oh what wonderful feel good and inspirational Christmas books. I would love to have a chance to read any of them. I am a feedburner follower .I have really enjoyed the excerpts from all the books, maybe a little too much because now I want to read them all. Thank you for the interview you've
    done today Debbie Lynne of Vickie McDonough's , it was well done and very informative.

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  15. Always enjoy Christmas stories!
    cllyrics@gmail.com

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  16. I so enjoy reading the novella collections! The 12 Brides of Christmas stories have also been so fun :) Thanks for your generous giveaway!!!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  17. Wonderful article......Your books do sound great
    May I wish you a a terrific, God-blessed Christmas
    Chris
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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  18. Hello Vickie and Debbie Enjoyed this post. vickie sounds like you have some good Christmas stories. I would love to win one. Debbie, I am a follower of yours by Feedburner. Thanks for a chance to win. Merry Christmas to both of you. GOD bless. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  19. A wonderful opportunity thank you.

    Mary Preston
    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  20. Vickie I haven't read your new stories, yet, but I have read a couple of previous Christmas novella collections--Blue and Gray Christmas and Wild West Christmas. I always enjoy reading the collections during the holiday season. Thank you, ladies, for featuring these new collections. Merry Christmas to both of you!
    may_dayzee (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

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  21. Vickie is an awesome writer, thanks for a chance to win one of her books!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  22. Great giveaway. I love Christmas stories!

    Jen (jcmichigan at gmail dot com)

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