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.
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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.