Monday, October 11, 2010

Vicki McDonough's "Second Chance Brides"


We're happy to have Vicki McDonough with us today talking about her book, Second Chance Brides To learn more about Vicki and her book, read on!

1) How did this story come to you?
Second Chance Brides came pretty easily. I’d written The Anonymous Bride, and my editor asked for a sequel book. I already had the town and the characters, and I had two mail-order brides left over from the first book who needed to find a home—and a man to marry. Second Chance Brides is their story.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
As I said above, this book came to me easily, but selling my first trade fiction book came about after a lot of hard work. I started out writing novellas, which are 20,000 words. Then I graduated to writing books for the Heartsong Presents book club, which are 45-50000 words. I’d sold 8 novellas collections and 8 Heartsongs, when my editor told me she’d like to see a proposal for a long fiction book. So I worked up one and sent it to her. She rejected my first idea, but liked The Anonymous Bride and bought it.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I lived on a kibbutz in Israel with my husband for a year, shortly after I was first married.
2. I bought a motorcycle when I was 14 and rode it all over the place
3. I love my blue jeans. I don’t even own a dress that fits. I used to have two of them, but I’ve lost weight and they no longer fit.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m currently writing the 2nd book in a short historical series for Heartsong that’s set in South Carolina. Next, I’ll write the 3rd book. Also coming next April, is the third book in my Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, Finally A Bride.

5) Parting comments?
I have a little sign taped to my desk that I picked up at a writer’s conference I attended when I first started writing. Maybe it will inspire you. It says: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My website is http://www.vickiemcdonough.com/
I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.

31 comments:

  1. Very cool! I like Mail Order Bride stories - should be a good read :).

    And I'm with ya on the dresses [though the opposite reason :p].

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  2. Pretty exciting! What a great path to follow.

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  3. I really enjoyed reading her book The
    Anonymous Bride...
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  4. Ican't wait to read this book...thanks...jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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  5. I always wanted to live on a kibbutz. Actually I always wanted to make Aliyah and live in Israel. Book sounds interesting and would love to read it. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. I'd love to find out how the other two mail-order brides' lives turn out. Please enter me.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  7. The whole idea of being a mail order bride would just take guts...or plumb craziness! (Or desperation!) Thanks for doing the interview and giving us a back scenes peak.

    Amazed by Grace,
    Brandi
    vi2005@aol.com

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  8. Vickie, so far as I can remember, I have not read your writings yet. Too bad, because I enjoy what you write about. I really like the cover on "Second Chance Brides" Does the hero have a white horse...he's swept her off her feet for sure. I chuckled at your interview and like who I saw. Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win this book. I hope I do win it.

    Sharing Christ's Love,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  9. Hi I am already a subscriber please enter me in your contest. Thanks for the giveaway
    chaarmedone1512@aol.com

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  10. I read The Anonymous Bride and loved it! I would really like to read Second Chance Brides!

    edwina(dot)cowgill(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  12. Hi Vicki, I have read great reviews about your bride series and would really love to read your books. Thanks for stopping by to chat with us.
    Maybe I will be the lucky winner of your book.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  13. This book looks fun. Thanks for offering it.

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  14. I read The Anonymous Bride and I really enjoyed it! Please enter me. :)

    booklovercb[at]yahoo[.]com

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  15. I LOVED The Anonymous Bride! Can't wait to read this book!

    Thanks for the chance.
    Blessings,
    Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

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  16. Cant wait to read it!
    langford7(at)cableone(dot)net

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  17. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, everyone. I totally agree with those who think it crazy-brave to have been a mail-order bride. You have to know that many of the marriages didn't turn out well, but for our stories, an HEA is important--and more fun to read about.

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  18. I would love to read this book:) Please enter me. Mail Order Bride stories are always fun and after reading Vickie's first novel this one is sure to be good. Thanks!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  19. Love the quote. I'm looking forward to the left-over brides stories, please add me to the drawing. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  20. I love your mail order bride series...So does my mother..I make sure I collect them for her, she'sbeen going thru a rough time lately so anything to help cheer her up...I would love to get your new one for her ..
    and I want to read it also..
    Thanks
    Heidi

    heidijohnjeff@verizon.net

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  21. South Carolina, huh. Well, that's where I'm presently living. But, until those books come out, I'd love to read your Second Hand Brides.

    Linnette

    lr. mullin at live. com

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  22. Looks like a fun read! Please enter me . . . reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  23. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance. I'm an e-mail subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  24. Vicki, I thoroughly enjoyed The Anonymous Bride and am glad you were asked to write a series. It's hard to believe that the majority of these marriages turned out happily, but they make a great vehicle for romance readers! Thank you for the chance to win Second Chance Brides.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  25. Speaking of happy marriages, my husband and I just left on a four-day trip to celebrate our 35th anniversary. :)

    You gals have got me thinking. I wonder if there are any statistics about mail-brides anywhere.

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  26. I am a subscriber. I'd love a chance to win this book thanks.
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  27. This sounds marvelous!!! I have seen and read so many reviews on it already : ) LOVE the mail order bride books....very interesting concept, especially since I would've been of the age for most of them now! Ahhhhh that's a scary thought!!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'm a follower : )
    Hannah
    hccelie[at]gmail[dot]com

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  28. I love reading your mail-order brides comments. Being a MOB would have taken lots of guts. You have to admire those ladies and their gumption.

    Thanks to all of you who've said you've read The Anonymous Bride. It warms my heart to know you enjoyed it.

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  29. Ohhhh wow...stupid, Hannah!! THis one isn't a giveaway!! Sorry Vickie

    : /

    Hannah

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  30. I enjoy reading the mail order bride books. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  31. thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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