You’re Never Alone  by Vickie McDonough 

You're Not Alone

You’re Not Alone

Before I became a published author, if I got the chance to meet one of my favorite authors face-to-face, I would literally shake. It happened more than once. I can’t tell you why. What I’ve learned—and should have known all along—is that authors are just regular people. Yes, we worked hard and may be more creative than someone else, but we’re normal folk. Surprise

My husband and I raised four sons, and are now enjoying a granddaughter. My life didn’t change much after getting published, except that I worked longer hours than I’d ever worked before and I had a little extra income, which was really nice.

Now, I’m primary caregiver for my mother, who is 87. There are days I honestly don’t want to go visit her. She can be very sweet and loving, but also quite cranky and mean. Lately, she’s been in a nursing home, recovering from a fall.

I’ll admit I’m not the most patient and compassionate person around. I’ve come to have great respect for the nurses and aides at the nursing home who empty bed pans, listen to whiny, forgetful seniors all day—or night—and have to be on their feet twelve hours at a time.

My husband has been unemployed for four months, so finances are getting tight. The other day I cried as I drove home from the dentist’s office because I didn’t have the money to pay them. Then I started feeling guilty. Yes, money is tight, but we’ve never gone hungry, we still have a nice home, and a car to drive. My mother is still here while many have lost theirs. I thought of those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from and how they will feed their children.

Life just isn’t fair at times. But who told you it would be? God never said we wouldn’t have difficult times, but He did promise to be there to help us through them. That reminds me of the Footsteps in the Sand poem by Mary Stevenson. The poem talks about a dream where the author is walking on the beach. During hard times, she only sees one pair of footprints in the sand, but at good times, there are two sets. She asks God why He wasn’t with her during the difficult times, and He said: “Those are the times I carried you.” Wow! Just imagine God holding you in the hard times.

I want to encourage you that you’re not alone. Yes, life is not fair. But we don’t have to walk it all alone. Most of us have friends and family who will help, but ALL of us can have God’s comfort and help. We just need to ask—and believe, especially when we don’t see Him.

Vickie McDonough

Vickie McDonough

Long Trail Home

Long Trail Home

Bestselling author 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 penning Christian romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is a CBA/EPCA/Amazon best-selling author of more than 40 published books and novellas, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Vickie has been married for forty-one years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and a precocious granddaughter.

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ALT="Davalynn Spencer"Davalynn Spencer here, from Colorado, happy to welcome author Vickie McDonough to today’s blog.

Vickie, tell us a little about your featured book, Long Trail Home.

When a weary soldier returns from the War Between the States to discover his parents dead, his family farm in shambles, and his fiancée married, a pretty, blind woman reaches through his scarred walls, but will the secret she holds ruin all chances for a future filled with love, faith, and family? End of the Trail is the sequel to Long Trail Home.

I love the way you connected your titles. What is the primary focus of this book?

The hero’s story is about a soldier returning home after the Civil War to find all he knew has been destroyed. How does a man rebuild his life when all is gone?

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The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection

From The Snowbound Bride by Davalynn Spencer in Barbour’s historical romance novella collection, The 12 Brides of Christmas 

On the run from a heartless uncle, Arabella Taube hides in Nate Horne’s farm wagon just as a harsh winter storm sweeps into Colorado. Snowbound with strangers in the heart of winter, Ara is more at home than she ever was with her own family. And despite her mysterious background, Nate’s mother thinks she is the answer to a long-ago prayer and the hope for his future. Read More →

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Gabriel's Atonement

Gabe Coulter has a successful night gambling, but a drunken cowboy who wants his money back confronts him in a dark alley. Gabe refuses to return the man’s money, and a gunfight ensues. The dying man tells Gabe the money was for his wife and son. Though the shooting was self-defense, Gabe wrestles with guilt. The only way he knows to get rid of it is to return the money he fairly won to the man’s wife. Lara Talbot sees Gabe as a derelict like her husband and wants nothing to do with him. But as she struggles to feed her family, she wonders if God might have sent the gambler to help.

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The Westward Christmas BridesForging a Family novella in The Westward Christmas Brides Collection–An Orphan Train agent locks horns with a man who wants to return his adopted daughter after losing his wife.

About the Author: Vickie McDonough is the best selling author of more than 30 books and novellas. Her awards include the Book Sellers Best, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and she’s an 8-time finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards.

 

New Releases are posted by Christine Lindsay author of the Multi-Award-Winning Shadowed in Silk, Captured by Moonlight, newly released Veiled at Midnight, and contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming

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