Bride next door

Review by Vickie McDonough, author of Whispers on the Prairie

The Bride Next Door
pits spunky, down-home Daisy against Everett, a stuffy newspaper publisher.
Daisy longs for a home, family, and roots, but Everett only sees the small town
of Turnabout as a step to bigger and better things.

When the town gossip
reveals a secret, Daisy and Everett are forced into a very inconvenient

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Pioneer Christmas Collection

Mattie’s father is missing, and she now has
the responsibility of protecting and feeding her two sisters. She
prefers buckskin to calico and a rifle to a soup spoon but she never wanted to be head of the family. They live in a tipi, always traveling, and her father
kept them away from other people. He always warned her not to trust men. But when her youngest sister is injured, can she set aside her reservations, and seek help from the handsome Irish man on whose land they
are illegally living?…

A Pioneer Christmas–an anthology

A Pioneer Christmas is an anthology of stories. Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honor Christ’s birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout.

Modern readers will enjoy a peek into life before commercialism took over the sacred day, distracting us
from the true blessings of faith, hope, and love. Enjoy nine original novellas of Christmas romance as penned from many of today’s leading Christian authors.


WhispersWhispers on the Prairie
by Vickie McDonough

Review By Lena Nelson Dooley,
Co-founder & President of DFW Ready Writers, Author, Speaker, Radio Host

A City Girl Far from Home…

Sarah Marshall never wanted to leave Chicago
and head west on a wagon train bound for the New Mexico Territory,
but she wasn’t given a choice. The rugged trail is no place for her ailing
aunt—and tending oxen and gathering buffalo chips is no job for a sophisticated
young woman. All Sarah wants is to see her aunt safely to Santa
Fe, and then she plans to return home to the Windy City.

A Country Boy Seeking to Right a Wrong…

Ethan Harper, the youngest of three adult brothers, enjoys a
peaceful existence helping run his family’s stage stop in Kansas,
along the Santa Fe Trail. Only one cloud
continues to darken his horizon—guilt over his part in the tragic death of his
oldest brother’s wife. The only acceptable penance Ethan can think of is to
find Aaron a new wife, and then his two children would have a mother.

A Match so Incompatible, It Just Might Work…

A series of misfortunes strands Sarah and her aunt at the
Harpers’ Stage Stop, where they depend upon the generosity of the kindhearted
Harper family. Soon, the presence of an attractive young woman, however
unversed in the ways of prairie living, wreaks havoc on the well–ordered lives
of the Harper brothers. Ethan grasps at this chance to get Aaron a wife, but
the more interest Aaron shows in Sarah, the less Ethan likes it. And Josh wants
his chance at wooing her, too. Will any of the brothers prove himself worthy to
Sarah? Or will she finally head home to Chicago,
leaving behind a trail of broken hearts?

I love this new book of Vickie’s. Every part of the setting
was skillfully crafted so I felt as if I were there: Chicago,
the wagon train, the Kansas
prairie, and the stagecoach stop run by the Harpers. The sights, the smells,
the feel of the wind.

The story has a unique twist. All of the various twists and
turns in the plot were plausible. That’s important to me.

And she took me deep inside the characters, so I felt their
emotions. Their interactions kept me turning pages. Some of them still live in
my heart.

I highly recommend this wonderful read.


Catherine's pursuit

Author: Lena Nelson Dooley

Title: Catherine’s Pursuit 

Series: McKenna’s Daughters, book 3

ISBN-10: 1621360199

ISBN-13: 978-1621360193

/ Christian / Romance

“A heartwarming tale filled with history, adventure, faith,
and love.” –Lisa Wingate, bestselling and award-winning author of Dandelion Summer and Firefly Island

The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family.

Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she’s determined to find her sisters.

Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover–physically and
emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow, and protect his daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters?

And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what’s most important in life?

Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print.

Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with over 20 signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins, and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books.

Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. Mary’s Blessing released in May 2012. It recently appeared on a review site’s Top Five Reads in 2012 list. Catherine’s Pursuit is coming in February 2013.

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blog radio show.

Lena has an active web presence on Shoutlife, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books.

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The Women Of Valley View

by Sharon Srock

Despite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan. Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer.

Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child.  She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother.

Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store?


Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter.