Hi Friends,

Today I want to welcome my good friend and fellow author, Vickie McDonough, to my blog. Vickie writes inspirational prairie romances that have won multiple awards. Vickie’s newest book, Song of the Prairie, just released! It’s book 3 in the Pioneer Promises Series.

Vickie, please tell us about the heroine in the story.


Janie Dunn’s dream of being an opera singer suddenly fades when, at her dying cousin’s request, she flees Boston with her deceased cousin’s newborn son to protect him from his abusive father. She moves to Kansas to live with her brother, but life takes another dire change when he is suddenly killed. Is a marriage of convenience the answer to her problems? Is Kansas far enough away from Boston that they are safe from the baby’s vengeful father?

What can you tell us about the hero?

I loved writing my hero, Aaron Harper. He’s the oldest of the three Harper brothers and has waited patiently for me to tell his story in the final book of the series. He’s such a good, honorable man, but he’s troubled because he was unable to make his first wife happy. He feels partly responsible for her death even though he wasn’t. I loved giving him the woman he deserves—a woman who could love him as much as he loves her.


What type of reserach did you do for this story?

I had to do quite a bit of research for Janie’s character. Her dream is to be an opera star and sing on the big stage—and she has the voice for it—but the right doors haven’t opened for her. I had to study opera a bit and learn some musical terminology to make creative analogies and metaphors for her character.

This sounds like a great story! I know readers are going to enjoy it.

What are the titles of the other books in the series?

Whispers on the Prairie and Call of the Prairie.Call of the Prairie

Whispers on the Prairie

We are giving away a copy of Song of the Prairie to one person who leaves a comment. I’ll choose a winner on Sunday, August 17th. US entries only.

Blessings and Happy Reading!



59 replies
  1. Lynn Grier
    Lynn Grier says:

    I love to read authors bio on the research what went into writing their book. It does pay off because it is passed on to us because we get to read the books and this seems like a wonder series. Thanks for all the research that went into your book and series. I would love to read and your covers are beautiful.

    • Vickie McDonough
      Vickie McDonough says:

      One of the fun aspects of research is visiting the area where your book is set. I really enjoyed the Mahaffie Stage Stop in Olathe, KS. It was there that I got the idea for my Pioneer Promises series. I’m glad you like the book covers.

  2. Susie
    Susie says:

    This book sounds sweet — a baby who needs rescuing?? I’m In! And with my mother’s family crossing the Kansas plains in a covered wagon just before my grandmother was born, I have a soft spot for Kansas, too. Would love to win the book!

  3. Joye
    Joye says:

    Enjoyed reading about the book. I grew up on the prairies of Eastern Colorado so know what they are like. I will have to read the book to see what the characters challenges were. Sounds good.

  4. Barbara Tenney
    Barbara Tenney says:

    I have read other books written by Vickie before and have liked them I am intrigued by this description this and can not wait to read the whole series

    • Vickie McDonough
      Vickie McDonough says:

      Diana, It is bittersweet to see a series come to an end. The author usually invests close to two years in a series, so the characters seem real to us, and saying goodbye is hard. But new imaginary friends are waiting for us to write their stories. 🙂

  5. Shaun Renee Paulsen
    Shaun Renee Paulsen says:

    I haven’t read any of Vickie’s books so this would be a great addition to my library.

  6. Carol
    Carol says:

    Sounds like a really good series. I’m going to check it out. Thanks for the chance to enter your give away.

  7. Alice Casteel
    Alice Casteel says:

    This looks like an awesome series. I’m so glad you gave a happy ending on the final book. I would definitely <3 to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck everybody. 🙂

  8. Beth Gillihan
    Beth Gillihan says:

    Sounds like a great book! I love reading about how authors researched for their book! It is an interesting process! Thanks!

  9. Katie Edgar
    Katie Edgar says:

    Ooh, this book looks like so much fun! It’s always interesting to see a city girl go to the country and I LOVE marriage of convenience stories! Thank you for this opportunity!

  10. Brittany McEuen
    Brittany McEuen says:

    This sounds like such a sweet story about two very caring people. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  11. Patty
    Patty says:

    I’ve heard of Vickie, but not sure if I’ve ever read any of her books! I love a good prairie romance…

  12. Cheryl Baranski
    Cheryl Baranski says:

    Sounds like an excellent book.
    The research sounds like it was fun.
    Another book to add to my list.
    Keep up the wonderful writing.

  13. Elizabeth Dent
    Elizabeth Dent says:

    Great interview . I have not read anything by this author , but it sounds good and always love to try new authors . Thanks fir the chance .

  14. Connie Price
    Connie Price says:

    I am always on the lookout for new books and ‘new-to-me authors’! I would love for a chance to read/win this book-thank you!!

  15. Kelly Youngblood
    Kelly Youngblood says:

    I can’t recall that I’ve read one of Vickie’s books…I have found a want-to-read author! 🙂 This book sounds (pun intended) lovely. I imagine the research was melodic and fascinating. Thank you for a chance to win.

  16. Pauline Osborne
    Pauline Osborne says:

    I have been reading this author and have read some of the series, would love to win this last book and read about the last brothers story. He sounds like a man who would be quite special.
    thanks for sharing interview with Vickie.

  17. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    I have read and enjoyed some of Vickie’s other books but I haven’t read anything from this series yet. Looking forward to starting it! kosterbind (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Patti Gellner
    Patti Gellner says:

    I would love to win this. For one thing a new to me writer. And the story sounds for sure like one I would want to read. Thank you for the chance at getting it. Patti in VA God bless

  19. Lisa Cowell
    Lisa Cowell says:

    I have not read any of Vickie’s work yet, but this series sounds interesting. I’ll have to put it on my list.

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