Today you have the chance to win Christmas Mail Order brides by Vickie McDonough, Carrie Turanski, Therese Stenzel, and Susan Page Davis. Information about the book and details on how to enter the giveaway are posted at the end of this blog post. But first, a little about Vickie McDonough, the second fabulous author participating in this giveaway event.
Award-winning author Vickie McDonough has lived in Oklahoma all her life, except for a year when she lived on a kibbutz in Israel . Vickie is the author of 20 books and novellas, including the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. Historical Christian romance is her favorite genre to read and write. Vickie is currently the ACFW treasurer. She is a wife of thirty-five years, mother of four grown sons and grandma to a feisty four-year-old girl. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling.
Learn more about Vickie and her books at http://www.vickiemcdonough.com/
FUN HOLIDAY QUESTIONNAIRE
Favorite Christmas carol: "Angels We Have Heard on High" is my favorite carol, but "Mary, Did You Know?" is my favorite Christmas song.
A family Christmas tradition: One thing we do is that we start decorating on Thanksgiving weekend when the family is all together and don’t take the decorations down until after New Years. We also like to see who can come up with the most creative box or packaging to put their gifts in.
A memorable gift you've given or received: Probably the most exciting gift I’ve received was when my husband and boys gave me my first laptop for Christmas. We don’t usually give such big gifts, so that one was very memorable.
Favorite Christmas television show or movie? This may sound awful, but I don’t have a favorite Christmas show. I’m usually so busy that I don’t watch many movies at Christmastime.
When do you start your holiday shopping? Usually in early September
Ever been kissed under the mistletoe? Yes
Do you deck the halls in style or keep it simple? I normally decorate my whole living room. We hang stockings on the fireplace mantel but since my boys are all grown, we no longer fill them. There are lights and ivy going up the edge of the stairway. We have a big tree we put up each year. It’s very festive.
What food do you overindulge in during the holidays? Pie, most definitely. Pie is something we rarely have, so when we do, I make sure to enjoy it. J
Favorite recipe to share?
Aunt Mildred’s Ice Box Cake
1 small pkg. strawberry Jello
3/4 cup boiling water
Scant 1/2 cup sugar
Mix well. Cool a little.
1 small can crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Scant 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Fold in 3/4th of a small or medium container of Cool Whip.(Leave final 1/4th to smooth over the top when done)
Line an oblong cake pan with vanilla wafers. Top with a layer of sliced bananas. (You can add as many as you like – about 3 - 4 medium bananas) Spoon on Jello mixture and even out across the top. Spread on remaining Cool Whip to make top pretty.
Cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated. Serves 12 – 16 people.
Note: When getting supplies for this recipe, please note the Cool Whip, bananas, and vanilla wafers listed in the body of the recipe._______________________________________________
CHRISTMAS MAIL ORDER BRIDES
Christmas Mail Order Brides is a holiday novella collection written by Vickie McDonough, Carrie Turanski, Therese Stenzel, and Susan Page Davis. Here's a brief description:
Ride the transcontinental railroad as marriage arrives by mail-order—and just in time for Christmas. Annika arrives in Wyoming to discover her intended is missing. Jolie’s journey to Nevada is derailed by disaster. Elizabeth carries a load of secrets to Nebraska . Amelia travels to California to wrap up her final attempts at matchmaking. Will the holiday season be the ticket to spark love in unexpected ways?
Enter to win a copy of Mail Order Brides by leaving a comment on this blog post. For fun, share a favorite holiday tradition (do not need to share a tradition to be entered in the giveaway). Be sure to leave your contact information so I can get in touch with you if you win.
Contest ends at midnight on Friday, October 8th. The winner will be announced in a brief post on Saturday.
**Contest disclaimer: Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents. Odds of winning depend on number of entrants.**