Thursday, May 16, 2013

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #3

 THE HUNT CONCLUDES AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT  (SUNDAY, MAY 19) MOUNTAIN TIME. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OF THE 3 GRAND PRIZES, YOU MUST ENTER BEFORE THEN. IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US, DON'T WORRY. IT DOESN'T TAKE ALL THAT LONG TO GATHER ALL THE CLUES. 

MAY YOUR LORD'S DAY BE BLESSED.

Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 32 stops and runs from May 17 through May 19. Making the loop will take you through unique content from 31 different authors. If you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you'll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes---all 31 of our new releases in paperback. Some authors are also offering additional prizes as part of their posts, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.

If you've JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at LisaBergren.com. But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order. One word is part of each stop’s post, so if you do the stops in order, you’ll have the phrase just right. You’ll need that if you receive an e-mail notification from Lisa Bergren that says that you won. If Lisa doesn't hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she’ll move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws. Ready? Here we go...

Whispers on the Prairie by Vickie McDonough

I was on deadline for a new book and wrote the following scene before doing the research. My heroine has asthma, so I needed to check with several people who have asthma and a doctor to see if what happens in this scene is plausible. After talking with them, I realize my scene wouldn’t work and deleted it. You’re the first people to see this scene from Call of the Prairie, which is a Christian fiction historical romance, and the second book in my Pioneer Promises series. The first book, Whispers on the Prairie, releases July 1st. My heroine, Sophie, has received some disturbing news, which resulted in her having a severe asthma attack, but back in 1873, there were no inhalers or known treatments for the ailment.

            Josh tilted Miss Davenport’s head back, hoping the action would allow more air into her lungs. He lifted her fully into his arms, amazed at how light she was. Though he had no trouble holding her, he eased down onto the corner of his desk. Sophie’s body jerked as she fought for each wheezy breath. This was his fault. He should have waited a day or two or a week. Shouldn’t have put such pressure on her so soon after the funeral.
            Josh cradled Sophie against his chest, despising himself for causing her distress. “Show me how to help her, Lord. What can I do?”
            Her chest shook with each ragged breath. She needed more air. Josh could only think of one way to accomplish such a fete. Dare he? Could it make things any worse?
            His idea was absurd—certainly not the act of a gentleman—and yet he felt God prompting him. He inhaled a large breath, and before he could talk himself out of it, he leaned down and blew into Sophie’s mouth. The warm, softness of her lips sent waves of awareness charging through him, but the rise of her chest told him his idea had worked. He glanced out his office door, making sure no one would witness his scandalous actions, then took another deep breath, and blew in, this time covering her whole mouth with his. Again, her chest rose, and if he wasn’t mistaken, her wheezing had decreased slightly.
            Joy mingled with a new sensation—the realization that he’d grown to care for this prickly woman. He wasn’t in love with her, but he certainly didn’t want anything to happen to her. He’d never met a woman like her. It was as if she had no awareness of her limitations. He brushed her soft hair away from her eyes and gave her a gentle shake. “Sophie, wake up.”
            Quick footsteps rushed down the boardwalk and past his window. He bent down, giving her one last breath, ending with the briefest of kisses. Straightening quickly, lest he be caught, he watched for Doctor Walton. Seconds later, the man hurried through the door, medical bag in hand.
            “What happened?”
            “She couldn’t catch her breath. Started wheezing and holding her throat then passed out. I managed to catch her.”
            “You did, huh?” Though Doc Walton’s eyes held concern, the corner’s of his lifted. “Let’s get her home. I can’t examine her here.”
            Josh followed him out the door, carrying Sophie. She had to be all right. He couldn’t stand the thought that he’d brought on this fit. He glanced at Franklin and Samuels. “Hold down the fort. Don’t know when I’ll be back.”
            He wasn’t leaving her until he knew she’d be all right. Her breathing was still labored but not as badly as before, and she was starting to rouse. Perhaps his breathing for her had helped. The doc opened the door to Maude’s house and stepped back. “Put her on the sofa.”
            Josh did as ordered, although his arms felt empty at her loss. He crossed them and moved out of the way. Doc Walton pulled out his stethoscope and listened to Sophie’s chest.
            She moaned, lifting a hand halfway to her face, then dropping it to her side. Josh brushed his hand across his mouth, remembering the incredible softness of her lips. She’d be furious if she knew what he’d done.



Find Whispers on the Prairie at your favorite local bookstores or online. Online sellers include: 

Amazon 

http://www.amazon.com/Whispers-Prairie-Pioneer-Promises-1/dp/1603748415/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366069680&sr=1-1&keywords=whispers+on+the+prairie

Barnes and Noble 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/whispers-on-the-prairie-vickie-mcdonough/1114863036?ean=9781603748414




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74 comments:

  1. Vickie is new author for me, thanks for comment on the book, loving this Hunt...on my way
    Paula O

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    1. Yay! One of the things we were hoping to accomplish with "the hunt" was introducing friends to new authors. So glad it's working ;-)

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  2. Love your books! I really want to read this new book you have! Thanks for being part of the Hunt.

    Linda Ortiz
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  3. The cover and title are great! And now with this excerpt, I really would love to read it!

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  4. The excerpt has me wanting to add this to my must read list.
    Rebecca

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  5. You are a new-to-me author. This excerpt sounds so good! I'm so excited to have discovered you and can't wait to read this book! :)

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  6. I suffer from asthma and can fully relate to that scene. Excerpt was a lovely read. Looking forward to adding the book to my TBR pile. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Daphne! I'm glad to know the scene was realistic. I cut it because a doctor said it was unlikely that my heroine's asthma would have caused her to become unconscious. Blessings!

      Vickie

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  7. Vickie is a "new to me" author and it looks like she writes the type of books I love, historical romance. The fact that they're written from a Christian perspective makes them even better.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read one. Molly. I think you'd enjoy it.

      Blessings!

      Vickie

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  8. Intriguing scene, Vickie! Just added Whispers on the Prairie to my to-be-bought list.

    Blessings,

    Andrea

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! I enjoyed writing Whispers. Hope you like it.

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  9. This "hunt" is great because so many books often fall through the cracks. Loved the scene between Josh and Sophie, and am eager to read this series. Thank you, Stephanie and Vickie, for participating.

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    1. Thanks for participating, Carole. I hope you do get a chance to read Whispers.

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  10. The objective of the Hunt has definitely worked! I've found another author to add to my list of books to read. Thanks for being part of the weekend's event!

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    1. Thanks, Rennie! I love meeting new readers too.

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  11. Oh how I love prarie stories... so nice to meet you and I look forward to reading your books.
    Blessings
    Linda Finn

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    1. Linda,

      I love prairie stories too. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  12. We'd freak out that generation with all the improper acts that are now not even given a second glance.
    jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

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  13. Thanks for hosting this section of the Hunt!

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  14. Thanks for being part of the hunt. Sharma Darby

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  15. I'll have to check this book out! Glad I stopped by to read about it. :) My daughter's name is Sophie... so I get drawn in by that as well.

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  16. That was a great scene! Definitely going on my to read list. Having fun in this hunt.
    Brittany McEuen

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    1. Thanks, Brittany. I'm glad you enjoyed the scene.

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  17. Sounds like a great book and a new author for me as well. Thanks for participating, it is definitely working!
    Vicki

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  18. Fun! But the comments were closed on the last blog.

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  19. This was an amazing scene...too bad it didn't work and you had to delete it. :( Anyway, this book is going on my to read list!
    Plus, the comment section was closed on Rachel Hauck's blog...so how can I win a copy of Upon a Prince?
    Thanks!
    Marisa

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    1. Marisa ... I'll find out and let you know. Stay tuned.

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    2. Marisa, just scroll down a bit and you'll see a place to enter the contest. It's below the book cover on Rachel's blog ... past my post.

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  20. That was wonderful! Even with this scene being deleted, I can see this book need to be read!

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  21. I've read all of Vickie's books and loved them all. Her characters are always so lovable and full of life. Can't wait to read this one.

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    1. Thanks so much, June! I appreciate your being such a great fan!
      Blessings!

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  22. ooooh, now I've got to read this book !!

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  23. WOW that was an amazing excerpt! Thanks Stephanie for introducing me to Vickie McDonough. I will have to be on the lookout for her book!!

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  24. This is a new author for me , but I love to read books by new authors. Will have to try Vickie McDonough,s books out . Sounds so good. Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win. I Thanks again for the Hunt .

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    1. It's great to hear that you're having fun with it.

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    2. Elizabeth,

      Thanks for joining in the fun! I think you'd enjoy my books and hope you get to try one.

      Blessings!

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  25. I have your The Message on the Quilt as an ebook and am looking forward to reading it, Stephanie. Thanks!

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    1. thanks for letting me know, Kd ... hope you enjoy it.

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  26. I love these blog hops as it opens us up to new readers and what's hot in books now. Such variety and am meeting new writers, again. Loving it. Thank you all for participating and allowing us to learn about you and your writings in such a fun way. Blessings.

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    1. Shan,

      Thanks for participating! I'm glad you're having fun!

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  27. I just love these scavenger hunts. Thank you for the fun!

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  28. Thanks for joining in the fun! I'm enjoying the hunt.

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  29. This is my second scavenger hunt ever.. so happy to be a part of it:) Thanks or being a part of making my day:)

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  30. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  31. I LOVE me some Vickie McDonough! Next stop here I come!

    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. Sounds like a fun book!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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  33. This was very interesting, having had asthma for many years. It definitely is not fun. My mother sat up with me many nights. BUT, I never had anyone give me air. LOL Guess they never tho't about it helping, for my mother would have for sure given me some of her air. It finally got so bad my doctor suggested moving and I wound up in Baytown, Tx. It has been a real long time since I've had a spell, but the fear is always there when my chest gets tight. I hope to get to read this book of yours Vicki. Got to see where that moth to mouth help leads. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  34. This is a new author to me and I'd love to read her book.
    rdewey17 at yahoo dot com

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  35. Being a retired widow, I get most of my books from the library. I'm making a list of books to request our library carry. Thanks. Looking forward to reading this new (for me) author.

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    1. Love to hear that folks are supporting and benefiting from their local public library, Sandra. I'm an avid fan of my libraries here in Nebraska, too. Don't forget inter-library loan as well. They often get me books they don't normally shelve, but they will find them for me for a small fee. It's a win-win.

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  36. Sounds like a good book. I love Vickie McDonough's books.

    superstarsarah94(at)gmail(dot)com

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      Thanks for reading my books! You're appreciated!

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  37. I am so interested to see what happens next! Thank you for the sneak peek!

    Celita

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  38. Fascinating to find out the history behind the books as well as watch the story unfold.

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  39. Interesting "cure", I can just imagine the scandal if someone had come in!

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    1. Meagan,

      That would have been fun--if he got caught. :)

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  40. Love the authors of all these books. The hunrs are such fun!

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  41. Oh, this is going on my to read list. Enjoyed the scene. :)

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    1. Thanks! Just remember this scene--and the hero and heroine--are from Call of the Prairie, book 2 in my series.

      Blessings!

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  42. Sounds like a good book and one I will be adding to my to read list

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  43. My posts seem to disappear sooooo I best enter a comment again. I would love this book to read as Vickie is an excellent writer with full characters that you can relate to easily. God Bless.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words for my friend and fellow writer, Helen. Blessings.

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  44. Sounds like one I'll add to my reading list!

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    1. Wonderful news. As I said before, one of the goals is to introduce readers to new (to them) writers. So glad you took time to let us know that's being accomplished.

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  45. This is a new author for me, thank you. I look forward to adding her to my TBR pile :-)

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    1. That's great news, Robyn. You won't be disappointed reading McDonough!

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  46. Thanks for bringing Vickie's novel to my attention. I would love to be influencer for all of you on my blog!

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  47. Wow! What a scene! : ) I hope I'll get to check it out soon.
    God bless,
    Stacey

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  48. VICKIE!!! LOVE this scene, my friend, and am SO sad you had to cut it -- GREAT premise for a kiss. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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