04 December 2016

Character Interview with Austin Hart of Seven Brides for Seven Texans, by Vickie McDonough

An interview with hero, Austin Hart, of "Mail-Order Mayhem", a novella in Seven Brides for Seven Texans (Barbour Publishing, December, 2016).

Genre: Christian historical romance

Novella Description: "Mail-Order Mayhem" - With the cattle industry growing fast in Texas, Stephen “Austin” Hart thought his future as a rancher looked fairly secure. Austin had long expected his father’s ranch to be divided among the seven brothers, although he never expected that to happen before his father died. But his father has issued an ultimatum—get married or lose out. Now Austin’s future is on shaky ground. He’s 34, and between fighting in the War Between the States, returning home to recover from severe wounds, and then helping his pa keep their large ranch going amidst the turmoil of reconstruction in the years following the war, he hasn’t had time to marry. But if he doesn’t, he could lose his land and the future he’s dreamed of. So marry he will, but none of the women he knows interests him. A mail-order bride seems the quickest and easiest solution to his problem.
Interview of Austin Hart

VM: Mr. Hart, I hear you have a rich heritage here in Texas.

AH: First off, call me Austin. With 8 Mr. Harts in the vicinity, things can get confusing faster than a stampede. My pa, George Washington Hart was friends with Stephen F. Austin, founder of the first white settlement in Texas. My grandparents Benjamin Franklin and Mary Ellen Hart came to Texas with their four children, George Washington—my pa, John Adams, William Penn, and Martha Abigail Hart. They were part of the “Old 300,” the first white settlers in Texas.

(CFP: I LOVE this history, Austin!)

VM: Wow, that is some heritage. The Old 300 settled east of here, so how did you end up in this part of Texas?

AH: Benjamin Hart and his family ventured farther west than most of the Austinites, putting down roots along the Sabinal River. There he established the Hart ranch and set aside a portion of his property to establish the town of Hartville.

VM: Ah. . . so that’s why the town bears your family name. Interesting. Now, I have a more personal question. Does it bother you that five of your six younger brothers have found love and have married, but you still remain single?

AH: To be honest, it does pester me that so many of my brothers have found wives and I haven’t. Although let me state right now that I’m happy for each of them—and even though Pa forced our hand by declaring we had to marry or lose or inheritance, I have to say it’s worked out well for my brothers.

VM: What about your brother, James Bowie Hart. Do you think he’ll find a wife?

AH: I’m not sure that he cares if he does or not. He was hurt bad in the war and hasn’t quite been the same. He took off not too long ago, and none of us know where he went. I’d love to see him happy and settled with a good woman, but it would take a very special gal to wrangle Bowie.

VM: You’re a good-looking man and wealthy—if you don’t mind me saying so. You’re thirty-four, so why haven’t you married before now?

AH: (Austin’s neck and ears turn red.) I work from sunup to past sundown on our large ranch, ma’am, so I don’t get to town often. And besides, none of the women I know interest me enough to marry. Most women in these parts have set their bonnets on marrying a Hart brother. I’d just as soon marry a woman who cared more for me than she does my family’s wealth.

VM: So is that why you sent for a mail-order bride? I bet that was a big surprise to your family.

AH: Yes, ma’am. It sure was.

VM: I can tell by your huge grin that you really pulled one over on them. How has that worked out for you?

AH: Not as good as I’d hoped.

VM: Can you elaborate?

AH: Well…uh…it’s not exactly an easy thing to talk about.

VM: What do you mean?

AH: (Austin sighs and stares off in the distance) I thought I’d found a woman who’d be a good match, but now I’m not so sure. Jenny hasn’t warmed up to me like I’d hoped she would once she arrived.

VM: I heard you had quite a surprise when she first got to town on the stage.

AH: No kiddin’. There was two of her. Uh…well, not exactly, but she brought her twin sister along. I didn’t even know she was a twin. Kind of hard to tell the two of them apart, especially when they wear matching outfits.

VM: Wow, that must have been a shock. I wonder why Jenny never mentioned being a twin.
(CFP: Yikes! I have sympathy for Austin!)

AH: I wondered that too. It seems there were more than a few things she neglected to mention.

VM: Like what?

AH: (Austin stares at me long enough that I squirm and look away. I bet he’s used that look on his brothers a time or two to get them to do what they’re supposed to) That’s a rather personal question, don’t you think? I need to get back to work. This interview is done.

VM: I’m sorry for getting too personal. Thank you so much for this interview. I do hope things work out for you and your bride.

Austin tips his hat and walks away. I’m sure I heard him mutter something like, “It has to work out. I have no choice.”
(CFP: Haha!)


Author bio: Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams penning romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is an award-winning author of more than 40 published books and novellas, and over 1.5 million copies of her books have been sold. Her novels include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. Song of the Prairie won the 2015 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Her latest series, Land Rush Dreams, focuses on the Oklahoma land runs. Book 1, Gabriel’s Atonement, was a finalist in the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Awards. Vickie has recently stepped into independent publishing.

Vickie has been married over forty-one years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, doing stained glass, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this new release!

02 December 2016

Teresa Mathews' Five Year Anniversary on OWG Blog!

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Diana L. Flowers, Teresa S. Mathews

I can't believe it has been FIVE years since Teresa S. Mathews joined us here on the Overcoming with God blog!!! Diana Flowers, who sadly will be leaving us soon, introduced me to Teresa. Later I was blessed to be able to meet Teresa in person and we've gotten together again when I go to South Carolina (like in this picture)! Teresa has become a lovely special friend. 

Teresa has been through a lot in the past couple of years. She's lost her beloved husband, Carlton, and she is valiantly battling breast cancer and about to begin radiation treatment. I think she'll need some real flowers later, but here are some virtual ones for now!

Teresa is our poetess and writes fabulous God-inspired poetry in addition to beautiful reviews. In the new year, Teresa will continue to periodically write poems and reviews books here on OWG blog.

Some may not know this but Teresa and Carlton were music ministers. Teresa is a talented singer and pianist. Here's a link to Teresa's YouTube channel: click here

Giveaway: Leave a word of encouragement or a prayer for Teresa to be entered to win a secret Barbour book collection (paperback -- USA only)!

01 December 2016

Noela's OWG Farewell

You’re invited to join us here for an Aussie Barbie (BBQ) to celebrate my four years here on the Overcoming With God blog and to say farewell!

As 2016 draws to a close, so will my time as a reviewer on the wonderful OWG blog. I had been receiving nudges about this from the Lord for over a month and finally He told me to stop procrastinating! He reminded me that good intentions don’t bring us into God’s blessings—only obedience does. The foremost reason I’m leaving my beloved OWG blog is to spend more time with the Lord and in His Word. Health issues have always taken much of my spare time leaving very little after other activities and reading/reviewing, in seeking God. God willing, in the future I hope to share in writing a devotional book or two as that has long been a desire of mine. Perhaps you’ll see me back on OWG as a guest! My last review post will be at the end of the year with my Favorites List of 2016.

I’d like to thank all authors and readers for allowing me to be a part of your lives and for the innumerable blessings you’ve given me by your friendship, kindness, and encouragement! Please find me on Facebook if you’re not already a friend there. A huge thank you also goes to my blog partners, Diane Flowers, Teresa Mathews, Marian Baay, and Bonnie Roof. You girls have become forever friends and have brought so much love and joy into my life. Last but not least, I can’t even begin to fully express my gratitude and thanks to the amazing Carrie Fancett Pagels for listening to God and believing in me those four years ago when she invited me to join her at Overcoming with God. Thank you Carrie for the smiles, friendship, guidance, and prayers!

Aussie Barbie
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And now, let’s have some fun at this AUSSIE BBQ! Grab a plate to fill with some snags (sausages), lamb chops, a juicy steak, and don’t forget the charcoaled onion that always gets burnt! Be generous with the tomato sauce (ketchup). Then add your salad from a variety on the table nearby where there’s bound to be a potato salad. Find somewhere to sit and enjoy, and share some memories you have below of my time here, or maybe something you love about Australia!  

Kookaburra snagging a snag!

There's bound to be more ants or mozzies than Kookaburra's visiting at the bbq! And these are such beautiful birds, I'm sure we'd allow them to get away with it. :) 

Backyard Cricket
Backyard cricket is great fun when you have a few friends over for a barbie! The rules can be lenient but the most important one is that if you hit the ball over the fence, you're out! Here's a pic of Allen taken on Australia Day earlier this year. And no, that's not our national headwear, haha! Have you ever played or watched a game of Cricket?

I hope you've enjoyed this little taste of Australia! God bless!!
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THANK YOU GIVEAWAY: I have a little giveaway (pictured above) for someone who leaves a comment below. I put this together as a special Aussie thank-you for your support and friendship over the years. Know that you are appreciated! I hope I have led many to read some pretty incredible books that have blessed and encouraged you as much as they have me! 

CFP: We also have another giveaway! One reader will receive a copy of one of the many books Noela has reviewed over the year (USA only unless the book is available on Book Depository internationally)!

29 November 2016

Diana's Review Of 'Such A Hope' By Sondra Kraak

Such A Hope by Sondra Kraak

Such A Hope By Sondra Kraak
Trail House Publishers, Oct. 2016

Reviewed By Diana Flowers
~5 stars!~
(No spoilers!)
A Compelling Must Read!

Seattle, Washington Territory - 1871

In Such a Hope, author Sondra Kraak has spun a powerfully emotive tale of a young woman's quest to find a sense of belongingset against the backdrop of the tree blanketed landscape and grandeur of the Cascade Mountains.

Spending her entire life growing up on the seat of a wagon and assisting her father's successful freighting business, Anna finally returns home to their cabin in Seattle. Her father's death has devastated her, and she longs to find camaraderie in her community and a chance to fulfill the calling God has placed on her life...the desire to pray for the sick. Two stalwart, handsome men enter Anna's lifeone the passionate, zealous Michael, who encourages Anna to use her miraculous gift in his revival meetings—the other, Tristan, an enigmatic and intimidating farmer her father had befriended. But praying for healing comes with a high price and ugly rumors begin to surface about Anna's spiritual gift and her property. Both men must learn to surrender their plans for the future in different ways—a sacrifice neither is sure he is willing to make. 

I accidentally "stumbled" upon Sondra Kraak online and she was one of the best discoveries I have ever made. I was entranced by the cover of her new book, Such a Hope, and the blurb intrigued me as well! Tackling the subject of laying on of hands and miraculous healing took alot of courage and Ms. Kraak did so with finesse and wisdom...addressing the question as to why some people get healed and others do not. The multifaceted main characters were admittedly admirable, but not infallible. And ooh, the romantic tension almost stole my breath away! đŸ˜¯Sondra Kraak is an amazingly talented author, and I anxiously await the next book in the Paths of Grace series! Be sure to order your copy of this emotionally stirring story of passion, forgiveness, and redemption today!


This book may be purchased through AmazonB&N, and BAM.

GIVEAWAY: Sondra Kraak has generously offered a paperback copy to one blessed commenter (US entrants only!) For contact purposes should your name be drawn, please be sure to leave your email addy written (at) and (dot) to protect yourself against spammers.

27 November 2016

Interview with Lucette "Lucy" Nel

Author Lucette "Lucy" Nel

CFP: Please welcome Lucette "Lucy" Nel!  Lucy is a fellow Pelican Book Group author (White Rose imprint) who lives in South Africa. She has a Christmas release, The Widow's Captive, with Pelican's Christmas Extravaganza, which has become an annual event with brand new Christmas romances in ebook form. We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. 

Thanks so much to Overcoming with God for asking me aboard!

Would you tell us about the one of the most difficult things in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?
I’m an introvert. In all honesty, doing this interview has me all jittery. It’s like that meme I saw on Pinterest: 


“What is the worst sentence in the history for an introvert?

 -- Tell me a little about yourself.” 


But because I want to be a writer, that’s something I need to work ‘against’. 

As a writer, I need people, and I need to connect with people. That is one of my biggest struggles, and if not for God, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. For me, it IS an endless battle, a constant reminder that I need the Lord.  And coffee!

What passages in the Bible have been most helpful to you in those times?
Philippians 4:13 For I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (NLT)

How has prayer helped you to overcome?
It is a million little things. Knowing that God understands my babble, my flawed prayers, and even the ones I can’t utter aloud, make it easier to face people, even when it’s only on social media.

What helped you get through or helped you cope with this difficulty?
I don’t know if it’s something I will get through. I don’t think it’s like you wake up one morning and decide you’re not an introvert anymore. So I cope with it by sharing what’s going on in my head and heart with the Lord and to those people closest to me.

Disability friendliness: Is this release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print? 
The Christmas Extravaganza series are only available as an eBook. ☺

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?  
My hero and heroine struggles with guilt and shame. My hero, Jonah Hale wrestles with the need to prove himself worthy to the town’s residents. He put his own life in danger in order to gain other peoples approval.

Thanks, Carrie!

Lucy's Social Media Links:

Bio: Lucette "Lucy" Nel is a coffee addicted work-in-progress daughter of the Lord Almighty. She's a mommy to a rambunctious toddler and wife to her best friend and real-life hero. Along with three spoiled Pugs, they make their home in Gauteng, the smallest of nine provinces in South Africa.

During the day, she's a bookkeeper. At night when the world sleeps, she delves into her passion, creating interesting characters in historical settings.

She's a member of American Christian Fiction and her dream came true when she recently signed a contract with Pelican Book Group for her Christmas themed novella, The Widow's Captive.

One of her favorite quotes about writing is by C.S. Lewis: You can make anything by writing.

Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Giveaway: We're giving away an ebook copy to one of our readers! Answer this Question to enter:
As a newbie author I’d like to know what persuades you as a reader to pick up a story by a new and unknown author.

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