Hero Interview from Call of the Prairie by Vickie McDonough with Giveaway

» Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Blog | 18 comments

This week I’m hosting Carol Cox with A Match Made in Texas (US only), Mona Hodgson with The Quilted Heart (US and Canada only), and Vickie McDonough with Call of the Prairie (US only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Jan. 26th) evening.

Call Of The Prairie cover-tinyInterview with the hero from Call of the Prairie by Vickie McDonough:

1.  Josh Harper, tell me the most interesting thing about you. I suppose some folks might find it interesting that I grew up on my parents’ remote stage stop in Kansas, along the Santa Fe Trail. I’m also a lot different than my two brothers. They’re both taller and brawnier than I, not that I couldn’t take one of them down if I had to. I’m not embarrassed to say I like flowers. I have a big, colorful garden of them in my back yard. My interest started at the ranch when I got an empty journal for Christmas one year. I started drawing pictures of the flowers near our home and then looking up the scientific info on them, when I got the chance. The women of the family love my book of flowers, although my brothers still tease me about it every now and then.

2.  What do you do for fun? I don’t have much free time because my niece and nephew are living with me so they can attend school, but there are three things I prefer to do when I get a little time to myself: read, work in my wood-working shed, or spend time in my garden.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it? Lately, I’ve dreaded dropping off Corrie and Toby, my niece and nephew, at my neighbor’s house. Miss Maudie, the elderly lady who normally watches them after school and on days I have to go to work early, had a bad fall. Her niece came to help, but I have my doubts about the tiny woman. I’m not sure the citified gal is up to the task of caring for an ill woman and a houseful of rowdy young’uns. If I had any other place to take them, I would do so.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life? The thought of something happening to Corrie or Toby scares me spitless. I’ve never been a father, so it’s sometimes been a challenge to keep them inline and on-task, especially Toby. The children belong to my older brother, Aaron, and he already lost his wife in a tragic accident. I don’t know if he could handle losing one of his children, so I feel extra pressure to make sure nothing happens to them, and that only increases my anxiety at leaving them with my neighbor.

5.  What do you want out of life? I’d like to find a godly woman like my ma to marry and to have a family of my own—one that’s as close-knit as my family is.

6.  What is the most important thing to you? God first and then family.

7.  Do you read books? I love to read! If so, what is your favorite type of book? Just about any kind. I like novels, history books, scientific journals, and anything that has to do with nature.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d like to be bigger, like my brothers are. Both are several inches taller than I am and bigger in the shoulders. Ethan, my younger brother is even larger than I am, and that has always bothered me.

9.  Do you have a pet? No.  If so, what is it and why that pet? I do have a horse, but I don’t particularly consider him a pet.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? I’d go back to the day my older brother’s wife died and try to save her. Her death has caused Aaron and the children much pain and suffering, and if I could keep them from all of that, I would.



  1. I would love to be able to win a copy of Vickie’s book. I read good things about it. 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity.

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    • Good luck, Cindy! Thanks for visiting Margaret’s blog and reading Josh’s interview.

  2. What a wonderful interview. Have heard great things about this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    • Katrina, I’m glad you enjoyed Josh’s interview. He’s a good man, but like all men, he can be a bit stubborn and miss the obvious.

  3. I loved meeting Josh Harper and look forward to reading his story! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of CALL OF THE PRAIRIE.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

    • Britney, I’m glad you enjoyed getting to know Josh. He’s a good-hearted man although there are times you might wonder about that.

  4. Love books about siblings…usually means there will be more stories. This one sounds like it’s about the sensitive brother. I have books to read by Ms. McDonough but looks like I haven’t got around to it. Thanks for the opportunity.

    • You’re right, Susan. Josh is the more sensitive, artistic brother. Not an easy thing to be in a family of ranchers, especially when both of his brothers are bigger than him. It creates a bit of insecurity for Josh until he finds his love match and discovers what God meant for him to do with his life.

  5. Would love to win and read Call of the Prairie. I read Whispers On The Prairie and really enjoyed it. Thank you for the chance.

    • You’ll probably enjoy Call of the Prairie if you enjoyed Whispers. Josh sets out on his own in Windmill, caring for Corrie and Toby so they can attend school. Thanks for visiting Margaret’s blog!

  6. Josh, you sound like a great person to know. Thank you sharing today!
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

    • Thanks, Amy. I think I’m an all right person. I hope you’ll read my story. Josh

  7. I love Josh’s book of flowers and I would love to learn even more about him. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    melback at cebridge dot net

    • You’ll probably learn more about Josh’s flower book by reading Whispers on the Prairie. I didn’t describe it in book 2, but I probably should have.

  8. Interesting place to grow up

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Josh sounds super dreamy! He draws and loves flowers and is ultra protective of his niece and nephew which is so romantic! Thanks for the chance to win and please, please, PLEASE pick me! 🙂

  10. Wow, what a hero… Can’t wait to meet Josh! 🙂


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