So apparently I missed yesterday’s post (thank you modern technology), so today I’m doubling up! Next week the Prairie Roses Collection comes out, a group of stories by some talented authors. Each day this week I’ll put the spotlight on one of the books in the collection. Today we’re learning more about Vickie McDonough’s story Julia.
About the Story
Between the States may have ended, but prejudice is still strong among the
families journeying together on a wagon train headed down the Santa Fe Trail.
Julia Scott is traveling to New Mexico with her father and younger brother. Her pa fought for the North in the war where her two older brothers lost their lives. Pa is looking for a fresh start in a new place, but Julia just wants him to be happy again.
Taylor Marshall, a Southerner who fought for the Confederates, is on his way to Colorado to raise horses. He’s attracted to Julia, but her father adamantly forbids them to talk to one another.
Circumstances continually throw Julia and Taylor together, and their attraction grows. Will a forbidden romance bloom? Or will they go their separate ways when the trail splits?
JULIA is book five in the Prairie Roses Collection and debuts on May 6th,
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NYTVY2M
Interview with Julie
Welcome to A Baker’s Perspective today! Please tell us a little about yourself!
Hello Jessica, I’m Julia Scott. My life was fairly normal, at least I thought it was. I grew up on an isolated farm in southern Illinois. I learned to hunt and fish because I wanted to be just like my two older brothers, Phillip and John, much to my mother’s chagrin. Oh, I can cook and sew, but I’d much rather work the farm than be inside, helping Mama. When I was ten, Mama had another baby. I was so hoping for a sister, but it was another boy, whom she named Billy. Then that horrible War Between the States came, and Papa, Phillip, and John left to fight. It’s a good thing I knew how to tend the few horses left behind and care for the crops we grew. Things went along pretty well for several years, but then Mama took sick and died. I had to care for Billy, who was only seven then, and the farm. It was hard, but I did what had to be done.
The story of my past is somewhat sad. Papa returned from the war, but Phillip and John didn’t. And Papa wasn’t the same man who left four years ago. Two years after his return, Papa informed Billy and me that he’d sold the farm, and we were heading west on a wagon train. And that’s where the story called Julia starts.
Did it shock you when you learned you had to leave your farm to travel west, or were you excited about the journey?
I’ll admit that it was a terrible shock. I didn’t talk to Papa for days. I’d poured out my teen years planting, watering and harvesting on our farm. It was the only place I’d ever lived, and Mama was buried there, as well as the two babies she lost. But I wanted Papa to be happy, so westward we went.
What was your greatest dream?
Honestly, all I ever wanted was for Mama to get well and my Pa and brothers to come home. I worked so much, there wasn’t time to dream. I guess if there was one thing I’d like, it would be to fall in love and get married and have a marriage like Papa and Mama had before the war.
Who was your first love?
Julia pats her cheeks.
Oh, dear, I think I’m blushing. Don’t tell Papa, but I fear I’m falling for a man named Taylor Marshall. At least I think I am. I’m confused because I’ve never had a man friend before and have never been in love. But there’s a big problem—Taylor is from the South, and Pa hates everything and everyone from there. I fear that when the trail splits and we go to New Mexico and Taylor goes to Colorado, I’ll never see him again.
What do you put off doing because you dread it?
That’s simple—picking up buffalo chips. You see, there aren’t many trees on the Santa Fe Trail as it passes through Kansas. Buffalo chips make decent fuel for our campfires, but you have to collect them—and they are big, smelly things.
After living such an isolated life on your farm, what did you think when you joined the wagon train and started making friends?
I was shy at first, but then I made my first friend—Winnie Hudson. She has the cutest little baby named Hallie. Winnie is from the Ozark and has an unusual accent, but she’s the kindest person I’ve ever met, other than Mama. A part of me was sad once we became good friends because I realized all I’d missed by never having a close friend before. And then Taylor and I became friends, and what a delight that was. I never knew how nice it was to be friends with a man.
It was a pleasure talking with you today!
I want to thank Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective for having me as a guest so that you can get to know me.
About the Author
Vickie McDonough is the best-selling author of 50 books and novellas, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Vickie grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she 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’s books have won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best and the Inspirational Choice awards. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, doing stained glass projects, gardening watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/vickiemcdonough