Austin bears a lot of responsibility. Not only is he named after "the Father of Texas," Stephen F. Austin, the man who started the first white settlement in Texas, but alongside his pa, he bears the burden of keeping the 7-Heart Ranch profitable so his and his brothers' inheritance is secure. He's a no-nonsense man, but he deeply loves his family. He's a kind, honorable, generous person--a man many women would love to marry. Too bad he doesn't have time to find a wife. Sending for a mail-order bride seems his best option for meeting his pa's ultimatum.
|This is the man I based my image of Austin on|
Austin is pretty typical for being the first-born child. As the leader of the pack, firstborns often tend to be:
Firstborns bask in their parents' presence, which may explain why they sometimes act like mini-adults. Firstborns are diligent and want to be the best at everything they do.
I'm the firstborn of two girls, and I have to say that most of the traits above are ones that I have to some degree. My sister, who is just 22 months younger than me, has almost the same traits. Needless to say, we've butted heads most of our lives.
How about you? Where do you fall in birth order among your siblings? What would you say are your three main traits?
Give Away! At the end of the week, I'll be giving away a copy of my 3-book Texas Boardinghouse Brides series to someone who completes the Seven Brides for Seven Texans Word Search that I've placed below. The puzzle is in jpg format, so you should be able to click on it/or right-click it to enlarge it and save a copy. If you can't, email me via the Contact page on my website - www.vickiemcdonough.com - and I'll send you a copy. Snap a picture or scan the completed puzzle and send it to me, and you'll be entered in my drawing. You have until Friday at 4 Central time to complete it. I hear some of you groaning, but it's a pretty simple puzzle. I know you can do it!
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, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Her novels include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, winner of the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel Award. 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. Gabriel’s Atonement, book 1 in the Land Rush Dreams series, placed second in the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Vickie has recently stepped into independent publishing.
Vickie has been married for forty-one years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, 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