Friday, May 13, 2016

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The 12 Brides of Summer Collection by Mary Connealy

The 12 Brides of Summer Collection

by Mary Connealy, Pam Hillman and others

Giveaway ends June 01, 2016.
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Children from my older books featured in later books and novellas having their own love story.

This list may not be complete....but it's close.

Of Course the Sophie's Daughter's series with Sophie McClellan's three oldest girls.

Lassoed by Marriage novella collection, my book Sweetwater Bride has for the hero the 1st born son of Belle and Silas Harden, Tanner Harden.

In Hope for the Holidays, a historical novella collection, I have Sophie's Other Daughter, the love story of Laura McClellen and Ike Reeves.

Tanner Harden the IV (or maybe V or VI) a contemporary great-great-great-however many great grandchild of Belle and Silas Harden also named Tanner Harden, that's in Hope for the Holidays Contemporary Collection ebook only.

AND A Bride Rides Herd contained in The 12 Brides of Summer - releases as a book this June with all 12 of these Brides of Summer novellas in it.

A Bride Rides Herd is the love story of Belle Tanner's fourth daughter Betsy and Matt Reeves the first born son of Daniel and Grace Reeves. Matt is unborn but coming in Calico Canyon and he's a three year old terror in Gingham Mountain
And in the Seeker Collection: With This Spark,  I wrote Texas Tea, with John Reeves falling in love with Libby Cooper, the littlest adopted daughter in Gingham Mountain.
And Silas Harden Jr. and a mail order bride is in the newly released Seeker collection, Spring Into Love.
And if you'll recall, in Sharpshooter in Petticoats Mark Reeves marries Emma Harden and Charlie Cooper from Gingham Mountain falls for Belle and Silas Harden's third daughter Sarah. Of course their oldest daughter Lindsay finds love in The Husband Tree.
I think this is all of the old Barbour characters.

I have Big John Conroy in With This Ring? Big John is from the Trouble in Texas series. He rescues Carrie the mentioned by never featured little sister of Audra Kincaid. Audra is the heroine who falls in love with Ethan Kincaid in In Too Deep, book #2 of the Kincaid Brides series.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015


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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Try cleaning a house made of dirt! One wrong move with a vacuum cleaner and you're living on the street

Because it's Spring (okay, it's February, shut up, let me pretend) it's time for my annual Spring Parade of Calves on Facebook. To follow along as the babies come check out

My part of this nine-author book is called Homestead on the Range.

Authors always have to learn new things to write a book. We study the setting, the grass and trees, the native animals, career skills, clothing styles, we have to set our story in a time and place and to do that we need to learn new things.

For Homestead on the Range I had to learn to build a sod house.
There are antlers stacked in front of this sod house. This is mysterious. These people seem very somber. Why not? They live in a sod house. I'll bet they don't have air conditioning. I'll bet that stack of antlers is their most prized possession.

Now I truly wish I could say here that to make everything realistic, I built a sod house out my back door and now I live in it during the summer, just so I can bring my book to life for all you lovely readers. Wouldn't that be interesting? Wouldn't you all just lean forward to learn every single thing I know about building a soddy???
Why is there a team of horses on the top of this house? Why are those people in a 'room' with no front wall? Do sod houses porches? I'm going with YES. We have photographic proof here.

But what I learned about sod houses is, many of them have wooden frames, which is sort of weird because wasn't the whole point that there wasn't wood? So where'd they get a frame?

And they didn't invent breaking plows until mid 1880s. Before that they were cutting hundreds, possibly thousands of sod bricks with a shovel. It makes me want to cry a little, just thinking about it. Have I mentioned I'm a wimp? God bless these people. Wow, they worked their HEARTS OUT to gain property, to be free, to own a home, claim some land. It's really amazing and inspiring and I'm frankly ashamed of myself for being so sedentary and out of shape.

Which is no fun so let's move on!

These are the Chrisman sisters, each claimed and proved up on her own homestead. This picture inspired my Wild at Heart series. Or maybe it's more accurate to say it was the seed from which the story grew.

A sod house had 'bricks' about 2 to 3 feet long and a foot wide. They'd lay the sod lengthwise, side by side so the walls were around 2.5 feet thick.
Get that? It's like a FORTRESS.
The walls are thick enough to stop a canon ball.
Or not.
But it did help with the winter wind and the blazing heat of summer. Yep, I'm bettin' these were as cozy as all get out. That sod was a fine substitute for central heating. Okay, I'm beating that to death.

 Moving on.
And now we've got a cow on the roof. It's like a theme or something!

The walls were laid alternately the long way and the short way, this made the walls sturdier, the strips of sod would bind together and stand better. it's kinda like Legos only not primary colors and no cute movie characters!

And they laid the sod GRASS SIDE DOWN. I tried to find out why but couldn't really get to the bottom of it. I assumed it was to keep the children from grazing since they were probably starving to death. 

Are those WATERMELONS on that table? I like watermelon. I could have survived in the wild west. If I'd have known there was watermelon I'd have written this blog all different. Could you have built a sod house? Could you survive on the vast treeless prairie, forty miles from the nearest neighbor. With a cow on your roof. (honestly that 'livestock on the roof' thing is the least of their problems)
The Homestead Brides Collection

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 Homestead on the Range: Widow Elle Winter meets new homesteader Colin Samuelson on the Nebraska prairie, but the attraction between them is quickly dampened by the discovery that they have seven children between them. Soon their children are working against them to bring the two families together.

Other contributors to The Homestead Brides Collection are: Darlene Franklin, Carla Olson Gade, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, DiAnn Mlls, Erica Vetsch, Becca Whitham, and Kathleen Y'Barbo.

 Mary Connealy writes Romantic Comedy with Cowboys, which is odd because Mary is a serious woman who behaves herself and only writes things with the utmost calm and reasonable tone. Writing comedy is just counter-intuitive.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chance to win, and to read the Annual Connealy Christmas Letter!

$25 Amazon Gift Card drawing today on Petticoats and Pistols--click the link below to get in the drawing. Leave a comment about your own holiday plans to get your name in a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Merry Christmas.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Four New Books!!!

In a very confusing twist I have four books releasing within two months.
I'm getting behind telling about it!

Tried and True-book #1 of a new series called Wild at Heart

The Advent Bride-a novella ebook only, my contribution to a 12 book novella series called The Twelve Brides of Christmas

Hope for the Holidays-Historical, a novella collection, ebook only, done with some of my Seekerville sisters

Hope for the Holidays-Contemporary, a novella collection, same as the one above but with a few different Seekerville authors and it's contemporary so that's different for me--though it's contemporary cowboys.


Thursday, September 04, 2014


Take the quiz at the Bethany House Fiction blog today.
Which Character Are You Most Like?

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Dawn's Dreams: Stuck Together - A Review

Dawn's Dreams: Stuck Together - A Review: Published - June 2014, Bethany House Publishers Series - Trouble in Texas book 3 Author - Mary Connealy Title - Stuck Together Tina...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wednesday, June 04, 2014