Monday, October 23, 2006

Techno-genius strikes again!!!!!

I've spent the last oh....DECADE trying to figure out MySpace. So this
weekend my 17-year-old Katy finally took pity on me and showed me how to
invite people to be my friends and how to....
forgive me....
pimp my page.
Where do children come up with these things????
And why do they have the nerve to say them to their mother?????????
Anyway, I invited a bunch of people today, felt kind of....nervy you might
say, like a bad highschool party that you come to and everyone gives you the
"Who invited you?" look. But Katy pep-talked me into it, so I did it.
Then after all the invites went out, I tried to...p@#$ my page and
Forgive me again....
Ended up with a stripper somehow as my background picture.
So of course, on the very day someone might actually ask to be my friend...
Another aside here....
I've got a comment about THIS language, too. Whenever I hit the wrong button
on the Create Profile page it says things like...
You've got NO FRIENDS
You can't post here because you're not anyones friend.
Very cruel and now I'm like.... you know... clinically depressed because I
have no friends.
Anyway...back to whatever I started out to say
short break while I try and remember......
I got rid of the stripper, although honestly I felt like I should witness to
her first, because she pretty obviously needs the Lord, but of course I'm
not her FRIEND.
And now my Myspace page, which is ... oh, I'm not even going to tell you
whats there, it's so....let's say...minimalist. It says nothing but the
title of my book.
And here's the part where I apologize to Camy.
Somehow when you click on the blog link....Camy Tang's blog comes up. I did
NOT do that. I went and READ Camy's blog but I didn't steal it. Or, of
course I DID steal it, but I didn't MEAN to steal it and maybe I linked to
it somehow but I didn't MEAN to. And I'm afraid to do much to fix it because
I'm afraid the stripper will come back.
For now, is okay, now that the
stripper's gone. Plus I've got this great blog...Camy's. Honestly Camy's
blog is better than whatever I was going to write. Which I DID write
something but have no idea where it went. And again, stripper issue so I'm
afraid to hunt too hard.
So Techno-genius strikes again and CAMY?????
If you want your blog back, you're going to have to go wading in the swamp
of my mind.
Take a GPS tracker so when you call for help.....and you will.......the
search and rescue people can find you.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wording of the Press Release

Glass Road Public Relations, LLC
October 11, 2006
Contact: Jessica Dotta
Mary Connealy Releases Suspenseful Romantic Comedy
(NASHVILLE, TN) Sophie Edwards knows a thing or two about survival. During the Civil War, she ran her Texas ranch single-handedly and managed to raise four daughters. And when her husband was murdered and the ranch stolen from her, she kept her family hidden and alive.

Clay McCellen grew up in the West and has seen few women and even fewer girls. When the search for his long lost brother leads him instead to his brother's widow, Clay takes it upon himself to marry Sophie, restore the family ranch, and provide for his fatherless nieces. What he doesn't realize is that Texas cowgirls don't require much looking after. While Clay tries to adjust to a houseful of teary-eyed females who giggle too much, a gang of desperados learns that Clay's new wife—the sole witness to her first husband's murder—is still in Texas. As Clay tries to convince his new
family to depend on him, the womenfolk get to work booby-trapping the property to catch the bad guys.

“If Katie Elder had daughters, they would surely inhabit Petticoat Ranch!” Kathleen Y’Barbo Author of Brothers of the Outlaw Trail and Louisiana Brides

About the Author: Mary Connealy is an author, journalist and a
teacher. She releases three books with Barbour this year, is a columnist
for the Lyons Mirror-Sun, and an occasional book reviewer for the Sioux City Journal.
She lives on a farm in Nebraska with her husband, Ivan. They have four daughters, Joslyn, Wendy, Shelly and Katy.
Petticoat Ranch
Mary Connealy
ISBN: 978-1-59789-647-4
$9.97, tradepaper
Barbour Publishing
February 2007
Glass Road Public Relations

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Press Release from Glass Road Public Relations

My book is now among the montage of covers on the Glass Road Public Relations website. The title of this post is a link to that page. I've also been informed that the ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) is on it's way to me. I'm going to get to hold it in my hand!!!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I learned to create links today

I have been adding links but it's a slow painful process, exacerbated by constant mistakes, including one where I erased the whole line after I'd almost finished it. For some reason Michelle Sutton's link is there to stay and no matter what horrible thing I did, that link would remain and I could begin to rebuilt the wreckage of my link list using hers. Thanks Michelle. :)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

It's on Barbour's website, too

It's in their winter '07 catalogue.
It's also on


I checked on Amazon today because I know books show up there before they're ready for release and THERE IT WAS. No picture yet, but I just am so excited.
I'm on Amazon
I should buy one, don't you think?

Sara Mills

Another co-teacher, although lots of people at ACFW helped make that class a success. Her book talk newsletter is really great, She's also got this site:
and this one:
I'll bet SARA didn't take two months trying to figure out how to run a blog.

Linda Mae Baldwin

For some semi-frightening reason Linda Mae seems to like this picture of herself best. Of course, I'd like to go scuba diving, too. So maybe I'D like a picture of myself underwater in full gear. Who's to say since I've never done it.

Crystal Miller's Chat 'n Chew Cafe

Crystal was another co-teacher on the ACFW forum class. I was supposedly in charge but Crystal, Michelle, Linda Mae Baldwin and Sara Mills all knew more about reviewing than I do and I learned a lot--while I was pretending to be the teacher.

Michelle Sutton

Michelle has a great blog. Full of book reviews. A woman after my own heart. She co-taught a class on the ACFW forum with me, a class on writing book reviews. I've been trying to make this blog work ever since she inspired me and I'm getting onto it finally. For example, after two months, I'm managed to add her link to me site. Uh...It might be here somewhere else, too. Heaven knows.

Glass Road Public Relations

I'm learning about the publishing world slowly but surely. The only wild card in that is how much is there to know that I don't even know I don't know? Huh?
Anyway, Barbour Publishing has assigned Glass Roads Public Relations to publicizing my book and I'm really, really excited about that. I had no idea there's be a publicity firm in my future. Jessica Dotta, a member of the firm is my publicist and we've talked on the phone once and emailed a lot and she's great.

Kathleen Y'Barbo

Kathleen is the author of book three of the Historical Alaska Series and she's also a publicist for Glass Roads Public Relations, the company that is publicizing Petticoat Ranch for Barbour, although I'm working with Jessica Dotta

Cathy Marie Hake

My hero, Cathy Marie Hake. She's writing book one of the Historical Alaska Series for Heartsong Presents and without her encouragement and support, well her generosity humbled me. I thank God for her.
Kathy is writing Golden Dawn, released in January '07, I'm writing Golden Days, released in February '07 and Kathleen Y'Barbo is writing Golden Dusk, released in March '07.

American Christian Fiction Authors

This is the site for American Christian Fiction Writers.

On the public side of this site you'll find a lot of book reviews for Christian Fiction, I've written a few of them.

Will Write 4 Food

This is Christy's other website. She published a book review I wrote.
Stephen King's 'On Writing ~ A Memoir of the Craft'

Christy Barritt

My even LONGER time crit partner than Suzan. This is Christy, Suzan and me in Nashville at the 2005 ACFW conference. Christy and I both found out we had a book contract right then, Christy right before the conference -- she waited to tell us in person -- and me AT the conference.

Suzan Robertson's blog

I'm figuring out how to do links. A little. So forgive the clumsiness as I post links to a lot of people I love.
My long time crit partner, conference roomie and friend, Suzan Robertson.

I joined the Christian Authors Network

The link above is to the CAN blog, a great site that focuses on marketing Christian Fiction.
And here is a link to their website.
And here's a link to my page on the CAN website.