Thursday, December 20, 2007

Petticoat Ranch reviewed on The Christian Pulse

------------------------Donald James Parker--------------------------
I got a very nice review from Donald James Parker on The Christian Pulse today. And there will be a drawing for anyone who leaves a comment for an autographed copy of Petticoat Ranch. The title of this blog post is a link to the review so just click and go check it out. There's a lot more on The Christian Pulse. A very interesting site.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Julie Carobini Quoted Me

It's not exactly 'Four Score and Seven Years Ago' but even so, go check it out, because it's probably not gonna happen again.

Petticoats and Pistols ~ I'm blogging TODAY!

Today is my first official post as a member of Petticoats and Pistols. I posted there once before as a guest blogger.
Go say HI!

Monday, December 10, 2007

A Passion Most Pure

............................A Passion Most Pure........................
Read a great review of the soon-to-be released A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman. I think this will be the most fun book you've ever read.
No, I haven't read it yet but the review on this site (click on the title of this blog to read it) will pique your interest, just as it did mine.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Praying for Kristy Monday at 2:30 CST

Kristy Dykes, a lady I know, is having her first radiation treatment for a malignant brain tumor on Monday. Her husband posted on the blog that will open if you click on the title to this post. He'll explain why he's trying to focus the prayers of thousands at that moment on Kristy.

Giveaway in Seekerville

Click on the link above and you'll be taken to Seekerville. Learn all you need to know about a huge giveaway for all the readers hanging around Seekerville.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

This was fun

Fair is fair. The one the title is linked to is my daughters. This is another one with me, Ivan and my two son in laws, who are even now escaping from the family and taking my daughters with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Picture of my friend Janell and her horse

Janell and friend.
Click on the title to be taken to her blog.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Click on the Interview Link

I have an interview online. Kinda fun. Click on the title of this blog, then when you're taken to Barbour Books, click on the Listen to Interview with Mary Connealy Link.

Sunday, December 02, 2007


I am the guest blogger of the day in Seekerville. Stop by and read what I wrote.
I am also guest blogging on Jennifer Yate's blog
I'll be on (because I wrote for so insanely long Jennifer had to break it up) Monday, Dec. 3rd, Tuesday Dec. 4th, and Wednesday, Dec. 5th. So keep checking back.

Josie's Wedding ~ Family Picture

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Petticoats & Pistols ~ I'm Wanted

Come and see my picture among the Wanted Posters with the other Founding Fillies on Pistols and Petticoats. Click the title of this blog post for a link.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

You Might Be a Contest Junkie If......

Cheryl Wyatt posted today on Seekersville. It's so funny the post alone is something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Exclusive Barbour Contract

I've known about this for a while but now Barbour has sent out a press release about it and it's popping up different places.
I've signed an exclusive contract with Barbour to write nine books for them through 2011.
With other contracts I've already signed with them that makes 18 books.
I'm writing as fast as I can. I promise.
!!!!!!!!!!!!Praise the Lord and Thank You Barbour!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Stepping Stones Magazine for Writers

Rita Gerlach interviewed me for her Stepping Stones Magazine for Writers today. Click on the title of this blog to see it.
It was a fun interview and we talked about Calico Canyon, the sequel to Petticoat Ranch.

Monday, November 05, 2007

A Declaration of ... Dependence

I'm the Blogger of the Day on the Seekerville blog. Click the title above

"A Declaration of...Dependence"

And go to Seekerville a blog dedicated to writer's contests. Today I talk not about being an entrant, but about being a mean old JUDGE!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Guest Blogging on Pistols and Petticoats Today

Come on over to Pistols and Petticoats and leave a comment to be in the drawing for a free autographed copy of Petticoat Ranch. .

Thursday, October 25, 2007

My Day Giving Romance afraid!

Myra Johnson
Use the link in this blog title to read my advice on romance on Myra Johnson's blog 'Writer at Random'....if you DARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Cheryl Wyatt ~ Contests a Bitter Friend?

Cheryl Wyatt posts on The Seekers Blog today about the hard lessons she learned from contests. We all have to learn them somewhere!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Missy Tippens ~ First Post Jitters

Missy Tippens is on The Seekers Blog today.
I also just found out that her book, due for release in February, titled Her Unlikely Family, is up on Amazon now.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Write or Die ~ Camy Tang

Camy Tang writes about how entering contests helped her to find an editor and get PUBLISHED on the Seekerville blog today.

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Julie Lessman is one of my Seeker buddys. I actually got to have a three hours breakfast with her when her life brought her to Omaha a week ago. She's posting today on The Seekers Blog. Her first book, A Passion Most Pure is coming January First. Buy it on Amazon now.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Life in the Midst of Writing

Michelle Gregory interviewed me today about Petticoat Ranch for her blog 'Life in the Midst of Writing.' This title above is a link to her site and that interview.

Michelle Gregory

Author Janet Dean Learning from Contests

Janet Dean, a fellow Seeker talks about her road to publication and how it led down the rocky road of entering contests.
Click this blog's title.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I met my agent Les Stobbe for the first time

This picture was taken at the ACFW Conference in Dallas in September
L - R back row. Sue Duffy, my agent Les Stobbe, Beverly Varnado and me, Mary Connealy
Terri Gillespie in front. She sent me this pictures. Thanks Terri.

Also check out what's going on in Seekerville.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Contest Road ~ Part #2

Well, I won The Noble Theme contest and also placed third. I got a lot of requests at the conference to send in my book. I also got a really simple request from Cathy Marie Hake an author I didn’t know. She asked me to send her my first three chapters. She just wanted to see how I wrote.
I also had an agent looking at my work before this conference. He hadn’t offered to represent me, but he had expressed interest. When I emailed him to tell him I’d won the contest and tell him I received about fifteen requests from agents and editors for maybe five different books, he offered me a contract, so I got an agent, which is almost as hard as getting a book sold.
Cathy Marie Hake also kept in touch. She said she thought I was ‘ready’. No editor had yet seen that light, but Cathy’s encouragement kept me hoping. Plus, by this time, I had about twelve books and I’d had so many rejections I had a hide like a rhino, so submitting work didn’t even faze me.
Okay, well maybe I crawled under my computer desk and sucked my thumb for a day or two every time I got one but other than that I was fine.
Just before the next year’s conference, Cathy Marie Hake told me she wanted to pitch my name to write a book as part of a three book series set in historical Alaska. I worked on a proposal and talked on the phone with Cathy a lot before the 2005 conference.
Every year at the conference the acquiring editor for Heartsong Presents gives a contract to an unpublished author. I was so hopeful! I knew there was a chance it could be me. The Heartsong editor said someone else’s name and there’s only one, so okay, I’ve been rejected before. I kind of expect it.
And then she said, “And this year we’re giving two contracts to first time authors. We’re offering a contract to Mary Connealy.” I get chills saying that! It was a wonderful, thrilling shocking moment. I had to go up and get the contract, in front of 350 other writers, all clapping. A great, great moment in my life.
And it happened as a direct result of contests…and ten years of hard work of course.

The Seekers

I wrote a blog today about how entering contests was a big part of the equation that led me to publication. Click on the title of this post 'The Seekers' above or go to:

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Karen Cooper

I lured a friend to my daughter's wedding and found out about this whole other life she's living since she used to live next door to me.
So Karen is painting...this picture a woman with a book, I love it.
And I'm writing. And we're finding out a thousand things we need to catch up on.
Go to her blog, too, which you can find through her website in the title link above.

“There are but three fundamental colors---red, yellow, and blue.” Vincent van Gogh

"And if Vincent said it then it must be true!? So I go with it, but I go with it because I like it that way. Three primaries, with maybe a daub of violet, and a bit of green, that which some people would call a limited palette. For me, it’s all that’s needed to make a painting that feels fresh and alive. And that’s where I need to be at this space in my life.

I paint with acrylic paint on gallery wrapped canvas. Occasionally I do ‘color sketches’ on paper which sometimes end up at exhibit as matted paintings. I do not make reproductions of any of my paintings, so each one that you look at is a unique rendering of my point of view." --Karen Cooper

Thursday, September 27, 2007

At the ACFW Booksigning

At the ACFW Booksigning in Dallas, Texas. I sat next to Colleen Coble who is a mega-successful author. It was fun to get to know her better.
I got my picture from Myra Johnson--a good friend--and if you click on the link above it'll take you to Myra's blog and she's written some wonderful, touching thoughts about her experience at the conference.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Home from the Conference!!!

I had a wonderful time last week at the ACFW Conference in DAllas. I'm exhausted and overwhelmed and glad to be home. But I loved it.
The link above takes you to the ACFW website. This organization is the reason I finally figured out how to get a book published and I'm incredibly grateful to it.
Plus, just spending four days with 450 Christian Women Writers is just a beatufiul, fun experience.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Gatewood Family

My Mother-in-law Marybelle had this picture out today. She's been going through some old stuff. So I asked if I could have it. The littlest girl in the picture is my friend Janell. The link in this blog's title will take you to her blog.

This is her family. I suppose they all have this picture already, but I thought they might get a kick out of it anyway.

Janell is one of two people on earth who can ask about my brothers and sisters--there are eight of us--and actually know what I'm talking about, who I'm talking about and care what I say. And I can do that with her. That's a different and precious kind of friendshaip when you have those roots with someone.

Anyway, looking at this picture made me smile and I thought I'd try and lure HER bloggers over to see it. Maybe it'll make them smile, too.

Written on the back of this photo is:
Myrna 21
Bob 16
Mick 18
Sue 19
Shirley 11
Janell 7

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Omaha Lit Fest

Saturday Sep 15, 2007
at 10:00 AM

W. Dale Clark Library - Downtown Omaha
14th and Farnam
Omaha, NE 68101
United States

Booksigning In Dallas

Do you love Christian fiction? Then join us for the ACFW booksigning on September 22nd from 1:30-2:30 at the Dallas Addison Quorum Marriott, 14901 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Click on the picture below to see the flier. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Sushi for One?

Sushi for One?
by Camy Tang

Camy Tang's debut novel Sushi for One? is a hilareous, high energy, fast paced read.
I loved the sass and the frustration of poor harrassed Lex the OSFC (Oldest Single Female Cousin).
But what sets this book apart from lots of fun reads is the Asian flavor Camy brings to the story. It brings a touch of the exotic, takes you away to this best-of-both-worlds American-Asian family and brings the book to life in a way few authors I've read can do.
I had a great time with Sushi for One? I highly recommend it.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

In the Immortal World of ... Me

It's my month again to write a column for Afictionado Magazine. You can find the column by clicking the link in the title.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Book Promotion for Dummies

I am a columnist for the online magazine Afictionado, the ezine for ACFW - American Christian Fiction Writers. I've been at it a year, doing my column every four months, split with the other ACFW Let There Be Lite columnists
Ruthy Logan Herne
Cynthia Ruchti
Rachael Phillips.
This link will take you to April's column

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Betsy Ann "Writer at Large"

Check out my interview on Betsy Ann "Writer at Large"
She just posted it today.

Comma Addiction: Twelve Steps to Freedom

An article I wrote for ACFW's Afictionado Magazine. I'm one of four contributors to the Let There Be Lite column

Techno-Genius Strikes Again

The link above will take you to an article I wrote about creating a My Space page.
For a graphic, I could have used the picture of myself, with all my hair pulled out in frustration, but went with the comic computer instead.