Tuesday, June 30, 2009


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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Montana Rose releases early on Amazon

I just checked on Amazon
is listed as released
It's official release date is July 1st, that's...
Wednesday I think.
So it's a few days early.
Maybe they just release on Sunday of the week that the book releases, somthing like that.
Also fun, it's ranked in the top 100 sellers ... in it's sub category of course. LOTS of Sub Categories.

Newsletter coming soon

I'll be sending out a newsletter the first of July and one subscriber to my newsletter will be chosen to win a copy of
Montana Rose.
If you haven't subscribed yet, find the place to sign up on the right side of my blog.
The newsletter will contain details about Montana Rose
A bit about my Christmas release,
Cowboy Christmas
a recipe from my cookbook,
Faster than Fast Food
and maybe even a surprise or two.
If I come up with a surprise...
even I will be surprised. :)
You've got about a week to sign up if you want your name in on the drawing.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson dead at 50

Michael Jackson died today. He's just a few years younger than I am. I'm listening to the television go on and on about all the awards he won, all the albums, all the sales, and all the oddities in his later years.

Look how little he is in that picture above, already part of a musical act. Can he possibly be five years old in this picture?

It's not important how I feel about this. No one ought to care what I think. But look at him in that picture above. He's a beautiful child. And I've been watching the video of him singing when he's just a little boy, then later doing the moonwalk and the way he'd spin. Singing of course, but creating too.

You can tell from this album that he's had some surgery already. His nose is thinner but he's still an extremely good looking guy. Through all the madness with the charges of abuse of children, through the strange acquisition of his children, the rumors that the mother of those children more or less sold them to him. Through the Neverland Ranch and the exotic animals and the financial garbage we'd hear...maybe true, maybe not. I mostly just viewed him as the oddest of the oddball Hollywood types.

But when he was going through that last trial about abusing that little boy, yes, I was sickened. Whether it was true or not, I was disgusted that he didn't grow up and figure out he shouldn't be having slumber parties with little boys.

I mostly believed that something bad probably was going on. A sane man would have stopped if he could. The price for continuing it was too high. Which leaves us with a man who couldn't.

But when I'd see him looking so awful, coming to court with pajama pants on, white skin, why is his skin white? Sometimes I'd remember that beautiful little boy. That amazingly talented young man. In ruins. And it made me sad.

What happens to a boy that he wants to cut his face off?

Michael Jackson died today.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Give-away of Montana Rose today

I'm back to cowboys
Trish Perry's blog today.
Talking about
Montana Rose
Releasing in
15 days
Leave a comment on
TRISH'S blog, not here, to get your name in the drawing.

There's just nothing funny about it

You KNOW I'm always trying to be funny.
It's like a SICKNESS
But I got these pictures of my granddaughter over the weekend and there's just nothing funny about them.
Beautiful, precious, sweet...but not FUNNY.

So, I worked with the pictures, trying to come up with something funny. Sweet funny, maybe. But there's just nuthin'.

She's too cute to eat her veggies. That's kinda funny, though the bib creator folks will get credit for that. Not me.

And here is a four generation picture with Elle, her mama, her granddaddy (my husband) and her great-grandma at Great Grandma's 90th birthday party. We celebrated that over the weekend.

Not funny at all. Inspiring, wonderful, proud. A terrific family gathered together to celebrate the life of a terrific woman...who started as a young married woman without electricity and handled all that hard, hard work, pretty darned well.

So no humor today. I feel like I'm failing. But there's just nothing funny about this sweet baby and the nice people in my life. God bless them all.

If you want funny, I've got a book coming out July 1st.

Montana Rose

A romantic comedy with cowboys.

I'll think of something funny to say about that...but not today.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Who Wants a Wimpy Cowgirl?

I'm talking about Montana Rose on Bustles and Spurs today.

Montana Rose was actually inspired by Janette Oke's beautiful classic love story, Love Comes Softly. Of course, me being me, my novel has taken an alarming turn to comedy, mayhem and gunfire. I think of it as Love Comes. . .Hardly.
Read More Here.

Linda Warren guesting today on Petticoats & Pistols

Cowgirls do it best…

Thank you, ladies, for having me back. I’m always excited to blog at Petticoats and Pistols. As everyone knows, I love westerns.

I’ve written a lot of modern day cowboy books, but I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to write about cowgirls. When I was growing up in Texas, my parents raised cotton, corn and cattle. My dad was also the constable in our community and he drilled water wells so he was busy. My mom took care of the cattle. She knew every cow, calf and bull on the property. She knew when to cull the herd, when to sell calves and when to change pastures. So, yes, I thought I can write about cowgirls. A woman can do anything a man can, right? Maybe even better.
Read More Here

Friday, June 19, 2009

Four Star Romantic Times Review of Montana Rose


Here's the review
Historical Romance
Mary Connealy

Connealy's new series showcases her usual wit and charm, with a budding romance at the center of the story. The characters are easy to like, even those who are plotting their own agenda.

SUMMARY: In 1875 Montana Territory, Cassie Griffin doesn't know what will become of her and her unborn child.

Her husband is dead and she doesn't have a lot of options other than marrying one of the local men. Red Dawson offers to marry her and give her a safe haven, eventhough Cassie is not a believer.

Others in the area want to make Cassie their own adn will stop at nothing to make sure they get what they want. Red and Cassie have a difficult road to travel, but with Red's guidance and Cassie's willingness, they can have a happy future together. (BARBOUR, Jul. 320 pp. $10.97)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Montana Rose on Barbour Publishing Site

I liked this summary and interview
on Barbour's website
about Montana Rose.

Go and see more about my new series
of romantic comedies with cowboys,
Montana Marriages
beginning in July with MONTANA ROSE

Coming soon to a bookstore near you.
Available now for preorder on Amazon

Bustles and Spurs...but no cowboys.

I'm on
Bustles and Spurs
But I'm talking about
bustles NOR spurs
I'm talking about
Nosy in Nebraska
Stop by

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oh Give Me a Home-Where the Buffalo Roam & a DRAWING

I'm blogging today about BUFFALO

(of all things!)


Circle of Friends

Stop by


For a chance to win a copy of Nosy in Nebraska, leave a comment on Lena Nelson Dooley's blog and find out more about my June Release.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More on Montana Rose

Up just today, I've got a special addition to the interview on Margaret Daley's blog

And the Horse You Rode In On

I'm blogging on Petticoats & Pistols today.

In my soon-to-be released novel Montana Rose, a side character, who really needs his own book, owns this stunning black stallion and he's making money on stud fees. I have fun with this guy because his horse won't let anyone near him but his owner...and barely him. And the owner is so cranky that two, man and horse, are peas in a pod. Giving this man, Tom, a horse turned into research of course and that led me to today's blog. Horse Breeds.

The more I researched horse breeds the more I wished I'd never started. There are over 300 breeds of horses. And I kept reading about 'types' and 'breeds'. Those are different things. I did find a few really interesting tidbits about some horse breeds we'd all recognize (by name if not by sight.)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Margaret Daley's blog today

I'm on Margaret Daley's blog today.
Stop over.
It's the first blog I've done about
Montana Rose
Releasing in July
So come and see what's in store in the new series.
Read about it

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Independence Missouri

I'm doing a book signing

Dog Eared Books 3625 S. Noland Rd. ~ Independence, MO
June 6th, this coming Saturday at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Stop in and say hi if you're in the area.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Our Circle of Friends

Today a devotional I wrote is on

Our Circle of Friends

It's a tribute to my dad.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A chance to win NOSY IN NEBRASKA

As I promised in my newsletter, here is a picture of JenT, who won Nosy in Nebraska in the newsletter drawing, reading the book. She swears she isn't faking the smile, neither. :)

This is so nice. JenT won my book in my newsletter drawing and now she's doing a giveaway of Nosy in Nebraska on her own blog.

For a chance to win go to
and follow her instructions to the letter...
...no, she's not going to make you cluck like a chicken.

Thanks Jen, for your kind words of Nosy in Nebraska.
To get your name in the drawing for the NEXT newsletter giveaway, which will be coming soon, because I've got another book coming out NEXT month,
Sign up for my newsletter on the right side of this blog.

Booksigning in Independence, MO

I'm doing a book signing
Dog Eared Books
3625 S. Noland Rd. ~ Independence, MO 64055
Independence, MO
June 6th, this coming Saturday
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cheryl St. John

Monday, June 01, 2009

Seekerville and drawing for a free book

My book Nosy in Nebraska is releasing
In honor of that
I am giving away one free copy, but you've got to go to Seekerville and leave a comment THERE! Not here. You can leave a comment here but it'll do you no good in the drawing.
Nosy in Nebraska is a departure for me.
It’s a cozy mystery romantic comedy. Three shorter books all set in the same small Nebraska town.
Nosy in Nebraska contains:
Of Mice. . .and Murder;
Pride and Pestilence;
The Miceman Cometh.
Very similar to the classic works of John Steinbeck, Jane Austin, and Eugene O’Neill, only with murder, romantic comedy and a giant stuffed mouse.
But believe it or not, that's not what I'm going to talk about today on Seekerville.
I'm going to talk about dealing with wasted days and wasted night.
Wow, country western song alert.

Read more here