Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year from Mary Connealy

Saturday, December 25, 2010


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas Everyone
God bless you
~ Mary Connealy

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Quotes

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness."

~ Bob Hope

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Christmas Gift on the Borrowed Book

A chance to win a signed copy of
Cowboy Christmas

Christmas Quotes

I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world."

~ Norman Vincent Peale

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Interview Today

'Cuz you wanna find out more about me, right?
There's an infinitesimal chance there is some detail I haven't mentioned yet.

Christmas Quotes

Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more."

~ Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I'm the Spotlight Author on Romantic Times Magazine online

It's a really big publication.
I'm thrilled they picked me to focus their spotlight on.

(Well, maybe it's not ME! Maybe it's Sharpshooter in Petticoats--sorry, ego got away from me...again)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sharpshooter in Petticoats is SHIPPING NOW!

It says so on Amazon, even though the release date is January 1st.

It also says it's out of stock but that was true of the last book,
too and it shipped pretty fast.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

How Random is this? Bristol Palin - Levi Johnson

Did you ever think that if Bristol Palin's ex-boyfriend, Levi Johnson had been good to her. Married her. Treated her really well.

Levi would be starring in that show with her right now, Sarah Palin's Alaska?

He'd've been sitting in the stands every week of Dancing with the Stars?

Instead he abandons her, humiliates her, and goes off to try and be a star.....

I believe that qualifies him as an idiot.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Secret Life of Writers

"Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

When Insults Had Class

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde

Friday, December 10, 2010

I cannot fail!

I cannot fail to put a link on my blog
to a review this nice.
Cowboy Christmas
 is on super sale at
Buy one for everyone you know at that price. Sunday School teachers. The mailman. Strangers, even. :)
The Sequel to

is coming in May
So you'll want to know Gabe's background.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Connealy Crunch

My Christmas Candy recipe is on a blog today
It's got it's own agent.
It's demanding it's own room.
It's deliciousness has gone to it's head.
Find it HERE

Monday, December 06, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows and Me

Along with a chance at the first ever in the known universe give away of my January Release
Sharpshooter in Petticoats
Today on

Saturday, December 04, 2010

When Insults Had Class

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.." - Oscar Wilde

Thursday, December 02, 2010

When Insults Had Class

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb

Monday, November 29, 2010

When Insults Had Class

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx

Saturday, November 27, 2010

When Insults Had Class

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


From me and a whole lot of your favorite Christian fiction authors.
I'm in the Western section or you can search by author.
Buy a book and it'll come to you signed. I can also personalize them for Christmas gifts.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Bad Parrot

A young man received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.

As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, "May I ask what the turkey did?"


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

When Insults Had Class

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand

Monday, November 22, 2010

Creative Madness--always a fun place to be

Creative Madness
 describes the writer's life pretty well.
and there's a blog about it
with a nice review of
Wrangler in Petticoats

Friday, November 19, 2010

When Insults Had Class

 "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A nice review of Doctor in Petticoats


When Insults Had Class-Part 8

 "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill 

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second.... if there is one." -  Winston Churchill, in response.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chance to win Lassoed in Texas Trilogy

I'm giving away a signed copy of my latest release Lassoed in Texas Trilogy on my group blog Seekerville today.

We're talking about DEADLINES and every thing we do has deadlines. It's not just a writer's thing.

Lassoed in Texas Trilogy is a 3 in 1 collection of the books in the Lassoed in Texas series:
Petticoat Ranch,
Calico Canyon
Gingham Mountain.

Go leave a comment to get your name in the drawing. CLICK HERE

Friday, November 12, 2010

When Insults Had Class-Part 6

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

Thursday, November 11, 2010

When Insults Had Class-Part 5

 "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

When Insults Had Class part 4

 "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Newsletter on Tap

I'm going to do a newsletter here VERY SOON.
I do one for each release but
Lassoed in Texas Trilogy
is a sort of a re-release, well maybe re-packaged is a better word.
I don't know all this fancy publishing lingo!!!
Anyway, keep in mind it's a book containing three books and you might've read them before.
I can't have that on my conscience, so be careful.
And, worst case scenario, you buy a book you've already read...think
So anyway, back to the newsletter.
I've been NOT getting that done.
But I will.
On the fateful day when I get it done, I will give away a signed copy of

Lassoed in Texas Trilogy
to one lucky subscriber.
(Lucky, oh so lucky, I feel a song in my heart as I think of all your LUCK)
So if you're NOT subscribed to my newsletter, check out the left side of this blog and you'll see where to sign up for
Just For Laughs.
Which, honestly, is a kind of an embarrassing name for a newsletter but my caveman-like techno skills make it impossible for me to rename it.
So we're stuck.
Plug your email address in there and you'll get an invitation to subscribe.
Which you will have to respond to.
It's like newsletter fairies are giving you chance after chance to come to your sense.
If you can not be warned way, however...
Here is my promise to you....
I will NEVER sell your information (honestly, I don't know how, so that's the only thing saving you)
And I probably won't ever get the stupid newsletter written, so it's not like I'm going to be flooding your inbox.
This is a very good deal for you.
(I think. Well, not a BAD deal, so that only leaves good...moving on...)

Subscribe today to get your name in the drawing.
And if you're already subscribed, no need to do it again. You're in!

Or you could buy
Lassoed in Texas Trilogy HERE

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

When Insults Had Class Part 3

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."  Clarence Darrow

Friday, October 29, 2010

Voice of Wisdom

To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.

--Calvin Coolidge

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Still time to get your name in the drawing for a KINDLE

Go to Seekerville and leave a comment. All comments count.
Or find Seekerville on Facebook and LIKE us. (now is that so hard???)
We will draw on Saturday and announce the winner on Sunday in
Seekerville's Weekend Edition.
The Grand Prize to wrap up our birthday month.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

When Insults Had Class-Part 1

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:

She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."

He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

Friday, October 22, 2010

Philosphy of Romance

A nice article about

Booksigning October 23rd

The Solid Rock Bookstore
2010 Central Avenue,
Kearney NE.
Saturday, Oct 23rd
11 - 3

If you would like a signed book and can't come phone 308-234-9813 or toll free 800-652-9371 and they will arrange to take your money and mail you a signed book.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Giveaway of Lassoed in Texas Trilogy Today

On Petticoats and Pistols
Come on over and leave a comment for a chance to win.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Booksigning in Kearney NE this Saturday

I'm doing a book signing at
The Solid Rock Bookstore
Saturday, Oct 23rd
11 - 3

If you would like a signed book and can't get to Nebraska (oh, come on, are you even TRYING to get to Nebraska???) you can phone 308-234-9813 or toll free 800-652-9371 and they will arrange to take your money and mail you a signed book. The Solid Rock is at 2010 Central Avenue, Kearney NE.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My local paper did a story about my Carol Award

This is the front page of this week's Lyons Mirror-Sun.
If you click on the picture it gets large enough to read.
It was sooooo nice of them.
And the Omaha World Herald did a smaller story.
Which was really nice of them, too.
To read the World Herald article CLICK HERE

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Review of Wrangler in Petticoats

I'm always interested when readers of my books see such depth in them...'cuz I don't remember putting any in. :)

Thanks to Amber for the great review of

Wrangler in Petticoats

To read it CLICK HERE

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review of Wrangler in Petticoats


It's Time to talk about LASSOED IN TEXAS TRILOGY

Petticoat Ranch
is out of print and VERY hard to find.
Barbour Publishing is re-releasing it in a single large volume called
Lassoed in Texas Trilogy
The three books together cost less than two separately so it's a pretty good way to get your hands on the whoel series.
Lassoed in Texas Trilogy
Petticoat Ranch
Calico Canyon
Gingham Mountain

If you're enjoying the Sophie's Daughters Series, you'd better know more about Sophie.
Lassoed in Texas Trilogy
is available for pre-order now

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Carol Award Emblem

ACFW Carol Award Winner
ACFW send me an emblem I'm allowed to use now as a Carol Award Winner.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Cowboy Christmas on a Super Sale!!!

Christian Book Distbutors
On Sale Now
for $2.69
Also, it's a very inexpensive gift.
(yes, because I SAY it's most important)
There is a Sequel coming to
Cowboy Christmas
May 2011
About Life, Death, Romance and Comedy (a natural combination) all in a really big hole in the ground.

Set in the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
So you'll need to have read
Cowboy Christmas
to fully enjoy that--right?
2010 Carol Award Winner
Long Historical Romance
A Sale Price Not Guaranteed to Last!

Chance to Win Wrangler in Petticoats

They see an elk. He reaches for his sketch pad. She reaches for her rifle.

The word DRAW means something completely different to them.

Oh, they are having so much fun disrespecting each other while fighting their attraction.
To write the book, I researched western artists like Frederick Remington, Charlie Russell and Thomas Moran.

To read more and get your name in the drawing for a signed copy of Wrangler in Petticoats, go to
and leave a comment

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010

Pepper used me as a good example!

Pepper Basham (above) talked about my hero and heroine's first meeting in
Wrangler in Petticoats heroine is falling off a cliff at the time.
On Writer's Alley Today

Chance to Win ~ Wrangler in Petticoats TODAY

They see an elk. He reaches for his sketch pad. She reaches for her rifle.

The word DRAW means something completely different to them.

Oh, they are having so much fun disrespecting each other while fighting their attraction.

Go to Seekerville and leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for a signed copy of Wrangler in Petticoats.

And at the end of the month on Seekerville we're giving away a KINDLE so comments today, get you in the drawing for the end of the month.

Saturday, October 02, 2010


Prizes, special guests and special posts
from the
about their work
Check in EVERYDAY all month

Thursday, September 30, 2010

ACFW Conference pictures

Here I am at the ACFW Conference

Accepting my Carol Award...note how sparkly I am? That is Mindy Obenhaus in red and the other lady is Carol Johnson, a pioneer in Christian fiction, for whom the Carol Awards are named.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Chance to win Wrangler in Petticoats

It's almost time for a newsletter.
Well, it IS time.
Okay, PAST time.
But anyway, it's almost time for a newsletter in
Procrastinator Mary World
I'll give away a signed copy of
Wrangler in Petticoats
to one lucky subscriber.

(Lucky may just be the spin I'm putting on it, but leave me with my illusions, okay?)

If you're already signed up, you're in. No need to sign up again.

If you're not, on the LEFT SIDE ON THIS BLOG, you type in your email address and click JOIN NOW and you're entered.

Okay, you've done your part.
Now I have to go write the stinking newsletter.

Monday, September 27, 2010


I just saw this on Christian Book Distributors
Nosy in Nebraska is going Out of Print
and before that happens they steeply discount it
Nosy in Nebraska is my cozy mystery phase.
I loved the book but it's not what I usually do.
So be afraid.
If you've considered trying it but didn't, this is a chance to get it for very little money.
It's for sale for $2.69.

Recipe Round-up Week on Petticoats and Pistols

I'm on today with my White Chili Recipe.
Stop in for the taste of warm autumn recipes

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wild and Crazy Month Coming on Seekerville

The Seekerville party schedule is now up.
Stop in a find out the details of the month long part we've got planned.

Our birthday bash is October 1-31.

We have an awesome line up of guests...
Steeple Hill Assistant Editor Emily Rodmell,
Bestselling Novelist Bob Mayer,
Author of the Moral Premise--Stanley D. Williams,
Newly Contract Author Patty Hall,
Author Nancy Kress,
Author of Goal, Motivation and Conflict-Debra Dixon,
SF, fantasy, thriller author, and Writer's Digest columnist Caroline Tolley,
Editor Jeff Gerke,
and the Usual Suspects. (that means the Seekers will be posting, too)

Don't forget our pre-party guests, Avalon Editor Lia Brown, authors Angi Morgan, Sara Mitchell & Barbara White Daille and our exciting post-party guests include author Alicia Rasley, and Cat Shield.
Stop by for a chance to win CRITIQUES, GIFT CARDS, BOOKS and the GRAND BIRTHDAY PRESENT--
a Kindle
loaded with Seeker books
Stop in today to read the details.
Then plan on stopping in everyday for the next month at

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Outside the Author's Studio

I stalk your favorite authors so you don't have to.
So it says on Joy's blog which I think is hilarious.
I'm on it today.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Chance to Win Wrangler in Petticoats

I'm on Lena Nelson Dooley's blog today

Go there and leave a comment to get your name in the drawing

for a signed copy of


Out October 1st

ACFW Conference

This picture is such a great example of how fun it is to meet people I know so well online but have never really met. Pepper Basham is a sweetheart. Too smart to hang around me in the normal course of things, but writing brought us together. :)
I'm holding my Carol Award. And I talked to Janette Oke, who wrote Love Comes Softly.
I'd met her once before briefly...the restraining order had I approached her again.
We were just having so much fun. Cheryl Wyatt, Missy Tippens, Pam Hillman and Glynna Kaye and me hovering Lurch-like in the back.
This was just out of control. I swear it didn't cost much to ride to the airport in this limo.
It was beautiful. And pretty funny because I sooooooooooo didn't belong in it.

Seeker pictures.

Myra Johnson, Janet Dean, Debby Giusti, Audra Harders, Missy Tippens and me hovering Lurch-like in the back. (A theme begins to develop!)

Melanie Dickerson, Me and Kim Sawyer, celebrating the color purple I guess. :)

This is Terri and Angela from Texas with me and Audra.

It's so fun to meet people we've met through the year, but haven't seen in too long,

or we only know online.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Goat Calendar?

What are the chances, huh?
Think of it as Close Encounters of the Furred Kind

Friday, September 17, 2010


Anyone from Indiana?
The Indianapolis area?
I'll be doing a multi-author booksigning
on Saturday, September 18
2:00 to 2:30 pm (very short!)
at the
Indianapolis Hyatt Downtown
in the ACFW Conference Bookstore.
For dozens of your favorite Christian fiction authors--signing at different times throughout the weekend CLICK HERE
Check out the list to find some of the top names in Christian fiction signing through the weekend.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wrangler in Petticoats Giveaway Today

Go there and leave a comment
to get your name in the drawing
for a signed copy of my October release

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Voice of Wisdom

Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.

--Calvin Coolidge

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

This just does NOT ring true

I can't believe we're not allowed in for so lame a reason.
This is AMERICA.
We can go in if we want.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Perks of reaching 50

01. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first
02. No one expects you to run--anywhere.
03. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
04. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
05. Things you buy now won't wear out.
06. You can eat supper at 4 PM.
07. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
08. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.
09. You sing along with elevator music.
10. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
11. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
12. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
13. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Imagine the complaints

Before they finally broke down and put up a sign.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

This cannot be right

The most colossally bad head and sticker placement OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!

Voice of Wisdom

Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.

--Calvin Coolidge

This cracked me up

"How can the media say we're Islamophobic, when we're all dead from swine flu?”

Monday, August 30, 2010

Why I Stopped Cooking

A fun and irreverent blog interview I did
Click HERE

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Voice of Wisdom

There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.

--Calvin Coolidge

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010


I keep hearing from people that they can't find

Petticoat Ranch.

They're all sold out almost everywhere.

Barbour Publishing

is bringing it back in a

3 - in - 1 Collection containing all three books in the Lassoed in Texas series

Releasing in November 2010--Called

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Voice of Wisdom

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.

--Calvin Coolidge

Friday, August 20, 2010

Booksigning TOMORROW

I'm doing a book signing
with Seeker buddy, ERICA VETSCH
Cheryl Ricker
Saturday, August 21st
at 12 noon to 2 p.m
Christian Book & Gift
815 N. Broadway
Rochester, MN 55906
Phone: 507-289-2590
Toll Free: 1-800-937-1520

Part of Christian Book & Gift's grand re-opening.
There will be a three day festival including games, refreshments and fun.
Details available on Christian Book & Gift's website
If you'd like a signed book call ahead and Christian Book and Gift will be glad to sell you one and get me or Erica to sign it.
They have a toll free number even.
Saturday, August 21st:

Family Day

Storytime with Children’s Authors 10 am

1. Patrick Mader “Big Brother Has Wheels,” “Opa & Oma,” and “Oma Finds a Miracle”
2. Dixie Phillips “One Noble Journey,” “Stubby’s Destiny,” “Angel Eyes,” and “Baby Jesus is Missing”
3. Miss Kristen and Mr. Guitar

Parking Lot Fun 10-4 pm
1. Inflatables: Moonwalk and Slide
2. FREE refreshments: ice cream cones, cotton candy, and popcorn

Author Signing 12-2 pm
1. Mary Connealy “Black Hills Blessing,” Montana Marriages Series, Sophie’s Daughters Series, and Lassoed in Texas Series
2. Eric Vetsch “Marriage Masquerade,” “Bartered Bride,” “Engineered Engagement,” and “Clara & the Cowboy”
3. Cheryl Ricker “A Friend in the Storm”