Friday, December 27, 2013

Classic Connealy Trilogies on Sale

eBooks ON SALE All ebook Formats $2.99
Lassoed in Texas Trilogy
Montana Marriages Trilogy
Sophie's Daughters Trilogy

Monday, December 23, 2013

Childhood Christmas Memories

I'm on Bethany Hour Publishers Fiction blog talking about Childhood Christmas Memories today. But why do we look so SERIOUS in this picture? Yeesh! Poor mom. There aren't a lot of pictures of us as kids and WHO CAN BLAME HER IF THEY CAME OUT LIKE THIS???????
Sorry the picture is all blotchy. I have no computer snazzy skillz to clean it up.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


I just got word that A MATCH MADE IN TEXAS is shipping from Amazon
A Match Made in Texas
four novellas from
Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox and Mary Connealy
There's a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she's also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn't sure who hired him to repair Clara's roof--he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace's doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though--and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.

No Match for Love
Andrew can't fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Meeting Her Match<<<(this one's mine!)
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker's son how much she cares for him?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I'll be there signing books
with many area authors including my friends
1 to 3:30 PM
November 24, 2013

at the
Council Bluffs Library
400 Willow Ave
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Four of my Older Short Titles on a Special Sale 99 cents Each on Kindle

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Pioneer Woman Book Signing

 Me, in line. when I left after I got my book signed, it was 7:30, full dark and there was still a LONG LONG LINE outside. Amazing turnout.
 Just to give you an idea of the crowd that was there for the book signing for The Pioneer Woman
I got in line at 3:30 for a 5 pm signing
 I felt like I was pretty close to the front of the line but what I didn't realize was there was one of those windy lines inside, with the back and forth, roped off area. I ended up waiting...from my 'pretty close to the front' position...2 1/2 hours to get my book signed...that's 2 1/2 hours after 5 pm. 4 hours in all.
The line stretched the full length past me to the end of this huge Bakers grocery store.
 And then, look at this picture below, these folks facing forward...the line, twisted back...all the way BACK the length of the Bakers Grocery store.
 The guy with the cowboy hat is Marlboro Man. Ree Drummond's husband. Famous from her blog.
 I'm standing inside the grocery store now, finally and he was in there, he signed some books.
 Here, below, in the next picture are her two sons. She's got four kids, her older two are girls and they weren't at the signing. I heard Ree say she and her husband and the boys drove up to Omaha from Oklahoma where they live.
 I asked the boys if they'd pose for a picture and they were so polite and smiled so nicely.
 Then, later, seriously a LOT later, I asked Marlboro Man and the boys to pose again and they could not have been nicer. I suppose they're trying to keep everyone who is waiting happy, bless their hearts.
 Finally I'm inside and you can see that Ree is taking time to get her picture taken with anyone who asks. She was so generous with her time.
 Now look at this picture below. Look at the stack of books this lady is buying. This happened over and over and over. People buying four, five, eight books. I suppose maybe buying them for Christmas gifts? Signed books make nice gifts. But there were hundreds of people in line and almost all of them were buying multiple books, in many cases, more then two. I can't imagine how many books she sold.
 And now, f inally it's my turn!
 She took a minute or even a bit more with everyone. The line was close enough I could see her do it. Bless her heart. I can't imagine how exhausted she must have been. But you couldn't tell it. She just had a great smile and energy and she was more than just polite. She seemed genuine and interested and really lovely. In the red bag, I brought her some books and candy and a few other things.
 We've talked just a couple of times through email and she seemed to remember me. If she didn't, she faked it brilliantly, God bless her. LOL Poor lady. I gave her really upscale chocolate from Stam Chocolatier and also, from the same place, a little bag of tiny 'ears of corn' pralines with Cornhusker logos on them and the bag. Trying to give her a little taste of the Cornhusker state.
And that's my brush with fame. The Pioneer Woman. What an experience. I felt like I was standing in line for Rolling Stones Tickets. Of course I WOULDN'T stand in line for Rolling Stones tickets, but for the Pioneer Woman, SURE!

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Pioneer Woman and Me!

 I attended Ree Drummond's booksigning in Omaha today. Ree Drummond, AKA The Pioneer Woman. So nice, such a huge crowd but she took a few moments to be a sweetheart to everyone. I waited in line FOUR HOURS and it was worth every minute.
I got my picture taken with Marlboro Man, the husband of The Pioneer Woman and her two sons. Just really nice, genuine people who don't know how to be anything but polite and friendly. Great time.

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A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander
Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Chance to Win Alaska Brides Collection

We create characters for our books and we try so hard to make them fresh. Make them fun and interesting. Make them jump off the page. Sometimes we maybe go too far, make them too outrageous. Or maybe we hold back. Maybe we feel like, because we write fiction, our stories have to make sense. READ MORE HERE INCLUDING HOW TO GET YOUR NAME IN THE DRAWING

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Letter from Great-grandpa to fiance 1887

Sent July 28, 1887. John Snider Attorney at Law trying to persuade his fiance Adda Latta that it will be fine to live in three rooms, shared with a family with two children who will live in two rooms rather than spend $15 a month for an entire house. The savings of $5 a month is well worth it.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Letter from my great grandpa to my soon to be great grandma 1887

He wrote this from Dodge City, Kansas on his way to Hastings, Nebraska where they would live. The second and third line are blurred due to a fold in the paper. The words in the first sentence are: I arrived here safely at a quarter before one o'clock this morning.
I have a whole stack of these and may post them as I find time to scan them. We'll see. I've been meaning to do it for a long time.
Not that interesting except for the glimpse it gives you into the daily lives of the time. I mainly just want to preserve them online for myself and my family.
If you click on each page, they get big enough to read.


Monday, November 04, 2013

Creating Characters One Layer at a Time-Layer One-The Physical Must Reflect the Character

I am told I create great characters.

So, I thought it would be a great idea to write a great blog post about how to create great characters.

Except I have no idea how I create my characters.

Except that’s just stupid read more here including how to win a $24 Amazon gift ecard.

Saturday, November 02, 2013


 Welcome to Seekerville's 2014 Online Night Classes 

Seekerville Online Classes are wholly managed by the individual instructor. No part of your tuition goes to Seekerville. Classes are paid for via PayPal only, and go directly to the instructor. There are no refunds for classes. Class e-vites are issued at least one week before class begins. Enrollment will continue until classes are filled or 48 hours before class begins.

Monday, October 14, 2013


Someone emailed me and asked if I had a printable list of all my books.
So I created one.
It's a tab at the top of this blog post.
It's not exactly printable ... not in any hi-tech sense. You'll have to run your cursor down it to select it, then copy and paste it into a word document to print it.
THEN it's printable.

But anyway, it's a list of all my books, collected into series in order.

For if you should ever want them.
This link also works.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Chance to win FIRED UP

A Christian Writer's World ~~ Characters who grip your heart: FIRED UP - Mary Connealy - One Free Book on This B...: Readers, I love having my friend Mary Connealy on the blog. And we both just got home a week ago from attending the American Christian Ficti...

Friday, September 20, 2013

Christian Fiction Historical Society: The History of the Gun

Christian Fiction Historical Society: The History of the Gun: By Guest Blogger, Mary Connealy The history of the gun tells the story of America. At its most fundamental, the hi...

Monday, September 09, 2013

Chance to Win -- Fired Up!

On Casey Herringshaw's Blog Today
And also learn new and weird things about me.
(oh, can there be anything new to learn????)

Friday, July 12, 2013


A Bride for All Seasons | Enter to win something new each day!
Enter Today - 7/12 - 7/23! A Bride for All Seasons Robin Hatcher Mary Connealy Debra Clopton Margaret Brownley

Saturday, June 29, 2013

A chance to win Petticoat Ranch

Cynthia Lovely, a fellow author I met yesterday
Cynthia Lovely came to my speech yesterday in Clifton Park, New York.
It was so nice meeting her. Today she's got a blog post about the get together
and she's giving away one of the books that I signed.
Read all about and get your name in the drawing here:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

NEXT FRIDAY, June 29 Clifton Park, New York

Mary Connealy will be speaking at the Clifton Park/Halfmoon Library on 6/28/2013 at 10:30 am. Clifton Park/Halfmoon Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065
This poster is courtesy of a lovely woman named Cynthia Lovely from the Clifton Park area.

Friday, June 21, 2013

If You Want to Hear the Radio Interview

I'm on a radio show!!! Living Inspired with Tricia Goyer and my co authors on A Bride for All Seasons
Robin Lee Hatcher, Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton and me.
 Click here:
Then click on: Living Inspired with the Collaborating Authors of A Bride for All Seasons 06-20-2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Robin Lee Hatcher
Margaret Brownley
Debra Clopton
and ME
talking about our newly released novella collection
Stop In Online

Monday, June 17, 2013


by Debra Clopton, Margaret Brownley, Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher
It All Started with an Ad in a Mail Order Bride Catalogue…
Melvin Hitchcock of the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue isn’t dishonest—not exactly. If he tweaks his clients’ applications a bit, it’s because he’s looking out for their best interests.
This charming bouquet of novellas introduces four Hitching Post prospects in the year 1870, each one eager for second chances . . . and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they’ll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.
And then Came Spring” by Margaret Brownley
Mary-Jo has traveled halfway across the country to meet her match, arriving just in time for his funeral. Returning home seems like her only option until her would-be brother-in-law proposes a more daring idea.
An Ever After Summer” by Debra Clopton
Ellie had no idea she’s not what Matthew ordered. And what’s wrong with being a “Bible thumper” anyway? She’s determined to show him she’s tougher than she looks—and just the girl he needs.
Autumn’s Angel” by Robin Lee Hatcher
Luvena would be perfect for Clay if she didn’t come with kids. But kids are a deal breaker, especially in a rough-and-trouble mining town. ­ The trouble is, there’s no money to send them back . . .
Winter Wedding Bells” by Mary Connealy
David’s convinced he’s not long for the world. He needs someone to mother his boys when he’s gone—nothing more. Can plucky Irish Megan convince him to work at living instead of dying?
To read an excerpt from Robin Lee Hatcher’s novella, click here.
“Delightful at every turn, A Bride For All Seasons gives the “mail order bride plot” a creative—and addictive—new twist. I couldn’t read fast enough. With spunk, humor, and tenderhearted romance this anthology is truly made to order!” — Tamera Alexander, USA Today bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and The Inheritance
“Four popular authors have penned an engaging novella collection with a creative and humorous premise. From distressing to delightful, A Bride for all Seasons bounces your emotions around like they’ve been on a bumpy 1800s stagecoach ride, with each story arriving at a highly satisfying ending.” — Vickie McDonough, award-winning author of 27 books and novellas, including the Pioneer Promises series
Margaret Brownley: “I love reading mail-order bride stories and I don’t know what took me so long to write one. And Then Came Spring is about a gambler’s daughter who travels west expecting to wed the man with whom she’s been corresponding. Things sure don’t turn out the way she expected., but where love is concerned they rarely do. I hope you enjoy all four stories in A Bride For All Seasons as much as I enjoyed working with these three terrific authors.”
Debra Clopton: “I had such a great time writing An Ever After Summer for A Bride For All Seasons! This may be my first 1800′s western historical but it won’t be my last. What a blast! My Mule Hollow series from Love Inspired may have the ‘Matchmaking Posse’ but these mail order brides have Melvin Hitchcock editor of the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride catalogue and he gives the Posse a run for their money on matchmaking! I do believe my readers will love this collection and if you loved Samantha the donkey–then An Ever After Summer has a surprise waiting for you inside…”
Mary Connealy: “We all worked together so well and had so much fun brainstorming A Bride for All Seasons. I am working with creative, talented professionals here and I learned so much…and had a great time while I was learning. I hope you enjoy reading this book, including my contribution, Winter Wedding Bells, as much as I enjoyed writing it.”
Robin Lee Hatcher: “I had great fun writing my novella, Autumn’s Angel, for this collection. It allowed me to return to Grand Coeur, the setting for my novel, Heart of Gold, and to revisit some of the characters from that book. And I think readers of these mail order bride stories are going to love the meddling owner of the Hitching Post even as they see the chaos he creates for these four couples.”

Sunday, June 02, 2013








Monday, May 27, 2013


So, I'm doing some spring cleaning and I found this old box of disks. Remember this size of disks?
And in this box are several disks containing old books I wrote that exist NO WHERE ELSE.
But they are completely inaccessible.
They are saved on disks no computer can open. Not only this size of disk but I wrote them using a Lotus Word Processing Program which was on my very first computer. A computer so old it didn't even have capacity to go online. When it died, the books died with them. The top book is Charlie Chambers ... a book about a child angel who goes to Cherub Academy to learn angel skills. It was my Christian response to Harry Potter.
I liked that book.
I'm sure it would need massive revisions. (I've gotten better!).
But there is no way to get it off this disk.
Add to that, the second title Angels Unaware is, I believe, a very rudimentary version of Calico Canyon when Charlie, the little trouble making boy who's adopted at the beginning is an angel who comes to help Grant Cooper with all his adopted children.
And to me, especially bad, Cowboy Preacher? I've got no idea what that is. What book that might be...
The dilemma? I should probably just toss them out, right? RIGHT?
I can't get them off the disk, so why save them. If I ever decide to revision Charlie Chambers, I'll just rewrite it.
As for Cowboy Preacher? Well, who knows what that might be. But if I forgot it, then it's probably not all that memorable.
It makes me sort of sad though.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Novel Characters: Luke & Rosie from Swept Away by Mary Connealy

Novel Characters: Luke & Rosie from Swept Away by Mary Connealy: Last Sunday was a stormy day, thunder & lightening, the internet down, what better time to read a good book?   Picking up “Swept Aw...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Literary Maidens: In Too Deep By Mary Connealy Book Review

 I n   T o o   D e e p    { R e v i e w   B y   M a d i}        
A really nice review for In Too Deep
Thanks, Madi