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Mary Connealy ~ Wrangler in Petticoats~ Book Giveaway

Welcome to Mary Connealy who writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is the author of the Lassoed in Texas series, the Montana Marriages series and a new series—Sophie's Daughters, has begun with Doctor in Petticoats and released in October, Wrangler in Petticoats. Sophie McClellen from Petticoat Ranch has her daughters all grown up now. You didn’t think they'd be quiet little things did you?The first Mary Connealy book that I read was Calico Canyon and found myself laughing out loud at the antics of Mary's characters. I knew then that I wanted to follow this author, she is so much fun and tells stories that make you want to keep reading. So let's ask Mary some questions about her life as a writer and her books.

If time and money did not enter in the equation, what would be your dream?

Being a writer is my dream.

If you could only take five books with you on a journey of ten years, which ones would you take?

Wow, mean question. Shame on you. The Bible. What else would endure for ten years? I can't imagine.

What would you be doing with your free time if you weren’t writing?

I'd be writing.

What three things are you most thankful for in your life that others might think silly?

A furry blanket I cover up with at night while I read myself to sleep. Glue traps. Tetley's Earl Grey Tea.

What movie most impacted you as a kid? Why?

I remember the movie Lord Jim. I think it was the first movie I ever saw…other than the free Saturday afternoon matinees our movie theater owners ran. Those were cartoons. This was the first live action movie. Someone got shot in Technicolor. The blood was red. Awful. Shocking. Isn't it amazing how hard it is to shock someone now?

What was the last movie you saw in a theatre? Did you like it? Who was with you? What snacks did you eat?

Wow, I think it's been two or three years. I saw Die Hard IV. My whole family went. Four adult daughters, and one son-in-law. We loved it. We're weird. Huge Die Hard fans. Wait! We're die hard Die Hard fans.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite genre for personal reading pleasure?

I am for some reason crazy into regency romances lately. It's really out of control. I need an intervention.

Whatever different genres I read, I want romance. Regency, contemporary, suspense, chick lit, all of it's fine but it needs romance. I just read Erica Vetsch's Maggie and the Maverick. It's a little Heartsong Presents romance but Erica packs more story into one of those little books than most people do into a much longer novel. Before that I read Julie Lessmen's A Hope Undaunted. I love what she's doing. I'm always excited to see a new book from Julie.

What is the last book you read that moved you? What caused that powerful emotional experience?

What I've discovered about myself is, I'm a sap when it comes to self-sacrifice. For some reason that just makes me cry my head off. But I don't want to cry, that's not what I'm looking for in a book. The most powerful emotional experience I've ever had reading a book is A Lantern in her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich. I love that book.

If you had 48 hours to hang out with any TWO people (besides Jesus), alive or dead in the history of the world who would you hang out with and what would you do?

Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. Not for political reasons, I'd just love it if they'd talk about my book on their show. Can you imagine the sales???

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?

Ruth Logan Herne, Tina Radcliff, Audra Harder, Myra Johnson, Missy Tippens, Debbie Guisti. These are six of my Seekerville buddies. http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com/ I'd want to hang out with all of them but they write historical.

Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, which six people would you invite and why?

Julie Lessman, Janet Dean, Cara Lynn James, Pam Hillman, Glynna Kaye. Okay I'm short one slot in Historical but I've got a couple extra in contemporary. This is a cruel question AJ.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

I'm in my office wearing jeans and a tee shirt and slipper socks.

What is your favorite season of the year? Why?

Summer. My family goes boating on the river a lot in the summer and I love having my children around.

Who's your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing?

My family has been so wonderful about my writing. I guess I'll say my husband, though my four daughters are right there with him. They're all really amazed I ever got a book published (as I am!) and really happy for me.

What is your favorite period (genre) to write in?

Historical western.

They say what a person would take from a burning building tells a lot about them. If you could only save one thing (nothing living) from your home, what would that be?

The first thing that popped into my head is my children's baby pictures. But there's a lot of them. I'd probably burn to death trying to get them out.

Is there any person who has been a strong influence in your Christian walk?

I'd say my mom, though my dad, too. They had such a solid Christian home for us. It's a real foundation in my life.

If you could live anywhere on the planet where would you live? Why?

I'm in Nebraska and I'd stay here. We're the closest to normal of any people I've found anywhere. I'd travel, but I'd come home to Nebraska.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

I read widely in all genres. I want romance, but I read outside that on occasion. Patricia Cornwell, Faye Kellerman, Sue Grafton, but mainly it's romance.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?

Not really. I have always been a reader and I still am. Though I think I delight in a really well turned phrase more than I used to.

Other than the Bible, what is your all time favorite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird is first. Second is A Lantern in her Hand.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?

I started writing when my baby (now 21) went to Kindergarten but much later I discovered I'd been a writer all my life.

What other books have you written, whether published or not?

Wrangler in Petticoats is my sixteenth book. You want me to list them all? Nine of them historical western romance. Better to just go to my website http://www.maryconnealy.com/ My main work is romantic comedy with cowboys.

How do you keep your balance in today’s busy world?

I don't. I'm definitely unbalanced. I have papers that have been filed with the county attorney to verify that.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

I'm shy.

I'm happy alone.

I entertain myself when I write, it's pure fun for me and I think I'll keep writing for the rest of my life whether anyone publishes my books or not.

I'm pathologically non-confrontational.

I pout when I don't get my way, but I'm so quiet about it no one seems to notice so I STILL don't get my way.

Who would you say are your readers?

Hey girl, my books are for EVERYBODY!!!!!

What kinds of things can readers expect from your books?

Entertainment. Laughter, love, action. I've been told I deal with amazingly serious topics in such a twisted, humorous way it's really different. I've been told God is the foundation of my books but there are no sermons. (well, almost none!)

What does the act of writing mean to you?

I think of myself as a storyteller. I have ideas in my head for stories and putting them on paper is fun for me. I've very disciplined but it's not hard when I'm enjoying myself so much. I've never been pressed up against a deadline because I write fast. In fact it's just the opposite for me. I once sold a book to a bookclub that was mostly doing three book series. Knowing that, I wrote all three books and when the editor said, "I think we'd like three books from you."

I said, "They're done."

She liked that a lot. I try to make things very easy for anyone nice enough to publish my work.

Did you have storytellers when you were growing up that influenced you? Were you an avid reader as a child?

I have always been a reader. I don't know about storytellers, but my maternal grandmother was a highly educated woman who loved books and she passed that on to my mom. My dad was a big reader too, so books were always a part of our lives.

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

I honestly don't think much. I write really tough, feisty, confrontational heroines. That's sooooooooo not me. But I think I admire that in others so I write about how I'd LIKE to be, rather than how I am.

How long have you known that you wanted to be novelist?

I wrote for ten years before I got my first book published. I had twenty finished books on my computer when I sold my first one. Since then I've sold about ten of those finished books, plus written a bunch more. So I've known for a long, long time.

What is the most important thing on your current ‘To Do ‘ list?

Spend more time with my granddaughter. I just saw her two days ago and I'm already lonely for her.

When did you begin to write your first novel?

I wrote, "It was a dark and stormy night…" for the first time when I was thirty-eight. I wrote the whole book in about six months. Then I sent it off to I don't know where and started another book. The second one got some interest from publishers, ultimately it didn't sell. It also finalled in a contest. It was enough to keep me writing.

How do you organize your writing day? So many hours per day writing? Use a word count to determine when to stop? Just write until you drop?

I don't organize my writing day by time. I write 1000 words a day, seven days a week. I often write more but I rarely write less.

How do you do the research for your books? How does the research differ between historical or contemporary?

I mainly do the research online. I try to get out from behind my computer and visit museums and get my hands on real stuff, but I'd say 90% of it is online.

What do you love about writing?

Everything. I love starting a new book. I LOVE that opening scene and trying to explode the book onto the page. I love revisions. I even love marketing and publicity, like answering these questions here. I love it all.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you?

I suppose a first draft comes easiest. Though revising is fun and I know it makes the book so much better that I love that, too.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Well, it's not even writing but it's part of it. I hate public speaking. I'm called upon to speak to groups about my writing sometimes. I've gained a certain comfort level with it and do it if I can't escape. Mostly, I escape.

What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer?

Strengths, comedy and action. Weaknesses…I'm always fighting the urge to put in too much backstory and scenes that grind the action to a halt.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve been given?

Write.
That's it. Write and keep writing. Put the words on the page. No excuses.

When you are writing do you have an audience in mind?

Is it a person, real or imagined, or a group? I write to entertain myself. That seems selfish doesn't it?

What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about him/her?

My heroine in Wrangler in Petticoats was a little girl in my first novel, Petticoat Ranch. Sally McClellen the toughest little cowgirl in the west falls in love with an artist. She doesn't understand him at all.

When they see an elk. She reaches for her rifle. He reaches for a sketch pad. The word DRAW means something completely different to them.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I think they'll have as much fun as a human being should be allowed to have reading a book. They'll enjoy every minute. (okay, just let me believe that, please)

Tell us about Wrangler in Petticoats.
Wrangler in Petticoats (Sophie's Daughters)Sally McCellen finds herself injured and in the care of the biggest wimp she's ever met. Logan McKenzie paints pictures of the wild west—and claims he makes a living doing it. When the two of them see an elk she reaches for her rifle, he reaches for a sketch pad. The word DRAW means completely different things to them. When Sally falls off a cliff practically into his arms, he decides he's keeping her. So far her broken leg is keeping her close, but she's a quick healer and she needs to get some tougher help, because outlaws are hunting hard for the one witness to their crime.


Are there any themes in Wrangler in Petticoats that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?

What I was trying to show in Wrangler in Petticoats was respecting a person for exactly who they are. Sally and Logan learn to respect each other, though they're both a little odd. At the same time Mandy, in a sub-plot, is twisting herself into a knot trying to be the woman her husband wants her to be.

So though Logan and Sally seem wrong for each other, in the end they KNOW each other and can honestly love. Mandy and Sidney seem very right for each other, but since most of Sidney's character was a lie, Mandy couldn't honesty love him because she didn't know him.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

Texas is so obvious I have to force myself to look elsewhere. Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, are all great states for westerns. Most states west of the Missouri work.

What’s next after Wrangler in Petticoats?

The grand finale to the series, Sharpshooter in Petticoats

Mary, thank you for stopping by and sharing with us. To have the possibility to receive a copy of Wranger in Petticoats:

  • Leave a comment with your email (name at domain name dot com). 
  • To make it a little more fun, go to Mary's blog or web site and find out something of interest that is different from all other comments about Mary or one of her characters. 
  • Giveaway closes Sunday, December 19, 2010 at midnight (CST). 
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The Sophie's Daughters series.

Sharpshooter in PetticoatsComing in Jan. 2011

62 comments:

Martha A. said...

Oh my goodness, I know this is not the comment you were looking for, but I cannot believe I am meeting someone outside my family and close circle of friends who has read and loved "A Lantern in her hand"! I always found her descriptions hilarious...like a sack of pudding with a string tied in the middle..okay...I will follow directions! Did you really crawl under your desk and sick your thumb? Your books are great! = ) i hope that fulfilled the comment to enter....martha(at)lclink(dot)com

A J Hawke said...

Hi Martha,
Your comment is perfect. I too enjoyed A Lantern in Her Hand.

Charity said...

Well, I have never read any of Mary's books so I wouldn't know much about her characters. I have heard that she is very humorous! I went to her site and I saw that she won the Noble Theme Contest. Please enter me in this giveaway. I would sooo love to read this book. Thanks!

esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

diana said...

I just love Mary's sense of humor! Please enter me! Also thank you AJ. I won A Hope Undaunted in another one of your contests and enjoyed it alot. dianalflowers@aol.com

Toyin O. said...

Thanks for sharing.

misskallie2000 said...

Great interview. I did not know that Mary had written so many books. I have read only one which I won, and loved it. It was Wildflower Bride. I love humor in my books and of course romance. I have her books on my wish list and maybe I will win here.. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Sandee61 said...

I love Mary's sense of humor, and the fact she is shy and doesn't mind being alone. My family teases me about how I could be a hermit and be completely happy as long as I have my books. I also love Bess Streeter Aldrich books, and own them all except "White Bird Flying". I like to hug books that make me cry sad or happy tears. I've had the pleasure of spending many hours reading some of Mary's books and enjoyed every one. And yes, hers are "huggable".
Thank you for the entry in your giveaway...I'd love to read Mary's newest book.

Many Holiday Blessings,
Sandee61

Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

Julie Lessman said...

I just want to go on record as saying that Mary Connealy is not only one of my favorite authors, but one of my favorite people and DEFINITELY one of my favorite friends!!

Thanks for featuring her, AJ!! Merry Christmas to you, Mary and all your readers.

Hugs,
Julie

JackieW said...

Historical Western is my favorite genre too. I read anything I can get my hands on about The Opening Of The West..it's my favorite time in American History. Would love to read your book...I'm sure I would enjoy it.
JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

apple blossom said...

I went to Mary's blog and learned she loves to read romance, comedy and suspense books

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Pam K. said...

I discovered on Mary's website that her book Cowboy Christmas won the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and is an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist. I read Doctor in Petticoats and quickly became a fan. I want to read more of her books. Winning Wrangler in Petticoats would be a dream come true! Thanks for the opportunity.
pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Katy said...

I learned that she did not think she would win contract for an unpublished author but was surprised when both she and another person both won.

Please enter me!!!

m.katy15[at]yahoo[dot]com

Mary Connealy said...

Hi everyone. I stopped in earlier but got interrupted before I could leave a comment.
And I'm just getting back now.

I love finding people who've read A Lantern In Her Hand. I think it's one of the strongest emotional books ever. And every time I read it, it seems like a DIFFERENT part of it carries the strongest message, speaking to me right where I am in my life.

I loved Abby Deal. I watched a movie made out of it once and thought they totally missed it.

Which is a tragedy.

adge said...

I didn't think there could be anything y'all hadn't covered in the interview, but once I got to Mary's webpage and read about how she got her first contract on stage, that was a great story! gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

Mary Connealy said...

It's funny to think there are things to 'discover' about me. LOL

I'm not that mysterious.

I received a contract for my first book at the American Christian Fiction Writer's Conference.

Barbour Publishing gives a contract to an unpublished author every year. It's an amazing moment in that conference. And one year...they picked ME.

One of the sweetest moments of my life.

by Pegg Thomas said...

I find it interesting that most of your book covers do not include faces. Is that on purpose?

Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

diana said...

I know I have either heard of the title or read the book, A Lantern In Her Hand. Is this an old book that I could have read as a child or a recent one? It's bugging me now...haha. dianalflowers@aol.com

Mary Connealy said...

I like no faces for some reason. I just like being allowed to imagine the faces for myself. And, having said that, I read books very happily all the time with faces.

So it's fine either way. But we started my books without faces and it's sort of gotten to be a style for me and my publisher.

Mary Connealy said...

And Diana, I had to read it in high school but it's a Nebraska author and I'm from Nebraska so I figured that's why. But it's a really great look at pioneer life. So it could be standard all over, it ought to be.

But the real power of the book is Abby Deal giving her whole life for her family and in the end knowing ... well, it's almost like It's a Wonderful Life.

She sacrificed all her life and she realizes it was the right thing to do. It has value to give. She wanted to be a singer and a pianist and a writer but she never had time. But she instilled these dreams in her children. And then in the end she believes she's created something more wonderful, in her children, than she ever would have as a singer, pianist or writer.

It's just an absolutely beautiful, powerful, WISE story.

diana said...

Oh my gosh, Mary! I'm from Omaha, Nebraska. What a coincidence! What part of Nebraska are you from? Although we moved from there when I was two or three alot of my cousins and all, still live there in Lincoln. They are on my FB. I will definitely put Lantern In Her Hand on my to do list!
dianalflowers@aol.com

Mary Connealy said...

A Nebraska native. ALL RIGHT!!!

I'm from Northeast Nebraska but all four of my daughters live in Omaha and they all went to Lincoln to college.

Jean Ann said...

I found out Mary wrote a book called "The Husband Tree". I have to say that's and intriging title. I would love to win and read Mary's latest.

GlutenFreeTKitchen(at)gmail(dot)com

Charlotte Kay said...

Oh, please enter me in this giveaway! All of the info I gather about Mary is that humor blesses all! How wonderful to find it in Christian fiction!
Blessings,
Charlotte
chakasa58 at gmail dot com

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Mary so rocks. She is the real thing. What you see is what you get and it doesn't get any better than that@!!!


Oh and Radcliffe has an e, Mary BFF. Just like Connealy is not pronounced, Conalee. It is pronounced Ka Knee Lee. (learned that at ACFW 2009).

Mary Connealy said...

Sorry for the typo Tinna.

:)

Ann Lee Miller said...

I'd love to win Mary's book. :)
Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com
AnnLeeMiller.com

Audra Harders said...

I LOVE that Mary writes fast enough to keep up with her fans! When she says she just sits down and writes, she's sooo telling the truth. Honestly, I wish I had just a fraction of her free, fluid storytelling talent.

Just a fraction, mind you. It's some potent stuff!

Mary, great interview! Nebraska? Nebraska! I believe our Buff just played the Cornhuskers. Don't you guys know showing mercy is next to godliness?? LOL! So glad I don't do football...I just live near Boulder, LOL!

Thanks for showcasing Mary's many talents, AJ! Merry Christmas to all!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

A.J. what a wonderful interview!

You've overcome Mary's reticence and her shy demeanor (gagging a little, just a little, mind you) so well! :)

I love Mary stories. Just love 'em. And if I ever get to Nebraska I'm looking up Mary Connealy and Warren Buffet.

And The Master's Hands Candle Shop.

In that order!

Ruthy

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

No problem. Merry!

Mary Connealy said...

I'm about halfway done with Audra Harders' Rocky Mountain Hero.
I just started it yesterday and if not for a raging cold and a football game (the Cornhuskers played Oklahoma last night for the Big 12 Championship and LOST!!!!!) I'd be done. Wonderful story.

I am so in love with this hero.
Why oh why won't the heroine just tell him she's STAYING and get it over with. Why does she think she needs a job to support her child?
Audra is CRUEL.

Love cowboys. And I can tell Audra, Colorado Girl, is in love with the Rocky Mountains by the way she tells her story.

Jo said...

What a great interview this was. Learned so much about Mary. I had no clue that you had so many books written. I have read one and have a few others here to read but now will have to check out getting the rest of them.

I didn't know that you liked suspense. The romance and comedy didn't surprise me

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Rhonda Gibson said...

Great interview Mary and AJ. I'm glad to see God is blessing Mary's writing career. Her books are great, if you haven't read one. Do! you won't be sorry.

Mary Connealy said...

Another oops.
Glynna Kaye writes contemporary not historical. But she said she'd still come to my party.

4 the LUV of SaNiTy said...

Wonderful interview. So in depth!!! I'd love a chance at winning this book. Please count me in.

~Steph
soklad@hotmail.com

4 the LUV of SaNiTy said...

Mary, I love your quote on your blog from yesterday... "Some causes happiness wherever they go, others, wherever they go." ~Oscar Wilde

~Steph
soklad@hotmail.com

Kathy Cretsinger/Katt Anderson said...

Loved hearing more about you, Mary. I've always had an inquisitive mind.

Love the blurb about Wrangler in Petticoats and can't wait to read it. It sounds like another of your excellent books.

Mary Connealy said...

I sent my Seekerville buddies over and some of them didn't get mentioned.

But that's all AJ'S FAULT.

SHE DIDN'T GIVE ME ENOUGH SLOTS TO INVITE TO MY PARTY.

THE SEEKERS

The Seekers
Tina Russo Radcliffe
Pam Hillman
Debby Giusti
Myra Johnson
Ruth Logan Herne
Audra Harders
Mary Connealy
Glynna Kaye
Missy Tippens
Sandra Leesmith
Camy Tang
Cara Lynn James
Julie Lessman
Janet Dean
Cheryl Wyatt

http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com/Yikes, my word verification is very close to
PREGNANT.

Look out reality TV if I'm pregnant.

diana said...

I can't believe your daughters live where I was born! I never meet anyone from Nebraska! Too cool! dianalflowers@aol.com

Missy Tippens said...

Just name the time and place of the party, Mary, and I'll be there! :)

Great interview! (Don't enter me. I have the books already!) :)

A J Hawke said...

I am soooo enjoying reading your comments. So much more entertaining than watching nighttime TV.

Somebody played football yesterday? Where... oh well,
next season.

Thanks, Mary for your wonderful spirit of fun. It has helped my day.

Molly said...

Hi, Mary and AJ!

Please don't enter me in the giveaway as I am currently reading *Wrangler in Petticoats*. Just wanted to stop by and say I loved the interview and Mary, you are one rockin' great author! I LOVE your work! You're humor and your cowboy stories are the PERFECT blend! Can't wait for book 3 in Sophie's Daughters!

Blessings to you both!
Molly

Myra Johnson said...

Busy weekend so just getting the chance to stop in!

Here's all I have to say:

I LOVE Mary. I absolutely love this woman.

I would love her even more if she lived right next door instead of way up north in coooooooold Nebraska!

Mary Connealy said...

You wouldn't love me right now, Myra honey. If I lived next door to you, I'd have given you my stinking COLD. And you'd HATE ME.

Sincerely Yours,

Mary "Currently Disgusting" Connealy

sniffle

Jennifer said...

I loved Doctor in Petticoats!!! Would love to win this new one in the series! I love Mary's humor in her books!

Thanks for the chance to win.

Jennifer

jmschwindt at cox dot net

Katie M said...

Sounds like a FUN story! I'd love a chance to win!! Thanks!

- Katie

legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

Emily said...

I'd love to read this! I learned that Mary is a tea lover, like me. :)

Horseluver120(at)gmail(dot)com

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I actually own "Petticoat Ranch" but haven't gotten the chance to read it yet (hopefully during winter break). However, I let my mom read it and she said it was great, so since this is sort of a "sequel" to it, "Wrangler in Petticoats" sounds like it'd be a good book to get. Ms. Connealy, you got me with your hook: "Sally McClellen the toughest little cowgirl in the west falls in love with an artist. She doesn't understand him at all.
When they see an elk. She reaches for her rifle. He reaches for a sketch pad. The word DRAW means something completely different to them."

OMGoodness, I love that! I love to do art and I enjoy guns . . . (thanks Daddy) LOL, right up my alley. =)

Thanks for the chance to win!

jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

Leah said...

Oh.My.Goodness!!
I cant wait to read this book!!
I just finished reading Doctor in Petticoats last weekend and LOVED it!!
Mary your books are so amazing!!
And your humor!!! Oh goodness..
All I have to say is I.Am.Hooked!!
And I also am VERY thankful you write so fast!
I cant wait until Deep Trouble comes out!
Thank you so much for this interview and giveaway A.J.
dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

Patsy said...

Love Mary's books. Would love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.
plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Mary Connealy said...

The party on AJ's blog rages on. I haven't stopped in all day.

I'm blaming my cold.

Also laziness.

And other stuff. :)

You've got Petticoat Ranch and haven't read it yet? Have you been holding it for YEARS? Because they're impossible to buy these days. Totally sold out and now re-released in a book containing THREE complete novels.

Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

diana said...

I just figured out that you have to draw my name b/c my birthday is Dec. 20th! Wouldn't this book make a fabulous b'day present? I agree:)

diana said...

Sorry,forgot to leave email for above b'day comment. dianalflowers@aol.com

Jolee said...

Thanks for counting me in. Looking thru her blog, I find that I LOVE the covers of her books. :-) joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

Nia for Jesus said...

Remember me..I'd love to read your books..

Emma said...

Great interview.I like Mary's humor in her books! I did not know that Mary had written so many books. Merry Christmas .Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway. I'd love to read Mary's book!

seizethebookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Pat Iacuzzi said...

Would love to win Mary's book--thanks for offering it--and have a Blessed Christmas!

Glenda said...
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Glenda said...

Sorry about that.

Would love to win! I'm really looking forward to the new book.
gjac444(at)gmail(dot)com

Jan Marie said...

After all of these comments, it is hard to come up with something different. I would love to win a book by Mary Connealy. I have heard so much about how much humor her books contain and have never had a chance yet to read any of her books.


janmarien[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Jo said...

Thanks for another interesting interview. I enjoy reading Mary's books. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Blessings,
Jo
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kristia4 said...

I've always had a soft spot for historical westerns ... probably because of Janette Oke's books, which were one of my first real Christian fiction books. This book sounds fun and I'd love to be entered in this drawing. Thank you!

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I love the wind in my face, the open sky before me, the romance and flavor of the West, but, most of all, our loving and living God, who created it all. I love how He works out His plans in the realm of human events, which is His Story. I have been blessed with a gift: a compulsion to write Historical and present-day novels set in the American West that demonstrate His power to transform ordinary people into true heroes and heroines. I am just a scribe really. I find the joy of participating in the creation of inspirational fiction indescribable. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the credit and be glorified.

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