Monday, January 17, 2011

meet Mary Conneally

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She has been a finalist in the Christy Awards, the Carol Awards and the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest and is a Carol Award winner for Cowboy Christmas.

She wrote the Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, the Montana Marriages Series and the Sophie’s Daughters Series.

She is the mother of four beautiful daughters, she had two sons-in-law and one spectacular grand daughter, with a grandson on the way. She lives on a Nebraska ranch with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly 34 years.

Sharpshooter in Petticoats

Mandy McClellen Grey, has become the focus of a feud thanks to her husband, who made this mess and then died. Far from home, Mandy, the best little rifle woman in the west, has resigned herself to a lonely life under siege rather than call for help and endanger her family.

Tom Linscott is fed up with waiting for Mandy who should have had the sense to come to him as soon as she finished burying her worthless husband. In fact he'd've come fast enough to dig the hole if she'd've sent for him. He goes to round up his little woman and buys into a heap of trouble from a whole clan of outlaws.

Between Mandy's deadly skill with her rifle, her determination to not bring trouble down on someone she loves, and an ever growing crowd of varmints who want to bury everyone named Grey—and anyone who sides with them, Tom may not survive getting himself hitched.

Here's an excerpt of Sharpshooter in Petticoats:


Montana Territory, August, 1884

Tom Linscott slid backward five feet before he caught a slender rock ledge and clawed at it to stop himself from plunging a hundred feet more.

The rock was nearly sheer. He felt blood flowing from his fingertips. His grip was tenuous already and now it was slippery. He clung to that ledge like a scared house cat, afraid to move, fighting to slow his slamming heart and steady his breathing. He’d been climbing a long time and he had a long way to fall if his grip didn’t hold.

Then he did what any thinking man did when something scared him. He got mad.

So, he clung to the side of that stupid mountain, gathered his strength to go the last twenty-five or so feet, and fumed. He was a rancher not a mountain goat. He should not have had to climb up here.

No woman should be this hard to get.

His handhold felt solid, his footholds were all of three inches wide. He needed a minute of rest before he went on to a more precarious spot. And while he hung there, dangling over a dead drop that ended in jagged granite, he looked up and saw her.

The woman he’d come for. Lady Gray.

She lived in a fortress, cut off from all the people she considered beneath her. The rumors about her were legion and harrowing. Ruthlessly dangerous, some said. Bewitched, others had called her. She’d put a curse on the land she ruled over.

Tom hadn’t told anyone of his plans until just before he left home. But he’d listened for any whisper of her name, any passing reference to the legendary Lady Gray.

She was the most dangerous woman in the West some said. As fast and deadly with her rifle as any woman alive.

That last part Tom suspected was true. The first, well, he hoped she wasn’t dangerous to him, but he was minutes away from testing the theory.

He’d had to admit he was coming right before he left because there were arrangements to make. That’s when one of his cowhands told Tom with dead seriousness that he’d lived in this area and it was widely repeated and believed that to approach Lady Gray meant certain death.

But Tom knew something none of the rest of them did. He knew what had brought her to this place. He understood the roots of her reputation. He knew who she was before the legend had been born. And he knew she was no witch.

That didn’t mean she might not blow a hole in him with that blasted Winchester if he wasn’t real careful.

Right now, not moving, looking up, she stood clearly visible in the starlit night. He watched her and stoked his temper while he hugged this stupid cliff that he should not have had to climb. The fool woman should have invited him to come right up to the front door of her fortress.

As he watched, a mountain breeze billowed her dress and cloak and scarf in the night, and in the moonlight it was as if living power swirled around her. Everything she touched was more alive, more vital, more beautiful. A half moon glowed in the cloudless eastern sky, while she faced the west.

As her dark cloak and light hair danced around her, Tom knew exactly why her reputation had reached the level of the mystical. Back when Tom had last seen her she’d been beautiful and wounded and sweet.

No one put those words to Lady Gray now. Untouchable was more often repeated. Untamable certainly, as if anyone would consider trying to tame a witch. She was called cold, but Tom had seen the warmth. Life might have forced her to hide that away, but Tom would never believe the warm, intelligent, vulnerable woman he knew wasn’t there somewhere. Merciless. That might be true. Tom was sneaking in after all. He didn’t want to risk finding out she had no mercy.

You can purchase Sharpshooter in Petticoats from Amazon.

Mary is giving away a copy of Sharpshooter in Petticoats. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


lgm52 said...

I follow via GFC (lgm52)

Joanne Sher said...

LOVE the voice!! REALLY wanna get my hands on this one :) Thanks!

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

If I don't win this I'm gonna go out and buy it! atouchofheaven2010[at]gmail[dot]com Mary B.

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

I'm a google follower! atouchofheaven2010[at]gmail[dot]com

Mary B.

Marianne said...

i wanted to tell you that i now follow this blog. i would like a chance to win.

Marianne said...

i subscribe to this via email. i want to win this book. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com thanks for the chance

Marianne said...

i just singed up to follow this blog by networked blogs. i have been waiting to do these until there was a book i have to have, so hopefully it helps me win this. thanks for the chances.

Patty Wysong said...

We gave our girls a couple of Mary's books for Christmas and Saturday my older daughter read Nosy in Nebraska. She was NOT quiet while reading. Nope. Not one of Mary's books. =] She laughed. and laughed. and laughed.

We love Mary's books!!
Welcome to the Book Loft, Mary. =]

Marianne said...

where's the second post?

apple blossom said...

i love Mary's books thanks for a chance to win one

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

gfc follower

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

email subscriber

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Katy said...

Please count me in this giveaway!!

~ Katy M

jdjmcc said...

This looks to be a great read! Thanks!

Charlotte Kay said...

I am a GFC follower and
an email subscriber:)
Thanks for the chance to win Mary's book!
Charlotte Kay
charsaltz at yahoo dot com

Patty Wysong said...

Hi Marianne!
The second part of Mary's spotlight will be posted tomorrow. =] Hope to see you then!

amber said...

I want to win this!! It looks good!!


Lisa Nelson said...

Please enter me in the drawing!
Thank you!
Lisa Nelson
storyreader617 @

Jackie S. said...

I would love to win Mary's book; I have #1 and #2 and want to win #3 and read them all at once! Thanks!

Jackie S. said...

I subscribe via e mail.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!

Charity said...

Please enter me in this giveaway! Would love to read this book. Thanks!


Meredith said...

Sounds like Mandy's not one to mess with?

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Karen Lange said...

Enjoyed this! Thanks so much for the giveaway. :)

I am a GFC Follower.

Cindy W. said...

Would love to win a copy of Sharpshooter in Petticoats. I love the cover too!

Cindy W.


Cindy W. said...

I am a GFC follower.

Cindy W.


Carman said...

Please enter me! I love Mary's books and can't wait to read this new series!

booklovercb at yahoo dot com

windycindy said...

I love the writing style of
Mary Conneally!
Thanks, Cindi

Charity U said...

Please enter me!

Carman sent me.


Charity U said...

I'm subscribed by email!

Carman sent me. :)


Anonymous said...

Oh I want to win this book so bad!
I LOVE Mary Conneally!
Please enter me!
I am a follower.
Carman sent me.

lgm52 said...

I'd really like to win this one..I love historical novels!
Carman sent me..
I'm an email subscriber

Jane said...

Please enter me!


Jane said...

I'm a follower!

Patsy said...

I love Mary's writings. Would enjoy reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Nia for Jesus said...

I never read none of her books,but I really would love to.


Lydia said...

I would like to enter this giveaway! I read your other book, Wrangler in Petticoats, and LOVED it!

Lydia said...

P.S. My email is IrishFilly4Christ[at]hotmail[dot]com

dunlizzie said...

This sounds like a lot of fun. Please enter me. I came via Carmen.

dunlizzies_corner at yahoo dot com

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I read (and enjoyed) her first "Lassoed in Texas" series --I'd love to win (thanks for the info, Carman)!


loveangel132 said...

Carman sent me. Thank you for the giveaway, it looks like a really good read!

Mona said...

Enjoyed the excerpt. Email subscriber

Nancy said...

I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance. Nancy

whit said...

New to this site, but think I would really love the Sharpshooter book. Look forward to your other postings as well.

Thanks! Please enter me.

Glenda said...

I would love to be included in the book drawing, I know I would enjoy the book. Thanks for letting a have a taste for whats in store.


Renee G said...

Would love to read this. I enjoyed Cowboy Christmas.

Jolee said...

Sounds super fun. Thanks!! joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

Bluerose said...

I would love to be entered!
Carmen sent me.

bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

I am currently reading Doctor in Petticoats and am LOVING it!!! This is my first Connealy book and it certainly won't be my last! I love Mandy's story unfolding within its pages and I would love to read her book! Please enter me and thank you so much for the chance :) Oh, and I found this through Christianbook Giveaways blog, so Carman sent me :)


PriviesAndPrims said...

I wanna win! I've read her books before and loved them!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Nia for Jesus said...

I'm follower and subcriber>


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read. Carmin sent me.

true_sheila at yahoo dot com

Judylynn said...

I'd love to read this book. Please enter me. (Keiki at The Vessel Project sent me)


Judylynn said...

I am a GFC follower.

Nia for Jesus said...

I'm follower and networked blog follower..

I found out more about this author and I'd love to have a chance to win!


Nia for Jesus said...

I noticed that she likes yellow a lot!


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