Mary Connealy: author spotlight + giveaway

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Reader friends, I am unashamedly fangirling today!!! Eeep! Just look at who is here AND she brought goodies for y’all!!! 

About the Author

Mary ConnealyMary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.

She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.

Her most recent three-book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas and several stand-alone books for multiple publishers.

Mary will be a published author for ten years in 2017 with nearly a million books in print. She has a degree in broadcast communications with an emphasis in journalism and has worked at her local newspaper.

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Beth: Congratulations on 10 years as a published author, Mary!

Five Favorite Characters (from your own books)

Mary: This was not easy, I listed five, then thought of more, then deleted and added and moved them around, in case anyone would think I was listing them as MOST favorite to LEAST favorite, but then what if they thought I as listing them from LEAST favorite to MOST favorite.

This is a tricky and HARD question, Beth! Shame on you!

Justin Boden from the Cimarron Legacy Series, he’s the hero of the book releasing this month, book #2 Long Time Gone

Ethan Kincaid from In Too Deep, book #2 of the Kincaid Brides series

Ruthy MacNeil from Swept Away, book #1 of the Trouble in Texas Series

Bailey Wilde from the Wild at Heart series, she was the heroine of book #3 Fire and Ice

Belle Tanner from the Montana Marriages series and the Sophie’s Daughters series

Beth: I am groveling and apologizing profusely for putting you through any undue emotional stress. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! Just to show my sincere gratitude (and since I’m completely cover obsessed), I included all the covers for each series! So pretty!


Tell us about your latest release

Mary: Long Time Gone is book #2 in the Cimarron Legacy Series.

The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn’t help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc’s timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It’s clear now that everything that’s occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?

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Beth: I am beside myself excited about this book! Seriously, I’m watching my mailbox and sending the kids down the drive every afternoon to check and double check for bookmail! 😍

What are you working on now?

Mary: I’m working hard on book #3 of the series, Too Far Down. The final chapter of the Cimarron Legacy Saga, coming in October.

Cimarron Legacy Series

Beth: Those covers!!! *sigh* I love them! And I’m amazed it’s already up for preorders on Amazon!

Mary: And I’ve just turned in a new novella for Bethany House, due out at Christmas Time, with Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears. My book, untitled as of yet, will feature little kids all grown up, from the Kincaid Brides Series.

Then I need to dig into the next series called High Sierra Sweethearts. We can talk more about that another time.

Beth: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!! The Kincaid children are so adorable, can’t wait for that novella!
I’m completely relieved that the favorites picking trauma didn’t scare you off for good! I’ll try to be more sensitive next time.
Thank you so much for visiting with us today and sharing your bookish news and favorites, Mary!


Since Mary Connealy is such a generous lady…
The Boden Birthright, the novella prequel for the Cimarron Legacy Series, is FREE on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, any ereader format.

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Mary also brought along a paperback copy of Long Time Gone for one fortunate reader! 
Comment below AND confirm with the Rafflecopter form to enter the giveaway.

Long Time Gone Giveaway

US residents only
If you have any trouble entering, please leave me a note in the comments or on the contact page.

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Do YOU have a favorite Mary Connealy character?


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      Janet, please confirm your comment in the rafflecopter form if you’d like to enter the giveaway 🙂

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    I always loved the characters in the book The Husband Tree.

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        Virginia, that is the best MEAN! Heroine ever. Although Bailey Wilde was pretty good. It’s hard to balance that tough, crankiness without losing the likeable – ness of a character.

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    Live Mary’s books! They lift my spirits!!

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      Please confirm your comment in the rafflecopter form if you’d like to enter the giveaway 🙂

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    I don’t yet…I can’t wait to read her books! I enjoy reading her Facebook. 🙂

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    Love Mary’s books. Always a fun read!

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      They sure are! Please confirm your comment in the rafflecopter form if you’d like to enter the giveaway 🙂

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    I love her writing! She is one of my favorite. I think Bellevue was my favorite of Husband Tree, but would love to see a book about her daughter that got married and she left behind!

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    My favorite character to date is Belle Tanner in The Husband Tree. Books and character rarely stick in my head but this book and this character have ever since I read for the first time. It’s has been worth reading again and I’ve done so. Go Belle!

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    I love Mary Connealy’s writing style. Her writing is fun and fresh. It is never boring.

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      I forgot to write my favorite Character by Mary. The one I like best is Belle Tanner Harding or whatever her last name wound up being. LoL. I would like to be a Belle, strong and courageous, taking nothing off of anyone but truly a Lady as well.

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    Not yet I just love reading her books all the characters are amazing.

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    Mary is one of best author who has great sense of humors in her writings . I enjoy her wonderful books

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    Thank you for the free download and Congratulations, Mary, for your decade of Excellence! You have given readers much joy!!

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    Bailey is a favorite of mine.

    Wow, Mary is coming out with a lot this year, and I still have most of her backlist (I started with the Wild at Heart trilogy) to read! I’m loving the Bodens and checking my mail daily – if I had children it would be checked more often 😉

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      Oh I know! I have a few Mary Connealy series just begging to be plucked from the tbr as well! It’s so fun to put all their boundless energy to good use 😉 Happy reading, Yvette!

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    Mary, I’ve only read the short you published recently. I want to meet more of your characters. So PUT ME IN THE DRAWING 🙂

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    I would love to win this book

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    Mary I love all your books. I think my favorite characters (really hard choice) would have to be Belle and Silas from the Montana series

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    This is hard to choose. I guess I will pick Ethan Kincaid because he smiles and laughs. We need more light-hearted, fun heroes in books.

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    I haven’t read anything by Mary in a while, so I don’t have a favorite. But I really liked all the Kincaids.

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      You will especially enjoy the Cimarron series, Connie! 😉 Thanks for entering!

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    This is a new author to me–i love humor in books i read. thanks for the intro and giveaway!

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      Squeee! It is my honor and great pleasure to introduce you to Mary Connealy AND her books! Happy reading, Danielle!

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    I don’t know how Mary writes so many books with all the cattle ranchly things she does, too! (And yes, I did make up the word ranchly). This new book looks and sounds soooooo good. Mary has such a great sense of humor. 😀

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    I love Mary’s books. I would love to win this one.

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      Be sure to confirm your comment in the rafflecopter form to enter the giveaway, Naomi!

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    I think it’s too hard to pick a favorite Mary Connealy character, though Vince did come to mind from the Trouble in Texas series. That cover shot of Rafe on Out of Control can still make me swoon a bit. I love all of Mary’s books. Thanks for featuring her today and for the giveaway of Long Time Gone. I haven’t read that one yet, though I read the previous books in the series and am anxious to read it.

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      Sounds like your heart chose Vince and your eyes pick Rafe! They are both my favorites too! I’m itching to get my hands on Long Time Gone 🙂

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    I love Mary’s books! Her characters are so endearing! 🙂

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    I love Mary’s books! All of them are pretty but I especially like these covers. Thanks for the giveaway!

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      The covers are irresistible which is quite fitting for such excellent stories!

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    My favorite? That’s hard but I did love Sophie’s Daughters. They could get me so tickled.

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    Grace Calhoun is my favorite! She’s tough.
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    I love so many of her characters!! I can’t pick a favorite!

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    No, I don’t have a favorite character. I would love to read Mary’s book. She is a new author to me.

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      Make sure you pick up your copy of The Boden Birthright and confirm your comment in the rafflecopter form to enter the giveaway! I’m so happy to have the privilege of introducing you to Mary Connealy! Happy reading, Merry!

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    I have read a couple of your books and thoroughly enjoyed them.

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    I left a comment, but I don’t know what you mean by confirming in the raffle copter, I’m a newbie and I need instructions please.

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        I tried leaving a comment on rafflecopter, I don’t think i’m doing things right as it didn’t take a comment. But I did click that I left a comment so maybe that will work. lol, sorry I’m such trouble.

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          Bless your heart, I’m so sorry it isn’t cooperating for you! I added your entries manually 🙂

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    The Kincaid series is my favourite.

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    Bailey Wilde from Fire and Ice. I absolutely loved her role in this story. Keep up the wonderful writing.

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    Mary is a new author to me and from the post I would enjoy reading her book.

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    I love all your books! I keep thinking I have a favorite until I read another one then u have a new favorite! Lol and I love reading a new one and recognizin characters from ypur other books! 🙂

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    I haven’t read any -yet!! But I’m going to read the free one and Book #1 – which I own – so I’ll be ready for Book #2.

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    Beth, I’m sad to say that I haven’t read a Mary Connealy authored book, yet. Since romantic comedy is probably my favorite romance sub-genre, people tell me that I will love her books. I even own two different series of hers. It’s funny, but when I actually own a copy of a book, it takes me longer for me to get to it. 🙂 #voraciousreaderproblems

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    I think that Shannon Wilde is my favorite. She was the heroine of the first book by Mary that I read, so I’m a little partial to her! lol

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    Not yet. This is my first time hearing about the author.

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    I am new to these books so i dont have a favorite yet. But from reading the descriptions on some of the books, I am drawn to Belle. She seems to be very strong, resilent and independent. Yet I sense she is also wanting to be loved. Will be reading these books as i love westerns!

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    I am going to judge a book by its cover! So I will step out and say “Sharron” is my favorite since she is on my list to read in “Now and Forever” due to the pictured lady on the book cover. Besides being cute, her expression compels me to read her story! Her expression shows a big twinkle in her eye, as well as mischief and wittiness!

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    I don’t think I’ve read any of Mary’s books – YET. I would love to start with this one, though.

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