Friday, September 24, 2010

Stalking Mary Connealy and Giveaway!

Mary Connealy is here today answering the questions nosy readers want to know. She's also hosting a sweet giveaway, so look for details at the end of the interview!

The last thing you threw away: I'm a real tosser, Joy. I don't cling to stuff. Uh...stumped. My empty Diet Coke can. Yeah, that's fascinating.

A brand of breakfast cereal in your pantry: I don't eat much breakfast cereal. I have a peanut butter sandwich and a Diet Coke every morning for breakfast. I eat it on my drive to work. My husband eats cereal. He's a big Raisin Bran fan.

Three things in your purse: Pictures of my granddaughter I can draw faster than a six-gun. It's only the last couple of years I've even carried a purse. I'm a minimalist. I carried a wallet. But now, thanks mainly to a cell phone, I carry a purse. So, Wallet, Cell Phone, Pictures.

Something that will fall out of your medicine cabinet when I open it: My husband's razor. For some reason, that thing is just tippy.

A sentence from your rough draft that didn't make the novel: This is actually really hard. Hmmmm...okay, I know one my editor made me take out. I agree with him. Still, I like the passion of the line.

Here's the original scene, he made me cut the paragraph in bold. He said he didn't think it honored the covenant of marriage and I agreed with him. But I still liked it, that Tom and Mandy were meant for each other from the beginning, unfortunately they met when she was newly married to a jerk.

A little set up. Mandy is the Sharpshooter in Petticoats. A family of outlaws has started a feud against her, and she set out, after their last attack, which came right after her wedding ceremony to Tom, to hunt them down and kill them in cold blood. Tom found her and dragged her away from her pursuit of her enemies.


And now finally it was time to talk.

"I've made my choice." She stalked over to Tom. "I'm not going to sit like a frightened rabbit and wait for those Cooters to come for me and my children and you.
Tom looked up from the fire where he was feeding in sticks, with eyes so blazing hot, Mandy felt burned.

"So you headed out to kill them, is that right?" He threw in a bigger stick. "You were crawling up that rise to murder those men in cold blood-"

"They deserve to die!"

"-because you don't trust me to protect you, is that right?" Tom shouted the last three words.

"I did it to save your life. I know you'd protect me. I know you'd die for me. I understand all of that. But I can't let you."

"The one thing you don't seem to know, woman," Tom surged to his feet, "is that you can't stop me."

His arm whipped out quick as a striking rattler and he yanked her hard against his body. "You're mine."

He grabbed a hank of her hair. "You've been mine since the day we met. You were mine when you were married to another man. You were mine when you were giving birth to someone else's child. You're mine, and I'm through waiting for you."

He sank his heavy hand deeper into her hair and tilted her head back. "We're married, I will protect you. I will die for you."

He kissed her until her knees went weak and her arms wrapped around his neck to keep from falling. Long moments later, he raised his head, his blue eyes burning into hers.

"Better than that. I will live for you. That's all you need to understand." He swooped his head down, and Mandy had one flash of a moment to think she was still prey, this time to a diving hawk.

She understood.

At last she finally and completely understood that she was Tom's, and he was hers. And he was right. It had always been like this between them.

Whew, I could use a glass of ice water- but I do see your editor's point.

The name of every book you've ever published (you might need extra lines, lol):

Wow girl.

Golden Days, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon, Gingham Mountain, Nosy in Nebrasak, containing; Of Mice…and Murder, Pride and Pestilence, The Miceman Cometh, Black Hills Blessing containing Buffalo Gal, Clueless Cowboy, The Bossy Bridegroom, Cowboy Christmas, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree, Wildflower Bride, Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats and coming in January Sharpshooter in Petticoats. I have eight more contracted and on the way.

Your favorite not-quite-a-curse word:This is a strange question, Joy. Uh??? Darn it?

They're all strange questions, Mary ;)

What sounds might I hear outside your kitchen window? Moo-ing, birds tweeting, wind blowing. I live on a ranch waaaay out in the country.

One lousy job from your past?

OH MY GOSH!!!! (hey, that's kinda a curse word)

I had a job building semi-trailer trucks the summer after I graduated from high school. I filled in for people on vacation and mowed the VAST lawn and I had to repaint the lunch room. I had to take the ceiling tiles down and paint the frame that held them up and then paint the tiles and replace them. Except (here's the lousy part) when I'd take those tiles down DEAD MICE WOULD FALL OUT OF THE CEILING ONTO ME. I'm surprised I didn't end up in a straight jacket. Hideous experience. Nightmare-ish. I need to quit typing now and weep. And it was thirty five years ago.

What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Everything that flits through my mind seems like too much. "Well done my good and faithful servant." Do I dare to hope I'm doing well for God? If I am, God is doing it through me. One of my steady prayers is that my work will be more than I'm capable of. That God will use what I write for His kingdom in ways beyond my humble ability. I would love to hear that I did that. But I will settle for the very simple, "I know you. Come in."

Tell us about the candid photo:
The informal picture is of me at a nearby historical museum standing by a buffalo. I'm the one in yellow…shut up.

Mary Connealy 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 releasing 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?

Find Mary online at:
Petticoats & Pistols
Her Blog
Her Website

It's giveaway time!

Mary, thanks so much for visiting Edgy Inspirational Romance!

Mary's offered to give one reader a copy of her newest release, Wrangler in Petticoats. To enter, leave a comment between now and Thursday telling her how much you enjoyed her visit. Be sure to include your email address if it's not in your profile.

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  1. Ooooo me likey the deleted scene ;-) and as for the 3 things in your purse question my eyes automatically skipped to "six-gun" and for a second I thought she was packing heat in her purse! LOL!

    I would love to be entered please!

    XOXO~ Renee

  2. Whoops I thought that whole scene was deleted but it was just that paragraph :-P It's after midnight I should not be allowed on the computer!

    XOXO~ Renee

  3. The only thing better than romance would definitely be romantic comedy! I would love to read this book! When I first glanced at the buffalo picture I thought it said "Mary and her buffalo" and I thought Wow.. that's different lol

  4. OK, how fun was this interview?! :D

    Mary, you are such a great person! Of the few books of yours that I have read, I absolutely LOVED Cowboy Christmas and The Husband Tree!

    I would really appreciate a chance to win Wrangler in Petticoats! Thank you!



    P.S. Joy, these are really fun-themed interviews! Love the questions! ;)

  5. If the book is international , please enter me Joy . She looks like a good author to add to my must-read list, just stopping by on the hoppity-hop

  6. Thanks for the interview. I would love to read your books. Please enter me in contest.

  7. I absolutely loved the interview! Mary is a new to me author & lately I've been scrambling to grab every book she's written. Her books put characters of faith in real life situations - she's not a author who tries to pretend that everyone around them is a Christian and does their best to life the life God intended.
    She also has a terrific blog!
    Thanks Joy for bringing us another side to a wonderful author!!

  8. Hi Joy and Mary!
    I have to agree with Amber, this interview was wicked fun!! I actually read it late last night, lol, but was just too tired to respond in full force and give it its' dues credit : )

    Mary, as others have said, you have such a sparkly personality that it does not surprise me that your answers were so spunky! Ha! You truly are a unique character, in a good way! You always light up the room or *room* in a way like no other. Thank you so much for coming on here today!

    I have read Petticoat Ranch because it's the only book of yours our little town library has! Also, none of the stores around here carry your books, or Borders is always out (there is a good possibility *wink*). So it'd be AWESOME to win this!! Lol...PR was really good, just so ya know.

    Thanks for the chance at this Mary and Joy! Joy, your questions were superb and opened up the chance at really creative answers, so thank you for giving Mary the opportunity! Lol!
    Talk to you soon,

  9. What a joyful, fun person! I love Mary's wit and her wonderful writing, please include me in the drawing. Thanks.

  10. I loved the interview. Mary sounds like a person I'd like to hang around with, fun. I'd love to read Wrangler In Petticoats.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  11. I'm not sure if I should enter, since I won the first book from Mary, but I can't resist, having my name put in the hat!

    Loved the interview and Joy, off to follow now.... Don't want to miss the fun the next time around. :)

    Email in profile.

  12. Thanks so much to Mary for agreeing to the interview! And thanks everyone for stopping by to say hello. I'm texting this on my lunch break, but I'll respond more tonight. :)

  13. Thanks for the visit Mary. I'm really interested in this book, sounds like something I would get a lot of enjoyment out of.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    justpeachy36@yahoo. (I hope I win!...LOL)

  14. Hi, if your library doesn't have my books ask for them through interlibrary loan. Most states have that and they can get any book in the library system for you. Sometimes they charge a dollar but in some states it's free.
    I love libraries and I'm a big library girl myself so it's fine by me.

  15. Mary, all kidding aside, I definitely could tell the difference between you and the are the pretty glowing sweet face wearing the bright gold jacket. This was a superb interview and I enjoyed all the humor. Such fun! WOW! that deleted scene is remarkably effective and passionate. Swoon time!! Aren't all the comments so far great? Everyone sees your likeness to Christ and your great sense of humor. This giveaway interview has already brought joy into my new day and I thank you for it and the giveaway, plus the chance to win it, Joy and Mary. I sure hope I am a winner!

    Sharing Christ's Love,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  16. Following from Crazy-For-Books! I'm excited to see what you come up with. Check out my site at
    I am also super excited about the book giveaway! I would love to read your book Mary! Thanks!

  17. Mary,

    Love the interview as well as Mary's books. One highlight from the ACFW conference was getting to talk with her for a few minutes.

    Wow! Eight more books contracted. Looks like you'll be doing LOTS of writing. Can't wait to read them.

    Jodie Wolfe

  18. I love Mary's work. She's amazing. Awesome interview Joy :D

    PS LOVE your little graphic/photo :)

  19. Just stopping by for the hop!!! Hope you are doing well and having a great weekend!!

    Feel free to check out mine at Addicted To Romance

    Happy Reading!

  20. Wow, Loved your interview! My sister and I just found this blog and we're hooked! My favorite part of the interview was the part taken from the book, wow. I can't wait to txt my sister and let her know the title! e-mail,

  21. This books looks so good...please enter me.

    First-time visitor from the hop. Not sure where you have you hop posts, so I am going to comment here.

    Stop by my blog if you get a chance for the answer to this week's questions…it was my question that was chosen…pretty neat.
    I also have a lot of review you may want to check out.

    Happy Hopping, Everyone....hop on over to my blog to see my answer to the rating question.

  22. lol--mary you crack me up
    the whole interview cracked me up-great job both ways--i'd love to be stranded on an island with the both of you :)

  23. You guys sure seem to be having a lot of fun over here. Great hang-out you've created Joy. :)

  24. Dropped in from the hop and read the great interview! Count me in for the giveaway, your blog is one of my favorite to follow. Have an awesome weekend!kittycrochettwo at msn dot com

  25. @Renee- ROFL @ "packing heat in her purse"...sounds like something Sophie or her daughters would do.

    @Jules- Yeah, a pet buffalo *would* be different. LOL.

    @Amber- Don't you just love Mary's humor? I had a side splitting laugh (tears coming out of my eyes and all) the first time I read one of her books. I think it was Petticoat Ranch or Calico Canyon...the one where Sophie dresses up in a stinky outfit to scare away strange men...Mary's description just made me fall out.

    @Paula- Thanks for popping in today. I didn't know you were international?! Where are you blogging from?

    @Tore- You're entered! Thanks for following!

    @Gina- Don't you love it when you discover a 'new to you' author? And Mary has a ton of books out so you'll have lots to read. :)

    @Hannah- Thanks for reading, my friend. But I bet Mary could make even the most mundane questions funny. :)

    @Merry and Linda- You're entered! Thanks for swinging by.

    @Casey- Thanks for the follow!

    @Peachy- You are bound to win one of my giveaways. Thanks again for entering. :)

    @Barb- I smile every time you visit. Thanks for following my blog. :)

    @Pris- Thanks for hopping by, I'll return the visit shortly.

    @Jodie- Thanks for stopping by. Did you have a blast at ACFW? Wish I could have made it. I would have loved to meet all of my favorite authors in person. Not my time yet. But I'll be there one day. :) Hey, and Mary won the Carol Award last week!

    @Juju- Thanks! I made it with Love that website.

    @Lover of Romance- Thanks for stopping in! I'll swing by your place tonight.

    @Eden- I love making new friends! Welcome!

    @Elizabeth- I don't usually answer the weekly question (it's just suggested, not mandatory right?) but congrats on getting your question chosen. :) I'll answer it for you now. The question from this week's book blogger hop was do you finish the book before you write the review? I ALWAYS finish the book before writing the review, but I start taking notes about talking points while reading.

    @Someday- Mary cracks me up too, but if we're all gonna be stranded on an island, can we bring Sawyer from Lost?

    @Mary- Please promise to come back again. *You* are a lot of fun.

    @Brenda- you are one of my favorites too. Thanks for visiting. :)

  26. Mary is funny wherever she goes. Ewww...dead mice falling through the ceiling...that would win for a worst job. I imagine it has provided fodder for your fiction somehow though.


  27. Always nice to read an interview of you, Mary. What fun!!!
    And the scene excerpt....Oh la la - can't wait to read THAT one. January? I knew I liked Tom :-)

  28. would love to read mary's latest novel... thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  29. I will buy the book because I adore Mary Connealy books..however I'd like to win the Buffalo please. NO JOY, you can't have it

  30. I knew I recognized you from somewhere! Yes, Tracy Krauss (Expression Express) is my Mum!! Cool!

  31. What a fun interview! I love that Mary has a pb sandwich and a diet coke every morning! I'm more a fruit and toast kinda girl, but to each his own right? :) Sadly, I've yet to read a book by Mary, but this one sounds great. I can't wait to read this and her others.


  32. Really enjoyed this interview! And her books sound great. I'm really looking forward to reading them.

    linaramz at yahoo dot com

  33. @Julia- I agree.

    @Pepper- Yeah, I can't wait to read the rest of Mandy's story.

    @Karen- You're entered!

    @Tina- How 'bout we arm wrestle for it?

    @Margaret- Me too! Thanks for stopping by.

    @Pris- Are you a writer too?

    @Sarah- I heart peanut butter and jelly. I've had that for breakfast myself.

    @Lisa- Thanks for entering. :)

  34. Great interview! My mom loves Mary's books like they are going out of style. She always asks if Mary's got a new book out, and Mary's writing them so quickly I am losing track of what is new or not. I am not really a purse taker myself. I have a little one for it I am going somewhere and a huge one for if I am going to need to take a book or what not. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

  35. What a great interview. Carmen sent me over here, and I'm so glad that she did. I really like your blog. I'm following now! Please enter me in this exciting giveaway.


  36. Thank you for the wonderful interview and giveaway! I would love to read this book!

    showcasesisters at gmail dot com

  37. Nice interview. I'd love to be included in this giveaway. thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  38. oh wow, living on a ranch must be amazing for inspiration while you are writing your books!!

    thank you for the contest!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  39. I'd love to win this book, and I love your blog! So glad I found it! My email address is reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

  40. I love this giveaway, and the books sound great. I love her answer about what she would like to hear when she get to heaven. amen!

  41. Thanks for the great interview!
    I'm still shuddering from dead mice falling from the ceiling... :S
    God bless!

  42. I forgot to mention that Carmen sent me over! :)

  43. Carman sent me! Fun interview and great giveaway! Thanks so much for including me!

    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

  44. Carman sent me!Great interview. Wrangler in Petticoats sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  45. Carman sent me! :)

    I enjoyed reading the interview! I love Mary's quirky sense of humor! I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  46. Love Mary's books - have read about 6 of them so I'll definitely have to keep that list handy to see the ones I haven't read. Great interview but my favorite was what she hoped to hear in heaven - "I know you. Come in."

  47. Oh my goodness!!! I want to read this book so bad!
    I loved the seen from Sharpshooter in Petticoats!
    I Love Marys books! I think i've read almost all of them.
    Please enter me.
    Carman sent me.

  48. @adge- I'm amazed at how fast Mary puts books out! Actually, that's a question I should have asked. Mary, how fast can you write a book?

    @Christina, K, Michelle, Emma, Nancye, and Leah- Can you believe I just discovered Carman's blog yesterday?! Where the heck have I been? What a great resource she is. For anyone who's not familiar with Carman, her blog is and it lists Christian fiction giveaways from various bloggers.

    @EJ, Ruth, Renee, Carrie, Apple and Sheila- Thanks for stopping by, you're all entered. :)

  49. I am following from the hop. I love romance books myself. Come and visit me at

  50. This books looks really juicy! Please sign me up!!!

  51. WOW! The book sounds super good! I enjoyed reading the interview! Please count me in for a copy of her newest book!


  52. Hi Joy -

    Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a Follower. I've returned the favor. :)

    Great interview! I've read one of Mary's books, and enjoyed it. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    susanjreinhardt AT gmail DOT com

    Susan :)

  53. Loved the funny interview and would love to win this book:)

  54. Oh, I've seen this book before but have not read it. Would love to win this book. Looking forward to reading it.Thanks for giving away a copy. Love the picture of you and the buffalo!

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  56. Hi Mary, I love humor in my books and of course romance. Thanks for writing such great books.
    Enjoyed your interview and you had a terrible job if you had to duck the falling rats. lol
    Would love to win your latest. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    Carmen sent me over.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  57. If it's about romance, comedy and cowboys it's definitely Mary Connealy! Would love to win a copy of Wrangler in Petticoats. Thank you for the chance.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W


  58. Joy, I've been writing four books a year and will continue that through next year. Then we're going to slow things down a little.
    I'm afraid I'll fall behind.
    I can write a book the length of Wrangler in Petticoats about every three months. But that's pushing it and giving me no time to ... oh, break my leg or get lost on the freeway, you know...the kind of thing that can put you out of commission. So it makes me a little nervous.
    So two a year starting in 2012 for three more years. I've got contracts stretching out that far and hope to keep writing for every.

    Well, I WILL keep writing forever. I'm kinda compulsive. But hopefully someone will keep PUBLISHING ME forever.

  59. I have a feeling they'll keep publishing you forever! :)

    Thanks for entering the giveaway everyone! We're still taking names until Thursday.

  60. oh my goodness! I loved the exert. It looks like a spicy book! Can't wait to read it. plz enter me in to win :) thanks

  61. Can't wait for this book to come out! Am in the middle of reading "Doctor in Petticoats" to my husband.

    And, Mary, if you read all these comments... Bart Farley (I think that is the last name, I might have it slightly wrong as it is not sitting in front of me) when read out loud, fast... tends to become Fart Barley.

    Makes for some good laughs.

    natashasiegrist at hotmail dot com

  62. Nooooooo! Only two books a year what will the speed readers like me do? :-P

    XOXO~ Renee

  63. says the winner to this one is Sara at s(dot)bofferding(at)hotmail(dot)com.

    Congrats! I'm emailing you now to get your address so I can forward it to Mary.


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