Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Author Mary Connealy!

Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Coming Soon from the Pen.

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What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction?

I wrote for ten years before I got my first book published. When that day came and I earned a contract I had twenty finished books on my computer. In those books were all sorts of different genres. All romance but historical, contemporary, suspense, thrillers, sweet, short/long, you name it, I’d written it. The historical romantic comedy with cowboys is just what finally hit. I like to think that’s because I found my voice. I found the book that finally fit me well.

As one of those fans from 2008 with Petticoat Ranch and Calico Canyon and the books that quickly follows I’m delighted you had so many manuscripts ready to go. While I’ve kept to your historical novels mostly, I still do plan to read your contemporary mysteries one day as well. 😉 (See my Mary Connealy archive of posts through these several pages, here.) Also, I was amused to see last year they have come out in a mass market paperback format as well. Gotta love when a great book just keeps on selling. Your books have always been among my favorite and I cut my book reviewing teeth on your stories. 🙂

Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?

I’ve recently written novella collections with Robin Lee Hatcher, Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton—a book from the four of us releases this month. Titled Four Weddings and a Kiss. I also wrote one with Karen Witemeyer, Carol Cox and Regina Jennings called A Match Made in Texas. I love all those ladies work.

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Ooh! I truly enjoyed reading A Bride for All Seasons, so I’m sure I’ll love Four Weddings and a Kiss. I cannot wait to get my hands on it and read it! (FYI, I plan to do a blog post about Four Weddings and a Kiss and the individual novellas when they’re released as I did for A Match Made in Texas.) I also loved A Match Made in Texas!!!! Meeting Her Match is a great read, as always. 🙂 These new novella books from Bethany House and Thomas Nelson truly make me happy! I’ve always loved the ones from Barbour, so I’m delighted that other publishers are catching on, especially with such a great group of authors that I truly enjoy in full length novels too!

Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers?
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Margaret, have you heard that I wrote a novella with the backstory to the Trouble In Texas series? This is exactly how it started, all these backstory snippets, how my heroes met in Andersonville Prison. I’m giving it away free on my blog. It’s called Closer Than Brothers. Find it Here:

I did not know!!! I had heard something similar with Lyn Cote with her Patriots & Seekers series, and so I’m delighted to hear you’re doing it as well! I love getting more to a story I enjoyed. Much in the way that Karen Witemeyer’s Archer Brothers continued into her Texas Match Novella – A Cowboy Unmatched. Love it all!

What is your favorite scene from Stuck Together?
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Well, I really love Stuck Together and I think it’s a fast moving book with a lot of fun scenes. But I guess I’ll go with the opening scene. I just had so much fun with it. My feisty little heroine Tina Cahill picketing the saloon, trying to get it closed, ends up in the middle of a fist fight, in a mud puddle on Main Street. I had a lot of fun with that.

I cannot wait to read the book!

How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?

There’s not much that’s more creative than making a whole book up from nothing. I like to think I’ve got an excellent imagination so that leads to Creative Madness which leads to books.

I’m sure that’s the truth! I enjoy reading them so much and people have said surely I have a story up there to put to paper, but I cannot imaging ever doing so. I’m more creative with a needle and thread I suppose than my imagination. I need others to fuel that for me!

What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Stuck Together pondering over?

The price we all pay for worry. How impossible it is to plan for the future. Sufficient is the trouble for each day, let tomorrow take care of itself.

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34 Absolutely! That’s always been a great verse for me, although I do not think of it as much as I should. 

Please, please tell us about your next planned project…

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My next release is Four Weddings and a Kiss, releasing June 10th, the novella collection I mentioned earlier with Robin, Debra and Margaret. Then after that, in September, a new series begins. Tried & True, book #1 of the Wild at Heart series. Here’s a little bit about Tried & True.

Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister–and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk–they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”–but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

Does your Wild at Heart series connect with your Trouble in Texas series in the way that Lassoed in Texas and Montana Marriages connected with Sophie’s Daughters? I have to admit that is one of the things that I LOVE with the Texas-Montana-Petticoats series and the Kindcaid/Stone Connection as well! It makes me all the more excited to pick up the book and read, and yet even people who have not been reading your books all along can go back and read more about characters they see in a blip connection. Love it!

Out of Control In Too Deep Over the Edge
Kincaid Brides (3 books) 
by Mary Connealy (Goodreads Author)
Petticoat Ranch Calico Canyon Gingham Mountain
Lassoed in Texas (3 books) 
by Mary Connealy (Goodreads Author)
Montana Rose The Husband Tree Wildflower Bride
Montana Marriages (3 books) 
by Mary Connealy (Goodreads Author)
Doctor in Petticoats Wrangler in Petticoats Sharpshooter in Petticoats
Sophie’s Daughters (3 books) 
by Mary Connealy (Goodreads Author)
4.248046071575484 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 2,431 ratings
Closer Than Brothers: Survi... Swept Away Fired Up Stuck Together
Trouble in Texas (4 books) 
by Mary Connealy (Goodreads Author)
Cowboy Christmas Deep Trouble
Wild West Weddings (2 books) 
by Mary Connealy (Goodreads Author)

Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs…

I’ve got Seekerville, my group blog for aspiring writers
Petticoats & Pistols, my group blog for western romance readers
And my own personal blog, Real Live Petticoat Ranch which as I mentioned above, right now has the Prequel to the Trouble in Texas series: Closer Than Brothers.

Connect with Mary!

My Website
My Newsletter
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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.
  • Mary Connealy

    HI! Thanks for having me on, Margaret!!! 🙂

    • I’m delighted Mary! This is a fabulous interview. Thank you so much for participating. 🙂 I commented back throughout with a few questions for you. So feel free to respond as desired. 🙂

  • Judy B

    My favorite books so far that Mary has written were about the Kincaid Brothers. The Kincaid Brides series was so good! I can’t wait to read more of her books. I love the cover of Tried and True. This book sounds like another winner!
    Judy B

    • Mary Connealy

      Judy B, you liked the Kincaid’s,huh? Me too. I loved those tough western cowboys….even the crazy one.

  • Jackie McNutt

    Mary, I try to read all your books as you are among my favorite authors.
    I love the characters and story lines and I am grateful for the inspirational themes.
    My favorites are all of them but I love The Kincaid Brides Series and Trouble In Texas.
    I am looking forward to Tried and True and Four Weddings and a Kiss.
    Thank you and Congratulations on your books and Blessings.

  • My absolute favorite by Mary is Montana Rose. I just love the characters and their relationship. The Kincaid Brides series is my favorite series overall, and I also really enjoyed Gingham Mountain, Swept Away, The Husband Tree, Wrangler in Petticoats, and Sharpshooter in Petticoats. She’s one of my favorite authors since I love her use of humor mixed in with adventure, hardship, and romance.

    • Oh yes, and I’m so looking forward to starting her new series!!!

      • Mary Connealy

        Hi Heidi. I think I do a good job of causing trouble…in my books. In LIFE I’m just a sea of calm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lynn Grier

    Tried and True want to read and also Four Weddings and a Kiss

  • Shelia Hall

    all of Mary’s books are wonderful

  • Rachel

    Mary’s books always make me smile! My favorite series is the Kincaid series but I also enjoyed the Sophie’s Daughters series. I’m looking forward to Tried and True 🙂

  • Christy Maurer

    I loved Petticoat Ranch. It’s encouraging to know that it took a while to get your first published. My daughter is an aspiring author and I know it takes time!

    • Mary Connealy

      Thanks Christy. That was my first released book, though I sold one before that took longer to release. It’s still about the sweetest moment of my life when I finally held that book in my hand.

  • Mac1000

    You are al so NICE! Thank you for the kind words!

  • Lis K

    All of Mary’s books are funny but I particularly enjoyed the Lassoed in Texas series. I read an ARC of Four Weddings and a Kiss and enjoyed that too!

  • Susan Johnson

    I have read the first two books in this series and I am looking forward to reading this one. I also read A Bride for All Seasons and would love to read Four Weddings and a Kiss.

    • Mary Connealy

      Susan, I had such fun with those novellas, working with the ladies who are in them with me. Great authors whose work I love.

  • Danie Walther

    I’ve read most of your books, and I love them. I can’t wait to read the others that you have written.

  • Kim in NC

    I love Mary’s books and can’t wait to read Stuck Together.

  • Abbi Hart

    I have read every Mary Connealy book and I love them all! Some of my favorites are, Calico Canyon, Montana Rose, Sharpshooter in Petticoats, Over the Edge, and Fired Up! Can’t wait to read Stuck Together and this new series!

    • Mary Connealy

      HI ABBI! It’s so nice to see you here. Thanks for stopping in!!!

    • All great titles!

  • Nancy

    I live your witty style! You male me smile when I read your books and that is an important part of life! Making people smile. I love your characters and writing style. I am looking forward to Stuck Together. I loved the Kincaid Brothers! And I am really enjoying these as well. And live the cover of your new book Tried and True! It looks great and add your name I know it will be. I had to chuckle today when I read a part from you on Facebook about you writing a scene that caused you to laugh. That is great! It hints to me that your writing is inspired and not forced.

  • Pam Kellogg

    I think my favorite Mary Connealy book is whichever book I happen to be reading, because I’ve loved them all! I’ve read just about all of them, the only exceptions being some very early books and the Mary Nealy book. I’m looking forward to Stuck Together and would be thrilled to win it here. Thanks for the chance.

    • Mary Connealy

      The Mary Nealy book is SCARY, Pam. So be afraid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jennifer Bretsch

    Thanks so much for the interview. I am super excited to check out the prequel on Mary’s blog. I also love how she ties in the characters from her different series. I would say my all time favorite books by Mary are her Montana Marriages trilogy and the Sophie’s Daughters series. The Montana Marriages trilogy were the first books I read of Mary’s. I picked up the 3-in-1 book at Wal-mart and read them on my move cross country from Florida to Seattle. It made the super long drive much more enjoyable! =)

  • Doreen Brannan

    I love all of Mary’s books! She has humor and strong women and historical fiction is my favorite!

  • Maxie Lloyd-Hamilton Anderson

    I really enjoyed this interview. I’m looking forward to this new book, Tried and true. Great cover picture. Thanks for a chance to be a winner.

    • Mary Connealy

      Hi Maxie, it’s nice to see you over here. Yes, I am getting WOMEN on the covers next time. I like the change of pace, though I have loved the hero covers!!!

  • Erin Reed

    Oh man I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the great interview. As a recent fan, I am trying to catch up with all your previous books. Keep writing! We will keep reading!

  • girlygirlhoosier52

    They have all been great reads… but I think my favorite is always the next one!! Looking forward to Stuck Together!!

    • Mary Connealy

      Thanks Girlygirlhoosier…best ID name ever btw. 🙂

  • Anne Payne

    I always look forward to reading one of Mary’s books. It would difficult to choose a favorite, they’re all so much fun! I’m excited to hop over to her blog and snag Closer Than Brothers 🙂 Thanks for a great interview, Ladies.

    • Mac1000

      Anne, when you say SNAG what does that mean exactly? Like you just read it on the blog? Or you copy and paste into a Word document? I’m really interested in that. Thanks for the kind words about my books.

      • Anne Payne

        I thought it was a download but I just read it on your blog 🙂 I guess someone could copy and paste, but I wouldn’t do that without asking you first.

  • Mary Connealy

    Erin!!!! Stuck Together is my 30th book!!! I can keep you entertained for a long, long time. For a printable list of all my titles go HERE:

    • Mary you should completely have a banner/button made up with that link and announcement! That’s party worthy 😉

  • Mary Connealy

    Thanks for that, Doreen. I appreciate it. Humor and strong women and historical fiction is what I love to read so I love to write it.

  • Mary Connealy

    In the series after Tried & True (which is book #1 of the Wild at Heart series) So not THESE three books….I’m hoping to work Heath Kincaid into the books!!! I so want to give him a love story.
    AND I may revisit some really OLD friends in a novella I’m doing this fall….if I get it figured out.

  • Mary Connealy

    Hi Nancy. I am doing revisions right now on Book #2 of the Wild at Heart Series and I think I may have just written the funniest wedding of all time. Well, it made me laugh anyway. 🙂

  • Mary Connealy

    Thanks, Kim. It’s officially released now!!!!

  • Roxanna Schilli Ford

    Stuck Together sounds just like what the Lord would do in a potential relationship, total opposites put together to strengthen their faith.. I love the historical fiction portion, the maybe romance ?, the strong determined demeanor of Tina, Vince the lawman in charge trying to juggle family and Tina and the town… sounds like quite an adventure. I have never read your books Mary Conealy, but I definitely want to put your books on my to read list! BlessingS

  • Rachael K

    When I feel like a good dose of humor, this is definitely where I turn!

    [In reference to one of the comments]: Ha! I DID wonder if Heath Kincaid would be getting his own book (and was disappointed at the time that he hadn’t); now I have hope again!

  • Doreen – I think we’d get along great. 🙂

  • Ooh me too!

  • Amy Kittel

    Margaret, Thanks for interviewing one of my favorite authors! I never would have started reading Mary’s books if it wasn’t for you!
    Mary, Thanks for sharing with us. I’ve been waiting and waiting for this book to come out! Now I can’t wait to read Tried and True! Keep writing, I’ll keep reading!

  • Merry

    Mary is one of my favorite authors, I never miss her awesome books! My favorite series is the Montana Marriages, with The Husband Tree and Belle my favorites over all… oh, it’s hard to choose. 🙂

  • Rebecca C.

    I have only read two of her books. I really enjoyed reading Out of Control and Deep Trouble. 🙂

  • Merry S.

    Right now I have a Match Made in Texas on my tbr pile and I cant wait to read your novella Meeting Her Match, Mary.

  • Maxie Lloyd-Hamilton Anderson

    Hi Mary. I would love to win this book. I love that the hero is a girl. Love the Cover. Please put my name in the drawing.

  • Sarah B.

    Hi Mary! I would love to win this book! I absolutely adored Fired Up (Glynna’s cooking was hysterical!) and have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book! I can’t wait to see what happens with Vince and Tina! To answer the blog question, I believe Fired Up or The Husband Tree is my favorite – I loved Belle and Silas! 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Melinda

    Mary’s books are amazing. I recently discovered her writings by first reading the “Trouble in Texas” series. SO good.

  • Kimberly Linaburg

    Thanks Mary for the books you write. I love them all! Your are a great writer and my favorite author.

  • A winner is chosen! Congrats Amy!