Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2-Year Blogoversary Celebration: Day Three ~ Mary Connealy!!


Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Mary!! Thank you so much for celebrating my blog's 2-year Blogoversary with me! What is your soon-to-be-released book, Swept Away, about? 

Ruthy MacNeil is swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing. She isn't all that upset at being separated from the obnoxious family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn't make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can't just abandon Ruthy, so she'll have to come along.

His friends--a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers--take an interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that's rather rude--he's the one who found her. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.

Do you have a favorite birthday/party memory you like to share? 

I'm from a family with eight kids and no money. We got an angel food cake for our birthday and precious little else. We each got one real birthday party in our growing up years and mine was…I invited the whole school to come home with me. That sound really big but the whole school had about fifteen kids in eight grades, I attended a one room country school house. So I brought them all home and it was great. We played. I was the center of attention. I remember nothing else. Was there cake? Did I get presents? I have no idea. But I loved it.

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you? 

Wow, what would it be, huh? I'm the third of eight kids. We grew up in a three bedroom farm house. It was a modest by fun life spent playing outdoors. I spent most of my time with my best friend Joani, who lived across the road from us in her four bedroom farm house with her six brothers and sister. I know now we were dirt poor but nobody had much and I don't remember going hungry so we were fine.

How many books have you written/published and do you have a favorite? 

My 24th book just released. I've got contracts for twelve more. I've got ten additional books on my computer that have never sold. It's hard to say if I've got a favorite because I tend to be so immersed in the book I'm doing right now that it's always my favorite. So I'm going to declare Swept Away, releasing March 1st, to be my favorite because for right now, it's the truth.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 

I'm not really a quirky writer. I don't need a particular setting. I don't need the right soothing music or the perfect cup of tea or quiet. I can take a phone call for ten minutes then go right back to writing. Quirks? My whole life is quirks. I'm an insomniac and I turned to writing books at least in part to pass the hours of wakefulness in the night. So let's call that a quirk.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 

Sudoku puzzles. Read books. Snack. Yes, my thrilling life will excite all your blog readers almost beyond control. I have four daughters and two grandchildren and I love spending time with them.

I enjoy Sudoku puzzles, too, and of course reading. ;) Is there a place you like to visit, but haven't yet? 

I've got a bucket list. I want to go to Yellowstone. I'd like to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (note the sedentary life reference above, the hike ain't gonna happen!). I'd like to see a sequoia tree and a redwood. I've never been to Washington D.C. I'd love to spend time on a sailboat. I'd like to go to Carlsbad Cavern and cruise up the inside passage to Alaska. Okay, I've named off enough stuff to keep me busy until death (at the rate I'm going!) so I'll stop now.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 


Yes, but I'm not telling because it's the password to all my accounts online. So, Instead I'll tell you a beloved verse that I try and hang onto. Psalm 27: 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie? 

My favorite song of all time is Rich Mullins 'If I Stand'. And a very close second favorite is Chris Tomlin's 'How Great is Our God'.

A few this-or-that questions: 

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Thunderstorms. Snowstorms get very unpleasant when your husband has to spend them outside fighting for the life of his cattle.

Tea or Coffee? Tea, specifically Tetley's Earl Grey in the drawstring tea bag.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla, though I didn't get into my generally oval shape by being picky

Call or Text? Call, I'm seriously one of those people who is going to die texting and driving, I just can't handle the distraction, plus I live in a place with bad cell phone reception so, though I have a cell phone, it's turned off about 90% of the time.

Early-bird or Night-owl? Night owl's are long asleep before I go to bed. What stays up longer than a night owl? A bat? No, a vampire? Maybe the moonlight. I am the moonlight, that sounds nice, if you don't count how tired I am all the stinking time.

Cats or Dogs? We live on a farm/ranch and I'm sorry but for me animals are just animals. I don't get to attached. We had a dog for years I really loved and yet I rarely spent time with him. Dingo, an Australian Shepherd. I'll bet I didn't pet that dog once a month.

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?

Swept Away is book one of a three book series called Trouble in Texas. I'm busy polishing up books two 'Fired Up' and finishing book three 'Stuck Together'.

Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web? 

All I can think of it say is, If you knew me, really knew me, you'd see I'm the most regular person ever. The fact that I'm a published author is still stunning to me. So, if I can do it, anyone can make their dreams come true. Strive for it, pray for it, believe in it. God bless you all and keep reading. Find me online: My Website My Blog Seekerville Petticoats & Pistols My Newsletter And I’m on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maryconnealy And Twitter: http://twitter.com/maryconnealy

Giveaway!


Mary Connealy is giving away a copy of her new book, Swept Away! Open Internationally! Enter via the Rafflecopter below.
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165 comments:

  1. I had a 'poor' childhood. I do remember being hungry a few times but I was never unloved. Those years that we were the poorest in riches were the best in my life. I had freedom, the whole outdoors and a little brother to enjoy them with, plus dogs and cats.
    Jasmine A.
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  2. I loved this interview so much! I love finding out about my favorite authors and it is even more awesome when I find so much in common with them! I'm also from a large family (though we beat yours by one), I like Sudoku-reading-and snacking (lol), I want to visit many of those places you mentioned (The Grand Canyon especially after reading Deep Trouble), Ps 27 is one of my fav chapters (I even memorized it), I like Thunderstorms-tea-and vanilla best, and I'm a CRAZY night owl-I have stayed up until 6 or 7 many times but 3-4 is my usual norm! Ok I guess I rambled a little much! You are an absolutely amazing author and I do crazy happy dances when I find out about a new book and even crazier ones when I actually have it in my possession! I literally squealed when I read that you have contracts for 12 more books-best discovery ever! Well I really have rambled too much now so I guess I'll end this comment by saying thank you!

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  3. I don't copunt the discoveries you made me do thank you for each one of them^^

    i like this cover

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  4. I have been looking forward to Mary's newest release for awhile.
    amyc

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    1. Me too! Can hardly wait to read it. :)

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  5. I have read 6 other books by Mary Connealy and they were amazing books that I couldn't put down!

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    1. I've only read three (the Kindcaid Brides series - fantastic!), but I plan on going back and reading Mary's older books, too. :) I've been missing out! :)

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  6. I can't wait to read Swept Away.
    We grew up pretty poor too; however, there was always food on the table. I think I had two outfits to wear to school each day. I'm sure the popular girls thought I was a real hick. I didn't care though!
    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Nice to no one of my favorite authors is so 'normal'=) As if any of us really normal or ordinary! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. Yay for the poor childhood group! We had to go OUTSIDE and make our own entertainment. It was awesome! Great interview and love the synopsis of the new book! Love your bucket list of travel destinations Mary. My husband and I are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon soon, but I have no interest in hiking or riding down to the bottom. I just want to see the big hole! :)The sequoia's and redwoods are sooooo beautiful, they are definitely a MUST see! As always Melanie thanks for sharing another great author interview :) Have a great day ladies!

    Julie
    gravesok(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Writing books is a great way to turn insomnia into productivity. Thanks for the international giveawya!

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  10. This book sounds very interesting. I am looking forward to reading it!
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  11. Enjoyed reading the interview. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Katie J

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  12. What a fun interview! Thanks Melanie & Mary!
    I'm so looking forward to reading your new book, Mary!

    pocoauthor[at]gmail[dot]com

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  13. I love your interview. You've got a great personality that really comes across in your answers. :) I'm the oldest of 5 kids - we had the exact same story: one birthday party each and little else. Only I waited so long to have mine that I never did so they ended up surprising me for my 18th instead. And our go-to birthday cake was also angel food - covered in whipped cream and strawberries - yum!

    Swept Away sounds like a great book!

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  14. I enjoyed the interview. It's always interesting to me to read about authors and how they work. Thanks.

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  15. I know what it is like to live in a three bedroom house, but I don't mind. My family is kinda close, especially my sisters and me. I'm the fifth of eight kids.

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  16. Oh wow! I cannot wait to read Swept Away.
    Thank you for the giveaway and the interview. :)

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. Hi Mary, I've enjoyed all of your books that I've read so far and I'm looking forward to this new series. You always know how to make me laugh. I'm sure you are a delight to know :)
    Blessings ~ Anne

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  19. Happy 2nd Blogoversary!

    Thanks for sharing the interview and giveaway :)

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  20. Hello Mary, I almost thought I was reading my own lifestory when you spoke of how you grew up, it is the same as I did, I was #6 in a family of 9 kids, poor but didn't know it, enjoyed friends and family. you know today families don't have what we did and we truly were blessed.
    thanks for sharing today on this wonderful blog.
    I look forward to reading the story of this young woman finally getting away from a bad family.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  21. That's nice that you can write in any environment. I am not a writer, but I cannot read in just any place!

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  22. My fav birthday party was a hay ride with friends in 6th grade. I really loved that my mom worked that out for me!!

    Karen Schulz
    aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

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  23. Loved the interview. Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are on my bucket list too.
    Happy 2nd blogoversary Melanie
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  24. I'm sorry to be so slow stopping in today. Thank you for all these nice comments.
    Jasmine, we had so many cats and dogs when we were kids, we took in any stray that wandered by. A big family of people and animals. My dad was a dairy farmer and we had pigs and chickens, the whole small farm life. It was wonderful.

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  25. Wonderful except when it was my turn to milk cows. At 5 am.

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  26. Great interview. I also grew up poor, but with lots of love. We each got to pick what we wanted for supper (when we had the money) and we got a dollar each year for our birthday. Back in the 70's that was a lot more than today! :-) Great memories!

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  27. ABBI a fellow insomniac.
    I have two things I cling to. Call them MOTTOs,
    Things I say to keep from going MAD when I'm lying awake at night.
    1) Most of the most important events of my life have been done on four hours of sleep and I survived.
    2) I've been tired before, I'll be tired again

    That's it. Very very deep thoughts. :)

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  28. Hi miki, I helped you discover something? YAY! I like knowing that.

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  29. Hi Amy. I've got this one, Swept Away, coming soon.
    Then Barbour Publishing is re-releasing my first book Petticoat Ranch. I have no idea why but I'm happy about it. April
    Then I'm in a novella collection called A Bride for All Seasons with Robin Lee Hatcher, Debra Clopton and Margaret Brownley coming in June.
    Then Book #2 in the Trouble in Texas Series releases in August. So I can keep you busy.

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  30. JENNIE O???? SIX? YOU'VE READ SIX??????? THIS IS MY 25TH BOOK, GIRL, C'MON!!!!!!!!

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  31. Hi Judy, don't you think most people had a lot less back then? I didn't feel particularly poor mostly. Even people with more money didn't necessarily flaunt it. It was a different world, far less materialistic.

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  32. PATTY, I know what you mean, what is normal anyway. I suppose none of us really qualifies.

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  33. JULIE I did a ton of research for my book Deep Trouble, not to be confused with In Too Deep.
    Deep Trouble was about romance at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. (you KNOW that happened all the time!)
    I read a book called The Man Who Walked Through Time about a man hiking the length of the Grand Canyon, It was absolutely fascinating. It made me want to do that, hike there. Not happenin'.

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  34. RINA, you know, that's how I feel. Life gave me a lemon-y sleep freak gene, I turned it into the lemonade of books.

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  35. Thanks, Michelle
    Leah, I hope you'll give my books a chance, they're a lot of fun.

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  36. HI KATIE J, your name is in the drawing.

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  37. Nicole, you really think it's a fun interview? I think Melanie asks HARD QUESTIONS. Chocolate and vanilla? What kind of cruel question is that? What kind of person asks someone to choose?
    I don't know how Melanie sleeps at night!!!

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  38. LadySaotome, I LOVE angel food cake with whipped cream and strawberries. In fact, I am going to have to go now and find some, which is bad because I am DIETING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. HEIDI, thank you for thinking I'm interesting. I think I'll print your comment out and wave it under My Cowboy Husband's nose. "See, honey, someone thinks I'm interesting? What's YOUR problem?"

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  40. SARAH, fifth of eight. My sister that is fifth of eight is always claiming all the struggles of a middle child. We keep telling her to GET OVER IT, we were nearly ALL middle children.

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  41. MALLON, thanks for the enthusiasm, btw, love the name. Mallon. I might use that.

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  42. DEBORAH, your name's in the drawing, girl.

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  43. ANNE, honestly I'm a lot funnier in print. If you want to find out if I'm funny in person, you'd need to crawl under the porch where I live. My Cowboy pokes food to me down through the deck flooring. Come on over.

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  44. MissKimberlyStardust I'll add my HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to yours. Happy Anniversary to Christian Books Reviews!!!!!!!!!

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  45. Hi Pol (Paula) I think the reason people are overweight today is almost exclusively because of air conditioning. In the heat of the summer, we didn't even want to eat and we always went outside. Sometimes it was too hot to run and play but it was always better outside than in. Who can get fat in a situation like that?
    We also had little heat in winter, but it made us tough. (also whiners, but that's probably just me)

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  46. SYLVIA, it probably has to do with that small house and all those kids. If you wanted to be alone, you had to daydream in the midst of chaos. So maybe that's what I'm doing???

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  47. KAREN, have you gone on a hayride as an adult? Boring, and the hay is scratchy and the ride is rough. Trust me, cling to your happy memories and don't try to recreate them.

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  48. Happy Blogoversary!

    I really enjoyed the books I have read by Mary Connealy... glad she could join your celebration! :)

    Blessings!
    Ladette

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  49. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview and love Mary Connealy's sense of humor. I have not read any of her books so it's time to change that status. :)

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  50. HI LADETTE, thanks for stopping in. We're having fun celebrating an event that probably isn't even in the webster's dictionary yet. A Blogoversary. Very cutting edge.

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  51. Sounds like a very neat book! Can't wait to read it! :)
    Bethany

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  52. My college-age daughter and I love reading Mary's books separately... and then re-reading all the funny parts aloud to each other!! I also loved reading this blog post and learning more about Mary's real life!! :)

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  53. Happy Blogoversary!

    So excited for the new book. I love all of the others. I even have my dad reading your books.

    Keep writing wonderful Christian Fiction.!

    Thanks,

    Patty

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  54. I love all of Mary Connealy's books! I can't wait to read Swept Away!

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  55. I'm already enjoying Mary's new book....no, no, I don't have it yet but I know it will be good so I'm tasting it in advance like salivating before a good meal:)

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  56. Mary I love all of your books; a touch of humor and great characters! I cannot wait to read your next one.

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  57. I really enjoy reading Mary's books and have read most of them (not some of the earliest ones yet). I am looking forward to being "Swept Away" by this latest book. I'd love to win a copy. Happy blogaversary and thanks for this interview with Mary and the book giveaway.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. HEY HERE I AM IN GOOGLE CHROME. The reply box is working. This is so cool. Hi Pam, good luck in the drawing

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    2. :) So glad you got it to work! I love the reply feature. :)

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  58. So so looking forward to reading this book. I love all your books Mary.

    Lourdes

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    1. Thanks Lourdes, what a beautiful name, btw.

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  59. Thank you for the interview, sorry you have problems sleeping, but I so enjoy the fruits of your labor. I have read several of your books and would like to read many more.

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    1. I'm used to it th4eachday. The only thing worse than lying awake is lying awake being upset because you're lying awake. A person realizes things like that when they have a zillion hours of staring at the ceiling to think of them!!!

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  60. I love Mary and I love all her books! She is just the best writer at keeping my interest the whole way through! LOVE it1

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    1. HI Sherrinda. Thanks so much. I'm so glad you enjoy the books. I'm waiting for you to get back in the writing game, girl.

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  61. Thanks for the giveaway...I cannot wait to read this book.

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    1. 2 Rebekahs and both spelled the same unusual way. Melanie, it's like you've got a club going here. :)

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  62. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. I also play Sudoku, read and snack. A lady after my own heart.

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    1. The Readingista, it seems so funny to address you by this name, but still, HI. We'd make a good (if possibly boring) team.

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  63. I have yet to read a book by Mary, but Swept Away has been on my list for a little while now. :)

    LOL Mary! It's actually a good idea to use a favorite Bible verse for a password! :)

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. Using a favorite Bible verse for a password is a great idea. Think about it.

      Genesis1:1

      It's got numbers and letters and symbols : and you can remember it but no one else knows it (unless they fall for Melanie's sneaky attempt to get me to reveal it of course!!! BEWARE!)
      And if you wrote it down somewhere no one would ever recognize it for a password, right? They'd just think it was a Bible verse.

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  64. WOW Mary, I didn't know we had so much in common, from NE (me from South Sioux City), like Soduku and reading, choose vanilla over chocolate, nite owl, don't get attached to animals and I would much rather call than write or text someone. Not only all of that I love your books! Keep them coming, lol, it sounds like you are way ahead of me on that thought.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. WENDY DO YOU LIVE IN SOUTH SIOUX CITY RIGHT NOW?????????
      If you do we are getting together, girl.
      We are like twins separated at birth, Wendy. And I was my mom's third daughter in two years and four months, so if I was a twin, Mom would probably have tried to leave one of us at the hospital, I can totally respect that.

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    2. No but my son lives in Dakota City and one of my daughters lives in Sioux City. I am 'the one' whose step-father is Ted Mayberry and I think you farm or live on some of 'what used to be' Mayberry land. They were from the Decatur and Tekamah.

      If we are twins, you got all the talent, lol. I often thought about trying to write but I have no imagination so I'm glad one of us is able to do it, lol. My daughter that lives here in FL with us is now trying to get into doing some editing though, she may be doing her first book soon. Right now she is a paralegal and works in an attorney's office. She has worked for the state of Iowa and the state of Florida.

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  65. I just found out how to enter my comment :) Large families were awesome in my youth! Most of the time I would love to spend time with my friends from there as there was so much imagination and things happening there. I only has 3 kids in our family. We also were poor but man we had imaginations and fun. My first exposure to your writing was when you wrote a book with another (friend) and she passed away. Thanks for continueing to write.
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    1. Wait! Helen, what? I wrote a book with another and she passed away?
      You may have me mixed up with someone else. I've never had a co-author and I can't remember......well, that is since I've never had one I wouldn't have one who passed away, right?

      Anyway, keep reading.

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  66. I love this book cover. It kind of looks like the guy from "Supernatural."

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith@gmail.com

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    1. I went and looked, since I was only guessing that Supernatural was a TV show. Sorry, I don't watch much TV. And I would be FINE with either one of those guys as a hero. Nice!

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  67. I Love Mary's books, each one is awesome. I HAVE READ THEM ALL!!!! :)

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    1. Hey, there Anonymous, you've read ALL my books? God bless you and thank you very much. I sincerely appreciate it.

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  68. I enjoyed the interview. Thank you for an opportunity to win.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. I can't make those little REPLY buttons work?
    Wait? Maybe they'd work if I came in on Google Chrome. Be right back.

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  70. Okay, forget it. I don't have Chrome on this computer. I tried firefox and it didn't work. Have I mentioned that I'm a techno dunce?

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  71. The story sounds wonderful! And Meghan's right-- great cover! Thanks for a great interview, and Happy Blogoversary!

    marionlaird@gmail.com

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  72. SUSAN F go to a library to get the first Mary Connealy books of your life. Then you don't risk any money. If, however, your library doesn't have my books you could ask them to start carrying them.
    I recommend dropping to the floor screaming, perhaps threaten to hold your breath until you turn blue.
    Call the TV stations first.
    And make sure and spell my name right.
    And tell them it was your own idea.
    :)

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  73. LAURA, It is one of my very favorite things ever to hear a mother and daughter or even grandmother say they both read my books. I just love thinking they are for everyone, or any age. I had a 14 year old niece who reads all of them (well, she was 14 when she started)

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  74. PATTY F I just talked to someone a few days ago who said their dad read my books? Was that you? Can there be TWO dads reading my books. Yes, I want to believe there are, still.........

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  75. SALIVATING? Really? That's so flattering, and a little gross!!!!!!!!!!!

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  76. Rebekah and Jen I really appreciate the kind words. There are some days that it's really hard to believe what I'm doing is any good. I'll come back here and read this when I get down.

    (I'll probably be back daily for the rest of my life, Melanie!)

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  77. I enjoy Marys books, this one sounds very interesting. =)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Happy Bloganniversary,
    Melissa

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  78. Super excited about Swept Away! I am a Mary book addict. lol
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. Thanks for the invitation of this interesting novel. Look forward reading it.

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  80. I enjoyed reading the interview, and I can't wait to read Swept Away!

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  81. Mary Connealy is a favorite of mine :) Can't wait to read her next book!

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  82. Thank you for sharing a little bit about yourself in your interview. It is great to know the insight of the authors. I really enjoy all your books and look forward to reading this new one. Please enter me in the contest: strgth4yu@hotmail.com

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  83. Sounds like a highly interesting plot. And those interviews are always so fun to read!

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  84. Just so you know... I was 16 when I hiked in and out of the Grand Canyon... it wasn't the hike down that was hard -- it was the coming back out! There was/is a mule ride down partway and back out... or you can pay to be 'choppered out'.. like a friend's dad was because he injured his back horsing about at the campsite at the bottom of the canyon! Love reading your interveiw!!

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  85. One of my favorite Christian authors! Thanks for sharing this interesting interview.

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  86. Looks like a good one! Thanks for the offer!

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  87. Glad to know the author likes snacks.:)

    1dozenstars@gmail.com

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  88. Great interview! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  89. Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond
    sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com
    N.C.

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  90. I've read a couple of books by Mary Connely and she is a great author! This new book looks so cool!
    E.Kate

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  91. I LOVE Mary Connely. Her books always make me laugh. I will definitely be reading Swept Away at some point.

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  92. love your blog so much to read here... i would like to be entered to win thanks

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  93. I've read several of Mary Connealy's books & loved all of them! Really looking forward to reading some more. :)

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  94. I love Mary's books .. Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  95. Pick me, pretty please. I am addicted to Mary books. :)
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. i feel your passion for books. :)

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  97. I can see why she was swept away! I would love to win.
    This looks like a great book to read and review.
    Thank you so much for these giveaways.

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  98. Loved reading more about you. I love your books. I just finished the Kincaid Brides series and have several more of your books on my bookshelf to read now! This new series sounds great!

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  99. Love, love your books and can't wait for this new one!

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  100. Oh my,...This book sounds very interesting. I can't wait to reading this book.
    Count me in, please :)

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  101. Mary thanks for that great interview. I love Suduko puzzles too and my family thinks I'm crazy for it. Lol. I look forward to getting my hands on your books!!! God bless.
    Kristie(at)connectionlifechurch(dot)org

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  102. I would love to read this book! I have enjoyed all of her other books that I have read!
    Love reading your interviews and learning more about the authors of the books I love to read! Thanks and have a great day!
    Lisa Medeiros
    deiselbuffs@yahoo.ca

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  103. I love Mary Conneally's books! And that cover! Wow. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    inspiringdaring (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  104. Thank you for the interview! Mary Connealy is such a talented author!! :)

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  105. I've read several of your books, Mary, and would absolutely love to be entered in a chance to win one! :)

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  106. oh man,I have found a new author! which means I will be reading your books all week!

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  107. I've not read anything by you, Mary, but this book looks like a great place to start.

    Please enter me in the contest.

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  108. What a fantastic interview and thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! This is definately something that i shall be adding to my to-read list. x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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  109. Wow! How interesting! I like how this is your favorite book at the moment since that's the one you are immersed in! I am the same way when I read my books! My favorite book changes all the time! :)

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  110. Enter me this book looks great!!
    Sharon Richmond
    Blanch,NC.
    sharonruth126@gmail.com

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  111. I loved all of Mary's answers. I love some Earl Grey too.
    Thanks for the giveaway
    videoclimber(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  112. I love what you said about your favorite books changing! I can understand that feeling. Swept Away sounds amazing! I would love to read it. If I don't win it, then I will plan to add it to my list of "need to buy". :)

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  113. What a great interview. Being the only insomniac night owl among a bunch of day workers can be odd at times. I love the "What stays up later than a night owl?" I usually see my hubby when he gets up to get ready for work :D I'm not a writer, but I get more done (housework, paperwork/bills, stuff on the internet) in the middle of the night than at any other time. For all that I have trouble w/ the insomnia, I love being a night owl, lol.
    Thanks for the giveaway and giving us a chance at your great book!

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  114. Mary, your new books sounds like a great read. Lovely interview!

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  115. Thanks for the opportunity to become acquainted with your writing!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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  116. Look forward to reading your book!

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  117. Love your books and writing! I'm an author from a Kansas farm, so I exactly know the life you're living. I look forward to your next twelve books!
    Linda Hubalek
    www.LindaHubalek.com

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  118. At 87 my dad still farms AND reads western books constantly. My bedroom looks like a library. He complains about some of the nasty stuff in the books so I have been sending him your books (after I've finished of course). He doesn't admit to it but his wife says he reads every one of them!

    I'm back in Nicaragua with no Mary books - would love to win the new one!

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  120. Looking forward to reading swept away.

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  121. Oh Mary, I loved this interview so much. You started my day with laughter.I too, am from a family of 8 kids, but was #7. And, we also had to do a lot of sharing the same bedrooms. Guess we were dirt poor too, but never went hungry and always had lots of love and laughter, so we didn't know we were poor. We lived in a small town, but out in the country, so were lots of others like us. Of course, as always, there were some kids in town who seemed to always have money in their pocket. Didn't bother me much, except for them buying up all of the bubble gum when our town first got it. Then they'd sale it to the country kids for more. Not this girl. I wouldn't give them the satisfaction. I also have 4 kids, except have a boy in between. I also am not active enough to make that hike, but years did do a lot of walking when in WYO. hunting Elk, Deer, and Antelope. If you ever make it to Yellowstone, don't miss going to Jackson Hole Wyo. Real close. I lived there for 6 yrs. Loved it, and seeing the beautiful Teton Mountains everyday. Also beautiful lakes you could sail on. I lived in Carlsbad NM for awhile(on a pipeline job) so went down into the Cavern. It was a long walk with small kids. (or without) So, we took the elevator out. I think they have a lot more open now. I too, am a night owl, so think we would get along swell. Thanks Melanie for having Mary for this interview. I would love to win your book Mary. If not, maybe on Petticoats and Pistols, MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  122. Happy Blogoversary!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  123. Happy blogoversary and great interview! I'm so looking forward to this new series!

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  124. Wow!8 kids huh?Growing must have been fun with lots of memories!
    Sounds like a great read-Thanks for sharing! :)

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  125. can't wait to read the book..
    thx u :)

    -nurmawati djuhawan-

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  126. Swept Away is a great title for the story. We love western romance. It would be great to win a copy.
    Thank you for the giveaways.
    suzieqaa@yahoo.com

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  127. I really enjoyed this interview. For me,it is wonderful to get to know a little about one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy your books Mary...and look forward to each one! I would love to be entered and thak you for this chance! My e-mail is sunydey26@aol.com

    (ps...how exciting that you have 12 books in contract and even more you have sold...I would love to be a fly reading those books on your computer..lol) It seems I read faster than books are published ;)

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  128. I love this author. And happy for this interview! It would be super to get that book :)

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  129. Mary, I've laughed more looking through your comments than I have in awhile! Thanks for that! ;)

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  130. Love this author and all the books!!

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  131. Oh, I love interviews! Thanks for the great post :)

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  132. Looks like a great book and I look forward to read her books

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  133. I have been a fan of Mary since reading the Montana Marrriage Trilogy. I enjoyed this interview, because a lot fo times you have an idea on your head of how an author will be and this interview went right aong with the idea in my head

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  134. I've read all of Mary's books and loved them! Can't wait to read her latest! Happy Blogoversary Melanie!

    justhorsinaround730[at]gmail[dot]com

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  135. Mary is on my list of favorite authors, she always makes me laugh and touches my heart. I'm so excited she has many books coming down the book trail. Great interview, Melanie!

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  136. I have read almost all my Mary's book. She is my favorite author.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  137. Enjoyed the interview. I don't know how someone can work on 3 books at a time, I would get confused.

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  138. i hope one day i can interview an author too. :)) Just a big Dream. LOL. anyways, thanks for this giveaway

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  139. Love, love, love Mary's books.

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  140. wonderful interview, I feel like we were talking over coffee/tea.

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  141. Happy Blogoversary

    Great interview

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