Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Mary Connealy: Montana Rose

Left pregnant and widowed in the unforgiving west, Cassie is forced into an unwanted marriage to rancher Red Dawson.

No decent man could turn away from Cassie and leave her to the rough men in Divide, Montana. Red Dawson does what he must, joining his life to a spoiled, snooty woman. Now he's got to keep her from killing herself with her efforts to be helpful, and prevent her attempts to be a good wife from leaving his ranch in ruins. And while Red struggles with his overly obedient but badly incompetent wife, an obsessed man plots to make Cassie his own, something he can't do as long as Red lives.

Montana Rose was actually inspired by Janette Oke's beautiful classic novel Love Comes Softly. Of course, me being me, my novel has taken an alarming turn to romantic comedy, suspense and mayhem.

I think of it as Love Comes Hardly.

Buy Montana Rose here

Or find it starting TODAY in a bookstore near you. And if it's NOT there, I give you permission to throw a fit, right there in the store. I've found holding my breath until I turn blue to be a remarkably effective tool for getting them to stock my books. I highly recommend it too you.

Mary's going to be sending an autographed copy of Montana Rose to one lucky reader, so leave a comment to be entered in the drawing!


  1. I have loved Mary Connealy ever since I read Petticoat Ranch. She is so funny!
    I would love to be entered in the drawing!
    Thank you!
    (please email me if I did not do this right!)

  2. Petticoat Ranch is my fave of Mary's books, so far. I can't wait to read Montana Rose ~ it sounds like it's going to be a close 2nd!

    Thank you,


  3. I just love this series! I'd love a chance to win a copy of Montana Rose!


  4. I just love Mary's books they always have the right mix of humor, drama, and romance. It would be awesome to win this book! Please enter me!


  5. I've not read any of Mary's books before and I'd love to start here. This sounds fun. Thanks!

  6. Hi Mary!
    I didn't read Ms Oke's book and I do have to check that one out in the library! I loved your CALICO HEART!!! The humor is a great feel! Mary, Do you have any sort of routine you do before or during your writing?

  7. If I hold my breath until I turn blue will can I win this book? I've not read Mary's books before but they sound delightful.

  8. This sounds so good! I lived on several farms and was a tomboy of sorts. Please add me to your contest. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  9. You should read Ms Oke's books. They're beautiful, awesome, you'll cry like a baby.

    In fact I cry like a baby when I think how many more of them she's sold than me. :(

    Janalyn, that holding your breath thing is NOT recommended by the owner of this blog. In fact, any advice given by me to you does NOT signify that I am responsible for the content of this blog or my own opinions.

    This blog may be harmful or fatal is swallowed, like if you ate the whole computer.

    Also, no books were harmed in the making of this blog.

    I'm officially putting warning labels on all my blogs now, thanks to Janalyn.

  10. I just got done reading Mary's page and headed on over, please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.


  11. Holy cow - I need Mary here more often - I actually have traffic today! Mary can you come live with me here?

  12. Hi Mary! I hope you're having a fabulous day! I've really enjoyed your previous books (that I borrowed from Mom). It's so nice having a mother that's an author and always seems to have good books around to read. :)

    I was reading the comments on The Pioneer Woman's site and saw that you had commented, so I wanted to drop a note and say hi. You are a very special lady and my husband and I are very grateful for all you did for us when we lost Joseph. Thank you for being such a classy lady. :)

    I can't wait to read the new book!

    God bless,
    Beth Jamison

  13. Ah, Beth, now you made me weepy. And right when I was going to start living with Cheryl, too.

    You did mean I could come live at your HOUSE, right Cheryl?

    I think about you and Joseph often, Beth. God bless you.

    I think about your mom too. I try not to but she's proving darned hard to forget.

  14. Yeah, Mom is like that - very hard to forget! :-)

    Sorry to make you weepy! I tend to do that to Mom often enough too, but I blame hers on menopause! That way, I don't get blamed for making her tear-up. :-)

  15. What's not to love? Cowboys, Montana...did I say Cowboys??? I can hardly wait to read it! And Janet Oke inspired? Fantastic!

  16. This sounds like another delightful Mary Connealy story! I love her sense of humor. I can relate to a heroine who is incompetent on a ranch because that would be me!

    Cheryl C.

  17. I love Mary's humor! Please include me in the drawing, thanks.


  18. This sounds like an awesome read! Mary Connealy can write a good story with a lot of humor! Thanks for sharing your book with us.

  19. Oh this is going to be another wonderful book! Thank you so much for the chance to win it!

    funredhead at gmail dot com

  20. I have to insert here that if I hadn't told you that the book was inspired by Janette Oke, you'd have NEVER GUESSED.

    By the way, I once shook hands with Janette Oke. She was very nice.

    I'm sure she's saying the 'zact same thing about me RIGHT NOW!

  21. Sounds like a most delightful book!


  22. This sounds like a great story!

    kissinoak AT verizon DOT net

  23. Mary I haven't read any of your books but would like to start I tried to order a older book was not able to get it.
    I will have to look up Janette I hadn't heard about her, see I guess I am missing a lot of good people glad you guys are there to help guide us in the right direction.

  24. I've never read Mary, but her post on Pioneer woman lead me to here - and now I think I have to read her!

    What a delight to find one more mind to meet : )

  25. You seriously found me on The Pioneer Woman? I did get in kind of early 27th, as opposed to 300th.

    Love that blog.

    Cheryl's best of course, but then Ree Drummond is a strong second.

    No, I'm not putting her link her. She doesn't need my help. :)

  26. Sounds like a wonderful book! I found you through PW.

  27. sounds just as fun as all your others. please enter my name in the draw. thanks,
    sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

  28. Sounds like a "fun" read. Please enter me.

  29. I love Janette Oke's books so this book promises to be good. I like the name of the book very much. Thanks for letting us in on this new read.


  30. I am in the middle of Petticoat Ranch and am loving it! Please enter me in the giveaway. I'd love another Mary Connealy novel to add to my collection. Lyndaschab at gmail dot com

  31. I haven't read any of your books before. I do have to say they sound wonderful after googling you :). I'd love to be entered into the drawing.

    Pam S

  32. Hi! I haven't read any of your books or any books for the last several years, as a matter of fact, but this one sounds spell binding and I'm ready for a little rest from the real world......

  33. I love finding new authors to read! Thanks for the chance to win Mary's book!

  34. Mary, I love your writing--your Lassoed in Texas series has been fantastic, and I have a couple of your Heartsong titles on my TBR. I'd love the chance to win Montana Rose. Thanks for the tip on how to get your books stocked at the bookstore--I'll have to practice the breath-holding some more!