Author Mary Connealy's New Book Montana Rose & A Contest

Hello friends! Thanks for dropping in today. We know your life is busy, so we appreciate spending a little bit of it with you. Our special guest today is author Mary Connealy. So, you know what I'm going to say next...grab your favorite beverage and cozy up to enjoy a little time with this very funny lady. Mary, you're book Montana Rose releases today. I've been reading it and it's been great following Red & Cassie in the newness of their story, their marriage.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Montana Rose, Mary.

Red Dawson's got himself a wife he's sure God never intended. And when he informs Cassie she has to do some work around the ranch he's surprised she immediately tries to help with everything. Too bad she's a walking disaster. His ranch may not survive her efforts to pitch in. And Red may not survive a neighboring rancher's obsession with Cassie.


Montana Rose was actually inspired by Janette Oke's beautiful classic novel Love Comes Softly. Of course, I'm not Janette Oke (unfortunately for me) and my novel has taken an alarming turn to romantic comedy, suspense and chaos. I think of it as Love Comes...Hardly. Or maybe, considering all Red goes through, Love Comes Unfortunately.

LOL--Your unique wit really comes through in your writing. Something I've really enjoyed in your writing.


Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Writing Cassie's story was all about her. I have a habit in my books to write a heroine so strong she's almost a superwoman. I was trying to keep fresh, to stretch myself, so I deliberately set out to make Cassie very weak, vulnerable, obedient. I just wanted to see if it could do it.

Trouble is, I didn't like her. I like superwomen. So I had my hands full creating her character, giving her a backstory that explained her weakness. And, me being me, I couldn't leave her weak. I had to toughen her up in the end. I ended up loving her.

And if you aren't real interesting in reading a book about a wimp, check out a secondary character in Montana Rose, Belle Tanner. She’s a sub-character in this book but stars in her own book The Husband Tree, book two in the Montana Marriages series, coming in January.

Belle makes Sophie McClellen from Petticoat Ranch, look like a daisy-chain making, scatter-brained airhead. The title of that book, The Husband Tree, well, the Husband Tree is the tree under which she buries her husbands when they die. We start Belle’s book with her kicking herself for not bothering to mark the former husbands’ graves because she doesn’t want to dig up one of the worthless bums while she’s planting the new one. Because that would make her start a new hole and she has chores to do.

I just couldn’t sustain the wimpy heroine thing for two whole books.

And then in Montana Marriages book three, Wildflower Bride, this heroine, Abby, has never met a man she didn’t pull a knife on.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

The humor in Montana Rose was all about Cassie trying to be obedient to her new husband and her new husband not really wanting her to be. He doesn't know what orders to give. He wants her to think for herself. She learns how to eventually, but not until she's almost destroyed Red's ranch
guessing what he wants her to do.

Tell us what you're working on now?

I'm finishing up this Montana Marriage series. Book #2 is The Husband Tree, coming in February 2010 and Wildflower Bride, coming in July 2010.

I also have a Christmas romance coming in September called Cowboy Christmas. It isn't part of a series, but I think it's a lot of fun.


Now, for a little contest...

Go to Mary's blog at: & find the name of her granddaughter. And please, sign up for her newsletter.


To be entered in the drawing for a signed copy of MONTANA ROSE, Come back here and post the answer in the comments section, along with your email address in this format please: emailaddress [at] whatever [dot] com.

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Thanks for dropping by!


sherrinda said...

Well, that beautiful little grandbaby's name is Elle! She is just precious! I'm wondering if she lives close by, because I am sure it cuts in on writing time! lol

I think Montana Rose looks fabulous and sounds hilarious! I'd love a chance to win.


Vickie McDonough said...


Congratulations on all the books you've got coming out. Can't want to read them. Your granddaughter, Elle, sure is a cutie.


Anonymous said...

Mary's granddaughter: Elle

I would love to be entered in the contest. Thank you!

sugarandgrits said...

Hi Tina,

Mary's granddaughter's name is...Elle. She is SO adorable!

Petticoat Ranch is my fave of Mary's books. I can't wait to read Montana Rose, it sounds great!

Thank you,


Michelle V said...

Mary's granddaughter's name is Elle. I love this series and would love a chance to win Montana Rose.


Jo said...

This series sounds like it is going to be great and want to read it.Please enter me in the drawing. Mary's granddaughters name is Elle.


Debra said...

Mary's beautiful granddaughter's name is Elle.


Renee said...

Mary's grandbaby's name is Elle (beautiful name btw)and I'm already signed up for the newsletter! I loved Mary's Lassoed in Texas series so I know I'll love this one too! The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride sound great too, can't wait 'til those are released! Thank you for the chance to win!


Caffey said...

Hi Mary! I had the joy of reading CALICO CANYON. Absolutely loved that book! I still have plans to get more of them from the library when they have them! The humor of your books are so uplifting! I call it the best medicine for me!

Its awesome to hear about this series too! I love books set in Montana. I remember my first read being with a Harlequin Super Romance and those sweet stories had me wanting to be in Montana some day (I still would love to visit). Will this be a 3 book series or more?

Too Mary, what other settings would you like to visit and set your books in?

I'm all signed up for your newsletter Mary! Thanks


Caffey said...

PS I didn't know where to send a email for the contest. So since it didn't post right away, I thought I'd put it here. The pictures are beautiful. Her name is Elle!


Janalyn said...

Mary's precious little granddaughter's name is Elle. Those are some cute pictures! Oh my.

I'd love to win the book so I can get started reading Mary's books. She's such a lively lady I'm sure her books will be a blast to read. And, lucky me, I've just discovered her.

Carmen7351 said...

Mary's granddaughter is Elle. She is an absolute doll! Please enter me also for her book. It sounds terrific!
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Mary Connealy said...

Well, I don't know whether to believe you all found my granddaughter's name so easily, whether you're all just copying the first person who put her name up, or whether my 5 1/2 months of unrelenting gushing have reached the corners of the known universe.

But somehow, you really do seem to have her name down PAT. Good work.

adge said...

Her granddaughter's name is Elle... and it wasn't too hard to find because of the pictures and all. Please enter me for the contest. Thank you.


Beth K. Vogt said...

Her sweet granddaughter is named Elle.
And the book sounds great!

Tina Dee Books said...

Hi all,

I just want to thank you for stopping by. Yes, MONTANA ROSE is a GREAT book. I'm reading it now and being rather annoyed the my non-fiction life keeps yanking me from the wonderful fiction world and characters Mary created.

So, that's the only downside, that you have to plug back into the real-world every once in a while. LOL!

Hope you win, but since you all can't, I'm highly recommending this book--so make sure your favorite bookstore has them in stock. And let your friends know, they'll love it too!

Mary Connealy said...

If your local store doesn't have a copy please go in a kick up a fuss.

Also, if it's on sale, go the the cashier and DEMAND that you be allowed to pay full price.

These are all just suggestions for how you MIGHT want to handle the whole thing.

Mary Connealy said...

So, did all of you read that list of Children's Books?

Are any of you familiar with any of them? A Child's Garden of Verses probably, at least some of the poems, but has ANYONE read The Big Orange Splot?

I get chills when I read that tiny excerpt. Seriously.

My house is me
And I am it
And it looks like all my dreams

It really is a beautiful, peaceful, wise book.

And Tootle is a MUST. I give it as a baby shower gift, but it's really hard to find. I buy used on Amazon, out of print. It's to wise and sensible to still be in print I suppose. I give it and a LECTURE at baby showers. "there are nothing but RED FLAGS for little trains who get off the tracks."

Oh, yeah, I'm the life of the party.

Maude and Claude go Abroad is about the funnest book ever.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh...that cutie's name is Elle!

mez said...

Elle is Mary's precious grandbaby.

I can't wait to read about Cassie, she sounds like something else! Add me for Montana Rose. Thanks.


Jessica said...

Mary's adorable granddaughter's name is Elle, and I love her description of The Husband Tree--that one sounds like it'll be a real kick.


Peg said...

Yikes! 20 entries already? I don't stand a chance. But I'll play anyway.

Mary's adorable grandbaby's name is Elle.

If my name happens to drift to the top of the fish bowl, notify me at pbphifer [at] gmail [dot] com


The Homefront said...

Elle is such a beautiful name...and of course you've gushed so much! That's what grandmas do! ;)

Montana Rose sounds like a *wonderful* book. I love comedy mixed into my daily dose of non-reality. ;)

I'm definitely going to look for this!

Pepper Basham said...

Hi Mary,
It's always great to read your posts and I'm so excited about Montana Rose. I absolutely LOVE the idea of the Husband Tree. Reminds me of one of my great grandmothers...except Appalachian style. Humor + suspense + chaos with a little bit of romance thrown in = a fantastic read. I can't wait to get my copy in a week. Congrats!

Lynda Schab said...

OK, I could have cheated and just looked in the comments section. But did I? No. I went to Mary's blog to check it out. Answer: Elle. :-)
I am in the middle of Petticoat Ranch and I am loving it! I would be thrilled to win another one of her books. I had the pleasure of meeting Mary a few months ago - what a great lady and such a talented author. Great interview!
Lyndaschab at gmail dot com

Mary Connealy said...

If you guys think making a huge fuss over how beautiful my grand daughter is will give you an edge come time for the DRAWING....well, all I can say's worth a try. Keep it up.


pams00 said...

Elle is such a beautiful baby :)!

Montana Rose sounds like it will be such a good read! Please enter me in the drawing.

Pam S

Emma said...

Mary's granddaughter's name is Elle. Great interview. MONTANA ROSE sounds wonderful. Please enter me in the contest.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com. Thank you.

~Ley said...

Her granddaughter is Elle and she is soooo cute! Okay, not funny, but still... *grins* I adore all of Mary's covers! This is the first time I've seen the one for Cowboy Christmas, and it's just as amazing as all the others. How does she get so lucky?!


flchen1 said...

Thanks so much for the terrific interview, Tina and Mary!

Elle (la Belle) is Mary's darling granddaughter. And yep, I'm signed up already for Mary's newsletter :)

Thanks for the contest!
f dot chen at comcast dot net

Mary said...

Mary, Elle is such a beautiful baby!! Makes me miss my grand daughters. :-) My email is I would love to win Montana Rose. It sounds like a fun read. Congratulations and God bless.