Mary Connealy Interview ~ THE HUSBAND TREE ~ GIVEAWAY

I'm excited and I hope you will be too! Mary Connealy is joining us and she brought the hero, Silas Harden, from her latest release THE HUSBAND TREE. If you haven't read THE HUSBAND TREE yet, I highly recommend it. It was my favorite read of 2009 and one of my all-time favorite books. 

I'm reading it for the fourth time this week in our online book club--I hope you'll join us! We've got a treat for one lucky book club reader--at the end of reading THE HUSBAND TREE one of our book club participants will have her choice of one of Mary's previously released books as a prize. So if you'd like to join the fun and be in on that giveaway, join us at Inspirational Romance online book clubs network, go to the DISCUSSION for THE HUSBAND TREE. Mary will also drop by here and there on our discussions, so that will be a lot of fun! Since we're doing this book club online, you can drop by anytime of the day to leave a comment/reply for the book club, it's all at your convenience. So, take a moment and join us there.

Let's enjoy our time with Silas Harden, handsome hero from THE HUSBAND TREE...

Silas, we won't go into too many details about where you worked just before meeting Belle Tanner, but what kind of work do you do/have you done in the past?

I've been a rancher all my adult life. I started a nice little spread in Arizona and got driven out by the Lincoln County Wars, then I moved on to New Mexico and started up again, only to abandon it to escape the noose of matrimony in a trumped up shot gun wedding.

How'd you come to work for Belle at the Tanner ranch?
She sat down beside me in a diner in Divide, Montana. I'd been drifting a long time, living off the land and doing fine. Then here comes a woman, a WOMAN hiring men for a cattle drive. Inside I was thinking it was crazy but my mouth opened up and asked for a job without my brain giving it the go ahead to do such. I think it was her pretty hazel eyes that made me do such a fool thing.

You pretty much had a rifle pointed at you on the ranch--care to tell us whose finger was on the trigger and why the rifle was aimed at you?

One of Belle's daughter threatened to shoot me because I was yelling at Belle for planning to take her four little girls—one of 'em wearing diapers—on a cattle drive. Now I'm not criticizing the girl. I'd expect her to pull a gun on any man who laid his hands on their ma. But I wasn't about to hurt her. It caused me considerable shame that the young'un thought I might, especially when she said a man had hurt Belle before.

And after Lindsay went back inside with her rifle, I controlled the urge to yell at Belle some more which was a big mistake, because before you know it, I was kissing her instead. And then here came Lindsay back with the blasted fire iron.

You're heading out on trail with an interesting crew. Tell us about them and what you think is in store for you on this drive. Do you foresee any problems?

Problems? I'm going to be doing the work of five or six men for a month. I won't have time to sleep or eat or think. Belle claims she's a good cowhand and her daughters will pull their weight but I don't believe that for a moment. I'm going to be lucky to get us all through this drive alive.

At this point, what are your plans once you finish this drive?

I figure once I get one thousand head of cattle and five cantankerous women to Helena, the word will get out that I went on a cattle drive with a breast feeding, diaper wearing baby and every man in the west will know me on sight and laugh his head off.

I might as well go ahead and shoot myself to speed up the process of being embarrassed to death.

I guess that's my plan.

Thank you Silas, for stopping by. I know you've got a ranch to get back to so we appreciate you dropping by. In fact, we don't mind a handsome cowboy dropping by anytime!

The Husband Tree - Available Now!

Belle Tanner buries her third worthless husband and makes a vow over his shallow grave. She’s learned her lesson. No more men.

Silas Harden just lost his second ranch because of a woman. The first deserted him when times got tough. Now he’s had to quit the whole state of New Mexico to avoid a trumped-up shotgun wedding and the noose of matrimony. He’s learned his lesson. No more women.

Belle needs hired hands to move a cattle herd late in the season and there’s no one around but seemingly aimless Silas. She hires him reluctantly.

Silas signed on, glad for the work, though worried about a woman doing such a thing as hiring drovers, only to find out he’s the lone man going with five woman, including a baby still in diapers. After the cattle drive is over, he might as well shoot himself to speed up the process of being embarrassed to death.

A fast approaching winter.

The toughest lady rancher you’ve ever seen.

A cynical cowboy who has to convince five women he’s right for their ma. . .and then convince himself.

And one thousand head of the crankiest cattle who have ever been punched across the backbone of the Rockies.


For a chance to win a copy of one of Mary's books

Winner will be announced April 17th
after subscription is verified


Abi said...

I'm a subscriber to Mary's newsletter. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Juju at Tales of said...

I can't wait to read this. Belle was my favorite in book 1.
(not an entry)

Katt Scribbles said...

I'm a subscriber to DiAnn's newsletter and she is a great writer. She has been an encouragement to me for several years. I can still see her intense eyes telling me, "Kathy, you have to write this book." Well, I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, DiAnn, and I love what I am seeing.

Julia said...

Part of Mary's newsletter. This looks like fun.


Mary Connealy said...

Good morning everyone. Thanks for having me on, Tina. Good luck in the drawing.

Tina Dee Books said...

BTW--I get Mary's newsletter, and they are fun and funny! Just like her!

And if you're not visiting her blog, you're missing out on all the more fun.

I'm still looking to see if she has a subscriber sign-up for her blog, but haven't found one. I'll bring that up to her, I'd love to have notices delivered to my inbox of whenever she posts blogs.

Anonymous said...

i'm a subscriber to Marys newsletter.
she is so funny!
i cant wait to read this book!
dymesich at juno dot com

Mary Connealy said...

Um, I don't know how to do that subscriber email thinking, Tina. You'd have to show me how.

Sorry, I'm a cyber dunce.

A J Hawke said...

I just read Montana Rose last week. Lots of fun and of course Belle had already planted two husbands under the Husband Tree. I'm looking forward to reading more about Belle and her daughters. And meeting Silas.I love a manly man.

I went to Mary's web site and thought I signed up but not sure it went through. Of course, if I receive a newsletter that will be a sure sign.

Love to win a copy of The Husband Tree. Thanks for the opportunity.

A J Hawke

Nancye said...

I subscribed to Mary's newsletter

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Mary Connealy said...

If you receive my newsletter it will be amazing because it will mean I actually got one sent. Always a drumroll on that, will she or won't she????

I usually send one out per book. So look for it in May. Or, you should be part of the yahoo group now and you should be able to go to and find old newsletters.

I have no idea if that will work. Report back.

Cindy W. said...

I am a subscriber to Mary's newsletter and would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Carman said...

Hey! Please enter me. I *adore* Mary's books and cannot wait to read this one. I'm a long-time subscriber of Mary's. I love reading all her funny comments she sends out and enjoy the other things she includes too. :)


Janet Ruth said...

This book sounds great, I would love to read it ... please count me in.

I subscribe to Mary's newsletter.

alongtheway at telus dot net

glenda09 said...

I subscribed to Mary's newsletter. I would like to read this one!!

rubynreba said...

I subscribed to Mary's newsletter.

Michelle said...

I am a subscriber to Mary's newsletter. I read Montana Rose, and I loved it! I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Thanks for the chance!
scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

denise said...

I subscribed to Mary's newsletter. Would love to read this book.

Virginia said...

I subscribe to Mary's newsletter! I look for this book today at Wal-mart but they didn't have it. I really want it!


Anonymous said...

I subscribe to Mary's newsletter!
Please enter me for this is on my tbr list. Carman sent me.

nmetzler said...

I subscribed to the newsletter.

Katie M said...

I just subscribed to your newsletter! I found your blog through Carman! Thanks so much!

Katie M


rbooth43 said...

I lost my wonderful husband nine years ago. We were together 36 years. When you've had the best, who wants the rest.
Just subscribed to your newsletter!I found your blog through Carman.

Linda Kish said...

I have subscribed to Mary's newsletter

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Vicki said...

I'm subscribed to Mary's newsletter.

I would love to win this book.

Megan said...

What a fun post, I like the idea of interviewing the characters...I just became a subscriber!

We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings


Katie G. said...

I get the newsletter! Thanks so much for this chance! I found you through Carman!

grannyvon said...

I would love to win this book. Thanks for giving me the chance.

grannyvon said...

I subscribed by e-mail and I also follow on Gooble Friend Connect. Thanks for the extra entry.

Amanda said...

I subscribed to her newsletter - it looks like a great book!

Tina Dee Books said...

We'll choose a winner tonight and announce it here tomorrow in the sidebar, so stop by!

And check out the latest post on this site, about THE HUSBAND TREE and some fun we're having!

Lord bless your weekend, everyone!

Tina Dee Books said...

Our winner has been announced on the blog. Please stop by to see who won!