Monday, January 20, 2014

Mary Connealy ~ A Match Made in Texas

I'm thrilled to welcome Mary Connealy to Ink Dots this week. Mary writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Rita and Christy and IRCA Award finalist and a two time Carol Award winner. She is the bestselling author of the recently released A Match Made in Texas, the Trouble in Texas series, and the Kincaid Brides series. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy husband and has four grown daughters. 

A Match Made In Texas
A Match Made In Texas
There's a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she's also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn't sure who hired him to repair Clara's roof--he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace's doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though--and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.

No Match for Love
Andrew can't fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Meeting Her Match ~ Mary’s book in the collection
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker's son how much she cares for him?

Mary says...
If I could explore anywhere in the world tomorrow, it would, I’m such a homebody, Dorothy, this question is hard. Let’s say the Coliseum in Rome. I’m fascinated by really ancient things. Wow, for a homebody you sure chose something far from your comfort zone. I hope you get to visit there sometime soon. :) 

Mary Connealy
The best thing I did today is... play with my grandchildren. You caught me on a good day because My Cowboy is out of town at a stock show in Denver and I’m spending the weekend with my children in Omaha, Nebraska and hanging out with my two precious grandchildren, plus I’ve seen all four of my adult daughters yesterday and today. It’s been great. Sounds delightful. 

A secret pleasure of mine is... you know, the word secret is supposed to mean something, Dorothy. You may not fully get the concept. I suppose the potato chips I sneak and eat, that’s a secret pleasure, but the shape of my body…well, let’s face it, the secret is OUT. Lol, ok...I get it. I'm trying to lure something goofy from you. But you're not going to play. Ok... I'll try again later. 

I wish I could relive ... April 15, 2001, the day I messed up filing my daughter’s FAFSA forms for college and we ended up having to pay for most of that year ourselves. Wow, I wish I could do that over again and get it right. Oh, I'm sorry. That was pretty goofy. I can see why you'd want to go back and 'fix' that one. 

When I was a child I dreamed I would... the first job I wanted kind of goes with the Roman Coliseum. I think we were studying ancient Rome and talking about the Apian Way and how it still existed, those old rode had survived. And about that time I, who lived WAAAAAAY out in the country saw my first interstate highway with overpassed for the first time. And I was fascinated. I wanted to build roads. I remember thinking it was cool and complex and almost eternal. I loved the idea. And now I write books and in their own, far less cement-y way, they’re kind of eternal, so I sort of managed it, I think. You most certainly did. Congratulations.

I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but... Again, Dotti, please, consult a dictionary. No, it's too much fun pressing you to tell your secrets, Mary. :)

'Probably shouldn’t...' I guess the thing is, in this day and age when we all tell almost every stupid thing we do publicly, on Facebook or where ever, when you say 'I probably shouldn’t…’ you’re going really, really deep to find anything ‘I probably already haven’t…’ you know what I mean? So if I probably shouldn’t then … I guess I won’t. You are a true Roman fortress. Stand proud. :) 


A Match Made in Texas sounds great, doesn't it? Don't you want to read the whole collection? Well, you can. 

Mary's generously offered a giveaway copy for one Ink Dots visitor. To be in the running, tell us if you've forgotten to post an important document... or lost important mail, and I'll announce the winner on Friday. I accidentally threw a tax return cheque into the rubbish one time. I know... I threw MONEY away. Thankfully, I realised before garbage collection day and disaster was averted. But my Beloved hasn't let me forget it. 

How about you? Leave a comment below and I'll announce the winner on Friday. 

Good luck, happy reading, 
and many thanks to Mary Connealy for her generous offer.