Seasons Change – Fall Into Love with Mary Connealy

Well, it’s time to start a new blog series, and I can’t think of starting it with anyone else than Mary Connealy. With each post, the authors will answer a question and provide an excerpt from their work.

So, you want to learn about how to write scenes about when two people first realize they’ve fallen in love?

Let’s check it out:

Okay, Mare – what makes for a great moment when the hero and/or heroine realize they are falling for each other?

What makes the moment when the attraction a couple in a romance novel clicks into something they can’t quite resist acting on?

Sally and Logan are all wrong for each other. They see an elk. She reaches for a rifle, he reaches for a sketchpad. The words ‘fast draw’ mean something completely different to them.

But she’s about the prettiest little thing Logan has ever seen. And he’s not afraid to stay at her side when she cries.

But she’s got to go as soon as her leg quits hurting. And he’s got to stay because his life is here in these beautiful mountains.

Only true love is strong enough to overcome all that stands between them.

 Wise Sister went ahead. The two of them lagged behind, protected and dry in the soaking rain until Logan felt like they were in a cocoon, wrapping them away from the rest of the world.

            He had to round the cabin to go in the front door and he stopped under the wide eaves of the house.

“I like that you’ve come out to my land, Sally.” Logan’s whisper wasn’t necessary now. But his voice wasn’t working just right and that was all he could manage.

“I was passing through, heading to see my sister is all.” Her arm flexed on his neck and seemed to pull him closer.

“I’m so sorry you were hurt. It’s nothing short of a miracle that your buckle stopped that bullet and you fell all that way and survived.” Logan’s throat swelled as he though of what a close thing it had been.

“And that you were there to find me and care for me.” Her fingers shifted and slid up his neck, touching his hair. He’d let it get ridiculously long since he’d come out here.

“It wasn’t your time. God wasn’t ready to take you home yet.”

Sally nodded, almost imperceptibly, but Logan saw it and liked that she had a solid acceptance of life and death.

It would be so easy to lean just a bit closer. To see if Sally’s smile tasted as pretty as it looked. Logan closed an inch and then another. Sally did some closing of her own.

A sudden gust of wind blew water straight into Logan’s face and it worked as well as if Sally had slapped him.

He straightened. “What am I doing?” He shook his head as if he was a wet dog. “I can’t get involved with a woman out here?”

Stiffening in his arms, Sally said, “Involved? You think I want to get involved with a man who paints pictures instead of doing proper work?”

COMMENT to be placed in a drawing to win this GREAT book – Wrangler in Petticoats. And thanks, Mary, for being a part of this blog series. Learn more about Mary’s books at www.maryconnealy.com.

Serioulsy – you will not be disappointed with these adventure-filled stories that not only tickle the funny bone, but warm the heart.

Inspirational moment:

What is love?

I John 3:1-3

 1How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears,[a]we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

Real love comes from something so much deeper than appearace or feeling. Like Logan and Sally in Wrangler in Petticoats, we are inexplicably drawn to a love that is genuine. It doesn’t get more genuine than Christ’s love.

Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy

I’ll never understand how she does it, but, folks, Mary Connealy has produced another fun-filled, exciting story in her newest novel, Wrangler in Petticoats.

With her last two heroes, she’s done something different – both very unique. They are not the typical rough-n-tumble cowboys Mary’s written about before. In Doctor in Petticoats, we have a insecure hero who can’t seem to do any doctorin’ unless his wife is right by his side. He’s gifted, brilliant even, but almost useless without her, or so it seems. They compliment each other in an amazing way – there is this tangible connection between the two of them.

In Wrangler in Petticoats, we have a hero who is an artist. He doesn’t kill one thing in the whole book – except Sally’s desire to be away from him. He’s gentle, but obsessed with the ‘beauty’ of the world around him – to the point of distraction, but when he meets Sally – beauty takes on a whole new meaning. More than merely touching his creative mind, something about her reaches out and ignites his heart.

There are several problems with this match, though. #1 – Sally is being hunted by some outlaws. They want her dead. #2 – Sally fell off a cliff and is pretty helpless, which is driving her crazy and might just cause her to kill sweet Logan while he’s glancing at a pack of wolves to paint. #3 – The last thing Sally wants is a man who has trouble choosing between killing a deer for supper or making a charcoal drawing of the deer. What sort of man is that?

Sally’s always been tough. Her Daddy’s relied on it, but down deep there is a part of her that wants to be beautiful. Logan sees her beauty, and celebrates it through his artistic gifts, but how can the two of them ever be together – even if they survive the outlaws?

Read the book! There is this amazing connection that happens with Logan and Sally, similar to the one in Doctor in Petticoats.  Two people who have an inexplicable magnetism.

I’m drawn to Logan – in some crazy kind of way, maybe from the way Mary describes his confidence. He’s comfortable in his own skin – sometimes a little too comfortable. Sally has to get him to think outside of his palette and easel. And, though his intensity and distractibility, can be both exhausting and unnerving – it’s completely attractive.

See – I’ve always said she is a masterful storyteller. Go, Mary. Can’t wait to see how you rescue poor Mandy. Go, Tom, Go!!!

You can find the book on Amazon and learn more about Mary’s writing at www.maryconnealy.com

And stop by tomorrow for a chance to WIN Wrangler in Petticoats, and read some clips from Mary’s writing.

Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy

Yep, it’s another fabulous book by Mary Connealy. That woman can write books faster than Scarlet O’Hara can get into trouble…or maybe I ought to say, faster than Belle Tanner can fire a Winchester. Because when it comes to Mary’s books, it’s about cowboys, tough-as-nails women, romance, and loads of humor.

And I’m NOT talkin’ sugar-sweet romance either. I’m talkin’ the kind of romance where you’re not sure whether the two are going to kill each other or kiss each other. It’s that simple – and that funny.

Mary’s ramped up the adventure to full-throttle with her newest novel, Doctor in Petticoats. This book takes one of the daughters from her first book, Petticoat Ranch, and allows us to follow, no wait, we’re kind of dragged along on a fast-paced journey. From the first scene which ends in a stage-coach accident to the final scene in a fort prison, and all the near-death experiences in between, it’s nonstop action with a few kisses smashed in between.

One thing I appreciate most about Mary’s books (besides the humor) is how deep into the character point of view she gets. She’s brilliant at writing deep point of view, and allowing the reader to ‘feel’ and ‘experience’ the book. Fabulous. It’s why I keep coming back for more 🙂

Now…

About the book:

When an unlikely pair have an electrifying connection, sparks are bound to fly.

All Beth McClellan wants to do is get home for her sister’s wedding. After spending four years out East training to be a nurse (with a physician as her mentor), she’s ready to put her hard-earned skills to practice. Unfortunately, no one will believe she’s the doctor, and the one guy who IS a doctor, doesn’t have the spine enough to use his gifts…unless she’s right beside him.

Alex Buchanan’s past as an army physician, and now deserter, leaves him frozen with the memories of the atrocities he saw on the frontier. Determined to leave his skills and memories as far in the past as possible, he hides within his own depression, but Beth McClellan won’t let him stay there. The bossy blond nearly drags him from his stupor and forces him to be the man he really is.

Now if they can just survive a bounty hunter and death sentence, all should be fine. Right?

You’ll just have to get the book. Buy it, borrow it, visit a library. It’s worth the effort to read the newest Connealy Classic.

And you won’t have to wait long for the next one. Wrangler in Petticoats comes out in October. Woohooo! Go Mary – the more the merrier.

To learn more about Mary’s books, visit her website at www.maryconnealy.com

Sizzling First Encounters with Mary Connealy

Whether it’s a man-hating woman, an insecure china doll, an orphan-turned-school teacher, or a knife-slinging wildwoman, Mary Connealy knows how to write strong women.

Whether it’s a red-headed gentle-man, a rough and tumble man down on his luck, a big-hearted keeper of orphans, or a determined loner who knows how to dodge knives, Mary Connealy knows how to write strong men.

So – when  a strong woman meets a strong man emotional explosions are bound to occur…and Mary doesn’t disappoint. Her books are filled with adventure, danger, romantic conflict, and, of course, humor.

She’s also a writing-wildwoman herself. Already this year she had three new books in print and her fourth one is coming out NEXT MONTH. Wrangler in Petticoats comes next, followed by Sharpshooter in Petticoats. Those are a whole lot of petticoats 🙂

***But ONE lucky commenter today will win her new novel Doctors in Petticoats.

To learn more about Connealy Classics check out Mary’s website at www.maryconnealy.com

Now on to the questions and the ‘sneak peek’ into Doctors in Petticoats.

Mary, what do you think makes a great hero/heroine first encounter?

Pepper, What I like in a first meeting. One moment of attraction or connection or appreciation between them, even if it’s just a split second, then it alllllllllllll goes bad.
In this scene, thought I’ve sent it to you as the first meeting, they had one other ‘moment’ when Alex saved her life–but he did it to save his own life–or at least that’s the unflattering spin a very stressed out Beth puts on his help. He woke up, pulled a runaway stage to a stop when she didn’t have the strength to do it alone, then crawled off to be alone without saying a word.
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Then she dived in to help the wounded.
 
She needs help. He’s not offering. That leads to this scene, their first real exchange.
 
Oh boy, let’s see what problems you’re going to cause with these ‘somewhat’ new characters! 🙂
 

Shuddering to think of the pain they’d soon cause the man, Beth was suddenly furious at the bum who sat there, not helping. True he’d come through and helped pull the stage to a stop. But that was to save his own pathetic, drunken life, wasn’t it? When it came to helping others, he was worthless.

She hadn’t actually seen him take a single drink on the whole trip. She suspected he’d drained his flask quite a while ago. In fact she’d never seen the flask, assuming he was sneaking nips on the sly at the beginning of the trip, then sleeping it off the rest of the way.

Beth surged to her feet. “We need help over here!”

The man didn’t even look up. He stared as if asleep with his eyes open.

Well, Beth wasn’t one to let a good temper tantrum go to waste and seriously, this afternoon had worn her out right to her last bit of restraint. . . and beyond.

Who better to punish?

Beth whirled and used the hundred foot downhill march to get her knees to stop shaking. Not because she was afraid of this man. She still had her gun butt, but because the afternoon had just been more than too much.

She stomped to the man’s side and, carefully considering her approach—or maybe not so carefully—she grabbed the man’s filthy flattened black Stetson off his head and swatted him with it.

“Hey!” He turned as if surprised to see her.

“I didn’t exactly sneak up on you, now did I?” She waled on him again.

He shielded his face. “Will you stop that?”

“Do I have your attention, you miserable worm?” Beth threw the hat at his head.

He held his arms over her face, the bedraggled white sleeves rolled up nearly to his elbows, and glared through his wrists at her. His eyes narrowed.

It occurred to Beth that the man might be dangerous. Well, she could be dangerous, too. If he was, she’d make him sorry he showed that side of himself.

Doing her very best to set his skin on fire with her eyes, she leaned down, hoping to find a balance where she could rage at him without Mrs. Armitage hearing her. The poor woman had been through enough.

You get up off the ground and help us, you worthless skunk.”

And wasn’t skunk just exactly the right word for the filthy pig?

“Get away from me.” The wormy, skunky pig’s eyes flashed like he had rabies.

Gritting her teeth so she could look fierce and still breathe through her mouth, she leaned closer. “You stand up right now.”

She hissed at him like a rattle snake, so she had a few animal attributes of her own. “I need help. I don’t care how hung over you are, how lazy you are or how stupid you are. Right now I need some muscle, and I know you’ve got it. Get on your feet and get over there and help us, or so help me I will rip your arm off and beat you to death with the bloody stump.”

The man’s eyes seemed to clear. Maybe she’d pierced the alcoholic fog. “I’m not drunk.”

Interesting that he hadn’t protested being called stupid or worthless or a skunk. . . what else had she called him? She’d lost track of her insults somewhere along the line.

“Oh, puhleeze, you expect me to believe you’re this worthless without the help of whiskey?”

LOL…there you have it. A first encounter with a bunch of fire. Love it, Mary and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the first book in this new series. Yipee!!

Thanks so much for being a part of this blog series.

Inspirational First Encounter

Well, Jesus seemed to make quite a first impression wherever he went. From a great host of angels to Magi from afar, even in infancy he caused a stir. Did it change as he grew up? Nope. At twelve years old, after his parents thought they’d lost him, they found him in the temple astounding the priests with his wisdom. It took Mary and Joseph three days to find him and for three days he’d been teaching from the Holy Scriptures.

And these are only the first small meetings. As we continue to look at Jesus’ first encounters, we’ll see miracles follow wherever he goes – miracles on the outside, but most importantly on the inside.

You see, God has always been much more concerned about our hearts than anything else. Because our hearts are the driving force behind who we are and what we do. Recognizing that a miracle has already happened within us, just because of Jesus’ love, is the most amazing first encounter of our existence.

NEXT UP- Tuesday is an ‘off day’, but we’ll pick things up on Wednesday with debut author, Melanie Dickerson. Another sneak peek is coming your way, so stop back by.