This week Debby Mayne, Mary Connealy and Steve Bonenberger

» Posted on Jun 8, 2009 in Blog | 15 comments

In Treasure Island Florida

Congratulations to Carolyn for winning Missy Tippens’ book, His Forever Love and Cindi for winning Bonnie Grove’s book, Talking to the Dead.

This week I’m hosting Debby Mayne with her book, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida, Mary Connealy with her book, Montana Rose, and Steve Bonenberger with his book, Through the Gates of Fire. If you want to enter the drawing for the book, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at The drawings end Sunday (June 14th) evening.

Debby Mayne’s bio:

Author and speaker Debby Mayne grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Hawaii, and Japan. Her comfort foods are as diverse as her interests. You might find her eating sushi while reading a cozy mystery novel or fried catfish while watching a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game.
Her husband of almost 30 years has accepted the fact that outside of her faith and family, books are the most important thing in her life. She and Wally have two grown daughters, Lauren and Alison, a son-in-law, Jason, and a granddaughter.
Debby has published 16 books, more than 400 short stories and articles, 6 novellas that have been printed in 7 anthologies, and a slew of devotions for busy women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for a TV retailer, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. Debby currently enjoys writing Christian fiction, which allows her the freedom to tell stories without restraining her convictions.
She lives on Florida’s west coast with her husband and two cats. To learn more about Debby, visit her website at

Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida‘s Blurb:
Every year, Jerry Simpson rents a bicycle-built-for-two from Amanda Burns at her store in Treasure Island, Florida. Between Jerry’s parents’ well-meaning interference and Amanda’s family responsibilities, there seems to be no hope for taking their relationship beyond the attraction stage. However, Gramps and his little friend Timmy have ways of turning everyone’s lives upside down.

Mary Connealy’s bio:

Mary Connealy, author of the Lassoed in Texas series. Montana Rose it the first book in a new series of romantic comedies with cowboys. She also has a cozy mystery newly released called Nosy in Nebraska. A lighthearted romantic comedy murder mystery where nobody gets hurt. . except for the dead guy.
And she has a stand alone Christmas romance coming in September called Cowboy Christmas.
Mary is married to her high school sweetheart, Ivan, a Nebraska farmer/rancher. She is the mother of four beautiful daughters Josie, married to Matt, Wendy, Shelly, married to Aaron and Katy. She’s got one beautiful granddaughter, Elle.

Montana Rose‘s Blurb:
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 can’t turn his back on the spoiled, snooty, beautiful woman. Now he’s got himself a wife he’s sure God never intended. And when he informs her there’ll be no more silk dresses and 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.
Now, instead of a spoiled wife he’s got himself an overly obedient and badly incompetent one, and poor Red is so charmed by her he can’t bear to scold. He’s not much for bossing people around, anyway.
While Red tries to survive Cassie’s help and Cassie tries to use her own mind instead of meekly obeying for the first time in her life, 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, only with romantic comedy, mayhem and gunfire. Which make it, I guess, Love Comes Loudly, or Love Hardly, or maybe Love Comes. . .Unfortunately.

Steve Bonenberger’s bio:

Mr. Bonenberger has served hundreds of companies in the tasks of product development, product positioning and imaging, product sales and other related tasks. The Financial Power Network radio program has generated thousands of calls for our client companies that have resulted in millions of dollars in sales and recurring revenues.

Currently, Mr. Bonenberger is the President & CEO of Angel Acquisition Corp. Angel Acquisition Corp is a business development company that has two operating divisions: financial services and corporate finance. The financial services division is establishing itself as a premier lending firm in Southern California. The corporate finance division is the sole owner & operator of the proprietary Angels In Action Micro-Finance System.

Other books authored by Steve Bonenberger:

Your Personal Financial Revolution: A piece about financial strategies for growth and protection. (1998).

Breaking Through: Your Personal Revolution: A piece about personal strategies for growth and change. (1994).

Steve Bonenberger as a talk show host:

The Steve Bonenberger Program: The Common Bond of Common Sense:

A nationally syndicated program that directs entrepreneurs to find their passions & propel their dreams into sustainable income streams.

The Financial Power Network:
A nationally syndicated program that focuses upon networking issues, business development ideas, financial strategies for success and featured companies and their product sets that bring benefit and value to the end user.

Channel 10 News:
A local ABC affiliate in San Diego, CA. Mr. Bonenberger has served as a spot financial contributor for over six years.

It’s Your Time:
A local, call in formatted program that focused upon people and the everyday issues of their lives. This program was the ‘proving ground’ for the Financial Power Network.

Book blurb about the series of Through the Gates of Fire:

A reality based trilogy that leads the reader thru the passionate pursuits of faith, hope and love. In this series, Doctor Flash Bastion, Senior Pastor to the largest evangelical congregation in the world is forced against his better wishes to embrace the role of superhero. This spellbinding tale is full of turns, high-tech gadgetry and end-times associations. (2004-2008).


  1. *snicker* My favorite part…

    Montana Rose was actually inspired by Janette Oke's beautiful classic novel Love Comes Softly, only with romantic comedy, mayhem and gunfire. Which make it, I guess, Love Comes Loudly, or Love Hardly, or maybe Love Comes. . .Unfortunately.

  2. Hi, Cherry Blossom. I thought about Love Comes. . .Barely, but thought it had kind of a naughty ring to it.

    Anyway, Janette Oke's reputation is safe and I'm pretty sure no one's gonna find one single word of plaguerism here. Janette would probably have a fit if anyone dared suggest such a thing. 🙂

    Montana Rose is a fun book though

  3. Great blog Margaret Daley

    I have read two books of Mary's they are great .. I am looking forward to read third one. it still on my list. I am going to get this one day .

  4. All of these books sound wonderful. I've enjoyed Mary Connealy's romantic comedies in the past. They make me laugh out loud. I'm currently reading one of the "Love Finds You" books and it sounds fun too…gotta love those pesky grandpa/child duos! Is the Through the Gates of Fire series directed toward adults or youth?

    Please enter me in the drawing.

  5. Montana Rose sounds like a rip-roarin' good time so enter me for a chance at a copy. 🙂

    Growing up, my mom read the whole Janette Oke series to us on road trips. I'm sure my younger brothers appreciated the romance. Wait, they didn't sigh – they groaned. But, I know I daydreamed plot twists.


  6. Janette Oke was my first Christian set of novels I read. All the books sound great. Please enter me in your contest.

    bfa73 at hotmail dot com

  7. Such an attractive cover on "Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida"! I like it a lot.

    Montana Rose sounds like fun book–

    Please enter me in the book giveaway….thank you.

    karin56381 (at)

  8. Like some of the other commenters, I've been enjoying Mary's other books–looking forward to reading more by her! Thanks for hosting her this week!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  9. Hello Margaret,

    Would love to be entered for Debby's and Mary's books. Thanks for the contest. Have a great day.

    house_mouse88 at yahoo dot com

  10. I would love to be entered in the drawing for Montana Rose (I love Mary's writing) and Love Finds You in Treasure Island.

    Thanks so much,
    Sherry K

  11. Becca:

    Through Gates of Fire is directed to upper-level grade young people + adults. The structure is rather simple but I think a young child would have difficulty grasping.



  12. Treasure Island and Montana Rose look like wonderful books, I've never read anything by Debby Mayne but I LOVE Mary's books! Red sounds like my kinda hero…plus Red was my grandpa's nickname so I have a feeling I'll really love him, plus if Cassie is a walking disaster I can totally relate…you should see all my bruises! 😀 Please enter me to win! Thank you for the opportunity!


  13. All three author are fabulous and their books would be fun to read!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  14. This sounds like 3 great reads, count me in for any of them!

  15. Please enter me for all three of these books!

    rebornbutterfly (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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