This week Mary Connealy and Stephen Bly

» Posted on Aug 2, 2010 in Blog | 15 comments

Congratulations to Kay for winning Merrillee Whren’s Hometown Proposal, to Cindy for winning Grace Bridges’ Legendary Space Pilgrims and to Patti for winning Erin Rainwater’s Refining Fires.

This week I’m hosting Mary Connealy with Doctor in Petticoats and Stephen Bly with Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon. If you want to enter the drawings, 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 (August 8th) evening.

Bio for Mary Connealy:

Mary Connealy writes Romantic Comedy with Cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist and an ACFW Book of the Year winner.

Her current series is the Sophie’s Daughters Series. The tough Texas cowgirls from Petticoat Ranch are all grown up with love stories of their own.

The series begins with Doctor in Petticoats. Wrangler in Petticoats is coming in October and Sharpshooter in Petticoats releases in January 2011. You didn’t think Sophie McClellen’s daughters would grow up to be quiet little things, did you?

Find Mary online at:
Mary’s Website
Mary’s Blog
Petticoats & Pistols

Blurb for Doctor in Petticoats:

Beth and Alex survive a stage coach accident. Beth realizes the derelict in the stagecoach with her is a doctor and she forces him to help tend the injured. Alex finds he can care for the patients as long as Beth is right beside him. . .yelling at him.

Alex saves Beth’s sister’s life, but he only has the courage to treat patients as long as Beth is there. The one way to keep her close it to marry her. Beth thinks he’s a lunatic, but there’s no denying his skill, and she’s so empathic she can see the terrible price Alex pays to help hurting people. Besides, she owes the loco doctor for saving Sally.

She agrees to marry him. Her parents, Clay and Sophie protest the sudden marriage, but when Beth agrees to the marriage they grant their blessing.

And that’s when the real trouble begins. A bounty hunter is on Alex’s trail for desertion from the army. Alex has to live long enough to turn himself in, and then he may face a firing squad. And this all happens right when Alex is getting to be semi-sane and Beth is just starting to like him.

Bio for Stephen Bly:

* authored and co-authored 102 fiction and nonfiction books,
including historical and contemporary westerns
* Christy Award winner, Westerns, 2002, The Long Trail Home
* Christy Award finalist, Westerns, 2003
* mayor of Winchester, Idaho, pop. 308 (1999-2007)
* pastor of Winchester Community Church
* speaker for men’s and writers’ groups, USA and Canada
* roving editor, Big Show Journal
* mentor, Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild
* represented by agent Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary
* Interviews and Media Kit available,
* Fresno State University, CA, Philosophy, summa cum laude
* M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, CA, 1974

Married to writer, Janet Chester Bly, 47 years; they’ve co-authored 18 books.
Resides in Winchester, Idaho at 4,000 ft. elev., on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.
Father of 3 sons: Russell, Michael, & Aaron. The family includes daughters-in-law, Lois, Michelle & Rina Joye, plus grandkids: Zachary, Miranda (& husband Chris), and Keaton.

Third generation westerner, Steve spent 30 years working family ranches and farms in central California.

Hobbies: Collects and restores antique Winchesters; studies histories of Old West; does construction on Broken Arrow Crossing, a false front western village next to his home. He also plays a par game of golf.

Released June 2010: Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon
Recent books include: Creede of Old Montana (2009), The Land Tamers (re-issued 2009), One Step Over The Border, Center Street/Hachette; The Horse Dreams Series—Memories of a Dirt Road Town, The Mustang Breaker, and Wish I’d Known You Tears Ago (B&H); Paperback Writer (B&H); and Fortunes of the Black Hills Series (B&H Publishers).

Blurb for Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon:

A 10-year-old boy. Six old cowboys. A ’49 Plymouth with open trunk. A damsel in distress. All the fixings for adventure on a summer’s day in 1954 Albuquerque. Maybe you weren’t born 100 years too late!


  1. Oh my goodness! I have wanted both of these books since the first review I read for both of them. I have both books on my MUST read list. Thank you for the chance to win them.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  2. Thanks for featuring this wonderful book by Stephen Bly. I find it appealing and wonderful since it evokes a special time and place which I appreciate. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon would carry me back in time to an era that I feel is lost forever and needs to be revived. This book is pure beauty and nostalgia. Thanks. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. Please enter me for the book by Stephen Bly. Thanks!

  5. Another great book. Would love to win a copy of this one. Juanita

  6. would enjoy reading mary's latest…thanks for the chance 🙂

    i have already read stephen's novel…excellent!

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. i've always enjoyed mary's books and stephen's book looks wonderful too!

    thanks for offering the give-away

    please enter me

  8. I'd love a chance to win both books this week; Doctor in Petticoats for me and Cowboy for a Rainy Day for my hubby. Thanks!

  9. I just discovered some books by Mary Connealy and have enjoyed them.


  10. Yes, yes, I've been stalking Mary everywhere in order to win Doctors in Petticoats. 🙂


  11. please enter me in both of these books giveaways this week. thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  12. Please enter me in your contest. I would love to read both of these books!


  13. Hope to win one of these books. How Stephen Bly finds time to write with his schedule, is something else. He must have learned to use his time wisely.
    Juanita W.

  14. Hope to win one of these books. How Stephen Bly finds time to write with his schedule, is something else. He must have learned to use his time wisely.
    Juanita W.

  15. Please enter me in this giveaway. The time period is my best time in memory…good old days…49 Ford..etc…a very enjoyable book is how I see this story. I'd like to become acquainted with the writings of Stephen Bly.

    Blessings of Christ,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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