This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Calico Canyon

Barbour Publishing, Inc (July 1, 2008)


Mary Connealy


MARY CONNEALY is an award-winning author and playwright, married to Ivan a farmer, and the mother of four beautiful daughters, Joslyn, Wendy, Shelly and Katy. They live in Decatur, Nebraska. Mary is a GED Instructor by day and an author by night. And there is always a cape involved in her transformation.

Mary has also written Petticoat Ranch, Golden Days, and her latest, Alaska Brides that will debut in August.


Let yourself be swept away by this fast-paced romance, featuring Grace Calhoun, an instructor of reading, writing, and arithmetic, who, in an attempt to escape the clutchs of a relentless pursuer, runs smack dab into even more trouble with the 6R's - widower Daniel Reeves, along with his five rowdy sons. When a marriage is forced upon this hapless pair - two people who couldn't dislike each other more - an avalanche isn't the only potential danger lurking amid the shadows of Calico Canyon. Will they make it out alive? Or end up killing each other in the process?

Running from her Abusive foster-father, a man intent on revenge, the prim and perfectly proper Grace Calhoun takes on the job of schoolmarm in Mosqueros, Texas.

As if being a wanted woman isn't bad enough, Grace has her hands full with the five rowdy and rambunctious Reeves boys─tough Texan tormenters who seem intent on making her life miserable. When, in an attempt to escape from the clutches of her pursuer, Grace is forced to marry widower Daniel Reeves, father of the miniature monsters, she thinks things couldn't get any worse. Or could they?

Daniel Reeves, happy in his all-male world, is doing the best he can, raising his five boys─rascals, each and every one. Since his wife's death in childbirth, Daniel has been determined never to risk marriage again.

When God throws Grace and Danielt together─two people who couldn't detest each other more─the trouble is only beginning.

Will this hapless pair find the courage to face life together in the isolated Calico Canyon? Or are their differences too broad a chasm to bridge?

If you would like to read the first chapter go HERE


  1. Mary Connealy said...
    Hi, Nora. I'm looking forward to talking with your book clubs this week, although if I let myself think about it too much, I can sort of hyperventilate. Probably nothing dangerous, so if I quit talking and you hear a thud during the phone call, well, you might want to call 911, but make sure they respond in Nebraska. Could get complicated for you, I know.
    I'm sure I'll be fine.

    June 23, 2008 2:52 PM

  2. Sorry about last night not working. I'd be glad to try again if you ever have this group and no author to talk to.

  3. Thank you for that. We definately might take you up on that one. I think several of my ladies did by your new book. Maybe we can talk to you about that sometime. I'll check it out with them. I know it was beyond your control for sure. Computers and cell phones it's a love hate thing. I'm the same way with my cell phone my daughter got fancy with the code to pick up my messages. I have to honestly say I don't have that one down either.

  4. I found out I have voice mail on my phone, which we never use because we have an answering machine. I think it might over ride the regular phone sometimes and shut out incoming calls.

    I suppose I have eight thousand voice mail messages but I've never heard them.

    I also have voice mail on my cell phone. I can't pick that up either.

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  6. Mary, I'm right there with you. Technology is WONDERFUL if you have time to read the manuel or have someone (with patience and love) show you how to use all this stuff. But if you have had the experience like I have; I just get it learned and they come out with a new model or my husband changes plans and we are on to another phone. I barely learned the last one. Ugh!!! I'm sure there are worse things!! So, I'll be quiet now.

  7. Read that 1st chapter of Calico Canyon and I'm hooked!!!! Want to read it soon. Gail:)

  8. I loved the book Mary! Many parts made me chuckle out loud.

    Thanks for a great book!


  9. Mary, Thank you soooo much for spending your morning with us at the Lifeway book club last week. It was delightful to hear your comments on the characters and text that had captured my heart. I adore your strong female characters and the hilarious realism of their relationships. I can't wait to get the third book in your series in February. The stories would make great movies and I pray God will multiply His blessing on your work so that your gift is utilized to its fullest. Sharon from Georgia.

  10. I had such a great time doing the book club ... interview? I'm not sure what to call it? We might need to invent a new word.
    All of you book club ladies made it really easy and fun for me. I appreciate it.
    I'm really happiest hiding behind my computer having both sides of the conversation myself.
    But I do love talking books so taling with book lovers is a guarantee of success.

  11. I finished the first book a couple of days ago. It was REALLY good!! I can't wait to read the second book. :)