A new release and a giveaway!!!

The start of a three month run.

One book a month.

This month I am doing something I’ve never done before. (No, not get organized and plan ahead, shut up!)

I teamed up with other authors to release a series called Thanksgiving Books and Blessings.

Our fearless leader, Caryl McAdoo, has decided we all skip right from Halloween to Christmas and don’t take enough time being THANKFUL!

She wants to focus on Thanksgiving with a book series and she asked me to be involved. My book is called Thankful for the Cowboy.

Thankful for the Cowboy

Tom MacKinnon rides up driving a wagon with a second wagon trailing him.

He and his sister builds windmills.

They’ll ask for very little money and, in exchange heroine, Lauren Drummond, newly widowed mother of four nearly grown sons, will help them learn to survive in the Sandhills of Nebraska, what to grow, what to hunt, how to build a sod house.

Tom’s windmills will save her ranch.

Lauren needs three windmills on this drought year or her growing herd of cattle is going to die of thirst.

She eagerly agrees to teach him the ways of the Sandhills.

She’s not ready to think of another man, but Tom is determined to change her mind.

His little sister and one of her sons find love together before Tom and Lauren do.

Thankful for the Cowboy is book #3 in the Thanksgiving Books and Blessings series.

Other books in the series are:

Leave a comment to get your name in a drawing for a copy (ebook only) of 
Thankful for the Cowboy.
Tell me your favorite Thanksgiving Tradition.
Mary Connealy
Author of Romantic Comedy...with Cowboys including the bestselling Kincaid Brides Series
http://petticoatsandpistols.com/sweepstakesrules
Updated: September 12, 2019 — 12:19 am

48 Comments

  1. Sounds like a wonderful series. One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is sitting down to a huge dinner and having all seven of my children present. So thankful for their good health and being able to eat all together.

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      Oh I bet this is a great series. I’ve yet to read a book based around Thanksgiving.

      My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is actually all of us decorating for Christmas at my parents house after we have celebrated and enjoyed Thanksgiving together. It takes Friday through the weekend to just do the inside of the house because all my mom’s knickknacks get boxed up to transform the house to a Christmas wonderland. My dad turns outside into what we call Candyland and it has often been named best Christmas display in Stephenville, Texas. My father will be 82 next month so the past two years he’s finally hired someone to decorate the trees and roof instead of doing it himself.

      I’d love the opportunity to read to read your book!

      1. Stephanie, I love beautifully decorated houses. I am NOT one to do it myself. So I’m glad people are out there who do!

    2. Carol, Seven kids, wow. I have four and having them all together at once is rare these days but such a precious event.

  2. What an awesome project to be involved in. Sounds amazing.

    1. Hi Tonya. It’s great. I’ve enjoyed working with these ladies.

  3. Sounds great. No traditions.

    1. Hi Kim. Not even a big dinner?
      I think we pretty much just eat.

  4. Hi, Mary. Thank you SO much for listing all of the books with their links in the Thanksgiving Books and Blessings series. I haven’t seen it listed like that anywhere, and it’s really helpful to see all of the books listed in one place! Your Thankful for the Cowboy sounds like my cup of tea!

    As far as a Thanksgiving tradition, Thanksgiving is the time of year my sister and I start making our late Grandmother’s recipe for her fruitcake. It’s a nice remembrance of her. Each batter makes two large cakes, and we give them to family members and friends who look forward to Grandmom’s fruitcake every year.

    1. Sharon, I love the fruitcake thing. I had a recipe for fruit cake that I wanted to try. But year after year I’d get it out and it was TOO LATE! You’ve got to start early.

  5. Sounds great. Can’t wait to read

  6. Sounds like a really good series. We don’t have any traditions here.

    1. Do you think maybe you DO, but they seem so REGULAR to you, you don’t think of them as traditions?

      1. I never thought of it that way. It’s possible.

  7. The books sound great. For Thanksgiving, I love being with my family.

    1. That’s what really counts, Debra, above food, above all the trimmings.

  8. This sounds like a great book. My favorite tradition is getting together with my family for a big dinner. I use to cook it but my younger sister cooked it this last year. We always celebrated my older sister’s birthday at the same time but she past away this last Feb. so Thanksgiving will sure be different this year.

    1. Does your sister cook everything quilt lady? Or does she just do the turkey and everyone brings the rest? That’s our system. Whoever is hosting, it’s usually one of my daughters, cooks the turkey, and everyone brings sides.
      I am the Pie Lady (hey maybe that should be MY blog post name!) 😀

  9. this was a wonderful series last year too – sounds really good to me!!

    1. Teresa, yes, Caryl has done several of these. It’s fun to get in on it.

  10. Sounds like fun. Thankyou

    1. You’re in the drawing, Yvonne!!!

      1. Sounds like a wonderful book series. I hope to read at least some, if not all of it.
        As for our traditions go we have a family meal, decide if we are going to draw names, or buy only for the children’s Christmas gifts, then, I Watch my daughter do magic to her Christmas tree. I say magic, because I personally cannot decorate anything. I just don’t have the gift. Lol.

  11. I look forward to reading this book!

    1. It’s a sweet, fun book, Abigail. I hope you enjoy it. And it’s close to my heart because it’s set in Nebraska!

  12. What a great series! I always look forward to having my family together. The grands and I put up the Christmas tree in the afternoon.

    1. You’re on the ball, Melanie. I usually put off the tree for as long as possibly. I don’t really have a place in my house for it

  13. This is going to be a great series!!

  14. We don’t have family nearby (and no one but me likes turkey) so we don’t cook a big meal. Instead, we spend the day as a family with our boys and usually go for a dog walk or long bike ride at a nearby park. Then, it’s an easy lunch of sandwiches, maybe a trip to the movies, and dinner out (usually at Cracker Barrel). I confess to feeling a bit guilty about making someone else cook, but I promise we try to leave a nice tip!

    1. That sounds liken a really nice day!

  15. I can’t wait to read this book, Mary! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

  16. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is having the family together. Brothers and sisters enjoying each others company. Cousins playing together. Makes this grandma so thankful.

  17. Can’t wait to read this series! One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is being with my family. When I was younger, I would help my dad and grandma cook/bake. Now, it is my turn to share the love of cooking and baking with my kids. We love spending that extra time together.

  18. Sitting around the table and naming one thing to be thankful for.

  19. Congratulations. Oh but this sounds like there is a lot of emotions flying around. I would love to read this book. They are all on my list.

  20. My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is seeing who messes up the mashed potatoes and gravy 😉 One year my brother-in-law tried to get away with serving leftover potatoes!

  21. Looking forward to reading the whole series.
    Always so much to be Thankful about.
    Our One Thanksgiving Tradition is a special dish my mom got from one of my aunts on my dads side.
    Every Thanksgiving you will fine this dish always on the table and everyone loves it.
    Cranberry Salad that starts the Holiday Season off.

  22. I look forward to the sweet potato casserole with caramelized pecan topping. Watching the Macy’s parade is fun too.

  23. This looks like a great lineup of books and authors! Yours looks so good!

  24. Thanksgiving is a great theme! No real traditions – just enjoying being with family.

  25. We all get together at my daughter’s house for the big turkey dinner. Afterward we have what my daughters call “pie fest”. Each of us brings a pie, often something new we have wanted to try, and each person places a clean toothpick in the one they liked best after sampling several or all. I think the most pies we ever had was 12. The winners receive certificates our grandson makes and sometimes a small gift such as harvest themed kitchen towel or a Thanksgiving decoration. Always a fun day.

  26. Sounds really good. I love all your books. Think I have read all of them (except the early ones under other name (Nealy??). Haven’t found those.
    Keep writing!!
    Linda

  27. My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is getting together with family. It’s always been a time to see all the aunts, uncles, and cousins on my dad’s side of the family.

  28. Fixing everything for the Thanksgiving meal was always a family project. The day before is pie day. Mincemeat, pumpkin, and apple are made. One of many things I carried over from my childhood as making the stuffing for the turkey. I can remember my dad cooking the sausage and onions and mixing it with the bread stuffing base and broth with his hands. It is something I continue to enjoy. Celery stuffed with cream cheese and chopped olives is a traditional addition from my Aunt Helen. It is wonderful having the children and their families there helping my husband and I get everything cooked, set, and ready for dinner. Sitting down and enjoying the meal is always enjoyable – no discussion of politics or religion allowed.
    We had friends that put their turkey in to cook, then would all go out and hike a few miles, coming back to finish fixing dinner. I did consider it as good idea for about 10 minutes. For one, I couldn’t leave my house with the oven on, cooking something. In addition, there is too much food to prepare to go walking for a couple hours. I’ll save the walking for afterwards, when I need to burn up the calories indulged in on Thanksgiving Day.

  29. My favorite Thanksgiving tradition was when my grandma was alive and she would fix the most wonderful dinner – everything homemade and super yummy! We had so much food, it could barely fit on the table! We never knew who was going to show up (we lived in California and she lived in Utah) because I have 18 aunts & uncles and over 50 cousins – this was BEFORE we all got married!!!!! so however many showed up, there was never enough room so we spilled out into other rooms of her tiny farm house! But it was the best day ever!!!! I miss those days.

  30. I love the sounds of this series, Mary! As for favorite Thanksgiving traditions, we don’t have too many 😉 My mom did always make a Chinese sticky rice stuffing for our turkey!

  31. I am so looking forward to reading this series!!!

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