In Too Deep — a Chance to WIN!

In Too Deep

Keep your eyes wide open for a chance to win a copy of In Too Deep, my February release.

In Too Deep is book #2 in the Kincaid Brides series.
This is Ethan and Audra’s story. Ethan, the middle child, the shallow charmer who blames himself for a terrible accident in a cavern on the Kincaid property, that hurt his little brother and broke their family apart.

Here’s a little bit about In Too Deep
In 1866 Colorado, Ethan Kincaid agrees to a marriage of convenience with the same casual disregard he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland, young mother of two, accepts his proposal because she wants to stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.

And suddenly both of them are in far deeper than they’d planned.

Ethan doesn’t expect Audra to affect him so profoundly, and when she begins to, he’s terrified of the pain he’s felt before when someone he loved was seriously injured on his watch. He’s determined that his new wife will do as he says so he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on their ranch.

Audra has been cared for all her life by one man or another–and they’ve done a poor job of it. Now she’s planning to stand up for herself. And her new husband had better agree or get out of her way!

What will it take to transform two wayward hearts fearful of getting in too deep into two trusting hearts ready to risk falling deeply in love?

And here is a part of the first chapter of In Too Deep:

“Ethan! Where’s Maggie?” 

Ethan’s head snapped up at Audra’s sharp tone. “What?”

            Audra, rounding a boulder, just coming into view,  dropped an armload of kindling. With the baby, Lily clutched to her chest, she charged forward calling, “Maggie!”

            “I thought she stayed with you?” Ethan rose from where he crouched by the morning fire and turned in a circle, searching for the toddler.

            No sign of her.

“I thought you took her.” Audra’s voice rose in agitation. She’d been gathering sticks while holding her baby. The confounded woman refused to just sit and rest and watch the children while Ethan got a meal.

“Maggie? Honey where are you?” She raised her voice, did her best to sound playful, when under it Ethan heard panic. Audra turned, looking frantically, her eyes wide with fear.

            “Maggie.” He tried to copy Audra’s easy-going tone. Scaring the toddler wouldn’t get her to come in.

“You’re sure Rafe and Julia didn’t let her ride along with them to Rawhide?” He charged toward a clump of aspens and shoved his way into see if she’d crawled behind them.

            “No. I was holding her when they rode off. Maggie was running after them. I told you I was going for firewood.”

            “You said you were taking the babies.”

            “I said the baby. Not babies. Maggie was sitting under those aspens, playing with your hat when I—” Audra’s voice sharpened. “Ethan, where’s Seth?”

Audra strode around to the back of the boulder she’d just circled. “Maggie? Maggie, come to mama.”

            Mentioning Seth made Ethan’s gaze swing to the cave opening. Ethan’s hat lay on the ground by the entrance. A knife of fear slashed Ethan’s chest as he looked at that black opening that led downward forever.

            “My hat! Over there!” Ethan started running. “Maybe she went in the cave. Maybe Seth went after her. Seth!”

            “Maggie, honey, come to mama.” Audra’s falsely chirpy voice faded as Ethan left her at the camp. He dashed into the cold tunnel and stumbled to a stop. The dark was like a choking hand. His throat closed. He forced himself to drag in a breath.

            “Seth! Where are you?” He forced each word out, forced his feet to move forward. Each step a battle of wills. His eyes went to a torch stuck in a crack. He pulled out a tin of matches.

            “Maggie! Maggie, come back.” Audra caught up and passed him.

            “Wait outside for me.” He was talking to her back. Fumbling with the tinderbox, he struck a match and it snapped in half. With shaking hands he tried again and got the torch lit.

            Audra rushed deeper in, Lily cradled in her arm. The baby was just days old. Where was Rafe when Ethan needed him?

            “Don’t bring the baby in here. It’s cold.” And dangerous, but he didn’t say that out loud. Audra vanished around a curve. Ethan’s torch cast flickering shadows that grabbed at him.

            “Maggie!” Audra’s voice echoed from ahead. Ethan hurried to catch up.

            “Audra wait!” Ethan got to the split in the tunnel. One went down a long, long way, he saw Audra moving down it. No lantern. Was the woman crazy?

            The other led to a larger cave. A hole in the ceiling let sunlight in. “Let’s check ahead first.” Ethan’s breathing sped up. He imagined Maggie going down that slope. She’d fall. She might slide a long way. If she wasn’t too badly hurt, she’d get up and be so lost. So lost in the dark.

            “Seth had to bring her.” Something flashed across Audra’s expression. Pure mama grizzly bear.

            “Go look around outside.” He wanted her out of here for her own good, but also so she didn’t see him if he shamed himself with his fear. “I’ll hunt in here. Lily shouldn’t be in this cold place.”

            Audra gave him a look of pure contempt. “I’m not going to stop looking for Maggie.”

            She wrapped the blankets tighter around Lily. “Let’s look ahead, before we go down.”

            Heaving a sigh of relief at not being left, even as he wished she’d get out, Ethan forced himself to lead the way to the place they’d found Seth’s bedroll. “If she’s alone she can’t have gone far. If she’s with Seth, she’s all right.”

            I hope—considering Seth is half-loco.

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NOW FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN!

The three Kincaid brothers are very different from each other.

In book #1 Out of Control, the oldest brother Rafe is a tyrant.

In book #2 In Too Deep, the second brother Ethan is a shallow charmer.

In book #3 Over the Edge, the third brother Seth is crazy.

To get your name in a drawing for a signed copy of In Too Deep, pick one.

If you had to choose, would you rather be married to:

A tyrant who will protect you with his last breath…of course he’ll be issuing orders with that last breath,

A shallow man who won’t admit to feeling anything, most especially he won’t admit to falling in love.

A lunatic…but he’s coming around slowly…and he’s so vulnerable…and cute.

Which would it be and why?

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67 thoughts on “In Too Deep — a Chance to WIN!”

  1. The lunatic. It’s something I know. 🙂

    Even ignoring orders, I couldn’t stand the bossing. And I’ve had enough of shallow.

    Easy choice.

  2. I would have to say the tyrant. I like a man with a strong personality, and they’re fun to go toe to toe with.

    OUT OF CONTROL was wonderful I can’t wait to read Ethan’s and Seth’s stories.

  3. I think I’d prefer the shallow charmer, but that might just be because I’ve got In Too Deep in my hand. I say ‘Save all the deep feeling and just be FUN.’

    🙂 And maybe I can wheedle the deep feelings out of you somehow. 😀

  4. Lizzie* the lunatic….the thing is, Seth is just the kind of guy that makes you want to take care of him. Sure he’s a little crazy, but he’s been through so much. And if we could just give him some peace and gentleness and lots of good food and affection. (why does this sound like foster care?)

  5. Kirsten, the tyrant is probably the funnest one to write. Strong men…..although tyrant Rafe was a bit over the edge past strong…are the ones who are easiest to write.

    And of course all the men are saved by the love of a good woman….that happens all the time in real life, right?

  6. Love your question, Mary! Hard choice. There’s something to love in all of them. I guess I’d have to go for the tyrant. If I know he loves me, I can get past the orders, especially if he listens to my opinions along the way.

    My husband is very stoic and strong-minded, but he can also be tender. When he comes down hard about something, I heed it because I know he loves me and has the family’s best interests at heart. Thankfully, he’s not one to throw out orders willy nilly, and he always listens to my opinions and respects them even if we disagree. That makes all the difference.

  7. I would say i am more like Rafe because i am real strict but can be very loving when i need to be. My husband is very easy going and just follows with things.

  8. The tyrant for sure. I’m married to one with a soft heart and I couldn’t be happier. He’s very loving, I can’t imagine being with a man that couldn’t share his feelings. With my ‘tyrant’ I never have to guess what he’s thinking or feeling.

  9. Hi, Karen. Yes, these men are all lovable. And of course Tall Dark and Handsome–which makes shortcomings much easier to overlook. 🙂
    I think I need to write a red headed hero again. I did that once.

  10. That is a difficult choice, Mary. I will choose lunatic, there’s just something about vulnerable (and cute) that draws me in. Looking forward to book 2 in this series.

  11. Wow this is a tough one I guess I would have to go with the tyrant but don’t know if I want him barking orders all the time.

  12. You don’t make things easy, do you? I don’t think I could live with a tyrant. Tyrants usually think it’s their way or the highway.

    I think I’ll go with lunatic though I’m not sure that two loonies can make a go of it, but it would be fun to try. Vulnerable and cute? Yeah, I can live with that.

  13. Yep there is a lot of cranky in there. I can tune out a house full of kids and a boat load of cranky. My husband says ‘I love you’ a lot, those are the words I pay attention to 🙂
    Personality has a lot to do with making it work as well. We are complete opposites. He’s a perfectionist I’m happy go lucky. He’s outgoing and likes to be around people. I’m introverted and people are ok from a distance. Also as the youngest girl in a large family I’m use to someone else leading the way.
    I’m afraid the shallow charmer would break my heart and I don’t need crazy, two crazy people together could be dangerous lol

  14. I have never been married, and do not plan to ever be, but probably the tyrant would be best, since I tend to be bossy anyway, at least nobody would think I was the leader at home. I chose this since I have met Rafe, I don’t know Ethan and Seth as well.

  15. Lori don’t you think women are all the time trying to SAVE a man? I think that’s a really common impulse in a woman. Take a bad boy and make him good by loving him enough.
    The reformed rake.
    Trouble is, usually, they just stay bad and it’s miserable…..and we blame ourselves.

  16. I think I will take the lunatic….I’m ready for some fun!!!! I’ve had the shallow and the control freak…maybe a lunatic would make for a pleasant change.

  17. Michelle G, you’re right about getting the job done.
    Ethan has a real problem with that in this book because honestly, when Rafe gives orders, they’re usually good orders. And Ethan doesn’t like taking orders but it would be stupid to disobey just because it doesn’t sit well to be bossed around.

    So he is struggling to take charge of his ranch and stand up for himself all while really respecting his bossy big brother. He tries to boss his vulnerable new wife around but she’s just so sweet and besides, he can’t stand a woman crying and he’ll do almost anything to make her stop. Including obey HER. Ethan has his hands full.

    And then a man tries to kidnap Audra…….

  18. I guess it would be the lunatic that is coming around slowly. Everyone has a past, and some of it can be very devastating. At least he is coming around. Being vulnerable with someone you love is the true test honesty and devotion. I couldnt handle a tyrant or someone shallow. I need someone deeper.

  19. Lisa you need to meet all three Kincaid men before you make a choice.
    I will say this….Ethan and Audra have the…ahem …. how to put this … the most PASSIONATE relationship of the three brothers.
    In this one sense, they are feeling things very deeply. They are drawn to each other powerfully. And that attraction helps them get through some of the hard times.

  20. Margie, Seth is madly in love with his wife. Except he can’t remember marrying her–or for that matter meeting her. But one look at her and he totally gets why they married so fast.

    And Callie is so mad that Seth abandoned her–and forgot her–that her main response to him is to draw her gun. And she’s a tough Texas cowgirl so she’s got a steady aim.

  21. Ah Trish, but the Tyrant is just heartbroken that he didn’t take care of his little brother and now he’s determined to control the whole world to keep everyone safe.
    And since he married Julie he’d calmed down a little, just because he can’t make her obey him worth a HOOT.
    And the shallow charmer Ethan is hiding terrible guilt. He refuses to feel because it hurts so much when he loses someone he loves. I think you’ll end up LOVING Ethan.

  22. Hi Carol! Thanks for stopping in. I’ve just turned in Seth’s story and I loved trying to help that poor crazy man find himself again.

    And I love the dynamics between the brothers. They clash all the time but there is a bedrock of love that gets them through all the hard times.

  23. I think I would have to go with the crazy guy, given these choices. I don’t like being ordered around and I would want somebody to be able to admit they care about me.

  24. HEY! Becky HI! I haven’t talked to you for a while.
    I need to get over to Facebook.
    My heroine married to the tyrant DISOBEY the orders and she issues orders of her own.
    My heroine married to shallow Ethan, finds wonderful depths after she gets through his shields.
    Trust me, you’re gonna LOVE Ethan. He’s such a sweetie.

  25. I am way too independent to be married to a tyrant, and wouldn’t have the patience to reform the shallow guy.
    Fortunately I married a lunatic almost 40 years ago and it has worked out pretty well. He was so wild when he was younger that he drove me totally crazy. After that we had a lot in common. He’s still spontaneous, unpredictable, never boring – and he doesn’t expect perfection from me either.

  26. I’m picking Seth-crazy is good in my book. I define my life by the insanity in it so I can just roll with the crazy man. Usually if someone is nuts they are pretty funny all in all and I love humor. Give me a sarcastic comment or witty saying and nothing is hardly sexier in my estimation.

  27. Hmmm… which would I choose… I would say the tyrant… I could throw out some of my own orders… have selective hearing… 😀

  28. Judy, so glad things worked out with the lunatic. You know, I don’t think of my husband as unpredicatable but in a way he is. I often have no idea what he’ll say about something. And then, when he says it, he cares PASSIONATELY. You’d think anything he felt so strongly about would be predictable…especially after THIRTY-FIVE years of marriage.

  29. Tonja, the crazy guy seems to be winning. If find that a little frightening.
    PS you’re gonna love Ethan and change your minds about which one to love. Until Seth-the-crazy-man gets his book of course.

  30. Rafe…I just finished reading “Out of Control” and he has a soft side along with his ordering. I liked his personality.

  31. This is hard, but I’d have to go with the tyrant if he looked like Rafe on the cover of “Out of Control.” I’d hope he could mellow some. I’m looking forward to reading more about these brothers.

  32. HOW COME NO ONE WANTS THE SHALLOW CHARMER? I PROMISE YOU HE’S SMOKIN’ HOT. AND BY FAR THE EASIEST TO GET ALONG WITH. I HAD TO SEND IN A TEAM OF KILLERS TO KEEP THE CONFLICT GOING.

  33. Mary, I hope I’m not too late. I will have to go for the tyrant. I have already been married to the shallow one. He was the charmer all right, but couldn’t say ‘I love you’ if it killed him. And after 35 years of this, he decided he didn’t want to be married any longer. I learned my lesson and have decided at my age, now, I don’t want to ever be married again. Shallow is bad. I would much rather have someone who you know is saying what is on his mind and not just swallowing his inner feelings.
    I love your books. They have something for everybody.
    Mary J

  34. I love a crazy man! Someone to have fun with. Everyday a new adventure. Wait, I think that is what I have!

  35. I feel bad – the shallow charmer doesn’t seem to be getting very many votes!
    Personally, it’s hard to choose between the tyrant and the shallow charmer. (My life is crazy enough already, thank you!) 🙂 I think I’d take the charmer, just because he seems to desperately want, and try, to do the right thing (even obey his older bro when needed), he just needs the right encouragement from the right person to open up and actually be himself.
    And if he looks anything like Ethan….well, then that question is a no-brainer!

  36. The tyrant. I think love, kindness, caring and commitment can eventually sway even an obsessive tyrant. Rules are made to be broken. I like powerful men.

  37. I think I have experience with a shallow, tyrant already, so the crazy makes me makes me wonder. Is the crazy also charming? I just don’t know. Which one will make me laugh? That’s the one I want. 🙂

  38. At first I thought I would prefer the tyrant. After reading the excerpt, I thought the shallow man wouldn’t be too bad.
    After thinking about it, the lunatic is probably who I should go for. We would probably have the most in common.

  39. Seth,
    without a doubt.
    I’m all for cute and crazy!
    Besides, you can just see his tender heart in the first book. I’m a nurturer and half-crazy. Sounds like the beginnings of a beautiful and unpredictable romance to me – even if neither one of us remembers it 🙂

  40. I know that in love is not about being with the one that has similar attitude or the one you have so many things in common. It’s not about choosing the one you want either, it’s about waiting for the right one. But, in this case, if I had to choose (I always imagine how would it be if you had to choose your own life..) I will be married to a shallow man who won’t admit to feeling anything, most especially he won’t admit to falling in love. That is because I truly believe that in a relationship you’re supposed to learn from each other and I consider myself a very lovable person in a relationship, sooner or later (hopefully sooner) the shallow man won’t resist the love that hearts pour out and will eventually accept the reality about love. Even though we suffer, it’s all worth it when it comes to true love. 🙂

  41. Guess it would be proper to begin with the first book – the tyrant. Then I’d know what’s going on in the next two books. My mind is already confused as it is….don’t want to make it worse. Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity to win something needed on my bookshelves.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton

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