Fired Up–Coming Soon

Fired Up
Fired Up

A doctor practicing medicine without a license

A cook with a powerful fear of rawness

A town full of men, all with a belly ache and none of ’em can stay away from the pretty lady running the diner in a cloud of black smoke

A few unexplained ‘accidents’ that might be attempted murder

True Love complete with mayhem, gunfire and laughter.

Fired Up

Coming in September.


Here’s the thing about the west.

Women were rare. I honestly think that for most men who were in any position to marry, if they could find a woman, they married her. There just were no single women in the west. Even women who worked ‘above stairs’ in saloons often married. Any woman could count on almost instant proposals upon appearing in a western town.

And, for the most part, women were treated decently. A woman was a rare and precious thing.  The most evil villain wouldn’t harm a woman.

So, in my books, the women meet the men and get married really fast. I mean like days, sometimes weeks. But by no means is there a year long courtship. And it’s not because I write romance novels and these things happen fast in romance novels.


It’s because that’s how things were.

And in true life, it wasn’t all about romance either, or even about … sex. A man and woman really needed each other. It took two people, working hard to make a home. A man working hard from can see to can’t see outside. A woman doing exactly the same inside. Making a meal was often hours of  hard work. You had to dig vegetables. Mix up bread and let it raise. Roll out pie crust. You want milk? Go milk a cow. You want meat? Go kill a chicken. And I haven’t even talked about washing clothes or sewing clothes or planting a garden or caring for children.

Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy

So a man living in the west either worked for a rancher who had a bunkhouse … with a cook. Or he ate in a diner in town. Or he had to cook his own food somehow. And that took a lot of time.

Never has marriage been more of a necessity and more of an equal partnership.

Not really much romance about it, but I suspect the bond was incredibly true and deep. They needed each other and they knew it.


See a woman


She said yes

They get married immediately

He goes back to work

She starts cooking and setting his house to rights.

That ain’t a romance novel folks.

So I have to cause trouble.

Which is so unkind.

Dare and Glynna in Fired Up are so obviously perfect for each other they should have married the day after Dare shot her worthless husband at the end of Swept Away. (okay, awkward way to open a woman up to romance, but still, her first husband was a lout, she wasn’t shedding any tears…except maybe of gratitude)

But Glynna’s son hates Dare and might be trying to kill him…the boy has threatened it often enough.

And Glynna is getting rich with her diner…serving badly burnt food…which the cowpokes who Mary Connealyflood in everyday don’t seem to mind as long as pretty Glynna will speak to them and smile.

And Dare doesn’t know much about doctoring. He learned to be a doctor in Andersonville prison. His main skills are amputation and throwing a blanket over the head of a dead man.

So Glynna’s a successful businesswoman while Dare’s pretty poor. Not a very good situation for a romance.

But that doesn’t mean we can stop the course of true love. It just isn’t going to be smooth.

Especially if one of these murder attempts is successful. Dare really doesn’t know why people keep trying to kill him, he tries to be a good guy.

So today why don’t we talk about modern conveniences and how things have changed in the partnership of marriage. I blame electricity for women becoming second class citizens. It’s all Edison’s fault. Electricity made running a household so much easier that women had time on their hands, and yet, there they were still at home. After centuries of backbreaking hard work to care for her family, they could just pull a chicken out of the freezer instead of catching on in the yard.  Buy a loaf of bread instead of baking one. Switch on a light instead of trimming wicks and filling kerosene lanterns or making candles. Toss the clothes in the washer instead of stoking the kitchen stove … in August … to heat up water … to wash clothes.

But who wants to go back to that? So women’s work became much less respected because it became much EASIER. You think that’s right? Any thoughts?

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16 thoughts on “Fired Up–Coming Soon”

  1. It is amazing what wonderful inventions have coma along to make a woman’s life easier…
    Sounds like a good book to take us back and make us more appreciative of what we have.. Things we take for granted..

  2. I admit I enjoy most of our modern conveniences. However, there are times we need to take a step back and realize things haven’t always been so “convenient”.

    After Swept Away, I CAN’T WAIT to read Fired Up!!

  3. And oh, the muscles we’ve lost since then – kneading yeast bread is not for the weak and out of shape, and whipping cream by wire whisk or shaking it in a jar is not exactly quick and effortless either. Think of the calories that could be burned! You deserve to eat that whipped cream to make up for all you lose making it.

    On a side note, for those that still actually do milk cows, some things don’t change – even with milking machines and a kicker over their hindquarters, a cow can get sweet revenge the moment your head goes down to the level of their freshly armed, manure-laden tail.

  4. Mary, you are a crack up! That’s why I love your books! As I tell my adult daughters all the time, women’s lives are just “different” than they were in our ancestors’ time! We all have challenges but they are different. I could never have lived back then (I’m squeamish and don’t tolerate pain well at all – have lots of health issues!) but then maybe my ancestors couldn’t have lived in today’s world either! Can’t wait to read your book! I enjoy your books a lot!

  5. This story sounds like a lot of fun! Can’t wait to read it. While I wouldn’t have wanted to live in the old west, I wouldn’t have minded the lack of competition 🙂 I bet I would have been lookin’ pretty good to some of those men…

  6. My mother in law, who passed away two years ago at age 92, really lived a lot of this life. She didn’t have electricity as a young bride for about six or seven years. She heated water on her kitchen cookstove to wash clothes. All summer. Including while pregnant. Can you imagine!!?? She used to say (with pride), “I could take three live chickens at ten o’clock and have fried chicken for dinner.”
    She was a terrific woman. She made me looks like such a slacker.
    The woman could clean a chicken with such grace you could’ve set it to music.

  7. I love your books Mary,
    As soon as I pick up one of your books I cant put them down! And I love the way you write about women being strong but also who need a man they may just not know it yet 🙂 I think its true about women’s work becoming less respected. sometimes though I do wish for those times back then because I think it would instill in people a sense of work ethic, pride and respect for something you have to work so hard to accomplish.

  8. I love modern conveniences but I still thank women work harder then men most of the time. You still have to keep the house cook all the meals and clean up all the messes. Also have to take care of all the shopping and bills and everything else in a household. I even have to keep the lawn mowed. So I still stay really busy. When I was young we didn’t have running water and bathroom so we heated the water on the stove for baths and dishes and things.

  9. FIRED UP sounds like so much fun. I look forward to reading it.

    Excuse me, but man’s work has gotten easier too. Working the field in an air conditioned tractor is quite an improvement over walking behind a mule pulling a plow. Everyone’s work has gotten “easier” but more is expected of everyone. We may not be chasing chickens around the yard for supper, but in many cases, that is easier than trying to manage the children’s activities and carpools. The work itself may not be as physically demanding, but the days are just as busy.

    I think another reason women and their work were devalued was because the modern conveniences made everyone’s work easier. Men had the time to fix their own meals and take care of their living spaces, and thanks to those same conveniences men found it easy to do it themselves. Women weren’t a necessity (necessary evil?) anymore, except maybe for “companionship” and children. They weren’t as valuable a commodity.

    I have lived without the conveniences and can do it if I have to. But I don’t have to and will enjoy all that modern technology has to offer. There was a reason women’s life expectancy was so short, as was man’s. Back breaking work from dawn to dusk can kill you.

  10. Women’s work is not respected because it is women’s work.

    Way back in the days of the former Soviet Union I remember reading an article on medicine in the USSR. It seems that doctors there were not treated with the respect that they are here and the writer then went on to say that Soviet doctors were disproportionately female.

    And if you want to ask yourself when teaching stopped being regarded as a profession ranking with medicine, theology and law, you might be able to trace it to the time it stopped being men’s work and became a predominately female profession.

    There is still the unconscious bias in many, both male and female, that if a woman can do X, then X can’t be all that hard.

  11. Shay that’s so interesting. Teaching DID used to be men’s work didn’t it? And medicine used to very often be… like midwife type healers more than doctors.
    I can really see this.
    And Patricia you’re right. men’s work got easier, too. And I’m not one to ask because I do as little ‘women’s work’ as I can possibly get away with!!!

  12. Whenever my husband had to care for our kids when I was gone he’s always glad when I’m back because he thinks the kids and housework is to hard and he doesn’t like it. Just because things are more convenient doesn’t mean it’s easy.
    Love the humor in your books!

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