First Petticoats & Pistols Giveaway of Now and Forever

Now and Forever
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Now and Forever Book #2 of the Wild at Heart Series is now shipping from Amazon!

To celebrate it’s release I’m posting an excerpt and giving away a signed copy to one lucky commentor. (please try and think of yourself as lucky!)

Matt Tucker could take people for only so long and then he had to get up in the mountains, all the way up where he was more likely to run into a golden eagle than a man. He’d wander in the thin pure air for a week or two, to clear his thoughts. Forget the smell and behavior of men.

This time it wasn’t men driving him to the high-up peaks. This time it was a certain head full of dark curls and a pair of shining blue eyes. Not a man—though no one would admit it—which was so odd he almost turned around.

In fact he wanted to turn around so bad he walked faster.

            He scooted past a boulder—and stomped on the toe of a bear cub.

A squall drew his eyes down. A roar dragged them up. He looked into the gaping maw of an angry mama grizzly. He hadn’t heard her or smelled her. Honestly, that was so careless and stupid he almost deserved to die.

            She swung a massive paw and he had no time to dodge. She knocked him over the side of that mountain. Not a cliff, but the next thing to it. He slammed into an aspen.

He bounced off and plummeted.

The next Aspen hit so hard his ribs howled in pain. He snagged. His arms, legs and back whipped forward but his haversack held. It saved him.

That’s when he heard a roar. It brought his head around.

The mama wasn’t satisfied with knocking him off a mountain. She was coming, and coming fast, finding a way down somehow.

Finally he slammed into level ground and stopped, sprawled flat on his back. He flickered his eyes open, knowing he had to get up and run. The bear was coming.

            His blurred vision filled with a cap of dark curls and the prettiest blue eyes he’d ever seen.

            Well, no. Not ever.

            Because he’d seen them before on the roof of Aaron and Kylie Masterson’s cabin. He wanted to just lay there and look forever.

            And then that dratted bear roared and those blue eyes, looking at him all worried, turned uphill and changed from concern to horror.

            The pretty little gal reached down, grabbed Tucker by the front of his shirt, and hauled him upright. What was she going to do, throw him over her shoulder and run? He didn’t think that was going to work. He was about six inches taller and outweighed her by a hundred pounds.

            But Mama Grizz was coming, so someone was going to have to do something. They couldn’t stay here, and Tucker wasn’t sure he was up to moving. Of course he’d only had about two second to think about it. He hadn’t really tried.

            “Hang on!” She shoved him backward, clinging so tight it was like he’d gotten a second pack hooked on.

            She screamed.

            They flew. There was no more rolling. No more aspens. No more rocks. They soared.

            Tucker saw the walls of the cliff rushing past and knew where they were. Worse yet, he knew where they were going to land. “Are you crazy?”

             They were falling to almost certain death. He’d just been killed by a woman as crazy as he was. Well, he wasn’t killed yet. But it was only a few minutes ahead of them.

            The bear roared overhead.

            The dark curled madwoman shouted, “I hope Bailey’s not too stubborn to tend my sheep.”

            “I hate sheep.”

            They hit the water so hard it was like slamming into granite.


Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy

Except over….Mary again.

Well, things only get worse for poor Tucker and Shannon right along with him. They’re a long while saving themselves and as a reward for doing it??? It turns out they spent five days alone together, day and night. Only a wedding will do.

It’s a lot of fun this adventure with Shannon and Tucker. Give it a chance.



Saddle up for romance and adventure with the Wilde sisters!

Shannon Wilde is the middle sister–and the one who loves animals. She’s established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine…until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker!

Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.

As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon’s land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn’t count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad–and trying to hurt the woman he’s falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.


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114 thoughts on “First Petticoats & Pistols Giveaway of Now and Forever”

  1. I know a number of people who also hate sheep, like Tucker there. And interestingly, most of them own sheep (like my cousin), or want to own sheep (my brother). Apparently sheep inspire a love-hate relationship. May I assume Tucker will eventually start liking them?

    Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • We had a neighbor years and years ago who raised sheep and he always said they were just LOOKING FOR AN EXCUSE TO DIE.
      He loved them and raised huge herds for years but he never kidded himself that he was dealing a genius animal.


  2. Hoping my luck holds with this one…it sounds great! I love the cover too! Thank you for the opportunity!!!!

    • Karen, I’ve had a few early readers of Now and Forever say they think it’s the funniest book I’ve ever written. (I’m repeating that to as many people as I can make listen as possible.)


    • Wait’ll the forced wedding scene, Kathryn. I just love that chaos. Half the crowd is pushing for the wedding, half is horrified.
      Tucker expects it after five days and nights with her.
      Shannon thinks it’s a terrible idea…though she must admit she’s grown used to having him nearby, and if she doesn’t want to marry him then she should really tell him to get his arm off her waist, but she loves to touch him!
      Her sister is planning her new husband’s murder, and Shannon can see the possibilities there.

    • I had so much fun with this book, Heidi. Shannon and Tucker really like each other, at the same time his favorite threat when she won’t mind him (which is all the time) is to say he’s having mutton for supper.

      She calls him a Sheep-Eating Savage….when she’s not kissing the daylights out of him.

  3. Tucker and Shannon have already got me talking to them and giving them encouragement. (Yes, I need some help.) I love your books and bonding with your characters!

  4. HI Mary, laughing out loud. Thanks for the great excerpt and blurb. The cover is awesome, too. I know I’m in for a real treat with this one. Congratulations!

  5. Congratulations on your new release, yeah !
    Your books all have a fabulous sense of huumor to them.
    I hope I get a chance to read this soon. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity !

    • Hi Deanne, if you don’t win and you don’t want to buy it, go to the library and ask them to buy it for you, or get it through Interlibrary Loan. Some places that is free, some places it costs a dollar or two. (about what a can of Diet Coke costs!)
      It doesn’t have to be expensive to read!

  6. I don’t know anything about sheep, but I guess it might be better than raising pigs.. of course bacon comes from pigs=)

    I look forward to reading Tucker & Shannon’s story!

    • Patty, I guess they couldn’t make bacon easy! We’d all be constant carnivores! LOL

      One of my favorite lines in this book, while Shannon is arguing about her beloved sheep (everyone hates her sheep) is when Shannon says, “There’s nothing wrong with sheep. Jesus was a shepherd.”
      Tuck says, “Honest, Shannon, Jesus was a carpenter. And he probably ate sheep every chance he got.”

    • Wendy, I’ve really loved this series. I think each one of them gets a little bit better. Now and Forever is a riot and then Fire and Ice, when Gage Coulter finds out Bailey Wilde has stolen 5000 acres of his best land from him by plunking her 160 acre homestead right down across the entrance to a box canyon.

      Oh yeah, good luck getting those two married.

  7. I love books that make me laugh, have a touch of romance , a little mystery and great characters. Wait. I just described your books! Thanks for the opportunity to be in the drawing.????

  8. Hey Mary! I LOVED the excerpt. I want/need to read the rest of Tucker and Shannon story. 🙂

  9. You are so much fun! Can’t wait to read it. Honestly, sigh . . thank you for your fun writing it really helps me keep going! May the Lord bless you richly!! (or continue to-you are just awesome!)

  10. This book sounds like a winner for summer reading! I have read one of your Amish books Mary and loved it. I would love to read this western one too. Blessings always.

  11. REALLY looking forward to reading this series! Another year of homeschooling is in the bag, and this teacher/mama needs some summer reading material.

    • Laini, I so respect that you’re homeschooling.

      I think it’s so sad that moms and dads have been convinced that they can’t handling teaching. That college educated PROFESSIONALS are required.

      How did that happen?

  12. I so enjoy reading your books. There is always adventure and humor.
    Cannot wait to read this one!!

    • Mary, I am really interested in seeing how people react to my villain. I loved making him chilling. I hope it works well in the book. That creepy bad guy, woven in with laughs and romance, should be a great mix.

  13. I have loved your books; the embedded humor, the romantic banter, the western settings. . . . they are a lot of fun to read!

    • Rebecca, you can’t believe how boring I am in real life. Very little romantic banter between me and My Cowboy husband of 38 years.

      He does raise a confused eyebrow once in a while, as in, “Uh, that’s a joke right?”

      I guess we’re pretty utterly settled in. 🙂

  14. I have never been around sheep at all. Mary your book sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read it. I love your books.

  15. Mary, Love the excerpt ! Congratulations on the book ! As a faithful reader of your books I love the humor you add to all your stories, looking forward to reading this soon

  16. I adore your books, Mary, and am eager to read Now & Forever! I loved the excerpt and would love to win a signed copy!!

    • Britney, this is just the beginning of their troubles, the madness goes on and on. Swept down the river. Injured and lost in a dark cave. Forced into marriage.
      Wolves, arsonists, Tucker’s pants have a hard time and he’s only got the one pair.

      It’s just endless.

  17. would love to win a signed copy! And I wish the Kindle version would come out Monday or before!I have a whole day I could just read! ????

    • Gina the books are shipping from Amazon, do they make you wait until the release date for a Kindle version?

      That’s weird. Why would they do that?

      Maybe the Kindle thing is so automated, it’s hard to go early???

    • I am loving this series. Of course maybe I love the series I’m in the middle of the best always, because you go so deep into these characters and start to know them and care about them.

      But right now, this is one of my favorites, ever.

  18. I just love your books!! You are a fantastic author!! You bring such wonderful humor to your books that I don’t want to put one down till I finish!! I would love a chance to win a copy of your new book!! Thank you much for this chance! 🙂

  19. I’d certainly consider myself lucky (blessed even) to win a copy of Now and Forever. I really enjoyed the first book in this series. Your books always are fun to read.

  20. Mary- I loved the first book and can’t wait to read Shannon and Tucker’s story. I know they will be an unforgettable couple with an awesome love story. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    • Shannon and Tucker have such a fun relationship.

      His clothes are destroyed from the river, then the cave. He wears all leather and he really only knows one way to get new clothes.

      Step 1 Shoot a deer

      So he’s injured from the wild river ride and can’t go hunting and Shannon is sewing very slowly because he’s supposed to stay in bed and the only way she can think of to keep him there is to make him wear this huge nightshirt, that she calls ‘his dress’.
      So Tucker nags her to hurry up and Shannon keeps saying, “You can’t catch me so I’m not scared.”
      Then Shannon’s father shows up, a cranky man, and there’s Tucker in his ‘dress’. With her dad insulting him.
      Oh Shannon starts sewing really fast then.
      They’re a fun couple.

  21. Love it! I’m so excited about the release. It was torture to read the first bit in book one and then wait this long for book two 😉

    • Now Naomi, girl, don’t think of it as TORTUNE (exactly).

      It’s inducement, a lure.

      And I’ve read a few of those at the end of a book.

      Okay, torture is probably fair.

  22. So excited at the possibility of winning a copy of your book. I have loved your books from the moment I picked up and read the first one. Your writing is a blessing. Thank you for the chance to read your most recent release. God bless!

  23. Great excerpt (and writing), Mary. I read the first book in the series, so look forward to reading this sister’s story too.

  24. This sounds like a fun book, but then, all of yours are. Thank you for this giveaway.

  25. Wow! loved that excerpt and the pacing Just have to catch my breath. Again, WOW! Now there’s a book I want to read! ! ! !

  26. Oh Mary. I love the kind of books you write. I am always hoping to win one. It really sounds good. Maybe will get lucky. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com

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