Mary Connealy’s post of excuses
Life is busy for everyone, I know.
But mine has seemed unusually hectic for a while and just now, tonight at 12:06 a.m. While lying in bed, an electrical jolt hit me that it was MY DAY ON PETTICOATS AND PISTOLS.
I have been in Omaha all day. And I was in Omaha most of last week. And I had two meetings on…well….blah, blah, blah.
I have excuses.
But I decided to throw myself on the mercy of the very nice readers of Petticoats and Pistols by telling what my excuses are.
First and foremost I’ve been kept very busy buy THIS:
I have been helping a LOT. (No matter how hard my daughter tries to escape!)
And every time I don’t see her for two weeks it’s like she’s not only a whole new baby…but I can tell she FORGETS ME.
She is fine and perfect and three months old ON Thanksgiving Day.
I visit a lot.
Yes, it was waaaaay back in June, but man oh man was my head foggy by the time my youngest daughter got married. The four young adult women in this picture are my four daughters.
Count their three husbands and you know I’ve got one more to go (depending on how the universe unfolds, y’know!)
And one of those women is pregnant. (see picture above)
So this pretty picture of my whole family was seriously out of date about two months after it was taken.
And there was this: Which I know I’ve talked about but launching a new book is a lot of work, especially when you are also writing other books.
Bailey Wilde is the oldest sister–and the one who takes care of everyone else in her family. But after her sisters marry and move away, her little homestead becomes bleak and lonely, especially during the long winter months. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan concocted by her neighbor, Gage Coulter.
Gage is an honest man, but he didn’t make his fortune by being weak. He won’t break the law, but he’ll push as hard as he can within it. Five thousand acres of excellent grazing land is lost to him because Bailey’s homestead is located right across the entrance to a canyon full of lush grass. Gage has to regain access to this land–and he’s got to go through Bailey to do it. So he makes a proposal…
Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders finally loosen up enough to earn each other’s respect–and maybe find love in the process?
And there was this:
Coming in January–Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor.
In Karen Witemeyer’s “The Husband Maneuver,” Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins when the ranch foreman she loves seems to be leaving forever.
Regina Jennings offers “Her Dearly Unintended,” where friends stranded by a rising river pretend to be newlyweds when a dangerous stranger arrives.
Mary Connealy’s “Runaway Bride” finds a Texas ranger getting more than he expected when he rescues a young woman fleeing a dangerous arranged marriage.
And Melissa Jagears’ “Engaging the Competition” finds a young woman forced to assist the man she’s often sparred with after an accident leaves him helpless. Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.
Also coming in January (Yes ALSO) there is this:
Come along on a romantic journey jam-packed with all the angst of marriages founded upon practical choices as well as coercion.
Meet nine couples who barely know each other before they find themselves suddenly married to please family, to stem the tide of gossip, to save the land and joined for life.
But can love grow when duty comes before romance?
My personal contribution to this collection is A Bride Rides Herd, starring characters from earlier novels including Calico Canyon and The Husband Tree.
And I have to mention this:
It’s a collection containing books released earlier as ebooks, now gathered into a 12 book Christmas novella collection called The 12 Brides of Christmas. Including my contribution The Advent Bride and fellow filly Margaret Brownley is in this with me.
Christmas is the time for love—and weddings—and twelve historical women are on their way to the altar, whether they know it or not.
In Nineteenth Century settings across the heartland of America, readers will experience heartfelt gifts, old-fashioned Christmas traditions, sweet romance, and inspiring faith from twelve acclaimed Christian authors, including Mary Connealy, Margaret Brownley, Pam Hillman, Maureen Lang, Michele Ule, Amy Lillard, Miralee Ferrell, Susan Page Davis, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Davalynn Spencer, and Vickie McDonough.
But honestly really, my real excuse goes right back to this:
To try and make up for the ridiculous level of distraction which is my new granddaughter (I’ve got three other grandchildren and they are distracting in equal part but a bit older so they don’t forget me EVERY TIME!) (I hope)
I am giving away a $25 Amazon gift card which I urge you to spend wisely (or go nuts, whatever)
And forgive me for my EXCUSES