Aiming for Love is OUT!


It seems to take forever to get these books released, but YAY

Book #1 of the Brides of Hope Mountain Series

is now available.

A little bit about

Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world–a world she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, her older sister especially is frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.

David’s parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. David’s father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?

If you want to read an excerpt from Aiming for Love click HERE

I could have a marching bank stomp across this website if I could, I’m just so delighted and relieved to have the book alive and well. 

Let’s talk accomplishments. What’s the last thing you did that really gave you a sense of accomplishment. 

I remember once I bought a kit (HUGE KIT) and built a shed. One of those small backyard, metal sheds for the lawmower, right?

That was a small shed but a big accomplishment for me. Getting a book done gives me a sense of accomplishment like that and, of course, I need to go right back to writing…which is good. It keeps me out of trouble.

I also once read The Winds of War and then immediately dived into War and Remembrance. Huge books. That gave me a sense of accomplishment, too.

Let’s talk accomplishments. Finished a book or finished an afghan or gave birth to a baby or finally got the grout cleaned up in a moldy bathroom. What gives you a sense of accomplishment.


Today I am giving away a copy of

Aiming for Love

Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing.

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74 thoughts on “Aiming for Love is OUT!”

  1. Good morning Mary- I am a Livestock Waste Inspector for the State of Kansas, I have to inspection a total of a 100 facilities a year. Those include Feedyards where cattle are custom fed, Dairies where our milk is produced, and Swine facilities where the best pork is raised. I make sure they are following regulations set by the state of Kansas and the EPA in order to protect the waters of Kansas And the waters of USA. So I have quarterly and year end goals and when I meet them it’s a huge sense of accomplishment. Another huge and the most cherished accomplishment for my personal self is my sobriety birthday. I just celebrated 19 years clean and sober last month.
    I have to thank all you authors as you are a part of that, because I started reading 4 years after I became sober, books have been my source of sobriety. Before I started reading it was still a huge struggle staying faithful to my sobriety, which I did, but once I discovered books and they kept me from thinking about my addiction, life truly became beautiful,
    So thank you and all the wonderful ladies here at P & P, you’ve all played a part in my accomplishment.

    • Your awesome! Congratulations again on your sobriety. I hadn’t told you that Wayne was 45 days sober and a little over a week ago he called me drunk. I feel bad for him because I’m sure he’s struggling and I haven’t heard from him since. Addiction is evil.

      • Stephanie, I don’t know who Wayne is, but I do know the cost to everyone surrounding an alcoholic. And it’s a hard struggle. Tonya to succeed at it for so many years is wonderful.
        I hope Wayne tries again and finds victory over his addiction.

        • I completely agree Mary about the cost all those around an alcoholic pay. I believe only had that one night slip and he got back on track. He even had his first sober birthday in decades and I’m very proud of him for that. I seem to get involved with too many alcoholics in one way or another. I drank a lot when I was young but I’m lucky that it never became an addiction, it was just a youth thing for me. When I got an early job in College that I had to be able to think and work quickly I had to stop my college partying. I was an auditor for a Dillard’s in El Paso, Texas. I had 68 or more cash registers to balance by noon when the armored truck arrived to pick up the deposit. It didn’t take long before I said no more drinking and partying half the night.

    • Tonya, what an interesting job! I’ll bet you see really interesting farm facilities. I’d like to see all of that.
      And it’s a good job, with a solid need that you are meeting.

      And thank you so much for the kind words about reading. We love Readers!!! I’m glad they help you in such a profound way.

      Thank you for your comment

  2. Mornin’ Mary! I felt a sense of accomplishment when I visited the few states I lacked so I could finally say, “I have visited all of the states in our wonderful United States.”

    • As soon as I saw the link to this P&P blog I thought, oh a girl with a bow and arrow, I’m in. The pinterest ad for your book is beautiful and causes a longing in me to escape to the mountains of Colorado or somewhere. For me that only happens in a book and in my mind. I’ve yet to read one of your books but I’m only fixing to hit my 3 year anniversary after discovering that I do have the concentration again to read.
      I have MS and for many years I couldn’t have read if I wanted too because of cognitive issues. Every single time I finished a book now I feel very accomplished. I’m on my
      289th book now! It turns out that I’ve had MS the majority of my life and where my brain lesions are explains a lot of issues I’ve always had. Concentration, decision making, (making sudden decisions without thinking it through has always been an issue for me, bad spontaneity I guess you say) emotional issues… but hey at least I have an excuse, right?!?! Lol

      I had a huge sense of accomplishment a few years back when I was able to come back from a bad MS flare that included a neurological attack called Mononeuritis Multiplex that shut me down to being a quadraplegic. I first had to concentrate on every little task that therapists asked me to do to get my brain to find a new nerve pathway to communicate with the body part(s) needed to accomplish what I was trying to do. The brain communicates with the body through nerves and MS attacks those nerves and causes what can be described as a short and communication can’t travel past that short per say. Once a new pathway for communication is found you then have to rebuild or strengthen all the muscles needed to perform said task. Your blessed if you can find a new pathway and can regain your abilities, not everyone does. The body is more crazy and complex than the average person even begins to realize. I’ve spent so much time in therapy hospitals that I’ve seen some crazy and amazing things and learned so much. Anyway I often feel accomplishment from the smallest things just because I spent over a year of my life not being able to care for myself.

      I’d love the opportunity to read your new book and a giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list. Congratulations on your new release! The first book in a new series, how exciting!

      • Stephanie consider yourself a winner. I’ll pick two and one of them is you. What a victory you’ve had. What a struggle. It’s inspiring to talk to someone who triumphs everyday.

    • Wow, Melanie, good for you! My mother in law had a collection of spoons, little decorative spoons from every state she’d visited. She made it to all fifty of them except Alaska in her 92 years.

      I’m no where near that. I haven’t been in the northeast at all. New York, but none of the New England states, or the Northwest.

      I haven’t even flown over them!!!

    • Mary, I recently was able to tour a dairy and I hadn’t been on one for about 19 years. I now understand why so many dairies back in Tonya and my hometown area shut down. The automation that dairies have now just blows my mind. The size of the surviving dairies is just crazy, they’re huge! Times sure have changed!

      • Stephanie- They sure have. Some of the fairies I inspect up here in Kansas are 5000 head or larger. They milk 24/7 and it’s just amazing the modern technology.

  3. I guess my biggest accomplishment this year is that I quit smoking the first of this year so it has been 10 months. My husband still smokes like a freight train so that made it harder for me to quit so it was a big accomplishment for me. Your books sounds fabulous and I would love to read it.

  4. Good morning Mary. This is so trite …. but a sense of accomplishment for me is to get the house clean, especially all the dusting done. I hate to dust! I’m an avid outdoors person. My house is always presentable, but not often squeaky clean. Of course, when the grands are visiting, in two minutes it doesn’t look like I did anything anyway!

    Your book cover is delightful and the excerpt tells me this will be a wonderful book to read! Glad release day finally came to kick off your new series.

    • Kathy, I think of all the chores dusting is the worst!!!
      It’s so unfair! The dust just comes and comes and comes.
      I mean, if you get clothes out it figures you have to put them away.
      If you eat on the dishes, it figures you have to wash them.
      If you track mud into the house…it is fair to have to sweep and vacuum, even scrub.
      But DUST. Nothing to be done but endure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      And wipe it away or live with it.

      NO FAIR

  5. My latest sense of accomplishment came from getting household chores finished–laundry washed and folded, dishes washed and put away, supper prepared–and having time left over to read my book! That’s not always easy with a seven-month-old in the house. 🙂

  6. Happy Book Release. A sense of accomplishment for me was to get up the courage to leave a bad marriage. I’ve come a long way since then. I’ve bought and paid for a house, car and truck. I’ve begun to paint more and be more independent. Your book sounds great. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Yay for accomplishments! For me it is anytime I actually finish a project. LOL. I’m good at not doing that and then jumping to the next one.

    • Susan, this is so true. It’s almost weird that I finish books because I used to start stuff all the time and not go through with it.
      Though there was a time when I did a lot of knitting and crocheting and I’d finish those things.

  8. Welcome Mary. I am excited about this series. Our son is 35 and he has been a civi war reenactor since he was 14 ins Boy Scouts. His bride was also a civil war reenactor. So for their wedding I decided to make a King size plus quilt for their bed. I got the book Civil War Sampler from Barbara Brackman, civil war reproduction fabrics and set to it. Each block was first introduced during that time and there was a short history of how and why it came into existence. Soooo cool. Anyway, I had a year so I set to work. LOL I am so glad I gave myself so much time. I was also working full time. It came together beautifully though. But there were times. Oh my. Now four years later is rests beautifully on their bed.

    • Maureen, I don’t get on a kick very often and my husband doesn’t like it when I do, but I will just purge things. Throw and throw and throw away stuff. It gives me a great feeling of accomplishment.
      To get through a whole closet and end up with it mostly empty!? A whole empty closet? But then I start on other rooms, getting rid of stuff and getting orderly and sticking things away and before you know it, yes, some room is really looking good, but the closet is full again.

  9. The Winds of War and War and Remembrance bring back good memories. Some of the first books I purchased and I still have them. These days now that I am retired I have tried to modify my goals a bit, so that I feel a sense of accomplishment if I’ve completed some things on my to do list but also taken some time for me (like for reading!) because then I have a better balance than I ever had when working full time.

    Aiming for Love sounds like a great story. Thanks for the chance!

    • Sally that sounds like a good outlook to me.
      I need to make a list.
      Somehow the days just fly by and I don’t really tackle new big projects. (for me, when I think projects, I just pictures me going through shelves and drawers and tossing stuff out.)

  10. I am so, so, so, soooooo excited that there is a new book by Mary Connealy. She is one of my favorite authors.

  11. Each day I look after my grandsons which is wonderful. I derive a great deal of enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment knowing that I am helping out and giving them an important understanding of family.

  12. Instilling the importance of reading and appreciation of books for my grandchildren will be a lifelong accomplishment.

  13. Congratulations! Your book sounds like a very good read, and I love the cover! I would love to read your book . Thank you for sharing what your book is about and Best Wishes !! Have a Great weekend.

    • Oh My gosh, you’re right, I’ve got a busy day tomorrow and then it’s the weekend again. The year is flying by.
      I got my first ordered Christmas present from UPS today.
      That’s always a fun project!

    • Thanks, Denise. I’m a big reader myself.
      But sometimes I finish a book and feel kinda bad because I’m going to have to wait too long for the next one. But I always find something!!!

  14. My feeling of accomplishment comes when I help a client pick an insurance plan that’s right for them, money wise and benefit wise. Also, taking care of my 95 year old Mom. She does well, and when I can do things to help her as he caregiver, then I feel good. I think I’ve read all of your books, Mary, as our church library carries them! I’ll look forward to this new one!

  15. My accomplishment is to have raised 4 wonderful children who are now all married, and going to Church. I have other things that I accomplished as well, but to me this was the one most important.
    I read the excerpts And your book sounds awesome. Thank you for writing it.

  16. I get a feeling of accomplishment from getting the house clean before someone can mess it up! Lol! And accomplishing goals I set for myself.

  17. Can I pass something along to everyone from a former editor—me?
    It’s about CAPITALIZING the word _IS_ IN TITLES, both books and essays:

    “The rules are fairly standard for title case: Capitalize the first and the last word. Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions. Lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.”

    The word IS is a VERB and should always be capitalized in any TITLE. Always.

    Many folks erroneously think the rule is to lowercase small words but that is incorrect. I hope this helps.

  18. Big a mom day after day and reinventing the wheel every day is my challenge now! Looking for Joy in the Journey!

  19. Your newest story sounds very intriguing.
    As for accomplishments, getting my house clean is always a huge accomplishment. And with six active children (ages 16-8) at home having a clean house is near impossible. Ha!

  20. We bought a 1898 victorian farm house. It was in a lovely place and solidly built. Unfortunately, it needed to be gutted down to the studs and completely redone.. Water had gotten into the lath and plaster causing mold, and they had repaired part of one wall around two windows with cement. The house had no insulation and needed to be rewired. We lived in the house while we did the work and sort of played musical rooms. I ripped out the lath and plaster and cleaned things up. My husband and son dit the wiring (which we had checked by an electrician and inspected), insulation, plumbing, and sheetrock work. I picked the fixtures and paint colors and we worked together finishing. We had finished and set up most rooms and including the parlor and dining room. Everything was perfect and just the way I had imagined it when we started. At that point my husband decided he wanted to change the way he had finished the floors in the parlor and dining room. He had oiled those 2 and varnished the others. So much for my sense of accomplishment. We moved all the furniture from one room to the other and redid that floor and then did the reverse. Unfortunately, we got really busy and were never home and the rooms became where we put things until we got to them. Sadly that never seemed to happen. Now it is so far ahead of us, I don’t know if I will ever get it back to where it was. I am striving for my next big sense of accomplishment – getting everything taken care of and having the house all set up. Dinner in the dining room at Christmas is my goal.

  21. Hi,
    I am half way through Aiming For Love, I cannot put it down! Love it so far. Going to finish it today.
    Thanks for the great reading through the years!

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