Thursday, June 26, 2008

CFBA Presents - CALICO CANYON by Mary Connealy - WIN IT!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Calico Canyon
(Barbour Publishing, Inc. - July 1, 2008)
Mary Connealy


MARY CONNEALY is an award-winning author and playwright, married to Ivan a farmer, and the mother of four beautiful daughters, Joslyn, Wendy, Shelly and Katy. They live in Decatur, Nebraska. Mary is a GED Instructor by day and an author by night. And there is always a cape involved in her transformation.

Mary has also written Petticoat Ranch, Golden Days, and her latest, Alaska Brides that will debut in August.


Let yourself be swept away by this fast-paced romance, featuring Grace Calhoun, an instructor of reading, writing, and arithmetic, who, in an attempt to escape the clutches of a relentless pursuer, runs smack dab into even more trouble with the 6R's - widower Daniel Reeves, along with his five rowdy sons. When a marriage is forced upon this hapless pair - two people who couldn't dislike each other more - an avalanche isn't the only potential danger lurking amid the shadows of Calico Canyon. Will they make it out alive? Or end up killing each other in the process?
Running from her abusive foster-father, a man intent on revenge, the prim and perfectly proper Grace Calhoun takes on the job of schoolmarm in Mosqueros, Texas.

As if being a wanted woman isn't bad enough, Grace has her hands full with the five rowdy and rambunctious Reeves boys─tough Texan tormenters who seem intent on making her life miserable. When, in an attempt to escape from the clutches of her pursuer, Grace is forced to marry widower Daniel Reeves, father of the miniature monsters, she thinks things couldn't get any worse. Or could they?

Daniel Reeves, happy in his all-male world, is doing the best he can, raising his five boys─rascals, each and every one. Since his wife's death in childbirth, Daniel has been determined never to risk marriage again.

When God throws Grace and Daniel together─two people who couldn't detest each other more─the trouble is only beginning.

Will this hapless pair find the courage to face life together in the isolated Calico Canyon? Or are their differences too broad a chasm to bridge?

If you would like to read the first chapter go HERE


I absolutely loved Petticoat Ranch so I had very high expectations for Calico Canyon. I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I found this book to be even stronger than the first, which is saying something.

Mary Connealy knows her way around emotions. She can make you laugh out loud one minute and tug on your heart the next. In Grace and Daniel she's created two characters you love and root for, even while they are contemplating knocking each other silly. It's a match reminiscent of classic movie pairings like Tracy and Hepburn or Gable and Lombard. Grace and Daniel are just as much fun... and romantic.

She also has some interesting secondary story lines which will almost certainly pop up in her next book in the series, Gingham Mountain. While this book can stand alone, I think you'll enjoy it more if you read Petticoat Ranch first. Not only will you have a proper introduction to Grace, but you'll get to read another fast-paced and fun romance.


Because I think you'll enjoy reading Mary's books in order, I'm giving you your choice again. Just reply to this blog by July 2nd. I'll choose a winner at random and let him or her choose either Petticoat Ranch or Calico Canyon. Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. (To prevent spammers from trolling for your email, please use this format with the brackets--you [at] yourmail [dot] com--or something similar.) Good luck!


traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. The review and interview is wonderful and what a great book to enjoy this summer. Petticoat Ranch would be super.

windycindy said...

Hello! I have read great things about this book and author. I would love to be entered in your giveaway!
Many thanks, Cindi

Pamela J said...

This sounds like such a fun, fantastic book I can hardly wait to read it. Please enter me in your contest. Thanks.
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Michelle Sutton said...

Nice review. This is a finalist for the Magazine.

anne said...

Enjoyable review and would love to read this excellent novel. Thanks so much.

cpullum said...

Love to read Calico Canyon!!!
please enter me!!

tetewa said...

I have Petticoat Ranch and would love to get Calico Canyon! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

becca dowling said...

I loved Petticoat Ranch and am looking forward to Calico Canyon. Please enter me in your drawing for Calico Canyon.

Thanks for the great review!

ruth said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. Both books sound great and appeal to me. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Carolynn W. said...

I haven't read either one so they both sound great! Thanks for the chance to win!
carolynnwald [at] hotmail [dot] com

Jennifer AlLee said...

Hey, windycindy, you've won your choice of Mary's books!

Big thanks to all who stopped by. Be blessed!