Sunday, February 15, 2009

Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Gingham Mountain

Barbour Books (February 1, 2009)


Mary Connealy


Mary's writing journey is similar to a lot of others. Boil it down to persistence, oh, go ahead and call it stubbornness. She just kept typing away. She think the reason she did it was because she was more or less a dunce around people—prone to sit silently when she really ought to speak up(or far worse, speak up when she ought to sit silently).

So, Mary had all these things, she want to say, in her head; the perfect zinger to the rude cashier, which you think of an hour after you’ve left the store, the perfect bit of wisdom when someone needs help, which doesn’t occur to you until they solve their problems themselves, the perfect guilt trip for the kids, which you don’t say because you’re not an idiot. She keep all this wit to herself, much to the relief of all who know her, and then wrote all her great ideas into books. It’s therapeutic if nothing else, and more affordable than a psychiatrist.

So then a very nice, oh so nice publishing company like Barbour Heartsong comes along and says, “Hey, we’ll pay you money for this 45,000 word therapy session.” That’s as sweet as it gets.

Mary's journey to publication is the same as everyone’s except for a few geniuses out there who make it hard for all of us. And even they probably have an Ode to Roast Beef or two in their past.

There are two other books in this Lassoed In Texas Series: Petticoat Ranch and Calico Canyon


All aboard for a delightful, suspense-filled romance, where a Texan is torn between his attraction to a meddlesome schoolmarm and the charms of a designing dressmaker. When Hannah Cartwright meets Grant, she's determined to keep him from committing her orphans to hard labor on his ranch. How far will she go to ensure their welfare?

Grant Cooper is determined to provide a home for the two kids brought in by the orphan train as runs head-on into the new school marm, who believes he's made slave labor out of eight orphaned children. He crowds too many orphans into his rickety house, just like Hannah Cartwright's cruel father. Grant's family of orphans have been mistreated too many times by judgmental school teachers. Now the new schoolmarm is the same except she's so pretty and she isn't really bad to his children, it's Grant she can't stand.

But he is inexplicably drawn to Hannah. Can he keep his ragtag family together while steering clear of love and marriage? Will he win her love or be caught in the clutches of a scheming seamstress?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Gingham Mountain, go HERE

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Come and visit with some of those posting for this tour:
Abi at lighter side
Amber at A Fiction-Filled Life
Amy at Simple Folk Schoolhouse
Amy at My Life
Andie at Radiant Light
April at Projecting A
Becky at Savvy Mom
Bonnie at Bonnie Writes
Brittanie at A Book Lover
Camille at There is a season
Camy at Camy Tang
Cara at the law, books, and life
Carla at Carla's Writing Café
Carrie at The Random Thoughts Of Carrie
CeeCee at Book Splurge
Christa at Fairfield Corner Academy
Christy at Christy's Book Blog
Dave at The Plot Thickens
Dave at Novel Spotlight
Deanna at Deannna's Corner
Deborah at books, movies and chinese food
Deborah at Country At Heart
Debra at Soul Reflections
Deena at A Peek At My Bookshelf
Delia at Gatorskunkz And Mudcats
Edyth at Great Reads by Jasmine
Georgiana at Georgiana D
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
Janna at Cornhusker Academy
Jason at Spoiled For The Ordinary
Jendi at Jendi's Journal
Jenn at One House Schoolroom Reviews
Jennifer at Musings on This, That, & The Other Thing
Jennifer at So Many Books…So Little Time
Jenny at Come Meet AusJenny
Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms
Jill at Artistic Blogger
Kate at A Simple Walk
Kelly at A Disciple's Steps
Kelly at Scrambled Dregs
Kim at Window To My World
Kristinia at Loving Heart Mommy
Leah at Ponderings From My Heart
Leslie at A Little Bit Of Sunlight
Linda at Mocha With Linda
Linda at Reading For His Glory
Lori at Noggin Bits
Marjorie at The Writer's Tool
Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author
Myra at Writer at Random
Pam at Pam's Private Reflections
Pam at Daysong Reflections
Patricia at Readin N Writin With Patricia
Pattie at FreshBrewedWriter
Peg at Sips 'n Cups Cafeteria
Pepper at Great Christian Fiction
Becky at Becky's Book Reviews
Rel at Relz Reviewz
Rulan at Fiction Showcase
Ryan at loves to read
Shera at Froggy Reviews
Sunny at That Book Addiction
Takiela at Beauty 4 Ashes
Tara at Tara's View Of The World
Tracy at Pix-N-Pens
Vicki at Vicki Tiede
Victoria at Overlooked Orchid


Becky said...

Here's my link.

Michelle Sutton said...

I'm up but on vacation so I didn't have a chance to read it.

Deborah said...

mine's up

Jenny said...

Posted and heading to ping.

Christa said...

Mine is posted -


Peg said...

Scheduled for Monday AM. Loved this book! But I expected no less.

Sips 'n Cups Cafe

Peg said...

PS: (I forgot) There's a review, too.

Rulan said...

Posted and pinged. I enjoyed reading this book. It even made me cry in a few places.

Jennifer AlLee said...

Posted with review. And pinged.
I just love Mary's books. Great fun!

Kim said...

Posted with my review and pinged. Loved this one!

berlysue dot blogspot dot com

Sunny said...

Mine is posted but no review yet.

KeepItSimple said...

Ready to roll at 8 am.

Blessings -

Cara Putman said...

Set to post on Wednesday with a review and interview. Great book!

Mocha with Linda said...

Posted, reviewed, & pinged. Loved it, as anticipated!!

Jim Thompson said...

Ponged and Pinged.

Christy Lockstein said...

I'm up with review

Pam said...

Posted with a separate and

April Erwin said...

Mine posts tomorrow am w/a review. Love Mary's books!

loves to read said...


Jason said...

Posted the blurb - my wife was going to read/review it, but Real Life Intervenes (TM) has once again reared its ugly head...

Deanna said...

Posted and pinged.

Brittanie said...

Posted with short review.

carla stewart said...

Posted and pinged.

Janna said...

Posted with a review and giveaway!

Rel said...

Up down under with mini review :)

Jill said...

My post is up at Artistic Blogger!

Ausjenny said...

posting with review.
loved this book

Pattie said...

Posted and pinged. Thanks!

Kelly Klepfer said...

Posted with review and bonus post at Novel Reviews. Cute book.

Georgiana said...

Loved it! Post is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

CeeCee said...


Margie Vawter said...

Set to post later today.

Another great read from Mary!

Pepper Basham said...

posted and reviewed. What a fun read!! I'm off to ping

Carrie said...

Mine's up. Great book.

CWAHM said...

Jasmine said...

I posted. Sorry for the delay, but my internet and computer was malfunctioning! Thanks