Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blog Tour - Calico Canyon

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Calico Canyon

Barbour Publishing, Inc (July 1, 2008)


Mary Connealy


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 clutchs 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

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.

Mary contributes to 3 blogs. You can find them here.

One of the things I love about books is that they are as varied as the authors who write them -- and as the people inhabiting their pages! While many books in the Christian historical fiction genre use the formula "man + woman = sparks flying" (with some additional suspenseful moments thrown in), each one has its own twist that makes it unique. Calico Canyon is no exception. The antics of the 5 Reeves rapscallions, coupled with the unique way Grace and Daniel end up marrying one another, make this a fun and entertaining book. And I love how Mary Connealy handles giving these ornery boys the occasional tender moment while allowing them to save face, lest their brothers think they've sold out to the sissy side. I'm just thankful I got to read it and not live it!

Happy Reading!


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Mary Connealy said...

This is my mother in law's life, Linda. Well, not exactly, she gave bifth to seven sons, rather than married into the family but all the chaos really happened.

Although she says her boys were better behaved at meal time.
Thank you for the kind words about Calico Canyon