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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blog Tour - Idolizing In: Swept Away by Mary Connealy | Review & Giveaway

Today and tomorrow I'm turning my blog over to Mary Connealy, with a review of "Swept Away," which is the 1st book in her Trouble in Texas Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from March 11 - 28, 2013 | Giveaway ends on March 27, 2013 | "Swept Away" Author Chat Party is on March 28, 2013]

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 301; Kindle Edition - File Size: 653 KB | Expected Release Date: March 1, 2013 | Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Obtained: Litfuse Publicity Group

"Swept Away" [Trouble in Texas Series, Book 1] by Mary Connealy

My Book Summary : Luciano (Lucas/Luke) has always felt the need to fight for what he believed in. It's why he became a Union soldier during the Civil War even though he was from Texas. Now it's the reason why he's going home to avenge his father's death and take back the family ranch that was stolen from him. On his ride back home he comes across Ruthy (Rosie) floating in a river, saves her, and--because of the proximity of where he pulled her out and his hometown--he brings her home with him.

Ruthy has her own problems, ever since her parents died she has been treated more like a servant then anything else by her neighbors who took her in. Before Luke found her, she and "her family" were driving in a wagon train headed for California and all Ruthy wanted to do was escape. Therefore, when a flash flood took their wagons as they were crossing a river Ruthy felt it was a blessing. Now if she can only keep herself, Luke, and Luke's friends safe from the trouble with Luke's ranch is brewing up then everything will be might fine...

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! This witty, funny, adventurous novel keeps you on your toes with it's no nonsense style group of men, who are as close as brothers, trying to bring law and order to a wayward town. I was very surprised with some of the twists that came up! Also--even though it never happened--am still waiting for one of Ruthy's "family" to show up from the dead just to cause even more trouble. =0)

Luke's friends were wonderful characters! They all have that little something you wish for in your leading men, so I can't wait to see whom they'll be paired up with! In addition, Luke and Ruthy are quite a pair too! They had each other’s back the whole way through this novel, and I LOVED the way Luke tries to romance Ruthy as it made me laugh for that whole section! *heheee*

I recommend this novel to anyone who likes light romances with adventurous cowboys! Also, it is a sweet Christian read as well as being a fun romantic comedy!

Author's Novel Extras : The Missouri River Flood of 2011 | The First Time I've Seen My New Cover Online! | I've been TAGGED by Julie Lessman | SPEEDBO-Firing a Warning Shot Across the Bow | Publisher's Weekly--Great Review of Swept Away | 4 STARS for Swept Away in Romantic Times Magazine! | Library Journal Review of SWEPT AWAY!!! | I'm on Christian Bookshelf & Giveaway of Swept Away | Weekend Edition | FIRST EVER ON P & P GIVEAWAY OF–SWEPT AWAY | Swept Away is SHIPPING NOW!!! | CHANCE TO WIN SWEPT AWAY | YOU SHOULD BE WRITING!!! | CHANCE TO WIN SWEPT AWAY | Welcome Mat Wednesday | Chance to win Swept Away and much more | Swept Away, Baby Calves and the Grand Canyon of Texas | Lane Hill House Reviews Swept Away

Author's Series Extras : Trouble in Texas...A New Series Begins | Weekend Edition | I’m ready for my chance | The Grand Canyon of Texas | That Eureka Moment When a Writer Strikes Gold!

Book Teaser(s) :
She blinked her eyes at him and they were like none he'd ever seen. They seemed to glow with a yellowy-gold light. It reminded him of a mountain lion he'd seen once, a beautiful critter.
"I'm a doctor, ma'am."
"I heard. And I heard my son tell you I'm fine." Glynna Greer's lioness eyes flashed with anger.
A snarling, beautiful critter.
"Go away and don't come back."
A snarling, beautiful critter who looked eager to bite his head off. This woman was more like that lion every minute. ~ within Chapter 3
He needed to do this right. He didn't know much about women, but he'd heard they were notional critters and there was probably a right way to propose. Luke reckoned he hadn't found it so far.
Taking her hand, he tried his very best to be . . . he struggled for the word . . . uh . . . romantic, that was it.
He hadn't practiced this and it was a mistake on his part. Now he had to think and talk at the same time. And Ruthy already looked impatient. ~ within Chapter 15
"I can just drag you into the underbrush and cover your body with leaves. You can nap while we clear these vermin out of Broken Wheel. I'm sure Glynna can defend herself."
It might be best for Luke not to have children with this merciless woman. ~ within Chapter 20
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Mary, then please check out her website.

About the Author :

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.

The Lassoed in Texas Series, "Petticoat Ranch," "Calico Canyon" and "Gingham Mountain." "Petticoat Ranch" was a Carol Award Finalist. "Calico Canyon" was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

The Montana Marriages Series, "Montana Rose," "The Husband Tree" and "Wildflower Bride." "Montana Rose" was a Carol Award Finalist.

"Cowboy Christmas"—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie's Daughters series. "Doctor in Petticoats," "Wrangler in Petticoats," "Sharpshooter in Petticoats."

She is also the author of; "Black Hills" Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, "Nosy in Nebraska," a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she's one of the three authors contributing to "Alaska Brides" with her Carol Award Winning historical romance "Golden Days."

Giveaways!! :

Mary Connealy is celebrating the release of "Swept Away" by giving away a $250 "Swept Away" Vacation Package and hosting a Facebook Author Chat Party!

One fortunate winner will receive :

  • A $250 Visa Cash Card (Get away for the weekend or use it to buy an eReader for a relaxing ‘Staycation’!)
  • A copy of "Swept Away" (For you AND a friend!)

To Enter : Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 27th. Winner will be announced at the "Swept Away" Author Chat Party on March 28th. Connect with Mary, get a sneak peek of the next book in the series, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways -- gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of "Swept Away" and join Mary on the evening of the March 28th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP TODAY. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out Litfuse's other Blog Tour Reviews for this novel!!

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