After writing twenty books over ten years in pursuit of a career as a published author, Mary Connealy finally won a contract with Heartsong Presents as a first-time author. Since she first saw print with her novel, Golden Days, Connealy has gone on to great success. To date, she has had over 40 novels published, as well as a few collections of shorter works. She has also had short stories or novellas published in a wide variety of anthologies.
Connealy specializes in inspirational romantic fiction, primarily romantic “cowboy” comedies set in the era of the old American West. In addition, she has published a trilogy of romantic mysteries, collected in 2009 as “Nosy in Nebraska”, though the individual volumes have each had a couple of different titles. Under the pseudonym Mary Nealy, she published the thriller Ten Plagues. Her first 19 novels, through 2011, were put out by Christian publisher Barbour Publishing, which also put out “omnibus” printings of early early trilogies with all three volumes in a single book. Since 2011, she has been published by both Bethany House and Thomas Nelson Publishing.
Mary was born into a farming family in Oakland, NE and grew up in Lyons, NE. She was the third, of eight children of farmer and social worker Jackson Moore and social worker and pianist Dorothy (Frew) Moore. Connealy attended Jefferson School, a one-room country school house, for eight years during elementary school, and graduated from Lyons High School in 1974. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications, graduating magna cum laude from Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska, in 1976. She lives with her husband, Ivan, and their four daughters in Decatur, NE.
Additional information about Mary Connealy can be found at the following Web sites:
Lassoed in Texas series, Vol. 1.
Carol Award finalist.
Novella, released as a stand-alone novel in 2007. Included in anthology Alaska Brides (2008).
2008 Carol Award winner for Best Short Historical Romance.
Lassoed in Texas series, Vol. 2.
Christy Award finalist
Carol Award finalist
Black Hills Blessings series, Vol 1.
Black Hills Blessings series, Vol 2.
Of Mice and Murder
A Maxie the Mouse mystery – Cozy Mystery
Also published as “Bury the Lead”.
Black Hills Blessings series, Vol 3.
Black Hills Blessing omnibus edition in 2010.
Pride and Pestilence
A Maxie the Mouse mystery — Cozy Mystery
Also published as “Fright at the Museum”.
Lassoed in Texas series, Vol. 3.
Lassoed in Texas omnibus edition in 2010.
Nosy in Nebraska – Omnibus
Montana Marriages series, Vol 1.
Carol Award finalist.
Winner of the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance
Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist
The Husband Tree
Montana Marriages series, Vol 2.
Carol Award finalist.
Montana Marriages series, Vol 3.
Montana Marriages omnibus edition in 2011.
Doctor in Petticoats
Sophie’s Daughters series, Vol 1.
Rita Award finalist
Wrangler in Petticoats
Sophie’s Daughters series, Vol 2.
Sharpshooter in Petticoats
Sophie’s Daughters series, Vol 3.
Sophie’s Daughters omnibus edition in 2012.
The Miceman Cometh
A Maxie the Mouse mystery — Cozy Mystery. First published in the omnibus collection “Nosy in Nebraska” in 2009. This 2011 edition is its first stand-alone publication.
Also published as “Trial and Terror”.
Out of Control
Kincaid Brides series, Vol. 1.
Ten Plagues: A Romantic Thriller
[2011, rereleased as print-on-demand in 2018]
Written as by Mary Nealy.
In Too Deep
Kincaid Brides series, Vol. 2.
Over the Edge
Kincaid Brides series, Vol. 3.
Trouble in Texas series, Vol. 1.
Trouble in Texas series, Vol. 2.
Trouble in Texas series, Vol. 3.
Tried and True
Wild at Heart series, Vol. 1.
Now and Forever
Wild at Heart series, Vol. 2.
Fire and Ice
Wild at Heart series, Vol. 3.
“The Boden Birthright”
Released as an E-book novella in 2016, then as a Large Print edition (which the libraries do not own). This story is an introduction to the Cimarron Legacy trilogy from 2016-2017.
No Way Up
The Cimarron Legacy series, Vol. 1.
Long Time Gone
The Cimarron Legacy series, Vol 2.
Too Far Down
The Cimarron Legacy series, Vol. 3.
Collection of 8 short stories or novellas all by Mary Connealy. Some previously published, some new to this collection. [Library only owns this as an E-book.]
Includes: “Advent Bride”, “A Bride Rides Herd”, “His Surprise Family”, “Homestead on the Range”, “Sophie’s Other Daughter”, “Sweetwater Bride”, “Texas Tea” and “Hope for Christmas”.
The Accidental Guardian
High Sierra Sweethearts series, Vol 1.
Loving the Texas Lawman
Garrison’s Law series, Vol 1. Self-Published.
Loving the Texas Protector
Garrison’s Law series, Vol 2. Self-Published.
Loving the Texas Negotiator
Garrison’s Law series, Vol 3. Self-Published.
Three Christmas Novellas
Includes the novellas “Longhorn Christmas”, “The Sweetest Gift” and “The Christmas Candle”, all by Mary Connealy.
The Reluctant Warrior
High Sierra Sweethearts series, Vol 2.
Loving the Texas Stranger
Loving the Mysterious Texan
The Unexpected Champion
High Sierra Sweethearts series, Vol 3.
Aiming for Love
Brides of Hope Mountain series, Vol 1.
Woman of Sunlight
Brides of Hope Mountain series, Vol 2.
Her Secret Song
Brides of Hope Mountain series, Vol 3.
“Winter Wedding Bells” in anthology A Bride for All Seasons
Lincoln City Libraries owns this only in E-book format.
“Meeting Her Match” in anthology A Match Made in Texas
Published as a series of Blog entries on Mary Connealy’s blog. Link above takes you to all entries in this sequence — scroll down to read in proper order.
“Spitfire Sweetheart” in anthology Four Weddings and a Kiss
“Runaway Bride” in anthology With This Ring: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry
Associated with both the “Kincaid Brides” series and the “Trouble in Texas” series.
“A Bride Rides Herd” in anthology The 12 Brides of Summer
“Longhorn Christmas” in anthology Cowboy Country Christmas
“Room at the Inn for Christmas” in e-book anthologies A Very Merry Small-Town Chrimstmas and A Second Chance at Star Inn and Christmas at Star Inn
“The Tangled Ties That Bind” as an E-novella, then in anthology Hearts Entwined
Lincoln City Libraries only in E-book and E-audiobook formats.
“Doctor Tess and the Cowboy” in the e-book anthology The Cowboys of Summer
Christmas Treasures: A Collection of Congregational Resources for Advent/Christmas
Faster Than Fast Food
posted to the web February 2019 sdc / last updated January 2021 sdc