Mary Connealy

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Mary Alice Moore Connealy
Born 1956 (age 61–62)
Oakland, Nebraska
Residence Nebraska
Occupation Writer
Spouse(s) Yes
Children Four daughters[1]

Mary Alice Moore Connealy (born 1956) is an American author of Christian fiction[2] who specializes in romantic comedy set in the cowboy era of the American west.[1]

Early life[edit]

Connealy was born in Oakland, Nebraska, and grew up on a farm in rural Lyons, Nebraska. She is 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,[1] in 1976.


Connealy wrote for ten years before she got her first book published, and had 20 finished books when she made her first sale.[1][3] She published her first books with Barbour Publishing.[4] After writing nineteen books for Barbour Publishing, she signed with Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in 2011. Out of Control appeared on the Christian Booksellers Association national best-sellers list in September 2011[5] and also on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) national fiction best-seller list.[2] Connealy is also published by Thomas Nelson Publishing, a division of HarperCollins Publishers LLC. Connealy was a finalist for best first book in the American Christian Fiction Writer's (ACFW)[6] 2008 Carol Awards with Petticoat Ranch. Doctor in Petticoats was a finalist for a 2011 RITA Award finalist-Best Inspirational Romance. Calico Canyon was a nominee for a Christy Award. Calico Canyon was best known[by whom?] for its opening line: "The Five Horseman of the Apocalypse rode in. Late as usual."

Selected published works[edit]

  • Lassoed in Texas
  • Montana Marriage
  • Sophie's Daughters
    • Doctor in Petticoats (Barbour Publishing, 2010) ISBN 1602601461
    • Wrangler in Petticoats (Barbour Publishing, 2010) ISBN 160260147X
    • Sharpshooter in Petticoats (Barbour Publishing, 2011)[1] ISBN 1602601488
    • Sophie's Daughters Trilogy – containing all three books (Barbour Publishing, 2011) ISBN 1616266996
  • Wild West Weddings
  • The Kincaid Brides series
  • Trouble in Texas Series
  • Wild at Heart Series
  • Cimarron Legacy Series
    • The Boden Birthright (Bethany House Publishing 2016) ASIN: B01CRHOTJQ
    • No Way Up (Bethany House Publishing 2016) ISBN 0764211811
    • Long Time Gone (Bethany House Publishing 2017) ISBN 076421182X
    • Too Far Down (Bethany House Publishing 2017)
  • Novella Collections
    • Black Hills Blessing (Barbour Publishing, 2010) ISBN 1602608008
    • A Bride for All Seasons (Thomas Nelson Publishing 2013) ISBN 1401688535
    • Alaska Brides Collection (Barbour Publishing, 2013) ISBN 162416739X
    • A Match Made in Texas (Bethany House Publishing 2014) ISBN 0764211765
    • Four Weddings and a Kiss (Thomas Nelson Publishing 2014) ISBN 1401688543
    • The Homestead Brides Collection (Barbour Publishing 2015) ISBN 1630586862
    • 12 Brides of Christmas (Barbour Publishing 2015) ISBN 1630584894
    • With This Ring? (Bethany House Publishing 2016) ISBN 0764217720
    • Lassoed by Marriage (Barbour Publishing 2016) ISBN 1634091205
    • 12 Brides of Summer (Barbour Publishing 2017) ISBN 1634090292
    • The Calico and Cowboys Romance Collection: Love Is a Lighthearted Adventure in Eight Novellas from the Old West (Barbour Publishing 2017) ISBN 1683224027
    • Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection by Mary Connealy/Karen Witemeyer/Regina Jennings/Melissa Jagears ISBN 0764230328
  • ebooks
    • Home for Christmas: The Sweetest Gift by Mary Connealy/Christmas Angel by Robin Lee Hatcher (Ten Talents Publishing 2011) ASIN: B0064DQTJS
    • Candlelight Christmas: The Christmas Candle by Mary Connealy/The Outlaw's Gift by Linda Goodnight (Ten Talents Publishing 2012) ASIN: B009UHZOC8
    • Room at the Inn for Christmas (St. Martin's Press Swerve 2016) ASIN: B01JGMQDTO
    • The Advent Bride (Shiloh Run Studios 2014) ASIN: B00NTI2YXG

As Mary Nealy[edit]

Mary Connealy has a few older works, with rights reverted, that she published under the pen name Mary Nealy.

  • Nosy in Nebraska ISBN 1602604185
  • Bury the Lead (Ten Talents Publishing 2011) ASIN: B007QO8RKS
  • Fright at the Museum (Ten Talents Publishing 2011) ASIN: B007QOAZL2
  • Trial and Terror (Ten Talents Publishing 2011) ASIN: B007QOAYQ8
  • Ten Plagues (Barbour Publishing, 2011) ISBN 1602606846



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