(Guest Blogger, Mary Connealy is one the finest authors to exemplify the new generation of Inspirational Fiction writers. Her acute perceptions and infectious humor grab the reader from page one. Obviously Barbour Publishing, her publishing house, recognized her talent and has launched Mary's books across three of their lines: Short Historical, Long Historical, and Cozy Mystery. Mary is a finalist in the Book Of The Year contest hosted by American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Petticoat Ranch finaled in Debut Author; Golden Days finaled in Short Historical. The winners will be announced at the conference in September. Way to go, Mary!! -audra)
Christian fiction is the fastest growing area of all fiction genres. If you
haven't checked out Christian fiction lately, you need to give it another
Whatever your favorite kind of reading, there's a Christian version of it.
If you love suspense, give Brandilyn Collins and Ted Dekker a try.
If you loved the sassy chick lit style of Bridget Jones Diary, try Kristin
Billerbeck and Camy Tang.
If you love the romantic comedy of historical Julie Garwood, check out my
books, Petticoat Ranch and Calico Canyon.
We've got cop dramas, courtroom dramas, angst ridden melodrama, cozy
mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, and sweeping family sagas.
The main difference in Christian fiction is there are Christian characters at
the heart of them. No profanity. No sex between unmarried couples and once
they are married, we let them go into the bedroom alone and swing the door
shut. C'mon, that's just good manners!!!! :)
The books are the same fast-paced, funny, sharply written content you enjoy
in any of your favorites.
If you've tried Christian fiction before and found it too mild...and I make
no apologies for some of the mild, beautiful stories out there, but if that's
not what hooks you, then it's time to check in again. Christian Fiction is
growing fast for a reason. We're having a lot of fun.
Calico Canyon – Lassoed in Texas Book #2 is a suspenseful, inspirational, historical western, romantic comedy. In Petticoat Ranch I talked about a man who’d never been around women, dropped into an all-girl world, so I decided to do the flip side of that story in Calico Canyon.
I took prissy, Miss Calhoun, the school marm, and shoved her, completely against her will, into an all-male world.
The thing with trying to do this is to focus on their complete fish-out-of-water story, make it as extreme as possible and still have the hero be heroic, the heroine be delightful and loveable. Not that easy when she doesn’t understand anything about his wild, ill-mannered boys, less about him and nothing about marriage.
There’s a line in Calico Canyon I loved while Daniel is watching her cry, terrified of tears:
He and his boys stood absolutely immobilized. The wind moaned around the house and Daniel wondered if he’d have to dig them out in the morning. They lived on fairly high ground. They got a beauty of a snow storm once in a while, he’d heard. A blizzard might cut them off from civilization for a spell, if you could call Mosqueros civilized. Then he realized there was no way they were going to get to church in the morning. Daniel liked church. He did. But once he showed up with Miss Calhoun in town, his marriage was a done deal.
And that’s when he realized he was still trying to think of a way out of this. But Daniel Reeves was no fool. He could dream all he wanted. He was tied to this woman.
John whispered again, “Is she supposed to get all sad like that, Pa?”
“Yep, in my experience with wives, they’re supposed to fuss about something all the time. I’ve never had me one that didn’t cry up a storm at the drop of a hat.”
Grace lifted her head and scowled through her tears.
Daniel was surprised at his urge to laugh. She was really a mess. The oh-so-tidy Miss Calhoun kept getting herself slopped up more and more. He wondered when she’d gather her wits together enough to care about that.
“Did it ever occur to you that you might be doing things to your wives that make them cry?” She pushed her hair off her soggy face with shaky hands.
“Nope.” Daniel shrugged. “Never was nothing I did.”
This is just Daniel being absolutely clueless and having no idea what it takes to make a woman happy.
The main trouble between Daniel and Grace isn’t the fact that they loathe each other—although that’s huge. It’s the fact that Daniel completely blames himself for his first wife’s death in childbirth, plus how brutally hard it was for him to survive with newborn triplets. He is so deeply traumatized by it that he won’t risk letting another woman bear his child.
That’s all fine as long as he and Grace can’t stand each other, but, once he calms down and accepts his fate, Daniel has a perfectly natural desire and ever stronger desire for his new wife.
Calico Canyon is a he said/she said look at a forced marriage and getting inside Daniel’s head, as well as his sons, was the most challenging part of the book, and the most fun.
Do you think a woman can ever really know how a man’s mind works?
And is that even fair? Maybe one man is completely different than another. I’ve had a lot of people tell me I really nailed it, but seriously how can they be sure?
But guys do seem to kind of all think alike in some weird ways.
How about you, can you think of something your husband/brother/father/son or whoever did that made you just think, “He is such a guy!”