Monday, December 27, 2010

Santa Claus is coming to Seekerville...a couple of days late

Sharpshooter in Petticoats by Mary ConnealySharpshooter in Petticoats releases January 1st.

But there have been bookstore sightings and it's shipping from Amazon NOW!

Today, because I had too much fudge. Because, barring direct intervention from God, I'm probably sitting in a dentist chair having a cap replaced, because I love you all for hanging around Seekerville and making every day a party, I’m being very lazy and simply doing a giveaway of a signed copy of Sharpshooter in Petticoats.

First a little bit about the book.

Sharpshooter in Petticoats is book #3 in the Sophie’s Daughters series.To find out all about Sophie and her daughters you'll need to read the Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

Sharpshooter in Petticoats is my favorite one of the three, not because the others aren’t good, but because I’ve been building to a wild, chaotic, runaway, mayhem soaked conclusion for three books, and in a way…for NINE books. characters from Lassoed in Texas Trilogy and the Montana Marriages Series are in this final book.

If you’ve read books #1 and #2 in the series, Doctor in Petticoats and Wrangler in Petticoats, then you’ll know I’ve been getting the oldest sister in the McClellen clan into deeper and deeper trouble in those earlier books. Finally it’s time for Mandy to have her happy ending.

And if there wasn’t a feuding family of backshooting murderers gunning for her, it’d be no problem because her no-account husband is dead and the hero has been around the edges of her life for years. Her being married to another man is quite an avalanche blocking the trail to true love, though.

But I won’t even beat around the bush here, Mandy’s husband, Sidney Grey, is dead and gone. Shot by the men who are now harassing Mandy.

I know a lot of people wanted to WATCH Sidney die. And they wanted to watch him die slowly, maybe stake him to a fire ant hill or have him be nibbled to death by small predators. Better yet, have Mandy beat him to death for insulting her for the LAST TIME.

But nope. I needed him dead to start with so I just shot him between the end of book #2 and the beginning of book #3. Being a writer is kind of fun. You get to solve all the world’s problems in your books. Of course I created the problems. And in real life, the people who are messing up your world usually just stay right there and keep making things hard.

But for a writer, it’s so clean, even though you have to abuse people you love. You have to so everyone will properly loathe the villain.

But I digress.

Here’s a little bit about Sharpshooter in Petticoats:
Mandy McClellen Grey, has become the focus of a feud thanks to her husband, who made this mess and then died. Far from home, Mandy, the best little rifle woman in the west, has resigned herself to a lonely life under siege rather than call for help and endanger her family.

Tom Linscott is fed up with waiting for Mandy who should have had the sense to come to him as soon as she finished burying her worthless husband. In fact he'd've come fast enough to dig the hole if she'd've sent for him. He goes to round up his little woman and buys into a heap of trouble from a whole clan of outlaws.

Between Mandy's deadly skill with her rifle, her determination to not bring trouble down on someone she loves, and an ever growing crowd of varmints who want to bury everyone named Grey—and anyone who sides with them, Tom may not survive getting himself hitched.

And here is an excerpt from Sharpshooter in Petticoats:

“She stole my horse?” Tom’s voice rose to such a high pitch it hurt his ears

“I don’t think a woman can rightly steal a horse from her own husband.” Red shrugged.

“And now you can’t find her?” Tom clenched his fists and stormed straight toward Red and the worthless man Abby had married..

Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy“I think she took out after the men who were shooting at us.” Wade stepped in front of Red. It was his brother-in-law’s way to draw a fist to his own face to protect someone else. He might even have thoughts of Tom’s soul, not wanting Tom to slug a parson.

“She can’t have gone far.” Red came up to Wade’s side. Calm, strong, wise, a hard man to thrash for a lot of reasons, confound it. “We just realized she was gone a few minutes ago.

“She took enough bullets with her to start a war,” Abby added.

The whole lot of them had realized Mandy was gone and gathered outside by the time Tom came riding into the ranch yard.
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"She left her children behind?” Tom couldn’t believe a woman would do such a thing.

“I reckon they’re your children now, too, Tom.” Red lifted his shoulders as he stated the obvious. “Just like your horse is hers.”
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“So we’re married for sure?” Later, Tom intended to beat the tar out of both Red and Wade for losing Mandy. But right now he had a missing wife to track down.

“You oughtta sign it, too.” Red handed Tom a piece of paper with a neatly written record of the marriage, signed by Red, Abby, and Mandy, all three. “But even if you don’t, you’re still married.”

Red said that as if he expected Tom to argue, but being married to Mandy, the little horse thief, suited him right down to the ground. Tom grabbed the paper and scrawled his name with a pen that barely scratched a line in nearly-dried ink. He thrust it toward Red.
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“It’s yours.” Red refused to take it.

Tom folded it roughly and jammed it into one pocket.

“Abby, tell me what went on around here. Sawyer, pack me some grub.”

Abby talked while Tom led his stallion to the barn.

When his sister paused to take a breath, Tom jerked his chin at the stallion. “Will you take care of him? Everyone else on this ranch is scared to get near him.”

Abby agreed and kept talking, letting him know all that had unfolded. She made a point of talking about the way Mandy handled her rifle. Tom had heard a similar story years ago from Belle Harden, who had met Mandy when she was a new bride.He’d asked too much of the black. He strode toward the corral where Tom’s second favorite horse was held. The most perfect colt to ever come out of his stallion, and that was saying something because his stallion bred true.

Tom stumbled to a halt when he reached the corral. A dozen horses grazed in the pen, none of them the one he wanted. “She stole my best horse?” Though it was no time for such a thing, Tom laughed. He had married himself one beauty of a woman.

Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy“Borrowed, Tom. Not stole.” Red had tagged along to the corral.

Tom remembered well his plan to beat Red within an inch of his life. Right now time was too tight. “Which way did she go?”

Red pointed to a trail in the distance Tom could only see because he knew his land so well. “She asked me where I saw the men riding, the ones who shot up your house.”

“And you told her? Why would you do a stupid thing like that?”

Red shoved his face right up into Tom’s, which reminded Tom that Red wasn’t just a sky pilot—he was also a rancher who’d come out here and tamed a mighty mean stretch of a land. “I told her because it never occurred to me that a woman would abandon three children and a man she’d just married to go hunting a pack of killers. What kind of woman did you marry anyway? She’s acting crazy.”

Tom shrugged. He couldn’t really argue Red’s point, though arguing came real easy. “I married me the sharpest shooting woman in the West, I reckon.”


“That you did, Tom. I saw her in action.” Abby bridled Tom’s second choice for a horse while he saddled.

“I saw her, too.” Red shook his head in wonder. “I’ve never seen anyone shoot like that. Why do you want a woman who appears to have a taste for killing? What are you thinking to pick a woman like that?” Tom looked past Red and saw Red’s wife, sweet little Cassie Dawson, quietly tending all six children, both the Dawsons’ and Mandy’s—Tom caught that thought. They were his children now, too.

Tom’s temper would have crushed Cassie like a bug the first week of their marriage. Shrugging, Tom felt a little sheepish, but this was a man of God. It’d be wrong to lie.

“Honest, Red, that’s what I like most about her.”
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Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for a signed copy of Sharpshooter in Petticoats. And I'm sorry for the slacker post today. Blame it on my tooth, okay?
http://www.maryconnealy.com/

77 comments :

  1. Hope your tooth feels better soon. ;-)

    Sharpshooter was the first ever book I read on my new Nook, I really liked it and can't wait for the next one!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  2. Mary so sorry about the tooth you just reminded me I have fudge in the fridge. I have a problem with the chewy candy breaking a tooth or pulling out a filling (I have a list of candies I wont eat anymore)
    Praying you can get it fixed quick.
    (Here the dentist is on holidays til the new year)

    I have Doctors in Petticoats and hoping the second one reaches these shores soon or have (or I find a christian bookshop in Hawaii) but would love to be entered to win this book. You know how much I Love all your books. (cant quite work out what day today is it sure doesn't feel like a Monday.)

    ausjenny @ gmail dot com

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  3. Well, I've made my case before. Wanted to watch Mandy's no-good husband buy the farm. I've been cheated out of that. Developed a reader crush on Mandy during Doctor In Petticoats, so I understnad what Tom is going through.

    Yes, please enter me, even though I was blessed to win last week.

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  4. Hope you feel better soon! Please enter me in the drawing.

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  5. You're hilarious!
    I'd love to be entered. :-)

    jessica_nelson7590 at yahoodot com

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  6. Tooth pain is the worst. Hang in there.

    Please enter me. I now have a Kindle but I love the look and feel of your books in their "natural" state!

    Peace, Julie

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  7. Ah, the tooth.

    Dagnabbit, as caustic as I am, I'm so sorry that happened over the holidays! Hugs to you.

    I LOVE this excerpt, and having just finished Doctor in Petticoats (do NOT yell about the time frame, it kind of got misplaced in my VERY NEAT house and I finally found it and didn't want to read the books out of order even though I KNEW I could....

    But I digress...)

    Wonderful book but I wanted to kill Sidney slowly myself, and possibly Mandy too, or at least smack some sense into her because eeeeeuuuuuuuwwwww..........

    Sidney was a schlameil.

    Whatever a schlameil was, Sidney was IT.

    Jerk.

    Not you, Sidney.

    So now I'll read Wrangler in Petticoats, and Wrangler always makes me think of a really good blue jeans commercial with Brett Favre...

    And the gorgeous red Golden Retriever, of course! ;)

    And then I'll read Mandy's happy ending which should be wonderful, splendiforous and marvelous.

    Tom Linscott and his horses.

    Yum.

    Walt, I love the reader crush! You want to save her, huh?

    The mother in me wants to back-slap common sense into her.

    Interesting alter-dynamic, Dude!!!

    :)

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  8. Hope you're able to get that tooth fixed today. : (

    As always, your book sounds great.

    RRossZediker at yahoo dot com

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  9. Mary you are so mean. How can you give us such a teaser beginning and leave us wanting the rest????


    Renee has read it on Nook? Maybe I could run to the store and get one.


    Sorry about your tooth. Hope it gets fixed soon. Well maybe not that sorry since you were so mean this morning.


    I'm so wanting to read the rest. I have read all of the other eight in the series and am just so happy to hear Sidney is gone. woo hoo

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  10. That was a slacker post? I'd hate to see one where you put more into it :)

    Hope the dentist visit is a short one.

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  11. Mary, hope your tooth feels better.

    Loved the excerpt! Your posts always bring a smile to my face!

    I found Audra's and Tina's first novels in my stocking. I squealed. My kids asked, "More books written by friends, Mom?" How did they ever know??

    Started A Rancher's Reunion last night before bed. Dreamed of cowboys. :D

    Lisa
    lisajordanbooks at yahoo dot com

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  12. Oh Mary -- yuck to the toothache! May the tooth fairy wave her magic wand and send fairy dust to take away the pain!

    I LOVE this post because I've secretly been in love with Tom for quite a while and am thrilled that he finally gets his own book! And we get to revisit with absolutely everyone else as well! Can't wait to read it but don't enter me in the draw because I've already preordered my copy from my Christian bookstore. Hopefully it will arrive next week.

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  13. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraDecember 27, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Good Luck at the Dentist it's never a fun visit. I like the sound of your new book. I haven't gotten a chance to read any of the books but I really need to remedy that fact soon. I hope everyone had a good Christmas!


    fantum2004(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  14. Yes, Ruthy. I can't explain it. It's just the way it is. :-)

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  15. Loved reading this excerpt, Mary! Your style of writing (and sense of humor *grin*) is sooo entertaining. ~ Sure hope the dentist visit is brief and pain-free (and that's the tooth!). ;)
    Blessings from Georgia,
    Patti Jo
    pattijomoore(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Mary, I'm so sorry about your tooth.

    I made fudge for Christmas and I messed it up!!! Hard to do but I did it. Jim said it was like taffy so I tossed it.
    At least I didn't break a tooth.

    Can't wait to read your newest.

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  17. I love it that Tom said that he married her because he liked the fact that she was a sharpshooter!

    Please enter me

    Katy

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  18. Santa Claus is never late--I'm glad to see him any day of the year.

    Yesterday I saw someone, a writer, use Santa Clause as the spelling on FB. Funny, huh? I would so do that myself!

    Mary, I've heard so much about Wrangler that I'm sold on grabbing all three of the Texas trilogy now that Sharpshooter is out. Congratulations on outdoing yourself!

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  19. I never liked going to the dentist. I hope everything works out well for you!

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  20. MARE, SOOOO sorry about the tooth, sweetie, and praying you get it fixed soon.

    Cannot WAIT to read this one, girl, since you've kept us hanging about Mandy's happily ever after forEVER now!!! Actually, I thought that was pretty ingenious!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  21. Oh, Mary, I love your books so much! I'm reading Doctor in Petticoats right now! I have to hurry and read it and Wrangler in Petticoats so I can read Sharpshooter--oh my goodness! I'm excited. Tom Linscott! Woohoo! It's all coming together.

    Glad you had a candy-filled Christmas. I decided I didn't eat enough sweets so I'm making more! Snow cream in Alabama! Woohoo!

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  22. Good morning.
    I am NOT in a dentist's chair. Though I eagerly await a phone call that had BETTER COME SOON.

    A dentist has to see you when it's an emergency don't they?

    C'mon.

    It was a piece of toffee that got me. Yes, I have a list of candy and other things I know better than to eat. Guess I will now add this delicious toffee recipe to it.
    I've got the cap in a zip lock bag in my purse and I'm hoping they can just glue it back in there.

    It seemed pretty stupid to have a zip lock bag on my refrigerator all weekend. Containing one tooth and a sticky note with the word TOOTH written on it.

    But it's so SMALL and WHITE and EXPENSIVE. I lost it three times and panicked each time.

    Does anyone know the price of gold? (No, my cap isn't gold, but it cost about a half an ounce worth.

    If I had a half an ounce of gold kicking around the house and took pains to keep track of it, no one would be surprised, so why not the tooth.

    The children were home for Christmas and they probably just added another layer to their repertoire of 'Mom's weird' stories.

    Anyway, I'm sitting by the phone eagerly awaiting the response to my THREE messages I left over the weekend and the 'come on in' answer I crave.

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  23. Ruthy, I'm with you on slapping Mandy for marrying Sidney.

    But he was really slick. Give the girl some slack for being young and in love.

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  24. And WHALEHUGGER speaking of 'slack'. the reason I'm a slacker is because we are TRYING here on Seekerville, to write posts that are TEACHING posts. Things we're learned on the journey that we can' pass on and maybe make someone else's journey not quite so strewn with jagged rocks.

    Today I didn't accomplish that.

    I'm hiding from Tina, who may have an opinion about that.

    But my TOOTH, Tina. I throw myself on your mercy.

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  25. I love your books...tons of action with lots of humor:)
    Please enter me ...would love to win your newest book!
    Hope your tooth feels better soon:(

    Lorna

    lornafaith(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. All your books sound great, Mary!! :-D Please enter me in this awesome giveaway!

    ~ Katy
    legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Praying that dentist is calling you THIS VERY MOMENT, Mary. (and that I win this book! :D)

    joanner(at)joannesher(dot)com

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  28. @Sandra You should totally go get a Nook I love mine! and in case you're wondering I downloaded Sharpshooter in Petticoats from NetGalley...that's how I got it so early. I'll be posting my review sometime this week. :-)

    XOXO~ Renee

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  29. I am sorry about your tooth, Mary. I guess I read too quickly about the cap and didn't realize you were serious. I hope it isn't hurting too much, but I know it must be uncomfortable. Hope you can get it fixed today.

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  30. Please enter me in the drawing!
    I love your books!!
    I hope you feel better soon!!
    Lisa
    storyreader617@gmail.com

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  31. Do we have any food around here yet? Regardless, I've piled half-off Christmas candy over there on the table.

    Mary - so sorry about your tooth :(. That stinks. I do have a gold crown [last tooth in the back and they supposedly last twice as long for about the same price]. I don't blame you at all for keeping it.

    I read my Lassoed here a week or so ago and I have the Montana series sitting here [sis' copy for now] plus the first two Petticoat books. I should probably get working on them...

    Except I have edits of my own that HAVE TO get done this week and if I got started, I wouldn't stop :(. Six books later, I'd be happy but have nothing else done :p. I need three of me [at least] - one to do housework and other non-fun stuff, one to read and do fun stuff, one to write. And one more to edit. And maybe a couple others ;).

    I also have to finish DH's homemade gift today. I should probably be working on that while he's returning stuff... Instead I'm procrastinating. I even only have one kiddo right now...

    Good luck with the dentist! Praying it's quick, painless, and cheap!

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  32. Mary,

    I'm so sorry about your toofie!! Dang it.

    But you're still the Mary we know and love: "Being a writer is kind of fun. You get to solve all the world’s problems in your books. Of course I created the problems."

    HA! You DO make me smile, which is why I love your books.

    Much success to you with this last installment... What's NEXT?

    Please do enter me: may at maythek9spy dot com

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  33. Hope your tooth gets fixed quickly! This book sounds great. Thanks so much for doing this.:)
    Blessings,
    Karen
    klange61(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. Mary:

    Hang in there with the tooth problem, girl. It can be fixed.

    I totally empathize. Same thing happened to me back in October, just two weeks before my birthday. Got right in to the dentist and got the work done and a temporary crown put on. Then two weeks later the permanent one--for my birthday. Guess what it cost. No, you don't want to know!!!!!


    Helen

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  35. Er, yeah. Enter me would ya?

    carol at carolmoncado dot com

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  36. SPAM WARNING

    If anyone gets an email from me that has a subject line

    HELLO

    It is a hacked spam emil. I'm so sorry.
    I changed my password but it looks like it went out to EVERYONE on that email and I know some of you are on there.

    AND it not only sent out that lousy email (with links that are probably toxic) It also ERASED my whole Yahoo address book.

    Grrrrrrrr. I have no idea how to re-create it.

    AND I still haven't heard from teh dentist.

    It is a day of trials. Or maybe Travails.

    Or maybe it just sucks.

    And I'm sorry.

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  37. Oooo, Pick ME!! PICK ME!!! I wanna win. :-)
    Can't wait to read Sharpshooter!

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  38. Mary - that stinks :(. Had it happen to another friend a couple weeks ago - deleted her Gmail contacts too. They have a way to restore them so I looked for a way to restore yahoo's...

    One possibility

    It also looks like you can contact Customer Care:
    If you have lost your contacts from your Address Book within the past 10 days and would like us to restore your Address Book, please use this form.

    Good luck!

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  39. Someone mentioned that there's no food.

    So how would you all like some left-over toffee.

    I'm not going to eat it.

    :(

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  40. Sorry too, about not killing Sidney off slowly.

    Maybe I can write a short scene about that for my newsletter someday, but Walt, you're a little BLOOD THIRSTY.

    And I promise I shoot PLENTY of people in this book.

    You're welcome.

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  41. Sorry about your tooth Mary. Hope your dentist isn't away on holidays and can fix it asap.

    Thanks for letting us read a bit of your book!


    Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

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  42. I've been waiting FOREVER for this one! Squee! What a wonderful ride you've taken us on.

    You know that scene in the Wizard of Oz where the house falls on the witch and all the munchkins dance around and sing?

    That's how I feel knowing Sidney is out of Mandy's life! Woohoo! :)

    Is that wrong?

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  43. Hey Mary,
    Hope your tooth starts feeling better. Please enter me also!! Love your books!!

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  44. Erica, you were scared to death I'd 'save' Sidney weren't you.

    That is sooooo wrong of you.

    LOL

    Of course Sidney's fictional. So I guess it's okay.

    It's part of my basic theory of the old west.

    Here it is:

    There are a hundred ways to die out west.



    If you're stupid, there are a thousand.



    It's my own personal 'Survival of the fittest' in a hard land that worked day and night to thin the herd.

    So, considering the way Sidney conducted his life, it was only a matter of time.

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  45. I now have a dental appointment. Tomorrow afternoon.
    They were closed today and I think if I'd whined LOUD ENOUGH I might've been able to get in, but I told them tomorrow was okay.

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  46. I suppose it doesn't reflect well on my character that I didn't want you to redeem Sidney.

    But I'm glad you didn't. :)

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  47. Mary its holidays so you should be able to have the week off from posting teaching posts.

    No thanks to the toffee I actually got some for christmas and am hoping they are soft ones as it was one of mums Chocolate eclairs (toffee with chocolate in the middle) that broke my last tooth. I am so glad you got in.
    When I had tooth ache once I rang for and emergency appointment. then rang that afternoon to see what pain stuff I could use then went in the next day when it wasn't working and got an appointment the following day. With the broken tooth I have had to wait up to 6 weeks cos there was no pain.
    My list consists of no chocolate eclairs, redskins (they pulled the filling out of the front tooth), hard Christmas toffees, Minties, and several others. I tend to break a tooth once a year which is a worry.

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  48. .
    Fans, Romancers and Seekervillians:

    I liked Sidney.

    He was a friend and true to me.
    Yet some would say he deserved a slow painful death and that he was ambitious.

    He brought many jobs to the wilderness. Jobs that fed hungry children. Was this ambitious?

    He loved his children and wanted to build his queen a shining castle on a hill with a view of all the world. Was this, too, ambitious?

    I remember him well on that day when Mandy finally stood up to him! (It was the business of her sister’s letter -- but I have o'ershot myself to tell you of it). Sidney backed off very quickly. Did this in Sidney seem ambitious?

    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

    He acquired a lot of money and hired bodyguards to protect it. Was this unwise? He fired people based on Mandy’s advice. Was this, too, unwise?

    Mandy could have run the show but if she would have acted as his partner! If only she would have shared in his dreams! For she did love him once, not without cause. What cause have we now not to mourn for him?

    If Sidney could have just married someone like Charity, and someone like Charity could have married Sidney, oh my, there would be a partnership that would have made the very rocks of the Rocky Mountains rise and mutiny!

    The evil that men do lives after them.
    The good is oft interred with their bones,
    So let it be with Sidney.

    Vince

    vmres (at) swbell (dot) net

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  49. I totally understand slacking at the moment! Hope the dentist visit goes smooth.

    Please sign me up. rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

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  50. Vince, that was poetry.

    So, did you love Sidney after you found out he was married to someone else when he married Mandy?

    Did you love him when you found out he lied about being a lawyer?

    Did you really still admire him when Mandy lied about Cord Cooter making a threatening remark about being there for her if she ever wanted a REAL MAN, and Mandy knew to get rid of Cord, she'd have to tell Sidney Cord threatened his GOLD because she didn't rust Sid to get rid of Cord over insulting her?

    Did you like it when he threatened to burn her letter from home and made her grovel to get it away from him?

    Did you become a fan when pregnant Mandy had to go hunting with two babies because Sidney was such an idiot he wouldn't ever think of HOW to put food on the table, he'd just complain if Mandy failed.

    Which of these things was it EXACTLY that you admired. I might've done a bad job of making him a villain.

    :)

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  51. Blood thirsty?

    I'm blood thirsty?

    As one friend of mine once noted about my writing, the one thing that lets readers know I'm a guy is that my samurai fights are five pages long.

    Oh well. I do think it's a guy thing. I friend of mine who's a Federal Air Marshal has offered technical assistance on my writing, provided I put him in my books and think of an interesting way to have him offed.

    Vince, loved the soliloquy.

    Mary, you did a wonderful job on Sydney, given how much we all talk about him.

    Have fun at the dentist.

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  52. I haven't read any of the trilogy, but would love to. Please enter me in the drawing.

    I'm praying your tooth is healed.

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  53. Snaggle-toothed Connealy.

    I'm loving that.

    Smile for the cameras, honey!!!

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  54. One of us would have GAGGED if she'd redeemed Sidney.

    Seriously.

    Oh my stars.

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  55. Vince, you poet. ;)

    I love when you rattle her chain, Vince, dahlink!!!

    Saves me the trouble. And I'm trying to be a gentler, nicer person until the end of '10.

    2011????

    Why ruin a good thing?

    But Vince, well done.

    Walt, you can sound as blood thirsty as you want, Dude, because rescuing our Mandy would have been a GOOD thing.

    And I knew Mandy was young. Goofy. I've raised girls and boys and they definitely qualified for the above.

    But Sophie and Clay should have tied her in her room.

    Sent Sidney packing.

    Okay, they're the ones that needed slapping.

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  56. Sophie and Clay did fail here. Things came around too late, once the other wife's existance came to light. Of course she was DEAD when Sidney married Mandy, but Sid didn't know that when he said, "I do."

    So Luther set off to bring Mandy home. Clay would have gone except another varmint was chasing after one of his other girls. The man just had too much to do.

    So Luther headed after Mandy, to divorce her with his Winchester if necessary.

    And then the gold.

    Up until then Sidney had a chance for redemption. But gold snugged out his last chance to LEARN something.

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  57. I love that you embraced your perogative as an author and took care of Sidney for us; it kind of made me laugh when I read your comments. Please add me to your drawing!

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  58. Dear Mary Slacker,

    I'm sorry I am late.

    I am mailing you wax for your tooth.

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  59. I love to be entered in your drawing. Thanks so much for the chance. I love your books.
    debbiemcla@msn.com

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  60. Sorry about your tooth, Mary! Would love to read your book. Thanks!!!
    jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

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  61. boy I haven't read the books with Sidney in them yet but good to know he got killed off!

    Wonder if Camy does the same thing in the 3rd sushi book? I read the first 2 and that grandma was just too much for me to take! I wanted her dead in book 1 but she was still kicking in book 2..book 3 was about computer stuff and I had to put it aside for another time - computers PLUS a witch of a grandma would've been my undoing!

    Susanna

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  62. Oops, Tina's here.

    Be afraid.

    She's no doubt come to SORT ME OUT.

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  63. Susanna, I think it's okay that you know Sidney is toast at the beginning of book #3 because it becomes clear almost immediately in book #1 that he NEEDS to die. So it's obvious enough you can thoroughly enjoy the book with Sidney's death a foregone conclusion.

    :)

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  64. Looks like Doctors in Petticoats is the next book to read (even though I sort of need to read Jillian harts too) I have it ready to read and its on the list but I to my defense I was waiting for book 2 to hit Australia then book 3. (will need to find a bookstore in Hawaii that sells these books)
    So is Sydney worse than Wade was in Montana Rose?

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  65. Well, if nothing else, Sidney lives on in the Seekerville blog. He should be mighty proud of himself for getting so much net-time!

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  66. Yes, Sidney is worse and

    HAWAII???????????

    Excuse me Ausjenny, you're in HAWAII???

    Let me go kick the snow away from my front door while I soak in self-pity.

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  67. Not yet Mary I arrive on the 21st about 11 hours before I leave Sydney the city!

    I want somewhere warm but admit its lovely outside today just the right temp and I have been doing some reading between breaks in the depressing cricket.

    But Im sure I have room for an extra on the 21st of Jan (3 weeks 2 days till I leave my home but hey whos counting) (oh that would be me)

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  68. Hi Mary:

    It is not that I loved Sidney less but that I loved the hope of redemption more. If Sidney could write his detractors’ sins in the sand, who would still stand against him?

    Yes, Sidney was married but if Mandy could forgive him, who am I to withhold my love?

    I ask you this: is it worse to lie about being a lawyer or actually being a lawyer? I think that requires some thought.

    Oh no, I did not admire Sidney because Mandy lied about Cord Cooter, Either reason: honor or money, was likely to get Sidney killed and Mandy knew it. Gold to Sidney was their little family’s future, their girls’ hope chest, their security in old age. Gold was also all the potential good Sidney could have done as a philanthropist in his old age.

    It is a shame that Sidney had to threaten to burn the letter to bring Mandy – at long last -- to her senses and make her take a stand. Sidney wanted a partner who would stand up to him. No one ever said ‘tough love’ was easy.

    Moreover, sending the best shot in the west to go hunting for food is not the act of an idiot. It made a kind of ‘specialization of labor’ sense to Sidney. How hard would it have been to find a babysitter for a few hours -- if this had really been the problem? Besides, all Sidney needed was a kick in the pants and a shopping list delivered with a dollop of determination. Could Sidney have been a wolf were not Mandy a hind?

    You did well with Sidney. He was not a hero. His faults were grievous and grievously he has paid for them.

    A villain you say?

    Yes Sidney was a villain!

    Whence shall come another?

    I hope this answers all your questions.

    With all his faluts, Sidney was a friend to me. : )

    Vince

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  69. Mary, I enjoy your humor and style. Your titles are fun! Please enter me in the drawing. Bevschwind@hotmail.com

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  70. Wow!! So glad I found Mary's books.
    I love funny Christian romance. I can not wait to start reading her books.
    Jan
    godblessamerica at gmail dot com

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  71. Vince, you probably won't come back and see this but you've already made me laugh out loud twice and I'm only three paragraphs into your comment.

    Nice work

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  72. Hi Mary:

    You have to write very memorable characters for them to stay in the reader’s mind with such clarity as Sidney has stayed in mine. That I could like Sidney, with all his faults, shows that you wrote with a robustness of character that gave him a personality that may extend well beyond your original intentions. (Of course, being male, I identified with Sidney.)

    This idea that characters can become more than an author may have intended reminds of what Kahlil Gibran wrote about children.

    Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.


    I believe that the more a fictional character is like a real person, the more the above quote will apply to an author’s writing.

    I think it applies very well to yours. Like Huckleberry Finn, Sidney has a life of his own.

    Vince

    P.S. While I know the Gibran quote above seems to support Pantserism; doing so was not my intention.

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  73. Hope you are feeling better Mary. I LOVE your books! Sure would like the opportunity to win the newest installment.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
    digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

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  74. Got to love that fudge! I hope your tooth feels better soon! Please enter me in your drawing!

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  75. Good interview - please interview me.
    Wendy

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  76. Oh my, what fun posts about the awfully scorned Sidney. I was so hoping he'd die a slow painful death and finally come to his senses OR die a quick, painful , violent one to assuage my anger against him. Would've served him right! Either way, I'm so glad he's gone!! lol
    No doubt your tooth has been taken care of by now Mary and I'm glad of it.
    hoping to win Sharpshooter,
    Deana
    deanawat@comcast.net

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