Tuesday, September 6, 2022

A Model of Devotion--coming in October


The exciting conclusion to The Lumber Baron's Daughters series is coming in October.

A Model of Devotion...plenty of danger and action and romance.

Jilly finally faces the fact that she has to get married to be safe. And yet getting marriage is the most dangerous thing she can imagine.

She's finally claimed her independence . . . how far will she go to keep it?

A brilliant engineer, Jilly Stiles has been educated since childhood to help run her father's lumber dynasty. With the company safe from her stepfather after the marriages of her two sisters, Jilly can now focus on her dream of building a mountaintop railroad--and never marry.

Nick Ryder came into Jilly's life when he saved her mother from her no-good stepfather, and he's prepared to protect Jilly from anything that threatens to harm her--as long as he keeps his heart from getting involved.

But when a cruel and powerful man goes to dangerous lengths to make Jilly his own, she must make a decision between her safety and her hard-won independence.


This week I'm on my way to a writer's conference.

I'm so nervous I can't STAND IT!

I've done a few, very few things out in the real world but mostly within my small bubble of close friends and family.

But I love the ACFW Conference and am determined to go. So...

I'm trying to ignore the upcoming conference, all while packing and planning and booking flights and a hotel room.

And yes, it's a little insane. But I think now instead of crazy, they say you're compartmentalizing.

So I can pick out clothes and pack a suitcase, while ignoring that I've got to get out of my bubble for a while.

I've got writer friends coming, including some Seekers, that I want to see so BAD!

So I'm doing it and I've got a new release coming to promote so it's a good thing, right?

Anyone else going?

Have any of you done this? Stepped back out into the real world boldly? Or had trouble doing it?

I'm a serious introvert. I think introverts make the best writers, because liking people is just so TIME CONSUMING. And not to say I don't like people...I just don't want to talk to them, or see them, or be out of my recliner.

That's not the same as not liking someone.

So tell me how you've emerged from your cocoon. Are you an introvert and an extrovert and, btw, I WOULD think Introverts make the best writers, now wouldn't I? 

And maybe, I'll see you in St Louis.


  1. Another introvert here! I know at some point I have to get out and meet people and go to the conerence but it all just sounds like SO MUCH some days, doesn't it? I suppose it's like a lot of things where once you get there it's great but the preparation can be overwhelming. Good for you and congrats on another book!

  2. I'm going to the conference, too, so I'll get to meet you - the REAL Mary Connealy! I'm in a small bubble world also, I usually want to go do something, but usually don't because I'm fearful, so for me to do this is huge. An ending to a good series, what book will you be working on next?

    1. Karen, find me! I'll see you in St. Louis (that has a ring to it, huh?)

  3. Introvert 100% here. I've been to two Christian writer conferences - Mt. Hermon and Glen Eyrie. They were way out of my comfot zone, but it was fun to meet Camy Tang, Angela Hunt, Jim Bell, plus the many writers who were there just to learn. At Mt. Hermon, I got to hear Debbie Macomber speak. She's a blast. At Glen Eyrie, Jim Bell did an impromptu tour of the castle, including the tower room my friend and I were in. I'm sure he doesn't remember it, but I do. He's a hoot. Have fun!

    1. Michelle, I've done some other small, nearby conference, but no big ones. I'm such chicken. You might it sound great!

  4. Have fun. I just finished the first two books in this series and I can't wait for Model of Devotion to come out so I can read the ending!

  5. Hi Mary, I hope you have a wonderful time at the conference. I am an introvert also. I like people and I think I'm pleasant and nice o them, but I can be completely happy by myself or with my own little family. This seems to have become stronger in the last two years...it's easy to blame Covid!


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