The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy Blog & Review Tour

April 12, 2019


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy with JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: The Unexpected Champion  
Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 3  
Author: Mary Connealy  
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers  
Release Date: March 5, 2019  
Genre: Historical Romance / Western  

They’re as Different as Could Be.  But They’ll Need to Trust Each Other to Survive the Wilderness . . . and the Dangers Chasing Them.

City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868 on a wild-goose chase to find the Chiltons’ supposedly lost grandson. But now that he’s out here, things have gotten even more complicated, mostly due to wildcat Penny Scott. She’s not like any woman he’s ever met–comfortable in the woods, with a horse, and with a gun.

When Penny and John are taken against their will by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don’t have, both realize they’ve stumbled into something dangerous. With their friends and family desperately searching for them, Penny and John must make a daring escape.

When they emerge back into the real world, they discover their kidnapper just won’t stop. This city man and country woman must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, all while fighting a very inconvenient attraction to each other.

Minutes passed, not enough of them, and a shout sounded from the wagon. They’d been discovered missing.
Every survival instinct John owned came roaring to life. Miss Scott kept up the same pace, though he noticed she had her gun out again. He wanted to take over leading and run like mad. But she didn’t even speed up. If anything, she was more silent . . . except what was more silent than silent?
John didn’t think there were footprints visible on this grassy trail. At least not to his eye, and he’d had a little experience with tracking in the war.
Not a lot, but enough . . . he hoped.
He noticed that dusk was settling in. Good. Better to hide in the dark.
They moved on. John wasn’t even sure which direction they were headed. On and on they went, dodging limbs, fighting for silence.
The trail twisted and curved. It went up, then around, then back down again. John had no idea where they were. He thought they’d come north from Dismal, but he wasn’t at all sure.
A gun fired behind them. John kept moving.
“Found our trail,” Miss Scott hissed, sounding furious.
The gunshot was an alert. The men had split up, and now one man was telling them all to come running.
“Gunshot’s a ways off. We’ve gained some space.” She was breathing hard, yet her pace didn’t slacken. John didn’t know how long he could keep running—he’d never tested himself. But a gunman on your trail would push you past all your limits.
A very female squeak from ahead was his only warning. Miss Scott vanished. John had no chance to stop. He went over the gully edge, tumbling, sliding, trying to protect his head from further injury. For a second he fell clean, no contact with the earth at all, and then he hit an outcropping.
He caught sight of Miss Scott below, saw her skidding along, then suddenly she was on her feet and running, almost straight down . . . well no, but a real sharp descent. Still, better than what they’d been falling down. John gathered himself for the instant he reached the slightly less steep section. Sure enough, he hit it and went head over heels. His head was already wounded, and he felt every bump. Then he struck a large root jutting out of the slope. It stopped him with the force of hitting a brick wall. For a second.
But that second let him get his balance and he lost hold of the root, this time with his feet under him. Going at full speed was stupid and reckless, but he saw no way to stop and honestly no point. They had to be making a racket, and those men would be coming soon.
But maybe the men behind them wouldn’t risk jumping over a cliff.

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MaryConnealy by Ginger Murray Photography 

Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

Photo courtesy of Ginger Murray Photography

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the unexpected champion giveaway


 (1) winner will win
  • a complete set of all three High Sierra Sweethearts books (print, US only)
  • $20 Barnes & Noble gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight April 8, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm April 15, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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  1. I liked the excerpt, sounds like a good book.

  2. Sounds interesting and great cover. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  3. 1800s Western Romances are some of my favorites.

  4. Love Mary Connealy's writing & this excerpt makes me really want to read The Unexpected Champion!!

  5. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway!

  6. Looks like an fun book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  7. Thank you for being part of the blog tour for "The Unexpected Champion" by Mary Connealy.

    Have this book on my TBR list and can't wait for the opportunity to read it. Always enjoy this author's books.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  8. I enjoy Mary Connealy's books! Thank you for hosting.


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