Deep Trouble

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Get ready for a Grand Canyon tour de force by award-winning author Mary Connealy. Gabe Lasley and Shannon Dysart are an unlikely pair. He’s an aimless wanderer who wants nothing other than to be left alone. She’s a fearless female determined to find a city of gold. When they are forced together the mayhem begins. As they set out to find the treasure, trouble is hot on their trail. Will the dream of gold color every decision Shannon makes? Will Gabe fail yet another helpless ...

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Overview

Get ready for a Grand Canyon tour de force by award-winning author Mary Connealy. Gabe Lasley and Shannon Dysart are an unlikely pair. He’s an aimless wanderer who wants nothing other than to be left alone. She’s a fearless female determined to find a city of gold. When they are forced together the mayhem begins. As they set out to find the treasure, trouble is hot on their trail. Will the dream of gold color every decision Shannon makes? Will Gabe fail yet another helpless female in his life?  

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Editorial Reviews

Stacey Dale
When an author has a wonderful talent for storytelling and an incredible technique for building an entertaining novel, does there come a time when said author cannot surpass their previous work? In many cases, yes, and the reader must be satisfied with the status quo or move on to another author’s work. I have been a long-time fan of Mary Connealy’s work, and her latest novel, “Deep Trouble” does not demand that the reader accept what has become an expected standard for a Connealy novel. This book has indeed raised the bar. The adventure is more exciting. The comedy is heartier.

This is uber-Connealy, and I have no doubt that this author’s talent is still growing and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Hott Books

Another, Mary Connealy book. UGH! I know better. I pick it up and don't put it down until it's over. I have no life but the adventure that is in her book until it's over. I loved the adventure. I utterly love searching for lost treasure. I especially love the comedy of the romance. The sarcasm... I sometimes thinks she lives in my house...

— Regina Hott

E&K Family Book Review

The author has a unique way of really drawing you back to the Wild West. I felt fully encapsulated in the past amongst the Indians and rough terrain. The views of the Grand Canyon were breathtaking, even without photographs. It made me want to visit there myself!

...Certainly a fun read with lots of dialogue. If western movies were more popular now, I would certainly love to see it go to screen! I rated it 3 Flowers, but I could easily see it being higher up for those who really enjoy western novels.

I really enjoyed this book. A fun adventure back in time to the Wild West. Thank you for the journey.

— K Wheelright

MysteriesEtc

It's a bit of a historical mystery, a bit of a western, a bit of a romance novel, it's quirky and funny and it's a novel of faith. I cannot say that I have read a novel similar to this before. I enjoyed the setting as I have always loved the four corners area. The author Mary Connealy is obviously as impressed with the majesty of the Grand Canyon as much as I am. It was not a complicated story but it was an enjoyable, light read.

You can search for earthly things like gold, but the real treasure is finding everlasting salvation with our heavenly Father. A good light read to pass away the hours.

— Kathryn Poulin

Her Write of Passage

There is so much tension and action in this book, it kept me turning the page until the very end. Connealy has a knack for opening strong and ending each chapter with a hook that won't let go. Her romance is sizzling and the humor is uber-Connealy-funny. I loved it!

— Sherrinda Ketch

Fresh Fiction for Today's Reader

DEEP TROUBLE is an inspirational, historical gem about seeking worldly treasure and finding what is really important in life. There are some humorous moments and some awkward predicaments in which Shannon and Gabe find themselves, given the Indian culture and proper etiquette for the times. Mary Connealy has given us another romantic western adventure in her Wild West Weddings series. Don't miss this treat!

— Viki Ferrell

Overweight Bookshelf

Mary Connealy's books are "satisfaction guaranteed." Looking for sassy, romantic, action packed, and historical books that you can devour? Then Mary Connealy is your lady.

This story has elements of what Mary does best: opposites attracting and fighting their way through conflict with bandits, hoodlums, and thieves. Readers go into the book knowing how it will end, but it is still a fun and enjoyable read. I would like to see Mary take some departures from her go-to conflict resolutions of heroic and stubborn family members riding to the rescue in the knick of time.

After reading this book I spent a good half-hour Googling images of the Grand Canyon and wishing I could appreciate the magnificent views in person. There is no question why Mary Connealy chose this setting, especially since the moral of this story revolves around God's majesty and Creation being so much greater than any earthly possessions.

For as long as Mary keeps on writing stories (which better be for many years to come), I will keep on reading them. I am eagerly anticipating her next book!

— Lydia Mazzei

Tammy's Book Parlor

This great-tastic read is about what is truly important in life! Mary Connealy has given us another romantic western adventure in her Wild West Weddings series. Be sure to grab this book when it releases in May 2011!

— Tammy Griffin

I Deal in Hope

Connealy writes intriguing and sometimes laugh out loud stories of romance and the Old West. DEEP TROUBLE is no exception.

— Carolyn Scheidies

Books Bargains and Previews

I love books by Mary Connealy. She is a fantastic author who has a wonderful way of grabbing your attention and keeping it and leaving you wanting more. The characters are so interesting and human that you can really relate to them. And her use of humor just adds to the overall package. I highly recommend it!

— Shari L.

Stuff and Nonsense

Once again, Mary Connealy brings a fast-paced western adventure with enough romance and humor to keep the most fastidious of readers engaged from beginning to end. Using lively dialogue with just enough sarcasm, which we have come to expect from Ms Connealy and truly appreciate, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Bringing the grandeur and majesty of God's creation to us in highly descriptive form she allows those of us who have never been to the Grand Canyon, or any where near there, to glimpse in a small way some of the beauty of that area that is ever present. As always, her faith theme penetrates the subconscious and brings to our conscious thought that our treasure is not here on Earth but indeed is in Heaven!

— Anne Payne

Christian Book Reviews by Sharise

This is an adventuresome story of the search for lost treasure. It is sure to capture your attention. I started this book and didn’t want to stop reading for a second. Once it was finished I found myself sad and disappointed. I wanted the book to go on forever!

— Sharise Toombs

A Curious Reader

How Mary Connealy managed to write an opening that was even better than all of her other book beginnings, I will never know. But she did it. Seriously. Best. Opening. EVER. This book was great. Gabe and Shannon's dialogue is so snarky and yet never waivers from being tender too. It is obvious to any reader that Connealy loves writing about landscapes and nature just as much as she loves writing strong women and tough cowboys. Her descriptions of the Grand Canyon are never long, but the detail she does provide clearly illustrate the beauty and awe the land inspires. She same goes for her characters. Small snipets like "the man spoke through a mustache so bushy his mouth didn't appear to move" are perfect examples of how one little detail can really cement an image in the readers mind. As always, I am looking forward to her next book!

— Chelsea Winer

CBA Retailers

Connealy's lighthearted treatment of her characters' inner dialogue lends a touch of comedy to her fast-paced adventure tale.

— Kris Wilson

Between the Pages

While you, as a reader, will need to suspend belief in certain parts, DEEP TROUBLE is an exciting book which will have you on the edge of your seat and laughing out loud. Shannon and Gabe are an unlikely pair, but they are absolutely perfect together. The evil of the villains is bone-chilling and you will be holding your breath in spots. But you can never go wrong with a Mary Connealy book.

— Cindy Warner

Creative Madness Mama

The characters are witty and the bad guys have me praying for redemption. Mary is the first author that I have found challenges me with her stories which then in turn causes me to bring the same mindset into my life. What I mean is that with some stories I just want the bad guy to die and the good people to go on happily ever after. yet Mary has shown me that a despicable character may turn into a wonderful man with a heart of Christ. Therefore I find myself with a heavy heart hoping and praying for a rough character to find a more pure life of redemption.

Beyond all that this was a great story. Bringing options for romance and family responsibility that makes a reader go back and forth into which way to go. Then the last thing I have to say other than loving this novel. …the ending… was I imagining things or was there suddenly an Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade over lay? So much fun!!

— Margaret Chind

Shirley's Surely Reviewing

I don't want to give away too much, but I will say this. It's an action-packed, humorous Western, rich in history and culture of the times, and not overly romanticized as much of Christian Fiction (especially romances) can be. Like I said before, had I known this was a romance/wedding book, I wouldn't have picked it up, but I'm glad I did. An enjoyable read.

— Sharalee Cozzens

Good Reads

Loved this book! The humor had me laughing out loud but she also had suspense and tense situations. A good mix all around. There is a previous book, Cowboy Christmas that I would recommend reading first if you enjoy books that go together.

— Judy DeVries

Come Meet AusJenny

I loved this book I think this is one of Mary's best so far. The story is set in the Grand Canyon and when reading the book it took me back to when I visited Wiamea Canyon in Hawaii. The story starts with Shannon in trouble and Gabe comes across her. The adventure starts right from the first sentence and continues throughout the book. I also love the secondary characters in this book as they really make the book. Gabe is the youngest in the family and his brothers tend to baby him and think he is incapable of making his own decisions regarding what he will do with his life. We see some of these struggles in the book also. Shannon is an only child who is determined to prove her father's discoveries were real and not just wishful thinking. Seeing the stories blend together and grow was interesting. The back drop to this story is the Grand Canyon and Mary describes it in a way that makes me want to visit it and see what the characters saw.

— Jenny Blake

RT Book Reviews
There is never a dull moment with Connealy, and the second book of her Wild West Weddings series starts out with a bang and never lets up. Except romance, villains, a lost city of gold, laugh-out-loud humor - and, of course, expect the unexpected.

— Patsy Glan

Once Upon a Romance

Mary Connealy has a remarkable knack for creating an action-packed romance that’s interlaced with humor and subtle inspiration. Mary has a way of mixing just the right amount of these notable qualities with a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Grand Canyon as the backdrop is depicted with an awe-inspiring paintbrush; though I’ve never seen it in person, I felt I had by the picturesque descriptions.

Get a tall glass of your favorite cool beverage and sit back and enjoy Shannon and Gabe’s story. Deep Trouble will give you hours of sheer entertainment.

— Trudy

Between The Pages
While you, as a reader, will need to suspend belief in certain parts, DEEP TROUBLE is an exciting book which will have you on the edge of your seat and laughing out loud. Shannon and Gabe are an unlikely pair, but they are absolutely perfect together. The evil of the villains is bone-chilling and you will be holding your breath in spots. But you can never go wrong with a Mary Connealy book.

— Cindy Warner

Between the Pages - Cindy Warner

While you, as a reader, will need to suspend belief in certain parts, DEEP TROUBLE is an exciting book which will have you on the edge of your seat and laughing out loud. Shannon and Gabe are an unlikely pair, but they are absolutely perfect together. The evil of the villains is bone-chilling and you will be holding your breath in spots. But you can never go wrong with a Mary Connealy book.
RT Book Reviews - Patsy Glan

There is never a dull moment with Connealy, and the second book of her Wild West Weddings series starts out with a bang and never lets up. Except romance, villains, a lost city of gold, laugh-out-loud humor - and, of course, expect the unexpected.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602601499
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author


Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. She is the bestselling author of the Wild at Heart series, which recently began with book 1, Tried & True. She is also the author of the Trouble in Texas series, Kincaid Bride series, Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy, Sophie’s Daughters Trilogy, and many other books. Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and three spectacular grandchildren. Find Mary online at www.maryconnealy.com.
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Deep Trouble


By Mary Connealy

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 Mary Connealy
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60742-243-3


CHAPTER 1

May 1881


Where's the gold?"

Shannon Dysart staggered back in the face of her guide's fury then squared her shoulders. Showing weakness to Lobo Cutter was a mistake. Hiring him was a mistake. Leaving St. Louis was a mistake.

"Mr. Cutter, I employed you to help me find an ancient city. We've done that. It's spectacular. Imagine the research—"

"A city of gold." Cutter stormed right up to Shannon's face. The spurs on his boots made an ugly metallic ring with every step. "Them was your own words when you asked me to sign aboard this trip into the West."

Shannon stepped back again, and her foot slipped into nothingness. She glanced back at the dead drop behind her.

Cutter's fists clenched and moved too close to the Colt six-shooter in his holster. He was a brute of a man, brought along mainly to handle the pack animals. But once they'd found this place, he'd worked as hard as any of the six people in their expedition searching these ruins.

But he'd finally faced the same fact Shannon just had—after three days of searching this ancient cliff city: there was no gold.

"I wasn't searching for this city to make myself rich, Mr. Cutter. My father's research was—"

"Your father was an old fool. Everyone in the West has heard the stories of Delusional Dysart."

Everyone in the West? Shannon flinched. She hadn't realized that. Everyone in the world of ancient studies, yes, had come to reject her father's work. Professor Delmer Dysart. The Delmer had been twisted into Delusional. Everyone in the three universities that had fired him sneered at his theories. But everyone in the West, too? What had her father done to be so infamous? It was the rejection and outright mockery by the other scholars of ancient history that drove Shannon to retrace her father's footsteps and prove him right.

The rest of the world was enamored of ancient Greece and the ruins of Rome, but her father had believed America had its own ancient wonders. Chief among them the Seven Cities of Gold. He'd devoted his life to searching for the lost kingdom of Quivera. But these abandoned cliff dwellings were fascinating. A find of great importance. No gold, true, but still of scientific merit.

"Where are we going next?" Cutter stepped closer and jabbed Shannon in the chest with a beefy finger. She had no room left to back away. He looked savage, more animal than man. His teeth were bared.

No man had ever put hands on her before, and her heart pounded with fear even as she fought to remain calm and use reason on this unreasonable man.

Her father's maps, what was left of them, were hidden in a pocket she'd sewn into the lining of her riding skirt. Shannon had been painfully careful never to let any of this group see where she hid them.

"I want to stay here longer, Mr. Cutter." Shannon could take notes for weeks, and just this place alone would help her gain respect in the field of ancient studies. But her father's name would be even more deeply blighted because he hadn't brought out news of this place. Instead, he'd ignored it and gone on searching for gold. "We've got all summer to travel on. These ruins are beautiful. There's no gold, but—"

Cutter grabbed the front of her gingham blouse with one hand and her hair with the other. "Shut up."

Shannon saw her dark braid gripped like it was a leash in his massive hands and was so shocked she couldn't even cry out in fear. She was an academic like her father. She'd spent her life studying books and artifacts. This expedition was her first attempt at finding old ruins. And it was certainly her first time to be threatened and abused by an uncivilized brute.

"We go now." He lifted her to her tiptoes. "I know you've got another map. Hand it over."

"Stop this right now." Shannon's temper erupted. "I am paying you—"

Cutter, with Shannon's blouse clutched in one hand, shoved her backward. She felt the ground crumble under one foot and grabbed at the man's ugly fist.

"The map. Where is it?"

Keeping control of her maps was something Shannon was fanatic about, but she was also a bit paranoid, which might make all the difference now. She wouldn't give up too easily. "No, they're mine."

Another shove and her feet went out from under her. She dangled over the edge of the cliff dwelling. His grip was the only thing keeping her from plunging to her death.

A frantic look around the cave showed the avid greed in the faces of the others, including two women she'd brought along for propriety's sake. They'd seemed so helpful and honorable, excited even, as they'd searched the cliff dwellings for the last three days. Until they'd reached this last cave and found only more rock.

The people with her were all on Cutter's side. She'd hired the man on a recommendation from someone she respected at the university. Cutter was known for tracking in the West. He'd offered to find a crew, including women, so all would be proper. Including her, six of them had made this journey. Now all of her traveling companions practically licked their lips as Cutter tried to shake loose a secret that led to a city of gold.

"The map. Now. Or I let go then search your dead body." He shook her so hard her head whipped back and forth. She was strangling, and a rending sound told her the fabric Cutter had a grip on wasn't going to hold.

A compulsive glance down was dizzying. They were on the highest level of the cliff houses. A ladder was the only way up. Cutter was showing her there were two ways down.

"I'll give it to you. Please, pull me back."

Cutter yanked her back to solid ground then threw her down at his feet. Her head struck rock, light burst behind her eyes, and the air was battered out of her lungs. Gasping and disoriented, she could only scoot away, on her back, as one of the women knelt beside her and dug deep in Shannon's pockets.

"No!" Shannon shoved at the woman's hands. Ginger. With tight curls of hair and crooked teeth that hadn't looked ugly until just now. "Get away from me."

Ginger backhanded her across the face, and her head cracked against stone again. Her vision blurred.

Cutter went to her knapsack that she always kept at hand.

"Go down and search her bedroll," Cutter ordered.

Shannon felt warm liquid run over her lips and reached up to find her nose bleeding. Ginger frisked Shannon with crude, rough hands and glared as if she wanted an excuse to strike again.

Pressing her wrist to her nose to staunch the flow of blood, Shannon let the woman's hands roam over her. What choice did she have? She could only pray Ginger wasn't smart enough to suspect Shannon's tricks.

The two other men in the expedition scrambled down the ladder, the rungs creaking. Shannon wondered how old that ladder was. They'd found it lying on one of the lower levels of the cliff houses and had used it, but very carefully. It was missing every other rung at least, and the wood was brittle from age. There were no trees close by to build another.

They'd found handholds to climb to the lower caves, but when those had revealed no gold, the upper levels had taunted them. This morning they'd risked using that ladder and climbed up here to search and find ... nothing.

Shannon had talked of research and history and truth, and these ruins were magnificent. But when she'd risked her neck to climb that old ladder and found only more rock and dirt, she'd admitted in her heart that she'd wanted the gold, too.

"I've got something." Ginger pulled a map out of Shannon's pocket triumphantly. She unfolded it with reckless speed.

"Be careful of that." Shannon sat up and reached for it.

Ginger shoved Shannon flat on her back. With a harsh laugh Shannon had never heard from the woman before, Ginger rose to her feet and turned to the other woman in the expedition.

Lurene was a quiet woman, dark haired and hardworking. Of all of them, Lurene had been the friendliest. But none showed on her face now. Only cruelty and sharp intelligence as she reached for the battered map Shannon had found among her father's effects. "Just take her whole saddlebag," Lurene ordered. Yes, the woman ordered Cutter. When had Lurene started giving orders? Lurene studied the papers Ginger had found.

"You'll never understand that map without my help. My father encoded it."

"I've been watching you." A smile revealed a row of wolfish teeth that looked sharp enough to rip someone's throat out. "I've figured out the code you're using."

Shannon's stomach twisted as Lurene took one short stride to be right at her side. "We don't need you anymore, Miss Dysart."

Shannon got her elbows braced, waiting for the next shove.

With a soft whoosh of metal on leather, Lurene produced a razor-sharp knife.

A moan of pure terror escaped Shannon's clenched jaw.

"Don't kill her." Cutter came up beside Lurene.

"We have to. I don't want her alive. If she gets to a town, she can call in a marshal, and we'll all have a price on our heads."

"I've got a better idea." Cutter's smile chilled Shannon's blood to ice.

Lurene looked away from Shannon. "We've got no choice."

"Sure we do. A choice that's a lot more fun than slitting her throat."

Shannon swallowed hard. She was very fond of her throat. And considering the cruelty of these people, what could Cutter have in mind that was more ... fun?

"We leave her here." Cutter laughed.

"She might be able to walk out. We can't risk it."

"No, I don't mean here." Cutter made a grand gesture at the rugged wasteland around the cliff village. Then he pointed at his feet. "I mean here."

A smile broke out on Lurene's face that showed those canine teeth again. "And take the ladder."

Their smug satisfaction doubled the pace of Shannon's terrified pulse.

"No, please! You can't!" They'd been here three days. They'd worked hard trying to reach the treacherous upper caves without that ladder. They'd found it too sheer, completely lacking in footholds. Then they'd found the ancient ladder, nearly buried in generations of accumulated desert sand. The very existence of the ladder showed that the folks who built these dwellings had needed them to get to this top row of homes.

She regretted crying out instantly. It only made these outlaws happier that she was frightened.

"After you." Cutter tugged his hat low on his brow. His words sounded grand and gentlemanly. Instead, they were obscene considering what they planned for her.

Ginger headed down. Lurene was right after her.

Cutter turned to Shannon, and his look was pure evil.

She had a heart-sickening moment to realize she was here, alone with him. Defenseless. Bleeding. Trapped.

Then he laughed and left her.

Alone with no water. No food. No way down.

She saw the top of the ladder wobble, and even knowing it was futile, she threw herself at it and caught it, stopping it from falling away. She looked down at Cutter, and the man looked up.

He let go of the ladder with a smile on his face, and for a second she thought maybe he'd changed his mind. Maybe he'd give her a fighting chance to walk out of here.

Instead, he pulled his gun and aimed straight at ... the ladder. Aiming off to the side, he blew one rung away, then a second and a third. His bullets ricocheted and hit the cave.

Screaming, Shannon hung on doggedly to her only chance for escape. Then the side of the ladder in her right hand snapped. Shards of wood cut her hand, and she cried out again to the sound of Cutter's laughter. She pulled her hand back to find she held a foot- long section of wood. Useless.

Then the shooting changed, aimed straight for the roof of her cave.

Shannon felt a bullet hit just inches from her head and shatter a rock that gouged into her skin. She rolled for the back of the cave, screaming in terror.

CHAPTER 2

Gabriel Lasley heard gunfire. Next screaming. He spurred his horse and raced toward the trouble with a prayer on his lips.

It sounded miles away, but he couldn't be sure. Sound carried forever in the desert. Canyon walls echoed, and soon enough the sound seemed to come from all directions.

But Gabe had spent years riding with the cavalry, and he knew the land.

The gunfire died away.

The screaming cut off.

The thunder of his horse's hooves and the wind rushing past his ears were the only sounds. But he knew right where the screaming and gunfire had come from. Or he hoped he knew.

Investigating would send him on a long run in the wrong direction—away from the nearest town and a badly needed drink of water. But a woman screaming, out here where there weren't any women, well, Gabe couldn't see he had much choice. Her screams, long faded to silence, were still in his head, begging for help.

He slowed as he drew near the spot where he was sure the trouble had come from. Caution. He saw tracks and followed them to what looked like a dry spring bed up a rugged hill. The tracks were fresh. Whatever had happened here had to be the source of the gunfire and screams. It also was clearly over.

He slipped the tie-down loose on his Colt and followed the tracks with the care of a man who'd ridden for the cavalry for nearly a decade. He was too late to stop whatever had happened, but maybe not too late to dig a grave and see the dead given some respect, see if there were families to contact.

He got to the top of the narrow arroyo and pulled his horse to a dead stop. He was looking at something he couldn't believe.

A mountain carved up into—homes?

Shaking his head, he looked closer, trying to make the structure in front of his eyes something created by nature. But it wasn't. These were man-made. The lowest levels had structure to them. Rockwork that formed walls. There were depressions in the rocks above the structures. Cave openings, multiple levels of them. He counted four layers, one above the other, of what had to be dwellings of some kind. And now abandoned.

Gabe had never heard of this. He was just passing through the area now, but he'd ridden with the cavalry in Texas and the Southwest for years. How could this have gone undiscovered? And who had found it now and died?

Fascinated, Gabe walked his horse into this lost valley, then swung down and tied the gelding to one of a thousand mesquite bushes. The wind whistled through the hills and canyons. It was the only sound, and that moaning wind told him no one else was here.

Those tracks cut in the dust were the only sign that humans had ever passed through here. Seven horses in, seven out. Judging by the tracks, he'd say two pack horses, maybe three. So five people had come in here. How many had ridden out?

He tried to remember exactly where that sound had come from, and it wasn't hard to figure out. He could see where people had stood, horses, supplies. A camp had been set up here and had only been torn down a few minutes ago. A chill sliced up his spine in the Arizona heat as he realized he'd barely missed whoever left this place. The folks doing all the shooting.

But who had done the screaming?

He stared at the wonder before him and studied the sign and terrain with no idea what to do next. There was nothing. No one.

The place was eerie, as if whoever had lived here before still watched, testing those who came. He heard wind whistling like a specter, calling to him from the unnatural caves high overhead.

Where had the people gone who had done such work, created such a home? Who would work this hard then leave? Had they died? Had they abandoned all their labor? Had they been killed? And if so, where were those who had done the killing?

His eyes went up four levels of stone homes. Gabe felt a quick chill of fear. No human hand created this. And yet what were the other possibilities? He was left with the sense that it was ancient and utterly empty of life.

"Help me."

He jumped, drew his gun, and whirled around toward where the riders had left. Heart slamming, he looked left and right. Blinked and gasped for air and saw ... no one.

There was no one anywhere. Could the place be haunted? He didn't believe in such things, but—

That cry echoed and bounced until Gabe was surrounded by it.

"Help me, please."

This time it was stronger, and even with the echo, Gabe whirled back and looked up and up and up.

A woman.

Gabe almost screamed.

Her face was soaked in blood, one arm flung over the edge of the cliff as she lay on her belly, looking down.


(Continues...)

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    Can this marriage be saved? I don't think I'm g

    Can this marriage be saved?
    I don't think I'm giving anything away when I say at the end of the book both couples marry. After all this is a romance novel. I am however finding it hard to imagine that Bucky who never even had a job in his life is giving up his wealthy life to become a cowboy. I'm finding even harder to believe that Shannon would give up her wealthy way of living to become a Wyoming housewife. Opposites attract---they just don' last. Can't see had either marriage would stick. Still its a fun book. Enjoy.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    loved it.

    <3 Great read.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Exciting western romance

    Mary Connealy does it again in her book Deep Trouble. This book was a gift from her publisher and of course, I'm biased as I am mentioned in the acknowledgments, but in spite of that, this story rocks. I love the adventure Mary develops in her stories, not to mention the subtle humor. Her characters, especially the women epitomize the Westward Movement. Women had to be tough to survive and Mary's characters are that. Shannon sets out in search for gold in color country of the Arizona Territory, untamed for sure. Gabe has the occasion to rescue her (many times) and they develop a relationship on the spot. Mary's heroes are truly heroic and intriguing. You'll love Mary's rollicking writing style.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Shannon has been engaged to Bucky forever. Well, sort of.

    Though you wouldn't know it to watch her. She's been researching and studying to try to find the treasure her father found just before his death. She just can't believe that he spent his life trying to find a treasure that meant more to him than the family he left behind. She's not even realizing that she's doing the same thing to others that he did to destroy her.

    Now, she's off, without Bucky, gallivanting through the desert with a bunch of hired hands and trying desperately to hide the maps that he left for her. Until, she learns that hired hands aren't as trustworthy as the money you pay them with. They've left her high and dry and barely alive.

    Gabe hears the melee and races to see where the shots and screams originated. And sees, high on an unaccessible ledge above him the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen. Now, all he needs to do is rescue her. Somehow.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    A Grand Canyon Adventure!

    Shannon Dysart may have hired a team to travel with her across the country, but she still feels very alone. With heirloom maps of a lost city, she and her party are on the hunt for gold and riches. When months of searching yields no discoveries, her gang steals her belongings and leaves her for dead. Lucky for her, wandered Gabe Lasley hears her cries for help and comes to her rescue. Though tension is high, sparks immediately fly between Gabe and Shannon. And when Gabe agrees to accompany Shannon on her continued quest, the romance is sure to get hotter. But when Shannon's former crew doubles back with hostile intentions, things in the Grand Canyon are going to get quite treacherous.

    How Mary Connealy managed to write an opening that was even better than all of her other book beginnings, I will never know. But she did it. Seriously. Best. Opening. EVER. This book was great. Gabe and Shannon's dialogue is so snarky and yet never waivers from being tender too. It is obvious to any reader that Connealy loves writing about landscapes and nature just as much as she loves writing strong women and tough cowboys. Her descriptions of the Grand Canyon are never long, but the detail she does provide clearly illustrate the beauty and awe the land inspires. She same goes for her characters. Small snipets like "the man spoke through a mustache so bushy his mouth didn't appear to move" are perfect examples of how one little detail can really cement an image in the readers mind. As always, I am looking forward to her next book!

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