Character Spotlight ~ Mary Connealy’s Heath Kincaid and a giveaway

No Way UpMeet a talented cowhand in

Mary Connealy’s

historical romance

No Way Up

Bethany House


The Story

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately.

Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don’t live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike.

Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath’s desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.

Introducing Heath Kincaid

Brief physical description

Tall, dark and handsome. Flashing blue eyes. Confident of his ranching skills, not so confident about falling in love with the daughter/sister of his bosses. Especially when her big brothers keep firing him when they see she’s interested in their cowhand.


Ian Somerhalder

Strengths and weaknesses

Strengths: A top cowhand, he’s worked at nearly every job in the west and can turn his hand to anything, including excellent medical training which is badly needed.

Weakness: He wants to go home. He’s wandered a while and now he wants his home…and he wants Sadie Boden. But she’s got to stay at her father’s ranch or lose it for herself and her brothers. As long as he stays on the Cimarron Ranch he’s a lowly cowhand with little to offer the daughter of the wealthy owner.

Quirk (if any)

He’s got three really bossy big brothers and as he gets to know Sadie’s two big brothers he falls into the habit of defying them for pure entertainment, as it reminds him of home. Cole and Justin Boden keep firing him but every time they do, Sadie invites Heath to come and stay at the ranch as her guest. Then Cole and Justin decide if he’s staying anyway, he might as well be working.

Your inspiration for the character

Heath takes after his crazy brother Seth Kincaid, the hero of Over the Edge, book #3 of the Kincaid Brides Series. Except Heath had to be really sensible, really young, he just never found the time to be crazy like Seth is. But he’s got that wild streak in him and he’s finding out he kind of enjoying letting it loose now and then.

Background to the story 

The basic story to me was Jacob and Esau…what if? (don’t all stories start with ‘what if’? What if Jacob and Esau, natural rivals, had parents that tried to keep them together instead of driving them apart? Cole the educated, smooth business man, Justin the tough rancher. And little sister Sadie who wants to be independent but it takes all her strength to stand against her parents and brothers…and she loves them so she has trouble being too unruly.

So Jacob and Esau meet The Big Valley with New Mexico’s mesas and tension between the ranchers, the Mexicans who’ve lived for generations on land that suddenly doesn’t belong to Mexico, and pure greed that crosses all boundaries.

Thanks Mary!

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27 Responses to Character Spotlight ~ Mary Connealy’s Heath Kincaid and a giveaway

  1. Sounds like another fun book. I’m an only child.

  2. Sounds like a book that I would really enjoy reading! I am the second oldest.

  3. Heath was a great character! The banter between him and the Boden siblings are hilarious, especially when they kept firing him!

  4. Debbie Clatterbuck

    Great character interview. Love Mary’s books. I am the middle child of three and the only girl. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  5. Can’t wait to read this book…it sounds like it will be another fantastic read from Mary Connealy! I’m the oldest :)

  6. Ordered it copy on its way can’t wait to read it.

  7. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I’m the second born but first girl :)

  8. I’m the second of four girls. My mom says my next sister down was a difficult child so I grew up more quiet and self-entertaining.

  9. Sounds like a great book! I am third of six children. There were 2 girls older than me (one died in 2002), a brother and 2 girls younger than me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Sounds really interesting. I am the eldest child of 3.

  11. I am the oldest and my only other sibling – a younger sister passed away.

  12. I am the second of six but the oldest daughter.
    Mary Connealy’s books are terrific. They always make me smile! Thanks for the info from Mary and the giveaway.

  13. I am the firstborn daughter. My brother is four years younger.

    I’m looking forward to reading this series!

  14. There are three of us siblings and I am the oldest. My brother is 9yrs young and my sister is almost 11yrs younger!

    Thanks for the fun character interview :-) I remember meeting Heath….LOL!

  15. I’m the middle of 7 children. :)

    Really looking forward to reading this book- thanks for the chance to win! 😀

  16. I’m the oldest in my family! Love your books Mary!

  17. I’m the youngest of two daughters, but I felt most like the middle child in our family rather than the baby. Surely, my older sister would disagree, but we had a number of foster children as I was growing up that I felt were the “babies” of the family. :)

  18. Kirsten Rinehart

    I am the oldest of 7 children. This looks like an exciting read Mary 😊😊

  19. I am a twin and sit in the youngest but since I’m three minutes older I’m not sure how it works. I have a half brother and half sister and then 20 years later my mom had four more so I have an older sister by 4 years, a brother by 1 year and me and my twin. :) I love Mary Connealy’s books.

  20. Love your books! I am the second child of six, and the oldest girl. I’m also the first granddaughter on my father’s side. Boy, was I spoiled !

  21. I’m next to the youngest since I’m 5 minutes older than my twin. Thanks for this giveaway.

  22. Ruth CowgirlAmerica

    I’m the oldest

  23. I was the youngest for 9 years, the middle child for 9 years, and now I’m the oldest!

  24. I am the first born child. I love your books and would love to read this one.

  25. Third of nine, second daughter.

  26. I’m the youngest in my family! :)

  27. I’m the oldest child. It wasn’t fun while growing up, but now I’m glad.

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