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Couple at the Beach

I thought it might be fun for you to meet Rose and Tanner today (at least the visuals that inspired their characters).

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Back when we were choosing images for the covers, I saw this one and it made me think of a girl who perhaps might like vintage things, at least romantic things. I liked the idea of Rose being someone who surrounded herself with treasures from yesterday, who cherished the little things many people take for granted. I wanted her to be a girl who takes time to smell the roses.

So I looked to Annalynne McCord for my visual inspiration for Rose (in addition to the cover shot).

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It was just so easy to picture her as Rose.

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She’s got the hair, the eyes, the smile…

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and the beauty. Yep, she really made such a perfect Rose.

Tanner needed to be someone with a little ruggedness around the edges, but a sweet guy.

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I chose Steve Lund.

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He looks exactly how I envision Tanner. Strong yet kind.

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And really hunky.

You can find many of the visuals that inspired parts of the story on my Pinterest board, including some of Rose’s outfits, Goonies info, and some fun beach wedding ideas!

And while you’re looking through the images, listen to this song… it was the one I listened to while I was writing the story:

Places I’ve Never Been by Mark Wills

You can find Rose on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rose-Beach-Brides-Book-9-ebook/dp/B0728BSPR1

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The Beach Brides series has another release out and this week I’ve even more excited, because it’s my contribution to the series!

About the book…

FOUND: Old-fashioned letter in a bottle on the beach…

Now what’s he supposed to do with it?

When his mother discovers a message in a bottle washed up on a Florida beach, Tanner Thomas scoffs at her insistence he contact the person who penned the note. With a vague promise to think about it, Tanner promptly tucks the bottle away and goes on with his life. Two years later, he finds the bottle in the back of a closet and can’t get the woman off his mind. Tormented by thoughts of the author of the sweet, romantic letter, Tanner finally reaches out to the old-fashioned girl, unprepared to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

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This little excerpt is from when Rose first meets Tanner.

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When the man she’d seen on the beach last night strode inside, the cake stand slipped from her hands and fell to the floor with a loud clatter. Little cakes scattered everywhere.

For the length of several heartbeats, Rose remained too stunned by his appearance to blink let alone move. Mercy, but he looked even better in the broad light of day than he had in the moonlight.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you,” he said, his deep, resonant voice stirring something in her heart.

As he bent down to help pick up the scattered cakes, Rose breathed in his fragrance. It smelled like musk and spicy woods, and something entirely too appealing for her own good.

Tumnus scampered down the hall and into the fray, madly licking at frosting and crumbs stuck to the floor. Rose stood and brushed crumbs from her hands, her gaze fixed on the man who slowly stood and offered her a heart-melting smile.

“My apologies, sir, for such a… um… disruptive greeting.” Rose gulped, trying to calm her skittering nerves. “How may I be of assistance to you today?”

The man’s lazy grin caused heat to churn in her stomach while an electrical current zinged up her arms and down her legs. If he kept smiling at her like that, she was sure Lucille and Zetta would have more than just cake crumbs to clean off the floor. They’d find her in a mushy puddle there as well.

Mister Muscles-and-Seductive-Smiles took a step closer to her. “I’m looking for Rose.”

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0728BSPR1

Available at Amazon for $2.99 or read with Kindle Unlimited, click here.

About the Series…

ROSE is  Book #9 in the series…

Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!

The series consists of twelve heartwarming, standalone novellas linked by a unifying theme and written by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors.

For more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

Giveaway…

Melissa McClone is featuring a fun giveaway on her blog today. Pop over for a chance to win a Thirty-One Zip-top Organizing Utility Tote (ZOUT), a fun beach sign, three seashell-shaped bath fizzies, and a wind chime.

https://melissamcclone.com/beach-brides-spotlight-and-giveaway-shanna-hatfields-rose/

You’re invited…

Don’t forget to come party with me today on the Beach Brides Series Reader’s Group. To join in the fun,  click here.

Each Tuesday from now until August 8th, a new Beach Brides title will be released.

The Beach Bride Series – Available only at Amazon

MEG by Julie Jarnagin
TARA by Ginny Baird
NINA by Stacey Joy Netzel
CLAIR by Grace Greene
JENNY by Melissa McClone
LISA by Denise Devine
HOPE by Aileen Fish
KIM by Magdalena Scott
ROSE by Shanna Hatfield
LILY by Ciara Knight
FAITH by Helen Scott Taylor
AMY by Raine English

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Lil’ Miss and I were chatting the other day and somehow the topic turned to people not being true to themselves because of the way other people see them or wanting to fit in with a certain group.

I encouraged her to be true to herself.

That’s the only way I know for any of us to be truly happy – to enjoy, embrace, celebrate, and cherish our own uniqueness. That’s when we know the joy loving ourselves brings.

Do I always follow my own advice? Sadly, no. But I’m getting there, one day at a time.

When I find myself trying to be something other than what is truly me, what fits with who I am, I’m not happy and I realize the reason is because I’m trying to conform to something that isn’t me.

Never, ever be afraid to be yourself. The people who don’t accept you who you are aren’t worth your time. And those who do certainly are.

Here’s to a day filled with joy, embracing your unique, wonderful, completely awesome self. May it bring you a heart full of joy.

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I’m excited to announce the upcoming release of Home of Her Heart. It’s the second book in the Hearts of the War series and is set in Pendleton (and yes, some of those fun Pendleton Petticoats characters will make guest appearances in the story!).

Here’s a little about the book.

Home of Her Heart

All he needed was a bride. . .

Who said anything about falling in love?

Orphaned at birth and a loner all his life, the last thing Sergeant Klayne Campbell needs is for feisty Delaney Danvers to entangle his thoughts. Bravely volunteering for a top-secret mission almost certain to get him killed, Klayne can’t bear the thought of dying utterly alone. All he wants is to face death knowing his life meant something to at least one person. Offering Delaney a marriage of convenience, he plans to leave behind a war bride as his beneficiary. After just one night as her husband, Klayne realizes he’ll do anything to survive and return to her.

The moment she met handsome Sergeant Campbell at a holiday party, Delaney’s whole world shifted off kilter. Full of fun with an unquenchable zest for life, she isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. And what she wants is Klayne. When he prepares to join a hazardous mission, she seizes the opportunity to give him a reason to fight his way back home — to her heart.

A tender, sweet romance rich with history and enduring love, Home of Her Heart captures the era and emotions prevalent during America’s entry into World War II.

You can find  Home of Her Heart  on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073V5H2PR/.  The pre-order price is just 99 cents!

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You’re also invited to attend the release party Aug. 10 on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/1030975103706325/ Hope to see you there!

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And if you missed it, the first book in the series is Garden of Her Heart.

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Can forbidden love blossom amid the constraints of war?

The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese Americans, she’s kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her closer to becoming a fugitive in the land of her birth. Exhausted, she stumbles to her grandparents’ abandoned farm only to find a dying soldier sprawled across the step. Unable to leave him, she forsakes all else to keep him alive.

After crashing his plane in the Battle of the Atlantic, the doctors condemn Captain Rock Laroux to die. Determined to meet his maker beneath a blue sky at his family home, he sneaks out of the hospital. Weary and half out of his mind, he makes it as far as a produce stand he remembers from his youth. Rather than surrender to death, Rock fights a battle of the heart as he falls in love with the beautiful Japanese woman who saves his life.

A poignant, sweet romance, Garden of Her Heart proves love can bloom in unlikely places even under the most challenging circumstances.

Kindle: https://amzn.com/B01LYTC7IG

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1125098241

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1173687544

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/garden-of-her-heart

Audio: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Garden-of-Her-Heart-Audiobook/B01N9ECC0U/

Paperback: http://a.co/aWqNawz

Large Print: http://a.co/iNmKvIF

Magdalena Scott’s KIM, Book #8 in the Beach Brides series, releases today! Twelve heartwarming, standalone novellas  linked by a unifying theme from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors are included in the series.

About the book…

Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!

Almost two years later…

Jon Whitfield “landed” the message in a bottle on a fishing vacation with his buddies, and it disappeared before he could decide whether to respond. Now he’s on a road trip with Kim Rose, whose gratitude in spite of a painful past reminds him of the touching note he wishes he’d kept.

Available at Amazon for $2.99, click here.

For more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

Giveaway…

The awesome Melissa McClone is once again offering a giveaway on her blog. Hop over there and leave a comment to enter to win a Thirty-One retro-metro foldover and zipper pouch. These can go to the beach or wherever you want to go! Also included is a fun beach sign, three seashell-shaped bath fizzies, and a wind chime.

 

You’re invited…

If you’d like to be a part of the Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook, click here.

The Beach Bride Series – Available only at Amazon

MEG by Julie Jarnagin
TARA by Ginny Baird
NINA by Stacey Joy Netzel
CLAIR by Grace Greene
JENNY by Melissa McClone
LISA by Denise Devine
HOPE by Aileen Fish
KIM by Magdalena Scott
ROSE by Shanna Hatfield
LILY by Ciara Knight
FAITH by Helen Scott Taylor
AMY by Raine English

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Happy people.

What a better place the world is because of them.

We’ve all heard the suggestions to surround ourselves with happy, positive people. That isn’t hollow advice but sage wisdom.

Happy people are awesome.

That’s not to say they don’t have dark moments, but for the most part, happy people choose to let the let shine in and through them.

Happy people might seem rather Pollyanna-ish to the outsider looking in, but I think they are incredibly strong and absolutely amazing. It takes a lot of work and conscious thought to stay dialed in to happiness.

I’m learning, slowly it seems, to spend less and less time with the gloomy, negative, negative-Nellie type people and more around people who make me laugh, bring a smile to my face, and fill my heart with joy – those fantastic happy people.

Life’s too short to waste our precious moments with people who bring a big basket full of crazy, emotional drama with them wherever they go. All their efforts to bring others down to their level of misery doesn’t do anyone any good.

Focus on the happy people.

Even better, focus on being one of those happy people. That’s my goal for the day.

Maybe this song from Little Big Town, which I love, can get you off to a good start.

Happy People.

May you be one today.

 

This week I’m excited to share Hope by Aileen Fish, book seven in the Beach Brides Series. Written by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors, the series consists of twelve heartwarming, standalone novellas linked by a unifying theme.

About the book…

Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!

Hope Reynolds is a single mom and teacher, so with her busy life she’s forgotten all about the message in a bottle. Chase Bowman, retired rodeo clown, is on a fishing trip with his dad, who’s dying of cancer, when he finds the bottle. His dad makes him promise to contact the woman, but he puts it off for a while as he mourns his dad. More than a year passes, and when he finally emails Hope, she thinks it’s a prank until he mentions the bottle. He charms her into a flirtatious make-believe correspondence, but can it lead to something more?

Available at Amazon for $2.99, click here.

For more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

Giveaway…

Once again, Melissa McClone is giving away a fun beach-themed prize. Hop over to her website to enter to win! This week’s giveaway is a Thirty-One Cinch sac and mini zipper pouch. These are very handy no matter what time of year! Also included is a fun beach sign, three seashell-shaped bath fizzies, and a wind chime.

 

You’re invited…

If you’d like to be a part of the Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook, click here.

Each Tuesday from now until August 8th, a new Beach Brides title will be released.

The Beach Bride Series – Available only at Amazon

MEG by Julie Jarnagin
TARA by Ginny Baird
NINA by Stacey Joy Netzel
CLAIR by Grace Greene
JENNY by Melissa McClone
LISA by Denise Devine
HOPE by Aileen Fish
KIM by Magdalena Scott
ROSE by Shanna Hatfield
LILY by Ciara Knight
FAITH by Helen Scott Taylor
AMY by Raine English