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A Teaser

buried-in-books

In the midst of my summer marathon of writing Christmas romances, I decided to write a book set in an era I know next to nothing about.

I’m up to my eyeballs in research, wishing I’d paid more attention in my history classes when we got to this particular period. Unfortunately, my interest was always geared more toward the old West, Victorian and Edwardian days.

Slowly but surely the book is coming along. Lest you think I’ll never get around to releasing anything new, I will have more books coming this fall. I promise!

In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a little teaser from this current work in progress (and bear in mind it has not had a speck of editing yet!):

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The first fingers of dawn stretched across the silvery sky as she stepped from the trees and bit back a sob at the sight of her grandparents’ produce stand. As long as she could remember, her family had sold produce from the red-painted structure filled with shelves and bins to hold every type of vegetable and fruit the fertile soil would grow.

A hundred yards behind the produce stand, a white picket fence surrounded the cheery yellow bungalow home her grandparents had built years ago. With a wide porch and a plethora of flowers surrounding all four sides, the house appeared welcoming.

Praying to find her family waiting inside for her, she raced up the front steps and tried the door. The knob rattled but didn’t turn, locked from the inside. She set down her suitcase and rushed around to the back door. In her haste, she tripped over the body of a man sprawled across the back step.

Unconscious, the soldier shuddered against the chill in the air, his clothes every bit as wet as hers. At least his jerky tremors assured her he wasn’t dead.

Panicked, she pounded on the door. “Open the door! Please!” Fist banging against the wood, she called out to her grandparents, willing them to be there.

7-18

Sometimes, grace is given in an overwhelming, emotional, more than you can imagine kind of way.

And sometimes it arrives softly, simply, in some tiny little detail or some nearly missed moment.

In the busyness of everyday, I’m guilty of passing by those sweet little moments of grace — of stopping to watch the sun set, listening to the happy song of birds in the backyard, taking a minute just to smell the lovely fragrance of a rose.

On the occasions when I do indulge in those moments (and that is all they are is a few moments), my heart is lifted and my soul lighter. And it makes me wonder why I don’t make it a point to savor every amazing, sweet little moment of grace that comes my way.

The Christmas Cowboy

Rodeo Romance Book 1

is FREE today for Kindle downloads!

The Christmas Cowboy Cover

Flying from city to city in her job as a busy corporate trainer for a successful direct sales company, Kenzie Beckett doesn’t have time for a man. And most certainly not for the handsome cowboy she keeps running into at the airport. Burned twice, she doesn’t trust anyone wearing boots and Wranglers, especially someone as charming and handsome as Tate Morgan.

Among the top saddle bronc riders in the rodeo circuit, easy-going Tate Morgan can handle the toughest horse out there, but trying to deal with the beautiful Kenzie Beckett is a completely different story. As the holiday season approaches, this Christmas Cowboy is going to need more than a little mistletoe to win her heart.

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Kindle

You can also find the paperback book (at regular price) on  Amazon  or, if you like to listen to your books, it’s on Audible.

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Meet Tate Morgan and Kenzie Beckett.

Praise for The Christmas Cowboy:

Reader's Favorite Five Stars“This is a really sweet, really well written story that romance readers will love. It is a perfect representation of the genre and I loved how it was incorporated around the Christmas holiday (which is sure to get any readers into the festive spirit!). Tate is handsome, sweet, and never gives up, even when he is shut out by the distrustful Kenzie. Readers will relate to Kenzie’s walls, but root for her to tear them down and give the loving Tate a chance.”

Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite

“I can’t remember the last time I read a clean, contemporary Western romance. Probably before the time of e-readers if I really think about it. And while I love a great cowboy romance, there is something about this story that moved me. I want to say it’s because it’s all about the relationship but, truthfully, that’s only part of it. I can’t quite put my finger on it but whatever “it” is that makes this story unique and special and real is overwhelming. In a good way, of course…  A great fun read with bits of humor balanced with bits of seriousness wrapped and tied up in a sigh-inducing happy ending.”
Miriam Smith of Written Love

“Caution:  You may fall in love with a fictional cowboy named Tate! I loved this story so much! The chance meetings at the airport and the flirting back and forth! Family, rodeos, Christmas, trust issues, yeah this book covers it all! The entire book consumed my thoughts until I was finished reading it, and now that I am done, I am still thinking about it!  From contemporary to historical Hatfield can write any genre she wants and I will read it! The romance level is clean but the chemistry and kisses are smoking hot! With characters that are endearing and you feel a real emotional connection with, Hatfield has a way of writing a story that anyone want would want to read! Grab your favorite blanket, find a cozy chair and a cup of hot cocoa because this Christmas story is one you won’t put down until you finish the last word! I’m going to start saving my pennies because I want to buy every book that have Hatfield has written!”

Books Are Sanity

Join me in welcoming the talented Keely Brooke Keith today as she reveals the cover on her upcoming release…

Aboard Providence - Cover

A voyage aboard Providence changes Jonah’s plans, but can it change his heart?

Description:

In November 1860, Jonah Ashton is determined to finish his studies at Penn’s Medical School before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. When he learns his father has joined a group of Virginia families planning to sail from America to form a new settlement elsewhere, he travels to his family’s estate intent on saying goodbye. However, when an accident leaves his father in need of a physician, Jonah agrees to serve as ship’s doctor, but he resolves to return to medical school as quickly as possible.

 While aboard the Providence, Jonah falls in love with former classmate Marian Foster. Despite their love for each other, Marian has no desire to return to America with him.

 After an arduous voyage, Providence runs aground on an uncharted land in the South Atlantic Ocean. While the rest of the settlers celebrate finding the land they wanted, Jonah takes off to explore the island and he soon discovers a startling truth that changes everything, but can it change his heart?

Quotes about the book:

“A delightful adventure reminiscent of Swiss Family Robinson, Aboard Providence is one of those novels that will stick with me because I feel I’ve lived it. A captivating, well-researched, and deftly written tale I can confidently recommend to a wide range of readers.” –Heather Day Gilbert, author of Amazon Norse bestseller God’s Daughter

“With vivid settings and multi-layered characters, Keely Brooke Keith whisks her readers off on a page-turning journey, not just across the ocean, but within the heart. You won’t be able to put Aboard Providence down until the final word is read and then you will long for more.” –Brenda S. Anderson, author of the Coming Home series

“A blend of history and romance with a compelling inspirational message, Keith expertly weaves an intriguing tale. Fans of the Uncharted Series won’t want to miss this journey.” –Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled

“Keely Brooke Keith is a master storyteller, weaving adventure, love, and wonderful characters into a vivid story that will take readers on an unforgettable voyage to a new place. Full of inspirational messages and tales of God’s love, readers will find themselves longing for more. Keely’s story teaches all of us that the journey is just the beginning!” –Christina Yother, author of the Hollow Hearts series

Book Info:

Title: Aboard Providence

Author: Keely Brooke Keith

Publisher: CrossRiver Media Group

Released Date: October 20, 2016

Pre-order Link: CrossRiver Media

Author Info:

Author Bio:

Keely Brooke KeithKeely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press) and Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in surprising ways. When she isn’t writing stories, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

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Save the DateThe Sweet Romance Reads Summer Reads Celebration is tomorrow on Facebook – July 14!

The fun begins at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Central, Noon Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific) and runs until 8 p.m. with loads of games, giveaways, and so much more!

I hope you’ll join me there! I’ll be hosting from 4-5 p.m. (3 Central, 2 Mountain, 1 Pacific)! And I have some fun goodies to give away!

Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SRRCafe1/

Are you a big summer reader? Do you have a favorite genre you read more in the summer?

a lot of grace

The above quote spoke to my heart this morning.

There are days I feel like I have far more questions than answers. Some days I struggle to keep my head above the surface in a sea of uncertainties.

But in it all – through it all – there is  grace. Beautiful, blessed, abundant grace.

May your day (and week) be filled with grace and love.

Fav Photos

It’s been a crazy, hectic, rather odd week (okay past several weeks) for me, so I thought I’d just share some photos I’ve taken that are among my favorites. Some you may have seen before, some you haven’t.

butterfly

alleyoop

Square 2 fence post with sunset

Sunset Skycr

And she’s coming to visit me this weekend!

A&M 7c

Along with this handsome guy.

branding lr 1

a pup set 2

branding 2 ryan

a tongue

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

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