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This week’s assignment is to list things I’m good at.

Which is hard.

Because no matter what I write down, it makes me feel like I’m bragging, and that’s just not cool. I think it’s human nature to be able to rattle off our weaknesses with much greater ease than list our strengths. But we are all good at something.  So here, in no particular order, is my list of things I think I’m good at:

  1. Writing
  2. Listening to others
  3. Being supportive to others
  4. Staying positive
  5. Party planning
  6. Cooking
  7. Baking
  8. Home decorating
  9. Crafts that involve hot glue guns
  10. Thinking creatively
  11. Problem solving
  12. Packing
  13. Graphic design
  14. Organization
  15. Being detail-oriented
  16. Self-Motivation
  17. Dreaming
  18. Being kind to others
  19. Meeting deadlines
  20. Loving Captain Cavedweller

    What tops the list of things you are good at?


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This week’s happiness list is about sharing the routines in your personal life and work.

Mine tend to intersect since I work from home, but here’s a list of my typical routines.

  • Get up and exercise. If I make it a point to exercise first thing in the morning, it makes me feel more energized and I can cross something off my to-do list that I don’t enjoy doing. Honestly, I’m not an exercise fan, but I know it is necessary. And I am a fan of how much better exercising makes me feel.
  • Shower and get dressed for the day. Since I left my “day job” and began working from home to write full-time, I can’t tell you the times I’ve had someone ask me if I sit around in my pajamas all day. No. No I do not. Would you wear pajamas to work? Would you sit in a board room with your boss and peers with your hair uncombed and fuzzy slippers on your feet? I’m guessing you probably would not. I treat my writing as not just my job, but my career. So I get up, dress up, and show up for work every day. It makes me feel better to be dressed and ready for whatever the day brings. I’ve never been one to lounge around in my pjs. Ever.
  • Breakfast and Bible study. Before I eat breakfast, I like to sit down and do a little Bible study. It helps me find direction, gives me peace, and lightens my heart. Those few moments help me feel prepared for the day ahead.
  • Social Media. I generally spend about an hour or so each morning on social media, sharing posts, responding to comments, answering messages, etc.
  • Work time. Once I get the social media taken care of for the day, it’s writing time (or editing time or cover designing time). I generally work until noon-ish, take a half hour break, then work again until it’s time to start dinner.
  • The dinner hour. One of the highlights of my day is spending an hour with Captain Cavedweller as we eat dinner and chat about the day, share any funny things that happened, and just hang out with each other.
  • Evening work. After the dishes are stowed in the dishwasher and leftovers set in the fridge, I head back into my office for a few more hours of writing before bedtime.
  • Reading. Years ago, a life coach told me the best way to unwind at the end of the day is to spend 30 minutes doing something I love. So I do. I try to spend 30 minutes right before I fall asleep reading. I absolutely love to read and this is the perfect way to end my day.

The instructions say to circle the routines that bring joy. I’d have to circle just about all of these! Even though I hate exercising, I get pleasure from the sense of accomplishment of having done it (and then there is that whole feeling better and stronger thing, too!).

What does your daily routine look like? What brings you joy from those routines?

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Love’s Compass Series: New Release and a Free Book!

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When she published Finding Peace, the first book in the Love’s Compass series, in 2015, Melanie D. Snitker had no idea just how many people it would reach. With each new book in the series, the characters continued to draw readers in as couples fell in love, families grew, and faith persevered.

Now the sixth and final chapter, Finding Grace, is available.


Single dad Tyler Martin can’t be more grateful to the woman who finds his missing daughter. Even though he feels a spark between them, falling in love is a risk he shouldn’t take. Too bad chance encounters and his stubborn heart keep trying to convince him otherwise.

 After escaping a nightmarish relationship, Beth Davenport is content with her safe and blessedly normal life. Yet something about Tyler and his adorable daughter makes her wish for more. With the walls around her heart finally starting to crumble, she’s afraid of a future she can’t predict.

 Can they let go of their fear and trust God to lead them to the love they desperately need?

 Finding Grace

Love’s Compass: Book 6

Available for only $0.99 for a limited time!


If you haven’t read the Love’s Compass series, now’s the perfect opportunity to start!

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Police Officer Tuck Chandler is good at his job. He’s also good at holding women at arm’s length. Jilted by his fiancée for his dedication to his job, he’s not about to open himself up to hurt like that again.

Laurie Blake is a struggling photographer. After growing up in a wealthy family, she’s determined to make it on her own, even if it means doing it the hard way.

When Tuck is assigned to a puzzling burglary involving Laurie’s fledgling photography business, he goes into it with his usual perseverance. He wants to help her – if she’ll let him. As the case unfolds and the mystery deepens, another question arises.

Will the past get in the way of their future?


melaniedsnitker2016Melanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing fiction for as long as she can remember. She started out creating episodes of cartoon shows she wanted to see as a child, and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children, who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs, who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crocheting, baking, and hanging out with family and friends.

Website: www.melaniedsnitker.com

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Finding Peace – Police Officer Tuck Chandler is determined to protect Laurie Blake and find out who keeps breaking into her photography studio – assuming she lets him! As the case unfolds and the mystery deepens, another question arises. Will the past get in the way of their future?

Finding Hope – When Lexi Chandler is diagnosed with cancer, it feels like her life is falling apart around her. Lance Davenport has had feelings for Lexi for years. He doesn’t know what the future holds, but he’s determined to not waste another minute.

Finding Courage – For Duke and Avalon McNeil, it was love at first sight. But shortly after getting married, Duke’s heart was shattered when Avalon disappears for three weeks. As outside pressure continues to threaten their fragile foundation, they must find the strength to prove to each other their marriage is worth fighting for.

Finding Faith – Serenity Chandler will do whatever it takes to help her son, Gideon, who has autism. That includes moving away from everyone she knows so he can attend a special needs school. Aaron Randall is a music therapist and enjoys helping children reach their full potential. The more time Aaron spends with Serenity and Gideon, the harder it is to ignore what they could have together.

Finding Joy – A horrific accident changed everything for Parker Wilson. The beautiful new employee his mom hires is the last thing he needs to deal with. Nothing short of desperation would force Chelsea Blake to work on a local cattle ranch. Unprepared to discover all they have in common, if they set aside their initial dislike, they might find joy beyond measure.

Finding Grace – For Tyler, falling in love is a risk he shouldn’t take. Too bad chance encounters and his stubborn heart keep trying to convince him otherwise.  After escaping a nightmarish relationship, Beth Davenport is content with her safe and blessedly normal life. Yet something about Tyler and his adorable daughter makes her wish for more. Can they let go of their fear and trust God to lead them to the love they desperately need?

Start reading the Love’s Compass series today!



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Each year, I choose a word that serves as my theme for the year. Although I’ve chosen this word in the past, it was the word I just kept coming back to.


So for me, in 2018 I choose the word Blessed. My goal is to focus with purpose and intention each day on my blessings. To look for them in everything and be grateful for each one.

From experience, I know when I’m feeling blessed, I’m also more joyful and happier, not to mention thankful. It’s funny how those things are all tied so closely together: joy, happiness, gratitude, and peace.

When I came across a book in an airport gift shop, I knew it would be perfect for helping me stay focused on my blessings this year, because it also drives me to be focused on happiness.


Each week, I plan to share one of the 52 lists for happiness. If you want to join in my efforts, you can find the book available on Amazon.

The very first list is to share what makes you happy right now.

Here are some of the things that are making me happy today (in no particular order):

  1. Captain Cavedweller. He makes me ridiculously happy most days.  Even when he’s not at home, all I have to do is think of something he said or did and it lightens my heart.
  2. Writing. I feel so, so blessed to get up every day and have the opportunity to do something I love so much. Writing is a precious gift, one I enjoy beyond words. Being able to share the stories and characters that flit through my thoughts and whisper in my ear with my readers gives me incredible measures of joy.
  3. Creature comforts. Our power was out over the weekend and it made me so aware of how much I take for granted, especially in the winter months. Having a warm, safe, comfortable home with running water and electricity, along with plenty of hot, filling, nourishing food is a blessings I don’t want to take for granted.  Creature comforts are full of happiness!
  4. Sunshine. The long, gray, dreary days of winter make me so grateful for those days (or hours) when the sun shines brightly overhead. Sunshine carries little beams of happiness.
  5. Chocolate. Maybe it shouldn’t, but even one little piece of really good chocolate can make me so happy.
  6.  My readers. Without them, writing wouldn’t be nearly as much fun and I wouldn’t be able to write full time. My readers bring me such joy and opportunities to connect with them are happy moments I treasure.
  7. Music. I love a variety of music, but listening to my favorite songs always put a smile on my face (and sometimes gets my toes to tapping).

What’s one thing that makes you happy today?  Whatever it is, I hope you have an abundance of it in the new year!

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The Christmas Cowboy Sale

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The Christmas Cowboy (Rodeo Romance Book 1) is free today for digital downloads on Amazon! Be sure to get your copy!

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Married to her job as a corporate trainer for a successful direct sales company, Kenzie Beckett doesn’t have time for a man. Burned twice by two-timing losers, she has no intention of there being an opportunity for a third time. When a handsome rodeo cowboy catches her eye at the airport, she resolves it will take more than a pair of dusty boots and a dimpled smile to charm her.

Tate Morgan can handle the toughest saddle bronc on the rodeo circuit, but he loses the ability to think straight around the beautiful woman he keeps running into at the airport. Completely captivated by a woman who makes it clear she loathes cowboys, Tate will have to work a little holiday magic if he wants to win her heart.






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!”

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Wow! It doesn’t seem possible that today is my last post my weekly joy lessons for 2017. This year – it flew by so quickly.

Throughout the whole year, I’ve had this quote posted on my fridge:


I love this verse for so very many reasons, but one that I focused on a lot during the past twelve months, is this: fear not. When I let go of my fears, I find my joy.

Which brings me to another favorite “joy” quote:


Each and every day, I can choose joy. When I do, it keeps me from falling into the mire of doubt, worry, anxiety, fear, frustration, anger, etc.  Do I always choose joy? Sadly, no. But I’m a work in progress with plenty of room for improvement. But I did discover myself seeking to choose joy more frequently as the year progressed with these joy lessons.

Joy is such an incredible thing. And the best part is that we can choose it at any moment. Even if our day has gotten off to a bad start, even when things aren’t going our way – we can still choose joy. And the more we choose it, the deeper and richer that well of joy that resides in our hearts.

My wish for you all in 2018 is that you will joy will fill your hearts and lives to overflowing.

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Saving Mistletoe was such a fun story to write. An attorney who could use a little Ebeneezer intervention, a cowboy cop with a stubborn streak a mile wide, and a child in desperate need of a Christmas miracle.

We first met Ellen Meade in Taste of Tara. She and Tara have been best friends forever. In that story, we knew Ellen was an attorney with a bright future ahead of her. But we didn’t really know what Ellen looked like.

Ellen (Zoey Deutch)

The beautiful Zoey Deutch is just so, so perfect for Ellen.

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Absolutely perfect for Ellen who is truly a sweet, giving person (and so lovely!).

Our hero in the story is Burke Tipton, a cowboy police officer who works with the Mounted Police Unit in downtown Portland, Oregon.  I knew I wanted Burke to have dark hair, but beyond that, I was open to ideas.

Then I saw a photo of Lucas Black.

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And I knew I’d found my Burke! He’s just ideal for the somewhat cynical (yet softhearted) cop who can also be mighty stubborn.

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But he is such a cutie! And so perfect for Ellen!

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In the story, Burke ends up with a homeless little girl named Mistletoe on his hands. This sweetie-pie was just how I envisioned the “star of the show.”

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And this face… made me smile every time I looked at it!

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Burke’s partner in the story is a horse named Sugar Bear. Bear is part of the police force and adds a fun element to the book.


As does Lovey the dog! (She is so gorgeous!)

You can find more of my visual inspiration for the story on Pinterest.

And while you browse through the photos, listen to Chris Young croon Under the Weather. It’s the song I listened to while I wrote this story.

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