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For those of you who have already helped with the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund campaign – my sincere thanks to you!

For those who are just hearing about it today, this is the third year I’ve contributed funds to the JCCF – an organization that gives a hand up to rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to compete for an extended period of time.

Save A Cowboy, Read a Book! is the theme of this year’s campaign that runs until midnight Christmas Eve. I donate 10 percent of the net proceeds of all my book sales Nov. 1 through Dec. 24 to the JCCF.

To get in on the promotion, purchase any book (written by yours truly). It can be an ebook, a paperback or an audio book – they all help the cause!

And don’t forget books make fabulous gifts! You can even gift digital books!

To find my books online, look on:

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If you love Christmas, cowboys and free books – have I got a deal for you!

The Christmas Cowboy is available for free Kindle downloads through Sunday.

Get your copy while it’s available!

This sweet western holiday romance is the first in the Rodeo Romance series.

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http://amzn.to/21Q8LN2

Still not convinced it’s for you?

Here’s what others had to say…

The Christmas Cowboy – 5 stars
This is a really sweet, really well written story that romance readers will love. I loved how it was incorporated around the Christmas holiday. 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

The Christmas Cowboy – 5 out of 5 stars
“Are you searching for a clean romance with humor, a spine-tingling romance with some hunky, genuine cowboy on the side? If you are, this book is unequivocally for you! You will find no profanity nor  bedroom scenes, but you will find romance that will set your head spinning. There is no doubt that Shanna Hatfield knows how to write clean romance that is nothing but pure romance that incurable romantics like me crave…”
My Devotional Thoughts Book Reviews

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! 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!
Books Are Sanity

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And if you’ve already downloaded it, be sure to let your friends know its available free for a very limited time!

Happy Reading!

 

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Guest Author SignToday is the day!

You’re Invited to PARTY!

You’re invited to join in the online Cowboys & Christmas Facebook Party, today, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (PST). Drop in anytime during those four hours to enter to win great prizes, chat with guest authors, and more (many of the giveaways will stay open until the following morning, so don’t worry if you can’t be there during the party.)!

Here’s the link to the party: http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasparty2

The talented guest authors joining in the celebration include:
10 a.m. – Carmen Peone
10:30 – Kayla Dawn Thomas
11 a.m. – Melanie D. Snitker, Author
11:30 – Julie Cerniglia Lence
Noon – Author CJ Samuels
12:30 – Rachel Rossano
1 p.m. – Author Kristin Holt
1:30 – Dani Harper

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Enter to Win Prizes!

In addition to all the cool party prizes, you can also enter the drawing for an Amazon gift card, autographed books, chocolates, and more fun goodies. Just fill out this form. Winners will be randomly drawn and notified Nov. 16. http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasprizes2

Today is also the release day for Capturing Christmas and The Christmas Vow!

Woohoo!

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The Christmas Vow CoverThe Christmas Vow is the fourth book in the Hardman Holidays sweet Victorian romance series.

Columbia River Pilot Adam Guthry returns to his hometown of Hardman, Oregon, after the sudden death of his best friend. Emotions he can’t contain bubble to the surface the moment he sees the girl who shattered his heart eleven years ago.

Widow Tia Devereux escapes her restrictive life in Portland, returning to the home she knew and adored as a girl in Hardman. She and her four-year-old son, Toby, settle into the small Eastern Oregon community, eager for the holiday season. Unfortunately, the only man she’s ever loved shows up, stirring the embers of a long-dead romance into a blazing flame. When her former father-in-law, a corrupt judge, decides he wants to raise Toby, Adam may be the only hope she has of keeping her son.

Order your copy today for only $2.99! http://amzn.to/1KQHhvI

 

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Capturing Christmas is the third installment in the sweet holiday western Rodeo Romance series.

Life is hectic on a good day for rodeo stock contractor Kash Kressley. Between dodging flying hooves and babying cranky bulls, he barely has time to sleep.Capturing Christmas Cover The last thing Kash needs is the entanglement of a sweet romance, especially with a woman as full of fire and sass as the redheaded photographer he rescues at a rodeo.

Determined to capture the best images possible, rodeo photographer Celia McGraw is fearless and feisty. Not one to back down from a challenge, her biggest risk isn’t in her work. Danger lurks in the way her heart responds to one incredibly handsome stock contractor. Will Kash and Celia capture the spirit of the season?

Order your copy today! http://amzn.to/1FC8ZQj

Happy Release and Party Day!

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Capturing Christmas CoverToday, I thought it might be fun to share a few “behind the scenes” details about Capturing Christmas.

I knew from the moment I first created Celia McGraw’s character in The Christmas Cowboy that she had to have her own story.  From that book, we knew Celia was pretty with red hair, she owned a feisty attitude, worked as a photographer, and wasn’t afraid to stand up to her big brother and his best friend.

How could you not want to write a story about a girl like that?

A few months before I finished writing The Christmas Cowboy, I heard about a young cowboy proposing to his girlfriend in the middle of the rodeo. He had the announcer her call her out to the arena and dropped down on one knee in the dirt, proposing to her right there in front of the spectators.

Of course, she said yes.

That idea stuck with me. So when I started thinking about Celia’s story, I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate that into the book.

But what if instead of saying yes, she said no? What if the person proposing wasn’t someone she wanted to marry? What if…

Would you like a little peek at that scene?

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“Are you insane?” Celia glared at the man kneeling before her in the loose dirt of the rodeo arena holding a ring box. A gaudy diamond glittered in the sunlight.

In all her wildest imaginings, seeing Wayne Warshaw down on one knee was the farthest thing from her mind.

He beamed at her and held up the ring box. “Marry me, Celia! Make me the happiest cowboy on the planet.”

Furious, she shook her head. “No! I won’t marry you, you lunkheaded idiot! If you’re operating under the delusion I’m even remotely interested in marrying you, you’ve got feathers and fudge for brains.”

Twitters of excitement fell to a stunned hush as hundreds of spectators caught their collective breath at her rejection.

“Celia, you don’t mean that!” The spurned prospective bridegroom lunged to his feet and grabbed her hand in his. “You’re such a tease. Give ol’ Wayne some sugar, honey.”

~*~

It wasn’t easy coming up with a character who could keep up with Celia. He needed to be strong and every bit as stubborn as her, but also gentle and patient.

There was no doubt the guy would be a cowboy, but what type of work would he do? How would the two of them meet? That’s when I decided he’d be a rodeo stock contractor.

After doing research into that career choice… let’s just say they have my full admiration because, man, do they work hard. As a homebody, I can’t imagine being on the road so much and with trucks full of animals. From what I know and what I researched, many of the rodeo animals receive better care than many people’s beloved pets.

Anyway, from there, Kash Kressley was born (so to speak). One of my friends has a horse named Kash and I loved the name, so I stole it (thanks, Carmen!).

It stood to reason that Kash and Celia would have many opportunities to interact at rodeos if he was providing stock and she was photographing them.

Here’s another little teaser…

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Determined to pull herself together, she released his hand and took a step back from the fence. “It’s nice to meet you, Mr. Kressley. How did you know my name? You said it earlier when you were taking me to task for my temporary loss of sanity.”

What could have been the beginnings of a grin lifted the corners of Kash’s mouth upward. “I’ve seen you around a few rodeos. In fact, you aged one of the bullfighters by a decade or two last month when you almost got run over by one of my bulls.”

Celia blushed. While photographing the bull riding at a rodeo, a cowboy behind the chutes caught her eye. Although she knew better, she turned her attention to him and lost track of the bull until she glanced up to see him heading straight for her. Just in time, she scrambled out of the way, aware that one of the bullfighters had been hustling to get to her side.

As the man gave her a curious once-over, she realized he looked a lot like the cowboy who’d unknowingly diverted her attention from the bull that day. “I guess I owe you a double thank you.”

~*~

If you have any questions about the story behind the story, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer them!

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Most of you probably known I like to listen to music as I write.

While I was working on Capturing Christmas, I primarily listened to this song:

Lose My Mind by Brett Eldredge

It so perfectly fit the story.

In fact, here’s a little teaser…

Kash had no idea how it became separated from the rest of the paperwork, but with the distraction of Celia, he was surprised he’d managed to keep things together as well as he had.

Since he’d dropped her off at her apartment after the wedding, she monopolized his thoughts.

And it was driving him crazy.

He did not intend to get involved with a woman. Not ever. Her lush curves, pink lips, and glowing green eyes were of no interest to him, or so he tried to convince himself.

~*~

A few songs were mentioned in the story.

This one is an nineties flash-back, but so, so perfect for the scene…

How A Cowgirl Says Goodbye by Tracy Lawrence

And here’s a teaser to go with it:

“You don’t know a thing about me, not a thing. Furthermore, you never will. Now, leave me alone before I sic the law on you for harassing me.” Celia spun around and marched across the arena with her shoulders back and head held high.

Tracy Lawrence’s How A Cowgirl Says Goodbye played over the speakers. Angry daggers shot from her mossy green eyes to the announcer’s booth. The man in charge of the audio equipment tipped his hat to her with a cocky grin.

Offended by the amusement her supposed friends found in her suffering, she wanted to scream. It seemed as if they’d all turned on her during one despicable evening.

~*~

This song inspired a fun conversation between Kash and Celia…

Luck Be a Lady by Frank Sinatra

Celia listened to the song and turned to Kash. “Is luck supposed to be ladylike? Soft and gentle and beautiful, or is luck in the form of a lady? I never have figured that out.”

Puzzled, he grinned down at her. “What in the world are you talking about?”

“The song. Listen.”

She and Kash listened until the song ended. “Is luck a lady or should luck behave like a lady?” she asked

“I guess it depends.” Kash placed his hand at the small of her back and guided her through the throngs of people.

“On what?” Celia thrilled at the feel of his hand against her back, his solid presence at her side.

“The lady.” Kash grinned. “I think the song is saying luck should behave like a lady, but to me it seems like having a lady for luck is a much better idea.” He bent down until his lips brushed her ear. “Especially if the lady looks even half as titillating as you.”

~*~

And I couldn’t leave out Christmas music!

O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Trace Adkins

Celia has a thing for Trace Adkins…

Kash shut the door and ran around the pickup, climbing behind the wheel. “Are you gonna laugh at me now?”

“No, I’m not going to laugh at you. If I did that, you’d laugh at me when I got around to admitting I get all fangirl over Trace Adkins.”

“Trace Adkins? You’re yanking my chain, Celia.”

She gave him a solemn glare. “I’m dead-on serious. I know he’s old enough to be my father, but there is something about his deep voice that I just love hearing. For my twenty-first birthday, Cort surprised me by taking me to a concert. I don’t know how he managed it, but he got us backstage passes and front row seats. It was so much fun.”

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My awesome friend and fellow writer, Linda Broday, is hosting me on her blog today.

If you skedaddle on over there, you could leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Crumpets and Cowpies!

Also, just for fun today, I thought I’d share an interview with the men of Baker City. Enjoy!

Welcome Thane Jordan, Tully Barrett, and Ian MacGregor.  Tell us a little about you.

Thane: I’m a recently married rancher, mine owner, and horse trainer. I inherited my brother’s two children last fall and married their aunt. She’d pretty much raised them and couldn’t bear the thought of being away from them. I didn’t plan on falling in love with her, that’s for sure.

Tully: You should see them together. Half the time it’s like oil and vinegar, or maybe I should say crumpets and cowpies. The rest of the time, ol’ Thane is so besotted with his bride, it would be purely sickening if they weren’t so much in love.

Thane: (Glares at Tully) I think you’re supposed to talk about yourself, not provide opinions about me.

Tully: (Grins broadly) I’ve served as sheriff in Baker City for a while and I like the job. I came to the area a dozen years ago with Thane and our friend Maggie and her husband Daniel. He died in an accident in the mine we bought together.  Thane and I watch over Maggie, or at least try.

Ian: That beautiful, bonny lass is a handful. The woman is full of her own ideas and opinions.

Tully: And she’s not afraid to share them.

Ian: (Chuckles and shakes his head) I own the lumber mill and have been in this fair city for just two years. My father hails from Scotland, although my mother’s family has been in America since the first pilgrims set foot off the Mayflower.

What do you like best about Baker City?

Thane: Although the thought never crossed my mind before I became a husband and father of two, Baker City is a great place to raise a family. There are good schools and churches, and things women seem to enjoy like restaurants and the nice hotel, and Maggie’s dress shop. I also like the fact that our ranch is close by yet isolated.

Tully: I like the people. We’ve got a nice community here. Even with the lawbreakers and riffraff I run out of town, it’s still a wonderful place to live.

Ian: I agree. The people are what make the town special, make it seem like home.

Thane: (Smirks) I think he means just one person… Miss Maggie.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about the town?

Ian: Many people would be surprised to know Baker City is often referred to as the “Denver of Oregon” because of the gold, and because of all it has to offer. From the grand hotel downtown to the theater performances and dances, there are many activities here people might not expect to find in a western town.

Tully: At our community harvest dance last fall, one of the men spiked the punch. Several of the women thought it quite tasty, although they didn’t know about the booze. You’ve never seen such carefree, happy females as there were that evening. Two of them even proposed to me.

Thane: (Snorts) I’m sorry I wasn’t around to see that. Maybe you should have had some of that punch and I wouldn’t be the only one enjoying matrimonial bliss now. (Tully glowers at Thane) I think people would be surprised by the gold, silver and quartz mines, and how much money mining produces in our county. I don’t see the mining industry dying off around here anytime soon.

Thank you gentlemen for joining us today. Any parting words?

Tully: If you’ve already read about Thane and Ian’s adventures with love, be sure you watch for my story, Corsets and Cuffs, coming out whenever the author gets around to it.

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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Today, I thought I’d share some of the visuals I used while writing Thimbles and Thistles.

alana_de_la_garza_2You’ve already met Maggie Dalton (the lovely Alana de la Garza). She’s independent, stubborn, spunky,  beautiful and lonely. Her husband died in a tragic mine accident a decade ago but Maggie struggles to move on. Resigned to remaining alone Ian stirs up feelings she’s determined to keep buried.

 

Hatfields & McCoysHandsome, hunky, fun-loving lumber mill owner Ian MacGregor (Matt Barr) has set all the girls in Baker City into a frenzy since his arrival two years ago. Rugged with just enough polish to be irresistible, the only woman who interests him is the one who pretends he doesn’t exist. Never one to give up on something he wants, Ian is resolved to winning Maggie’s heart.

landscape-thomas-kinkade-painting-cottage-river-ducks-bridge-trees-sunsetThis Thomas Kinkade painting is how I envision Ian’s “cottage” set back in the trees near the river beyond the edge of his lumber mill. I’d like to crawl right into that painting and spend some time in such a pretty place.

 

lumber wagonHere is Ian’s big ol’ lumber wagon.

targe - nzmuseums.co.nzThis is a targe and one I used for inspiration when writing about Ian’s ancestral weapons.

tartanThe MacGregor tartans.

 

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Since Maggie is a dressmaker, I always pictured her wearing beautiful clothes. (Even her riding outfits are snazzy).

 

thimbleAn antique thimble.

geiserThe hotel’s stained glass ceiling (this is the actual ceiling in the Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City).

You can find more images on Pinterest here.

There’s also a few extra details on the character sheets for Ian and Maggie

And this is the song I listened to while writing their story:

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