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I’m excited to share a little about Chasing Christmas with you today! This is book 5 in the Rodeo Romance series and it will release Nov. 9!

He certainly didn’t ask Santa for a bride. . .

Professional bull rider Chase Jarrett has the world on a string. The only blight in his idyllic existence is his nosy cousin’s nonstop nagging about his need for more publicity. Tired of listening to her suggestions, he gives her free rein when she hatches a plan to skyrocket his popularity. All he has to do is show up for a phony wedding in Las Vegas. Then Chase discovers the wedding was real, the surprise bride is beautiful, and his sponsors are demanding he remain married.

Shy and introverted, the last thing Jessie Pierce wants is to find herself in the spotlight. But thanks to a meddling so-called best friend, that’s exactly where she’s at. The promise of an all-expenses paid vacation to Las Vegas lures her on an adventure that ends with her unexpectedly married to a hunky bull rider who would draw her out of her shell if she’d let him.

A business proposal leaves the two of them committed to a year of marriage. How hard could it be to remain wed in name only?

Wrap yourself up in the joy of holidays and falling in love in this sweet, lighthearted romance from USA Today Bestselling author Shanna Hatfield.

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Excerpt:

Now, as she observed him, she felt a tug at her heart that she’d never see him again. Oh, she’d see him ride at the rodeo, of course, but it wasn’t the same. Not when she stood almost toe-to-toe with him, lost in the bright light of his hazel eyes and the warmth of his smile.

He stared into her face for the length of several heartbeats before he spoke in a husky tone that made her toes tingle. “I had a nice time with you, too, Jessie. Thank you for agreeing to Ashley’s crazy plans and participating in the sham wedding. It was fun to spend the day with you. You’re a great girl and anyone would be lucky to have you as their real bride.”

Jessie blushed and would have backed away, but Chase’s callused palm glided along her cheek before he cupped the back of her neck, drawing her flush against him.

His mouth settled on hers in a soft, gentle kiss that lingered far longer than she anticipated. When she attempted to draw a breath, he deepened the kiss, wrapping both arms around her.

Feeling boneless as he captivated her with passionate kisses, Jessie forgot they were standing next to the curb in front of a posh hotel. She forgot about contests, fake weddings, and ridiculous publicity stunts.  She forgot about being shy or shocked by his unexpected affection.

All she could think about was the man holding her close to his heart, one that pounded in time to her own. His woodsy, leather-tinged scent tantalized her senses as she melted against him, wishing she belonged with him — to him.

 

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Joy is…

a great rodeo

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Captain Cavedweller and I spent the weekend at the Pendleton Round-Up.  It’s something we look forward to attending all year.  I have a lot of fun just snapping photos during the rodeo, so I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

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Swan Lake starts to play in my head when I look at this photo.

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Liked the colors in this one… of his shirt, boots and the horse.

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Eye-catching colors…

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And the dust softening the image.

INDIAN RELAY RACE

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The Indian Relay Race hearkens back to the early days of the Round-Up and is still an action-packed event. Teams race around the big track to win the title of this event. Each rider switches horses three times. And some of these horses act is though they’ve barely ever seen humans let alone been ridden before. Oh, and did I mention they ride bareback? At Saturday’s championship race, one of the horses got away and started racing in the opposite direction around the track. Made for some exciting moments for the spectators as well as the racers.

CALF ROPING

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This is my favorite of all the calf roping photos I took. I love the look on his face and the way the rope is floating above the calf.

SADDLE BRONC

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Saddle Bronc is probably my favorite event.

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Why, you ask?

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There’s the fact The Christmas Cowboy hero is a saddle bronc rider and it’s what started me out on the Rodeo Romance series of my books.

Also, these guys ride with a certain grace and panache…

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And we love cheering for this guy – Cort Scheer. I met his sweet mama and sister years ago in Las Vegas and enjoy staying in touch with them.

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This is one of my favorite photos from the rodeo this year. The rider made his eight second ride (which took him into the crowd of cowboys watching on the grass). He dismounted and landed on his feet right there to receive a bunch of hearty slaps on the back from his peers while the horse caused a bunch of last-minute scrambling. (Note the one cowboy who’s got a death grip on the back of a photographer’s vest in the lower left corner). Oh, and Cort is the one laughing and cheering right by the horse. So fun!

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I don’t think these guys get enough credit for what they do, but the Pickup men are awesome.

BULLDOGGING

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I didn’t get a lot of fabulous Bulldogging photos, but I liked this one because you see so much action in it.

BULLRIDING

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This bull has a rather devilish look to him. I don’t think the tongue out and flying snot is helping any.

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Kickin’ up dust…

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It’s challenging for me to get good bull riding shots because the bulls stay so close to the chutes.

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The bull fighters did a fantastic job at the rodeo. Dusty Tuckness is a crowd favorite and Tim  O’Connor was fabulous, too.

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If any of you read Barreling Through Christmas, above is a barrel and the rodeo clown just happens to be inside it at this particular moment.

Enjoy the photos today? If so, I’ll share some of the parade and a few “blooper” photos tomorrow!

 

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Raising funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Help a Cowboy, Read a Book!

JCCF_2017 REVISED 10-04-17.jpgNovember 1 through December 24,  ten percent of the net proceeds from all my book sales are donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. Don’t forget to include books on your Christmas lists!

Back in 2013, I was researching details for The Christmas Cowboy, the first book in the Rodeo Romance series. I wanted to know how much medical care an injured cowboy would receive at a rodeo versus going to the hospital.

In the story, the hero is a saddle bronc rider named Tate who sustains an injury at a rodeo. In an attempt to get my facts straight for the story, I reached out to the Justin Sportsmedicine Team®. Through mobile medical centers, they provide care at more than 125 PRCA rodeos annually. Their responses to my questions were extremely helpful and I was so impressed with them, I wanted to do a little something in return.

So I launched a campaign to donate a portion of my book sales to the JCCF during the month of December.

Two years ago, I added the month of November to my promotion, giving two months to raise funds for JCCF.

If you enjoy rodeos and the cowboys who make them possible (or reading about them in books), I hope you’ll take a look at the JCCF. It’s a great organization that really does make a difference when these cowboys are injured.

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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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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!
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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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The Christmas Cowboy

It was a trip to Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo that inspired me to write The Christmas Cowboy, book one in the Rodeo Romance series.

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A second trip resulted in the recently released Wrestlin’ Christmas, the second installment in the series.

It’s quite likely if I make another trip to Las Vegas, the result will be a frenzied return home to start writing book three in the series.

Captain Cavedweller and I don’t like to gamble. We aren’t into the whole stay up and party all night scene. We’ve never even gone to one of the fabulous shows everyone raves about (next time!).

But there are plenty of reasons we love going to Las Vegas while the rodeo is in town:

 

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~ The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Is unlike any other rodeo you’ll see.

Go.

Just once.

You won’t regret it. Fast-paced and action-packed doesn’t even begin to describe it. You can find all the details about purchasing tickets on their website at nfrexperience.com You’ll also find a host of resources here like free shuttle schedules, event calendars, and so much more.

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~ Vendor Shows

Abound in Las Vegas during the rodeo and they are FREE! Whether you’re a window shopper or a serious buyer, you won’t run out of opportunities to purchase unique and interesting items.

The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show is the original NFR show and is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The granddaddy of vendor shows in town that week features more than 400 vendors offering products such as jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, original art, crafts and Official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise. I’ll be there Dec. 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and again Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to noon doing book signings. Stop by the PRCA booth and say hello! Remember, all book sales now through Christmas Eve help benefit the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

While you’re at the Convention Center, be sure to attend Cowboy Fan Fest. In the arena, you can take in Miss Rodeo America Horsemanship, Ranch Sorting, Mini Bucking Bulls, Colt Dummy Bunking, and Horsemanship Demonstrations. On stage, don’t miss Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen, Rodeo Live Unplugged featuring top country singers, The Newly Wed Game featuring the stars of rodeo, and RFD-TV’s Live Studio Broadcast featuring NFR contestant interviews, sponsor interviews, and the Cowboy Shopping Network.

New this year, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunter Christmas Exposition at the Las Vegas Convention Center is planned adjacent to The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show. For the hunters on your shopping list, this is a must-visit event.

Other Vendor Shows include:

NRS Shopping Experience at MGM Grand

Roper Cowboy Marketplace Gift Show at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino

Stetson Country Christmas at Sands Expo

South Point Western Gift Show at South Point. There is also a western art show with an auction at South Point.

 

 

~ Holiday Decorations

Glitter and sparkle throughout town. Some of our favorite places to take in the holiday fun (all free to see) include:

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The Bellagio fountains outside shooting water into the air to Christmas tunes makes it hard not to catch a little of the holiday spirit. Make sure you go inside The Bellagio to the conservatory where people more talented than I can imagine turn florals and fauna into holiday masterpieces.

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Past decorations have included fresh poinsettias, flying reindeer made of whole pecans, a life-sized snow globe, and a polar bear family created with white carnations. Also, pop down the hall from the conservatory to the Jean Philippe Patisserie just to watch the chocolate fountain.

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The Venetian offers some of the most spectacular holiday decorations. Think two-story high Christmas-scapes that take your breath away. The past two years, they’ve put on Winter in Venice – complete with a nightly parade. Don’t miss it! It’s definitely worth seeing and absolutely free! While you’re at The Venetian, venture into the Grand Canal Shoppes. The architecture alone is worth a visit, but cobblestone walkways and illuminated painted sky ceilings centered along a quarter-mile-long Grand Canal and gondola ride make this a must-see. Last year, my mother-in-law and I were strolling through it, taking in the sites when we stopped to admire a marble statute (or so we thought). Then the statue blinked and we both freaked out a little. So we left the man a few dollars and walked a little ways off to watch him scare another unsuspecting visitor half to death.

Caeser’s Palace shines with a holiday glow. While you’re there, venture over to the Forum Shops and take in the free Fall of Atlantis animatronic show.

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Ethel M Chocolates is a ways off the strip, but offers a free tour of their candy facility. Outside, visitors can take a self-guided tour with one of the one of the world’s largest collections of cactus interspersed with holiday decorations

Sam’s Town Mystic Falls Park creates a winter wonderland set to holiday tunes.

The Fashion Show Mall has some incredible decorations not to mention top-notch stores.

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village is a Las Vegas tradition. Although this event isn’t free, it does offer hundreds of dazzling trees and a gingerbread display.

 

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~ Country music to my ears 

There are any number of free and ticketed concerts taking place during the ten days of the rodeo.

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The Mirage offers a great after-the-rodeo-party opportunity to listen to some big names in country music for free! Some of the performers already scheduled include Easton Corbin (one of my favs), Randy Houser, Jon Pardi, and Craig Campbell.

The MGM Grand has a variety of performances planned with great country stars.

South Point has free entertainment after the rodeo and the Go-Round Buckle Presentations with performers like Aaron Watson.

Gary Leffew’s Legendary Buck ‘N Ball at Gold Coast offers free entertainment nightly beginning at 9 p.m. You can even take free line-dancing lessons if you’re so inclined.

Freemont Street celebrates the 28th annual The Downtown Hoedown Dec. 3. If you get into town a little early, you can enjoy a day of free concerts from Thomas Rhett, Confederate Railroad, The Cadillac Three, American Young, RaeLynn and Old Dominion.

Ticketed Concerts

There are an abundance of Country Stars in town for the rodeo. Check LasVegas.com for more concert listings and ticket details. Here are just a few of the concerts you can purchase tickets to attend:

Lady Antebellum at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center with David Nail and Maddie & Tae

Shania Twain at Caesar’s Palace

Charlie Daniels Band at The Orleans

Merle Haggard, Sara Evans, Hank Williams Jr., Alabama, and Travis Tritt at the Golden Nugget

Gary Allen at the House of Blues

Big & Rich at the Brooklyn Bowl

Rodney Carrington at the MGM Grand

John Michael Montgomery, Sammy Kershaw, and Lee Greenwood at the Westgate Las Vegas

 

 

~ Other Attractions and Events

You might want to take in :

Freemont Street Light Show The Viva Vision video screen is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above Fremont Street.

Mirage Volcano booms to life at 6 p.m. each evening.

27th Annual Pro Rodeo League of Women Style Show and Luncheon takes place at South Point Dec. 11. Tickets are $40. Each year more than 1,000 women and a few brave men gather for a fun afternoon of fashion, food and prizes! The latest fashions by Wrangler and Rock and Roll Cowgirl are modeled by Wrangler NFR Contestants and wives of competitors. The event raises funds for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

Autograph Sessions with your favorite rodeo stars will take place throughout the rodeo. You can find them at the vendor shows and sponsoring hotels. Check nfrexperience.com for details.

 

If you only pick up one thing when you arrive in town, make sure you grab a free copy of NFR Experience Fan Guide. They’re available everywhere and offer a comprehensive list of where to go, what to do, and who to see.

And here’s a good resource for up-to-date event schedules, entertainment and freebies!

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Months ago, Captain Cavedweller and I started planning a vacation for the first week of December. We tried to decide what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go.

Coming across an amazing price on flight and hotel packages to Las Vegas, we quickly decided that would be a great place to escape for a few days. Knowing we’d be in town the opening night of the National Finals Rodeo, I tracked down two tickets and looked forward to the event with great anticipation.

We began the day by attending two of the three Cowboy Christmas shows that are held in conjunction with the rodeo. We had so much fun at these, we could hardly stand it. Even CC was enjoying all the vendor booths. They had everything from antique guns and old-west attire to boots, home decor and candy. The tasty barbecue we had for lunch was pretty awesome, too!

Finally, it was time to head to the rodeo. Although the traffic was insane and the place was packed, it was absolutely amazing. From the laser light show that ran before the event to the fireworks that set it off, it was a first-class event. We got to hear Taylor Hicks sing the national anthem and watch the best of the best compete in the first go-round of the rodeo.

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We also got to see JJ Harrison, the rodeo clown, who happens to live in our community, do his thing.

The rodeo  – the whole day – was a lot of fun for both us. And you couldn’t mistake where you were at. There was a sea of cowboy hats and Wranglers… lots and lots of Wranglers!

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If you are looking for a great event that will keep you on the edge of your seat, think about catching the rodeo next year. I highly recommend it.

So far, I’ve gotten several book ideas, not to mention thoughts for characters from the event!

All those Wranglers definitely generated some inspiration!

 

 

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