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Bertie

Pendleton Petticoats Book 6

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She needs an adventure —

          He needs the warmth of her smile…

Bertie Hawkins survived a traumatic ordeal that stripped away her sunny outlook on life and left her afraid of every shadow. Terrorized and tired of reliving the past, she accepts an offer to change her situation. Although she only intends to work through the summer, the peace she finds at Nash’s Folly keeps her there every bit as much as her interest in a mysterious new ranch hand.

Desperate to escape his memories, Riley Walsh buys a run-down farm in Pendleton, Oregon. To pay for the many necessary repairs, he goes to work for his neighbor, never intending to fall in love with the effervescent girl who helps around the house.

Riley isn’t the only one enchanted with Bertie. His own crazy mule and the neighbor’s son both share his infatuation, driving him past the brink of jealousy.

A sweet romance that embraces the trials and triumphs of yesteryear, Bertie blends laugh-out-loud adventures with heartwarming moments.

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Excerpt:

“Morning, Miss Hawkins,” Riley said, distracted by the sight of her. Sunlight danced through the pile of curls on top of her head. The golden glow of the sunrise highlighted the creamy perfection of her skin and the entirely kissable state of her pink lips. Warmth and a spark of liveliness danced in her deep blue eyes.

Rather than surrender to his irrational yearning to hold her, he worked the cinch loose on his saddle.

“I, um…” Bertie stopped a few feet away and scuffed the toe of her shoe in the dirt, stirring up little puffs of dust. “I owe you an apology, Mr. Walsh.”

Riley stopped fussing with Mud’s saddle and stared at Bertie. “For what?”

“It was completely inappropriate for me to throw eggs at you yesterday. In addition, I failed to thank you for coming to my rescue. Left to my own defenses, I might still be sitting in the pen, surrounded by demented chickens intent on inflicting harm.”

He chuckled and shook his head. “I think you would have been just fine without my help.” His eyes trailed over her from head to toe then settled on her face. “I’m sorry I laughed, Miss Hawkins. I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings.”

Bertie didn’t know what to say to his sincere apology. She could tell it was earnest by the humble look on his face and the kindness in his eyes. “You’re forgiven, this time.” Bertie smiled and held out a square of fabric to him. “Unless I’m mistaken, this belongs to you.”

As he took his neckerchief from her hand, his fingers brushed across her open palm. They both drew in a startled breath at the jolt the touch created. Bertie raised her gaze to his. Her eyes were wide and luminous as surprise and something Riley refused to acknowledge shined in their depths.

 

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Blog Tour

Welcome to the

PB TitleBlog Tour!

A celebration of a new sweet historical romance by Shanna Hatfield

in the Pendleton Petticoats series!

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PB-Releases

Bertie CoverBertie, the long-awaited sixth book in the Pendleton Petticoats series releases Thursday, April 7!

 She needs an adventure —

      He needs the warmth of her smile…

Bertie Hawkins survived a traumatic ordeal that stripped away her sunny outlook on life and left her afraid of every shadow. Terrorized and tired of reliving the past, she accepts an offer to change her situation. Although she only intends to work through the summer, the peace she finds at Nash’s Folly keeps her there every bit as much as her interest in a mysterious new ranch hand.

Desperate to escape his memories, Riley Walsh buys a run-down farm in Pendleton, Oregon. To pay for the many necessary repairs, he goes to work for his neighbor, never intending to fall in love with the effervescent girl who helps around the house.

Riley isn’t the only one enchanted with Bertie. His own crazy mule and the neighbor’s son both share his infatuation, driving him past the brink of jealousy.

A sweet romance that embraces the trials and triumphs of yesteryear, Bertie blends laugh-out-loud adventures with heartwarming moments.

Order your copy today on Amazonhttp://amzn.to/1LbOdJV

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In addition to the release of Bertie, two book covers will be revealed and pre-order links shared for upcoming releases!

Corsets SurpriseDon’t miss a first peek at Corsets and Cuffs, Book 3 in the Baker City Brides series.

Handsome, happy-go-lucky Sheriff Tully Barrett meets his match when a spoiled, pampered woman comes to town, catching his eye and capturing his heart.

 

 

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And  Millie, Book 7 in the Pendleton Petticoats series.

Determined to bring prohibition to town, the last thing Millie Matlock expects is to fall for the charming owner of the Second Chance Saloon.

 

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Aundy Cover Aundy, Book 1 in the Pendleton Petticoats series, will be available for free Kindle downloads today through April 10. Make sure you grab your copy (or tell a friend if you already have it)!

Desperate to better her situation, Aundy Thorsen agrees to leave behind her life in Chicago to fulfill a farmer’s request for a mail-order bride in Pendleton, Oregon. When a tragic accident leaves her a widow soon after becoming a wife, Aundy takes on the challenge of learning how to manage a farm, even if it means her stubborn determination to succeed upsets a few of the neighbors.

Born and raised at Nash’s Folly, the family ranch, Garrett Nash loves life in the bustling community of Pendleton as the 20th century approaches.

When his neighbor passes away and leaves behind a plucky widow, Garrett takes on the role of her protector and guardian. His admiration for her tenacious spirit soon turns to something more. He just needs to convince the strong-willed woman to give love another chance.

Pendleton Petticoats Series

If you haven’t met the characters from Pendleton Petticoats, here’s a brief introduction:

Aundy (Book 1) – One stubborn mail-order bride finds the courage to carry on when she’s widowed before ever truly becoming a wife, but opening her heart to love again may be more than she can bear.

Caterina (Book 2) – Frantic to escape a man intent on marrying her, Caterina starts a new life in Pendleton, completely unprepared for the passionate feelings stirred by the town’s deputy sheriff.

Ilsa (Book 3) – Tired of relying on others to guide and protect her, Ilsa finally finds the strength and courage to take control of her life. Unfortunately, her independence drives a wedge between her and the man she’s come to love.

Marnie (Book 4) – After giving up on her dreams for a future, Marnie finds her hope rekindled by one caring, compassionate man and the orphans who need her.

Lacy (Book 5) –  Bound by tradition and responsibilities, Lacy has to choose between the ties that bind her to the past and the unexpected love that will carry her into the future.

PB-Party

Dust off your dancing shoes and choose your formal attire for the Petticoat Ball Party on Facebook April 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) Giveaways and games will make for a splendid event as we celebrate the release of Bertie and cover reveals for two new historical romances!

The talented and fabulous guest authors joining in the shenanigans include:
10 a.m. – Melanie D. Snitker, Author
10:30 – Julie Lence Author
11 – Rachel Rossano
11:30 – CJ Samuels, Author
Noon – Author Kristin Holt
12:30 – Author Kit Morgan
1 p.m. – Magdalena Scott
1:30 – Caroline Fyffe
2 p.m. – Caryl McAdoo

PB Invite

Invite your friends to the party, and you could win a $25 Amazon Gift card. Go to the Petticoat Ball Party page, click on the “invite” button, invite your friends, then post how many you invited. One randomly drawn person will win! The winner will be announced prior to the start of the party April 7! http://tinyurl.com/petticoatball2

 

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To enter the drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card, fill out this form. http://tinyurl.com/petticoatball2form.

Oodles of great prizes will be up for grabs at the party!

I hope to see you there tomorrow!

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Only one week to go until Bertie releases!

(Is anyone else excited?)

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I thought it might be fun to share a little bit of history that’s included in the book.

One of the characters in the story purchases a Silent Gray Fellow motorcycle from a new company called Harley-Davidson.

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Today, Harley-Davidson is a name everyone recognizes, but back in 1906, they were just one of many American companies trying to get into the motorcycle business.

The story began in 1901 when William Harley completed blueprints to add an engine to a bicycle.

William Harley along with three Davidson brothers (Arthur, Walter, and William) started their business in a backyard shed in Milwaukee. One prototype and two production bikes were built in 1903. They completed 11 more motorcycles between then and 1905.

On July 4, 1905, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle won a 15-mile race in Chicago with a time of 19:02.

By the end of 1905, they had a single-cylinder motorcycle that earned them a reputation for building quality machines at a reasonable price.

In 1906, the small company was ready to move into real manufacturing. They built a 2,400 square foot factory, produced a catalog, launched an advertising campaign and received orders for 50 bikes before they were even built!

Not only did they improve their business, they also made notable changes to their motorcycle that year. The engine was enlarged and pumped out about 4 horsepower, the front end got a spring suspension system, and the company offered a new color option  – Renault Gray with red pinstriping. The new color generated the name “Silent Gray Fellow” which stuck with the brand for many years.

The company was incorporated in September 1907 – and the rest, as they say, is history.

Be sure to get your copy of Bertie to find out which Pendleton character is tootling around town on a brand-new motorbike!

I’ll even give you a little teaser…

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Bertie stood on her tiptoes, looking around with the others still standing on the platform as a “burrrrrooom boom boom boom” sound sliced through the summer air. A loud “crack” that popped like a gunshot rattled the depot office windows.

A few women shrieked, and most of them ducked as a streak of gray shot off one of the train cars onto the platform.

Aundy settled an arm around Bertie’s shoulders and motioned for her to follow her over to an abandoned bench. The two of them hoisted their skirts and stepped onto the seat to get a better view.

A man dressed in knee-high boots with leather gloves on his hands bent low over the handlebars of a motorized bicycle.

The machine backfired again and Bertie grinned at Aundy, excited to set eyes on the motorbike.

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Any of you who have read my historical romances know I like to weave in a few tidbits from history into each story.

When I was working on Bertie, I browsed through some old Pendleton newspaper articles, looking for anything interesting that caught my eye.

One day, I happened to notice an advertisement for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.

4th of July celebrationI know this is a little hard to read, but you’ll notice at the bottom the sheriff is the grand marshall (look for that in Bertie’s story!).

The Fourth of July was such a celebrated event then, with special trains bringing visitors from outlying communities.

Here’s a little excerpt as Garrett, Aundy and Bertie travel into town to join in the fun.

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Bertie smiled. “What is on the agenda today?”

“The picnic lunch, of course, followed by an afternoon of sporting events,” Aundy said, trying to adjust her glove without moving her injured arm. Bertie scooted to the edge of her seat and reached over the front seat, giving it a tug. Aundy offered her an appreciative smile. “I don’t want to miss the balloon ascension with a parachute jump.”

“My word! You mean someone will ride one of those hot air balloon things up and jump out of it? Are they crazy?” Bertie couldn’t imagine doing such a thing.

“Maybe, but it should be exciting to watch. There’s also going to be bronc riding and an evening parade. For some reason, though, the dance was canceled.”

Bertie was sorely disappointed by that tidbit of news. She’d been looking forward to dancing, especially with Riley and Nik. She turned her thoughts to the bronc riding. “Are you going to compete in the bronc bustin’ contest?”

Garrett looked back at Bertie. “Are you asking me or my wife?”

Aundy released an exasperated sigh and Bertie laughed again. “I wouldn’t have to ask if Aundy’s arm wasn’t in that sling. I know she’d be the first one to compete.”

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Only two weeks until Bertie releases! Hooray!

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Bertie Cover

Today, I thought it might be fun to share the process of creating Bertie’s cover.

Last spring, I was at my niece’s place and snapped a bunch of photos of her sweet hubby, their dogs, cows, and horses.

Then I landed upon the idea for Amanda to pose for a few potential covers for me.

So we walked out to a pasture and I started taking photos.

When I decided to write Bertie’s story, I knew this one would work perfectly.

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It just needed a little tweaking. So I removed part of the fence, added more grass, and of course the bright orange irrigation dam had to disappear. I also brightened the color, just a tad.

I also gave Amanda blond hair.

I liked the color and pattern of Amanda’s shirt, so I used it as the basis for Bertie’s dress.

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I found an online photo of a period-appropriate dress I liked and worked it into the cover, then added a wide sash to tie the shirt and skirt together. You’ll notice a mule I added in this photo, but decided it looked more like a donkey.

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And I ended up using this bouquet of daisies. The others looked a little too straggly.

 

RileyThis is Riley.

muleAnd Steve the mule. (You’ll really like meeting him!)

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I added a pretty title box with Bertie’s name… and there we have it!

Bertie CoverI can’t wait to share Bertie with you April 7!

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I thought you might appreciate a little excerpt from Bertie today.

Enjoy!

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“I, um…” Bertie stopped a few feet away and scuffed the toe of her shoe in the dirt, stirring up little puffs of dust. “I owe you an apology, Mr. Walsh.”

Riley stopped fussing with Mud’s saddle and turned to stare at Bertie. “For what?”

“It was completely inappropriate for me to throw eggs at you yesterday. In addition, I failed to thank you for coming to my rescue. Left to my own defenses, I might still be sitting in the pen, surrounded by demented chickens intent on inflicting harm.”

He chuckled and shook his head. “I think you would have been just fine without my help.” His eyes trailed over her from head to toe then settled on her face. “I’m sorry I laughed, Miss Hawkins. I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings.”

Bertie didn’t know what to say to his sincere apology. She could tell it was earnest by the humble look on his face and the kindness in his eyes. “You’re forgiven, this time.” Bertie smiled and held out a square of fabric to him. “Unless I’m mistaken, this belongs to you.”

As he took his neckerchief from her hand, his fingers brushed across her open palm. They both drew in a startled breath at the jolt the touch created. Bertie raised her gaze to his. Her eyes were wide and luminous as surprise and something Riley refused to acknowledge shined in their depths.

Hastily, he stuffed the square into his pocket and nodded his head. “Thank you for returning it. Did you find the flowers?”

“I did. Daisies are my favorite.” Bertie took a step back, too aware of her interest in Riley Walsh. Too unsettled by what his handsome features and resonant voice did to her sensibilities. Around him, she felt like a tongue-tied ninny. Yet, at the same time, her thoughts lingered on how much she’d like to be held in his arms, taste his kisses. It was positively… indecent how frequently he’d invaded her thoughts in the last week.

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Bertie Cover

I’m super-excited to announce that Bertie (Pendleton Petticoats, Book 6) is now available for pre-orders! The book will release April 7.

Here’s a little bit about the story…

She needs an adventure –

He needs the warmth of her smile…

Bertie Hawkins survived a traumatic ordeal that stripped away her sunny outlook on life and left her afraid of every shadow. Terrorized and tired of reliving the past, she accepts an offer to change her situation. Although she only intends to work through the summer, the peace she finds at Nash’s Folly keeps her there every bit as much as her interest in a mysterious new ranch hand.

Desperate to escape his memories, Riley Walsh buys a run-down farm in Pendleton, Oregon. To pay for the many necessary repairs, he goes to work for his neighbor, never intending to fall in love with the effervescent girl who helps around the house.

Riley isn’t the only one enchanted with Bertie. His own crazy mule and the neighbor’s son both share his infatuation, driving him past the brink of jealousy.

A sweet romance that embraces the trials and triumphs of yesteryear, Bertie blends laugh-out-loud adventures with heartwarming moments.

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