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I realized in all the flurry of the last few weeks, I didn’t share the characters from Barreling Through Christmas with you, so here they are!

From our introduction to Cooper James in Capturing Christmas, we knew he was full of life and fun, we just didn’t know for sure what he looked like.

I enjoyed someone muscular with a ready smile and a boyish charm.

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As soon as I saw Colton Haynes, I knew he was the perfect Cooper James.

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That thick hair, that chin…

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The jawline and freckles…

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A fun-loving smile and gorgeous blue eyes. Yep, he fit Cooper to a T!

Paige was a little harder to figure out. She needed to be lovely, but somewhat reserved, at least at first.

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Dianna Agron made a splendid Paige Porter.

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She’s beautiful…

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and polished…

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with just enough sass and spark to make a wonderful Paige.

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This ol’ cowboy (sorry, I haven’t found his real name yet) is how I see Nick, Cooper’s grandfather in the story. He’d also make a really good western Santa, don’t you think?

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Brittany Willacy looks exactly how I picture Paige’s free-spirited sister, Randi.

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I chose James Van Der Beek as inspiration for Paige’s brother-in-law Dave.

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Whoever this guy is (I really have no clue to his real identity), he inspired the character of Dexter, man bun, skinny jeans and all.

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This is real-life Rodeo Entertainer (clown and Barrelman) JJ Harrison. He’s one of the best in the business and I had the pleasure of chatting in person with him a year ago when I first started working on the idea for Cooper’s story. Mr. Harrison was a school teacher before he switched careers and started working in the rodeo business full-time. There’s a nice article about him at this link: http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/rodeo/nfr/former-teacher-harrison-enjoying-success-rodeo-clown-barrelman

And if you want to see more visuals from the story, check out the Pinterest Board! 

 

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Today through this weekend, you can get the entire Rodeo Romance series for an amazing price!

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The Christmas Cowboy (Rodeo Romance, Book 1) is FREE (That’s right, FREE!) for digital downloads on Kindle.

Among the top saddle bronc riders in the rodeo circuit, easy-going Tate Morgan can handle the toughest horse out there, but trying to handle the beautiful Kenzie Beckett is a completely different story.

https://amzn.com/B00FYAXJXG

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 Wrestlin’ Christmas (Rodeo Romance, Book 2) is only 99 cents!

Sidelined with a major injury, steer wrestler Cort McGraw struggles to come to terms with the end of his career. Shanghaied by his sister and best friend, he finds himself on a run-down ranch with a worrisome, albeit gorgeous widow, and her silent, solemn son.

https://amzn.com/B00N9L4M56

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Capturing Christmas (Rodeo Romance, Book 3) – On sale for $1.99!

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. The last thing Kash needs is the entanglement of a sweet romance, especially with a woman as full of fire and sass as Celia McGraw.

https://amzn.com/B013V9SF3A

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Barreling Through Christmas (Rodeo Romance, Book 4) – The new release in the series! Available now for Kindle and in paperback!

Cooper James might be a lot of things, but beefcake model wasn’t something he intended to add to his resume.

https://amzn.com/B01MXHOLI2

 

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The Christmas Cowboy

Rodeo Romance Book 1

is FREE today for Kindle downloads!

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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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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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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Capturing Christmas CoverWhen I was writing Capturing Christmas, I found several photos on Pinterest that helped me visualize the story.

Some of the most fun images, were those of Christmas decorations.

In the story, Celia McGraw might be feisty and sassy on the outside, but inside, she’s really girly. And she loves anything vintage.

Here are some of the photos that gave me inspiration and tugged me down memory lane.

Vintage ornamentsThese ornaments (and tinsel) reminded me of decorations my grandma had. My Mom had some similar to these, too. In fact, I think I have a few passed down from CC’s grandma that have that frosty, 1940s vibe.

Vintage linens

Celia (and me) love vintage linens. She happens upon a trunk with some old tablecloths in the story, and gets quite excited by her find. (And I would, too!).

Vintage Christmas elf

Long before Elf on the Shelf became so, so popular, there were little knee-hugging elves. My mom had a set of three that had seen better days by the time I came along, but they hung on the tree every year. Seeing this one brings back lots of childhood memories. Celia also loved the little sweet-faced vintage elves she discovers.

vintage tree burlapAlthough she’s girly, she’s definitely a country girl. Celia uses burlap ribbon to decorate a Christmas tree, giving it a western flair.

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And she gets her sister-in-law-, Kaley, to give her some tips for decorating ideas.

Vintage Christmas jingle bells on jute

Celia (and I ) really liked the idea of hanging vintage jingle bells on a piece of jute.

You can see all the photos I used for visual inspiration on the book’s board on Pinterest.

And I’ll leave you with a little teaser. Celia has been sick and lost her voice right before this scene…

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“Whoa! It looks like Santa’s elves are preparing for a blow-out yard sale.”

Celia stared at Kash as he strolled inside the room.

“Did you find some treasures?” he asked, picking up the elf Ransom had tossed back at the trunk.

“I can’t believe you guys have all these great antique decorations and don’t even appreciate them.” Celia smiled smugly when Kash glanced at her, surprised to hear her speak in full sentences.

“It’s so good to hear you talk, even if you still sound like you’ve got a frog latched onto your windpipe.”

She giggled and tossed her dishtowel at him.

“Kash?”

“Hmm?” He picked up the string of lights and started to work out the tangles.

“Do you think we could get a Christmas tree tomorrow?”

“That could be arranged, as long as you’re up to it.” He smiled at her and sat down on one of the recliners, pulling her onto his lap. “Just don’t overdo it today.”

“I won’t.” Celia rested her head against his chest and listened to the steady beat of his heart beneath her ear. Steady and solid and sure — that was Kash Kressley.

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