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Racing Christmas

Rodeo Romance Book 5

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She’s racing to save the ranch

He’s struggling to win her heart. . . again

Brylee Barton has just one goal in mind: win the barrel racing world championship. Not for the glory, but for the attached cash prize that could save her family’s ranch. When an injury leaves her at the mercy of the very same copper-headed, silver-tongued cowboy she once vowed to loathe forever, she has no choice but to swallow her pride and accept his help.

Fun-loving, easy-going Shaun Price has a million dollar smile, more charm than he can channel, and a string of ex-girlfriends rumored to have started their own support group. When the one woman he’s never quite managed to get out of his head or heart needs his assistance, he jumps at the chance to help. Little does he realize how challenging it will be to keep from falling for her all over again.

With the holiday season fast approaching, will Shaun and Brylee discover the gift of forgiveness, and experience their own happily-ever-after?

This sweet Christmas romance warms the heart, lifts the spirit, and touches the soul with its message of forgiveness, hope, and redemption. Don’t miss it!

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Excerpt:

Brylee opened her eyes and tipped her head back, watching as the pickup men rode into the arena. One went to catch Rocket while the other hastened her direction. The announcer and the clown told a joke as the medical team hustled toward her as fast as they could make it through the mud.

Frustration battled with anger as the pickup man approached. The last person on earth she wanted to see was that man.

“Maybe today would be a good day to die,” she muttered as she tried again to move her foot from beneath the fence. If she freed it before he reached her, she could crawl over the fence and make her way back to her trailer without speaking to him.

Why couldn’t he have gone on ignoring her like he had the last five and half years? Why tonight, of all nights, was he going to force her to acknowledge him? Didn’t she have enough to deal with, like missing her opportunity to claim the winning title? Or the undeniable fact she looked like a half-drowned kitten that had been dragged through a pig wallow?

She thought of her wasted entry fee. Not to mention the hours it would take to get all the mud scrubbed off Rocket and her tack.

Wasn’t a no-score enough punishment without being forced to face the most arrogant, self-centered, childish man she’d ever known?

Trapped on her back in the mud, it seeped through her clothes, chilling her and making her fight the need to shiver. She questioned how she could exit the arena with even a shred of dignity when her pants oozed soupy mud like a toddler’s soggy diaper.

The slap of boots hitting the mud in the arena drew her gaze upward. A handsome face appeared above her as the pickup man leaned over her. Gray-blue eyes twinkled behind thick lashes and a smile full of even, white teeth gleamed in the arena lights. Shaun Price braced his gloved hands on his thighs and offered her an infuriatingly cocky grin.

Why couldn’t she have at least passed out and awakened far away from the infuriating, irritating, Adonis-like cowboy?

“Well, Bitsy, I see you’re still racing Christmas,” he said, his voice sounding as deep and rich as she remembered.

Brylee glowered at him. “You know I hate that name.”

“Yep, I sure do.” Shaun chuckled and stepped back as the medics surrounded her.

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Also, I hope you’ll join us for the 5th annual Cowboys and Christmas. Twelve guest authors will join me for four hours of fun, games, giveaways, surprises and more! The party kicks off the 5th annual Read a Book, Help a Cowboy campaign to benefit the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

See you there: https://www.facebook.com/events/150301592314193/

 

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I thought you might enjoy seeing the visuals that inspired the characters for Chasing Christmas.

Let’s start with Jessie Pierce. I needed a wholesome-looking girl, one who could be introverted, but was lovely.

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Meghann Fahy was ideal for Jessie.

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She’s beautiful with the prettiest blue eyes, but still has that innocent air about her I knew Jessie would have.

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Can’t you just picture her… “Wait? What happened? I’m married to that incredibly handsome cowboy? Are you kidding me?”

So that brings us to the incredibly handsome cowboy – Chase Jarrett.

Those who read Barreling Through Christmas might have noticed I mentioned Chase in the book, but we didn’t really know what he looked like.

Chase needed to be good-looking (that goes without saying, right?), but I wanted him to look fun. Like a guy who knows how to laugh and enjoy life.

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Travis Van Winkle just happened to be the perfect visual for Chase.

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Those eyes, that hair, the lips…

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Um… what was I saying? Oh, right, how perfect Travis was as my visual inspiration for Chase.

I mean, is it any wonder Jessie couldn’t think straight around him?

Cousin Ashley

Amanda Seyfried is how I picture cousin Ashley. Is she a matchmaker or a troublemaker? You’ll have to ask Chase and Jessie for an answer to that question.

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Alyson Stoner is perfect for Jessie’s BFF, Stacey Johnson.

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And who else but Cloris Leachman  could be such a perfect, wacky grandmother for Chase?

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I can’t forget Tinsel the cat. Or is it Tincup? Tinlid? Tinspout? Tin…

To see more of the visuals that inspired Chasing Christmas, check out my board on Pinterest.

Oh, and while you browse the images, listen to this amazing song by Thomas Rhett. It’s what I listened to while I wrote the story and it was so, so perfect for the end of the story.

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 Chasing Christmas,   book 5 in the Rodeo Romance series, releases next week on Nov. 9! Yeehaw! I’m so excited to share Chase and Jessie’s story with you all.

I thought you might enjoy another teaser today while you wait for release day!

 

Excerpt:

“Do you know how to dance?” he whispered in her ear.

“Not really. I can manage a slow dance, but that’s about it.”

Chase grinned. “That’ll do, Mrs. Jarrett.”

He motioned to the band and they began playing Kenny Chesney’s “You Had Me From Hello.” He took Jessie in his arms and swayed back and forth with her on the shop floor, beneath thousands of twinkling lights while a few hundred people watched.

In that moment, he knew he’d picked the right song for the first dance. Ashley had called him a genius when he told her what song he thought the band should play.

Anyone who’d questioned his sudden and unexpected marriage would think he had taken one look at Jessie and fallen in love. As he gazed into her eyes, lost himself in their depths, he realized the words weren’t far from the truth.

Oh, he wouldn’t admit he was in love with her, but he was certainly in something with her.

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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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