Welcome to the Cowboys & Christmas Blog Tour!
A kickoff of two new holiday romances by Shanna Hatfield and a fundraiser for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund
Interview with Shanna Hatfield
Shanna Hatfield joins us today to discuss two new holiday books, why she supports the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, and a new project for 2015. I know Shanna from the Clean Indie Reads group.
Tell us about your new historical release coming out this week. What’s it about and why did you write it?
The Christmas Calamity is the third book in the Hardman Holidays series. A year and a half ago, I wrote the word “prestidigitator” on a slip of paper and tucked it away in a drawer. I came across it during a cleaning spree in the spring and that word kept tripping around in my head. I began thinking how fun it would if there was a female illusionist who came to Hardman and stirred up both magic and trouble. Arlan Guthry is as solid and down to earth as they come, so he seemed like a perfect love interest to balance the wild ways of Alexandra Janowski, aka Alex the Great. The book releases Nov. 13 and pre-orders are available now.
Have you started another book yet?
Yes. Crumpets and Cowpies is my next book. It’s about a rough and tumble rancher from Baker City, Oregon, who travels to England to settle his deceased brother’s estate. What he thought would be a simple matter because far more complicated when he tangles with Lady Jemma Bryan, aunt to the niece and nephew he inherits. It will release in January.
You also write contemporary romance. Can you share a little of your latest release with us?
Wrestlin’ Christmas is the sequel to The Christmas Cowboy.
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. Although the widow is ready to send him packing five minutes after his arrival, her little boy has other plans.
How did you come up with the title?
In the story, Cort is a steer wrestler, so Wrestlin’ Christmas seemed an appropriate title from that angle. It also refers to trying to wrestle plans into submission, into how we want them to be instead of accepting the way things are.
How did you develop your plot and characters?
I liked the idea of a big, rough and tough cowboy struggling to get his head on straight after a life-altering accident. The heroine had to be every bit as tough, stubborn, and determined as Cort. I added the sweet little character of her son to balance create a balance between the two.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
If readers could take away one message from Wrestlin’ Christmas, I think it would be this: Don’t let what might have been rob what can be from you.
You’re doing a promotional campaign with the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. What’s that about?
For those not familiar with the non-profit organization, the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund provides assistance to rodeo athletes who’ve been seriously injured and are unable to work for an extended period of time. I learned about the organization when I was writing The Christmas Cowboy. I was so impressed with the organization and the people involved, I wanted to do something to help, so last year I donated a portion of the proceeds from my book sales to JCCF. This year, I added almost a month to the promotional period. Between now and Dec. 24, 10 percent of the net proceeds from all my books sales will go to JCCF.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“It’s not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed, it is the thing we do not,” by Randy Pausch. I highly recommend reading Randy’s book, The Last Lecture.
If you are looking for inspiration, you’ll find it there. I love this particular quote because it is so true. It isn’t the things we do that cause us to feel regret, it’s that one thing we let time, fear, whatever reason or excuse keep us from doing that will make us wish we’d done it anyway. If we allow it, fear can steal some of our greatest accomplishments by keeping us from trying in the first place.
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?
Hold on to your dreams with both hands and do everything in your power to make them come true.
Where to Find The Books
Start the Rodeo Romance Series with The Christmas Cowboy.
Travel back to a different time with the historic Hardman Holiday Series,beginning with The Christmas Bargain.
Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund®
Now through Dec. 24, Shanna will donate 10 percent of the net proceeds from all book sales 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.
You’re Invited to PARTY!
You’re invited to join in the online Cowboys & Christmas Facebook Party Thursday, Nov. 13 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! Here’s the link to the party: http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasparty
The third book in the Hardman Holidays sweet Victorian romance series releases that day! The Christmas Calamity takes readers back to Hardman just in time for the holiday season.
Preorders are available now for just $1.99 on Kindle. You can reserve your copy here: http://amzn.com/B00OGOO994
In addition, the first book in the Hardman Holidays series, The Christmas Bargain, will be available free that day, as well!
To enter the drawing for an Amazon gift card, autographed books, chocolates, original
western artwork, and more fun goodies, fill out this form. http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasprizes
A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America. Find Shanna’s books at:
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