Meet Guest Author Shanna Hatfield

Shanna-Hatfield-Nov-Blog-TourWelcome 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

The  Christmas Cowboy

Start the Rodeo Romance Series with The Christmas Cowboy.

Kindle | Paperback | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple | Audible

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Travel back to a different time with the historic Hardman Holiday Series,beginning with The Christmas Bargain.

Kindle | Paperback

 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. JCCF logoThe 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!

Prize BasketEnter to Win Prizes!

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

 

shanna-hatfield-2About Shanna Hatfield

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:

Amazon | Amazon UK| Barnes & Noble |Smashwords | Apple

Shanna loves to hear from readers! Follow her online:

ShannaHatfield | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads | You Tube | Twitter

Guest Author: Sara Gauldin

Meet my guest author, Sara Gauldin! She is announcing her latest release in her Corporeal Pull series. One book would not suffice to tell the story of this other-worldly romance!

alivebookThe first book in the Corporeal Pull series, Alive was released in January, 2014.

Enter the dimension of the Tweens, a realm between Heaven and Earth. Here souls are prepared by guiding spirits to encounter the challenges of the mortal world. Terra has existed here as a guide for mortal bound souls for centuries. She has been frozen in her purpose and her habits for her entire existence. But when Terra meets Liam her telescopic view of love, human nature and the mortal world is irrevocably altered. She must send him to his mortal life to face unspeakable suffering and loss. Terra must act to save Liam if there is any hope for him to avoid being sacrificed to slow the spread of an unseen evil that is contaminating Earth.

This epic tale of good versus evil examines the age-old question of “why me” that all earth-bound travelers must ask. Alive: The Corporeal Pull is a story of love that transcends both time and the mortal plane. This action-packed love adventure will invite you in and leave you breathless!

Introducing Aware! Book two in The Corporeal Pull Series!

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This new edition invites us back into the tale of our star-crossed lovers; now existing on Earth in mortal form. As the newness of their mortal lives slips away, so do their childhoods. Terra and Liam find that the world they inhabit is something completely different that the peaceful humanity they had hoped for. As Terra has grown in her understanding of humanity, the world as she knows it has become a mask for something far more sinister and only she stands between the mortal world and the hidden evil that seeks to destroy it. But she cannot fight alone. With time running out, fighting a lonely battle against legions of corrupted spirits and her hopes of success waning, she must find a way to warn humanity’s other guiding spirits, and protect her soul mate Liam from the scourge.

 

saragauldinSara B. Gauldin grew up in a small Virginia town. Her parents taught her to dream big and to reach for her goals. She began writing at a very young age. She spent most of her childhood days dreaming happily.

Sara began her career as a computer technician. This profession funded a new pursuit; becoming a teacher. Sara currently works as a full time teacher, an author, a blogger and a part time book blogger. Learn more about Sara Gauldin’s writing by visiting her blog, SEBGwrites!

Will Terra succeed? Will she and Liam have a future together? Will humanity have any future at all? Reenter the world of Terra and Liam and find out in book two of the Corporeal Pull series!