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A celebration of two new sweet historical romances by Shanna Hatfield
Shanna Hatfield writes 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.”
Thank you for hosting me today. It's such a pleasure to be here with you and your readers!
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 rob us of some of our greatest accomplishments by keeping us from trying in the first place.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
My biggest hope is that people will read my books and walk away feeling happy, as if they’ve made a new friend or two.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
Write, write, write! It’s what I always wanted to do and dreamed of doing since I was a little girl.
What color represents your personality the most?
It is a toss-up between pink and green. Or maybe a blending of the two. Some of my friends joke about the sparkly pink world that exists in my head, but I also like things to be calm and balanced.
What is your favorite food?
Chocolate. It really should have its own food group. Seriously.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world?
Forgive the sappiness, but truly, my favorite place is wherever I’m at with my husband, Captain Cavedweller. The man makes me laugh and melts my heart on a daily basis.
Are you a city slicker or a country lover?
Country girl all the way, as long as you don’t ever plan to take me camping. I must have hot running water every single day. When I was a little girl, our pipes froze one winter. We spent about two months without running water and the only hot water we had was what Mom heated on the stove. It was awful and I don’t ever, ever want to be without hot running water.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
I’d say it’s probably character development. I want my characters to seem so real, a reader finishes a book feeling like they’ve made a new friend.
If you could leave 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.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers?
If you enjoy sweet western and historical romances, I hope you’ll consider reading the Baker City Brides and Pendleton Petticoats series! Thanks again for hosting me today. It's been great fun!
The second book in the Baker City Brides series releases Thursday, April 9!
Thimbles and Thistles takes readers back to Baker City as spring arrives and love is in the air. You can reserve your Kindle copy here: http://amzn.com/B00TCV6BFG
Maggie Dalton has no need for a man in her life. Widowed more than ten years, she’s built a successful business and managed quite well on her own in the bustling town of Baker City, Oregon. Aggravated by her inability to block thoughts of the handsome lumber mill owner from her mind, she renews her determination to resist his attempts at friendship.
Full of Scottish charm and mischief, Ian MacGregor could claim any available woman in Baker City as his own, except the enchanting dress shop owner who continues to ignore him. Not one to give up on what he wants, Ian vows to win Maggie’s heart or leave the town he’s come to love.
Lacy, Book 5 in the Pendleton Petticoats series, will be available for pre-orders April 9.
Be among the first to order the long-awaited story of Grant Hill. Talk about losing at love... eligible banker bachelor Grant needs to find the right girl.
Those attending the party will also get a first look at the cover!
"Will the bonds of love be stronger than the bonds of tradition..."
It just wouldn't be a party if there wasn't a book available for free! Aundy, Book 1 in the Pendleton Petticoats series, will be available for free Kindle downloads April 9. Make sure you grab your copy! If you've already read it, tell your friends to download it. If you haven't met the characters from Pendleton Petticoats, here's a brief intro:
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.
Dust off your dancing shoes and choose your formal attire for the Petticoat Ball Party on Facebook April 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Giveaways and games will make for a splendid event as we celebrate the release of Thimbles and Thistles and the debut of Lacy!
The talented and fabulous guest authors joining in the shenanigans include:
10 a.m. - Julie Lence
10:30 - Kathleen Ball
11 - Rachel Rossano
11:30 - Christina Cole
Noon - Peggy Henderson
12:30 - Kristin Holt
1 p.m. - Karen Witemeyer
1:30 - Kayla Thomas
Invite your friends to the party, and you could win a $25 Amazon Gift card. Go to the Facebook Party Page, click on the "invite" button, invite your friends, then post how many you invited. One randomly drawn person will win, but you get additional entries for every 25 people you invite! Also, ask your friends when they join the party to share that you invited them on the party wall. Each friend who mentions your name, earns you another entry in the contest! The winner will be announced prior to the start of the party April 9! http://tinyurl.com/petticoatball
To enter the drawing for a $50 American Express gift card, autographed books, digital books, chocolates, and original western artwork, fill out this form. http://tinyurl.com/petticoatballprizes
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen one story at a time. Her best-selling sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments with realistic characters. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.
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April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. I'm sure you've seen a LOT of pictures popping up on Facebook and there were a lot of people wearing blue today. I love that there are so many who are trying to get the information out. 1 in 68 children now have autism. If people don't know someone who has autism, they will in the future.
I do think it's important to spread awareness about autism - but I think it's also important to spread acceptance.
Acceptance for a different way of looking at the world.
Our nine-year-old son has autism.
Is it hard sometimes? Absolutely. But I wouldn't change our son for the world. He has a completely different outlook on life than most of us have. I really would give almost anything to be able to see the world through his eyes.
Our son tells it like it is, he's trusting, and he doesn't lie. He sees things very much in black and white. He has a photographic memory and crazy problem solving skills. He is protective of his little sister, yet not afraid to let her know when he needs some space.
There are so many things that I admire about him. He works hard every day to communicate with us, has to fight for things we take for granted, but he never gives up.
He challenges and inspires me in ways I never could have imagined.
I'm truly blessed to call him my son!