Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Blog Tour: Cowboys and Christmas by Shanna Hatfield

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Welcome to the 2nd annual

Cowboys and Christmas

Blog Tour!

Raising funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Ring in the Holidays with a Helping Hand

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November 1 through Dec. 24, 10 percent of the net proceeds from all Shanna Hatfield book sales will be donated 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. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. Don't forget to add books to your Christmas lists!



USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable 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.”



An Interview with Tate and Kenzie Morgan of The Christmas Cowboy

 Two key characters from Shanna Hatfield’s contemporary holiday series Rodeo Romance visit us today. The series incorporates rodeo action, western settings, rugged men, and tenacious women. Tate and Kenzie Morgan share a little about themselves today.

 Welcome Tate and Kenzie. Tell us a little about how you met.
Tate: (Grins, flashing the dimples in his cheeks) This girl saw me across a crowded room, launched herself over a table, and claimed me for her own.
Kenzie: (Rolls her eyes and playfully slaps Tate’s leg) You wish, cowboy. A few years ago, Tate and I both spent more time travelling than we ever did at home. He was a professional saddle bronc rider while I worked as a corporate trainer for a direct sales company. We both flew out of the same airport in Pasco, Washington, frequently and happened to notice each other in the crowd a few times.
Tate: I was running unbelievably late one morning and the only seat left was next to this beautiful woman. It took me a few minutes to work up the courage to sit beside her, but I’m glad I did.
Kenzie: I’m glad you did, too.

 
 Did you watch Tate compete when you were both travelling so often?
Kenzie: Just a few times the year we met. The first time I watched him ride, his skill and agility left me mesmerized. Our schedules rarely meshed, but I did enjoy every opportunity I had to watch him compete. It was always fun with his friends there, including his travel partner, Cort McGraw.
Tate: (Chuckles) Cort kept things lively. Besides, the first year Kenzie knew me, she wasn’t even sure she liked me and convinced herself she wanted nothing to do with a cowboy.

 Is it true you lost the championship title that year due to an injury the last night of the rodeo?
Tate: It is true. I’m never quite sure whether to be sad or glad about it.

 What do you mean?
Tate: (Winks at Kenzie) Kenzie still didn’t want a thing to do with me then, but when I got hurt, she flew home with me then took me to her apartment to recuperate until I could take care of myself. We ended up getting married a few weeks later.
Kenzie: (Claps a hand over Tate’s mouth.) Shh! That’s supposed to be a secret!
Tate: (Grins) So it is.
Kenzie: As sappy as this is going to sound, we just couldn’t bear the thought of being apart when we returned to work after the new year, so we ran off and got married and didn’t tell anyone. We had a big wedding ceremony in Las Vegas the following December after Tate won a gold buckle at the finals.

 What can you tell us about the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund?
Tate: It’s an amazing organization that steps in to help injured rodeo athletes when they’ll be out of work for awhile and are facing financial hardship.
Kenzie: Fortunately, when Tate was injured, he had good insurance and the ranch income to see him through until he could get back into the competition. Not all cowboys are as lucky as mine. The JCCF is a lifesaver for some families.

 What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?
Tate: Everything! The decorations, the food, the smells, the sounds, but most of all, my Christmas bride.
Kenzie: (Sighs with a soft look in her eyes.) You always say the nicest things. The holiday season is just really special to us, particularly now that we have Gideon. He’ll be three soon.

  Thank you for joining us. Any parting words for our readers?
Kenzie: Thank you for hosting us today. If you enjoy sweet holiday western romances, I hope you’ll consider reading our stories in The Christmas Cowboy, Wrestlin’ Christmas, and Capturing Christmas.

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New Releases

To kick off the second annual Cowboys and Christmas Blog Tour and the JCCF campaign,
 two brand new holiday romances will release Nov. 12! 


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. 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?


 
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Get all three books in the Rodeo Romance series!



The 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.

You can pre-order your copy today for only $2.99! 

 
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Don't miss out on the Hardman Holidays series!
 

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You’re Invited to PARTY!

You’re invited to join in the online Cowboys & Christmas Facebook Party, Thursday, 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)! 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 
12:30 - Rachel Rossano 
1:30 - Dani Harper

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Enter to Win Prizes!

To enter the drawing for an Amazon gift card, Wrangler Tote Bag, Rock & Roll Cowgirl T-shirt, autographed books, chocolates, and more fun goodies, fill out this form. Winners will be randomly drawn and announced Nov. 16. 


 

Start the Rodeo Romance Series with The Christmas Cowboy.

 
Travel back to a time of grandeur in the old west
with the Hardman Holidays series.
The Christmas Bargain begins the popular series
and is available free for a very limited time!

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Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen, one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments with characters that seem incredibly real.
When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
This USA Today bestselling author is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, and Pioneer Hearts.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Blog tour: How To Lose A Bachelor by Anna Banks



HOW TO LOSE A BACHELOR
Anna Banks
Releasing Nov 9th, 2015
Entangled: Bliss



When Rochelle Ransom auditioned for the dating show Luring Love, she had big plans for winning the prize money to help her favorite charity–and if she won the hot bachelor's heart, even better. But at the last minute she finds out the hot bachelor is her ex-boyfriend, Grant Drake. Desperate to keep her distance from him, she'll do anything–and everything–to get voted off.

Years ago, Rochelle broke Grant’s heart, and he's out for revenge. There's no way he'll vote her off.  After all, vengeance is a dish best served red-hot...and on live television.

When her hilarious antics to get kicked off the show escalate, Grant’s reminded why he fell in love with her the first time. Now he isn't sure which might be more fun... Seeing how far Rochelle is willing to go to get away or how far he will to keep her forever.




“Aaaand rolling!” Chris said, retaking the director’s seat a few feet away.
            Grant could practically feel the cameras focusing back on him. “I’ve decided to be America’s reporter for the day,” he said, having already memorized his lines. “So I have a few questions to ask that I think everyone will want to know—including me.” Their eyes locked. So did Rochelle’s jaw. Grant paused for effect. Then, “Why on earth would you choose to audition for a sleezy show like Luring Love?”
            “CUT!” yelled Chris.
            “I mean, have you really drained the dating pool already?” Grant continued, getting angrier with each word out of his mouth. These were, after all, valid questions. Never in a million years would Rochelle have chased after a man—so why the hell was she here? “What would your mother say? Coming on a show like this to paw at a man who’s already got nine other women doing the same thing?”
            “I said cut!” Chris growled.
            “Oh, are we going to talk about mothers, then?” Rochelle flung back her hair. “Instead of dating pools, let’s talk about gene pools—and the fact that you and your four siblings originated from separate ones!”
            “Cut, cut, cut!” Chris had his hand on Grant’s shoulder, but Grant wouldn’t turn his eyes away from Rochelle. Her expression read Challenge Accepted.
            Did she really just insult his mother’s…need for variety in life? He couldn’t let that low blow go unpunished. “Let’s do talk about gene pools and how we both know that cleavage of that particular magnitude doesn’t run in your family.”
            Taken aback, Rochelle clutched at her shirt. Grant felt a win on the horizon, if hurling mother insults could, in fact, be considered winning at anything. “It’s a halter top, moron. It’s designed for cleavage. Besides, you didn’t seem to be complaining when I walked in!” she added.
            His mouth fell slightly ajar. She noticed me noticing. Did the crew? Will America? “It doesn’t suit you,” he blurted.  A complete lie. It enhanced an already irresistible figure—so much so that he just might have been willing to change his general opinion on how much cleavage a woman should expose in public.  In fact, he suspected he’d change his view on world peace if Rochelle sat on his lap and asked him to.
            “Really? Everything underneath suited the hell out of you before!”
            “For God’s sake,” Chris said, standing in front of Grant to block his view of Rochelle. “Are we speaking the same language?”



If you’re a fan of reality shows and clean romance, this book is for you. 

Rochelle and Grant were an item, once upon a time, before they broke up and spent the following ten years on the opposite sides of the country. Until they meet again on the set of Luring Love, a reality show where ten bachelorettes do their best to win the heart of one lucky bachelor. She went to the show with one goal only: to win the prize, in order to support Helping Hands, her charity program to help abused women. She had no intention of falling for the bachelor – that is, until she realize that the bachelor is in fact the one man who broke her heart. 

All is fair in love and war, and Rochelle seems to take the literal meaning of the statement to a whole new level. The show becomes payback time and Rochelle does her best to get Grant to kick her out of the show. But Grant has other plans altogether. He’s never gotten over his Chelle, and he’s determined to win her back and prove they’re made for each other. 

There are lot of funny moments, especially when Rochelle becomes creative in her attempts at getting on Grant’s last nerve so he would vote her off. Some scenes made me laugh, while others made me roll my eyes at Rochelle’s behavior. I would have probably never shown my face in public again, had I done some of the things she did on national TV. 

The reasons for my rating come down to three main issues I had with the book. 
First: I’m not a fan of reality shows, so I had a hard time trying to understand why they were in the show at all – especially Grant. I could somehow understand Rochelle’s reasons, since she needed the money for a good cause, but Grant’s? It was never clear, or maybe I just didn’t catch it. So I basically never connected with the characters, nor managed to sympathize with them.

Another reason was that I didn’t particularly like the way they hated each other for most of the book (even though, deep down they still loved each other) and wanted to make each other miserable, because they both thought they’d been dumped—but in the span of a page, they basically kissed and made up. Actually, they had sex and made up, but anyway, it just seemed a little too rushed seeing as they never even talked about the reason why they’d broken up. They’d been holding a grudge for ten years and out of nowhere they were still an item. Somehow, this left me a little confused. 

And this is basically the third issue I had: the fact that their breakup was only slightly addressed. I felt this should have been discussed more and sorted. In a way, it felt as if it had never been a major hurdle in the first place, whereas at the start of the book this seemed to be the main reason why they hated each other. I guess maybe it’s just me being an extremely fussy reader since becoming an author myself, so I bet someone else will be completely okay with it.

Anyway, don’t let my personal point of view on these issues influence your judgment. This is a nice story, and if you like clean romance (their sex scenes are behind locked doors) I’m positive you will enjoy this story, since it has some funny moments and a nice happy ending. 








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