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The Christmas Vow

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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

NoJCCF logovember 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 t

o 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.”

And now, before we meet Luke and Filly Granger and get more info on some of her books and a fun giveaway, here’s a review of Shanna’s new book, The Christmas Vow. Continue reading

The Christmas Calamity

The Christmas Calamity

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Introduction:

Do you like phantasmagorical books? What about ones about teachers? Or perhaps you like bankers? Oh, and did I mention big words? You’ve come to the right place, Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up and prepare to be amazed.

Characters: 1/1

Alexandra is a colorful character with insecurities and creativity. Arlan was introduced in the previous two books and the quiet, sometimes uptight banker stole my heart in this book. As they work out their differences and fall in love, they each grow as a person. Continue reading

The Christmas Token

The Christmas Token

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Introduction:

Ginny and Blake have been in love since they were teenagers. Then Ginny moved away and has never been back. Until now. And she brings danger with her. Will Ginny and Blake be able to move past their differences in time to save Ginny from a desperate man?

Characters: 1/1

To put it plainly, Ginny is a spoiled brat and Blake is the consummate gentleman. At first. Then Ginny starts to really grow up into an accomplished young woman with ambitions.

Blake was hurt deeply when Ginny left and didn’t write a single letter back to him so many years back. When she returns and the feelings he buried so deep start to work to the surface, he is faced with decisions and sometimes they aren’t the right ones.

Dialogue: .75/1

The dialogue fit the characters. Although, when it was first mentioned that Blake’s parents are from England and that Blake has a slight accent, I would have never guessed it. A few Briticisms may have helped that some. As with The Christmas Bargain, there was a little more heat than I cared for.

Plot/Storyline: .75/1

Overall, the plot and storyline were good. There was more heat than I found comfortable, but it never progressed further (on screen) than some heated kisses.

Overall writing quality: .75/1

The editing appeared better in The Christmas Token than it was in The Christmas Bargain, but there were still a few typos. Overall, though, the quality was very good.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

Shanna has a talent for writing books you can’t put down. This one didn’t disappoint.

Conclusion: 4.25/5

Again, the heat level was more than I cared for, but still what would usually be considered clean. If you like suspenseful Christmas romance, you’ll enjoy this book.

 

Note: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Christmas Bargain

The Christmas Bargain

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Introduction:

A confirmed bachelor from a messed up family. A woman kept hidden by her father for 13 years. A bargain that would last a lifetime. The best Christmas bargain ever made.

Characters: 1/1

Philamena starts out super shy and afraid of men. She has good reason to be that way, but when her father bargains with the banker, Luke Granger, to take Philamena instead of money for the debt he owes, she blossoms quickly. Luke is skeptical of the woman in the dowdy dress and kerchief on her head. Philamena soon earns the nickname Luke calls her, Filly, as she learns that the people around her are good people who won’t get mad at her for being herself. The way Filly and Luke develop from being a shy, scared woman and confirmed bachelor with no good opinions of marriage into a confident, loving woman and happily married man is portrayed realistically and with humor.

Dialogue: .75/1

At times the dialogue is funny and other times it is very serious. Regardless, the dialogue is realistic to the time period as well as the characters and situations. There were a couple times when I thought the heat level in the dialogue was a little too much even if they were married. That’s something they can talk about behind closed doors.

Plot/Storyline: .75/1

The main reason I didn’t give this a full star rating was because there were a few times when the heat level was a little uncomfortable for me, nothing graphic, just a little more detail than I would prefer. There were also a few historical details I thought were a little off.

Overall writing quality: .75/1

Besides the slight historically incorrect detail, I the book was well-written. There were a few typos that I noticed, but none that took me out of the story.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

I had read this book before and knew (roughly) what happened. And I still couldn’t put it down.

Conclusion: 4.25/5

If you like a good romance, especially one set around Christmas and don’t mind a lot of kissing and slight innuendos, you will like this book.

 

Note: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Author Interview: Shanna Hatfield

Shanna-Hatfield-Nov-Blog-TourWelcome to my blog, Shanna! I can’t wait to get to know you better. Before we get started, can you describe who you are in three sentences or less?

Shanna Hatfield 5x7A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, I write sweet romantic fiction with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, I’m completely smitten with my husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

What is one unique thing about you that only those closest to you might know?

I have a tendency to hum when I’m intently focused on something.

From what I have seen of your books, it looks like you write historical fiction and contemporary fiction. Which do you prefer to write?

It’s hard to choose a favorite because I love them both! History has always fascinated me and I enjoy doing research, so that might tip the scales in the favor of historical fiction.

What do you most like about writing historical fiction? What do you least like? What about contemporary fiction?

When I write historical fiction I get to immerse myself in a time that no longer exists. The elaborate fashions and over-the-top décor of the Victorian era make my heart pitter-patter with joy. What I like least about writing historical fiction is making sure all the details are accurate. I try to triple-check any historical details (even words and phrases). Contemporary fiction is fun for me to write because it involves less research and I can use any word or phrase and not have to check if it is period appropriate.

What is your next writing project and when is it due to be published?

Christmas-CalamityThe third book in the Hardman Holidays sweet Victorian romance series comes out Thursday, Nov. 13! 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

Also, I’m hosting a release party for the book on Facebook that day with a group of great guest authors and fun prizes, so make sure to stop by. The party runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (PT), but entries for the contests will be held open to accommodate all the time zones. Here’s the link to the party: http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasparty

In addition, the first book in the Hardman Holidays series, The Christmas Bargain, will be available free that day, as well!

Five fun questions:

Coffee, tea, or water? Water most of the time, although I do enjoy a sweetened cup of mint tea.

Movies or books? Books!

Cats or dogs? We have two outdoor cats that adopted us, but I generally prefer dogs.

What is your favorite genre of music? Country music, although I listen to a variety of different styles and have a thing for Big Band music.

Do you have a favorite book that you have written? That is a hard one. I think my favorite historical fiction is probably my new book, Crumpets and Cowpies, coming out in January. My favorite contemporary fiction is a tie between Learnin’ the Ropes and The Cowboy’s Summer Love.

Book Blurb for The Christmas Bargain:

christmas-bargain-coverLuke Granger is about to get more than he bargained for…
As owner and manager of the Hardman bank, Luke Granger is a man of responsibility and integrity in the small 1890s Eastern Oregon town. When he calls in a long overdue loan, Luke finds himself reluctantly accepting a bargain in lieu of payment from the shiftless farmer who barters his daughter to settle his debt.

 

Book Excerpt The Christmas Bargain:

“Aren’t you observant, Mrs. Granger?”

“I try.” She hid her smile behind the mug of chocolate.

“I happen to know a thing or two about you.” He shot her a sideways glance.

“Do tell, kind sir.” Filly batted her eyelashes at him. If Luke didn’t know better, he would think she was being downright flirtatious.

“I have observed, dear woman, that you put others before yourself, you are a dedicated and caring friend and that you have a keen mind with a quick wit. You are clever, smart, and not afraid of hard work. You are very talented with domestic skills and are inspiring as a cook. Your chocolate pudding could make grown men weep.”

Filly offered him a perturbed glare. “So, Mr. Granger, I have missed my calling as a school teacher or perhaps a cook at the restaurant. If my chocolate pudding makes grown men weep, what will my peach pie do to the male population? Bring them to their knees? Make them beg for mercy?”

Luke laughed aloud, causing Filly to grin.

“Filly, my girl, you are something else.” Luke reached across the table and captured her hand in his. “You might not think I notice you, wife of mine, but I know you…”

About the Blog Tour

I (Shanna) am on a blog tour this week with the Cowboys and Christmas tour to kick off a promotion I’m doing with the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. Now through Dec. 24, I’ll donate ten percent of the net proceeds from all my 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. I learned about this great organization when I was researching the first book in the Rodeo Romance series, The Christmas Cowboy.

Enter to Win Prizes!

Prize Basket

 As part of the blog tour, I’m giving away some exciting 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

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