Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Shanna Hatfield - Petticoat Ball Blog Tour

This Wednesday features my first WEDNESDAY WONDERS guest author post. Welcome to contemporary and historical sweet romance author, Shanna Hatfield:

Welcome to the

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Blog Tour!

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.”
 

Welcome, Shanna!

Thank you for hosting me today. It's such a pleasure to be here with you and your readers! 

What makes you happiest?

I find happiness in many places - like a cup of fragrant tea, a good visit with a friend, a bouquet of beautiful flowers, finding money in a coat pocket I forgot was there. But I’d have to say my husband (lovingly referred to as Captain Cavedweller) makes me the happiest. 

Why do you write?

I write because I can’t imagine going through life not writing. It is part of who I am, what I do, and always will be. 

What books did you love growing up?
Trixie Belden books were a favorite when I was a young girl, and Little House on the Prairie. I checked out Island of the Blue Dolphins from the library so many times, I probably wore out that particular copy. When I was in high school, I loved the historical romances put out from Scholastic Inc. I think they were called Sunfire romances. Each book was a girl’s name like Sabrina or Amanda and featured a specific time in history. I’m convinced reading those books got me through history class. 

What book genre of books do you adore?
Historical romance is at the top of the list. I like books set between 1870 and 1910 the most. Contemporary romance would be my next choice, followed by a rousing medieval tale. 

What book should everybody read at least once?
Little Britches by Ralph Moody. Actually, the entire series (I think there are eight books total) is great reading. I know the books were written forever ago, but there is something about the way he writes, the stories he tells, that just yank at your heartstrings. 

What scares you the most?
Snakes. I really, really don’t like snakes.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I love to read and try to sneak in a little reading time every day. I also love to bake and enjoy cooking. I used to be a consultant for a direct sales company that sold products for entertaining at home (like serving pieces, home d├ęcor), so I really got into themed gatherings and taking our home entertaining to a new level. Party planning is a something I greatly enjoy. 

What are your goals as a writer?
To entertain people. I know my books aren’t works of literary wonder. They aren’t intended to be. I want the stories I write to be a place people can escape for a few hours and finish the book with a happy sigh and a good feeling in their heart. 

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
I hope it will say I lived a good, gracious life, was in some way a help to others, and contributed something of value. 

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! Oh, and here's a little excerpt from Crumpets and Cowpies:

Jemma rocked back so hard on her chair, it nearly tipped over. A most unladylike grab for the edge of the table is all that kept her upright. "How could I possibly marry you? I don't love you. I can't even claim to like you, Mr. Jordan. You are quite possibly the most maddening man I've ever met."

"Don't flatter yourself, honey. I sure didn't take one gander at you and fall madly in love. You're the most opinionated, obstinate, razor-tongued woman I've had the misfortune of encountering."

Join in the fun!

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Thank you to all the fabulous bloggers who have so kindly agreed to host me during the Petticoat Ball Blog Tour.

Thimbles and Thistles Cover 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.

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Lacy 
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..."


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 Aundy Cover 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.

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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
12:30 - Kristin Holt
1 p.m. - Karen Witemeyer
1:30 - Kayla Thomas

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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  

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Prizes

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


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Shanna Hatfield 2   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  

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so, so much for hosting me today, Robyn! Very much appreciated! Happy April!

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