What goes better together than cowboys and Christmas, I ask you? 😉
Welcome to the
A kickoff of two new holiday romances by Shanna Hatfield
and a fundraiser for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund
The Women of Hardman
Our interview today is with three characters from Shanna Hatfield’s historical holiday series, Hardman Holidays. Set in the western town of Hardman, Oregon, this series of sweet romances highlights determined women and the men who fall for them.
Filly, Ginny, and Alex join us today to talk about life in Hardman in the 1890s.
Welcome to you three lovely ladies. Tell us a little about life in Hardman.
Filly: Although it’s a small town, there is never a dull moment. Luke, that’s my husband, is very involved in the community and we both love it here. We have several churches, a skating rink, a wonderful mercantile, and a newspaper, where Ginny works part-time.
Ginny: Luke, Filly’s husband is my brother, made me get the job when I first returned to Hardman last year, but I really do enjoy it. I like writing the articles and sometimes I draw sketches to go along with the story. My husband, Blake, thinks it good for me to have something to do that keeps me busy.
Filly: (Grins at Ginny) That’s because you follow him around coming up with crazy ideas if you aren’t otherwise occupied
Alex: (Giggles) Ginny is good at making plans.
Tell us about the special men in your lives.
Ginny: Blake makes handcrafted furniture, like tables and chairs that are in high demand both here in the states and in England. His parents, the Earl and Countess of Roxbury, live there.
Filly: She forgot to mention his horses. Blake raises the most beautiful horses.
Ginny: They frighten me half to death, especially his stallion, Romeo. But they are very pretty horses. Not everyone enjoys riding as much as you. (Ginny frowns at Filly.)
Filly: True. Luke and I both enjoy riding, when we have the time and opportunity. Luke owns and operates the Hardman Bank, with the assistance of Arlan Guthry. Luke also owns part of a lumber mill and mine, runs cattle on our place, is president of the school board, serves as a church deacon and he and Blake fill in as deputies when the sheriff needs extra help.
Alex: I didn’t realize Luke and Blake were deputized. As to the question, I’m just in town until Christmas when I’ll fulfill a temporary post as schoolteacher and continue on my way to California. My wagon broke down and needed extensive repairs before I could continue on my way. As for that special man…
Ginny: A very handsome one came to her rescue.
Alex: I didn’t need rescued, although I concede Arlan is very handsome. And kind. And wonderful…
What’s one thing people might not know about you?
Ginny: I’m a terrible cook and don’t have plans to change. I’d much rather paint or write or watch Blake.
Filly: (Rolls her eyes) And they somehow find their way to our table several times a week.
Ginny: A girl has to eat and you always make extra, when she can tear herself away from Maura, that’s my baby niece. She and Luke aren’t good about sharing time with the baby.
Filly: I can’t help it if I rather cuddle her than pick up after your brother.
Alex: (Grins at the other two) Even though I’m a magician, I still like to watch other people perform illusions. Just last night, Blake and Luke made an entire pie disappear right before our eyes.
(The girls all laugh.)
What’s the most exciting thing going on in your town this Christmas?
(Filly and Ginny both look at Alex)
Filly: Alex and her magic wagon.
Ginny: Definitely Alex. She lives up to her title of Alex the Amazing.
Alex: (Blushes slightly) I’d say the most exciting thing happening in town is the Christmas Carnival. The children can hardly wait for it to arrive.
Thank you for joining us. Any parting words for our readers?
Alex: If you enjoy sweet holiday romances set in the past, I hope you’ll consider reading our stories in The Christmas Bargain, The Christmas Token, and The Christmas Calamity.
Now through Dec. 24, Shanna will donate 10 percent of the net proceeds from all her 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.
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!
Enter 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.
About 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.
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