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It’s officially December! With Christmas right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for sweet holiday stories, and the Love Inspired books are the perfect length for these busy days. I’m excited to have Shannon Taylor Vannatter back with us today to share about her new release, A Texas Holiday Reunion. Before we visit with Shannon, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
His Christmas Homecoming
With her foreman out of commission, Resa McCall needs horse trainer Colson Kincaid to run her family ranch through the holidays. But having the handsome single dad back in Bandera, Texas, is unsettling. Colson broke Resa’s heart years ago, and she can’t risk getting close again. Still, working with him and bonding with his sweet little girl is making the ranch feel merry and bright. Being at Resa’s side stirs up emotions Colson thought were long gone. But he has a powerful secret that could keep them apart forever. Can Colson give Resa the one Christmas present that might finally bring them back together—the truth?
Welcome back, Shannon! Can you share (briefly) about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
How to take a break. I’m between contracts at the moment. I’ve had back to back deadlines every four months for a few years now. As I finished this series, I was mentally and physically tired. Normally between contracts, I start a new book.
This time, we’re undergoing a major remodel and home addition. We’re doing most of the work ourselves and the room addition is a new office for me. My brain is really enjoying the break and using my creativity on our house instead of books. I feel like after this break, the next book I write in my new office will be my best.
It’s so hard to rest sometimes, but the rewards are such a blessing! What inspired you to write this series, or A Texas Holiday Reunion in particular?
We visited family in the Texas Hill Country a few years ago and ideas started flowing. The ranches in the series are based on family land. A Texas Holiday Reunion was inspired by a log furniture store we stopped in. Making Resa a log furniture designer was a lot of fun.
Oh, that does sound fun! Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
I’m always partial to my heroes. Colson was no exception. I fall in love with every one of them as I write their stories. My husband’s okay with that since I base them on him. In looks and facets of his personality.
So it’s okay to have “book boyfriends” as long as they are extensions of your hubby. Got it. 😉 Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
Devree – the reluctant wedding planner. I’ve long wanted to figure out what she has against weddings. Her story will be the final book in the series.
We could probably speculate several reasons for her, and yet what an interesting occupation for her to have. You mentioned that you visited the Texas Hill Country. Why did you choose Bandera for the setting of your story, and have you been there?
My husband’s family ranch is fifteen minutes from Bandera. We’ve shopped the flea markets, gift shops, and eaten countless meals at the Old Spanish Trail. It was a lot of fun putting my characters in the places I’ve personally visited.
Did you do any other traveling for research? If so, could you tell us about it?
We visited Corpus Christi for this book. I’ve only been to the ocean once – to Galveston several years ago. I’ve wanted to visit Corpus for at least fifteen years. I finally decided to send my characters there, so I’d have to research. We made a day trip of it and I loved every minute. Now I want to go to Surfside Beach. Maybe I’ll put it in a book.
I like that excuse for travel. I’ll have to keep that in mind! 🙂 Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
When I was walking the beach at Corpus, there were tiny little shells that rolled in with the waves. They’d immediately suck down in the sand and get washed back out with the next wave. I love shelling, but I didn’t pick any up since there were obviously creatures in them.
Thanks for taking the time to share with us today, Shannon!
Your turn! If you could take a break from your normal routine and redirect your creativity toward a new project, what would you like to do?
More about Shannon:
Award winning author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter writes contemporary Christian cowboy romance and has over a dozen published titles. A romance reader since her teens, she hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as she demonstrates that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does.
She gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo announcing dad and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.
A Texas Holiday Reunion Giveaway:
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