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Are you a city kid or a country kid? We have the privilege of visiting with Shannon Taylor Vannatter today about her newest release, Counting on the Cowboy. We’ll discover whether Shannon feels more at home in the city or the country, and she’s offering a special blog tour giveaway, too! Before we begin, let’s take a look at Counting on a Cowboy.
Texas Cowboy Brock McBride knows better than to fall for a city girl. She’ll leave and break his heart—just like his ex-fiancée did. But his job at Chasing Eden Dude Ranch requires working alongside Dallas wedding planner Devree Malone. And despite fierce resistance, he’s falling hard. Yet with Devree’s business back in the city, can he convince her she’s found her home…with him?
Welcome back, Shannon! What inspired you to write Counting on the Cowboy?
After eight rodeo books, I wanted to transition to cowboys. For this book, we have a young woman in our church who had to move on very short notice several years ago. The only place she could find quickly was in the country and had been uninhabited for several years. Every week at church, she shared her adventures with me. From mouse traps going off all night, to the one that got it’s tail caught and she didn’t know what to do, to the skunk in her heater vent under the house that sprayed and died, to the cows surrounding her car and licking her windshield when she was trying to get to work. I told her someday it would go in a book.
Oh my! What a shock all of that must have been for her! Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
Devree, the heroine is a lot like me. She’s a city girl, doesn’t like to get dirty, doesn’t appreciate farm animals, and is half afraid of them. She’s not outdoorsy, is afraid of fish hooks, mice, and snakes. It was fun airing all my irrational fears in a character. I moved to the country when I was twelve. But it grew on me and I wouldn’t live anywhere else now.
We can adapt, but some of those early challenges are seriously funny in hindsight. 😉 Who is your favorite secondary character, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
Brock is the hero. I fall in love with all my heroes. But since I base them all on facets of my husband, it’s okay if I fall for them. Besides, if I don’t fall for them, my readers won’t either.
That’s a very valid point. And we do want to love the heroes! Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
The series is set in Bandera, Texas. My husband’s dad lived 15 minutes away until his passing. We’ve been there countless times. I enjoy using settings I know well. My characters can eat in the restaurants and attend the churches I’ve experienced.
There’s a whole different depth to the setting when you know what you’re writing about. Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them?
Early in my marriage, we attended a company picnic where my husband worked. There was a catch and release pond there. We walked down to enjoy the scenery. Our peace was shattered by two hyper, shouting boys running to the pond with fishing poles. They flailed their rods and hooks wildly and everywhere. I just knew a hook was going to end up in my back. We left quickly and I’ve been afraid of hooks since then.
And as life would have it, my son loves to fish. For a while, I was half afraid to go into his room. He’s learned to be careful over the years and thankfully I’ve never been hooked.
I can relate to that caution! We’d love to know a little more about you. Would you share your:
Favorite color? Lilac
Favorite season? Fall
Favorite beverage? Sweet Tea and Coffee – don’t make me choose
Favorite animal? Cats and dogs – don’t make me choose
Favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate Chip
Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Shannon!
Your turn! Are you a city kid or a country kid? Can you relate to what Shannon shared about Devree’s fears?
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.
Counting on the Cowboy Giveaway:
Comment below to enter the drawing for a copy of Counting on the Cowboy. Ten copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour from March 13 – April 10. One winner will get to pick the theme for a custom made memory board personally crafted by the author. Deadline April 20, 2018. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on April 21. Go to Shannon’s website http://shannontaylorvannatter.com and sign up for her newsletter to enter more giveaways and get a free book download.
Follow the blog tour for more chances to win Counting on the Cowboy:
March 13 – http://shannontaylorvannatter.com/inkslinger-blog/
March 14 – http://theresalynnhall.com/blog
March 15 – http://www.castlegatepress.com/blog/
March 16 – http://shannontaylorvannatter.com/inkslinger-blog/
March 19 – http://sarahruut.com — you are here!
March 20 – http://brendaandersonbooks.com/blog/
March 26 – https://kimberlysmusings.wordpress.com/
March 27 – http://www.gingersolomon.com/
March 30 – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-to-books/id1245507117?mt=2
April 2 – http://www.inspyromance.com/
April 10 – http://craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com/
April 10 – http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com