Today, I'm hosting a party over on Facebook called Cowboys and Christmas. Of course, you're all invited!
The reason for the party is primarily to kick off a campaign I hold each year called Read a Book, Help a Cowboy. It raises funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. If you've never heard of JCCF, it's a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to rodeo athletes who sustain catastrophic injuries that keep them from competing (and earning wages) for an extended period of time. There are many things to love about JCCF, but one of the best: they contribute 100 percent of all donations to the athletes in need. No funds are extracted for administrative costs, etc.
From November 1 through December 24, I donate a percentage of my book sales to the JCCF. For more detail, hop over to my website: http://shannahatfield.com/jccf
The party is also a time to gather some fun authors like our own Kit Morgan. It's four hours of fun, giveaways, games, prizes and awesome surprises. Seriously, you do not want to miss this!
And because it's party day, I'm offering a freebie! You can get the first book in the Hardman Holidays series for free!
Be sure to download your copy of The Christmas Bargain from Amazon!
One Old West Cinderella discovers
Prince Charming is a. . . Cowboy?
The death of her mother left Philamena Booth grieving and at the mercy of her drunken father. After spending more than a decade held captive on their run-down farm, she’s left speechless when her father strikes a bargain to settle a long overdue debt. In lieu of payment, a handsome cowboy agrees to take Philamena. Mortified yet relieved to leave the farm, she finds herself married to the charismatic, caring man.
Luke Granger might own Hardman’s bank and the fanciest house in the Eastern Oregon town, but he’d much rather be outside riding his horses or wrangling his herd of cattle than keeping his account books straight. In a strange, unsettling turn of events, he finds himself accepting a farmer’s daughter instead of money to cover a loan. If the man hadn’t threatened to sell her to the saloon owner, Luke might have refused. He has no idea what to do with the beautiful Filly or their marriage of convenience, but he’s about to get far more than he bargained for.
Full of Victorian and western charm, The Christmas Bargain is a sweet holiday romance filled with the spirit of the season.
Here’s an exceprt:
Luke grinned at her and wiggled his fingers. “Come on, Filly. It’s a little late to worry about propriety now, don’t you think?”
She took his hand and swung behind him, lacing her hands around his waist and leaning her head against his back. As they rode to the parsonage, Luke kept his hand resting on top of hers.
“I’d like to speak with you about your ride to the Jenkins farm,” he said, using his most official banker’s tone.
She should have known riding through town with her skirts up to her knees and hair flying would embarrass Luke. She was really going to have to work on behaving with more decorum. More like a proper banker’s wife.
He smiled and his icy eyes warmed to a liquid blue as he looked at her over his shoulder. “I’d like to discuss how enticing you looked with your skirts hiked up and your hair rippling behind you. I pictured you as some ancient Irish warrior queen riding into battle. Filly, my girl, you’ve been holding out on me by keeping all that glorious hair confined to buns or braids. I think we need a let-your-hair-down lesson to go along with our kissing lessons.”
USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up dreamy characters, twisting plots, or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.
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