Help the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund!


Welcome to the 2nd annual

Cowboys and Christmas

Blog Tour!

Raising funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Ring in the Holidays with a Helping Hand

The idea for my sweet Rodeo Romance series started with The Christmas Cowboy, a story that invaded my thoughts while Captain Cavedweller and I sat in the Las Vegas airport after the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, waiting for our flight home.

Indulging in some serious people watching, I couldn’t help but notice the sea of cowboy hats and friendly smiles. “What if,” started playing loudly in my head. What if there was a cowboy, a rodeo cowboy? What if he met a girl at an airport? What if they fell in love? What if she was a driven career woman? What if she despised cowboys? What if…

Once I started writing the story, I did some research about what would happen if a cowboy sustained a serious injury at a rodeo. That research eventually led me to the Justin Sportsmedicine Team where Rick Foster kindly answered my many questions.


At rodeos across the country, the Justin Sportsmedicine Team offer medical care to injured athletes at Sportsmedicine trailers. Mr. Foster also introduced me to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

When professional athletes are faced with serious injuries, it often results in financial hardship. They don’t have a guaranteed salary or provisions for income upon injury. While injuries are part of the business of rodeo, financial worries don’t necessarily have to be par for the course.

The Justin Boot Company formed a partnership with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) in 1989 to establish the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund (JCCF). The fund was granted 501-C3 status as a non-profit charity organization in 1991.

The idea behind the JCCF is to assist professional rodeo athletes and their families in the event of catastrophic injuries resulting from professional rodeo activities. The fund helps lift the burden of financial hardship when a serious injury interferes with the careers of those who have dedicated their lives to the sport.

Impressed by the fund and the help they offer, I decided to make a contribution by donating a portion of my book sales to JCCF. This is my third year to donate part of my proceeds to the organization, although it is the only the 2nd annual Cowboys and Christmas Blog Tour.JCCF logo

November 1 through December 24, ten percent of the net proceeds from all Shanna Hatfield book sales will be donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. Don’t forget to add books to your Christmas lists!

New Releases

To kick off the second annual Cowboys and Christmas Blog Tour and the JCCF campaign, two brand new holiday romances will release Nov. 12!

Capturing Christmas CoverCapturing Christmas is the third installment in the sweet holiday western Rodeo Romance series.

Life is hectic on a good day for rodeo stock contractor Kash Kressley. Between dodging flying hooves and babying cranky bulls, he barely has time to sleep. The last thing Kash needs is the entanglement of a sweet romance, especially with a woman as full of fire and sass as the redheaded photographer he rescues at a rodeo.

Determined to capture the best images possible, rodeo photographer Celia McGraw is fearless and feisty. Not one to back down from a challenge, her biggest risk isn’t in her work. Danger lurks in the way her heart responds to one incredibly handsome stock contractor. Will Kash and Celia capture the spirit of the season?

Pre-order your copy today!

Rodeo-Romance-Block-for-webGet all three books in the Rodeo Romance series!

The Christmas Vow CoverThe Christmas Vow is the fourth book in the Hardman Holidays sweet Victorian romance series.

Columbia River Pilot Adam Guthry returns to his hometown of Hardman, Oregon, after the sudden death of his best friend. Emotions he can’t contain bubble to the surface the moment he sees the girl who shattered his heart eleven years ago.

Widow Tia Devereux escapes her restrictive life in Portland, returning to the home she knew and adored as a girl in Hardman. She and her four-year-old son, Toby, settle into the small Eastern Oregon community, eager for the holiday season. Unfortunately, the only man she’s ever loved shows up, stirring the embers of a long-dead romance into a blazing flame. When her former father-in-law, a corrupt judge, decides he wants to raise Toby, Adam may be the only hope she has of keeping her son.

You can pre-order your copy today for only $2.99!

Hardman-Holidays-block for webDon’t miss out on the Hardman Holidays series!

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You’re Invited to PARTY!

You’re invited to join in the online Cowboys & Christmas Facebook Party, Thursday, Nov. 12 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 (many of the giveaways will stay open until the following morning)!

Here’s the link to the party:

The talented guest authors joining in the celebration include:
10 a.m. – Carmen Peone
10:30 – Kayla Dawn Thomas
11 a.m. – Melanie D. Snitker, Author
11:30 – Julie Cerniglia Lence
Noon – Author CJ Samuels
12:30 – Rachel Rossano
1 p.m. – Author Kristin Holt
1:30 – Dani Harper

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Enter to Win Prizes!

To enter the drawing for an Amazon gift card, Wrangler Tote Bag, Rock & Roll Cowgirl T-shirt, autographed books, chocolates, and more fun goodies, fill out this form. Winners will be randomly drawn and announced Nov. 16.

Where to Find The Books

The Christmas Cowboy Cover Start the Rodeo Romance Series with The Christmas Cowboy.

Kindle | Amazon

christmas bargain coverTravel back to a time of grandeur in the old west

with the Hardman Holidays series.

The Christmas Bargain begins the popular series

and is available free for a very limited time!

Kindle | Amazon

About Shanna Hatfield

Shanna Hatfield 2Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen, one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments with characters that seem incredibly real.

When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

This USA Today bestselling author is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, and Pioneer Hearts.

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The Beginning of An Era. Hopefully…


My Critique Partner Started a Blog! And her debut novel is scheduled to release the first half of next year (unsure of date yet, but I’ll keep you posted). Pop over and show her new blog some love :)

Originally posted on Grey Places:

My Critique Partner, Christi Corbett has been after me to set up and actually maintain a WordPress site since sometime around the passage of the last ice age. Like many of the dinosaurs, I almost didn’t evolve enough to survive that ice age. I was clinging to Blogger, which, I’ll still continue to lurk and follow people there, but it’s gotten impossible to deal with. Often half of the few comments left on any posts I manage to write are from spambots, and often I’m forced to fight with managing blogs I follow because they randomly filled with hundreds of fake spam posts from fake spam blog accounts. So, here I am!

On my Blogger blog, I wrote posts which covered a little of everything. Since I was still in the throes of trying to ‘make it’ as a writer, I felt like I needed to have a lot of…

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Wendy May Andrews Celebrates Another Book!!!

Congratulations to Wendy on her newest book! You might remember when she stopped by a while ago to share her Path to Publication story (CLICK HERE to read her story)

Without further ado, here’s Wendy…


TheGovernessDebut453x680Can the governess charm both the spoiled child and the haughty earl?

After her parents died in an accident and her brother gambled away her inheritance and dowry, leaving her to fend for herself while he ran off to the colonies, Miss Felicia Scott must find a way to keep a roof over her head. No longer able to enter the Marriage Mart but certainly not of the servant class, the only option is to find a position as governess.

Her luck finally turns when an acquaintance refers her to the haughty widower, Lord Victor Astley, Earl of Standish. His spoiled, seven year old daughter has been through three governesses in the 18 months since her mother died.

The earl is highly doubtful the young, inexperienced Miss Scott could possible manage his irascible daughter but since he is desperate he agrees to give her a chance. Much to the astonishment of the entire household Felicia succeeds beautifully, bringing the little lady under control and brightening the lives of everyone she comes in contact with, including the jaded earl.

Will her joyful spirit be able to finally melt his resistant heart?

*The Governess’ Debut is a 24,000 word Sweet Regency Romance Novella*


Lord Victor Astley, the fifth Earl of Standish, was surprised by his own undisciplined reaction when the young woman was announced. He was always in control of himself and his environment. It was decidedly out of character that he would be unnerved by the presence of a young woman in his library.

“Miss Felicia Scott to see you, my lord,” Alfred, the earl’s aging butler, had announced in even tones, not revealing anything about his own reaction to the elegant young woman who had been recommended to fill the post of governess to the earl’s hoyden of a daughter.

The earl nodded to her from behind his desk, not bothering to come around to bow over her hand.  “Thank you, Alfred.  Please see that a tea tray is brought in momentarily.”

Miss Scott dipped into a respectful, deep curtsy, forgetting for a moment that her new position in the servant class did not require the varying degrees of courtesy.  When it did cross her mind she dismissed the thought, surmising accurately that the haughty looking earl would consider the extra depth to be his due.

Felicia had made every effort to appear as serious and trustworthy as possible.  Her sober gown of brown worsted material was just perfect for whatever activities she would be involved in while chasing after a seven-year-old child.  Realizing she looked quite young, she had scraped her thick, curling, brown hair into the severest hairstyle she could manage, hoping it lent her an air of maturity.

Of course, in her innocence, she was unaware of the things that were impossible to hide – her obvious breeding was evident in her proudly erect carriage.  Intelligence shone from her wide, shining, green eyes as she glanced around the earl’s handsomely appointed library.

Her own governess had done her best to prepare her but since this was the first time Felicia had applied for a position she was somewhat uncertain as to proper protocol.  The earl was still gazing at her with a rather arrested expression on his severe, but still handsome face, so she surmised that he was waiting for her to say something.

“Thank you for agreeing to see me, my lord.”

The earl blinked away his momentary inertia.  Despite the glowing recommendations he had received it was obvious to him she would be impossible for the position.  He was uncomfortable with the strange reaction he had felt to her presence, besides she was much too young. There was no way she would be able to control his daughter.  He supposed he still had to interview her.

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Wendy May AndrewsAbout the Author:

Wendy May Andrews has been reading whatever she could get her hands on since the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but hasn’t been sharing those stories with anyone but her mother until recently. Wendy lives in Toronto with her own real-life hero. When not writing or reading, they love to travel wherever the mood takes them. This is Ms. Andrews’ second publication with Clean Reads.


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TC Booth’s Path to Publication Story

Today I’m featuring TC Booth’s Path to Publication story. Welcome, Tammi!


me 2First, I’d like to thank Christi for hosting me on her blog.  My journey in writing began at a young with the love of poetry. I won my first poetry contest in third grade and had my picture taken for the paper. It was a pretty big deal.  Thinking back over my childhood, I realized that my mind was always geared to be a writer. My imagination stirred up interesting plots and characters even in play time.

As an adult, writing became my escape from reality. There’s nothing like getting lost in story I’m writing.  I shared stories with my family and eventually began to write children’s stories for my class.  I decided to give a try at publishing one of the children’s stories I wrote. It was published, and the feeling of seeing my characters come to life was unbelievable. Unfortunately, I was naïve in the world of publishing and didn’t have a positive experience.

Lesson learned, I did my homework when I decided to take the step into publishing of my young adult novella. I found a critique partner and paid someone to professionally edit it before I submitted it to Stephanie at Clean Reads, then Astraea Press.  She sent me book contract and Beyond Vica was published six months later.

Last November I took on the challenge of NaNoWrMo. A challenge it was! In order to try and reach the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month, I had to get up at four thirty each morning to write before school started. I didn’t make the goal by the end of the month, but managed to hammer out 43,000 words. I finished up the novel in December, had it edited and submitted it to Stephanie in February. My first young adult novel, To Be Honest, came out in July of this year.   I’m very grateful for Stephanie and all of the support at Clean Reads. Publishing with Clean Reads has been positive and professional in comparison to my first experience.

I haven’t had success if finding another publisher for my children’s stories, but will try again eventually.  Right now, I feel my niche is young adult contemporary fiction.  The topics I choose to center the stories around are relevant to young people today. I absolutely love to create the characters. There is nothing like seeing your work published and characters come to life. I’m truly blessed to be able to pursue my passion.


ToBeHonest_1400x2100After a freak accident left Starla Emerson with a deformed hand, her self-esteem dropped and her anxiety rose. She tries desperately to avoid attention at Cedar High. Star relies on her best friend Ally for moral support, along with her crush worthy boyfriend Jared.

Starla’s world is turned upside down when her family moves. She finds herself the new girl at Centerville High School where she’s the target of an Internet bully. Newfound friends help Starla plan a counter attack to expose the bully. The plan backfires and lands Star in a mountain of trouble.  Will she have the courage to be honest about who was involved in her plan? Once the truth is out…there’s no turning back.

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TC Booth was born and raised in a small town in Northeast Ohio where she currently teaches. She lives with her husband and four children ranging in ages from 13-23. Her pets include one dog named Sammy, and two cats- Sheldon and Sasha.

TC Booth views books as the best form of entertainment and her escape for life’s stresses. She prefers reading a book over watching a movie, and writing over almost any other way to spend her time.

When not attending her children’s sporting events and running them around, you’ll see her writing on her laptop, iPad, and even jotting ideas down on her phone apps.

She enjoys the escape from the adult universe into the adolescent world. The passion in which young people experience life is contagious and the driving force of her writing.

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Path to Publication: Chris von Halle

Today’s Path to Publication post is by fellow Clean Reads author, Chris von Halle. Without further ado, here’s Chris!


Chris von Halle Author PhotoBefore I begin my path to publication story, I want to thank Christi Corbett for hosting me on her blog. It’s a great honor to share the story of how I became an author with a fellow Clean Reads author and all you readers out there.

In any case, according to my parents I was born drawing and scribbling, and at some point that led to drawing and scribbling on series of pieces of paper, each series telling some kind of story. Eventually, once I learned how to write, I started writing those stories instead of drawing them.

I wrote A LOT in my early years—all kinds of stories inspired by the likes of Louis Sachar, Roald Dahl, R.L. Stine, etc. Most of them were handwritten in notebooks, but eventually I wrote longer stories on the computer. Then I transitioned into comic strip writing (my second love, really) on and off for most of my high school and college years. In particular, I was inspired by Garfield, Foxtrot, and Calvin and Hobbes. Ironically, even though comic strips involve a lot of drawing, I learned that the artists who create them are, at their roots, writers. (After all, when it comes down to it, each strip tells a story and most of them involve characters and dialogue).

Then, when I graduated from college, I decided to get serious about this whole writing books thing (as in shoot for publication), so I transitioned back to writing novels. It just felt like the right/natural thing to do, even though I loved writing comic strips, too.

So I wrote a 114,000-word YA space opera tome and sent it out to a handful of literary agents. As expected, I got nothing but crickets and form rejections. Curious and determined, I found a couple blogs online (the renowned Miss Snark’s First Victim being one of them) on which serious writers had their writing critiqued by other serious writers, authors, and literary agents. I submitted some of my work for critique on one such blog and had it absolutely torn to shreds by those experts. So I incorporated their advice/feedback (which was mostly excellent) and revised my book, but still it met nothing but rejections.

So I wrote two more books (a YA fantasy and an MG Science Fiction), but they didn’t fare well in the query trenches, either (though I admit I didn’t send out many queries; looking back, even though the books weren’t really ready to be queried, since then I’ve learned the importance of perseverance). That’s when I decided I absolutely had to learn how to write a professional-level novel—no way could I go out like that!

So I got my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University’s esteemed Writing Popular Fiction program. And even though I’d learned a fair amount of valuable stuff from the online venues I’d frequented before attending the program, it’s from the program that I truly learned how to write a publishable-quality novel.

BUT my thesis, another MG science fiction book, still didn’t do well in the submission trenches (I sent it out to 60 literary agents, resulting in only one partial request that was quickly rejected), not to mention with a couple small presses I subbed to. I did wind up winning an online writing contest based on the query pitch and first page alone, which garnered some more agent and publisher interest, but it all inevitably led to nothing. I also wrote an MG epic fantasy book on the side of my thesis, but, once again, I only wound up sending out a handful of submissions before I gave up on it (I was getting closer, but it DID have a couple problems; sometimes I think about returning to that one and fixing it).

But I told myself, “Hey, self, don’t feel too bad. When you think about it, your thesis and MG epic fantasy books are kind of like the first real book you ever wrote” (since I’d written them at the same time during the grad program). So I wrote The Fourth Generation, a YA dystopian novel (and, technically-speaking, my seventh novel overall).

BUT…as I was finishing it up, I kept reading online about how NO (or at least very few) literary agents and publishers were looking for YA dystopian since it was such a highly saturated market, thanks to big bestsellers like The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc. Somewhat discouraged, I sent The Fourth Generation out to only a handful of agents (yep—definitely a trend there), which was met with nothing but form rejections and crickets.

So I decided to shelve that book and wrote an adult humorous superhero novel. While I was researching agents and publishers to query for that one, I happened to randomly come upon Clean Reads (then Astraea Press), which said they were currently looking for (gasp!) YA dystopian of all genres/age categories. So what did I do? I thought, “Hey, that’s kind of cool,” and kept researching agents and publishers for my superhero book.

Just kidding—of course not! I sent The Fourth Generation to Clean Reads and that’s how I got my first contract. So the moral of the story? I think there are a few.

  1. Perseverance is very important—keep plugging away and sending out your stuff because you just never know who’s going to say yes (in some instances I should have queried/subbed a lot more).
  2. Don’t give up on a story just because it’s in a saturated market. If you love it and truly believe in it, then keep working on it and sending it out. There will be somebody out there who is looking for it or at least knows what to do with it.
  3. So much of this business has to do with finding the right publisher/agent at the right time. So even if you get rejected (and for most us that will be A LOT, trust me), it does NOT mean that your book stinks or that God decided to give you the least amount of writing ability of all the writers he decided to create.
  4. That being said, it can’t hurt to study up on the craft of writing fiction by reading how-to books, visiting and participating in writing blogs, getting your work critiqued by experts, getting an MFA in fiction, etc.
  5. Booze, chocolate, and stuff of similar nature can help you to weather the writing journey.


The Fourth Generation coverIn the future, no adults exist. Ever since the plague swept the world 100 years ago, no one has lived past seventeen.

Sixteen-year-old Gorin, a collector of curious artifacts left over from the pre-plague civilization, is on the verge of perishing from that deadly epidemic. And his last wish is to find a way to visit the rulers’ reputedly magnificent, off-limits mansion.

Up against the clock, he and his friend Stausha steal into the mansion and discover a secret more horrifying than they ever could’ve imagined—a secret that holds the key to the survival of the whole human race.

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Chris von Halle has had many different lives in many different worlds—the near and distant future Earth, other planets, and even other dimensions—and his books recreate his childhood memories of such outlandish locations.  In this world and life, he lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and enjoys such extraordinary activities as playing videogames, tennis, and basketball, and writing the occasional comic strip.

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Introducing, my third book… A Mountain Man’s Redemption

A Mountain Man’s Redemption is my third book. It releases on its own October 27, 2015, but is available for pre-order now. It’s also part of anthology, titled Christmas Hearts of the West, scheduled to release on October 12, 2015.

A Mountain Man's Redemption FINAL VERSION

Eighteen years ago, Philip Grant—overcome with regret for what he couldn’t foresee and memories of what he couldn’t prevent—abandoned all to live the solitary life of a fur trapper. Years spent roaming ridgelines and riverbanks in Montana Territory left his body weary and his confidence weak, so he decides to turn in his last bundle of furs and await the inevitable in a cabin. Alone. 

Then a body-shaped lump wrapped in a quilt changes everything. 

Philip discovers a battered woman and her infant son, on the run from a ruthless abuser with a penchant for whiskey. Seventy miles of snow-covered mountain peaks and windswept flatlands stand between them and safety—the woman’s aunt’s house.

Can Philip trust in his newfound faith to lead the way?

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Here is the cover of the anthology it will be a part of, scheduled to release on October 12, 2015.

Cover art for collection