Friday, April 1, 2016

Blog Tour - Bertie by Shanna Hatfield

by Shanna Hatfield
Series: Pendelton Petticoats, #6
Genre: Sweet Historical Western Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2016

A celebration of a new sweet historical romance by Shanna Hatfield 

USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes 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.”

Welcome, Shanna!

Thank you for hosting me today. It's such a pleasure to be here with you and your readers!

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“It’s not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed, it is the thing we do not,” by Randy Pausch. I highly recommend reading Randy’s book, The Last Lecture. If you are looking for inspiration, you’ll find it there. I love this particular quote because it is so true. It isn’t the things we do that cause us to feel regret, it’s that one thing we let time, fear, whatever reason or excuse keep us from doing that will make us wish we’d done it anyway. If we allow it, fear can rob us of some of our greatest accomplishments by keeping us from trying in the first place.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
My biggest hope is that people will read my books and walk away feeling happy, as if they’ve made a new friend or two, or have their emotions stirred.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
Write, write, write! It’s what I always wanted to do and dreamed of doing since I was a little girl.

What color represents your personality the most?
It is a toss-up between pink and green. Or maybe a blending of the two. Some of my friends joke about the sparkly pink world that exists in my head, but I also like things to be calm and balanced.

What is your favorite food?
Chocolate. It really should have its own food group. Seriously.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world?
Forgive the sappiness, but truly, my favorite place is wherever I’m at with my husband, Captain Cavedweller. The man makes me laugh and melts my heart on a daily basis.

Are you a city slicker or a country lover?
Country girl all the way, as long as you don’t ever plan to take me camping. I must have hot running water every single day. When I was a little girl, our pipes froze one winter. We spent about two months without running water and the only hot water we had was what Mom heated on the stove. It was awful and I don’t ever, ever want to be without hot running water.

What is your greatest strength as a writer?
I’d say it’s probably character development. That is one thing I consistently hear from my readers.

If you could leave readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?
Hold on to your dreams with both hands and do everything in your power to make them come true.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers?
If you enjoy sweet western and historical romances, I hope you’ll consider reading the Pendleton Petticoats series! Thanks again for hosting me today. It's been great fun!

Dust off your dancing shoes and choose your formal attire for the Petticoat Ball Party on Facebook April 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.(Pacific Time) Giveaways, games, and guest authors will make for a fun and memorable event as we celebrate the release of Bertie!
Here is the link to the party: 

Invite your friends to the second annual Petticoat Ball, and you could win a $25 Amazon Gift card. Just join the event, click on the "invite" button, invite your friends, then post how many you invited in the comments of this post:
One randomly drawn person will win, but you get additional entries for every 50 people you invite!
Also, ask your friends who join the party to share that you invited them in the comments in the post. Each friend who mentions your name, earns you another entry in the contest!
Winner will be announced prior to the start of the party April 7!

She needs an adventure -
     He needs the warmth of her smile…

Bertie Hawkins survived a traumatic ordeal that stripped away her sunny outlook on life and left her afraid of every shadow. Terrorized and tired of reliving the past, she accepts an offer to change her situation. Although she only intends to work through the summer, the peace she finds at Nash’s Folly keeps her there every bit as much as her interest in a mysterious new ranch hand.

Desperate to escape his memories, Riley Walsh buys a run-down farm in Pendleton, Oregon. To pay for the many necessary repairs, he goes to work for his neighbor, never intending to fall in love with the effervescent girl who helps around the house.

Riley isn’t the only one enchanted with Bertie. His own crazy mule and the neighbor’s son both share his infatuation, driving him past the brink of jealousy.

A sweet romance that embraces the trials and triumphs of yesteryear, Bertie blends laugh-out-loud adventures with heartwarming moments.

Involved in the unfolding story, she didn’t hear anyone approach until a warm hand caressed her bare foot.

Yanking her foot up, she gazed down into Riley’s face. The fiery look in his eyes made heat pool in her belly and her mouth go dry.

“I’ve seen a lot of birds perched in trees, but never one so lovely.”

Bertie’s cheeks flushed at his compliment. “You’ve suffered a heat stroke, Riley Walsh. Apparently, you’ve lost the ability to see properly, otherwise you’d know I’m a wilted mess.”

To emphasize her point, Bertie pushed at the damp curls that had fallen around her face hours ago. Her dress was limp and she felt about as fresh as a wrung-out dishrag.

“I can see just fine, Roberta Elizabeth.”

Much to her surprise, Riley grabbed hold of the limb and swung himself up into the tree, sitting in front of her. “What are you doing out here?”


“I can see that.” Riley grinned and tapped the book with his finger. “I meant why did you come out here to read? You could do that at the house.”

“It’s miserably hot in the house and Aundy decided I needed a break. I’ve discovered arguing with her does no good at all, so I took the book she handed me and came out here.”

Bertie tried to adjust her skirts to hide her bare legs but Riley held the hem, keeping her from moving. “Riley…”

“If you’re trying to cover up those pretty ankles, you might as well not bother. I’ve already seen them. Enjoy the breeze while you can. I don’t know how you women survive on days like today, fastened into layers of petticoats with stockings and drawers and corsets and…”

Bertie leaned forward and clamped a hand over his mouth. “Riley! You shouldn’t speak of such things. It’s improper.”

He shrugged and kissed her hand, holding it in his instead of releasing it. “Never understood why it’s so improper to talk about what you wear. Why, didn’t I see a lacy pink…”

The first book in the Pendleton Petticoat Series will be available for 
FREE digital downloads April 6-10.

Pendleton Petticoats Series, Book #1
One stubborn mail-order bride finds the courage to carry on when she's widowed before ever truly becoming a wife, but opening her heart to love again may be more than she can bear.

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable 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.”

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Click here to enter the giveaway to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and other assorted prizes!