I’m celebrating the release of my 14th book, A Texas Holiday Reunion. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post, follow my blog tour, and sign up for my newsletter. I’ve got several copies up for grabs. Check out the giveaway details at the end of the post.
Romance and Rubble
Last year, we started removing the carpet from our house to help our son, Logan transition off of his allergy shots. After watching hundreds of people do it themselves on DIY, Grant and I decided to tackle laminate flooring. We bought a box or two at a time and piled it in the corner until we had enough to do Logan’s room first.
We’ve taken that approach and completed the entire house, except for the living room, where nobody actually lives and the largest room in the house. About the time we’d stockpiled enough flooring to tackle the last of the carpet, our central air conditioner gasped it’s last cool breath and the roof started leaking, which required a loan.
Since my desk is in a corner of the living room, Grant decided we should add an office for me on to our house. So I can write without telling everyone to be quiet. We also came up with a plan to move rooms around in our house. I’ve always hated that the first thing you see when you walk in is my kitchen. Sometimes, there are dishes on the counter, lots of them. Especially when I’m on deadline. And every visitor can see every dish when they walk in.
Also, our den is tiny and our living room is huge. When we’re done, visitors will walk in the living room and that’s all they’ll see. Our new den will be huge and open to the kitchen, so I can cook and clean and still visit with my guys. It will be awesome. But the getting there, not so much.
Even before the carpenters, electrician, and plumber came, the old den was emptied out since we’re redoing the ceiling. Right now, my office is in the dry. The carpenter is finishing up tomorrow. But we’re finishing the inside – walls, ceiling, and floors. We took up the laminate flooring we just put down in the den last year because the old den will be the new kitchen. The used flooring will fit my office perfectly, but Grant still hated pulling up what he’d worked so hard to put down.
Everything from the old kitchen is in the front yard, except the stove and refrigerator. Including the kitchen sink. Literally. There’s no water in either kitchen and the stove isn’t hooked up. The new kitchen has walls that need patched because the plug ins had to be moved from floor level to counter level. The vinyl flooring is down and we should get plumbing and be able to put the appliances and cabinets in place today.
The new living room has walls that need patched because the counter high plug ins had to be moved to floor level. And the old living room – oh my. It’s packed with furniture. Packed, I tell you. Two living room suits that totally clash and put my matching issues in overdrive, plus tubs of dishes, books, and random paraphernalia. There is a path through it all and three seats we keep clear so we can sit down and try to relax.
Our house has been chaos for a month. I’ve always heard that if a marriage can survive building a house or a major remodel, the couple has it made. I can totally understand. Frustrations rise, tempers flare, and at times I’ve almost wanted to cry just because everything is so disorganized. Or I couldn’t find my shoes.
But each night, Grant and I sit down with cups of coffee and mindlessly watch TV – our singing competition shows we enjoy or DIY home renovations – or just talk and dream about how nice the house will be when it’s all done. Lately everything is so congested, he sits on the den couch and I sit in a living room chair behind him, but we still have our time together every evening. Logan is fifteen and is on the go a lot, but when he’s here, he sits with us and we have our family time.
When it’s over, we’ll enjoy our more visitor friendly/family functional home. And when my deadlines kick into gear again, I’ll have a beachy office to escape to. With a door that closes. The office my husband had built for me.
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.
About the book – A Texas Holiday Reunion:
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?
Can’t wait for the drawing? Get your copy now:
Comment to enter the drawing for a copy of A Texas Holiday Reunion. Six copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour from Oct 18 – Dec 8. One winner will get to pick the theme for a custom made memory board personally crafted by the author. Deadline Dec. 8th. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on Dec 10th. Go to my website http://shannontaylorvannatter.com and sign up for my newsletter to enter more giveaways and get a free book download.
Follow my blog tour for more chances to win A Texas Holiday Reunion:
- Oct 18 – https://allbettsareoff.wordpress.com/
- Oct 19 – http://www.inspyromance.com/
- Oct 24 – http://craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com/
- Oct 24 – http://brendaandersonbooks.com/blog/
- Oct 24 & 27 – http://shannontaylorvannatter.com/inkslinger-blog/
- Oct 26 – https://saralfoust.com/blog/
- Nov 2 – https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com/about/blog/
- Nov 3 – http://chirpnchatter.blogspot.com/
- Dec 1 – http://sarahruut.com/tag/author-interview/
Question for Readers: Have you ever moved, built a house, or gone through a major remodel? How did you keep your sanity?
Come back October 27th for the story behind the story of how I ended up writing about Texas cowboys!