I’m celebrating the release of my fifteenth book, Counting on the Cowboy. This is the 4th and final book in my Texas Cowboy series. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing. Giveaway details are at the end:
I’ve heard that if a couple can survive building a house together, their marriage is solid and will survive. I’m certain the same can be said of remodeling together.
The need for a new roof and heat and air unit led to a major remodel and room addition at our house. For the last five months, Grant and I have boxed up all our books and doodads, smooshed two rooms of furniture into one. We tore out walls, built new ones, ripped out carpet, put in laminate flooring. I textured and painted mismatched walls while he climbed ladders and installed pine planks on the vaulted ceiling.
We discovered muscles we didn’t know existed, got grumpy when things got tough, powered through, and celebrated with steak dinners. When rooms were in demo mode, we often had a trail through the main living area. Many nights, in order to have some family time, we had to sit in rows behind each other. Through it all, we worked at not disrupting our son’s room. Even when there was nowhere in the entire house in order with everything where it was supposed to be, his room remained untouched.
In six weeks, we moved three rooms, made a new kitchen from scratch, and redid the flooring, walls, and ceilings in each. With plans of having the family meal at our house for Christmas, we worked and cleaned until three am on Christmas Eve. We managed to have a wonderful clutter free gathering with plenty of room and oohs and aahs over all the changes we’d made. Afterward, we took a week off.
My office area used to be in a corner of the living room. It worked fine when I was home alone. But when my family was home, I couldn’t get much writing done. I require peace and quiet. Besides that, I’d decorated my corner in pastel colors with beachy accents and lots of seashells. Neither my husband nor our son liked my decor. Though we were all looking forward to me moving into the new office we added on to the back of the house, as long as my computer is functional, I’m fine. So we left it and our new walk in closet last.
With no motivation like Christmas dinner hanging over our heads, we’ve gotten a lot slower. In the last three months, we’ve done the ceilings, walls, and lighting in the two small rooms. We still have to do the flooring in my new office, we’re in the process of moving our clothes into their new home, and all my cool beachy decor is still in boxes. Neither room has a door yet.
We finally got most of the building materials and tools off of the screened back porch outside my office and got the screen door installed. It’s wooden and makes that wonderful clapping noise when it shuts. I haven’t got my furniture set up out there yet. And I plan to decorate it beachy too since it will serve as an outside office when the weather allows.
We’re really close to finished. Except that we’re turning a small extra bedroom into a laundry room. And we have to repaint the entire exterior this spring. At this point, we’re beginning to wonder if we’ll ever really be finished.
But we love our old new house. We sit around and talk about how much we love it. I cook more because the family room is open to the kitchen and I can visit with my guys while I work. Logan is amazed at what a good cook I am. I even clean more. Partly because with no carpet, the dust bunnies are visible. Partly because I love our new old house.
The really great news is, we still love each other. And like each other.
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 – Counting on the Cowboy:
Ranching is his whole life… until he meets one special city girl
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?
Can’t wait for the drawing? Get your copy now: Counting on the Cowboy Purchase Link
Comment 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. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on April 21. Go to my website https://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 Counting on the Cowboy:
- March 14 – http://theresalynnhall.com/blog
- March 15 – http://www.castlegatepress.com/blog/
- March 16 – https://shannontaylorvannatter.com/inkslinger-blog/
- March 19 – http://sarahruut.com/category/interviews/
- 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
And if you’d like to see more pictures and details from the remodel, enter the drawing for 7 free books up for grabs, read a cut scene, and get a yummy recipe for pot roast, sign up for my newsletter over to the right where it says, Get your free book.
Question for Readers: What unfinished or future projects do you have at your house?
Come back March 16th for my excerpt and character inspiration for Counting on the Cowboy!