Shannon here: I’m excited to celebrate the release of my 10th book, Rodeo Song. This is the 6th title in my Texas rodeo series. Comment for a chance to win a copy on any post dated April 7 – 11. Deadine: April 19th, 11:59 pm central time.
Our church has an annual Valentine’s Dinner. It’s not so much about the romantic worldly holiday, but more about love, family, and church family. The kids aren’t allowed, so the adults can relax. The men cook and serve the food. We play fun games and fellowship. Even our single members come. And each family gets their picture taken. That’s our picture from 2014. We had one widow this year and we talked her into getting her picture taken with all the men surrounding her.
Two years ago, our awesome event coordinator, Jackie Eason, gave us each a PAL – the little bear above. That’s not our PAL because I can’t find him right now, but there’s a good reason for that. Grant hid him from me. Which is the point of PAL. On his little red ribbon, there was a note. Since I can’t find him – I’ll have to paraphrase what the note said – but it basically told us to take turns hiding PAL from each other. When the finder finds PAL, it’s a reminder that the hider loves the finder.
I hid PAL in a place where Grant would find him the night we brought him home. When Grant found PAL, he hid him in a place I would find him. We’ve been taking turns hiding and finding PAL ever since. I’ve found PAL in my dresser drawer, in my shoe, and recently on my treadmill. I’ve hid PAL in Grant’s desk, in his sock, and in his suit pocket. I especially love hiding PAL where Grant will find him on Sunday morning before preaching. Being a pastor is a high pressure, stressful thing and no one realizes that until they live with one. I like to let Grant know I love him especially on Sunday morning.
When I find PAL, it makes me feel warm and loved. If Grant is home, I immediately go hug him. If he’s not home, I hug him when he walks in. I try to do that anyway. Sometimes, we hide PAL in easy places, sometimes a little harder. It adds to the fun and anticipation when PAL is hidden a little better sometimes, like now. I even called Grant and told him I needed to find PAL, so I could take a picture of him. He claims he doesn’t remember where he hid him. It could be he didn’t want to interrupt our game. Or he may really not remember, so it may take a while to find PAL this time.
I don’t know if Jackie bought PAL with the note or if she’d seen it somewhere and made the note herself. I’ll have to ask her. But we’re thankful for PAL. We’ve enjoyed finding new creative places to hide PAL, the anticipation of finding him, and the little reminder that we are loved.
About Shannon: Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/award winning author. She lives in rural central Arkansas in a town with a population of around 100, if you count a few cows. Shannon writes inspirational contemporary romance and it took her nine years to get published in the traditional market.
Shannon hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as her characters struggle with real-life issues. Their journeys, from ordinary lives to extraordinary romance through Christ-centered relationships, demonstrate that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and doing craft projects. Learn more and connect: Website: https://shannontaylorvannatter.com, Facebook: http://facebook.com/shannontaylorvannatter, Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/29672798-shannon-vannatter, Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/stvannatter/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/stvauthor
About the book – Rodeo Song (Book 6 Texas Rodeo series):
But when silken-voiced Garrett Steele set out for stardom, he left Jenna—and his cowboy past—far behind. A chance encounter at one of his concerts propels him back into Jenna’s life. But, once burned by love, Jenna must guard her heart against the captivating singer. Once upon a time, Garrett vowed he’d be a success, no matter what. But that path shattered his soul. His reunion with Jenna makes him long for things he once took for granted. Now he must show her that he’s found what he was looking for all along…right here in his hometown.
Come back April 9th for the Story Behind the Story – my inspiration for writing Rodeo Song!
Follow my blog tour where I’ll be talking about Rodeo Song and giving away lots of copies:
April 1 – ACFW Arkansas – http://acfwarkansas.com/
April 3 – Ausjenny – http://ausjenny.blogspot.com
April 5 & 6 – Barn Door Book Loft – http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/
April 7, 9, & 11 – Inkslinger Blog – https://shannontaylorvannatter.com/blog/
April 8 – Arkansas Authors – http://arkansasauthors.com/category/interview/
April 10 – Lena Nelson Dooley – http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/
April 10 – Jennifer Slattery – http://jenniferaslatterylivesoutloud.com
April 15 – Cherie Burbach – http://workingwritersandbloggers.com/blog/
April 16 – Deborah Vogts – http://deborahvogts.blogspot.com/
April 17 – Ane Mulligan – http://www.anemulligan.com/
April 21 – Kimberly Rose Johnson – http://kimberlysmusings.wordpress.com/
April 21- Goodreads – Heartsong Presents Q & A –https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/129196-love-inspired-heartsong-presents
May 9 – Kristena Tunstall – http://kristenatunstall.com/blog/
May14 – Ginger Solomon – http://gingersolomon.blogspot.com/