I thought I should give everyone on an update on me. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for my Christmas title, A Texas Holiday Reunion (Book 3 in my Texas Cowboys series). Deadline: To be generous I’ll put everyone who has commented on any post on my blog up until Dec 15th, 11:59 pm central time, since it’s a Christmas book. If you comment on this post, I’ll put your name in the drawing twice.
After I finished my 4 book series with Love Inspired, I’ll admit I needed a break. My brain was tired. Shortly after I turned in the final book of my contract and I’d submitted a proposal for a new series, my editor left. When that happens, things get even slower in the publishing realm.
It took my publisher a while to find a new editor. When they hired someone, she was buried in proposals. It was well into the summer before she read my idea. And rejected it. Yes, just because I’m published, that doesn’t mean they love everything I write and throw contracts at me. She specifically told me what she didn’t like about the story and why it wouldn’t fit LI. I reworked the proposal, she still didn’t think it fit. I reworked it one more time and it still didn’t work.
I took a break, then wrote another proposal. By this time, we were well into the fall. The editor liked the series idea, but wanted me to smooth a few things out. I reworked the proposal and am waiting to hear back. Nothing in publishing happens quickly and especially not during the busy Christmas season.
During this extended, unintended break, we finished the remodel on our house. I have my own cozy, beachy office which I love with a screened in porch where I often work when weather permits.
I traveled to Tennessee to teach at a writing conference/retreat. I attended a local writing retreat where I promptly got sick and missed half of the first day. But I recovered in time to teach my class and felt fine the second day.
My writer bud Jennifer Slattery visited from Nebraska. We got to celebrate in person her new contract with Love Inspired. Her book, Restoring her Faith, releases in May, so watch for it. Since we’re both addicted to coffee, I took her and her sweet husband, Steve to Rozark Hills Roasterie in Rose Bud, AR. She got to watch them grind coffee and took pictures of all the equipment.
I revisited an old manuscript that’s been in my head for years. Expanded the 123 pages I had to 141 pages with a historical thread pertinent to the setting that deepened the contemporary story. But the electricity went off and the revisions I made are gone even though I’d saved the document. Lesson learned, get back into the habit of e-mailing myself my writing for the day – every day. It took me about a month of grieving. But I’m ready to dive back into the revisions now and finish this book.
At the end of November, My cousin Jackie moved here from Illinois. We visited frequently when we were kids, a few times as adults, but never lived in the same state until now. We even got to have Thanksgiving together.
Last weekend, I hosted a Christmas party for my local writers group. Though the weather turned icy, four of my writer buds braved it. We exchanged gift socks, ate too many goodies, swapped stories, and had fun.
I do have a bit of concrete news on the writing front. In May, Love Inspired is repackaging the first book in my Texas Cowboy series, Reuniting with the Cowboy along with Tina Radcliff’s title, Rocky Mountain Cowboy into one volume, Sweetheart Reunion. So if you missed my title and/or Tina’s the first time around, here’s your second chance.
About Me: 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.
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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?
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Question for Readers: So how was your year? Did it go as planned? How or how not? Did anything unexpected turn out to be a blessing? Tell me about it and I’ll put your name in the drawing twice.