Historical

The Christmas Calamity By Shanna Hatfield

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It is a great pleasure to be on RomCom today to announce the upcoming release of my latest sweet Victorian romance holiday, The Christmas Calamity.

It’s the third book in the Hardman Holidays series, set in Eastern Oregon in the 1890s. Although Hardman is now a ghost town, back in the late 1800s it was a bustling stop on the stage route running through the area. The series begins with The Christmas Bargain followed by The Christmas Token. While each story focuses on a different set of main characters, familiar characters appear in all three stories.

In The Christmas Calamity, dependable and solid Arlan Guthry relishes his orderly life as a banker’s assistant in Hardman, Oregon. He’s even begun toying with the idea of courting the town’s schoolteacher. His uncluttered world tips off kilter when the beautiful and enigmatic prestidigitator Alexandra Janowski arrives in town, spinning magic and trouble in her wake as the holiday season approaches.

Excerpt:

Entranced by the way her mouth moved as she spoke, Arlan didn’t realize he leaned closer until Alex stopped talking and released a sigh.

“Arlan, don’t you think…”

“Yes, I do.” He set down his coffee cup and rose to his feet, pulling Alex up next to him.
Gently tracing his thumb across her bottom lip, he watched her eyes flutter closed and listened to her draw in a ragged breath.

“Alex, please, may I kiss you?” Arlan thought he’d die if she said no. Every nerve, every muscle, every ounce of blood pumping rapidly through his veins wanted to taste her lips, savor their velvety softness moving against his own.

“Arlan...” Alex raised her gaze to his. The wanting in her eyes was undeniable, but she stepped back from him. “As much as I want to say yes, I have to say no. I refuse to come between you and Miss Bevins. It wouldn’t be right or fair.”

“There is no me and Miss Bevins. In fact, I wrote her a letter today making that point abundantly clear.” Arlan moved until he stood with the toes of his boots disappearing beneath the hem of Alex’s skirt.

“But I’ve heard you whispering her name over and over, like a chant or something. I know you love her, Arlan, and I won’t do this.” Alex backed up until she bumped into the wall.

Arlan wasted no time in closing the space between them. He raised his hand to her face again, trailing his index finger across her smooth cheek and along her jaw. “If you heard me whispering her name, it was in a futile effort to remind myself of her. You see, I tend to forget she even exists whenever I think of you…”

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You are warmly invited to join in The Christmas Calamity release party celebration Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop by and enter to win fun prizes and chat online with guest
authors. http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasparty

The first book in the Hardman series, The Christmas Bargain, is available for free kindle downloads through Saturday.

In addition, I’ll donate ten percent of all proceeds from my book sales now through December 24 to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

One lucky reader who comments on my blog will be randomly selected to win their choice of a digital or paperback copy of The Christmas Calamity. Good luck!

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A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna creates 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.”

She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.

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