Fall Into Romance by Shanna Hatfield

Like many of you, I love the autumn season. In our little corner of the world, we have four very distinct seasons and in the last few weeks it has definitely transitioned into fall.

The leaves have set aside their verdant shades of green and seemingly overnight slipped on the jeweled hues of crimson, gold, amber, and tangerine.

The air smells spicy and rich, laced with a hint of wood smoke from the neighbor’s fireplace. It’s cool enough to dig out my sweaters and scarves, to unearth my warm lap blanket I like to curl up under in the evenings when the early dusk brings nose-nipping temperatures.

Then there are the glorious, wondrous flavors of fall… pumpkin and caramel and apple. Yum. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

In an effort to capture some of the sweetest, most wonderful aspects of fall, a group of sweet romance authors got together and wrote ten brand-new novellas all centered around a Fall Festival that raises funds for an animal shelter while finding homes for pets. The stories are bundled together in a boxed set.

The stories all take place in the fictional town of Romance, Oregon. If it really existed, visitors would find it about an hour south of Portland, where autumn is particularly beautiful and the sights, sounds, and scents of fall weave around the romance lingering in the air.

My contribution to the boxed set is Blown Into Romance, the story of a free-spirited artist and a feet-firmly-on-the-ground rancher.  And piglets! Five of them, to be exact, all named after characters from a favorite children’s book. Winnie, the mama pig, and her four babies (Roo, Tigger, Eeyore, and Robin) need a home and Brooke needs a little company in her newly-opened blown glass shop.

(See the disaster coming… five pigs in a blown glass shop?)

I wanted Brooke to adopt something other than a dog or a cat. How much crazier could she get than five pigs?

Luckily for her, Blayne Grundy knows about pigs as well as cattle and horses. He offers her a hand when she needs it most and soon realizes she’s stolen his heart.

Blurb —

Artist Brooke Roberts spent her life without roots, wandering from town to town. When she seeks refuge from a freak storm in the town of Romance, she decides to stay and open a blown glass studio. Determined to immerse herself in the community, she adopts a family of pigs. Brooke is unprepared for the chaos and comfort they bring to her world, or the dashing cowboy who rescues her heart.

Solid, dependable Blayne Grundy runs a busy ranch, volunteers on various committees, and takes in stray animals too large to stay at the local animal rescue. Then a chance encounter with a beautiful, beguiling woman leaves him so befuddled, he can barely remember his own name. His predictable organized life is about to be blown away by free-spirited Brooke.

A sweet, lighthearted novella, Blown Into Romance highlights the mighty power of love and letting go.

 

Excerpt —

She arched an eyebrow. “Did you adopt a new pet, too?”

“I’m actually more of a temporary home before a permanent place can be found. Brent had a donkey and a bunch of chickens that needed a place to go. Grams handled the chickens, but I’m in charge of the donkey.”

“A donkey, huh?” Brooke grinned again. “That might be incentive to visit your ranch.”

“Kong would like to think it is.”

A laugh spilled out of her. “You named the donkey Kong? Are you kidding me?”

“Nope. That was his name before Brent took him in. I’m not sure if Donkey Kong or King Kong would have been worse.”

“Okay, you win. I have to meet this donkey. I have a project I need to finish and it has to be shipped Thursday morning. If it works with your schedule, I could come out that evening.” Brooke walked Blayne over to his pickup.

“That will work great. In case you think about changing your mind, I could probably come up with a more compelling reason for you to come.” He looked at her with an intense light glowing in his eyes.

Rather than back away from him, as he feared, she stood her ground. “What reason might that be cowboy?”

“Just this one.” Blayne stepped close to her, holding her gaze. He wrapped one hand around her waist and slid the other into her messy hair. Before she could protest or pull away, his lips skimmed across hers in a light, tentative kiss. When she moved closer to him, he kissed her again. The long, lingering kiss erupted an explosion of fireworks behind his eyes while her body turned limp in his arms.

When he lifted his head, he kissed her cheek and slowly released his hold on her, making sure she was steady on her feet before backing away. “I’ll let you consider if that’s a compelling reason. If not, let me know. I can come back later and do a better job.”

Giveaway —

If you could adopt ANY pet, what would it be? Post your answer for a chance to win a digital copy of Fall Into Romance. Three lucky winners will be chosen!

Fall Into Romance is available for a limited time for just 99 cents at these online retailers:

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Shanna Hatfield

After spending her formative years on a farm in Eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky western heroes.

When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.


57 Comments

  1. I am a HUGE dog lover, so the obvious answer for me would be to adopt a dog. I told my husband if we had a farm or ranch, I would want to adopt as many dogs as I could love in a day. If I were to adopt something else, it would have to be a Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig. My uncle had one named Parker and I knew someone else who had one too. When they are small enough to hold, they love to cuddle…who’d a thunk it?

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. Oh, I currently have a dog named Pooh Bear. He is a black miniature poodle and the joy of our household.

      1. Hi Cindy!
        Oh, that is so awesome you’d adopt dogs. And so fun you have a mini poodle named Pooh Bear. So cute! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by today!

  2. Shanna- wow this collection sounds amazing. I’m really intrigued by your story as I moved from Texas To Kansas raise pigs after graduating college. I spent 20 years as a pig farmer so my love of pigs is huge. I resigned from this occupation 3 1/2 years ago, because of health reasons, but I truly miss my baby pigs. I had 80,000 I took care of. The only other farm animal I love more is horses, so to answer your question I would want to rescue a horse, but if a pig needed rescuing you can bet, I would be your girl. But any animal needing reducing I’m all game to help. I’ve helped rescue my fair share of dogs, cats, and anything that needs a home. Thank’s for the great blog and cool giveaway.

    1. Oh, my goodness, Tonya! Wow! That’s a lot of piggies! 🙂 That is so awesome you have rescued and are willing to rescue any animal in need. So fantastic! I hope to someday have a rescue horse or two. We had one when I was in high school. Although Doc was a handful, we all loved him. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  3. I have had so many animals but I love rescues of any kind.

    1. That is awesome, Debra! Thank you!

  4. I’m very intrigued with the adventure of pigs in a glass shop! That’s got to be an adventure and I’ve never read one of your books before. I’m always looking for a new author to love and you have come as a recommendation! Rescuing any pet. Well I’ve had dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, hamsters, horses, cows, pigs, goats ans sheep so what would I chose? Since I currently do not have a fenced in yard it’s hard to decide. Something that I think is adorable though and could keep in the house without a disaster and I’ve never had before would be a hedgehog! They’re so adorable! I loved the blog!

    1. It was fun to write about those piggies in Brooke’s glass shop. 🙂 That’s great you are always looking for new authors. It’s fun to find one you like!
      Oh, hedgehogs are so cute! That would be a fun small pet to have.
      Thank you for stopping by today!

      1. Woohoo I won what do I do? I’m so excited!

      2. Woohoo I won! Thank you so much! What do I need to do?

        1. Just send an email to claim your prize. Congrats, Stephanie!

  5. A not puppy stage dog that is a good cow herder is a pet that I want. We don’t have time for puppy training.

    1. Good cow herder dogs are amazing.
      Thanks for stopping by today, Katie!

  6. I would adopt another cat. I have been having baby fever lately and want a kitten. I like the idea of the piglets in your story. It should be interesting to see what kind of trouble those little guys get in.

    1. Kittens are so cute and cuddly! Those little piglets are a handful. 🙂
      (And I don’t think I could handle five pigs at once!)
      Thanks for dropping by today, Janine!

  7. I love animals. We have dogs, cats, goats, cows and horses. We raised pigs many years ago and I loved them. Now, if adopting, I would go for a buffalo.

    1. That would be exciting to adopt a buffalo. I always think of them as being majestic (and huge… definitely huge!).
      So fun you raised pigs years ago!
      Thanks for commenting and entering the giveaway!

  8. Hi Shanna!

    I absolutely LOVE the way to describe autumn — one of my favorite seasons, too. What fabulous “characters” for your story. I’d adopt a cat or a dog. Although they are so different personality wise, I love them both. Would love to adopt something bigger, like a horse, but we don’t have the room.

    1. Thank you, Karen! I do adore the autumn season, love spring and summer… then there is winter. It serves to make me happy to have three other seasons. 😉
      I’m with you – I’d love to adopt a horse, but that isn’t an option right now. Maybe someday!

  9. I LOVE dogs. Four years ago I lost my Golden Retriever to cancer. I would love to have another Golden.

    1. Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss, Caryl. I hope you can get another Golden someday. Hugs!

  10. don’t enter as I have it and my Llamas were awesome pets – very unique habits!! but they fit in well with the sheep and horses!

    1. Llamas are so fun! My uncle had one for a while and it hung out with the sheep. Thanks for stopping by Teresa! 🙂

  11. We have a 5 year old German Shepherd and I think I would like to adopt another slightly younger German Shepherd as a playmate for Saige.

    1. Love the name Saige! German Shepherds are so beautiful! Hope you get a playmate for Saige. 🙂

  12. I would puck a dog for my pet.either a small or medium size

  13. Love, love dogs! Thanks for stopping by today, Judy!

  14. Small rescue dog.

    1. That’s great, Kim! Thank you for entering the drawing and stopping by today!

  15. Hello! I love how you describe this beautiful season. I truly love Autumn. I love dogs, but besides that, if I could actually adopt an animal it would be an orca, I know that sounds crazy, but I love them. I would still want it to live in the ocean and be free. But I think they are beautiful animals.

    1. Oh, thank you, Britney! I love it, too! An Orca… that’s amazing! 🙂 And I love, love dogs! Especially big, gangly mutts. Thanks for stopping by today!

  16. I have had such a variety of pets over the years… one that I have always wished for… a horse!

    1. I hope you get your wish someday, Colleen! Thank you for dropping in today!

  17. I love dogs and currently own one- who is at this moment voicing her opinion- but my husband and I have allergies. We will keep her anyway but I told him if we ever get another pet I want something like a turtle. They are small, have no fur, would be easy for someone else to keep if we traveled and they are slow which means catching it if it was naughty shouldn’t be a problem. Hubby says we just won’t have any other pets after this one!

    1. A turtle seems like it would be easy to care for. I’m highly allergic to cats, but we have one who adopted us and rules the roost around here.
      Thanks for popping in, Julie!

  18. How fun this is set in my beloved Oregon where I live!! I’m about 2 1/2 hrs SW on the coast and I enjoy reading stories set in my state 🙂

    We have adopted both dogs and cats from the animal shelters over the years. Sadly, our last ones we had to put down within a years time between each one; the cat due to unexpected cancer (she was only 6) and the dog because she was 18 and declining health issues. It’s so hard to lose your furbabies! I guess if I had to adopt another animal, it would be a cat or two 🙂 Though I love reptiles and wouldn’t mind a snake of the non-poisonous kind, I don’t think my husband would agree, lol!

    I enjoyed today’s post Shanna! Always love coming over to P&P to read the blog posts of the day.

    1. Oh, how fun, Trixi. Love the Oregon coast. We’ve had some great vacations in Seaside and Newport Beach!
      Oh, so sorry about losing your pets. It is hard to lose furbabies! I’m with your husband… no snakes! But other pets of the non-reptilian kind would be fun!
      Thank you for dropping by today! So appreciate it!

      1. Shanna, I live in Seaside (moved here 2009) 🙂 Before that, Lincoln City, so I’m quite familiar with much of the coast. I have to say it God’s country out here, love the ocean, beaches, and mountains just a few hours away. The best of both worlds!

  19. I would like to adopt a border collie light brown in color and one that loves my cats. lol That herding instinct is strong in dogs. I had an Austrailian Shepherd mixed breed and she tried to herd my cats away from my lawn mower even though she was on a chain. Made mowing difficult.

    1. Hi Brenda,
      Border collies are my absolute favorite breed of dog. We had one and loved her so, so much! Ours would nip at the front wheels of the lawn mower while we mowed. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping in today and entering the giveaway.

  20. I love dachshunds and I have a sweet one right now, I think I might want a yorkie but my heart always go back to dachshunds.

    1. They are such sweet little dogs, Karen!
      Thank you for dropping in today. So nice to see you here. 🙂

  21. I would definitely adopt a horse. If I had a place to keep him. If I could afford the food and care. And if I wasn’t so old. Horses don’t need a creakity old woman. Great blog! I love fall!!

    1. Oh, Linda, you make me smile! I’d adopt one too if we had somewhere to keep it right now. Someday! Thank you so much for dropping by.

  22. I only want dogs.

    1. Thanks for stopping in Linda. Dogs are awesome!

  23. Would love to adopt a horse or goat maybe, if I had a house with a big back yard with a lot of room so that I could keep them safe!

    1. Oh goats are so fun to watch and get into so much trouble. 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by today and entering the giveaway!
      Happy Autumn!

  24. Our neighbors have three donkeys and my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter loves to see them when we take our walk. A dog would be an easier animal to adopt but I would certainly consider a donkey.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Donkeys are so fun! How awesome your granddaughter gets to see them.
      Thank you for stopping by, Connie!
      Smiles!

  25. Any animal that stays little and adorable looking. Thanks for the chance

    1. Oh, sweet! Thanks for entering Linda!

  26. I did that last summer. I adopted two kittens. Little girls… but one turned out to be a boy. LOL

    1. Kittens are adorable! Even if you got a girl and a boy! 😉

  27. I would love to get a service dog to help me in my everyday stuff. I love dogs and miss not having one.

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