Racing Christmas

I love a good rodeo. There’s nothing quite like the excitement that snaps in the air while watching athletes, both human and animal test their skills as they compete.

It was while my husband and I were in Las Vegas for the granddaddy of all rodeos – the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – several years ago that the idea for a series came to me. We were sitting in the airport, surrounded by cowboys as far as the eye could see, and I couldn’t help but ponder how fun it would be if a cowboy fell in love with a girl he met at the airport.

From there, the Rodeo Romance series was born and I recently released book six – Racing Christmas!


winter wedding

She’s racing to save the ranch

He’s struggling to win her heart. . . again

Brylee Barton has just one goal in mind: win the barrel racing world championship. Not for the glory, but for the attached cash prize that could save her family’s ranch. When an injury leaves her at the mercy of the very same copper-headed, silver-tongued cowboy she once vowed to loathe forever, she has no choice but to swallow her pride and accept his help.

Fun-loving, easy-going Shaun Price has a million dollar smile, more charm than he can channel, and a string of ex-girlfriends rumored to have started their own support group. When the one woman he’s never quite managed to get out of his head or heart needs his assistance, he jumps at the chance to help. Little does he realize how challenging it will be to keep from falling for her all over again.

With the holiday season fast approaching, will Shaun and Brylee discover the gift of forgiveness, and experience their own happily-ever-after?

This sweet Christmas romance warms the heart, lifts the spirit, and touches the soul with its message of forgiveness, hope, and redemption. Don’t miss it!


Racing Christmas support group


Brylee opened her eyes and tipped her head back, watching as the pickup men rode into the arena. One went to catch Rocket while the other hastened her direction. The announcer and the clown told a joke as the medical team hustled toward her as fast as they could make it through the mud.

Frustration battled with anger as the pickup man approached. The last person on earth she wanted to see was that man.

“Maybe today would be a good day to die,” she muttered as she tried again to move her foot from beneath the fence. If she freed it before he reached her, she could crawl over the fence and make her way back to her trailer without speaking to him.

Why couldn’t he have gone on ignoring her like he had the last five and half years? Why tonight, of all nights, was he going to force her to acknowledge him? Didn’t she have enough to deal with, like missing her opportunity to claim the winning title? Or the undeniable fact she looked like a half-drowned kitten that had been dragged through a pig wallow?

She thought of her wasted entry fee. Not to mention the hours it would take to get all the mud scrubbed off Rocket and her tack.

Wasn’t a no-score enough punishment without being forced to face the most arrogant, self-centered, childish man she’d ever known?

Trapped on her back in the mud, it seeped through her clothes, chilling her and making her fight the need to shiver. She questioned how she could exit the arena with even a shred of dignity when her pants oozed soupy mud like a toddler’s soggy diaper.

The slap of boots hitting the mud in the arena drew her gaze upward. A handsome face appeared above her as the pickup man leaned over her. Gray-blue eyes twinkled behind thick lashes and a smile full of even, white teeth gleamed in the arena lights. Shaun Price braced his gloved hands on his thighs and offered her an infuriatingly cocky grin.

Why couldn’t she have at least passed out and awakened far away from the infuriating, irritating, Adonis-like cowboy?

“Well, Bitsy, I see you’re still racing Christmas,” he said, his voice sounding as deep and rich as she remembered.

Brylee glowered at him. “You know I hate that name.”

“Yep, I sure do.” Shaun chuckled and stepped back as the medics surrounded her.


If you love cowboys as much as I do, I hope you’ll take a look at my Read a Book, Help a Cowboy campaign, too! It’s a great way to help injured rodeo athletes who need a hand up!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 

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.


  1. This one has all the makings of a Shanna Hatfield winner. I have it downloaded and ready to read for all the fun and love written into it. Love the cover!

    1. Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Shanna- Thank you for writing this series, it’s so awesome and I thank you for writing about a topic I grew up knowing my entire life. I’m so proud of you for giving non-rodeo readers a glimpse of how rodeo life, trials, and tribulations are a 24/7 & a 365 day career. Thank you also for all you do to help JCCF, these men and women truly are at the mercy of not knowing which ride could be there last or how they can pay bills when injured.
    You’re such an amazing Lady in so many ways, I’m honored to have you in my life. Have fun and keep rooting for Marty & your friend who is competing. Safe travels home.

    1. Thanks so much, Tonya!
      It is my pleasure to help the JCCF and write these books!
      Thanks for being a blessing to me!

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    I love rodeos, cowboys and country/ranch life. I’m a cattle broker/producer daughter and grew up around cowboys, feedlots, ranches, sale barns and I have family and tons of friends that rodeo (well now that I’m thinking about it, its more their kids and grandkids of friends. Getting a lil old for it to be friends…) . I loved this book and I haven’t had the opportunity to read the entire series!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Stephanie! I bet you have a few stories you could tell from your growing up years! Thank you – and Merry Christmas!

  4. Merry Christmas Shanna. I am a new reader and fan of yours. Looking forward to reading your new books.

    1. Oh, thank you, Kathy! I hope you enjoy each book you read!
      Merry Christmas to you!

  5. I love reading how author’s get their ideas. It is usually something small. Thanks so much for sharing. I shall be looking for this series.

    1. Thank you, Debra! And thanks for stopping by today!
      Merry Christmas to you!

  6. This book sounds really good. The excerpt has me hooked already.

    1. Yay! Hope you enjoy it, Janine!
      Have a wonderful holiday season!

  7. Sounds like a winner! Merry Christmas, Shanna!

    1. Thank you, Melanie! And thanks for stopping in today!

  8. Sounds like a great book. Merry Christmas Shanna!

    1. Thank you! And wishing you a Merry Christmas, too!

  9. This sounds like a fun and wonderful book. I love reading how authors come up with their ideas. Just like how quilters come up with their ideas. Merry Christmas, may it be bright and full of love and laughter.

    1. Yes! Similarities in the process for sure! Thank you, Lori! Merry Christmas to you! May it be full of joy and blessings!

  10. Gotta love those cowboys! Merry Christmas Shanna!

    1. Merry Christmas to you, too, Caryl! Thank you!

  11. Oh man, that sound so good!

    1. Thanks, Susan! Happy Holidays to you!

  12. Racing Christmas sounds like it will be an enjoyable read. I just ordered it and look forward to reading it.
    Is there a list of books that qualify for the Read a Book, Help a Cowboy campaign? Medical coverage is certainly a big problem for so many.

    1. Oh, thank you, Patricia! I hope you enjoy it. Any book I’ve written qualifies for the campaign and it runs through Christmas Eve. Medical coverage as well as expenses when they aren’t competing can be devastating to many of them. Thank you so much for your support!
      Merry Christmas!

  13. What a beautiful and fun story this looks to be. Enjoyed both the blurb and the excerpt!

    1. Thank you, Karen! Merry Christmas to you!

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    Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas Shanna!

  15. Merry Christmas!

    1. Merry Christmas to you, Denise!

  16. There is just something special about Christmas and cowboys. Sounds like a great comfort read!

  17. I LOVE this series! They have become my favorite books and I have read them several times. Thank you Shanna for these they remind me of great times at rodeo with friends and family.

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