Grass Valley Cowboys

A few weeks ago, I was working on promotional plans for my books for the summer. As I browsed through my books, a little niggling thought kept popping up… one that said it was time for more book cover makeovers.

Every once in a while, I’ll give a book cover a new look. It’s fun and allows my brain to use some different creative skills. 

This time, the series I decided could use a new look is one of my favorites — the Grass Valley Cowboys. 

Set in the tiny Oregon town of Grass Valley, this series focuses on (as the title implies) the cowboys who live there. Specifically, cowboys from the Thompson and Morgan families.

I had such a good time writing these books and I do plan to write a few more before I bring the series to an end. The inspiration for the series came when I happened to drive through the area on the way to spend the weekend with my aunt and cousins. I just couldn’t help thinking what a fun setting Grass Valley would provide for a story.  Not only that, but one of my dear friends grew up in the area, and had stories to share about things that happened there.

The settlement of Grass Valley began with the establishment of a few stock ranches. Settlers began to arrive in the area and were soon plowing the cattle-sustaining grass to plant wheat fields.  Dr. Charles R. Rollins, a physician from New Hampshire, is credited with establishing Grass Valley when he arrived in the area with a small party of pioneers.  Dr. Rollins had an easy time choosing a name for the location since the rye grass grew thick and tall in the alkaline soil. Rollins built a large two-story hotel, which included a clinic from which he prescribed and sold medicine. 

The Grass Valley Cowboys series takes place in modern times, but as I wrote the stories, I often envisioned what life was like when the area was yet settled. When deer hid from hunters in the tall grass and those crossing the Oregon Trail pressed onward for the fir-dotted hills of the Willamette Valley. 

Here’s a little about the books and a look at the brand-spanking new covers!

The Cowboy’s Christmas Plan

Grass Valley Cowboys Book 1

Cadence Greer’s plans for a happy-ever-after are quickly derailed when her fiancé runs off with his secretary a week before their wedding. Homeless, jobless, and jilted, she escapes to Grass Valley, Oregon, where she takes a job as a housekeeper and cook to seven cowboys on a sprawling ranch.

Trey Thompson is a well-respected pillar of the community, running a successful ranch with his brother. All he wanted was someone to cook meals and keep the house clean. When he hires Cadence Greer for the job, he gets more than he ever planned on, including a sassy little redheaded orphan.

 

The Cowboy’s Spring Romance

Grass Valley Cowboys Book 2

Trent Thompson doesn’t have many secrets, except for the torch he’s carried for the new schoolteacher since she moved to Grass Valley more than three years ago. Instead of asking her out, he’s dated every single female in a thirty-mile radius, giving her the impression he holds no interest in knowing her.

Lindsay Pierce moved to Grass Valley to teach and quickly fell in love with the small community as well as the delightful people who live there. Everyone welcomes her warmly except for one obnoxious cowboy who goes out of his way to ignore her.

Will Trent be able to maintain the pretense when he has to babysit his niece, who happens to be in Lindsay’s class?

 

The Cowboy’s Summer Love

Grass Valley Cowboys Book 3

After six years in the service and two tours of duty in the middle of a war zone, Travis Thompson eagerly returns home to Grass Valley, ready to resume his life on the Triple T Ranch with his two older brothers. Ever the wild-child, Travis doesn’t disappoint as he rolls from one adventure to another in his quest to keep his adrenaline pumping. He needs a release for the tension constantly building inside him, especially after he discovers the girl he’s loved his entire life just moved back to Grass Valley.

In love with Travis Thompson since she was old enough to notice boys, Tess Morgan can’t stay away from him no matter how hard she tries. Convinced Travis sees her only as his best friend’s sister, she wants him to realize she is the woman who could love him deeply and passionately.

 

The Cowboy’s Autumn Fall

Grass Valley Cowboys Book 4

Brice Morgan thought love at first sight was some ridiculous notion of school girls and old ladies who read too many romance novels. At least he does until he falls hard and fast for an intriguing and thoroughly perplexing woman at a friend’s wedding.

Bailey Bishop attends her cousin’s wedding with no intention of extending her brief visit to Oregon. Married to her career as a paleontologist, Bailey tries to ignore her intense attraction to her cousin’s best friend, Brice. Ready to return home to Denver, Bailey instead accepts the opportunity to explore a new dig site not far from the family’s ranch in Grass Valley. Can she keep her feelings for Brice from derailing her plans for the future?

 

The Cowboy’s New Heart

Grass Valley Cowboys Book 5

Former bull rider Hart Hammond spent twenty years building a business empire while successfully avoiding love. He buried his heart the same day he made his last bull ride and has vowed to never make the mistake of loving a woman again. Then he meets the beautiful mother of the fun-loving Thompson tribe.

Years after her husband died, Denni Thompson can’t bear to think of giving her heart to anyone else. With three newly married sons, a grandchild on the way, and a busy life, Denni doesn’t entertain any notions of romance until she encounters the handsome new owner of Grass Valley’s gas station.

 

The Cowboy’s Last Goodbye

Grass Valley Cowboys Book 6

With his siblings and friends entangled in the state of matrimony, Ben Morgan is more determined than ever to remain blissfully single. Despite his vehement refusal to commit to a relationship, he can’t help but envision a future with the sweet, charming woman who unknowingly captures his heart.

Harper Hayes is an expert at bad relationships. After vowing never to wed, the idea enters her mind with alarming frequency after she meets Ben Morgan. Although the handsome cowboy makes it clear he’s only interested in having fun, Harper’s dog and crazy uncle have other ideas.

 

You can find all the books in the series on Amazon .

Also, for a limited time, The Cowboy’s Summer Love is on sale for just 99 cents! 

If you were going to come up with a name for a book in this series, what would you choose? 

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.

27 Comments

  1. Shanna, I love the new covers.
    So I put my thinking cap on, scary, I know!! LOL!!
    I loved your question!

    Here’s my title:
    The cowboys Harvest Moon Romance.

    Wow! That was fun. I’m excited you will be adding to this series.
    Have a great day and I love your new SH logo!
    Love from Kansas!

    1. Oooh, I love this series just reading the blurbs. I can’t wait to start reading it. I’m terrible at picking names but here goes “Love, Grass Valley Style. Thanks for this post.

      1. Thanks, Carol! So appreciate you stopping in today! Happy Summer days to you!

    2. Oh, you make me smile, Tonya! Thank you! And I’m so happy you like the new covers and logo. It was time for an update for sure.
      And that is a fun title. Thanks for sharing!
      Love from Oregon!

  2. Oh Shanna I am in Love with the new covers for the Grass Valley Cowboys!! I am thinking of how about The Cowboy’s Home at Last it could be about a Cowboy that’s drifted and something or mostly someone causes him to want to stop drifting and set roots in Grass Valley. As you well know I love any and everything you write and loved the Grass Valley book I have read. I do believe you have helped me decide my next book I just believe I will see how Trent Spring Romance plays out. Love ya bunches Shanna

    1. Aw, thank you, Glenda. It touches my heart to know my books have been special to you. 🙂
      And I’m so glad you like the new covers! Yay! Enjoy reading about Trent and Lindsay!
      Love ya, too!

  3. Your new covers are gorgeous. I have not had the chance to read this series, but I hope to do so soon. I don’t know if I could name a book for the series and do it the justice it deserves.

    1. Thank you so much, Janine. So appreciate you stopping in today!

  4. I love the covers and I can’t wait to read this series. I am not much on naming things so I will leave that up to other people. Hey I named my cat Little Man if that tells you anything.

    1. That’s a fun name for your cat! Thank you for stopping in for your kind words!

  5. The new covers are very nice. I never read the series and hope to do so now.

    1. Thank you so much, Debra! Have a lovely summer!

  6. Great covers! The Cowboy’s Greatest Love.

    1. Thanks, Melanie! And that is a fun title!

  7. These look wonderful. Hmmmm Maybe “The Cowboys Thanksgiving Prayer”

    1. That would be a fun title, Lori! Thank you for stopping in today!

  8. I enjoy your books Shanna. How about this title, “Season of Healing on Heartbreak Ridge.”
    Your new book covers are wonderful.

    1. Oh, thank you, Kathy! So glad you enjoy the books and so happy you like the new covers! Thanks for popping in today!

  9. Shanna, this series sounds like one not to miss. My title suggestion is The Cowboy’s Brilliant Sunrise.

    1. What a fun title, Caryl! Thank you. It is a fun series if you hunky cowboys and sassy women. 🙂
      Have a great summer!

  10. Hi, I have not yet read this series, the books sound awesome and the Covers are Beautiful! If I were to name a book in this series it would be “A Cowboy Wedding in Grass Valley”

    1. Thank you, Alicia! A Cowboy Wedding would be fun! 🙂

  11. The Cowboy’s Christmas Heart

  12. Very nice new covers.
    For a title: The Cowboy’s Halloween Treat. (I had put Trick and Treat, but somehow that didn’t wound right.)

    Do you pick a title and work a story around it or do you write a story and then pick the title? Just curious.

    1. I meant “sound right” not wound right.

    2. Hi Patricia!
      Thank you! For this series, I picked the title first, then wrote the story so it would go with my “theme.”
      Have a beautiful day!

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