Tanya Hanson Goes to Hearts Crossing Ranch…in her head

Win a book today!

It’s kinda daunting to follow the amazing Jodi Thomas, but I reckon it means I’m in good company. And that thought might settle my nerves a tad, for you see, my very first contemporary romance and very first inspirational is set for release this week. In fact, from anybody posting today, I’ll be drawing one name to win a PDF copy.  I’ll also be awarding a copy tomorrow at The Romance Studio, and there’s stuff going on at my blog, so don’t be a stranger, ya hear?

So…what’s it all about, and why? Well, last summer you might recall I regaled you with tons of blogs related to weddings…because my beautiful daughter  was having one. With all the hoopla and hecticness going on, I knew I didn’t have the brain to start a new wip…but I love to write. So what to do?

I found out about a novella contest being held at White Rose Publishing,  a wonderful place to go if you’re in the mood and market for  inspirational romance of all lengths and genres. The editors gave some help for my addled brain with a template of must-have ingredients. Title had to be “Hearts Crossing.” Hero, a high school English teacher. Heroine, a landscape architect. Both needed  crises of faith, and one of their ex’s had to appear and mess things up before the HEA and return to God. Okay. I had a kick-start there. Plus the novella was set at about 25,000 words, so I might be able to finish it without impeding the wedding and my nerves.

Indeed, I proceeded. I’ve been considering inspirationals  for a while, mostly because of my hubby’s return to full health after a harrowing illness, during which God generously helped him not lose his life and me not lose my mind. So I reckoned I’d give Hearts Crossing a whirl. First thing in my mind: Hearts Crossing made a terrific name for a ranch. My hero Kenn Martin might teach American Lit and love Henry David Thoreau,  but he lives on a Colorado ranch and gets  his summers off….leading city-slicker wagon train tours.

That’s how he meets heroine Christy Forrest, a California girl, who got interested in landscaping through her late dad, a college professor of American studies, who  pretty much raised her on Henry David himself.  It’s the circumstances of his tragic death that bring Christy and Kenn together…and threaten to keep them apart. As well as a mess Kenn perceives he made that ruined his brother’s career as a champion Olympic-level swimmer

Now, I got the wagon-train idea from our plans for August when we wagon-train around the Tetons, and yes, I will be regaling you with my adventure later on. Have no fear.  But since I haven’t gone on it yet, I had to get my imagination to work.  Like in the book, I do know we’ll have cushioned seats in the wagons, and rubber tires. I call it Wild West sensibility with 21st Century sense.  Everything else I made up. Places like Mountain Cove, Hawk Creek and Elk Grove got their names from streets near my daughter’s house. In fact, there’s a scene at a little stream-fed mountain lake I called called Old Joe’s Hole.

Kenn’s family hires Christy to design a wedding grotto here for their “Wagon Train Wedding” adventures.

Oh, by the way,  I didn’t win first place, but my runner-up got acquired anyway. Amazing cover artist and editor Nicola Martinez got the “brand” for the cover just right.

Anyway, stop by today and say howdy so I can toss your name into the Stetson to draw my winner. Thank you in advance! (P.s. Today is my son’s birthday,  a great day all around! He’s on the very right of the wedding photo and quite a cutie IMO.)

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58 thoughts on “Tanya Hanson Goes to Hearts Crossing Ranch…in her head”

  1. Oh my Tanya, the cover of your book is absolutely beautiful. I love it. I know I will love your book. I’m a California girl born and bred but now transplanted in Indiana. Would love to have a chance to win your book.

    Many Blessings to you today and a big Happy Birthday to your son!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  2. Tanya,that sounds like such a yummy book,im needing a great book to read on the plane an that sounds like a one I would enjoy,thanks for sharing,an yest I agree the book cover is nice!

  3. Tanya,
    Congratulations on your new book. The cover is beautiful and the story sounds wonderful. I’m delighted that you decided to write an inspirational. Can’t wait to read it!

  4. Tanya, congrats. Glad you decided to take the plunge. Isn’t it wonderful when the cover lives up to your expectations?

  5. Howdy Tanya,
    The cover is beautiful, the picture of your daughter (and son) is beautiful, and the story sounds wonderful. I’ve been to the Tetons (one of my favorite places in the world) and I love the wagon train theme. I can’t wait to hear about your real wagon train adventure. Congrats on the release of this book!

  6. Beautiful cover, Tanya. And delightful story. And that wedding photo! Sigh… Your daughter is just beautiful. Crop the guests out, and you’d have the perfect cover image right there.
    Congrats on your first contemporary! Wishing you many more.

  7. What a wonderful journey of creativity, Tanya. I love how you took the hero out of the classroom and out onto the ranch. Brilliant! I wish you all the best with this release.

  8. Tanya, you’re going on a covered wagon trip??

    I want to hear everything.

    Well, maybe not about rubber tires, but everything else. I think it’s so cool you’re doing that.

    I’m trying to get away from my computer for research, just a bit. I’m such a Google freak.
    But it’s good to touch things. Lift them, just see them in 3 dimensions. I’ve been trying to visit Historical Museums more.

    For a soon-to-be released book called Sharpshooter in Petticoats, I handled a rifle quite a bit to get a feel for how a fast shooting rifle-woman would get her gun into action.

    It’s not a wagon train ride, but it’s a good thing.

  9. Hi Cindy, thanks so much for the good wishes! I’ve been to Indiana a number of times mostly Valpo and twice, Notre Dame U. for football games. Wow, that’s some place!

    Again, so nice of you to stop by!

  10. Dear Margaret, your praise and good wishes mean the world to me! Congrats on your RITA nomination.
    We’re so honored to have you here among us on the filly fence. oxoxoxox

  11. Hi Julie, thanks for commenting. Yes, yes. Nicola is a master. She’s done all my covers so far, and they turn out just like I want. (Unlike the first book I ever wrote. I was horrified…heroine looked like a slut.)

    I’m just today ready to submit the second of the series…Kenn’s brother Pike. I’m having the time of my life!

  12. Hi Stacey, my Bandera pal! Congrats on Lucky in Love, released yesterday! It’s on my TBR. I can’t wait to get back to the Tetons…it’s been since before we got married! Yikes. His family took me up to Idaho to meet the grandparents and we stopped in Jackson. I will definitely be getting some blog mileage out of the trip, I promise!

    Thanks for stopping by today. oxoxoxox

  13. Thank you , Elizabeth, and thanks for the compliment. I agree she is beautiful…actually I started out cropping the pic just for Bride and Groom…but that way y’all couldn’t take a gander at my birthday boy! (She is way photogehnic.)

    And thanks for the good wishes, Elizabeth. You filly sisters are the best! oxoxoxx

  14. HI Mary, yeah, when I suggested the Teton adventure I thought hubby, sil and bil would cart me off to an asylum. But they totally love the idea. I can’t wait to pioneer-up.

    I love museums also. I visited the Texas Rancer Museum in San Antonio, small but very comprehensive, and the Buckhorn Saloon Museum…oldest saloon in Texas. It’s fun to go back in time but…I don’t think I could live there. I’d miss indoor plumbing and antibiotics way too much.

    I fired some real guns in Bandera. Nothing like TV when the 100-pound female star is pointing and shooting and killing and Not One Single kick. I about landed on my keester. Good luck with Sharpshooter. Your books are awesome! oxoxox

  15. Hey Tanya, congrats on the release!! And you’ve got a gorgeous cover.

    The Tetons are amazing. I’ve been to Jackson Hole once and hope to return soon. And yes, shotguns and rifles pack a whollop! 😀

  16. Hi Tracy, yes I can’t wait! It’s only two months now. I remember when it was a year. Actually, my bil took the first week of August off LAST year to try to plan to go, then our daughter’s wedding happened LOL. But good that we still have it to look forward to. Thanks for your good wishes. oxoxoxxo

  17. Tanya, your cover is beautiful; and what a wonderful story about how you broke into getting published. I think readers are always interested in knowing more about the path their favorite author followed toward realizing her dreams. I, as a reader, thought writing was a gift and an author sat down, wrote their book (of course without research and absolutely no editing) and the work was done. I had no idea how so not that is the case. Love your family picture. Your daughter is beautiful, as is her husband and your son. Is that Dad in the background showing his excitement? He’s handsome, too. Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on your new book. Can hardly wait to read it. I love the frontier contemporary premise. Fantastic idea. Hugs, Phyliss

  18. Love the story setting and the characters.. You are going to do great with this book.. Also the title drew me right in.. love the name..

  19. Tanya, your new story sounds wonderful! And the cover just speaks “western” to me. Congratulations on its release! It’s definitely going on my to-buy list.

  20. Tanya Congrats on your new release!!! That is a wonderful cover! Happy B-day to your son!!! 😀

  21. Tanya, congrats on your newest release. I always love getting a ‘behind the scenes’ peek at how stories come about and this was very fun and satisfying!

  22. Tanya, I absolutely love the cover of your book! Will have to look for that one. A wagon train….sounds wonderfully adventurous. Sometimes I am in awe of the lengths authors go for their research.

  23. Hi Phyliss, filly sister! Thanks for the hugs and compliments! I too as a reader never realized or even imagined the long and winding road of a writer’s journey. Whew.

    Actually the smiley guy is our terrific minister Pastor Hale. For a gander at hubby and my grandbaby lol, click on “Weddings” on the sidebar and go back to August 19. Sigh. It was such a beautiful day.

  24. Hi Connie, for me research is the most fun. I love the Western history and contemporary ambience. e.g. my last blog at the Silver Spur in Bander, TX. I can’t believe how lucky I was to get to be there. oxoxxo Thanks for posting today.

  25. Howdy Pam, back on the ranch! Your words mean so much. I actually sent in the second story just today so…wish me luck and say those prayers oxoxoxox. Have fun in Bandera and think of me.

  26. Congrats again, this is exciting for you to be published again. I love the brand on the cover. Maybe you’ve found another era to write about. NB

  27. Hey y’all, I’ll be drawing a name and posting it about midnight PDT tonight. Thanks for making this day so much fun. Petticoats and Pistols wouldn’t exist without our wonderful readers and commenters. Hugs to you all.

  28. Howdy, Miz Tanya,

    Happy birthday to your son! Hope he has a great

    Great cover! Enjoyed the information on Heart’s
    Crossing, except that I got tired reading about that young fellow, Kenn. He just keeps on going,
    just like that energizer bunny!! LOL.

    Pat Cochran

  29. I hope your son has had a wonderful birthday. Lovely cover and I can’t wait to read your book.

  30. Looking forward to the new book. Loved reading the background info. Cover design is great. I’m sure this new genre will be as terrific as your previous work!

  31. Hi Linda, oh, he did. A cheesecake birthday cake. We’re taking him to lunch tomorrow, as we do childcare after when he goes to grad school and mommy is working. Thanks for the kind words about the book. It means a lot.

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