A Bad Case of Spring Fever

Without fail, it happens every year.

I can’t predict when it will strike. I can’t pinpoint any one single cause.

But I always come down with a bad case of spring fever.

Although it isn’t contagious, it seems like many people suffer from the malady this time of year.

It generally hits our house about the time the crocuses bloom and lasts until the tulips start to bud.

What is spring fever, exactly?

The best way I can describe it is a wishing and wanting and yearning for…. something. Something that exists just beyond your ability to grasp it, even if you can’t define it.  There is a wildness, a willingness, to recapture something you are unable to even recognize let alone verbalize.

I think Mark Twain wrote a perfect summation of Spring Fever:


Based on personal experiences of suffering from spring fever, I thought it would be fun (and funny) to include spring fever striking the hero in one of my books.

The Cowboy’s Spring Romance (Grass Valley Cowboys, Book 2)

One lonesome cowboy needs a few lessons in romance…

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?

Romance is in the air as spring fever hits the Triple T Ranch!

Here’s a little excerpt:

“Mr. Thompson, I’m sure you are aware of the fact, but let me reiterate it for you – school starts at 8:15 a.m. Not 8:20 and not 8:25, but 8:15 a.m. sharp. Can you and your brother please make it a priority to get Cass here on time until Trey and Cady return?”

Lindsay hoped that by taking him to task and keeping herself in a professional frame of mind, she could ignore the tempting way his lips curled up at the corners when he smiled.

“Certainly, Miss Pierce,” Trent said, appearing thoroughly chastised. “Travis and I will make sure she isn’t late again. We had a little accident this morning. She had to change her clothes and that’s why her outfit is a little… um… creative today.”

Lindsay couldn’t keep herself from smiling. She didn’t know why, but watching Trent try his best at caring for Cass made her heart soften toward the tall rancher. While Trey and Travis were shorter and stockier, Trent was one long, tall handsome cowboy. Even she had to look up to see his face when she talked to him.

Drawn into the warmth of his blue eyes, she took a step back and noticed his coat looked like a blindfolded drunk had snapped it.

“You must have been in a hurry this morning. You don’t even have your coat fastened properly,” she said with a shake of her head. Before Lindsay thought about what she was doing, she took a step forward and unsnapped his coat, just like she would for one of her students. Only the warm, virile male in front of her was no five-year-old in need of her assistance. She couldn’t keep from sucking in her breath as she stared at Trent’s very bare, very muscled chest.

“Oh,” she whispered, blushing from the top of her head to where her neck disappeared into the collar of her blouse. “I’m sorry… I  didn’t…”

What about you?

Do you suffer from the malady of spring fever? 

Post your response for a chance to win a digital copy of The Cowboy’s Spring Romance!

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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.

39 thoughts on “A Bad Case of Spring Fever”

  1. Shanna- oh yes, the spring fever bug is coming on strong. It’s infectious, demanding, and downright annoying. I think what Mark Twain said is so correct: “you don’t know what it is you want, but your heartaches for it!” That’s so true, glad to know a proper diagnosis for it now.. that about sums it up.
    This book looks amazing, I just downloaded it a few weeks ago and can’t wait to begin this series! Love and hugs and don’t let spring fever get you down, too bad. Summer is just around the corner.

    • Hi Tonya!

      Yes – that ache in your heart for something you don’t know and can’t define… must mean it is spring! 🙂

      Hope you enjoy that series!

      Wishing you a beautiful day, dear friend! <3

  2. My Spring fever is the need for color. Green grass, flowers, leaves in the trees. My yard mostly has pecan trees which are the last trees around here to get leave. So I really get the itch for my trees to get with it and have leaves like all the other trees. I used to have a yard and greenhouse that made it look like we had a business selling plants. With the huge mammoth elephant ears it look very tropical. They would get taller than my house. I’m disabled so when my husband and I separated he gave the plants to a friend that had a greenhouse business. He knew I couldn’t take care of them or afford the water bill. I want to read this book!

    • I thought I had downloaded this book when it was free a few weeks ago but something went wrong and I do not have it in my kindle so I’m sad now.

    • I know what you mean about color, Stephanie. After all the dull brown shades of winter, it’s nice to see color in the sky, the grass, the trees, the flowers. Oh, wow about those plants you used to raise. I bet they were amazing!
      Thanks for stopping in today! Big smiles! 🙂

  3. Shanna, my “spring fever” is more a case of “don’t want no more winter” fever. It has been a rough winter here in New England and while I love to read, write, do crafts and watch movies, enough is enough and I am itching to get outside and work in my yard.
    I do understand the longing, though, and I’ve tried to use it in my work. The longing that turns out to be love. In all its richness and complexity.

  4. I’m not an outdoor person so I don’t get “spring fever”. My cat does though. She wants the windows open. She sits there and paws at it. If I open a crack she has her nose right there. HaHa

  5. I end up with spring fever all the time and want to do something outside. But my allergies remind me to stay inside this time of year.

  6. Yes, I have it right this minute! And like Mark Twain, I don’t know what I want! Thanks for sharing and perhaps your cowboy could cheer me up.

  7. I love getting out and enjoying the Spring weather, flowers blooming, and the rebirth of nature that is Spring. (I have horrible allergies in the Spring, so this is not easy. lol)

  8. Sort of every time we have a week of rain with only 1 day of sunshine. And we will have a lot of days of rain in the next 2 weeks. I know rain is needed but a whole weekend of rain now that sucks.

  9. Woo-boy, I have a bad case of spring fever, and thank you for the Mark Twain quote which just nails it–you don’t know what you want but it fairly makes your heart ache anyway. I’m a big Twain fan but somehow missed that quote until now, so thank you ever so much again!!

    I _do_ know I want more sun and warmer spring breezes, but I’m grateful that I am getting daffodils now (my favorite–and crocuses–which make me smile whenever I see a new blooms.

  10. Although the calendar says Spring, we’re still having those back and forth days – 70 one day, 40 the next. I will be glad when it stays warm. Looking forward to your book – impossible to get enough about cowboys!

  11. I do and I don’t, lol We just had another snow storm last week but today was a beautiful Spring day. I can’t wait for the color to come out. Winter is so gray. I loved this excerpt. Looking forward to this.

  12. I get Spring Fever every year. I can’t wait to get out into my garden to dig up weeds and get everything ready for planting. I want to open all the windows and air out the house. The urge to sort things, box stuff up to get rid of, and clean is strong. There is so much going on and I never seem to be home enough to get much of what I want done. When I do have the to work on it, it becomes a bit overwhelming. I am hoping this year I will manage to accomplish more than I have the past few years.

    • Hi Patricia!
      There’s nothing like fresh spring breezes blowing in open windows or the satisfaction of cleaning up the garden and flower beds. Enjoy your spring and thank you so much!

  13. Shanna, I love your post and especially your picture and poem. Beautiful. Thanks so much for a great blog, kicking off our special week about Cabin fever. I always get it!!!! Hugs, Phyliss
    PS: Sorry this is late!

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