Glorious Autumn – and a Giveaway!


Autumn… glorious autumn is here!

I love summer. I adore spring. But I think autumn just might be my favorite season. There’s something so cozy and warm and inviting about this time of year. 

Here’s a few things I love about the season:

The crunch of leaves beneath my shoes.

The tangy scent that hangs in the air.

The juicy, crisp bite of a crimson-skinned apple.

The whoosh of wings and honking of geese flying overhead.

Cozy sweaters and colorful scarves.

Football games at the high school.

Piles of pumpkins.

Popcorn Cakes.

Spicy tea and hot apple cider.

Perfectly ripe pears.

Vibrant hues from burgundy and vermilion to gold that dot the landscape.

Warm afternoons and chilly evenings.


If you could bottle your favorite three things from autumn and save them in a jar to enjoy all year, what three things would they be? 

Be sure to post your answer for a chance to win a copy of Dream of Her Heart – a sweet World War II romance that releases tomorrow!

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. I love the various color of the changing leaves. Love the cool nights that brings out the boots and sweaters.

    1. Cool nights and warm days are one of my favorite things about fall, Judy. Thanks for stopping in today!

  2. The cooler weather, the smell of fireplaces or woodburning stoves and all the pumpkin and apple dessert spices…apple cider and pumpkin spice treats.

    1. Yum to pumpkin and apple treats! Thank you for popping in today, Sabrina!

  3. I loved the change of color in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan while there. Not enough change of color here in North Central Texas.
    Autumn brings the pumpkins and the spices I love to smell. Bring on anything with the smell of the spices.
    The cooler weather is a relief from the heat.
    So, I would bottle Colors, Spice Smells, and Cooler Temperatures.
    Books are a daily with me. Wrap the bottle in them, especially yours.

    1. Aw, love your answer, Jerri! So appreciated and so fun! Have a wonderful day!

  4. Good morning Shanna- I would bottle the smell of pecan pie baking, the smell of cinnamon candles, and a hearty soup simmering on the stove. I love the changing of the leaves and the crisp cool mornings. Someone is going to win an amazing book, I loved loved this book.
    You have a great day and thanks for all the prayers you’ve sent my way.

    1. Oh, what great things to bottle, Tonya! Love it! And so, so happy you enjoyed Zane and Billie’s story. Thank you for being an early reader for me! Hugs!

  5. I love the smell of pumpkin spice. I love spiced apple cider. Love to see the beautiful colored leaves I also love the cooler temps for summer in Alabama can be miserable hot . I just love fall period. Dream of Her Heart was such a wonderful Book I throughly enjoyed it . So I would bottle all the smells and beauty of fall

    1. Bottling the scents and beauty of the season would be tops on my list, too, Glenda! Can’t have too much pumpkin spice scent this time of year! So, so happy you enjoyed the book. Thank you for reading it! <3

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    My favorite fall things I would bottle is the cool fall evenings, football (boy I’d love to have men in football pants hanging around 24/7 ?) and the smells of fall cooking (cinnamon, soups and stews,baking of all kinds). I love fall colors too. My yard is full of pecan trees which seem to go from green to brown though so its not as exciting in my neck of the woods.

    1. LOL to the football pants, Stephanie! Love it! So many wonderful things to love about the autumn season!

  7. I would love to have a bottle of autumn colors on the side of the mountain. Add in some pile of leaves for jumping and pumpkins

    1. Oh, those colors are gorgeous, aren’t they? Thanks for stopping in today, Debra!

  8. I would bottle up the cooler temps, the leaves and the smells of autumn. It’s truly my favorite time of the year.

    1. Excellent choices of things to bottle up, Joy! It’s such a beautiful season of the year. Enjoy!

  9. Dreams of The Heart sounds wonderful. I love reading WWll romance. I’d place pumpkin pie spices, a plump and juicy pear and the beautiful colored leaves of the fall.

    1. Oh, we’ve been enjoying some delicious pears that are so juicy it drips down your arm. Great choices on what you would bottle up and save, Carol!

  10. Fall is my favorite time of the year. My three favorite things are cooler temperatures and being able to get back outside and do things again, everything pumpkin and I love the colors (even though we don’t get much in the way of leaves changing in my area).

    1. Enjoy the cooler temps and all things pumpkin, Janine! Thanks so much for stopping in today!

  11. I just love Autumn/fall. The smells would be, cool weather cooking, rain and leaves. I love the cool weather, the time change how the day is longer and all the baking i do.

    1. Fun list, Elaine! Thank you for popping by and entering the giveaway today!

  12. I love oooler temps, the smell of pumpkin pie and the colors of the leaves.

    1. I could happily eat pumpkin pie all year round! Enjoy the season, Estella!

  13. For me it would be the spicy smells, the cooler weather, and the beautiful leaves that come with fall.

    1. All beautiful reasons to love autumn!

  14. Taste of warm apple cider, warmth and smell of logs smoldering in the fireplace, feel of crunchy dried leaves under my feet and I walk.

    1. There’s nothing quite like the smell of wood smoke in the air or that sound of crunch leaves! Thanks for stopping in today!

  15. Hi Shanna, I’d definitely do pumpkin, early cool, rainy mornings with warm afternoons. Thanks for a great blog. Hugs, Phyliss

    1. Another pumpkin lover! And I love those warm afternoons, too! Thank you for stopping on today, Phyllis! Hugs to you!

  16. Love the colors of Autumn leaves, I love crisp apples, I love the cooler air. Autumn is my favorite season–my birthday, my anniversary, and Thanksgiving.

    1. How fun you have so many reason to love the autumn season, Denise. Happy birthday and anniversary!

  17. Fresh scent of cut hay. Apple Crisp and pumpkin spices. Like cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. I love the color of the leaves and walking in the woods.

    1. Love all the things you love about fall, Charlene! Thank you for stopping in today!

  18. I would choose a good pot of coffee, (but then that’s every day, not just fall), something spicy smelling baking in the oven and hot spiced apple cider! Hope to win this giveaway! Something good to read on these fall days!!

    1. Love the spicy smells from the oven this time of year! Thank you so much for stopping in, Ruth, and for entering the giveaway!

  19. I love the colors of autumn. We even have a special word for all those colors here in Finland: ruska.

    1. How fun, Minna! Thank you for sharing that with us and for stopping in today. Have a beautiful season!

  20. Your list is wonderful. Autumn means a new beginning and long walks in the foothills which inspire me and give me great pleasure.

    1. Those walks in the foothills sound amazing, Anne. Enjoy each and every one of them!

  21. I love the smells…soups in the slow cooker, pumpkin pie, holiday romances

    1. I love all of those things, too! Thank you for popping in today!

  22. Apple cake, roasted veggies and spiced tea. These are a few of my favorite scents and enjoyment during Autumn which is always beautiful where I live.

    1. So fun you live somewhere beautiful to celebrate the season. Enjoy the apple cake, veggies and tea, Ruth!

  23. Baked apples, applesauce and hot chai.

    1. Yum! Baked apples! Thank you for stopping in today, Lainie, and entering the giveaway!

  24. The fragrances of autumn—outside the dry leaves,apples on the trees, grapes on the vines, fresh chopped corn for silage—inside tomatoes,onions and peppers simmering on the stove; apples and squash or pumpkin cooking with cinnamon,cloves and nutmeg; vinegar and spices for pickles.

    1. One of my favorite scents growing up was the smell of silage (weird, I know) but it meant my grandpa was there helping as Dad and my brother chopped corn. Thanks for reminding me of that memory, Alice, and for stopping in today!

  25. Color of the leaves, The coolness you feel with autumn and smell of fresh apples.

    1. That fresh apple scent is ah-mazing! Have a beautiful autumn season, Kim!

  26. I love the crisp air that smells of leaves, earth, and the smoke of burning leaves & brush. I love walking in the orchard and picking a crisp, tart McIntosh apple. I love the bounty of the Fall harvest.

    1. So many lovely reasons to love autumn, Patricia! Thank you for stopping in. Have a beautiful day!

  27. The cooler temps, The fall colors and comfy sweatshirts.

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