Where Bustles and Spurs Meet

The thought of bustles and spurs and how at odds the two things can be just makes me smile.

I love (LOVE) writing about cowboys and anytime I can work in the jingling of spurs, even better! 

I also love writing about unlikely couples. You know the type… it might be city versus country or uptight versus laid-back. 

One book in particular, Crumpets and Cowpies, was such fun for me to write because the couple was about as opposite as they could be. She was an English Lady. He was a rough rancher from Eastern Oregon. How in the world could these two find common ground let alone fall in love? 

Well, that’s part of the joy of writing for me. 

In this story, Lady Jemma despises the rough cowboy who’s shown up on her doorstep. She’s as proper as they come and refuses to put up with what she views as his insufferable ideas and overbearing disposition. 

Thane Jordan is called to England to settle his brother’s estate only to discover he’s inherited much more than he expected. To claim his inheritance, he has to put up with the fussy, tightly-laced Lady Jemma. 

Here’s a fun little scene that illustrates how well the two of them get along:

“There’s one more thing we need to discuss.” Thane smirked in the familiar way that both aggravated and excited her as she looked at him again.

“What might that be?”

“This…” Thane reached behind her, grabbing her bustle and giving it a gentle tug. She sucked in a gulp of air at his outlandish behavior. “Has got to go.”

At her abhorrent glare, he let go of the bustle and took a step back, although his grin broadened. “You can’t work on a ranch with that thing flopping around behind you. You can dress however you like when we go into town, but for life on the ranch, you need to put it away. While I’m on that subject, you can’t go around with your corset laced so tight it makes you faint.”

She glared at him. “I did not faint.”

“You came darn close and I won’t have you putting your health in danger just to make an already tiny waist smaller. You can wear it, if you insist, just don’t lace it so tight. Since you’re going to be getting new clothes, make sure you get them to fit with the corset loosened.”

Jemma trembled with fury as she stood in front of him, about to combust with anger. She couldn’t believe he would dare converse about such personal, sensitive topics as her bustle and corset.  “You, sir, are a…”

“Save it, Jem. Unless you can invent some new words to call me, I’ve heard it before.”

Thane gave her bustle another tug as he walked by, returning outside to where he’d been hammering horseshoes at the forge.

You can find Crumpets and Cowpies along with the other Baker City Brides stories on Amazon here: http://tinyurl.com/yxer7bca

To enter for a chance to win a digital copy of the prelude to the Baker City Brides series along with the first three books, just post your answer to this question: 

If you were Lady Jemma, what would you do?

Set aside your bustle or continue to wear it?

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. Oh I love this. I would have to set it aside, I would probably do anything Mr. Thane asked of me!! I’ve not read this book yet, but I can see I must get it downloaded and read. Oh my you have my interest piqued.
    Shanna you always write such great books, you are just a masterful storyteller.
    Happy Spring to you & Mr. CC, love and hugs!!

    1. Thank you so much, Miss Tonya! Happy spring to you and your hubby, too!
      And thank you!
      Lots of hugs and love!

  2. I love it already. I’d definitely put it aside.Two opposites and it’s going to be an enjoyable read following them on their journey.

    1. Thank you, Carol! I so appreciate you stopping in today!
      Happy spring!

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    My, oh my, I have to set it aside and do just about anything Thane asked me to do! This sounds like a fun read! All of your books are wonderful and I’d love the opportunity to read this one! Opposites make for a very good read!

    1. Opposites to make such fun stories! Thank you, Stephanie! And thanks for stopping in today!
      Happy spring to you!

  4. Set it aside! Like Thane said, you can’t work on a ranch with it.

    1. So true!
      Thank you for stopping in today, Janine!
      Have a beautiful day!

  5. I Would set aside my bustle for him. This sounds amazing. I bet it was fun to write.

    1. It was so, so much fun to write!
      Thank you for stopping in today, Debra!
      Happy Spring to you!

  6. Set it aside, would not be able to ride with one on.

    1. Sure wouldn’t!
      Thank you for visiting the blog today, Kim!
      Happy Spring to you!

  7. I love the idea of “Spurs and Lace” LOL This looks like a fantastic set of books. I have written them down for getting in the future. Hmmm, If I were her and he did that, well fine, I would wear pants on the ranch and see how he likes that. LOL Corset? Ok then, I would forgo the corset on the ranch. LOL I am afraid I would have way too much fun with this one. LOL

    1. That would be fun to see his reaction to pants, Lori! 🙂
      Thank you so much. So appreciate you stopping by today!
      Happy Spring to you!

  8. Shanna, what a funny scene! These two are really at odds but he wasn’t overbearing about his demands and I liked that he ultimately left the decisions up to her. My kind of hero! Bustles really had no place at all in the West. 🙂 You write some of the best stories.

    1. Oh, Linda, you are such a sweetheart! Thank you! I agree with you that bustles and so many of the “fripperies” had no place in the West.
      Thank you so much, dear friend!
      Happy Spring to you!

  9. I would set it aside. 🙂

    1. I don’t think I could get rid of it fast enough if it was me!
      Thank you for visiting today, Britney! So fun to see you here!
      Happy Spring to you!

  10. That was fun and a bit flirtatious. Even if practical.

    I’d set it aside. My derriere is ample enough without one.

    1. I know what you mean, Denise! 🙂
      Thank you so much for visiting the blog today!
      Happy Spring to you!

  11. In a cavedweller kind of way he is looking out for her. I would set it aside!!

    1. LOL! I love your comment, Brenda! So fun – and true!
      Thank you for stopping in today!
      Happy Spring to you!

  12. I would set it aside 🙂

    1. Me, too!
      Thanks for visiting the blog today, Colleen!
      Happy Spring to you!

  13. I would definitely get rid of it. I don’t know how they could stand wearing it.

    1. So many of the things they “had” to wear back then just make me shudder to think about having to wear now!
      Thanks for dropping by today, Janet!
      Happy Spring to you!

  14. I would do anything Thane asked me to do! How he explains how cumbersome it is and compliments her on her already perfect silhouette should make any woman happy. This is such a fun book. I’ve read it more than once and will read it again and again.

    1. LOL, Jo-Ann! That Thane can be quite a charmer!
      So glad you’ve enjoyed the story and so appreciate you stopping in today!
      Thank you, my friend!
      Happy Spring to you!

  15. Don’t need a bustle, got mine the Godly way which is why I would need a corset for sure. Excited to read series. Also can handle the heat!

    1. Thank you for stopping in Kathi! Oh, my gave me a smile with your comment. I definitely would need a corset although I don’t think I’d enjoy wearing one!
      Thanks for stopping in!
      Happy Spring to you!

  16. love the book I would set it aside looking forward to a new story

    1. Thank you, Patricia! So glad you enjoyed it. And once I finish my current work in progress, the Baker City Brides book is up next!
      Happy Spring to you!

  17. I would continue to wear it until the last possible minute just to aggravate him and then set it aside, making him think it was my idea to get rid of it. LOL!

    1. Oh, Linda! You gave me the biggest smile! Love it!
      Happy Spring to you!
      And thanks for stopping in today!

  18. Set it aside. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable it would be.

    1. I can only think it would be terribly uncomfortable!
      Thanks for stopping in today Tammy!
      Happy Spring to you!

  19. Oh for Thane Jordan I definitely would let him cut bustle off right then and there oh he was so Swoon Worthy. I absolutely loved Crumpets and Cowpies!!
    I loved watching Jemma come down to off her high stool. She actually became quite easy for me to adore her also in time. So glad Shanna you are visiting Petticoats and Pistols today

    1. Hi is pretty swoony, Glenda! And Jemma just needed to get used to a different way of life, didn’t she? 🙂
      Thank you so much for being here today, Glenda!
      Hugs, my friend!

      1. Oh yes when Jemma got to the Ranch she became one of us. Lol

  20. Love this I would have to set the bustle aside I haven’t read it yet but it is on my tbr list 🙂

    1. I’m with you, Debra. I don’t think I’d be able to do anything wearing one! Thanks so much for stopping in today!
      Happy Spring!

  21. I think I would have to set it aside. I not sure I could do anything with one on anyway.

    1. I don’t think I would get anything done with one on!
      Thank you for stopping by today and sharing in the fun!
      Happy Spring to you!

  22. I would continue to put it aside, just because I hate conflict. But I would want to continue to wear it because I tend to be a tad bit stubborn.

  23. His suggestion was a good one and actually a good compromise. Leave it off on the ranch where it would get in the way and wear it when dressed up for town or something special. He was being reasonable, but he made sure he delivered it in an irritating way. I would follow his suggestion.

  24. Bustle is GONE! Thane is so manly.
    Read this series some time ago. Shanna had me laughing and panting.

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    Set it aside. Let him think he won so that I could have some leverage for another time!

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