Rescuing the Rancher

I am all kinds of excited today because it is just a little more than a week until the release day for Rescuing the Rancher! The sweet contemporary romance is the second book in my Summer Creek series that debuted in June with Catching the Cowboy

Rescuing the Rancher is the story of Jossy Jansen, an energetic, stubborn, independent widow and Nathaniel Knight, an attorney from a big city who turns her world upside in just one visit to Summer Creek. 

When I was thinking about Jossy’s character, about the type of person she is and how it all would tie into the story, I found myself drawing inspiration from someone I’ve known since I was nine years old.


She’s a rancher. A wife. A mother. One of the hardest-working people I know. She’s also vibrant and beautiful, strong and stubborn. She can work on a tractor, chase cows through a bog, train a horse, then make a delicious dinner and tenderly tuck a little one into bed with hugs and kisses. 

And she provided so much inspiration for Jossy’s character. 


I thought you might enjoy a little excerpt from the story today.  And if you’d like to see more of what inspired the story, hop over to my Pinterest board!


Slowly, he raised his right hand and gently brushed it along the line of her jaw. His thumb caressed the curve of her cheek. The slight contact with her skin made waves of heat spiral through him, leaving him feeling reckless and energized.

“What are you doing?” she asked in a whisper. Her incredible blue eyes drew him in, held him prisoner. He could no more have walked away at that moment than he could have flapped his arms and flown home to Portland.

“I’m…” Truthfully, he wasn’t sure what he was doing. The part of his brain that had a few specks of common-sense still functioning urged him to step back and head out the door. To the very depths of his being, he knew that if he kissed Jossy, nothing would ever be the same again. Nothing.

Yet he lingered, trailing his fingers down her lovely face until he cupped her stubborn chin.

“If you think you can waltz in here and try to … seduce me, it won’t work.” She snarled her nose at him but didn’t move away. “I’m not that kind of girl.”

Absently, he nodded. “I know. And I’m not trying to seduce you. I’d have better luck trying to woo a wounded rhinoceros.”


Her hero has arrived

Even if she doesn’t realize it . . . yet

Widow Jossy Jansen intimidates people, mostly by accident. After all, her soon-to-be sister-in-law called her a cowboy version of Wonder Woman. Jossy can’t help it if she’s strong, capable, and bursting with restless energy. Never one who needed a man to rescue her, Jossy struggles with her feelings for an unlikely knight dressed in Armani.

Life as a corporate attorney has left Nathaniel Knight overworked, stressed, and going soft. He hardly recognizes the person he’s become. When his father insists he help out the small community of Summer Creek, Nate dreads spending time so far from civilization. Then he tangles with a rancher far too stubborn for her own good and far too lovely for his.

 Can Nate convince Jossy he’s more than just a city boy out of his element?

 A sweet romance brimming with heart, humor and hope, Rescuing the Rancher is a story of redemption, trust, and discovering true love.


Rescuing the Rancher is available for pre-order for the special price of $2.99. I hope you’ll check it out and get your copy ordered today! 

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Who are you rooting for?

Country girl Jossy or city boy Nate? 


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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.

31 thoughts on “Rescuing the Rancher”

  1. Good morning Shanna. Congrats on your new upcoming release. I can’t wait. I loved Catching A Cowboy. It was such a sweet and phenomenal book. Rescuing The Rancher I’m so excited to begin. Jossy intrigued me in your 1st book!
    I’m rooting for both Jossy and Nate. But if I have to choose, I’m rooting that Jossy finds true love and can pick up her shattered heart. I think Nate will have his work cut out for him, but I know he can break her barriers down.
    I’ll be starting this book tonight. Yay!!
    Love and hugs and thanks for the arc copy.

  2. Rescuing the Rancher is phenomenal!!! I found myself rooting for both Jossy and Nate while I was reading. I wanted Jossy to let her barriers down and finally have the True Happiness she so rightfully deserved. I wanted Nate to break down the wall around and help heal Jossy’s bruised and battered heart. Thank you so much for the ARC that you so generously gave me.
    I am Loving the town of Summer Creek!!!!

  3. Wow! If the excerpt didn’t have me hooked, your Pinterest board did the job. Congratulations on your newest book. I can’t wait to read it. I am rooting for both Jossy and Nate.

    • Good morning MS. Shanna! I need to read this series very soon! I’m not sure why I haven’t read the first one yet. Congratulations on your new release! Yay!

      I reckon I need to root for the girl but I’m a wannabe rebel so I want to say, “Team Nate”! I’m sure it will be an awesome adventure!

      Stat safe in these difficult times!!

  4. Congrats on your new release! The book sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read it. I going with the country girl, because I was a country girl.

  5. Congratulations on your new book. Jossy sounds like the kind of woman we all wish we could be: capable, energetic, loving, strong, self contained, independent. All are great, but someone to share that with is also important. As for Nate, it sounds like he needs to step back from his life and take a good look at what it is, what is most important to him, and where he wants his life to be in the future. I am rooting for them both. For all their strengths and weaknesses, they both need something else to make their lives better than either could have imagined.
    I look forward to reading RESCUING THE RANCHER. Jossy and Nate sound like great people to get to know.
    Take good care of yourself. Stay safe and healthy.

  6. Congratulations on the upcoming book, Shanna! Love, love, love the excerpt! Wow. I think at this point I’m rooting for Jossy. She’s a very interesting character. But Nate has soooo much tenderness. He melted my heart in nothing flat. This is gonna be a good one.

  7. I’m rooting for the country girl! Your book sounds like a very good read! Thank you for sharing about it.Have a Great rest of the week and stay safe. Congratulations on your upcoming new book release.

  8. I loved this excerpt, Shanna! It totally intrigued me! I love strong independent female characters and the men who long to tame them. Best of luck with the new release!

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