Henley Releases!

I’m incredibly excited about my new release that just came out on Friday!

Henley is a sweet historical western romance that is part of the new Love Train series. You’ll see several of our Fillies in the series. In fact, Pam Crooks released Book 1 just a few weeks ago. If you haven’t yet, be sure to read Christiana.

The books can be read in any order. The common thread between them all is that each heroine has a secret, and they all meet their hunky hero on the same train. You’ll see the conductor Henry, a baggage handler Willie, and a cute little pup named Scruffy in each story too.

Henley Jones and Doctor Evan Holt connect when they board the train in Omaha.

Love is a gamble, and heartbreak is a risk she’s willing to take.

Despite her dreams to set down roots, Henley Jones has never had a place to call home. She’s spent her life on riverboats and railroad cars, tagging along with her gambling father. A shoot-out during a card game results in his death, leaving Henley alone and nearly penniless. Out of luck and options, Henley agrees to travel across the country to the newly established town of Holiday, Oregon, to marry a stranger.

A demanding practice in a town clawing its way to respectability keeps Doctor Evan Holt rushing at a hectic pace. He’s far too busy to see to pressing matters like hiring competent help or finding a wife. When one of his patients orders a mail-order bride, Evan can’t decide if the man is crazy or brilliant. From the moment he meets her, Evan battles an unreasonable attraction to the beautiful, charming woman who seems to be hiding something from her past.

In a town flush with possibilities, will taking a chance on love end with heartache or a winning hand? Find out in this sweet western romance full of humor, hope, and love.


I thought it might be fun to share some quotes from the book.


The West was overflowing with gamblers.

They gambled on their dreams, and hopes, and families.

They gambled on opportunities to create better lives, or become better versions of themselves.

Most importantly, they gambled in the high-stakes game of love,

putting their hearts on the line, with no idea if they’d win or lose.



The child was as cooperative as a drunken donkey in a dynamite shack.


I’m starting to think there are rocks and tree stumps

smarter than Evan Holt.


Love might be the toughest gamble you’ll make, but it’s worth the risk.


Order your copy of Henley today!

It’s available on Amazon in digital and paperback formats, and you can read it in Kindle Unlimited!


What about you?

What do you think would be a neat secret for a heroine to keep from the hero? 

Post your answer for a chance to win a copy of Henley!

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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.

48 thoughts on “Henley Releases!”

  1. Her mother was a “working” girl in a saloon and she never knew who her father was. She is trying to escape the same fate.

  2. Good morning Shanna- I loved Henley, such a phenomenal book.
    Great question: She’s a sharpshooter who is on the run from those who want to go up against her.
    I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Love Train books have in store for us.

  3. Shanna, it’s been great fun and a true honor to join up with you to kick off the Love Train series.

    Readers are loving the premise of our hero and heroine having a secret. Characters like Henry, Willie, and Scruffy connect the series, and yet keep each book unique.

    Eight more Love Train books are coming! Choo-choo!

  4. I have ordered the book and look forward to this unconventional lady. What do you think would be a neat secret for a heroine to keep from the hero? I think it would be neat if she was an author. Seems like back then men didnt approve of women being authors.

    • Thank you so much, Lori! And I love your idea. I do think men often frowned on women doing anything outside what they viewed as the “norm” back then. Thank you for stopping in today. Hope you love Henley’s story!

  5. I honestly don’t know! In this day and age, it’d be really hard to keep a secret, unless she was in witness protection!!

  6. What if she actually has a mechanical/engineering geared mind, thanks to following around her inventor father, but has to hide that as women weren’t supposed to focus on such things? I could picture some comedic scenarios with building or developing a future home or business venture with a spouse or male friend.

  7. What if the heroine was secretly a mail-order bride?! The hero doesn’t know that his family “ordered” her for him, because they want him to settle down (for selfish reasons of their own, probably involving property or inheritance).

    And she’s not allowed to tell him, she’s supposed to try to get him to fall for her unsuspectingly. And he DOES fall for her, but then he FINDS OUT that his family set them up! Hurt feelings! Betrayal!

    And she also falls for him too, of course, and feels increasingly guilty about participating in the pre-arranged romantic setup.

    Will they be able to work it all out and live happily ever after?! Who can say?! (Yes, they will.)

    • How fun, Abby. Love the detail you shared. There’s just something about a mail-order bride story that is special. Maybe because I think those women had to be so, so brave to become one! Thank you!

  8. She’s an heiress but wanted to get away from family’s over protectiveness and suitors who were after her inheritance.

  9. Congratulations on your new release! She never went to school because her dad and step mom wouldn’t let her go, she had to stay home and do the housework and take care of the farm animals.

  10. She has a photographic memory and forgets nothing, but don’t like to talk about it, or let anyone know.

  11. Happy book birthday. Thank you so much for sharing. I would think it would be fun for her to be his mail order bride. God bless you.

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