A kickoff of new holiday romances by Shanna Hatfield
and a fundraiser for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund
An Interview with Tate and Kenzie Morgan of The Christmas Cowboy
Two key characters from Shanna Hatfield’s contemporary holiday series Rodeo Romance visit us today. The series incorporates rodeo action, western settings, rugged men, and tenacious women. Tate and Kenzie Morgan share a little about themselves today.
Welcome Tate and Kenzie. Tell us a little about how you met.
Tate: (Grins, flashing the dimples in his cheeks) This girl saw me across a crowded room, launched herself over a table and claimed me for her own.
Kenzie: (Rolls her eyes and playfully slaps Tate’s leg) You wish, cowboy. A few years ago, Tate and I both spent more time travelling than we ever did at home. He was a professional saddle bronc rider while I worked as a corporate trainer for a direct sales company. We both flew out of the same airport in Pasco, Washington frequently and happened to notice each other in the crowd a few times.
Tate: I was running really late one morning and the only seat left was next to this beautiful woman. It took me a few minutes to work up the courage to go sit beside her but I’m glad I did.
Kenzie: I’m glad you did, too.
Did you watch Tate compete when you were both travelling so often?
Kenzie: Just a few times that first year. The first time I watched him ride, I was mesmerized by his skill and agility. Our schedules rarely meshed, but I did enjoyed every opportunity I had to watch him compete. It was always fun with his friends there, including his travel partner, Cort McGraw.
Tate: (Chuckles) Cort kept things lively, for certain. Besides, the first year Kenzie knew me, she wasn’t even sure she liked me and convinced herself she wanted nothing to do with a cowboy.
Is it true you lost the championship title one year due to an injury the last night of the finals rodeo?
Tate: It is true. I’m never quite sure whether to be sad or glad about it.
What do you mean?
Tate: (Winks at Kenzie) She still didn’t want a thing to do with me then, but when I got hurt, she ended up flying home with me then taking me to her apartment to recuperate until I could take care of myself. We ended up getting married a few weeks later.
Kenzie: (Claps a hand over Tate’s mouth) Shh! That’s supposed to be a secret!
Tate: (Grins) So it is.
Kenzie: As sappy as this is going to sound, we just couldn’t bear the thought of being apart when we returned to work after the new year, so we ran off and got married and didn’t tell anyone. We had a big wedding ceremony in Las Vegas the following December after Tate won a gold buckle at the finals.
What can you tell us about the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund?
Tate: It’s an amazing organization that steps in to help injured rodeo athletes when they’ll be out of work for while and are facing financial hardship.
Kenzie: Fortunately, when Tate was injured, he had good insurance and the ranch income to see him through until he could get back into the competition. Not all cowboys are as lucky as mine. The JCCF is a lifesaver for some families.
What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?
Tate: Everything! The decorations, the food, the smells, the sounds, but most of all, my Christmas bride.
Kenzie: (Sighs with a soft look in her eyes) You always say the nicest things. The holiday season is just really special to us, particularly now that we have a baby. Gideon will be old enough this Christmas to really get into the presents.
Thank you for joining us. Any parting words for our readers?
Kenzie: Thank you for hosting us today. If you enjoy sweet holiday western romances, I hope you’ll consider reading our stories in The Christmas Cowboy and Wrestlin’ Christmas.
Where to Find The Books
Start the Rodeo Romance Series with The Christmas Cowboy.
Now through Dec. 24, Shanna will donate 10 percent of the net proceeds from all her book sales to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period.
You’re Invited to PARTY!
You’re invited to join in the online Cowboys & Christmas Facebook Party Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (PST). Drop in anytime during those four hours to enter to win great prizes, chat with guest authors, and more! Here’s the link to the party: http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasparty
The third book in the Hardman Holidays sweet Victorian romance series releases that day! The Christmas Calamity takes readers back to Hardman just in time for the holiday season. Preorders are available now for just $1.99 on Kindle. You can reserve your copy here: http://amzn.com/B00OGOO994
In addition, the first book in the Hardman Holidays series, The Christmas Bargain, will be available free that day, as well!
To enter the drawing for an Amazon gift card, autographed books, chocolates, original western artwork, and more fun goodies, fill out this form.
About Shanna Hatfield
A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.
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