Monday, October 10, 2011

Shannon Taylor Vannatter's Rodeo Dust

Shannon is a stay-at-home mom and pastor’s wife in central Arkansas. Her debut novel, White Roses, won the 2011 Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category. The Eighteenth Annual Heartsong Awards named her Third Favorite New Author, and White Roses #1 and White Doves #8 in the contemporary category. The Arkansas Democrat Three Rivers Edition voted her "One of Twenty to Watch in 2011."

You can find Shannon online at,,,,!/stvauthor.

Rodeo Dust

Ad exec, Rayna Landers meets bull rider, Clay Warren at the State Fair of Texas. While Rayna thinks she’s content solo, Clay longs for marriage and family. Though poised to win his third world championship, his ranch is in a slump. Clay convinces his publicist to hire her advertising firm in a last-ditch effort to keep his employees and lasso her heart.

Soon the city girl is on the ride of her life, until the rodeo unearths buried memories from her past. Clay sees her through the trauma, but an injury and his stubborn determination to get back in the hypothetical saddle threatens their budding relationship. Can they rely on God to find their common ground or will they draw a line in the rodeo dust that neither will cross?

Here's an excerpt of Rodeo Dust:

“Ew!” Rayna Landers’ spike-heeled boot skidded in a huge pile of manure. Double doors, a hundred feet away, beckoned. At last, the final barn, lined with bored-looking Longhorns, on the endless, roller-coaster-rideless evening at the State Fair of Texas.

Captivated cowboys, cowgirls, and mini versions of both surveyed the cattle. The only place she wanted to see beef was in the form of filet mignon topped with mushroom sauce at Morton’s The Steakhouse.

A huge russet-colored bull glared at her through a rail barrier that surely couldn’t contain the monster. Unmoving. Unblinking. Maybe he’d read her mind. He pawed at the sawdust under an enormous hoof with clear intentions of pulverizing her.

Despite the warmth of the late September evening, a chill seeped into her bones. She turned away from the massive beast and lunged for the safety of the nearby exit.

She looked back, certain the creature would surge through the fence and run her under. Something solid stopped her flight. She yelped and muscled arms caught her.

“Sorry ma’am. Didn’t see you coming.” He stood well over six feet with eyes so green they almost glowed. Even with her at five feet nine and wearing heels, he still had a few inches on her. The requisite black hat, sitting at the perfect angle, couldn’t quite restrain his raven curls. The cleft in his chin deepened with each heart-stopping smile.

While his looks gave her heart an erratic rhythm, his hands on her forearms felt safe, steady.

Step away from the cowboy.

Her feet took the mental hint, and she tried to wipe the muck off her heel in a patch of grass. She gulped for fresh air, but the smell of the stockyards persisted.

“Are you all right?”

Shannon is giving away a copy of Rodeo Dust. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

I do love a cowboy. It's been a long time since I went to a rodeo.


Judy said...

I'd love to win a copy of Rodeo Dust. I love romance and cowboys!
I haven't read any books by Shannon. She is a new author to me. Her book "White Roses" sounds like it would be a good read too!

Judy B


Rebecca said...

Oh this sounds like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thank you so much for the chance to win.


ann said...

Cowboys and romance what more could a girl want

enter me please

amhengst at verizon dot net

Charity said...

Please enter me. Sounds like a great book! Thanks:D

wfnren said...

Cowboys and Rodeos, has to be a winner. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.


Loree Huebner said...

Sounds like a winner. Love cowboys and rodeos.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds good!


Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

My dad was the announcer at our very small town rodeo and I used to work the concession stand, so I could flirt with the cowboys.

I had a fun time writing this book and falling love with the hero. All of my heroes are based on my husband in looks, but he's not a cowboy. I hope you get a chance to read all of my books.

I got to go to the Fort Worth Stockyards for research. My heroine is afraid of bulls and I was right there with her when we went to the rodeo there. They make me so nervous.

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

What is it about cowboys? The swagger, the drawl, the hat? All women seem to love them.

I'm glad you like the storyline. I hope you get a chance to read it.

Cowboys and rodeos in Texas. My husband is from Texas, so it was fun setting the story there.

I thought this would be my only cowboy/rodeo series, but it was so much fun to write. I may have to revisit the theme again.

Glad you like the sound of it. I'm starting the third book in the series as we speak.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the give away.

angelc(at)mchsi(dot) com

apple blossom said...

love to win thanks
ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Shelena said...

Sounds like a great book. Would love to win it.


Brenda said...

Hi Shannon! If it is as good as your other books, I am SURE it will be a HiT!!! ~Brenda

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Hi Angela,
I hope you get a chance to read it and that it's as fun to read as it was to write.

Apple Blossom,
Thanks for dropping by.

Thanks for the vote of confidence.

Hey Brenda,
I hope it is. An author trying to compare their books is like a mom trying to compare her children.

lgm52 said... cowboy stories..this one looks sweet...count me in!

Teela said...

Rodeo Dust... been a long time since I've been to a Rodeo but still remember how it tickles all the senses! I would really like to win this book. Who can resist a cowboy??? Love it win my hubby wears his boots and big ol' black hat! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

It is a very sweet story and I loved living with these characters.

The bulls make me cringe. I felt my heroine's pain when we went to the rodeo at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Jo said...

This sounds like a good book and one that I would like to read.


Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Hey Jo,
I hope you get the chance to read it.

Marianne said...

i love the long as no one gets hurt seriously. my sister in law was a Emergency Medical Tech, and had to go with an ambulance. needless to say, she's not as enthused about the bull riding. would love to win Shannon's Rodeo Dust.

mitzi_wanham at yahoo dot com

Merry said...

Rodeos are always exciting and cowboys! I'd love to be entered, thanks.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

The bull riding is always the most exciting event, but it makes me so nervous.

All women seem to love cowboys. Just something about them I guess.

Amy said...

Thanks for the excerpt. Would love to win.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

That last comment was me. Don't know why it showed up anonymous.

Roanna said...

Sounds like a good book! I would like to be entered. Thank you!

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