Monday, June 17, 2013

Rodeo Regrets by Shannon Taylor Vannatter


Natalie once dreamed of finding true love. Then Lane Gray broke her heart. After running wild to fill the emptiness inside her, she heads back to her hometown to heal. But when she sees the cowboy she once loved so much, she finds him hard to resist.

Lane Gray is a changed man. The handsome cowboy wants Natalie's forgiveness-and more. Natalie has made plenty of mistakes in her life, but so has Lane. Could falling for each other again be the worst one yet? Or the path to redemption?


Chapter One
   Reduced to lurking behind a tulle-draped pillar. Natalie Wentworth’s stomach did a flip-flop. Where was Hannah? Just a glimpse of her daughter was all she needed. Her first glimpse ever, though Hannah was eighteen months old now.
   The early April sunset painted the big Texas sky in purples and pinks above the outdoor reception. A bright-red barn provided background for the bridal party in denim and lace, with cowboys and cowgirls in full gear gathered in clusters laughing and eating. A few couples two-stepped to the twangy music. But no kids.
   Wyatt had to be here somewhere. The newspaper said the bride and groom attended that church he’d tried to get her to visit back when she’d first gotten pregnant. And the groom was backup announcer at Cowtown Coliseum, Wyatt’s stomping grounds.
   A familiar swagger caught her attention. The dishwater blond cowboy stopped at the dessert table. Wyatt. Her daughter’s father. With a dark-haired woman. Natalie ducked farther behind the pillar. Why wasn’t Hannah with him? Did the new woman in his life not like kids?
   “Natalie?” A baritone voice directly behind her sent a shudder through her.
   She knew that voice. Her legs threatened to give way. It couldn’t be. Her heart clamored. Her breath stalled as she turned around in slow motion.
   Lane Gray. In the flesh. A gentle spring breeze tousled his dark hair. His green eyes turned the deepest parts of her heart into mush and sapped all the moisture from her mouth. Butterflies took flight in her stomach.
   As brain-dissolvingly handsome as ever. The first and only guy she’d ever loved. The one who’d broken her heart into tiny jagged pieces.
   “What are you doing here?” Their voices blended together.
   He flashed a heart-stopping grin. “The bride invited me. You?”
   Wedding crashing for a glimpse of my daughter. She shrugged. “I know everyone in Aubrey.”
   “You look great.”
   Great! Nine years since she’d seen Lane and here she was in a blah dress—navy, high neckline and the hemline barely above her knees—borrowed from her sister to crash a wedding unnoticed. Nothing she’d normally be caught dead in. She felt as if she were dressed more for a funeral than a wedding. Her funeral—if Wyatt caught her here.
   She had to get rid of Lane before he drew attention to her.
   “So Nat, what have you been up to for the last nine years?”

   Fun. With no strings attached. You taught me not to let my heart get involved. “I went to college, got my marketing degree, worked as the publicist for Six Flags Over Texas and just signed on as publicist for the Stockyards.”

About The Author

Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. Vannatter has won the 2011 Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category, The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards 3rd Favorite New Author and #1 Contemporary Award.

Her books are available at,,,, and When given the chance to write or clean house, she’d rather write. Her goal is to hire Alice from the Brady Bunch.

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Shannon Taylor Vannatter is giving away a copy of Rodeo Regrets. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Library Lady said...

I would love to win a copy of "Rodeo Regrets".
Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
Janet E.

apple blossom said...

thanks for the except would love to win a copy of this book thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Teela said...

Shannon, love the excerpt from Rodeo Regrets and would love to win your book, after reviewing, I would put it in our small (but growing!) church library to share! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the contest for this book. It sounds good. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Brittany McEuen

Cindi A said...

Looks like a fun read. Please enter me in the contest to win a copy.



Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Hi Library Lady,
My mom loves the library. She still manages to find paper grocery bags and fills two of them with books every week.

Apple Blossom,
Thanks for stopping in. It was a fun book to write.

Hi Teela,
I love church libraries.

Thanks for the compliment.

It was definitely a fun write. Natalie is a live wire.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Karen for having Shannon here today. I like Rodeos. Texas is Rodeo country. I would love to win Shannon's book. Thanks for the chance.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Hey Maxie,
Glad you stopped by. My dad used to announce at a very small Arkansas arena. And I worked the concession stand. Fun times.

sm said...

RODEO REGRETS looks good. Love to win it and read a book by this author, whom I've never read before. sharon, CA

rubynreba said...

This books looks very good. Thanks!

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

I love new readers.

Hope you get the chance to read the book.

Joy Hannabass said...

Would love to win a copy. Thanks ladies!!

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Thanks for dropping in, Joy.

Merry said...

I enjoyed the little peek into Rodeo Regrets, please add me to the drawing. Thanks!
Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Veronica Sternberg said...

This looks really cute! I'd love to win. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sylvia said...

Looks like I'm going to have to re-read the other books in this series to get refreshed on the characters!


Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

It was a really fun book to write. It's fun to take an unloveable character and remold them.

Hope you get the chance to read it.

You might need a refresher course to get all the nuances. But someone who's never read any of my books, could read this one and not miss anything. I try to make each story complete. Thanks for being such a great reader. Readers make an author's world go round.

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