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HOMESICK FOR MY 2ND HOME by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
Friday, June 12, 2020 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  The Cowboy’s Missing Memory

AUTHOR:  Shannon Taylor Vannatter

PUBLISHER:  Love Inspired

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Book 2 in the Hill Country Cowboys series

(each book stands alone)

TARGET AGE:  teens to grandmothers

 

 

 

I AM HONORED TO BE A PARTICIPANT IN AUTHOR SHANNON TAYLOR VANNATTER’S BLOG TOUR! SHANNON SHARES HER LOVE FOR HER SECOND HOME IN TEXAS HILL COUNTRY.

 

 

 

SHANNON IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS.

 

 

 

HOMESICK FOR MY 2ND HOME

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Shannon Taylor Vannatter

 

 

 

Thirty-five years ago, I married a Texan. An air force brat, he’d lived all over the world including Guam and by the time we met, he’d lived in Arkansas for most of his life. But he was born in Texas and his dad still lived there. Shortly after our first wedding anniversary, I made my first visit to Texas Hill Country.

 

 

 

 

At that time, my father-in-law was a pastor and they lived in a parsonage. I went to the Alamo, floated the river walk, ate at the Towers of the Americas and got the worst sunburn of my life. But not on my nose. I slathered sun block there since it was usually the only thing that burned. As a result, I had the whitest nose you’ve ever seen in the middle of a lobster face.

 

 

 

 

The next time we visited, my husband’s father was still a pastor, but he and his wife were back on the family ranch. Wide open spaces, dotted with squatty, twisted live oaks, and a river on the back of the property. I fell in love with the ranch where I’ve picked silky lambs ear, droopy Mexican Hat wildflowers, and avoided prickly pear.

 

 

 

 

We’ve visited every few years since, even though my father-in-law passed in 2008. In the last 18 years, our lives have been ruled by the school year. We’ve visited during spring break, summer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Our son loves the ranch as much as I do. Somehow, I’ve never seen the bluebonnets that bloom from March to April, even though we went during spring break at least once.

 

 

 

 

We always get homemade bread and preserves from The Apple Store and make a point to eat at the Old Spanish Trail known as OST. Once I started writing Texas cowboy books, I’ve based the ranch in eight of my books on my favorite ranch. My characters make the stops I’ve made and eat where I have and wade in the river I’ve taken a dip in. In the last several years, we’ve incorporated several research trips to Aubrey, the Fort Worth Stockyards, and Corpus Christi in with our visits.

 

 

 

 

Our last trip was a year and a half ago. We’re getting the itch to return. It’s past bluebonnet season now, but since school no longer determines our time off, maybe next year we’ll choose spring for our trek. I plan to make a run to Surfside Beach on the way also. I’ve read it has the best shelling in Texas and I’m thinking it might make a good setting for a new series someday soon.

 

 

 

 

My Hill Country Cowboys series is set in Medina, where my 2nd home is and features my favorite ranch. My July release, The Cowboy’s Missing Memory has made me even more homesick for a visit.

 

 

 

Is there somewhere you consider your second home that you long to visit more often? Answer to get in the drawing and follow my blog tour for more chances to win.

 

 

 

Blurb for The Cowboy’s Missing Memory

Can he reclaim his past…and build a future?

He needs to remember.

She’s his best hope…

After a rodeo accident took away Clint Rawlins’s mobility and two years’ worth of memories, occupational therapist Lexie Parker is his only shot at recovering and regaining independence. Lexie is drawn to Clint…but she’s wary of the amnesiac’s all-too-vulnerable feelings. And with the possibility of him returning to his dangerous bull-riding side job, she refuses to risk her heart. But resisting her charming patient may be harder than she expected…

(Available in Walmart mid-June through mid-July)

The Cowboy’s Missing Memory - Amazon

The Cowboy’s Missing Memory – Christian Book

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY INFO:  I’m giving away five copies of The Cowboy’s Missing Memory and five copies of my Western Collection two in one with Jill Lynn – Counting on the Cowboy and Her Texas Cowboy will be split among commenters. Winner’s will be revealed on Shannon’s Blog on July 15th.

 

Follow my blog tour to enter:

June 2: Jennifer Heeren’s Blog:  https://jenniferheeren.com/blog/

June 11: Joy Avery Melville’s Blog: https://www.journeystojoy.net/

June 13: Patti Shene’s Blog: https://pattishene.com/pattisporch

June 25: Laurie Wood’s Blog: https://www.lauriewoodauthor.com/author-my-blog

June 25: Reading is My Superpower Blog: https://readingismysuperpower.org

June 30: Catherine Castle’s Blog: https://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com/blog/

July 3: Inkslinger Blog: https://shannontaylorvannatter.com/inkslinger-blog/

July 6: Amy Anguish’s Blog: https://abitofanguish.weebly.com/blog

July 7: Inkslinger Blog: https://shannontaylorvannatter.com/inkslinger-blog/

July 10: Linda Rondeau’s Blog: https://lindarondeau.com/snarksensibility

 

 

 

Award winning author Shannon Taylor Vannatter writes contemporary Christian cowboy romance and has over a dozen published titles. A romance reader since her teens, she hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as she demonstrates that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does.

She gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo announcing dad and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.

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Comments

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 6/26/2020 11:43:36 AM

I love the beach, Robin. I don't want to swim in it though. I'm fond of chlorine and NOT fond of sharks. I love shelling though.

Robin Weiss From Raleigh, NC At 6/26/2020 6:29:56 AM

No real second home for me, although if someone would give me a beach front cottage somewhere, I think I'd be quite content. ;) My sister lives in Fort Worth & it is a beautiful area, she loves it there.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Robin. Thank you for stopping by and joining the discussion. I grew up on the south shore of Long Island in NY and spent a lot of time with relatives on Fire Island. I know what you mean about the beach. I still miss the pound of the surf and the moonlight on the water.

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 6/24/2020 2:13:10 PM

Texas Hill Country is a beautiful and friendly place, Gail. I'm not surprised at all. I hope you get to go to England one day.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 6/21/2020 2:29:34 PM

Would you believe I am researching TX hill country right now? Learned a tidbit from your sharing, Shannon. My "place" is England...b/c of my WWII addiction, that's where homesickness comes in, if I can call it that, since I've never lived there, just visited. Hope it counts!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. Thank you for stopping by and joining in the discussion. I definitely thing homesickness for places we have visited counts! Blessings on this Sunday!

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 6/20/2020 6:01:43 PM

Thanks Sonja. Glad you stopped in.

Sonja From UT At 6/20/2020 10:29:50 AM

Very nice blog and post!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Sonja. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Shannon. Blessings!

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 6/19/2020 1:51:18 PM

Hey Jenny, I guess you'll just have to go to FL or vacation. But at least in OK, they're closer to you.

Jenny McLeod Carlisl From Benton, Arkansas At 6/18/2020 10:48:32 PM

Our second son moved to Orlando, FL in 2007. He met and married his wife, and they welcomed three babies there. We managed to visit often, and we began to feel like locals rather than tourists. Now, they live in oklahoma. But, what about Florida? :(

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jenny. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us. I have relatives in Florida but have never been there.

Shannon Vannatter From Arkansas At 6/16/2020 12:35:14 PM

Hey Becky, I lived in Indiana when I was a baby. And then in Illinois from about 2 to 7. We've never gone back to visit there, but I still remember our neighbors and school friends there.

Becky M Van Vleet From Colorado At 6/15/2020 12:27:20 PM

Hi Shannon! I lived in Indiana the first forty years of my life. But now I'm in Colorado and I love where I am. But my Indiana roots still call out to me and I look forward to visits, especially if it's during apple cider time. I wish you the best with the tours!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you for joining in the conversation. I feel like you, living here in Colorado with a NY upbringing. Sometimes I miss the ocean and I definitely miss the snow in the Adirondacks!

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 6/14/2020 3:39:25 PM

Bluebonnets. My spell check is going crazy. Won't even let me spell my name right.

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 6/14/2020 3:37:25 PM

Hey Maryann. We're talking about going in September this year. Maybe next year for the blubells.

Maryann From New York At 6/14/2020 12:08:37 PM

I consider Texas my second home. We lived there for four years and our youngest son was born there. You will love seeing the bluebonnets. I would love to visit there again someday.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Maryann. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts about the state of Texas with us. I have visited but never lived there. It is a great state in so many ways! Blessings.

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 6/13/2020 5:17:39 PM

Thanks for stopping in Shelia.

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 6/13/2020 5:16:22 PM

Hi Trixi. I love visiting family. I've been on very few vacations just for fun. We usually go somewhere to visit family.

Shannon Taylor atter From AR At 6/13/2020 5:14:33 PM

Hey Kathy. I lived in a suburb of Atlanta when I was a kid. I love visiting there too. I have cousins and lots of childhood friends there.

Kathy From Colorado At 6/13/2020 5:02:19 PM

I have many 2nd homes I love! We've lived in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and now Colorado, and I've loved all of them! I love the sunsets in Oklahoma, the bluebonnets in Texas, and Missouri's many family friendly places to visit. Of course the mountains here in Colorado are spectacular! I still mis

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kathy. Sounds like you have experienced many lovely places and that they are all dear to you for one reason or another. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us.

Trixi From Oregon At 6/13/2020 4:16:45 PM

My home away from home is spending time at my sister-in-law 's house whenever I can get away! She lives four hours from me so it's always a treat to visit for a few days. Thank you for the giveaway chance to win a copy of Shannon's book!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Trixi. Thank you for stopping by and contributing to the conversation. I hope you get to visit your "home away from home" frequently!

Shelia Hall From Amory, MS At 6/13/2020 3:42:37 PM

Where is the entry form to enter for the books?

Reply by: Patti Shene

HI Sheila. Thank you for stopping by. All you need to do to be entered into the drawing for the books is to leave a comment. Since you left a comment here, you are already entered. Also, don't forget to leave a comment on the other blogs listed in the blog tour to increase your chances of winning! Thank you!

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