|Shannon Taylor Vannatter|
It’s always a challenge for me to come up with interesting occupations for my characters. When I first got a contract for what became A Texas Holiday Reunion, it was a Heartsong Presents title set in a jewelry store in
Arkansas. After nine titles centered around
the rodeo, I was ready to do something else. In the original version, the
heroine owned the jewelry store and the hero was a gemologist. Boy was I
dreading the research since most of my baubles come from the $1 Jewelry Galore store.
Before I could blink, Harlequin ended the Heartsong line as Barbour had before them. But my agent called with good news - the editor at Love Inspired was interested in continuing my contract, but she wanted cowboys. That I could do. As I reworked my story and moved it to a
Texas ranch, I struggled for an occupation
for my heroine.
Until we visited my husband’s Texas branch of his family in tiny Medina, near Bandera where I’d moved my story to. Since we’re avid flea marketers, we’d hit all the places in Bandera looking for bargains. And a cowhide rug. We found several, but none of them were exactly what we wanted for our rustic family room. On the way back to the family ranch, we noticed a log furniture store. Inside, we found our cowhide rug, along with dining tables, dressers, four poster beds, futons, and desks—all made of logs as smooth as glass.
Amazed by such craftsmanship, inspiration hit and I knew Resa would be a log furniture designer. Initially, Colson was a furniture crafter, but my new editor didn’t think he was cowboy enough. I changed it so that Colson had once been a crafter and worked with Resa, but this time he came to fill in as her ranch foreman. By moving her designing office to the barn, I kept them in close quarters.
Stumped on what to name the store, I asked my Facebook friends for help and they came up with several great ideas. I ended up going with Rustick’s and the suggester got a free book for their help.
Originally slated as a fall title, I was excited when asked if I’d like to do a Christmas book. Since it’s my favorite holiday, I jumped at the chance. I had lots of fun creating furniture for Resa to design, sending her and Colson on tree cutting adventures, and wagon rides in parades. Throw in a cute little girl and lots of tension to disrupt their Christmas and it’s the stuff romance is made of.
About A Texas Holiday Reunion
His Christmas Homecoming
With her foreman out of commission, Resa McCall needs horse trainer Colson Kincaid to run her family ranch through the holidays. But having the handsome single dad back in
, is unsettling. Colson broke Resa's
heart years ago, and she can't risk getting close again. Still, working with
him and bonding with his sweet little girl is making the ranch feel merry and
bright. Being at Resa's side stirs up emotions Colson thought were long gone.
But he has a powerful secret that could keep them apart forever. Can Colson
give Resa the one Christmas present that might finally bring them back
together—the truth? Bandera, Texas
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