That set the stage for all the books I've published, doing my best to make each cover unique and different from others out there.
Sometimes, this requires me asking (okay, begging, pleading - not above bribing) someone to pose for it.
Nobody is safe if they look like they'd be a good fit for the cover I'm visualizing in my head at the moment.
Captain Cavedweller has been pressed into service several times (willing or not).
He's the hunky cowboy on the cover of Heart of Clay (which you can download free, by the way).
It's also his boot on this cover for Country Boy vs. City Girl.
One of the cute girls who attends my church got talked into posing for the cover of Farm Girl. Since she is a farm girl, she didn't mind too much. And she got a pair of cute boots for irrigating out of the deal, too.
My niece Amanda posed for the cover of Bertie. She let me take it out in her pasture, so her horses got in on the action, too.
Amanda's very sweet hubby has also been coerced into posing for my book covers. He did Wrestlin' Christmas with nary a complaint. I have several photos of him I plan to use for a new western series, once I clear a large chunk of space on my calendar to write it.
Even my friends aren't safe. The Coffee Girl cover was taken on a lunch break after I called and asked (okay - begged with a hint of hysteria) for my lovely, curly-headed friend to pose for this cover.
The latest victim... er, lucky winner of my book cover lottery is my niece, Jessie. She happens to be living with us while she's attending college. One day we were talking about any number of things, so I asked her if she and one of her friends would pose. She was all for it and somehow convinced her friend it would be a good idea.
I'm so glad she did.
I absolutely adore the expression on her face — and it is so perfect for the story.
Bobbins and Boots releases March 23, but you can pre-order if for the special discounted price of just 99 cents.
How does an act of kindness result in… marriage?
One carefree cowboy is about to find out in this sweet historical romance!
Born dirt-poor into a life of hardship, Allie Tillman seizes the opportunity to better her situation by answering an advertisement for a mail-order bride in the West. Upon her arrival in Baker City, Oregon, she discovers her intended is a low-down, lying thief. Determined not to marry him, she grasps at the one thing that will keep him from forcing her to be his wife — marrying another man.
Good-natured cowboy Ben Amick had no idea a simple trip into town would completely change his life. When he happens upon a mail-order bride desperate to avoid marrying her fiancé, Ben does the first thing that pops into his head and marries her. Willingly, he gives her the protection of his name and his arms, never expecting her to capture his heart.
Humorous, heartfelt, and awash in sweet romance, Bobbins and Boots captures the tender and tumultuous emotions of falling in love.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable 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.”
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.