Monday, December 10, 2018

The Friendly Beasts of Faraday

by Shanna Hatfield

Several years ago, my husband and I were at a living nativity event and they cast of characters included a real, live camel. He was such a ham and just ate up the attention - and he gave me the idea for a book.
Then I started thinking about the Christmas carol "The Friendly Beasts." If you've never heard it, it's a sweet little song about the animals who were at the manger when Jesus was born. There's a donkey all shaggy and brown, a camel that's tan and black, a cow that's red and white, a sheep with a curly horn, and a dove from the rafters high.
With the idea already popping around in my head, I decided I wanted to write a series of four books featuring those animals in a modern day setting. Only finding the time to write four books to release all at once proved to be a little challenging.
So I set aside the entire month of January to write these stories. And I'm so glad I did.
These sweet romances feature matchmaking animals that are determined to help their humans find love this holiday season.

* Scent of Cedar (Book 1) - A woman in need of a new beginning finds herself tormented by a camel and captivated by the town's bad boy. Can she overcome her fears to embrace a sweet holiday romance?

* Tidings of Joy (Book 2)- Only one woman can draw a shy mail carrier out of his shell, but it will take the help of her donkey and puppy to make it happen.

* Boughs of Holly (Book 3)- A free-spirited nurse winds up on a ranch with a stubborn cowboy and his matchmaking grandpa. Will love triumph over her need to roam?

* Wings of an Angel  (Book 4) - Will a fun-loving teacher convince a woman sworn off romance to give love a second chance? He'll need a hand from her son and his furry, feathered friends.

Wishing each one of you a joyous, beautiful holiday season! 


  1. This is such a delightful series, Shanna. Thank you for sharing a little bit about the background of creating it. Merry Christmas!

  2. What an enchanting, lovely series, Shanna! Best wishes and thanks for sharing.

  3. So cute and a great idea.
    Merry Christmas,
    Margaret Daley

  4. What a cute series! Thanks for sharing.

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