I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ten Things with Shannon Vannatter...and a Giveaway!

Welcome, Shannon!

Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. She lives in a town with a population of around 100, if you count a few cows and once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots. Vannatter won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category, The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards 3rd Favorite New Author and #1 Contemporary Award.

She has ten published titles and is contracted for five more. Her books are available at christianbook.com, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, harlequin.com, and barbourbooks.com. Learn more about Shannon and her books at http://shannonvannatter.com and check out her real life romance blog at http://shannonvannatter.com/blog/.


Ten Things About Shannon Taylor Vannatter

 1. I own 50 pair of high heel shoes in lots of different styles and colors—pink, red, gold, bronze, yellow, orange, aqua—to name a few. I also have 5 pairs of tennis shoes, a dozen pairs of casual to dressy sandals, and 4 pairs of boots—including a leopard pair. And yes, I wear them to church.
2. I’m a dog and cat person. I’ve had both as pets for most of my life. A had a poodle and a two cats growing up. In the early years of my marriage, I had three dachshunds and a cat. We now have a chocolate lab and two cats.
3. My favorite hymn is The Old Rugged Cross.
4. I can bend all of my fingers at the joint near the end without bending my knuckles. My son can do it also. We amaze and entertain his friends with our talent.

5. I’m an avid bargain hunter. If it’s not on sale, I don’t usually buy it. I love flea markets, thrift stores, consignment stores and Goodwill.
6. I was a hairdresser for ten years and am still an avid primper. I’m one of those people who don’t leave the house without my makeup on and hair fixed.
7. The first book I ever wrote took shape in my head when I was fifteen, but I was in my thirties before I realized it was a book.
8. I have over two hundred rejection letters on the first five books I wrote. I wrote those five books without ever taking a writing class or attending a conference. After five years, I decided I must be doing something wrong and joined two writer’s groups and started attending workshops and conferences.
9. I prefer dressing up over casual attire. I always said if I had the money and somewhere to go, I’d dress like a modest Dolly Parton. I decided to do it anyway.
10. Even though I’m a pastor’s wife, I consider being mom my most important job.
Here's a peek at Shannon's latest release, Rodeo Reunion:

And Slade Walker's not a likely candidate. Even if the former major league pitcher just agreed to coach her son's little league team. The single mom can't risk everything on a bronc-riding chaplain who's only passing through Raquel's small Texas town. 

Slade is taking a hiatus from the rodeo circuit to meet the sister he never knew he had. But the pretty widowed nurse next door is making him think twice about hitting the road again. He can't turn his back on the cowboys who need him, but Raquel and her boy need him, too. Can Slade fulfill his calling and finally find a place to hang his hat?
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Giveaway details:
Here’s something special to commemorate the Heartsong Presents line since it’s ending this month. Comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Rodeo Reunion. Ten copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour from June 1st – July 1st. One winner will receive a baseball themed memory board personally crafted by the author. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on July 22nd.
Thanks for visiting today, Shannon! We have a few things in common...we're pastor's wives, moms, and we love a good bargain!
Congratulations on your new release, and thanks for offering the giveaway!


Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Thanks for having me, Susanne. It was a fun interview.

Susanne Dietze said...

I'm so glad you shared with us, Shannon! Congratulations on the release of Rodeo Reunion. I can't wait to read it!

Debra E. Marvin said...

we must be related. I can do the funky digit monster claw too...

ha ha. but I honestly don't think I have one pair of high heels!

Congratulations on your Heartsong, Shannon!

Anonymous said...

I have a lot in common with Shannon especiall the Bargain hunter and being a mom is #1!! Shelia Hall sheliarha64@yahoo.com

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Debra, thank you for naming my talent. I never knew what it was called. My son had lots of fun taking that picture. It was hard to get the right angel to show what I was doing.
I used to wear the four inchers and if they were uncomfortable I dealt with it since I usually only wore them to church to sit for two hours. In the last several years, I've weeded out all of my uncomfortables. 3 inches is my limit. I think it happened about the time my husband answered the call to preach and since I'm the preacher's wife now, I rarely sit except during the sermon. The rest of the time I'm up greeting and making copies or finding stuff. Comfortable heels are a must.

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Hey Shelia,
I knew we were soul sisters. My husband thinks it's funny when someone compliments me on something I'm wearing and I say, I got this for $5 at Goodwill. Sharing what a good deal/steal I got is half the fun.

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

My son also calls my hands Hulk Hands because I have big veins in my hands. I think it's from typing so much.

Susanne Dietze said...

Debra, you can do that with your hands, too? I feel so left out. My husband and kids are double jointed and they do freaky--er, I mean, neat things with their fingers.

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Sheila! I love finding a good bargain too. It's a good feeling!

Thanks for coming by today!

Karen Hadley said...

You got my vote when I read you've had dachshunds in the past. I have a nine year old little girl and she is the queen of the house. So fun!
And anyone who is a bargain shopper is kindred spirit to me! I love to hit those clearance sales. Would like to read this book.


Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Karen! I've never owned a doxy but I used to dogsit one. He was super cool & I loved his personality.

Thanks for coming by to learn more about Shannon and enter her giveaway!

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Hi Karen, our weinie dogs ruled the house too. First was Oscar Mayer Weiner. The pawprints on my heart hurt so bad when he went to weinie dog heaven, I got two after him. A brother and sister team, Zach - short for Zaccheus was a wee little man - and Abby. She was a terror. She'd lure him out the doggy door into the fenced yard, then dart back in and block him off, so he couldn't get back in. He'd fall for it every time and never stopped adoring her.

Clearance is my favorite word.

Linda Rainey said...

I loved the interview.
I have always been a dog and cat person but now that I am older, a cat suits my lifestyle better.
Thrift store shopping is fun and shoes are the best.My sister in law and I love going through clearance racks.

Debra E. Marvin said...

Linda, I'm satisfied with just a cat now, too. So much easier and still a lot of company.
Shannon, I've enjoyed getting to know more about you. Thanks Susie!

Shannon Taylor Vannatter said...

Linda, my female dachshund knew how to hurt me. After her brother went to weinie dog heaven, when I left her home alone, she'd chew up my shoes. I got to where I learned to shut the closet door real quick.

Debra, I'm happier with an outside dog these days. House dogs are a lot of trouble. One of the cats comes in during the day. The other cat is content outside.

Susanne Dietze said...

Linda, how fun that you have a shopping buddy in your sister-in-law! Shopping with a friend is always more fun. I just e-shopped with a friend across country, perusing ebay together!

Debra, I'm so glad you could get to know Shannon! Is your cat an indoor cat, or does s/he roam inside and out?