I always think it’s so romantic when I hear about a real life couple splitting when they were young and finding each other again years later. As a result, I’ve written quite a few reunion romances. When the hero and heroine have had a past relationship that didn’t work out, there’s instant conflict. And romance novels thrive on conflict.
A Texas Holiday Reunion is my first Christmas book. It’s book 3 in my Texas Cowboy series set in Bandera and it’s a reunion romance. Resa McCall was a side character in the previous book in the series. Her broken heart was hinted at, so it was time to explore her story and the source of her heartache.
Resa designs rustic log furniture for her parents’ store. The log furniture thing came about during our vacation a few years ago. My husband is a Texan and has family in the Hill Country region. During our last visit, he wanted to buy a cowhide rug so we stopped at a log furniture store. As I strolled through the showroom filled with everything from dining room tables and beds to futons and desks made from logs, inspiration hit.
Colson’s dad is business partners with Resa’s parents, so they’ve known each other a long time and went to school together. Since he was a bit of a wild child and she was a Christian, they ran in different circles. Until in their early twenties, when he came to work at their parents’ store. She was a good influence on him and he became a Christian.
They fell in love. But after a whirlwind romance, he left her and married his ex-girlfriend. Six years later, her parents are on a cruise and her ranch foreman faces surgery. Colson, now widowed with a daughter, returns to fill in as her foreman.
Resa’s design office is in her barn, which has a picture window on Colson’s world as her foreman. With her heart still smarting, she didn’t know he had a daughter, so things are complicated between them from day one. Add to that a big secret about his daughter and the fireworks begin.
All with a backdrop of Christmas, my favorite season. To celebrate, I’m having a special giveaway.
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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 Bandera, Texas, 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?
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.