Sunday, December 18, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Guiding the Grouch (Summer Creek #5) by Shanna Hatfield

Title: Guiding the Grouch
Series: Summer Creek #5
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Publisher: Wholesome Hearts Publishing
Publication Date: December 15th 2022
Print Length: 354 pages
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance

He’s a billionaire set on escaping the holidays and his demanding family.

She’s a single mom with a sunny smile who keeps her heart safely hidden.

When she makes him her personal Christmas project, what could possibly go wrong?

Gabe Gatlin would do anything to evade the obligatory family holiday hobnobbing that is nothing more than one horrible business event after another, all wrapped up with a gaudy Christmas ribbon. Then the opportunity arises to explore a property in the small town of Summer Creek, Oregon, and gives him the idea to run away for the holidays. This year, he’s skipping Christmas. All he has to do is hide out until January in the quirky little town where the residents have dubbed him Grinchy Gabe. But when a delightful woman starts making his sleigh bells jingle, he might find it impossible to avoid losing his three-sizes-too-small heart.

Single mom and waitress, Dani Latham, has two priorities: give her son the stable life she never had, and spread joy to her friends and neighbors in Summer Creek. When a stranger with a grinchy attitude sits at her table, she makes it her personal mission to make him smile. As she guides him into a flurry of Christmas festivities, she starts to wonder if this grounch’s heart will ever return to normal size. And even worse. . . if it does, who is going to save hers from breaking when he leaves?

Will a little Christmas magic and wonder bring these two lonesome people together?

Discover the joys of the season mixed with humor, holiday fun, and moments that tug at your heartstrings in this sweet contemporary Christmas romance.

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She glanced over at him and shook her head. “Do you listen to anything I say?”

He smirked. “Haven’t you noticed I hang on your every word, Miss Christmas?”

Dani scoffed. “Only when it suits you.” She glanced at her watch again and increased her already fast pace. “If you’re coming with me, at least keep up, slowpoke.”

Gabe grinned and broke into a jog as he hustled to catch up with her. Dani laughed and grabbed his hand as they ran down Railroad Way. Gabe had counted the blocks in town. It was only about a dozen long and five deep, so it didn’t take long to reach the street that would take them to the Broken Bucket. They’d just turned the corner when a blur of fur plowed into them and knocked them into a snowbank. Gabe found himself on his back, staring up at the cloud-dotted sky with Dani sprawled across his chest.

He wasn’t going to complain about her being there, but she braced her palms on either side of him and pushed up, looking down into his face to make sure he was uninjured.

“Are you hurt? Did I squish you?” she asked, worry lines creasing her brow. Her beret was askew and dusted with snow, and snow clung to the curl that dangled close to his nose.

“I may never walk again,” he deadpanned, then grinned and wrapped his arms around her, rolling over in the snow, looking down into her beautiful face. His gaze zeroed in on her lips as they parted slightly. He started to lower his head toward hers, but a car honked and brought him back to reality.

Dani had to live in this town, and he wouldn’t do anything to tarnish her sterling reputation. Although he’d only been here a week, he’d not heard anyone have anything negative to say about Dani. Most people thought she was kind and caring and worked too hard.

Gabe pushed himself to his feet, pulled Dani up to hers, and brushed the snow from the back of her coat.

Ethel the goat stood a few feet away, looking at them both with a smug expression on her goofy face.
USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes sweet romances rich with relatable characters, small town settings that feel like home, humor, and hope.

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.”

When this farm girl isn’t writing or indulging in rich, decadent chocolate, Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller. She also experiments with recipes, snaps photos of her adorable nephew, and caters to the whims of a cranky cat named Drooley.

To learn more about Shanna or the books she writes, visit her website.

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  1. Good holiday read.
    Thanks for the contest.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book. Congratulations on it's release.

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. this sounds like a wonderful book

  5. what a wonderful book . Happy Holidays

  6. You sound like an amazing writer!

  7. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  8. Great excerpt and timely Christmas tale

  9. Awww! Sounds so good! I've been needing a Holiday read! Added to my TBR!

  10. Contemporary Holiday Romance - great genre for a good holiday read!
    Thank you for sharing this.

  11. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  12. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  13. This sounds like a wonderful read. Great cover!

  14. Where did you come up with the idea for this holiday romance ?

  15. have a great week, happy holidays this sounds awesome, i love the cover too

  16. Very classy & beautiful cover!

  17. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  18. This sounds like a great Contemporary Holiday Romance read. I like the cover.

  19. sounds like a fun one

  20. It looks like an interesting read.

  21. I loved the synopsis and excerpt. Sounds like a good read

  22. Shanna Hatfield’s been one of my alltime faves for quite a while. You can’t go wrong with her latest releases. Pick any and treat yourself!