Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Story Time with Shannon Vannatter - Interview & Giveaway

I'm happy to welcome Shannon Vannatter back to my blog. She was here a few months ago talk about White Roses, and today she's talking about her next book, White Doves.

Shannon has graciously offered a copy to one lucky reader, so as usual leave your comments below with a way for me to reach you. And be sure to click the "Follow" button if you haven't already!


About White Doves

Romance wasn’t what Laken had in mind.

Laken Kroft left home eight years ago and never looked back. Who knew when she applied for the promotion to postmaster that she'd end up in Romance, Arkansas, and much too close to her parents, the town drunk and the local gossip maven?

Hayden Winters has his hands full raising his paraplegic nephew, Brady, and wrestling his guilt over having caused the child's injury. When the boy's father, Laken's brother, turns up and starts talking custody, Laken's influence is Hayden's only hope. But whose side is she really on?


About Shannon

Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/writer. White Roses her debut novel is available through heartsongpresents.com and hits store shelves in November. Two more books in the series will follow: White Doves releases to the book club in October and stores in April and White Pearls releases to the book club in January and stores in July. Her blog, The Inkslinger, is a celebration of romance and marriage with true love stories, inspirational author’s real-life romances, insight into the love lives of their fictional characters, book excerpts, romantic destinations, and weekly romance novel giveaways.


What's your latest book?

White Doves releases to the Heartsong Present’s book club in October and in stores in April.

What's your favorite part of the story?

The opening. The heroine is openly checking out the hero. I love that concept for a change. Several years back, there was a Coke commercial with a woman in her office checking out the cute construction guy down on the street. I loved that commercial, except that it played a tacky song. The opening of White Doves is my take on that commercial, only cleaner.

Oh, that sounds like fun! I do like a new twist on something like that. =) What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

Romance on both counts. My first several books were romantic suspense. Back when I started, late 1999, there really wasn’t a market for it yet. And I soon realized I wasn’t really that good at it. I don’t like writing physical fight scenes or researching forensics. I finally attended a conference and heard a speaker say writers should pay attention to what they read the most and that’s very probably the genre they should write. I had a “Duh” moment and switched genres.

Sounds like something I've done, LOL. What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

I’m reading Making Waves, my critique partner, Lorna Seilstad’s debut novel. Even though I read the book before Lorna’s editor did, it’s fun to hold the finished product in my hands in book form.

Oh, I got one in the mail a while back--and promptly sent it out to another reviewer, I believe. It looked so great! What lessons have you learned through the publication process that you wouldn't have guessed as a pre-published writer?

Publication is when the real work starts. I didn’t know it would be a full time job and I thought once I finally sold a book, I wouldn’t get rejections anymore.

Ha! If only, right? Any funny family stories about living with a writer?

One wintery day, my son and I were playing an African Safari game on his Playstation.

Our church treasurer called, “Did I catch you at a good time?”

I said, “I’m just hunting cape buffalo.”

She paused a minute. “Is this a book?”

LOL. Never can tell with us, can you? What are you writing right now?

I recently finished the first book in a potential Rodeo series and sent it to my editor. While I wait for a decision, I’m working on a full length romance featuring an estranged married couple, who’ve both become Christians since their estrangement.

Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

The final book in the Romance, AR series is White Pearls. It releases to the book club in January and stores in July.


Thanks for visiting again, Shannon! Readers, be sure to check out the wonderful romance blog she hosts at http://shannonvannatter.com. You can purchase it from the publisher.

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 10/11/10. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.


  1. Hi Shannon!
    You are definitely a new author to me : ) Never a bad thing though....

    I have also never read any of the Heartsong books! I know, crazy right?! I don't know where they're sold (if they're sold) in stores.

    I love that you love the part where she's openly checking out a guy! Awesome!!

    Lorna's Making Waves looks so great. I LOVE the cover : ) Still ahven't had a chance to pick up a copy though...soon hopefully!

    Thanks for stopping by and for this chance!

  2. Hi Hannah,

    Heartsong book club members get four new books each month. The books go to club members first, then release to stores six months later.

    They're sold usually in privately owned Christian book stores. The bigger chains don't seem to carry them. But probably if you requested the book, a bigger chain would order it.

    I've been getting a lot of good feedback from club members. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I am always looking a new author to love so I would love to win this book. I didn't know about the heartsong book club.

  4. would like to win this for my wife. (fet1972@gmail.com)

  5. I would love to win Shannon's 2nd book. I love everything i've read about her and i love book 1. I want the rest of the story. It was awesome!

  6. Karen,

    I love new readers.


    That's very sweet.


    Thanks for your kind compliment.

  7. I'm always looking for someone new to read. Often the ones that are not highly advertised are the best.
    I would love to read this book.


  8. Would love to win!

    It's not too often that you hear of a book being written about a paraplegic ~ you have my interest!

    empowered_life(@)yahoo (dot)ca

  9. I loved White Roses, and really want and WILL read White Doves.
    Thank you Shannon for sharing your gift!
    God Bless


  10. I love HEARTSONG books! Thanks for this chance to win! Shannon, you are a VERY talented author!

    Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

  11. Hi Jen,

    Thanks for your insight. I'll have to agree with you. Sometimes the quiet little books are the best.

    Hi Karla,

    I got the idea from a magazine article I read that made me wonder how people dealt with life. I can't say more than that without revealing a major plot point.

    Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for the compliment and your support.

    Hi Molly,

    A Heartsong was the first inspirational romance I ever read. I love them too. Thanks for the compliment.

  12. Sounds like another great book to add to my reading list - and I hope the rodeo series is accepted - I really want to read those!



  13. Please enter me! I'm a follower.


  14. Hi Kim,

    I hope the rodeo series is accepted too.

    Hi Kate,

    Thanks for your interest.

  15. At first, the cover of this book drew me, but I find I am interested now in reading it from the description! PLEASE ENTER ME :)!!
    April D.

  16. Shannon's book "White Roses" was the first giveaway I won several months ago. I liked that story so much and am looking forward to her newest book "White Doves." The name just suggests romance and love. I wonder if there is a wedding in the story that releases white doves in honor of the wedding? The title alone is a lovely idea. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win this book. I hope I do.

    Sharing Christ's Love,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  17. Hi Barb,

    Thanks for stopping by. I can't tell you if there is any dove releasing in the story without spoiling it. You'll just have to read it.

  18. Love these kinds of books. Would love to read this one. Thanks for giving away a copy.

  19. Hi Patsy,

    I enjoy author copies to give away. Thanks for wanting to win.

  20. I loved White Roses (which I won) so please enter me for this one! Thanks for the info about how to get Heartsong books.

  21. I'd love to read this book. I am a follower of your blog. Thanks for the great giveaways you do.

  22. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!
    It would be a privilege to read it!
    I am a new follower. Carman sent me!
    God bless,

    charsaltz (at) yahoo (dot) com

  23. Great Interview! Sounds like a great book to read. I am a follower.

  24. Hi Jackie,

    Thanks for the compliment on White Roses. I hope you get a copy of White Doves, one way or the other, and enjoy it just as much.

    Hi pbclark, Charlotte, and rbooth,

    Thanks for stopping by.

  25. Enjoyed the interview. Looking forward to reading White Doves.
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

    Oh, I'm a new follower and Carman sent me!

  26. Hi Cathy,

    I enjoyed doing the interview. Roseanna always makes it fun.

  27. Hi Roseanna,

    Just wanted to thank you for having me on your blog again. It was fun!