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Clare writes inspirational romance, usually of a suspenseful nature. Her books are available through her publisher Pelican Book Group and Amazon. She is married with three kids and lives in the UK. She loves watching sci-fi, crime drama, cross stitching, reading and baking.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Advent day 18 - Tanya Hanson

Today we have author Tanya Hanson and her new book - Right to Bragg.

Disowned by her family, Tiffany Vickers faces a lonely Christmas and takes great comfort in the baby boy in her care. Her faith is in tatters, and she guards her heart against the baby's uncle, handsome cowboy, Bragg Martin. It's the season for forgiveness, and while Bragg longs to open his heart and family to the lovely nanny, he doesn't understand her interest in his arch enemy. Saving a man's life and saving Tiffany's faith bring the couple together...and home to Hearts Crossing Ranch.


“Shhhhhh. Matty’s asleep.” She was already twisting a long scarf around her neck. “John’s getting me at seven. Everybody’s home from college. We have our first mini-reunion out at the Double D…”

Mini-reunion? What was that about? She’d been out of high school, what, six months?

“…and I’m heading toward the Bumble Bee for a manicure and highlights in my hair.”

“What’s wrong with your hair the way it is?” Bragg asked, frowning at her long curls wound tight like a scrub pad. Of all the kids, only she had gotten Grim-Gram’s dark red hair.

A big-time eye roll. “I gotta go. Matty’s been a real good boy. He won’t be a bit of trouble.”

“I hope not.” He noticed Rachel’s unlit fireplace. “I was all set for a long winter’s nap.”

“Then get back to it.” She grabbed her purse. “Get some shut eye in while he naps.”

“What?” News to him. Didn’t a babysitter watch out every second?

Chelsea shrugged. “It’s what mommies do. Catch some Z’s while the baby sleeps. You’ll hear him on the baby monitor.” She hugged him quick and pointed toward something he vaguely recognized from her babyhood. Ma and Pa’s little afterthought, there were sixteen years between her and their oldest brother Hooper, and seven between him, second youngest, and her.

“All righty. You take care out there. I think something wicked this way comes.”

Her eyes grew big. “Sounds like a horror movie.”

“Blizzard. Feel it in my bones.” He kissed her cheek and she left. After hanging his thick jacket and hat on a rack, then set to building a fire.

Snow started to fall. Well, Chelsea was no slouch driving in it. Tricks of the trade when you lived in these parts. The fire took hold quick after he lit the piped-in gas, and he guffawed, recalling campfires he started from scratch on the family’s city-slicker wagon train tours. Rachel had one of those silly blankets with arms hanging off the back of the couch, and he climbed in it and curled up. Ah, kinda cozy. Maybe it wasn’t such a silly thing at all. His eyes closed.

Suddenly he was jerked back into real life when freezing air blasted his face and a baby’s howls smacked his ears. But the fuzz of sleep still clogged him. Who was the dream angel bending over him?

Tiffany Vickers. His heart hammered—both from being startled and because of how pretty she looked. Brown hair paintbrushed by the sun, gray eyes flecked with gold like the dark of dawn giving way to sunrise.

“What…what’s going on?” He pushed her away and struggled to get up, all tied up in the yards of fleece.

“Just a sec.” She left in a whiff of perfume. “I’ll get Matt.”

Finally on his feet, Bragg started after her. The baby was his responsibility, after all.

“You know each other, don’t you?” She called out.

Then somebody shut the front door, and Bragg turned to see who. Whom. The man facing him had Bragg’s heart drumming now in beats of rage.

Tony O’Neal. The swim coach who had led him down the road of steroid temptation. Oh yeah. Bragg knew him. Tony O’Neal had also brought Daisy, Pike’s new bride, to heartbreak and ridicule.

What was Tiffany Vickers, who didn’t date anybody, doing with the worst thing ever to happen to Mountain Cove?

My Review:
In Right To Bragg, Ms Hanson gives us another wonderful story from Hearts Crossing Ranch. Full of Christmas spirit, second chances, forgiveness, tears and laughter, this book is a delight from cover to cover. Set against amazing scenery, Bragg and Tiffany's story is brought to life so vividly, they linger long after the last page is turned. A heart warming, not to mention heart wrenching story you won't want to miss.

After reading Little Women for the first time when she was eight, Tanya Hanson realized she had writing inside of her.  An English teacher and author of five historical Western romances, she is especially thankful to the Lord to have sold her very first contemporary inspirational Western to White Rose. A California native, she enjoys traveling with her firefighter husband, especially Hawaii and the East Coast.  Her son and daughter are both happily married, and the latest love of her life is her three-year-old grandson.  
Please catch up with her at www.tanyahanson.com and www.petticoatsandpistols.com


Also today you can pick up a copy of The Cactus are Lowing by Emily Brevard FREE.
A family in turmoil copes with a sudden turn of events during the holiday season. But just as God said And a little child shall lead them, so does the child in this story lead them to heal their wounds. The cactus may not be lowing anyplace else, but they are in the Raymond household.


Donna B said...

Ooh sounds great! I can't wait to read it!

LoRee Peery said...

As soon as I get over this bug or whatever I have, I'm going to get to know Bragg.

Tanya Stowe said...

That's an intriguing excerpt. Have to read the book to figure out that little myster of why she's with him!

Marianne Evans said...

Great stuff, Tanya - and Clare, thanks for another great Advent post!! :-) Hugs and blessings to you, ladies, and, I loved Right to Bragg!

Tanya Hanson said...

Thanks, Clare, for the wonderful feature and review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. I've just turned I. The last of the eight manuscripts, and I already miss the ranch.

My wonderful White Rose friends, I so appreciate your support. My family has had some bad news of late, so your encouragement and patience means the world.


Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Wow Tanya, sounds like this one is right up with the other Hearts Crossing Ranch books!

Good luck & God's blessings Everyone!!


Tanya Hanson said...

Thanks, Pam. I think I am gonna really miss the ranch when all my edits are done...we've talked about going back in time with a historical on the ranch's origins, so maybe....

Thanks to all for your kind words, prayers, and support.

Dora Hiers said...

Great excerpt, Tanya! Congrats on an awesome review! Praying for your family.

I'm enjoying your advent posts, Clare. Merry Christmas, all!

Tanya Hanson said...

Thanks so much, Dora, and Clare, for everything. oxox