Shannon Taylor Vannatter – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 3

Shannon here: I hope you’ll celebrate the release of my latest contemporary romance, Rodeo Regrets. Comment on any post dated July 1 – 5 to get your name in the drawing. I’m giving away two copies of Rodeo Ashes and 2 copies of Rodeo Regrets. Two winners each get two books. Deadline: July 13th, 11:59 pm central time.

Grant prayingRodeo Regrets by Shannon Taylor Vannatter


My husband was in the hospital again this year. He has a recurring disorder and as long as he goes to the hospital when it happens, it’s not life-threatening. It hasn’t happened since 2005. So long, I’d almost forgotten what it was like to have him in the hospital. 

I spent the night with him the first night. And they didn’t have a reclining chair. So I slept in an upright position with my feet propped on the edge of his bed. Neither of us slept. Every time we dozed, they’d come to get his vitals or take blood. He couldn’t eat until they ran tests, so I didn’t eat either. Halfway through the next day, they brought me a reclining chair. By then, he’d improved and we both got a good nap. 

Once they ran tests and he was still knocked out, I snuck down to the cafeteria, got a sandwich, and ate while he slept. Once he woke up, he could finally eat, but it was in between meal time so they brought him a sandwich. A few hours later, they brought us both a tray. The best meat loaf we ever ate. I don’t know why hospital food gets such a bad wrap.

I wanted to stay the second night. But we have an eleven year old and my husband wanted me to go home and make sure our son was okay. 

He got to come home the next morning. His sister went with me to pick him up and we ate at Cracker Barrel. The next day, he was supposed to rest, but he’d already promised to do the opening prayer at the Arkansas House of Representatives session (pictured above).

He hasn’t rested like he was supposed to. He has cut a few things out of his diet. And so far, no more flare ups. Life is getting back to normal.

And I’m thankful that he’s okay. Sometimes, life interrupts the romance. But we’re in this together–in sickness and in health. 

Question of the day: Have you ever been to a rodeo?

About Shannon: Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. Vannatter has won the 2011 Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category, The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards 3rd Favorite New Author and #1 Contemporary Award 

Her books are available at,,,, and Learn more about Shannon and her books at and check out her real life romance blog at Connect with her on Facebook: and Twitter: @stvauthor 


Natalie once dreamed of finding true love. Then Lane Gray broke her heart. After running wild to fill the emptiness inside her, she heads back to her hometown to heal. But when she sees the cowboy she once loved so much, she finds him hard to resist.

Lane Gray is a changed man. The handsome cowboy wants Natalie’s forgiveness-and more. Natalie has made plenty of mistakes in her life, but so has Lane. Could falling for each other again be the worst one yet? Or the path to redemption?

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Come back July 3rd for an interview with the hero and heroine from Rodeo Regrets!

7 Responses to “Shannon Taylor Vannatter – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 3”

  • angela chesnut says:

    would love to win!

  • Thanks for popping in, Angela.

  • I know you’ve gone through this before, but it’s still got to be frightening every time he’s hospitalized. Praying for permanent healing …

    And congratulations to him for giving the opening prayer! What an amazing honor!

    And more congratulations on releasing another book!!! Seven now, right? I’m so very proud of you!

    (Don’t enter me, of course. I have your book on order. :))

  • It was nerve-racking, Brenda. But not as frightening since we knew what we were dealing with this time. Still not fun though. The House of Representatives prayer was quite an honor. And thanks for the congrats. It is seven. One day we’ll be celebrating your seventh.

  • KayM says:

    Shannon, I’m sure it was quite a scare with your husband. What a blessing that he was able to get to the hospital and recover quickly. I hope it’s a long time (or never) before he has a flare-up/recurrence. It such a blessing that there is help for him.

    Rodeo Regrets sounds like a very good book. I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for offering an opportunity to win a copy.

  • KayM says:

    I forgot to say–no, I’ve never attended a rodeo.

  • Kay,
    We’re very thankful his illness is treatable. Rodeo Regrets was really fun to write. I hope it’s as fun to read.

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