Shannon Taylor Vannatter – The Story Behind the Story – Part 2 of 3

I’m celebrating the release of my 8th title in my Texas Rodeo series this week, Rodeo Reunion. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated June 1 – 5 to enter the drawing for a copy. There’s also a special giveaway at the end of the post. Deadline: June 13th, 11:59 pm central time.

MeRodeo Reunion by Shannon Taylor VannatterMy pitcher

Back when my son was seven, he signed up for Little League Baseball. My husband worked a full time job as a dental technician and was also a bi-vocational pastor. He wasn’t home until well after dark and when he was home, he had to work on his sermon. He rarely made baseball practices, but he did manage to make most of the games. For practice at home, we were on our own.

So on one spring evening, I was trying my best to pitch so my son could practice batting. But I can’t pitch. If I got it over the plate, it was too high and if I got it the right level, it was out of his reach. The conversation went like this:

Logan: “Mo om, pitch it right.” (Did you get that two syllable whine out of Mom?)

Me: “I’m doing my best.”

Logan: “Mo om, I can’t hit it if you throw it way over there.”

Me: “I’m sorry. I don’t know how to pitch.”

My son was discouraged and certain he’d never be able to hit. Though I fully supported my husband’s calling, I was frustrated and feeling a bit like a single mom. As we continued trying to practice, I said wouldn’t it be great if our neighbor just happened to be a baseball coach and came over to help.

An idea was born. A book about a widowed mom with a seven year old son. She’s trying to help him with batting practice, but she can’t pitch worth a flip. A man walks over from next door. He just happens to be a former Major League Baseball pitcher. I didn’t know when I ‘d use it, but I knew I would. It turned out to come in handy about five years later.

In the meantime, our church was able to make my husband full-time four years ago. IT IS AWESOME! We may not have as much money, but our son has his father, and my husband is able to really pastor.

That’s my little pitcher above. For the last two years he played, he pitched and played 3rd base. He hasn’t played for the last two years, since he got involved with a summer basketball league. I miss baseball, but he’s talking about going to a camp this summer, so we’ll see.

About Shannon: Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. She lives in a town with a population of around 100, if you count a few cows and once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots. Vannatter won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category, The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards 3rd Favorite New Author and #1 Contemporary Award.

She has ten published titles and is contracted for five more. Her books are available at,,,, and Learn more  and connect:

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And Slade Walker’s not a likely candidate. Even if the former major league pitcher just agreed to coach her son’s little league team. The single mom can’t risk everything on a bronc-riding chaplain who’s only passing through Raquel’s small Texas town.

Slade is taking a hiatus from the rodeo circuit to meet the sister he never knew he had. But the pretty widowed nurse next door is making him think twice about hitting the road again. He can’t turn his back on the cowboys who need him, but Raquel and her boy need him, too. Can Slade fulfill his calling and finally find a place to hang his hat?

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Question: Have you or a family member ever hit a homerun in baseball or softball?

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Blog tour giveaway: Here’s something special to commemorate the Heartsong Presents line since it’s ending this month. Comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Rodeo Reunion. Ten copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour from June 1st – July 1st. One winner will receive a baseball themed memory board personally crafted by me. Deadlines according to each blog’s guidelines for the books. Deadline for the memory board, July 18th, 11:59 pm central time. Winners will be revealed on this blog on July 22nd.

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