Thursday, February 27, 2014

#firstkiss Oh the joys of a sweet, wordless song of a first kiss! Claiming His Heart by @TanyaHanson @KMNbooks

KAREN: A forced marriage brings Charmlee and Tulsa together, but that wordless "sweet song of a kiss" ignites a passion that neither one will soon be able to ignore.  Enjoy a snippet from CLAIMING HIS HEART by Tanya Hanson!

****Giveaway: Tanya is giving away a print copy of CLAIMING HIS HEART. Read on and find out how you can win this fabulous prize!

   FIRST KISS from Claiming His Heart 
by Tanya Hanson

A full-length, western historical inspirational romance

Set up for the scene: Charmlee and Tulsa are forced into a marriage neither of them wants. Now. But of course, it won’t be long before they do.  

     Merciful goodness, her whole life was about to change. Likely for worse, not better. Tull leaned down to her, and the handful of female wedding guests cooed as if expecting him to steal a kiss. Charmlee held her breath.

     But he whispered, harsh, “You better not change your mind on me.” Then his lips nuzzled her ear as the crowd expected.

     Charmlee gasped.

     A devout man, Judge Fields opened with Scripture and led the civil rite prayerfully. But at the “I do”, a darkness both deep and green began to settle on Charmlee and her knees buckled. Tull’s left arm grabbed her back and she nestled against him in support and mumbled the words.

     “…with this ring,” the judge continued. Determined, Charmlee held out her hand. With a pang, she watched Tull place Daddy’s own signet ring on her finger, turning the initial into her palm. Clever. It looked as real as any wedding band.

     Then came words she’d never imagined this day would bring.

     “I now pronounce you man and wife.”

     And Tull bent his face down to hers. The scent of him and the sudden gentleness of his hands landed on her like starlight.  With a flight of their own, her hands rose to his neck, and she used his strength to support the overwhelming feelings. His nearness stunned her, and the warm sweetness of his mouth had her own lips ready to drink in more.

     For a moment that went on forever, their mouths joined in a sweet, wordless song. Her toes tingled, and the crowd chuckled.  Then the deep green darkness began to settle again. Charmlee’s knees weakened, from both the death of her dreams and the all-too-real mess another handsome man was bringing into her life.

     For a flash, Tull’s arms tightened around her.

     “You all right?” he whispered.

     Lest he think she was swooning for him, she pulled away. “Certainly. The dress doesn’t fit loose enough.”

     “It fits you just fine.” He chuckled deep in her ear.


Caught between a noose and a cave-in, Tulsa Sanderson must do anything possible to prove his brother’s innocence...even if it means marrying a gold miner’s daughter he just met. He needs every nugget and flake he can pull from her worn-out claim, but he sure doesn’t need a wife. Save his brother from the hangman and he’ll be back on the Texas cattle trails.

Charlotte Amalie lost her heart, her virtue, and her money to the last mysterious outsider in the valley. Faith? That’s wavered, too, after too many family tragedies. But she has no choice but to wed the handsome Tull. He bears terrible family secrets that need to be kept behind closed doors. Although she’s eager to leave the valley to find a new life for herself and medical treatments for her wounded brother, her unwanted marriage douses her plans. Yet stirs up hope and love for Tull.

Can the two of them find a future--and faith--together even with their haunted pasts? 

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****Giveaway: Tanya is giving away a print copy of CLAIMING HIS HEART. All you have to do is leave a comment and your email so Tanya can contact you if you should win. Good Luck!!


When she’s not writing or spoiling her two little grandsons, Tanya Hanson and her personal hero/firefighter hubby love to travel. Recent trips through the spectacular Canadian Rockies and breathlessly-beautiful Colorado have her head exploding with ideas and settings for future story-telling.

A native Californian, Tanya lives on the central coast and volunteers at the local horse rescue in her spare time. She writes Westerns of all sorts--contemporary inspirational, sensual historical, full-length, novella, short story, and is trying her hand at a YA set paranormally in the present and ...the Donner Party.


Sweethearts of the West

Twitter: @TanyaHanson                    


Margaret Mosier said... Best Blogger Tips

Your book sounds very interesting I like your cover

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I liked this little snippet. I can already see into the hearts of your characters. I especially liked this vision this little piece gave me because it was almost like poetry:
"...and the gentleness of his hands landed on her like starlight." Just beautiful, Tanya.

Kristy McCaffrey said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been reading this book and loving it. Tull and Charmlee have great chemistry. Sigh.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for being a part of the First Kiss Event! Your book sounds fantastic. Loved the firs kiss scene. :)

Clare Revell said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the excerpt. The book sounds really good.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Margaret, thanks for posting today. This book was such fun to write...I was able to visit the setting (the remains of Southern California's major gold strike) and practically heard voices!

The amazing Livia Washburn designed the cover. I just love it.

Veronica Scott said... Best Blogger Tips

Intriguing premise, enjoyed the excerpt!

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Aw, thank you, Sarah. Compliments like that from fellow authors mean the world! Physical feelings have to be described a bit differently, more gently, in inspirational romance.(no body parts colliding or clenching, that kind of thing) so I am glad you liked the description. Thanks for posting today! xo

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Kristy, thank YOU! I am super-loving your donkey and wolf! xoxox Thanks for the post and for your support.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen, thank you for inviting me. All the First Kisses have been awesome. I so appreciate the opportunity to be part of this wonderful event! Thanks, thanks!

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Clare, my friend from across the pond thanks so much for visiting today! I love your Headley Cross books. xo

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Veronica, so happy to see you here. It was a fun excerpt to pick...says a lot about each of them, I think. Thanks for posting!

Kady Winter said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations, Tanya! Love the little detail with the ring, too. Makes me want to know more about this couple!

Lynne Marshall said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely, Tanya! Best wishes on the new book. and Hello Karen!

Caroline Clemmons said... Best Blogger Tips

I loved the excerpt, Tanya. Can hardly wait to read the book now. Best wishes.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

hi Kady, thanks so much for posting today. I love romance because of the HEA but this couple has so much to go through yet, sigh.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Lynne, thanks for posting today and congrats again on the new grandbaby! It's the best! xox I so appreciate your kind words.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

hi Caroline, so appreciate you stopping by and your kind words today. Tull's pretty cute. You'll love him. xo

Carla Rossi said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like a good one, Tanya! Congrats.

Lyn Horner said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous excerpt, Tanya!

Charlene Sands said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous excerpt. I'm glad this book is getting the attention it deserves!

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Carla, thanks so much for stopping by today with your good wishes! I so appreciate you.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Howdy Lyn, thanks kindly!

Charlene, thank YOU for always being my friend and critiquer and supporter. Love to you, my friend.

Tari said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks like a fun read. One my mother would enjoy too, I'm going to have to get it for both of us!!

Kathleen Rice Adams said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous excerpt from a wonderful book, Tanya! HUGS!!!!

Christine Ashworth said... Best Blogger Tips

How fun! What a wonderful first kiss...this is definitely going on my TBR pile! Hugs honey!

Samanthe Beck said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay, I loved the "his hands landed on her like starlight" analogy too. So pretty!

Congratulations and good luck with "Claiming His Heart."

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Tari, I hear ya. I gave my mom a copy, too LOL. SO nice to see you here today. Thanks for the post.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hugs back to you, Kathleen. Thanks for your support, too!

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Sam, thanks so much for posting here today! I so appreciate you. xo

LoRee Peery said... Best Blogger Tips

A noose and a cave-in? Who'd a thunk it? Great post.

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Tanya,

I do love marriage of convenience stories.

Your voice really shines through, even in an excerpt!

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice scene

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Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Tanya, I'm here! LOL Crazy day today. You know how much I loved this story, and how much I'm looking forward to the sequels. You sure dragged Charmlee and Tulsa through the "ordeal by fire" before you brought them to this moment. LOL Awesome book. Just loved it.

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved the excerpt!

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Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for stopping by, LoRee ? Means so much .

Debra, they are m favorites too. I love getting those reluctant couples to see the love-light. Thanks for the post.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Howdy, bn. Glad you liked it...

Cheryl, you have my whole heart for believing in this story.
Thank you! Thank you!!

Cathy, thanks so very much . All y'all have made my visit here at Karen's blog so much fun,

Hugs to all...and thanks for the good wishes. We will post the winner soon.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Sorry it's taken me so long to post. Family emergency. Cathy. congrats. Hope you like the book. I'll be in touch~ Thanks to all for helping me out with your good wishes and comments.