Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Shannon Sue Dunlap & Lone Star Sweetheart

Posted May 23, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance, Shannon Kent, Shannon Sue Dunlap / 95 Comments

Please join me in welcoming Shannon Due Dunlap to the blog today to talk about her new contemporary romance, Lone Star Sweetheart! Y’all, this book is SO CUTE!! I had the privilege of reading an early copy of it, and you can see my review below:

LONE STAR SWEETHEART by Shannon Sue Dunlap
SERIES: Sweetheart Series #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Scrivenings Press
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2023
PAGES: 251

Katherine Bruno’s passionate, unfiltered temper makes her the shrew of small-town Sweetheart, Texas. When she’s drafted to help the mayor’s wife run against her own husband, Katherine meets opposing big city political consultant Ryan Park. The good-looking, flirtatious campaign manager gets under her skin, but fraternizing with the enemy is off-limits.

Katherine must battle her lack of experience, campaign sabotage, and her growing feelings for Ryan as she strives to succeed. His unprejudiced acceptance of her strong-willed character beckons her heart, but his jaded rejection of God is an insurmountable barrier. Will Ryan return to his faith and stay with her in Sweetheart or leave when the election ends?


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gracious words

by Shannon Sue Dunlap, author of Lone Star Sweetheart

For years, writing was my secret. Something I did in my own safe space. The world around me thought I was a music teacher, and I didn’t entrust my author dreams to many. But after I received my first publishing contract and was accepted by a literary agency, I opened up.

Maybe I felt legitimate. Like I’d earned the author stamp of approval. I talked about my books. My excitement. My works-in-progress.

I started to expand my dreams. Plans for a new project generated an excited fervor in me. One day, I shared my idea with a friend.

And they cracked a joke.

It wasn’t mean-spirited. I imagine they saw an opportunity for a funny punchline and grabbed it. But they also stole some of the joy from my day. It took years for me to hold out my writing aspirations for all to see. And a few ill-timed words pricked my heart.

The irony of the situation struck me. I’ve also been known to be a tad…blunt. I wondered how many times I’d done the same thing to others. Sacrificed their self-esteem for a witty quip.

Have you ever said something you wished you hadn’t?

Just me?

My heroine in Lone Star Sweetheart could relate because Katherine suffers from a terrible condition – Big Mouth Disease. Here’s an excerpt showing her struggle:

“Gracious words,” she muttered under her breath. “Remember. Gracious words, girl.”

Easier said than done. She’d been a straight shooter all her life. Ready to tell it like it was. Until an unexpected conviction hit her one morning when she was reading the book of Proverbs. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Had her words ever brought healing to anyone? Doubtful. She wanted to be a honeycomb, but her blunt speech was more akin to apple cider vinegar.

Long after I’d written this passage, something occurred to me. Were the gracious words Proverbs referred to only sweet to the person who hears them? What if there’s a double meaning in this ancient bit of wisdom. I imagine we’ve all lambasted ourselves about a time when we spoke up and wounded someone.

The guilt quickly follows and lingers like a bad cold. But if we coat our words in honeyed graciousness, we ensure our own peace of mind along with the listener’s.

Sounds good to me.

I want my words to bring healing not hurt. To slide down smooth like honey not burn like acid. It’s difficult to be gracious. Like my heroine, Katherine, I expect I’ll mess up more than once. But the important thing is to keep trying until my speech is so sweet that even the bees buzz around me.

Shannon Sue Dunlap writes books with a dose of laughter and a spoonful of love. One of the greatest compliments you can give her is saying her stories made you laugh-out-loud. She likes Dr. Pepper, singing tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, and Jesus. Her latest novel  Lone Star Sweetheart is available at her Amazon affiliate link, and you can check out her new traveling blog at

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What about you? What makes you want to read Lone Star Sweetheart by Shannon Sue Dunlap?

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95 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Shannon Sue Dunlap & Lone Star Sweetheart

  1. Nancy

    I want to read LONE STAR SWEETHEART by Shannon Sue Dunlap because I like the Lone Star State!

  2. Cindy Merrill

    Opposites attract story? It’s interesting but seldom true in the real world.

  3. Jen R

    I would love to read this Inspirational Contemporary Romance as they are one of my favorite genres. This one has a cute cover.

  4. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    My parents were opposites and were married 72 years. Thank you for sharing.

  5. not often you hear someone described as having a passionate, unfiltered temper known as a shrew and yet a Christian. Sounds like she might need as much work as the man who doesn’t currently believe in God.

  6. Susan Smith

    I would love to read this book as it sounds like a sweet romance read. I like the cover.

  7. Patty

    It’s always fun to discover a new author! This sounds like a fun contemporary romance.

  8. Kaitlyn Walas

    The book’s setting in Texas could offer a charming backdrop, and the promise of a heartfelt romance between the main characters might engage readers who enjoy emotional and tender love stories.

  9. Jennifer R

    The Inspirational Contemporary Romance, Lone Star Sweetheart, sounds like a fun book to read. I enjoy this genre.

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