It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Snowbound with the Rodeo Star

Posted December 9, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christmas, clean, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2023, romance, Tanya Agler / 40 Comments


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Reads 2023

today’s 3rd book: Snowbound with the Rodeo Star

We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only 16 days away, according to Google! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Snowbound with the Rodeo Star by Tanya AglerSNOWBOUND WITH THE RODEO STAR by Tanya Agler
SERIES:
Rodeo Stars of Violet Ridge #2

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2023
PAGES: 259

Will a surprising reunion…

Warm their hearts?

National Rodeo Champion Ty Darling is stunned when he runs into his ex, Sabrina MacGrath, in Violet Ridge, especially when he learns she’s pregnant—with his baby! Now this commitment-wary rodeo cowboy has twelve days of Christmas to prove he’s ready for a second chance at love. But being stranded together during a winter storm might just show them both the difference between being parents…and being a family.

From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.

 

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Next Stop: Bedford Falls

by Tanya Agler, author of Snowbound with the Rodeo Star

If you ask ten people what their favorite Christmas movie or special is, you might get ten different responses. Even my answer changes from year to year (partly because I honestly don’t know whether the animated 1966 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas or A Charlie Brown Christmas qualify as full-length Christmas movies and should be counted in this category, and both have a special place in my heart, and partly because I love so many Christmas films), and yet I always come back to one movie: It’s a Wonderful Life. Every year, my husband brings up three totes from our basement that contain the boxes for our It’s a Wonderful Life village. There’s the Bailey Building and Loan, Gower’s Drugs, 320 Sycamore, and many more. The end result is a beautiful sight with glittery cotton batting underneath it and lights attached to each building. The village creates a glow in our living room. I think my family has always realized this movie is my favorite even when I waver and catapult another film into that top spot. Then I watch It’s a Wonderful Life again, remembering why I love it so much. Each year, I catch a new detail, adding that to the lessons I’ve already taken away, some of which are as follows.

Remember, no man is a failure who has friends (Clarence’s inscription inside The Adventures of Tom Sawyer). Clarence Oddbody (sometimes Odbody), Angel Second Class, has yet to earn his wings and is sent to save George Bailey. Throughout a good part of the movie, George’s story is relayed to Clarence so he can learn about the man he will be tasked with saving. During George’s tween years, he works at Gower’s Drugs. The viewer starts seeing friendships among the residents of Bedford Falls, many of which have George at the center. There are Ernie and Bert, the cabdriver and police officer, who both look up to George. There are the residents of Bailey Park, including the Martini family, whose home was built with funds procured by the Bailey Building and Loan and was blessed with bread and salt by George and Mary Bailey. George doesn’t realize how his life has touched so many others, and yet those relationships are on full display.

As a writer, I’ve learned takeaways from this lesson. Each of my characters impact other characters’ lives and relationships. In the first of my Rodeo Stars of Violet Ridge series, Caught by the Cowgirl, Will learns how he and his parents have impacted the lives of others around him. When he uncovers his mother’s paintings, locked away for too long, he learns his mother’s best friend still has one of his mother’s watercolors in her bedroom. Will also discovers that his best friends from the rodeo circuit are more than friends; they’re his family who stick by him even when he tries driving them away.

“Each man’s life touches so many other lives.” (Spoken by Clarence) At the point when the tween George gives way to the older George, the viewer first glimpses Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who holds out his arms and tells Joe at the luggage shop that he wants a big trunk, one that will go around the world with him. At this point, George dreams of escaping Bedford Falls, unaware of how many lives he’s already impacted: his brother when he saved his life, Mr. Gower when he didn’t fulfill the pharmacy delivery order, and Mary who has already told him that one day she’ll marry him. As the movie continues, George impacts more and more people, some in a negative manner (he crashes into someone’s tree and he criticizes Zuzu’s teacher), most in a positive way (he gives Violet some money to start a new life).

And it’s not just George who impacts others; even supporting characters touch the lives of those around them. The man on the porch across from 320 Sycamore yells at George to kiss Mary, saying youth is wasted on the young. George’s mother, Ma Bailey, convinces him to go for a walk, emphasizing Mary Hatch has just graduated from college. Ms. Davis (played by Ellen Corby) asks for the exact amount of money, down to the cent, she needs to make ends meet for a week.

As a writer, I have to remember that the actions of my main characters have consequences beyond their own lives. In Caught by the Cowgirl, Will Sullivan has come home to the Silver Horseshoe where he wants to live an isolated life, clearing the ranch of its debts, on the path to realizing that his parents were the richer for becoming involved in the community of Violet Ridge.

“A toast to my big brother George. The richest man in town.” (Spoken by Harry Bailey) Another aspect I love about It’s a Wonderful Life is that I can’t figure out which scene is my favorite because each scene ties into the movie so well that too many of them are my favorite! But I admit I always tear up and joyful at the same time when Mary saves the day near the end when she has contacted George’s friends who pitch in enough money to cover the amount Uncle Billy left at Potter’s Bank, a check that ends up in the hands of Potter, presumably never to be seen again. Mary sweeps into the house and prepares the way for friends and family to help George. By this time, I’m crying and laughing. The end provides a strong finish for this one-of-a-kind movie.

As a writer, I try to make sure each of my books ends with a happily-ever-after where the characters have struggled and overcome some obstacle in their lives so that the ending scene is a reflection of the hope that is so prevalent in the world, hope that is especially manifested during the advent and Christmas season when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

“I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” (Spoken by George Bailey) I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention another wonderful aspect of this movie: the chemistry between George and Mary. Whether they’re dancing the Charleston or throwing rocks at the Granville place or celebrating with their friends, George and Mary are in love and have each other for life’s joys and life’s struggles.

I’m fortunate that I met my husband at a Christmas party at college. We’ve been together through the tough and the good times. I love being a writer and seeing the stories of my characters unfold as they find the person who will give them the moon.

One extra tidbit about something George Bailey and I have in common: we’re both deaf in the left ear. Unlike George, I have been deaf in the left ear since birth.

This movie holds a special place for me, and it’s one of the few movies I look forward to watching on an annual basis. What about you? What’s your favorite Christmas movie?


Tanya Agler

Tanya Agler fell in love with romance novels when her grandmother brought one home from work. After years of reading happily ever afters, she decided to write a sweet contemporary romance with the support of her wonderful husband, four children, and her lovable Basset Hound. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she loves Cary Grant movies, walking, reading, and all things chocolate. Follow her on Facebook at Author Tanya Agler and sign up for her newsletter.


Caught by the Cowgirl giveaway

Tanya Agler is offering an ebook copy of Caught by the Cowgirl, a Christmas mug (not as pictured) and a $10 Amazon gift card to one of my readers! (US only for mug. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Snowbound with the Rodeo Star by Tanya Agler?

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40 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Snowbound with the Rodeo Star

  1. Bea LaRocca

    The snowed-in (snowbound) trope is one of my favorites and the cover and synopsis for Snowbound with the Rodeo Star appeals to me, that is why I am looking forward to reading this story

  2. Roxanne C.

    Being stranded together during winter storm will be an interesting situation, but I also wonder how close is the baby’s due date…

  3. Cindy Merrill

    This is a sweet heart warming story I am sure will keep me smiling. Christmas stories just have that special touch of magic.

  4. Leslie Price

    I love rodeo stories and ‘stranded together in a winter storm’ is my all-time favorite trope. This one sounds like a winner for sure.

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