Lone Star Sweetheart Book Excerpt!

About the Author


Book: Lone Star Sweetheart

Authors: Shannon Sue Dunlap

Genre: Inspirational Rom-com

Release date: May 23, 2023

Katherine Bruno is the shrew of Sweetheart, Texas. Her passionate, unfiltered temper clashes with the gentle pace of her tiny hometown. When she’s drafted to help the mayor’s wife who wants to run in the local election against her own husband, she meets big city political consultant Ryan Park, and cue the fireworks! The handsome campaign manager gets under her skin in a big way, 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 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?


Book Excerpt

Please, God. Let there be a comb in here.

Her hand still tingled where it had come in contact with her destiny. She shook her fingers, slipped her purse strap over her shoulder, and searched for a trash can to toss her cup.

Willy Walker’s hearty voice boomed behind her. “Tell me, Mr. Park. Can you help our Harry-boy? His wife’s a tough opponent.”

“Please, call me Ryan. And trust me. I’m here to make sure the mayor’s office stays blue instead of powder-puff pink.”

Katherine side-eyed the group. The men guffawed, and she bit the inside of her cheek. She’d give him one pass. Think of what beautiful children they could make together.

“After all,” he hooked his thumbs in his pockets, “there’s a natural order to things. The mayor can run the town, and his wife can run the Ladies Auxiliary. Everybody wins.”

Katherine’s hand cooled. The five-second fantasy was nice while it lasted. She took the last swig of her coffee, crushed the cup, and tossed it in a trash can. Who needed sugar?

She did a 180-degree turn and barged into the cluster of testosterone. “I doubt the mayor could’ve even found his blue office without his wife directing him all these years. Mister Park.”

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About the Author


Shannon Sue Dunlap lives in the lone star state of Texas. She’s a die-hard fan of happy endings and believe there’s a Heavenly Father who’s designed one for each of us. Inspiration comes from everywhere—including worldwide travels, her adorable music students, and the fun and flirty Korean dramas she enjoys watching.

Even in the hard times, there’s humor to be found, and Shannon tries to infuse every story with moments that bring a good chuckle or an all-out belly laugh. One of her greatest hopes is that readers recognize themselves in her books. We’re all such a fabulous mix of flaws and greatness, and everyone is the hero or heroine in their own life story.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Regent University and has published three romances under the pen name Shannon Kent. You can connect with her at www.shannonsuedunlap.com, and if you sign up for her newsletter, you’ll receive a free copy of her romcom novella Flower Boy Tour Guide.