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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

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.

Katherine had purposed then and there to change her ways. She’d made it a whole month without breaking her resolution. Granted, she’d been sick in bed seven of those days with the flu. But if the men in this town didn’t find a different subject soon, she might be tempted to forget her pledge. The accomplishment of curbing her caustic remarks for four excruciating weeks was too groundbreaking to throw away.

Keep your mouth shut, even if it kills you.

She raised the cup to her lips and took a long, hard swig. The bitter liquid slid down her throat, burning a scorched path straight to her empty stomach. Leaning against the wall, she watched the men sputter worse than an old tractor.

Jud Watson finger-combed his sizeable salt-and-pepper beard. “She’d never get away with that if she was my woman. I wonder if he can sue her.”

Katherine took another sip. Staying silent just might kill her.

“Sue her for what?” Willy Walker crossed his arms and rested them on a belly, which protruded over his king-sized silver belt buckle.

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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, and if you sign up for her newsletter, you’ll receive a free copy of her romcom novella Flower Boy Tour Guide.