COWBOYS, HORSES AND GUNS! YEE HAW!
by Becky McGraw, Contemporary Western Romance Author
As a western romance writer, I’m always looking for fresh plot ideas. When plotting out my new release Cowgirl Crazy, the second book in my Cowboy Way series, I stumbled upon an equine sport I didn’t even know existed. And I must be living under a rock, because cowboy mounted shooting is the fastest-growing equine sport in the United States! I’m sure I’m not the only one in the dark, so I thought I’d tell you a little about it.
Cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in accepted western attire, sometimes period attire, and tack, race their horse through one of several Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) approved courses, which they draw before the race.
The sport combines the skills of barrel racing with sharpshooting, basically. There are two different colors of balloons tied to flexible poles along the course. The rider must draw one six-shooter pistol from a holster, which is loaded with short-range blanks, but no projectile to attack the first color of balloons. As the rider rounds a barrel, or gate, they must reholster the first pistol and draw the second to go back through the course to pick up the second color of balloons on a rundown to the finish line. There are also mounted rifle competitors, but they are in a different class.
Cowboy Mounted Shooting is a timed event, just like barrel racing, and penalties are incurred for missing balloons, missing turns, shooting the wrong color balloon, or even if the rider loses his hat during the ride. A range master, certified by the CMSA oversees the event, and hands out those penalties. There are six levels of competitors, and athletes move up in the ranks by winning championships at their level. It’s a very interesting sport, and I loved watching the videos I found on YouTube to get a feel for the sport. You might check them out!
I hope you’ll also check out the HOT 18+ Excerpt from Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way) and THE CONTEST FOR A SIGNED PAPERBACK below. Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way) is available on Amazon.com and Smashwords here:
COWGIRL CRAZY (#2, Cowboy Way) by Becky McGraw
Cowboys are a different breed…
They work hard, play hard and love harder.
It’s all about the ride, until the right woman
makes them fall.
Twyla Taylor is one frustrated cowgirl. She’s not winning at barrel racing or in love. She’s spent ten years nursing a crush on her brother’s best friend, Ryan Easter, who thinks of her as no more than his little sister. When Twyla catches Ryan with yet another no-good buckle bunny, and calls him out, he tells her to get a life, and that is exactly what she decides to do. One that does not include a buckle-bunny-chasing cowboy with a bad attitude, or an overbearing older brother.
Ryan Easter is one frustrated cowboy. He’s winning every night at bronc riding, and has a different woman in every city. Mostly so he can keep his best friend’s fiery little sister, and his desire for her, at bay. Since she grew those proud little breasts of hers, and mile-long legs, Ryan has had to fight his attraction to her. If her brother knew what he was thinking, he would kill Ryan, if her daddy didn’t first. Ryan valued the surrogate family the Taylor’s provided him with too much to ever go there with their youngest member.
His diversion techniques work like a charm, until one night he pushes her too far, and Twyla takes off. Ryan knows he has to find her quickly and apologize, or face his best friend’s wrath. He finds Twyla in Dallas and decides she’s definitely gone cowgirl crazy. He barely recognizes her, because his barrel-racing tomboy is wearing makeup that looks like it was put on with a putty knife and she’s working at a bar which borders on a cowgirl strip club. When she isn’t serving shots off of her stomach, she’s shaking her round ass for any man with a dollar to shove into the waistband of her barely-there shorts.
Twyla refuses to leave with him, and Ryan knows he better make his final arrangements, or come up with another way to convince her and fast.
HOT 18+ EXCERPT from Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way) © Becky McGraw:
Ignoring her comment, and what had to be her obvious discomfort, Ryan stepped forward, leaned over her to balance his shot glass about two inches under her navel. Heather always put it at the base of her ribcage, so a little would spill into her navel, but Ryan had put his lower. Her muscles contracted there, as the cold glass touched her skin. She thought about him licking her up to the glass, the amber liquid sloshed in the glass, and he frowned.
“No spilling, Twy, or there will be consequences.” His eyes met hers and his pupils were dilated almost as large as the blue irises. His breathing came in short spurts, and she could see his pulse pounding at the side of his throat. The look on his handsome face said he would relish delivering those unknown consequences. “By the time I’m done, I’ll really need that drink.”
A shiver worked itself up her body from her toes, and the glass wobbled again. She gasped and contracted her muscles to steady it. Agitation bristled through her. “Why don’t you just have the damned shot then, and get on with this?” That’s what she really wanted.
His hand clamped on her ankle, and he grinned. “Patience is a virtue, darlin’. Slow is not always a bad thing, and I’m about to teach you that, and a lot more.” His voice was heavy with anticipation, and his sensual threat was punctuated by his tongue making a slow trip around his hot lips. Her eyes followed it around and heat sizzled along her nerves to singe her at the apex of her thighs. Maybe this is why all those bunnies she saw leaving his trailer were smiling. They must have had the patience Ryan was talking about, and liked that Ryan was slow as a turtle in his lovemaking. Twyla wasn’t sold on it yet, but decided to try to find the patience he asked her to have. She huffed a breath then relaxed and uncurled her fists.
What the hell did she know about all this, anyway? She was green as grass at this, he knew what he was doing. Had done it many times. Too many.
“Get on with it, then,” she grumbled, settling her focus on keeping that shot glass steady on her lower abdomen. Ryan’s dark head appeared in her line of vision, and Twyla gasped.
His eyes met hers over the plane of her tummy, and were filled with mischief and purpose. His hot breath tickled her thighs when he warned, “Keep it still, Twyla. Remember, no spilling.”
He slid his hands behind her calves, and under her thighs to hold her hands at her sides. Turning his face, he planted a wet kiss on her inner thigh, before his mouth latched there and he sucked, while his tongue swirled on her skin. Fire zipped up to her core, and Twyla whimpered. The glass wobbled again and she knew then that she was in big trouble.
CONTEST: Comment below and tell me why you love cowboys and cowboy stories, and I’ll pick a winner on August 1st to receive a SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY of Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way)! Good Luck! <3
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Becky McGraw, Contemporary Western Romance Author
Author of the Amazon Bestselling Texas Trouble and Cowboy Way Series
Becky McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl by birth and the grace of God, ya’ll. She is originally from Louisiana, but resides in South Texas with her husband and dog Abby.
A jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a senior project manager for an aviation management consulting firm, which took her all over the United States, a real estate broker, a graphic artist, web designer and writer. She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her dangerous, and her romance novels interesting and varied. Being a graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she creates her own cover art, along with writing the novels.
You can contact Becky McGraw at firstname.lastname@example.org