G’day everyone! Welcome to my Pulling Leather blog tour and a peek into the world of rodeo cowboys. (The official schedule can be found here.) This wouldn’t be a proper tour without some prezzies, of course, so read on for giveaway details. Thank you to Wild & Wicked Cowboys for hosting my cowboys, and to all of you for hopping in the saddle to ride along!
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Oftentimes people will ask where I got the idea for a book title. Sometimes I have the name rattling around in my head before I even know what the story is about. Sometimes the name gives me a feeling for what the story is about. Sometimes I change the name of the story midway, because a character says something that resonates. One thing I always try to do is make the title of the story somehow encompass what whole story is about in a nutshell.
My current release, Pulling Leather, had several title changes. The first title was The Bad Guy. That gives you an idea about the story, but how does it relate to cowboys? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly maybe? 😉 So I did some extended research on phrases and terms and slangs that related to rodeo and came across pulling leather. I liked the ring of it, and then I read the explanation. Pulling leather is a phrase used when a rider touches any part of the saddle with their free hand, also known as “grabbing the apple” (which I guess is a funny way of saying ‘grabbing the horn’ 😉 ) In the rodeo arena the rider who pulls leather will be disqualified. Another explanation for pulling leather is on the range. Cutting horses are quick to change direction when herding cattle and sometimes the rider gets thrown off balance and will need to grab the horn.
And that was it!
The main character, Scott, first made an appearance in book one of the Pickup Men series, aptly titled Pickup Men. In that story he very much was the bad guy. Somewhere along the way he got chatty though, and I realized there was a whole lot more to him than just being a d*ck.
In Pulling Leather, he’s admitted his issues and has been working toward being a better person and making amends to those he harmed in the past. The story really is about redemption, making amends, accepting your true self, and realizing you are worthy of love. Because of the steps he has to take to get there, and the person he finds himself falling in love with, he’s off balance often…and reaching for that horn so he doesn’t fall.
Will he fall off? Will he be disqualified? Well…you’ll just have to saddle up and take the ride with him to find out. 😉
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The toughest ride of his life is all in his head.
Bull rider Scott Gillard has a reputation for quick fists and harsh words. What no one knows is where that anger comes from. After a shocking incident sends him into a tailspin, he knows he needs help: he’s been fighting a battle he could never win. Now he’s trying to navigate a new life and embrace his true self, but some days are easier than others.
Pickup man Cory Ackerson has suffered his share of harassment, but his light still burns bright. He doesn’t let anything or anyone keep him down, so when he meets the rugged cowboy with a battered chip on his shoulder and regret in his dark eyes, all he wants to do is help.
As their unlikely friendship grows into something deeper, Scott must overcome his past to be the man Cory deserves, or lose his best chance at his own happily ever after.
You can read an excerpt and purchase Pulling Leather here!
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About L.C. Chase:
Cover artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic and adventure seeker. After a decade of traveling three continents, she now calls the Canadian West Coast home. When not writing sensual tales of beautiful men falling love, she can be found designing book covers with said beautiful men, drawing, horseback riding, or hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged roommate.
L.C. is a 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Pickup Men; a 2013 EPIC eBook Awards Finalist for Long Tall Drink; and a 2013-2014 Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards Finalist. She also won an honorable mention in the 2012 Rainbow Awards for Riding with Heaven.
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The Big Tour Contest:
In celebration and thanks, I’m offering goodies for two lucky readers . . .
1 – COWBOYS IN PIXELS: One ebook copy of any title in my backlist. Open to worldwide entries.
Click on the link below to enter!