Levi Strauss made the first pair of blue jeans in 1873. He, and another man, Jacob Davis, received the patent to put rivets on the points of strain on a pair of denim pants. They were first called “waist overalls” or “overalls”. The pants were a hit with men who worked hard and put their clothing through lots of wear and tear.
In 1947 Wranglers authentic western jean was introduced by a celebrity rodeo tailor. Professional rodeo cowboys Jim Shoulders, Bill Linderman, and Freckles Brown wear-tested the 13MWZ and endorsed the Wrangler name for durability, quality and authenticity. Since then the Wrangler brand has been the only jean officially endorsed by the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association.
Which brings us to rodeo. The NFR is happening December 1-10th in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is nothing like watching tight, toned, cowboys wandering around the Thomas and Mack Center.
My December re-release, Bridled Heart, has a bare back bronc rider as the hero and the last quarter of the book takes place during the National Finals Rodeo. I’m setting up a Facebook party to celebrate the rodeo and my re-release of Bridled Heart on Friday, December 2nd. I’ll have other author guests who write about rodeos and we’ll be giving away prizes. I’ll have the event set up by my posting next month.
Here is a preview of Bridled Heart:
“Why do you help with this event?” He laced his fingers together resting his hands on the table in front of him. His coffee-colored gaze held admiration.
She dropped her gaze and picked at her napkin. His interest was flattering, and he hadn’t attended the event just to inflate his image. If that had been his agenda, he would have stayed to be photographed with the person who purchased his art. She peered into his smiling face. He waited so patiently for her to answer. By this time most men would have given up on her and moved on to someone else. She searched his eyes. He seemed genuinely interested.
She took a deep breath and hoped she wasn’t going to regret divulging more. “I see so many children in the ER rooms who…” she turned her head and chewed on her cuticle. When they arrived needing her care, she put aside her emotions and did the job, but afterward, she always broke down. How could a parent do that to a child? She knew how it felt to grow up feeling different.
He placed a hand over the one on the table. “It’s okay, you don’t have to tell me. I can see their plight affects you.” He squeezed her hand. “I could tell when you were playing the piano your heart is filled with sorrow.”
She stared into his eyes. The sincerity of his words and the acceptance of her pain, even though he thought it was all for others made her want to weep. She hadn’t had anyone care about her in so long, she didn’t know how to act.
Jerking her hand out from under his, she stood. “I have to go.”
“Wait.” He snagged her hand as she grabbed her coat from the back of her chair. “Do you have a phone number?”
He held her firm but gentle. Warmth spiraled up her arm and settled in her chest. Why didn’t she feel frightened or invaded by this man? She shook her head. She didn’t want to see him again. If she did, it would be hard to remain faithful to her vow. He’d started to seep into the empty cracks created over the years.
Available in ebook and print – December 1st.
This story deals with a woman overcoming childhood sexual abuse and the one man with the compassion and determination to help her.
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 25+ novels and over a dozen novellas and short stories of murder mystery, western romance, and action adventure. She has a RomCon Reader’s Choice Award for her Action Adventure and received the EPPIE Award for Best Contemporary Western Romance. You can connect with Paty through her social media sites.
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