Rowdy Rodeo Doin’s by Paty Jager

I’m excited to say Bridled Heart, my contemporary western romance, I’m re-releasing December 1st is full of rodeo rowdiness.

When I came up with the idea or write about a bareback bronc rider and contacted four-time National Bareback Champion Bobby Mote to discover how to write my hero and learn more about the life of a rodeo cowboy. I was lucky enough to visit with his wife, Kate, and learn more about how the wife and family handle the vagabond life.

From the interview I learned a lot about a cowboy who is set on becoming named the best in his sport. They are as dedicated as any other athlete and aim to keep their body in top form. Bobby had just finished running several miles when I arrived, he continued doing sit-ups and stretches as he answered my questions about his routine and emotions he felt before, during, and after a ride. It was an enlightening discussion.

I also  visited with a friend who had attended the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas many times and used his information to write scenes set at the finals.

But this book isn’t all about rodeo, it’s also about a woman who suffered abuse as a child and learned to cope and become stronger.  It takes a strong man who suffers guilt over his sister to find her and pull her out of her self-imposed cocoon.

This quote from a reviewer lets me know I fulfilled what I set out to do: “Ms. Jager wrote a very in depth and sensitive story. She touched on a hard topic and I think she did an excellent job… This was just such a touching book for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” –You Gotta Read Reviews

I’m hosting a Facebook Rodeo and Re-release party December 2nd from noon to 8pm PST. I have 7 other authors joining me with prizes and cowboy talk. Come on by and join the fun!

bridled-heart-5x8Blurb Bridled Heart

ER nurse, Gina Montgomery, uses a self-imposed vow of celibacy to keep from getting too close to anyone. Music saved her from an abusive past. But that same solace compromises her solitary life when her piano playing draws the attention of a handsome bareback rider.

Holt Reynolds let his sister down when she needed him most. Seeing similarities between his sister and Gina, he can’t get visions of the woman or her poignant music out of his mind. He vows to find a way to free her of her past and prays it doesn’t resurface and destroy their chance at happiness.

Excerpt

“Get him out of that shirt and into this wheelchair if you want him to get an x-ray.” The doctor motioned to the wheels and seat peeking through the curtain. His attitude told her she’d overstepped on their first meeting.

Holt just grinned at her and winked. The rascal knew she didn’t want to undress him. She cleared her throat and pulled the snap at the top of his shirt. Looking over his shoulder, she moved her hands down the shirt band, pulling the material away from his body, feeling his heat. She’d undressed male patients before, but touching this man triggered sensations she’d locked away.

“You’ll have to tug it out of my pants if you want to finish taking it off.” His voice whispered, only for her ears. She dashed a glance at his face. He didn’t mock her. In fact, he looked as unsure as she felt.

She tugged on his shirt and grasped the warm tail as she unsnapped the last snap. Her gaze fell on the white tank T-shirt clinging to his muscular torso. It would have to be peeled from his body as well. Taking a breath, she rolled the bottom up, exposing a tan belly with a thin line of blonde hair that widened as it climbed to his chest and spread across well-formed pecs. She inhaled sharply at the sight of two perfectly-formed hoof marks on the right side of his chest just below his puckered nipple.

“You’ll have to lift your arms.” She licked her lips and stepped closer, into the V of his legs, to help navigate his arms through the holes and slip the whole garment over his head.

“Thank you.” His voice was rough as his dark eyes stared unblinking into hers.

Gina stepped back, dropping her gaze. The heat swirling in her body was a bad sign. She didn’t want to desire this man, or any man.

“Get in the chair.” She tried to keep her voice even as she pointed to the wheel chair. Control was something she’d worked hard to attain. Control over her circumstance and control over her body. She didn’t like the way she lost power over her emotions around Holt.

Hope to see you at the Facebook party and you can purchase Bridled Heart for $.99 the first ten days of December in honor of the National Finals Rodeo.

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 25+ novels and over a dozen novellas and short stories of murder mystery, western historical romance, and action adventure. She has garnered a RomCon Reader’s Choice Award for her Action Adventure and received the EPPIE Award for Best Contemporary Romance and the RONE Mystery Award. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters.

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About patyjag

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 30+ novels, novellas, and short stories of murder mystery, western romance, and action adventure. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
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7 Responses to Rowdy Rodeo Doin’s by Paty Jager

  1. laineslite says:

    This is a powerful and poignant story to tackle, admire, empathize and sympathize with as well. From your telling about the innterviews, meeting the kind of people involved and then reading both the description and blurb here I just want to go out and get it now. Sure I can order an ecopy right now but for some reason I don’t think that I can do that I feel the need to go buy a print copy to hold in my hands and smell the book as I go along with the characters on their hjourney. Each turning of the page just brings it more to life and dramatic and I am sure I will need a hanky or box of Kleenex handy. But that’s just me, oh and I happen to be an empath that thanks to a stroke 3 years ago, I am recovered pretty much, thank you, but my empathy emotions are super strong since August 2013. I can sense and feel the energy, emotions and just everything as if I am there going through it myself, the joy and laughter as well as the pain, anger, and whatever else described is going on. Sort of like reading a book from the Hogwarts library in a way. So I am betting Paty that this will be as great a book to read as your books always are.
    Thanks for the heads up Paty,
    Elaine

    • patyjag says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Elaine. This book was something I felt needed to be written. It will be out in paperback by the end of the week. I can imagine having strong empathy emotions can make some days quite draining for you. I hope you enjoy the book.

      • laineslite says:

        The surprising part of reading books that have a lot of emotion is being in tune to a higher degree but everyone sees or reads good movies or books all the time. It makes the book and its characters and story that much better. Think 3 star amped to 4 and 5 stars because of it. That you are along for the ride, maybe laughing and/or crying with the story so you don’t care that it is only a story because you are experiencing it in a good way, just more actively into it is all. Imagine a 3 hanky movie, everyone loves it, so how about a box of Kleenex book, even better. Empaths just are into emotions on a higher level so a book is more alive to them, maybe we even feel sort of how you were writing it, who knows. Buying a book because of an excerpt, blurb or teaser guarantees a good sale and more, maybe a great review, word of mouth or social media and suddenly your little story is taking off on a life of its own and selling more and lots of different type people have bought it. So who knows! It is why I cannot do horror, I have but rather stay away from the darker side for the same reasons, if you want light, warm books and feelings. I enjoyed being a book reviewer for over 5 years but the right genre is key. Not against authors of dark horror but won’t read it is all, you write what you want and the same with readers is all. Know your reading limits where nightmares or triggers stay away. Will take your books any day Paty. Lighter, good hearted and feeling books are an escape for many so keep them coming, add in a hunky cowboy or male even better.

        • patyjag says:

          Thanks, Elaine! I don’t read horror either or dark paranormal or thrillers. I have too vivid an imagination and don’t like being scared.

  2. Clare O'Beara says:

    Thanks, sounds very good. I like that you interviewed real competitors, as for so many authors a job or sport is just a label to be hung on a character and then ignored.

    • patyjag says:

      Hi Clare, I understand how an occupation can also define a character and have to seek out how they feel about it and how it motivates or changes their lives. It’s how a character comes to life for me. Thanks for commenting!

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