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!
Blurb 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.
“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.
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.