This month on my website and blog, I’m featuring the Bull Rider Series Boxed Set. Today I’m sharing a short snippet from the third book in the series. These are the new covers for anyone who hasn’t seen them yet. I love the font my designer used for the titles.
Snippet Set Up: Reece (Foley) Wilson was the youngest bull rider on Caulder McCutchen’s team. He appears in each book in the series. Caulder has taken the kid under his wing. Now it’s Christmas and four years after the second book, and Foley is spending the holiday at Caulder’s family ranch in the Snowy Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania. The guys decided to do a practice bull ride.
Caulder and Velia have many family members visiting at Love House for Christmas. They never expected a new love to bloom between two of their guests. Velia’s three younger cousins, Torre, Natale, and Alba are in this scene. Natale recently turned eighteen.
If you haven’t met Velia and Caulder by now, how come? Haha, teasing!
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“Both you girls, step back,” said Caulder. “Pictures later. You don’t just come up here to take pictures. Did you ever see a bull bucking in the chute for crying out loud? A horn could take you out in a minute. Ask Velia all about it.”
Alba made a face and wrinkled her nose at Caulder. “Okay, bossy.”
Teenagers! He’d give her bossy later. Aiden stood beside Caulder when Foley eased down on the bull. He held tight to Foley’s vest. Torre came over to act as the front safety guy, ready to hold him back if the bull bucked in the chute while Foley rosined his rope.
“Come on, Foley,” said Caulder. “Like you told me on my last ride of the season, ‘you can do this.’”
“Got it.” Getting the bull rope rosined up, he tightened, wrapped, and secured it in his hand. “This feels damn good to be on a bull again with all y’all around.” Once the rope was how he wanted it, he glanced at Natale then nodded to the gate man. “Go!”
Caulder stepped back when the bull bucked out the gate. “Looking good!” This was like old times when Foley had been his teammate, but either way, he held his breath and said a silent prayer. “Come on, hold on, Foley. Hold on to that rage…”
The eight second buzzer rang. He loosened the rope on his hand. The crazy bull gave one last buck. Foley got hung up. He ended up running, or more like being dragged alongside the bull. Natale screamed from the sidelines. One of Aiden’s ranch hands followed with the horse and Jase rode another one.
Foley got his hand free on his own and fell back on his ass. Sitting in the sand, he removed his helmet, got up slowly, and slapped his chest with pride. A flashing smile lit his face as he held his helmet above his head. The first thing he did was seek out Natale.
“Yeah, baby, you did it!” She jumped up and down at the chute shoving her fists into the air.
Baby? Caulder glanced back and forth from Foley to Velia’s cousin. Their gaze stayed connected until Foley came out of the ring. She took two steps down at a time and ran to him the second her foot hit the ground. Caulder shook his head but cheered to himself. Those two reminded him of him and Velia back some years ago when this had all been new to her. Like Velia, Natale had it bad for a cowboy.
He went down the steps and to where they stood to break them up. “All right, all right, let me in here you two. Damn, Foley that was a good ride.” Caulder embraced them both and when he parted, he took both of their shoulders to bring them back together. “Carry on.” He winked at Natale and mussed up Foley’s hair like he was a kid.
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Here’s a short video showing how to wrap the tail of the bull rope in your hand. Remember, the bull is not standing there waiting for you to take care of business. One of your buddies is standing on the gate pulling the end of your rope tight between wraps. Sometimes, if the rider takes too much time, a judge sets a timer for, I think, sixty-seconds. If you don’t make it out of the chute, you forfeit the ride and points if you would’ve ridden the bull for eight-seconds. Haha, this excites me so much, I could talk about it forever!
This morning while searching for a special Father’s Day quote to post to social media, I came across a cute one. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll see the same one there. Sorry for the repeat.
The following instructional quote won’t pertain to most fathers of the present day though some moms may still use *cotton diapers. Many of you will remember diapering your babies with cloth diapers. Where did you get your instructions? 🙂 Enjoy the quote, Dads. It might help if you’re into baseball! 🙂 Happy Father’s Day. ❤
Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again. ~Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968
I lost my dad when my boys were teens. A favorite memory from my youth was going to work with him on some weekends. We lived in Detroit at the time. He was a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. He’d take me in the bull dozer with him on a half day of work. I remember sitting there so excited in the huge piece of machinery, amazed at how he operated it.
I loved everything about being with him on those weekends. However, I’d be terrified while he pushed load after load of whatever it was he pushed, over the edge into a humungous limestone quarry. I knew we were going over the edge! After work, we’d stop at a bar for lunch. I was too young to know where it was, but he knew all the guys there.
Later, his company moved their facility from Detroit to the Sibley Quarry in Trenton, Michigan where it remains to this day as an inactive limestone quarry. The link has an interesting tidbit about “Arm & Hammer” Baking Soda.
I know it’s hard to pick only one, but you’re welcome to share with us a favorite memory of your dad.
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Image from Pixabay. Made into a graphic by yours truly.
Tressa Garnett/Kimber Sinclair
Finding Kimber #2
A Double Dutch Ranch Spin off Series
Kimber lives with a secret.
Tressa Garnett’s secret began the night she’d intended on turning in her criminal boyfriend to the cops. She’s college educated and an intelligent woman, but she never saw his betrayal coming.
Her plan backfired. His succeeded.
Now, because of him, she has an image behind her eyes she’ll never forget.
The event that night, took her away from everything and everyone she loved.
Due to this betrayal, Tressa Garnett changed her identity and her appearance in order to survive and make a new life as Kimber Kay Sinclair.
Kimber had been employed as a traveling credit union auditor, so she was used to rules. However, her new words to live by are: Tell no one. Trust no one. Follow the rules, follow the rules, follow the damn rules and you’ll survive!
Swept away from Oregon to a rundown ranch in a small town in Arizona, she’s starting over. The only thing making her life bearable is two horses that remained with the ranch, and the quaint little adobe home on the property.
Zach Bryson, the ranch foreman hired to help her, and show her the ropes, so to speak, is nothing more than a hot-headed smartass too handsome for his own good…and too nosy for her liking.
Coming in contact with Zach before her identity change, makes keeping her secrets twice as hard.
Uncomfortable around him, she watches each step she takes, each word, to prevent from triggering his memory of her. Except for that one time…
She lives in fear of being found out, but she’s a fighter. Her life depends on her not being a quitter.
She’s friendly but careful.
Tressa loathes living a lie.
She tries to find Kimber and forces Tressa out of her life.
Kimber wants to be a mom and have her own family one day.
She misses her parents and younger sister so badly and sometimes wants to throw her hands up at this new life and return to them.
Kimber fears anyone she befriends will also become a target if she is found out, so she keeps a tall wall around herself.
However, soon after, and doing her best to acclimate to this new life, the Carlson family from the Double Dutch Ranch befriend her. Kimber’s leery and untrusting at first though she’s willing to give friendship a try.
Against her will, she envies their happy family when she is so alone.
As if she didn’t have enough problems, she finds it hard to resist Zach’s cocky charm. She doesn’t know if she can ever trust a man again–especially when her ruggedly handsome foreman keeps digging for answers. Not to mention, his shoulders are damn strong and desirously comforting.
Kimber wakes each day with one question. Will this be the day she gets a bullet in her head.
Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series #2
A Double Dutch Ranch Series Spin Off Novel.
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