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Let’s rodeo. Rodeos have been around since the mid-1800s and the story goes that this even was actually started when two cowboys in Colorado got in an argument and claimed bragging rights on which one was the best at their jobs on the ranch. Things have changed with the rodeo since that first competition but one thing remains the same.
We all love cowboys.
And cowboys haven’t changed all that much. They still live by a time-honored tradition of doing the right thing, treating women with respect, standing up for a buddy and working hard to do a day’s work. The cowboy code is as strong today as it was when the west was won.
That’s why I was both excited and challenged when my friends Lisa Mondello and Margaret Daley invited me to be a part of the Rodeo Knights contemporary novella series. We sat down together at RWA a couple of years ago and began the process of plotting these books and talking about (read—training Lenora) on how to get them published independently as e-books. Lisa and Margaret have already ventured into the independent publishing world but I was a true greenhorn. But they were patient with me and offered up a team of people to walk me through the process of setting up accounts and learning all about the Indie market. The result is my novella “One Knight in Vegas.”
This three book series is about three brothers who grew up in the rodeo in Montana. Their family helped create a major rodeo circuit and they have all been involved in the rodeo in some capacity. My hero is Sean Knight. He’s a veterinarian who puts the animals first, so when they discover someone is sabotaging the circuit by trying to harm and kill rodeo animals, they set out to find out the truth. When the circuit travels to the finals in Las Vegas, Sean is called in to help stock contractor and ranch owner Cella Cassidy try to save one of her prized broncs that has been poisoned.
I loved writing this story and I loved doing the research on modern day rodeos. I was a bit nervous about getting the details right so I ordered the book “Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies & Bull Riders” by Josh Peter. I also read a lot of articles online to learn more. Then I had a nice telephone interview with a friend’s brother who is a retired rodeo rider. His name is Terry Holland and he is a true Texas gentleman. He also has a book about the rodeo life titled “What A Ride”. It’s a great account on rodeo life. He was a helpful source.
If you like reading rodeo-themed stories, I hope you’ll check out our series. We’re having fun with the Knight brothers. We hope you’ll have fun reading their stories. To celebrate, I’m giving away one set of the entire series. So post here and let’s talk rodeo!
The entire Rodeo Knights series is available now at the following online locations:
(Also available at Google Play and Barnes and Noble Nook Press.)