I would like to thank LC Chase for taking the time to talk to us about Let It Ride. Watch for our review soon. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
On My First Cowboy
By L.C. Chase
G’day everyone! Welcome to my Let It Ride blog tour and a peek into the world of rodeo cowboys. (The official schedule can be found here.) This wouldn’t be a proper tour without some prezzies, of course. Read on for giveaway details—and one very special prize! Thank you to Prism Book Alliance for hosting my cowboys, and to all of you for hopping in the saddle to ride along!
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On my first cowboy. That title is a bit loaded, isn’t it? Well you can all get your minds out of the gutter because it’s completely innocent! 😉
One question that’s up from readers is how do I bring life to ranching and rodeo in my stories, because they’ve felt like they were right there in the story. There is always research involved, but there’s also some personal experience here for me.
My love of all things horse and cowboy began when I was the ripe old age of two, and my family moved into my grandparent’s home. They had 40 acres in a rural area—which sadly is all strip malls and condos now—and their closest neighbors raised cattle and American Shetland ponies. If my Mom couldn’t find me in the house or front yard, she knew she’d find me next door.
The neighbors, let’s call them Mr. & Mrs. B, had no children, but they were always so gracious and patient with the inquisitive little munchkin from next door. They taught me how to milk cows so I could take fresh milk to my kittens. They taught me how to groom the ponies, and clean the tack. They taught me how to ride—I even got to ride in a parade and my outfit matched the pony’s fancy bridles, saddles and blankets. They taught me how to drive a small single pony buggy. And what they taught me carried for years to come.
Mr. & Mrs. B embodied hard working people in tune with the cycles of life and land. He was quiet and every time I picture him, even after all these years, I still see smiling eyes under a black cowboy hat. I don’t think I ever saw Mr. B without his hat on.
We eventually moved to our own house closer to the city for my dad’s work, but in the years that followed I had a couple of my own horses, worked on farms and ranches, got into the show scene, volunteered at rodeos, and through it all, my love for cowboys never waned.
So while I do research some, I have lived some of it too.
For paramedic Eric Palmer, his first introduction to the cowboy lifestyle was when he covered shift for a friend at an upstate New York rodeo. There he fell for the strong, rugged, silent type men who embodied everything the Wild West was imagined to be. It was a quiet power, a self-respect, and a sense of place that Eric felt he was lacking in his own life, which sent him Westward into California to work along side those mysterious men of the land.
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Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jump-starts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.
New York City transplant Eric Palmer grew up in foster care. While he always had a roof over his head, he never felt love or a sense of belonging . . . until he joined the California rodeo circuit as a paramedic and found a band of brothers who took him in as one of their own. Now, one in particular is making Eric’s pulse race.
When things heat up between Bridge and Eric, Bridge has to prove to Eric he’s not just experimenting with the rougher sex, while Eric must overcome his fears of being unwanted and cast aside. He knows that trusting Bridge may be the key to his happy ever after, but getting in the saddle is much, much easier than learning to let it ride.
You can read an excerpt and purchase Let It Ride here!
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About L.C. Chase:
Cover artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic and adventure seeker. After a decade of traveling three continents, she now calls the Canadian West Coast home. When not writing sensual tales of beautiful men falling love, she can be found designing book covers with said beautiful men, drawing, horseback riding, or hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged roommate.
L.C. is a 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Pickup Men; a 2013 EPIC eBook Awards Finalist for Long Tall Drink; and a 2013-2014 Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards Finalist. She also won an honorable mention in the 2012 Rainbow Awards for Riding with Heaven.
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The Big Tour Contest:
In celebration and thanks, I’m offering goodies for three lucky readers . . .
COWBOYS IN PIXELS: One ebook copy of any title in my backlist. Open to worldwide entries.
COWBOYS IN PRINT: One signed paperback copy of Long Tall Drink, the extended edition. Open to worldwide entries.
COWBOYS IN PENCIL: One original 8” x 10” graphite pencil artwork by yours truly. The finished artwork will be revealed on the last stop of the tour on Tuesday, June 3. Entries are limited to US and Canada residents only.
What do you have to do to win? Just answer one or both of these questions in the comments section below:
1 – Who is your favorite cowboy of all time—fictional or real, past or present? Mine is Clint Eastwood as “Blondie” from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly movies. 😉
2 – Give me your best guess on what the pencil drawing is of—cowboys are a given so you’ll have to be a bit more creative. 😉
Don’t forget to leave your email address too! Contest closes at midnight Pacific Time, on June 4th. Winners will be drawn randomly on Thursday, June 5th.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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