It seems fitting that Just a Cowboy and His Baby hit the book stores today because December is the month that the rodeo cowboys gather in Las Vegas for the Pro Rodeo Championship.
Gemma and Trace are both entered in the saddle bronc riding. A whole bunch of cowboys and cowgirls will go home with experience and a desire to ride again the next year but only one saddle bronc rider will leave with a big buckle, a lot of money and a title.
But the story doesn’t start there just like the riders who make it that far don’t do it in a single weekend. To get to that point the riders start back in the spring and there’s a helluva lot of bronc riding from then until that final ride in Vegas. There are wrecks when eight seconds is just too long to stay in the saddle. There are good rides and then there are those when the rider manages eight seconds but the score is low.
Trace Coleman is determined to win so that he can buy the ranch from his uncle. Gemma O’Donnell is determined to win because she wants the title. She might not be the first woman to win the saddle bronc riding but she sure intends to be the second. The cowboys had better get ready for some stiff competition because a cowgirl has come to town!
Folks who know Gemma from the previous Spikes & Spurs books will remember how spirited she is. For the rodeo tour, she dyes her hair red and takes a double dose of her sass along for the ride. And when she meets Trace, it’s no holds barred. She admits there is a physical attraction between them but when it comes to the big rodeo in Vegas all is fair in love, war and rodeo! And she’ll stop at nothing to take that title right out of his hands or the hip pocket of his tight fittin’ blue jeans!
Even though it’s not considered a Christmas book, it ends on a Christmas note with one of them taking home the belt buckle and the money, making it fit right into the holiday spirit.
Have you ever been to the rodeo finals in Vegas? What did you think? Did you love the smell, the feel, the noise, the excitement?
About the Author:
Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!
Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages . As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.
I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter … all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.
I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. Then my daughter started sleeping at night and my writing got shoved into the corner until all three kids were grown. I drug it back out and pursued my dream. Fourteen years after I sold my first book, under the pen name, Abby Gray, I made the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists with my 50th book.
Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!
I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata of Folio Management Agency, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my fabulous editor, Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks and the editors of Amazon Publishing, who continue to believe in me.
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