Since a big part of this week’s blog tour is to promote the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, I thought I’d share a little today about how I came to be involved with them and the Rodeo Romance series.
Last year, as I wrote The Christmas Cowboy, the first book in the Rodeo Romance series, I found myself questioning how much medical care an injured cowboy would receive at a rodeo versus going to the hospital.
In the story, the hero is a saddle bronc rider named Tate who sustains an injury at a rodeo. In an attempt to get my facts straight for the story, I reached out to the Justin Sportsmedicine Team®. Through mobile medical centers, they provide care at more than 125 PRCA rodeos annually. Their response to my questions was extremely helpful and I was so impressed with them, I wanted to do a little something in return.
The Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund provides assistance to professional rodeo athletes who’ve been seriously injured and may be out of work for an extended period of time. Information about JCCF is included at the back of The Christmas Cowboy with a link to their website, but I wanted to do more than just mention the fund in my book. So last year I launched a campaign to donate a portion of my book sales to the JCCF during the month of December.
This year, I hope to make an even bigger contribution, so I started the campaign a month earlier. Now through December 24, I will donate 10 percent of my net proceeds from every book sold to the JCCF. It’s my way of giving back to a sport I love watching and to an organization that truly fills a huge gap.
The blog tour is all about getting the word out about JCCF and the promotion. If you haven’t shared the information with a friend, why not do it today? You’d be helping out a very worthwhile cause.
As it happens, I became quite smitten with the characters in The Christmas Cowboy and decided to make it the first of many books in the Rodeo Romance series.
The second book, Wrestlin’ Christmas, is about Tate’s best friend, Cort McGraw, a steer wrestler who sustains a life-changing injury during a rodeo that leaves him sidelined.
The book trailer just came out yesterday, so I thought it would be loads of fun to share it with you today! It mentions the JCCF at the end of the trailer.
And here’s a little excerpt from the book:
Tate Morgan called the previous afternoon and said he knew someone experienced willing to work for what she could pay. Unable to believe her good fortune, she expected a grizzled old ranch hand in his retirement years, not a good-looking giant of a man in his prime.
Tall and brawny, Cort McGraw happened to be one of the most handsome men she’d ever seen. From his silvery-gray eyes rimmed with black eyelashes to the dimple in his all-too-attractive chin, she wished Kenzie had given her some warning. If she’d known what he looked like, that he was so young, rugged, and hunky, she would have told Tate not to bother sending Cort to her place.
Mercy, he smelled good, too. Even now, his manly, musky fragrance filled her senses. Annoyed with herself for savoring his heady scent, she brushed at her nose, hoping to chase away the lingering aroma of his aftershave.
You can find Wrestlin’ Christmas and my other books on:
Remember, every book purchased (digital or paperback – and they make great gifts!) now through Christmas Eve helps an injured rodeo athlete!