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Raising funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Read a Book, Help a Cowboy!

JCCF_2017 REVISED 10-04-17.jpgNovember 1 through December 24,  ten percent of the net proceeds from all my book sales are donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. Don’t forget to include books on your Christmas lists!

Back in 2013, I was researching details for The Christmas Cowboy, the first book in the Rodeo Romance series. I wanted to know 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 responses to my questions were extremely helpful and I was so impressed with them, I wanted to do a little something in return.

So I launched a campaign to donate a portion of my book sales to the JCCF during the month of December.

Two years ago, I added the month of November to my promotion, giving two months to raise funds for JCCF.

If you enjoy rodeos and the cowboys who make them possible (or reading about them in books), I hope you’ll take a look at the JCCF. It’s a great organization that really does make a difference when these cowboys are injured.

You can find my books at:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple | Audible

Be sure to come to the party planned Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Pacific Time) to kick off the campaign. Great prizes, giveaways, freebies, guest authors and more – so don’t miss out!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1942492956038626/

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I promised to share some photos of the Westward Ho Parade in Pendleton, and here they are!

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These four started off the parade. Loved their uniforms and how seriously they took their job.  They were also at the rodeo on Saturday during the opening ceremony.

 

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This is the parade Grand Marshal. The fun thing is that my daddy worked for his dad way back in the 1950s when my mom and dad were newly married.

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The mounted band is always such fun. I so admire people who can do two things at once… like ride a horse and play an instrument. Not everyone can say they play a tuba while riding a horse.

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Miss Rodeo members from various states chose to ride in a wagon with their chaps on display. It was fun to see them, full of smiles for the crowd.

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The team of horses was impressive, but this wagon… the woodwork on it was gorgeous and my photo does not do it justice. Seriously, it was absolutely beautiful!

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So… if you don’t have a horse, just go ahead and ride a longhorn.

 

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Legendary Longhorns have been participating in the parade the last few years. They also take their animals to the park (where a bunch of vendors are set up) and people can get a  photo sitting on one of the longhorns. It’s always fun to see them in the parade.

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I think after writing about Steve the Mule, I now have a thing for mules. So enjoyed seeing this team.

As for the bloopers, here are a few of my favorites…

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This poor guy slid I can’t tell you how far in the grass. Glad I’m not the one having to get the stains out of his jeans.

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This cowboy missed his mark and landed in front of the steer. And the steer didn’t slow down, just ran right over him.

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And this one missed bulldogging his steer, too. As thanks, the steer stomped on his leg.

If you have any fun captions for these photos, please feel free to share in the comments!

 

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I realized in all the flurry of the last few weeks, I didn’t share the characters from Barreling Through Christmas with you, so here they are!

From our introduction to Cooper James in Capturing Christmas, we knew he was full of life and fun, we just didn’t know for sure what he looked like.

I enjoyed someone muscular with a ready smile and a boyish charm.

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As soon as I saw Colton Haynes, I knew he was the perfect Cooper James.

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That thick hair, that chin…

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The jawline and freckles…

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A fun-loving smile and gorgeous blue eyes. Yep, he fit Cooper to a T!

Paige was a little harder to figure out. She needed to be lovely, but somewhat reserved, at least at first.

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Dianna Agron made a splendid Paige Porter.

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She’s beautiful…

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and polished…

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with just enough sass and spark to make a wonderful Paige.

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This ol’ cowboy (sorry, I haven’t found his real name yet) is how I see Nick, Cooper’s grandfather in the story. He’d also make a really good western Santa, don’t you think?

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Brittany Willacy looks exactly how I picture Paige’s free-spirited sister, Randi.

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I chose James Van Der Beek as inspiration for Paige’s brother-in-law Dave.

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Whoever this guy is (I really have no clue to his real identity), he inspired the character of Dexter, man bun, skinny jeans and all.

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This is real-life Rodeo Entertainer (clown and Barrelman) JJ Harrison. He’s one of the best in the business and I had the pleasure of chatting in person with him a year ago when I first started working on the idea for Cooper’s story. Mr. Harrison was a school teacher before he switched careers and started working in the rodeo business full-time. There’s a nice article about him at this link: http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/rodeo/nfr/former-teacher-harrison-enjoying-success-rodeo-clown-barrelman

And if you want to see more visuals from the story, check out the Pinterest Board! 

 

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Raising funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Help a Cowboy, Read a Book!

JCCF_2017 REVISED 10-04-17.jpgNovember 1 through December 24,  ten percent of the net proceeds from all my book sales are donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. Don’t forget to include books on your Christmas lists!

Back in 2013, I was researching details for The Christmas Cowboy, the first book in the Rodeo Romance series. I wanted to know 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 responses to my questions were extremely helpful and I was so impressed with them, I wanted to do a little something in return.

So I launched a campaign to donate a portion of my book sales to the JCCF during the month of December.

Two years ago, I added the month of November to my promotion, giving two months to raise funds for JCCF.

If you enjoy rodeos and the cowboys who make them possible (or reading about them in books), I hope you’ll take a look at the JCCF. It’s a great organization that really does make a difference when these cowboys are injured.

You can find my books at:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple | Audible

 

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Captain Cavedweller and I spent the weekend in Pendleton at the World Famous Pendleton Round-Up.

As usual, it was loads of fun. My brother and his wife, and three of his grandkids met us there to watch the parade together (along with two of my cousins and their families). Then CC and I went off to the rodeo (the others had gone the day before).

I shared a bunch of these photos on my facebook page, but below I’ll include a few more.

Enjoy!

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This is the Cowboy Mounted Band. They do an excellent job and it’s so fun to see them perform on horseback. They ride in the parade and sometimes do an extra performance or two downtown in the morning before the rodeo begins.

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These mounted Marines rode out into the arena on Saturday. Each performance begins with someone singing the Star-Spangled Banner. During the “bombs bursting in air” part, a few fireworks go off. When they did on Saturday, the Marines’ horses got a little squirrelly. Both CC and I were so impressed because not a single one of them dropped the salute they held.

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Check out this cowboy’s hair.

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Pictured here, too, on Friday.

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And look at his hat!

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Bareback riding is wild and hard on the body (as you can see in this photo).

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Nothing like doing the splits while you ride…

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I love the colors of his chaps!

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And this is the Bareback Champion Tim O’Connell from Zwingle, IA.

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This is Cody Kiser. He’s a bareback rider – and a stunt man! He doubled for Bradley Cooper in American Sniper. How fun is that? He’s also a spokesperson for the Oral Cancer Foundation, encouraging kids of all ages to stay away from chew and cigarettes.

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One of my favorite events is Saddle Bronc riding.

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It’s almost an art form to watch the cowboy and horse compete in a dance of wills and skills.

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There is a beauty in the fluid grace of their rides.

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Look at the little kick of dust by the tail.

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This is Jake Wright. His twin brother Jesse won the event. If you aren’t familiar with the Wright family, you should Google them. There are several brothers competing professionally. Cody is the oldest and we watched both him and his son Ryder ride on Friday. Cody didn’t make it to Saturday’s round, but Ryder did.

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And here’s Jesse’s winning ride. In the program, his contestant number was listed as 666, but the number he wore to ride was 700-something. Can’t say I blame him for wanting a different number!

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If you’ve read any of my Rodeo Romance books and wondered what some of the terms referred to, here’s a little tutorial. In The Christmas Cowboy, Tate is a Saddle Bronc rider, so you read bout him holding the bronc rein. That’s what it looks like. It is the only thing he holds onto during his eight-second ride.  In Capturing Christmas, Kash is a stock contractor who gets behind the chutes and pulls flank straps. Those straps are sheepskin-lined or a padded leather strap. It is adjustable to fit each individual horse and released by a quick-release catch. The purpose is to encourage the animal to buck better. It does not cause them any injuries.

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And steer wrestling…

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These guys are strong… and determined!

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I thought this was a fun shot – love the purple leg wraps!

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For those of you who have never been to a rodeo, the guy on the left is the header. He ropes first and catches the head. The guy on the right is the heeler.

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The first day, we were sitting close to the chutes so this is the only shot of Bull Riding I got that turned out.

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The second day we sat across the arena and I got a few shots of bull riding. I thought you might like to see how much air both the cowboy and the bull got on this ride.

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This bull crashed right out of the chute. Both cowboy and bull got up and went on about their business as though nothing had happened.

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This is World Champion Bull Rider Sage Steele Kimzey of Strong City, OK. He was the winner of Bull Riding at the Round-Up.

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I didn’t take any Barrel Racing photos on Friday. Saturday it started to pour just before the Barrel Racing started. I felt so bad for these girls. The arena was a slick mess.

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But they got out there and gave it their best!

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In addition to the regular rodeo events, there were trick riders.

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And the lovely Round-Up Court presenting awards (like these Pendleton Wool blankets).

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The Pendleton Round-Up isn’t all cowboys.

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There is a huge encampment of teepees. Each day, members of the tribes join in the center of the arena and dance.

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Many ride around the track, showing off their beautiful regalia, like this adorable little angel.

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Again, for those of you who’ve never attended a rodeo, these are the pick up men. They help keep the cowboys safe by getting them off the bucking animal as quickly as possible once that eight seconds is up. They help if a cowboy gets tangled in his rigging, and they also herd the bucking animal out of the arena once the ride is over.

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I thought it might be fun for you to see them at work.

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Doing what they can to help out the riders.

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During the timed events (like roping and steer wrestling) the cowboys stand around and watch.

And that’s it for this year’s Round-Up.

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BOBC BANNERPlease join me in welcoming Linda Broday back today!

She’s got a new release and she’s sharing about an really interesting topic. Welcome, Linda!

 

Pox on you!

During the period where I set almost all my western romances (1870-1885), disease killed millions of people. Even the common ones like chickenpox took about 150 lives each year. Not a lot was known about diseases and each epidemic caused wide-spread panic. People often mistook chickenpox for smallpox which was among the deadliest afflictions. Because of their ignorance, many didn’t see any distinction between them.

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In my December 1st book, FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE, Brett Liberty rescues two dozen sick Comanche orphans who are hiding out in a nearby canyon. His neighbor, Edgar Dowlin, sees the red spots on them and assumes they have small pox. The man enlists people in the surrounding towns to take up arms and eliminate the threat. Eaten up with hate for every Indian, Dowlin continues to wage war even after the doctor tells him the children merely have chicken pox.

 

Brett, who is a half-breed, is determined to save the innocent kids. He’s fought prejudice all his life and is determined to save these children. Brett’s blood brothers, Cooper Thorne and Rand Sinclair, stand shoulder to shoulder with him but the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against them even with their loyal ranch hands. Despite their chances, they’ll fight to the last breath for these orphans who have no one.

 

Rayna Harper knows what it’s like to be shunned. She’s a bone-picker’s daughter. Bone pickers were deemed the lowest of people and no one welcomed them when they passed through a town with their wagons piled high with bones. Brett finds a kindred soul in her after they meet in a jail when the sheriff arrests him for the crime of simply “being born.” Brett is drawn to her beauty and amazing strength. From their first touch through the cold steel bars, love stirs in his heart. He wants this woman, wants to make her his wife, wants to have children with her. But he won’t risk having people call her names like squaw and whore and spit on her as he knew they would. Aching, he tucks his love away, hiding what he most wants.

 

When his brothers come to get him out of jail, he refuses to leave without her. He takes her to Battle Creek, Texas where he has a small ranch and gets her a job as a nurse for the local doctor. When Brett finds the sick children, he sends for her.

 

Sharing his Wild Horse Ranch with Rayna deepens his yearnings to have her. Their love binds them like a strip of the strongest rawhide. But can they survive long enough to claim the forbidden passion they’ve found?

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EXCERPT:

(This scene occurs after the sheriff shoots Brett and throws him in jail. His crime? Simply for being born he’s told.)

Rayna rolled Brett onto his side so the doctor could get to the blood that had run down to the thin mattress beneath. Minutes later, she helped wrap the wound with gauze overlaid with strips of muslin they tied together.

Doc stood back. “We’ve done all we can for him. The rest is up to the good Lord.” He began gathering everything and putting it back into his bag. “I’ll check on him again in a few hours.”

“Thank you, Doc. I’ll sit with him as long as Sheriff Oldham will let me.”

“I’ll tell him I’ve ordered you to.” He laid a hand on her shoulder. “I’m guessing your life has always been between hay and grass, but you have a big heart. That’s plain to see.”

“I do care, and that’s a fact.”

The room felt empty after he left. She sat on the edge of the bunk and touched Brett’s dark hair, which was tied back with a strip of leather. It was soft, just as the hawk’s feathers had been. “Yes, I care. More’s the pity.”

She sensed a wound much deeper than that left by the bullet. One that had scarred his soul. Her brother had once told her that kisses held magic, healing. They never had for her, but maybe they would for Brett.

Rayna lightly traced his lips with her fingertips. She could steal a kiss and he’d never know. It was too tempting. She’d never kissed anyone before without being forced. Just one time, she wanted to know how it felt because she wanted to. Bending her head, she gently placed her mouth on his.

It felt nice. Real nice.

So much that she tried it again.

* * * *

FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE is the third and final book of the popular Bachelors of Battle Creek series. Join me for the thrilling conclusion. It’s available for preorder everywhere online.

And if you missed the first two of this series—Texas Mail Order Bride and Twice a Texas Bride – you can still get both online and in bookstores.

 

Why do you read historical romance? Is it to escape from your life into another world? For entertainment? For the history? For the feelings a book evokes?

Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE (your choice of print or ebook.)

 

Linda BrodayAbout me:

I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of six full-length novels and seven short stories. I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed. I love scouring history books and the internet for little known details to add to my stories. I’ve been accused, and quite unjustly I might add, of making myself a nuisance at museums and libraries. Humble roots and the love of family have become focal points of each book I write. Watch for my Men of Legend series coming soon!

 

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It’s fess up Friday!

Okay, so maybe it isn’t for the rest of the world, but it is for me.

You see, back in January, when I had planned out every detail of my writing for the year, I didn’t take into account I’d come down with shingles a few days later and be thrown for a loop for the next six weeks.

By the time  March arrived, I was far off schedule and losing ground fast.

I also didn’t take into account planning my niece’s wedding or co-chairing a conference when I made all those grandiose plans.

In July, as a frantically started writing holiday stories, it became abundantly clear that I was not going to be able to get to all the projects I’d originally intended. So I had to set aside a holiday book I really, really wanted to write. There’s always next year, right?

Now, I’m beyond frantic and entering whatever stage comes after that to finish a novel this month because I promised it would come out at the end of December.

nanowrimoFor the past several years, I’ve competed in NaNoWriMo – a challenge to write a novel of at least 50,000 words during the month of December.

As of this morning, I’ve written a whopping 238 words (insert huge sigh).

I basically have ten days to finish this book and I WILL make it happen.

However, to do that, I will be hibernating in my writing cave for a while. I’ll try to give daily word count updates on Facebook, so I’m asking you all to keep me accountable! If I don’t post a word count, ask me where it’s at. And if I don’t have at least 1,000 words written, tell me to get back at it!

Oh, and I bet you’d like to know what I’m working on… it’s Ben Morgan’s story  – book six in the Grass Valley Cowboys series.

And I have a title:

The Cowboy’s Last Goodbye

What do you think? Do you like that?

No cover yet, but stay tuned.

And if I can’t get the book through the editing process in time, you won’t throw rocks at me if the story doesn’t release until January, will you?

Wishing you all a fun, fabulous weekend!

I’ll be in my cave – writing.

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