Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Release Wednesday + Give*Away!

Please help me welcome my RWA chapter-mate and friend, LYNN CAHOON!
Lynn has had much success this year with not only her newly released novel but her short stories! (Yay! Congrats, Lynn. )
You can find out more about Lynn at her website
But come on back and leave a comment for your chance to win an e-copy of THE BULL RIDER'S BROTHER!

Thanks for being here today, Lynn.


Writing the Modern Western
Okay, so I was surprised when one of my reviewers called my debut release a ‘modern western.’ I think anytime you have cowboys and rodeo together, western must be the definition. I guess I just see the book as a normal life.
Growing up in Idaho, my life surrounded farm life, riding horses, and cowboys. Kids at school wore boots more often than tennis shoes.  And jeans were wranglers, bought at the farm store. Attending rodeos were entertainment.  And when the rodeo parade came to town, life was good.
The memories I’m pulling from all surround life in the country. Even though I’d consider myself a city girl, at least now.
But is The Bull Rider’s Brother a modern western?  I guess. Even though the setting isn’t a Texas ranch, the story surrounds life in a small mountain town.  A town with a church or two, a small general store, and small bars dotting the highway that flows through the town right next to the river. My kind of place.
If that makes it a western, I’m happy with the definition.
So, readers – how do you define a western?

Author Bio 
Growing up in the middle of cowboy country, Lynn Cahoon was destined to fall in love with a tall, cool glass of water.  Now, she enjoys writing about small town America, the cowboys who ride the range, and the women who love them. Contact her at her website – www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com

Blurb for The Bull Rider’s Brother
Rodeo weekend is the start of the summer for the entire town of Shawnee, Idaho. On a girl's night out, Lizzie Hudson finds herself comparing her life as a single mom with her best friend's successful career when James Sullivan, the cowboy who got away, walks his Justin Ropers back into her life.  Seeing him shakes Lizzie's world but James is in for an even more eventful weekend, learning he has a son.  James has enough on his plate trying to manage his brother's bull riding career.  Can he learn to redefine family and become part of Lizzie's life before she gives up on him and marries another?
The Bull Rider’s Brother is a series contemporary romance about Lizzie Hudson, a single mom who wants to keep her life just the way it is, thank you.  The problems you know are less scary than the problems you don’t.
When James Sullivan comes back for the town’s rodeo weekend and finds out that his high school sweetheart had his child, six years ago, Lizzie’s world is thrown into turmoil and she must decide if safety and certainty are worth giving up on a chance for love.  A love that an emotionally damaged James may never be able to return, breaking her and her son’s heart in the process.

Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bull-Riders-Brother-ebook/dp/B008195C2I  (also available at Barnes and Noble and i-tunes.)


  1. I love the way you think of a "western" as normal life. Coming from New York, I've only ever seen a cowboy in a movie or Bonanza rerun (I'm not sure if the show Dallas counts or not.) It's a great perspective to have and gives you a huge advantage coming up with those little details that make stories come alive--Wrangler Jeans and boots instead of sneakers. Congrats on the new release.

  2. Hi Lilia - My dh still wears only Wranglers, partly because it's the only brand we can find in 38-inch length - Yes, tall, cool glass of water that one. Normal life here. Thanks for stopping in.

  3. This sounds like a beautiful story that I would enjoy reading. Good luck and continued success with your writing. Thanks, Jackie rings@wwt.net

  4. Thanks Jackie - I love this story. And the follow up one that's coming out in November - The Bull Rider's Manager.

  5. I love the way you describe life when you were growing up. You really make it come to life. I guess that's why your descriptions in Bull Rider's Brother of the rodeo and Lizzie's world are so good!

  6. I'm an eastern girl so when I think "western" I think of painted skies, red rock, deserts and cattle ranches. "Old West" inspires tales of gunfighters, cow towns, and a rugged frontier. Having only visited the western half of the country it's easy for me to romanticize the setting, past and present. And, yeah, all those Hollywood westerns helped…not to mention reading romance novels with tall lanky cowboys, LOL! The Bull Rider’s Brother sounds wonderful, Lynn! Wishing you much success!

  7. Hi Laura - I've been thinking a lot about the old pond out on the place. Lots of downed trees and a great place to find tadpoles. Funny how a place will stick with you like that.

    Mae Clair - I do like tall lanky cowboys. LOL Thanks for the good wishes!


  8. Book sounds fabulous!! Can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing with us today!!

  9. Thanks Jennifer - The whole series has been a lot of fun to write.

  10. I smiled at Modern Western. I enjoy those tight Wranglers. But the smile was for my grandfather. He loved Westerns. The John Wayne type. He might be a little surprised :)

  11. Hey Carol - My dh still pulls up the older westerns on net flicks and watches them instead of current shows. And why do we have cable? LOL

  12. Nice post. The book sounds interesting.