"Wherever men have lived there is a story to be told." Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Last Rodeo - Book Cover

Here it is, along with blurb. It isn't available yet to order, but I'll let you know as soon as it is.

The long road home

Dev Summers wants nothing more than to quit the grind of the rodeo and return to his grandfather's Nevada ranch. At thirty-five, and battling serious injuries, his decision to retire from professional bull riding thrusts him into conflict with his freewheeling dad and brother. . .and into the arms of July Jones, a woman he dare not love.

Running from a failed marriage and an empty life, July is searching for meaning to her existence. She seeks sanctuary at the ranch with Dev, her long-time friend and confidante. As she struggles with her own inner conflict and her growing desire to be more than Dev's friend, she becomes the catalyst that sets his family on a course they did not seek, nor could have foreseen. But before their broken lives can mend, tragedy and a murderous plot will force them to face what they have become.

Filled with heartbreak, passion, and hope, The Last Rodeo is an enthralling story of love, regret, conviction, and the unforgettable journey of a family in transition.

"Great story-telling, a stunning sense of place . . . one of the finest and most authentic western novels to come along in ages."
Irene Bennett Brown, author of The Bargain

"The Last Rodeo brings the world of professional bull riders into sharp focus–the swagger, the glory, the danger, the pain–along with the pride and heartache of the women who love them."
Dee Marvine, author of The Lady Rode Bucking Horses

ISBN: 978-0-9816332-0-6
Strathaven Books

Cover photo and design by Emily Sandifer (click the Sandifer Photography link to see more of Emily's work).

Friday, May 2, 2008

National Day of the American Cowboy - July 26, 2008

From the beginning of exploration into our country's interior, the American West embodied all the elements of a mythical land of great proportion. Our nation had no legendary Robin Hood or King Arthur, but from its wild and dangerous frontier emerged the cowboy who quickly became a hero, symbolic of American independence, chivalry, morality, courage, loyalty, generosity, strength, and good prevailing over evil. He was made more famous by dime novels and eventually films. Who hasn't wanted to be a cowboy at some point in their lives?

In a campaign by American Cowboy Magazine and its readers, a tribute to the cowboy was signed into effect by President George W. Bush in 2005, officially making the fourth Saturday of July the National Day of the American Cowboy. Around the West, celebrations and ceremonies are now taking place every summer to honor this icon of American history.

I haven't heard about any celebrations in my area, which is a disappointment, but I hope to get the word out as I promote my new book, The Last Rodeo. Watch for a cover and blurb coming soon. And if you have any tributes in your locale for Day of the Cowboy, I'd like to hear about them.