G’day everyone! Welcome to my Let It Ride blog tour and a peek into the world of rodeo cowboys. (The official schedule can be found here.) This wouldn’t be a proper tour without some prezzies, of course. Read on for giveaway details—and one very special prize! Thank you to Rainbow Gold Reviews for hosting my cowboys, and to all of you for hopping in the saddle to ride along!
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Once upon a time I used to compete Ironman triathlons. It’s a pretty daunting prospect when you’re standing on a beach at seven o’clock in the morning, toes sinking into cool sand, clad in black neoprene and surrounded by 2,500 similarly dressed type-A personalities. But you trained hard for this day. You sacrificed a social life for this day. You are well rested and your fitness is at an all-time peak. And you’re terrified.
Why are you terrified? Because you’re looking at the big picture. You’re looking at 140.6 miles as one big massive monster. Of course that’s terrifying. But then you remember race day is ninety percent mental. A good chunk of training coming into race day is visualization exercises. You see yourself swimming smooth and steady, riding a solid bike course, running like you’re out for a Sunday jog, flying through transitions. And guess what happens? The miles tick by, time passes, and suddenly ten to 17 hours are behind you and you’re crossing the finish line.
So what does this have to do with writing, you say? Just so happens I have an answer. 🙂
I’ve always been a highly visual person, and when I’m writing I like to have reference images of just about everything—locations where my characters live, their houses, the corner stores they shop at, the cars they drive—and of course, the characters themselves. Having visuals helps me bring everything to life. I can take that point of reference when I’m writing and put myself right there in that small field behind the parking area where Bridge teaches Eric how to ride. I can see the truck that Bridge drives barreling down the road and hear the rumble of its engine. I can glean an emotion from a photo of Eric or Bridge that somehow shows me their personalities. I can smell and hear and feel everything going on around them because I’m there too. And my goal as author? To hopefully bring you right into the scene with me.
And with that, I thought you might like to see a few photos from Let It Ride, especially who inspired Bridge and Eric. What I’m curious about now is, how did the descriptions compare to the images in your minds?
Pic 1: The rodeo grounds in Folsom, California, where the rodeo school was held.
Pic 2: Bridge Sullivan inspiration, actor Alex Pettyfer.
Pic 3: Eric Palmer inspiration, model/actor Kerry Degman.
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Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jump-starts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.
New York City transplant Eric Palmer grew up in foster care. While he always had a roof over his head, he never felt love or a sense of belonging . . . until he joined the California rodeo circuit as a paramedic and found a band of brothers who took him in as one of their own. Now, one in particular is making Eric’s pulse race.
When things heat up between Bridge and Eric, Bridge has to prove to Eric he’s not just experimenting with the rougher sex, while Eric must overcome his fears of being unwanted and cast aside. He knows that trusting Bridge may be the key to his happy ever after, but getting in the saddle is much, much easier than learning to let it ride.
You can read an excerpt and purchase Let It Ride here!
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About L.C. Chase:
Cover artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic and adventure seeker. After a decade of traveling three continents, she now calls the Canadian West Coast home. When not writing sensual tales of beautiful men falling love, she can be found designing book covers with said beautiful men, drawing, horseback riding, or hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged roommate.
L.C. is a 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Pickup Men; a 2013 EPIC eBook Awards Finalist for Long Tall Drink; and a 2013-2014 Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards Finalist. She also won an honorable mention in the 2012 Rainbow Awards for Riding with Heaven.
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The Big Tour Contest:
In celebration and thanks, I’m offering goodies for three lucky readers . . .
COWBOYS IN PIXELS: One ebook copy of any title in my backlist. Open to worldwide entries.
COWBOYS IN PRINT: One signed paperback copy of Long Tall Drink, the extended edition. Open to worldwide entries.
COWBOYS IN PENCIL: One original 8” x 10” graphite pencil artwork by yours truly. The finished artwork will be revealed on the last stop of the tour on Tuesday, June 3. Entries are limited to US and Canada residents only.
What do you have to do to win? Just answer one or both of these questions in the comments section below:
1 – Who is your favorite cowboy of all time—fictional or real, past or present? Mine is Clint Eastwood as “Blondie” from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly movies. 😉
2 – Give me your best guess on what the pencil drawing is of—cowboys are a given so you’ll have to be a bit more creative. 😉
Don’t forget to leave your email address too! Contest closes at midnight Pacific Time, on June 4th. Winners will be drawn randomly on Thursday, June 5th.
Check out Bethanys review of Let Let It Ride here: