Virtual Book Tour: Let It Ride by L. C. Chase guest post and giveaway

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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.

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Pic 2: Bridge Sullivan inspiration, actor Alex Pettyfer.

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Pic 3: Eric Palmer inspiration, model/actor Kerry Degman.

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The Blurb:

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.

You can find out more about L.C., story extras, works in progress, and cover designs at her website, on her blog, or on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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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:

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17 thoughts on “Virtual Book Tour: Let It Ride by L. C. Chase guest post and giveaway

  1. Favorite cowboy is easy. The old old John Wayne movies. His Early 20s when he was with gabby Hayes. Yes he had different names but was always the same cowboy. 🙂
    Pencil drawing. Hmmmm. How about a partially clothed cowboy (it is a m/m romance after all) on a horse that is reared backed on his hind legs. Cowboy has to have his hat in one hand over his head of course. 🙂

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  2. Read this book today, really enjoyed it 🙂
    Favourite Cowboy: John Wayne I loved all his movies, used to watch them with my dad.
    Pencil Drawing: 2 cowboys, 1 on a horse gazing into the other cowboys eyes. 2nd cowboy stood at the side on the horses head.

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  3. Favorite cowboy is tough. John Wayne had some really great movies as did Clint Eastwood. I think I’ll go with John Wayne in Big Jake.
    Two cowboys watching the sunset with the horses behind them.
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  4. Even though I’m not well-versed in cowboys, I can think of a few I like! On TV, there was the Muppet Forgetful Jones on Sesame Street, and Brisco County, Jr (I haven’t seen that show in ages, but it was pretty fun). And I’ll say Gregory Peck, in any Western role. Why? Besides the fact that he was awesome, I don’t know if anybody remembers the year Jon Stewart hosted the Oscars, where he addressed the Brokeback Mountain controversy in his opening monologue and said “after all, there is nothing homoerotic about the classic American western!” Cut to a sequence of slashy clips from classic B&W movies, and out of context Peck’s character sounded like he was into everybody. I loved it!

    As for the drawing, today I’m thinking…a guy in hat, chaps, and boots, but nothing else. What can I say, the classics never die!

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    • LOL! Muppet Forgetful Jones is awesome! I never saw that Oscars, but now I’m going to have to scour youtube to see if I can find a video of it. 🙂

      Ah, yes. The chaps only highlighter. Long live the classics! 😀

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  5. I just wanted to say thank you again to Rainbow Gold for hosting the Let It Ride tour kick off, and to thank everyone for dropping by and sharing their drawing ideas. It’s looking like I might have to draw a little Ode to John Wayne too. 😉

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  6. One of favourite cowboy actors, apart from Clint Eastwood, is Franco Nero. He stared in quite a lot of spaghetti westerns around the same time as Clint, but was most famous for the film ‘Django’. Quentin Tarantino has an 2012 Oscar winning film inspired by this film, called ‘Django Unchained’, and Franco had a cameo appearance. I wish I could upload an image of him from the original film, but he has cool blue eyes (which shone out), olive complexion and dirty blonde hair, beard stubble, tall, lithe and strong, quite a handsome cowboy 🙂
    For the drawing, I would love to see two cowboys possibly sitting together on a swing on their front porch with scenes of their ranch (horses, dogs). One has arm around the other shoulders, the other one learning in and their heads are just touching, ones eyes are closed contentedly the other is smiling. Or they could be leaning against a coral fence, a horse brushing his nose against one of the cowboys hands, this time one has his arm around the other waist and a dog is sitting down at their fit. Sorry I am bit of a romantic.

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  7. Hello this is not an additional entry attempt, but I had meant to add a bit more about your books and to say sorry for typing ‘fit’ for ‘feet’ in previous comment. I have read & enjoyed quite a few of your books and have just added ‘Pickup men’ to my e-book, but one thing I would like to ask is if you would ever write a longer version or update to the short free story ‘Jailhouse rock’? I would just love to see Trent a bit more and his courtship and relationship. Please….:-)

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    • (I thought I’d respond to both posts together) No apologies for being a romantic! I am too. 🙂 I love both your images, and am storing all of these away for future artwork. So many good ideas. And Franco Nero, you’re so right. Gorgeous eyes!
      Thank you, Su! I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed my other books, and I really hope you enjoy Pickup Men too.
      I’m not sure about Jailhouse Rock. I’d have to talk to my co-writer on that one, but Trent is near and dear to my heart and I’d love to see more story for him some day. We did talk about a second story at one point, but our schedules just didn’t mesh out at the time. The idea is there though. 🙂

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      • Hi LC, thank you for your feedback and the hope you have given me that one maybe day there will be a follow up for that hot little story 😀
        I have another image in mind, for a picture, from seats high up at a rodeo arena sits just two cowboys resting shoulder to shoulder, one is looking down at the arena where another cowboy is on a bronco or a bull and the other can’t but help look at his companion with a shy but hopeful smile. His hand touching the side of his companions hand, tentatively, and his companions (long) denim clad legs are stretched out and resting on the back of the seat in front of him. His expression is not so obvious of intent or thought, possibly more guarded. What do you think, possibly a bit to saccharine :/ ?

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  8. Not a cowboy expert but closest that comes to mind was Hugh Jackman in Australia movie. Sorry not very great. Loveeee Tripp in Pickup Men so much. Excellent book.
    Drawing is a cowboy on a horse lassooing a book.

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