Scott Chandler learned at an early age that he needed to "cowboy up" and take care of his family. The one time he let his guard down, his heart got trampled, and he's not about to let that happen again. He knows Sydney's type: rodeo queens who hide their manipulative ways behind good looks, tight jeans, and glittery tiaras.
But just as Scott and Sydney are finally realizing there might be more to their fiery relationship than scorching kisses and passionate nights, secrets from their pasts come back to haunt them. Will the cowboy and the Rodeo Queen ever be able to ride off into the sunset together?
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About The Author
In 1987, after competing in rodeos with a horseback drill team, I looked up during the opening ceremony to see a beautiful girl in a sequin outfit holding the American Flag. As the National Anthem played, she circled the arena. I watched her in awe. It was a few minutes later that I found out she was a “rodeo queen.” I’d never heard of one before that, even though I’d spent plenty of time around rodeo. I’d never paid that much attention.
As I watched her that day, I saw her talking with spectators, rodeo participants and performing various activities during the performance. I decided that very afternoon that someday, I would be a rodeo queen. It took three years, hundreds of hours of practice and endless preparation for me to win my first title as a rodeo queen. Several more competitions and titles followed. During this period of my life, I was training horses, going to college and competing. I lived and breathed horses and was surrounded by the romance of rodeo – incredibly talented cowboys, beautiful young women and a historic culture.
I loved writing and always wanted it to be my career and I loved western romances. All writers have heard the advice, “write what you know” so I looked at the people I had surrounding me and decided to put them and rodeo into a novel. At the time, I wasn’t sure how to do it so I just jotted down a few ideas and put them away.
Years later, more than I’d like to count, and now a grown woman with kids of my own, running a business from home, I decided I wasn’t going to wait any longer to pursue my dream of a writing career. I decided that I needed to do something elaborate, to force myself to focus on my writing. Luckily for me, it was two days before Halloween, just enough time for me to enter NaNoWriMo. With only two days before the start of the frenzied writing challenge, I pulled out my idea book.
There my “rodeo” story stared me in the face. I wondered briefly if anyone would even want to read a story about a rodeo queen. Then it dawned on me, this was NaNoWriMo, it was about producing numbers, not necessarily quality so no one would read what I wrote anyway. Boy, was I wrong. By the end of the month, I was asking my critique partner to read it and within ten days, I emailed it to Avon with my heart in my throat and my fingers crossed.