Evernight's Book Boyfriend Blog Hop

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and e-book copy of Sugarwater Ranch

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Hello Evernight Readers,

I’d like to introduce you all to Sean O’Connell, the hero of Sugarwater Ranch and his best friend and Catherine’s cousin, Ray “Junior” Silvera.

             Sean was raised in a rodeo family in the small ranching community of Dalhart, Oregon. He's spent the last ten years doing just what he wants, following the rodeo trail, riding bulls and partying with his friends. If you ask Sean, he'd tell you there is no better feeling than climbing on a hard bucking bull.

For the first time in years, he's landed back in Dalhart, in the middle of the winter, forced to take a job on a local ranch. And the funny thing is, he kind of likes it.
 Stephanie: I’d like to welcome Sean O’Connell and Junior Silvera to my blog today. Gentlemen, please tell us a little about yourselves.
Sean: Well, I’m pretty ordinary. I work on a ranch babysitting a bunch of mama cows.
Junior: Sean rides bulls.
Stephanie: That doesn’t sound ordinary to me. Riding bulls isn’t something most men do. How did you get started?
Sean: My dad and granddad rodeoed. Dad rode saddle broncs and granddad did everything. I was riding horses before I could walk and started riding steers in grade school.
Stephanie: Those bulls are big and mean. Aren’t you scared?
Sean: Nah, I love the rush. There’s isn’t a better feeling in the world than getting in the chute, nodding my head and going head to head with a powerful animal. But that’s just a sport. Junior here is the special one.
Junior: Oh, Sean.
Stephanie: It looks like Junior is a little shy. Why do you say he’s special, Sean?
Sean: My buddy Junior has the ability to see beyond a person’s faults and find the good in everybody, and let me tell you, he had to look some to find my nice side.
Junior: Sean’s my friend and Catherine’s, too. He takes me out to the ranch.
Stephanie: Which ranch is that?
Sean: The Quarter Circle A. Old man Aguirre needed help, and I needed a job. I guess I needed the job more than Ben had need for a ranch hand, but we get along just fine.
Junior: Sean takes care of the baby calves, and he lets me help.
Sean: Junior is my right hand man.
Stephanie: It sounds like we’ve found out what you like. What do you dislike the most?
Junior: Orange
Stephanie: Orange? The fruit?
Junior? The color. Orange is the bad people’s color.
Stephanie: Sean?
Sean: I told you Junior’s special. He sees auras around most folks, can tell things about them by the color they are.
Stephanie: Really? That’s amazing
Junior: It’s okay if you don’t believe me. Nobody but Catherine and Sean do.
Stephanie: What color am I?
Junior: Colors are secret. I’ll tell you when everyone isn’t listening.
Stephanie: What about you, Sean? What do you dislike the most?
Sean: Oh, I don’t dislike much of anything. Maybe green beans.
Stephanie: You sound like you’re pretty happy with your life.
Sean: What’s not to like? I’ve got the best job in the world, riding bulls, and I mostly do what I want the rest of the time.
Stephanie: If you got to spend the day with anyone, who would it be?
Sean: Probably Ty Murray, one of the greatest cowboys ever to ride a bucking horse or bull. Yeah, Ty or Larry Mahan.
Junior: I’d go with Sean.
Stephanie: Who’s your favorite musician?
Sean: That’s easy. George Strait, the King of Country. He sings rodeo music.
Junior: I like all, music, except that rap crap. That’s what my papa calls it. *smile*
Stephanie: We’ve got time for one more question. What do you want most out of life?
Sean: To make it to the PBR Finals.
Stephanie: Anything else?
Sean: Don’t tell Catherine, but I’d like to figure out what makes her tick.
Junior: I’m going to tell. (with a grin)
Stephanie: Before the wrestling match starts, I’d like to say thanks for visiting with me today.
Sean: Adios.
Junior: Bye bye.

Sugarwater Ranch Blurb:
Sean O’Connell is the ultimate free-spirit. Riding bulls for a living, following the rodeo trail then partying with his friends in celebration, is the perfect life. That is, until the parties affect his riding, and he’s left too broke to head south for the winter circuit.
As she closes her Uncle Ray’s Sugarwater Bar just outside of Dalhart, Oregon, Catherine Silvera drives the perimeter before heading home.  In the parking lot sits a solitary pickup containing a very wet, very drunk cowboy. The temperature of an eastern Oregon night in January is way south of frozen. The next morning, instead of finding a grateful man, she’s stuck with an arrogant cowboy who riles her like a yowling tom cat at midnight. The only good part of this whole situation is the way Sean fills out his Wranglers.

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Bunnies and Kitties and Other Spooky Spring Things

Spring is here. Well, in most of the country, spring is showing signs of arriving. Our weather has been nice, except for the wind but we always have wind so it doesn’t count on the spring-o-meter.

The barn cats had five kittens, the neighbor’s dog had the cutest little black and white border collie puppies. I’m sure the cottontails have bunnies, the foxes have cubs the robins have chicks and the badger has . . . little badgers.

There’s something about the coming of warm weather that makes a young horse loopy. Anyone who’s ridden a colt in the spring knows what I mean. My sweet, calm four year old, Cisco, morphed into a fire-breathing dragon over night. Well, after four days off because of rain. Days off and green grass will do that to a horse.

Yesterday morning I jumped on my new barrel horse, and headed for the arena, leading my husband’s head horse. About the time we hit a trot, Bosco, one of the barn cats jetted across the arena in front of us. Cisco bogged his head, bucked a few times then whirled in a complete circle. Thank goodness he doesn’t know how to buck very hard, and if we hadn’t been tethered to the big grey horse, this wouldn’t have been a problem.

Fortunately, just about the time things got dangerous, with me wrapped up in the lead rope like a Christmas present, Cisco stopped. Snake, the gray horse stood like a rock through the whole thing. Normally that would be a good thing, but with one horse spinning and the other not, you can guess what nearly happened. I managed to disentangle myself before I got into a horse-induced wreck.

Now I’m not a kid anymore. Really, I’m not. In years past, I would have ridden Cisco through the bucking, worked him on the barrels then rode for several miles more until he was tired and ready to listen. That doesn’t happen these days.

Training horses is for young people or at least, not old ones. I may not be young, but I have more than a few tricks for making the horse work harder than me. We went to the round pen, and Cisco loped circles until he was tired and I stood in the middle and watched.

                                    Here's Cisco, after our ride and none the worse for wear.

A young, tired horse has a different and much better attitude than a fresh one, and the rest of the day went better for both of us. Cisco is the nicest horse I’ve ever trained and that’s saying a lot. I’ve had some good ones. I’m more that happy to put up with a few spooky days from him and by the hot days of summer, he’ll be very well behaved.

Have any of you had experience riding colts in the early spring?