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Today we’re welcoming Lynn Cahoon to Wednesday Writers. She’s showcasing The Bull Rider’s Keeper. Lynn will be telling us a little bit about her writing habits and herself. Be sure to check out the book excerpt, too.

Welcome, Lynn! Please tell the readers about the book that is being showcased today.
The Bull Riders KeeperJesse Sullivan isn’t afraid of any thing, any man, or any bull. But when he decides to take a chance and carve out a life outside his rodeo career, he’s feeling like he’s walking on shaky ground. In typical Jesse style, he jumps at a chance to purchase Main Street Gallery, a Boise tradition in the art world.
Taylor DeMarco has two goals for the next year. Getting the gallery on sound financial ground to prove to her parents that she can keep her grandfather’s legacy alive is the first one. Moving out of the house and into her own condo by the Boise river, is the second. When she finds her folks are selling the gallery to Jesse, she vows to stop the sale, no hands barred.
When sparks fly between Jesse and Taylor, family gets in the way of reason, and they have to decide what is more important, their desires or keeping Main Street Gallery open and successful.

How did you come up with the concept for this book?
Jesse was in all the Bull Rider books – because he’s the bull rider.  I knew I wanted to keep his story for last, because he was special. Believe me, he’ll tell you that himself. But I didn’t know his story until one day I wandered through the local art museum and thought how out of place Jesse would be there. Then I wondered if that was true. One thing led to another, and The Bull Rider’s Keeper was born.
What are you working on now? Do you have a release date for this book?
I’m working on a contemporary fairy tale. No release date for this one, no publisher yet. When I finish that, I’ll be writing the last book in The Council series.

Do you write in more than one genre? If so, why?
Uhm, yes. I write modern westerns (like The Bull Rider’s Keeper), The Council series which is a witch out of water series. And I this month I release the first of three cozy mysteries set in central coastal California (The Tourist Trap series). Why? I like keeping busy and sometimes a story just begs for a dead body. Or two.

Are you a panster or a plotter? Linear or non-linear writer?
Panster who’s trying to learn to outline. I’m very linear. When people say they write the ending before the middle, it confuses me. My characters grow into their arcs as they have experiences. How can you even know who they are until you’ve let them grow?

Do you revise on paper or on the computer?
Both. I print the rough draft out on paper, read it through, then start edits on the computer. I have a pretty intensive edit process to help weed out filler words so by the time I say uncle, my eyes are bleeding.
Are you a procrastinator or do-it-now person?
Do it now, unless I’m blocked or going the wrong way, then I can’t get anything done.
Character names are important in writing. How do you choose your characters’ names?
Slowly. I just changed my heroine’s name in the WIP after 36000 words. Taylor- the heroine in BRK was something else at the beginning too. But there’s a point where their names didn’t fit who they were, so I changed them.
Are you a morning writer, afternoon, evening, or midnight oil writer?
Since I work full time at a day job and commute 1.5 hours a day, I’m a write when I can find time person. I used to say I was a morning writer, and it’s still my sweet spot, but if I can’t write in the am, I write at night when I get home. The words have to get done.
What’s the first book you ever remember reading as a child?
Wrinkle in Time. I loved the concept.
What’s the book you are reading now?
Another time travel – 11/22/63 by the master, Stephen King. And Second Chances by Robin Carr. And Let it Sew by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Do you have a day job? If so, what is it?
I title and license cars for a large leasing company. Along with a number of other duties.
Do you have an all-time favorite movie that has stuck in your mind or that you’d watch over and over?
Sleepless in Seattle. Or any of the Harry Potter movies.
Do you like reality shows? If so, what’s your favorite one?
Just one? I love Project Runway, Under the Gunn, Top Chef, Top Chef anything, Biggest Loser, and now, American Idol and The Voice. Oh, and Design Star. And Fashion Star… I’ll stop now.

Quickies:
Favorite food? Bread. Or Potatoes. Or basically anything you classify as starch. Yum.
Favorite singer or band? Hard one – today I’d say Kid Rock. Especially when he sings country. But I’m loving Keith Urban too. And Journey?
Favorite season? Fall – it’s my birthday. Warm enough to walk, but a hint of promise in the air.
Favorite flower? Lilacs. They remind me of home.
Favorite color? It used to be blue. Now as I age, it’s purple. I want to be noticed more I guess.
Mug or teacup? Mug. Filled with coffee please.

Name three interesting things most people don’t know about you.

I’ve just become an ATV owner and rider. Love being out in the country on the trails.
I used to play darts and I was pretty good for a girl.
Both times I’ve been married, I married the bad boy. This one’s working out though.


It’s been a pleasure having you here today. As you say goodbye, can you leave the readers with an encapsulation of your life’s philosophy.

Positive thinking creates a doorway through which opportunity loves to walk. Luck is when opportunity meets hard work. Or with risk come great reward. I’m a fortune cookie junkie.

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The Bull Riders Keeper
Jesse Sullivan isn’t afraid of any thing, any man, or any bull. But when he decides to take a chance and carve out a life outside his rodeo career, he’s feeling like he’s walking on shaky ground. In typical Jesse style, he jumps at a chance to purchase Main Street Gallery, a Boise tradition in the art world.
Taylor DeMarco has two goals for the next year. Getting the gallery on sound financial ground to prove to her parents that she can keep her grandfather’s legacy alive is the first one. Moving out of the house and into her own condo by the Boise river, is the second. When she finds her folks are selling the gallery to Jesse, she vows to stop the sale, no hands barred.
When sparks fly between Jesse and Taylor, family gets in the way of reason, and they have to decide what is more important, their desires or keeping Main Street Gallery open and successful.

Excerpt –

Time waits for no man, and as usual, Jesse was late. Peeking in the doorway of the class that was supposed to start any minute, he breathed a sigh of relief. Professor DeMarco wasn’t there. He crossed to the next door that led to her office, knocked quickly, then burst in. “Professor DeMarco, I need to leave early today …” He stopped two steps into the room, glancing at the open door for the name plate. Right office, wrong woman. Instead of the elegant art instructor, a very curvy Venus stood in a black bra and lacy black panties, holding a privacy sheet out from her body like she didn’t quite know what to do with it.
Her eyes widened as she realized he was in the room. “Get out of here!” she shrieked. Then, realizing she still held the sheet at arm’s length, she grabbed it and pressed it against her body.
Jesse could have told her it was a lost cause. What he’d seen couldn’t be unseen and she would be haunting his dreams for a while. Instead, he cast his glance regretfully downward and turned around. “Sorry, I guess I should have waited in the hall.”
He was closing the door behind him when he heard her response.
“Neanderthal.”
When she entered the classroom a few minutes later as that week’s live model, he saw her gaze stop at his easel for a second. Then she did something that never happened when Jesse met a beautiful woman. She ignored him.
He glanced at his watch: ten to four. He’d promised to be at the airport no later than an hour before his plane left at six. Yet he still sat in front of his easel.
Focusing on the study he’d been working on for the entire class period, he sighed, knowing he’d missed something. The model today was exquisite, a woman who could have been not only Miss Idaho, but also Miss Freaking Universe. Her blond hair fell straight, ending in the middle of a tan, well-defined back. The girl’s body showed a healthy addiction to working out.
He knew the curves that were covered by the privacy sheet, and Jesse felt his body reacting to the view. Not the most professional of reactions for an artist, especially if he wanted to be taken seriously in the art industry someday. He shifted on the stool, his attention falling on her hands. Strong hands that gripped the cloth keeping her covered. The fabric draped around her as if she’d just woken from a night of wild sex. She sat like a goddess in front of the drawing class. Long, slender fingers displayed her nails painted in that weird clear and white thing girls did. He focused on his canvas and, using his pencil, gently added a shadow to the back of the hand.
He tuned into his artist’s eye, noticing the play of light off her straight hair, the gentle curve of her shoulder. Her long, regal neck. Glancing back at his sketchpad, he knew the only things he’d managed to capture from the vitality of this woman were the hands. He’d nailed the hands. A smile curved on his lips as he looked back up at the goddess in front of him to discover her staring back at him.
Heat coursed across the room, his desire hot, his feelings similar to what he often felt when he locked eyes with a gorgeous woman from across a crowded bar. But this, this felt different. His smile faded as hers gently grew. Did she know what he’d been thinking? Hell, he wanted her to know. He wanted to feel those lips against his own, uncover the body only hinted at in the crowded art room. He wanted to possess her. He felt like a teenaged boy looking at his first girlie magazine. No, this was more than youthful attraction. Their gazes locked, and he started to rise from his stool, wanting to introduce himself. To get her name, for God’s sake.
A beeping from his watch broke his focus, and he dropped his gaze for a second. When he looked back, she’d turned her head away, the moment lost.
Jesse sighed and opened his case, putting away supplies. Time to go back into the real world. Time to become Jesse Sullivan, Champion Bull Rider and Professional Bull-Shitter. Eight seconds riding a bull and hours of interviews with reporters wondering why he would risk his life day after day. Wondering who Jesse Sullivan really was underneath that cowboy hat.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00JX12LCM

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bull-riders-keeper-lynn-cahoon/1119336586?ean=9781440581205

 

CahoonLynn Cahoon’s a multi-published author. An Idaho native, her stories focus around the depth and experience of small town life and love. Lynn’s published in Chicken Soup anthologies, explored controversial stories for the confessional magazines, short stories in Women’s World, and contemporary romantic fiction. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.

Connect with Lynn at:

Goodreads -http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5857424.Lynn_Cahoon
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon
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website – http://lynncahoon.wordpress.com/
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