What cha going to do with a cowboy? by Lynn Cahoon

The_Bull_Riders_Keeper_2The old Chris LeDoux song asks a question I’ve had to answer a few times. Or at least once in my current relationship. I adore cowboys. I love the way their butts look in those tight Wranglers, the way they wear down their boot heels and yet insist the boots still got life. When I was helping my then boyfriend move, I asked if I could trash his worn, ugly boots. We almost broke up that night.

So with my love of the horse riding, cow milking, Western hero, it came as no surprise that my first published book would be about a bull rider’s brother. The four friends who showed up on screen for The Bull Rider’s Brother, would take me through three novels and a novella. The world I built is a mixture of real places back in my home state of Idaho and the fictional settings I needed for the story development. Two of the friends fall back in love in Book 1. One, Barb, the fiery career woman meets her match in The Bull Rider’s Manager. A victim of love who’s dumped, finds his soul mate in the novella –Shawnee Holiday. And finally, the bull rider himself finds his way onto the couch of a society girl, through a very surprising connection.

I’m sure Taylor DeMarco would have understood Mr. LeDoux’s song, even appreciating the irony.

When I sat down to write Jesse’s story, I wanted to show more than just the stereotypical bull rider. Or even the spoilt baby of the family. Jesse’s those things, sure, but like a lot of us, he also has hopes and dreams that he holds tight to his chest like a full house in a poker game.

I hope you take a chance at the book and let Jesse and Taylor tell you their story.


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.

Book 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.


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.

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Bull-Riders-Keeper-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00JX12LCM
Nook – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bull-riders-keeper-lynn-cahoon/1119336586?ean=9781440581205

Cahoon (1)_2BIO
Lynn 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

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7 thoughts on “What cha going to do with a cowboy? by Lynn Cahoon

  1. Thanks for having me over today. I’ve been out riding our ATV’s.

    Hi JoAnn! I love both Jesse and Taylor! 🙂

    • Hi Caroline! I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to tell Jesse’s story and I think it came out perfect. At least for him and Taylor. 🙂

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