Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rodeo Rebel: A Standout in the Genre

When widower and land baron Cole Reardon acquired the Turner Grain Corporation, he didn't know the company sponsored a bull rider. He refuses to support thrill-seekers dumb enough to get on the back of a crazed animal. He’s not willing to risk his fortune and livelihood when he has his daughter's well-being to consider. Not even when the bull rider is the sexiest woman he's ever seen.
Bull rider Florentine McDougal plans to turn pro after the season championship, fulfilling her lifelong dream of succeeding in a man’s world. That is, until Cole Reardon shows up and threatens to break his sponsorship contract with her. Now everything she’s worked for is less than eight seconds away from being destroyed.

Cole distracts Florentine with his sexy mouth and unreasonable demands, and he's not going to compromise his integrity. But she's not going to let him loose until she has pro status. And neither will come away from this dust-up unscathed.


What a refreshing take on the western romance! Kayn’s book features Florentine, a female bull rider who is committed to being the best and serving as an example to young girls. She exemplifies a truly confident woman who does not need a man to complete herself. This is a brave change from the more traditional gender roles in romances and makes Rodeo Rebel stand out in the genre as unique.

The story of Florentine and Cole, and Sarah, is written from the heart.  While the book missed the mark with no strong hero (let’s face it – he’s was a bit of a softy), readers will still fall in love with this couple regardless. Kayn still manages to pull off a sweet manly hero surrounded by two great women – the heroine who has spunk and the smarts to back it and his daughter who is cute as a button. The relationship between the hero and his daughter will warm your heart but it’s the romance that will set readers on fire.

Rodeo Rebel will pull at reader’s heartstrings… together with great secondary characters that infuse the story with warmth, the characters become like family. I plan to read this entire series and encourage readers who love themselves a cowboy to read the series too.

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries 
This book was given to us by Entangled Publishing... many thanks.


1. What inspired you to write this book?
Rodeo Rebel is part of the Sisters of McDougal series, and since there are 5 sisters in the McDougal family they each get their own book. The idea started originally that I wanted to write a western story but instead of centered around cowboys, I wanted cowgirls. Of course, being a romance book there are also cowboys! I also wanted to show how a family goes through losing someone bigger than life, and having to go on living and finding love.

2. What do you like most about the book?
I love the strength found in Florentine. I think it’s important for woman to know they can be strong and tough, but also embrace their tender side. That’s hard for a female bull rider in a man’s sport, and we get to see how she grows and comes into her own.

3. Is there a message your book conveys?
You can’t fight love! I’m a sucker for happily ever after. I love the journey to finding the love of your life. Sometimes it’s simple, and sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns and fight for it. However you go about it, it’s totally worth the ride!

4. Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a full time writer who attempts to balance kids, husband, animals, and whatever else anyone throws at me. So, depending on the day, I might spend all day writing or steal ten minutes here and there. When I do start writing, I sit and let it flow out of me without a plan in sight. Once I get the first three chapters done, I start plotting in my head. By the time I’m halfway done, I plot each scene and make sure they are progressing in the right direction. One thing I like to do is write fast. I hate breaks or missing a day. I love the routine of writing to a schedule. It keeps me sane.

5. What tips do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up, and write what you know. There’s comfort in knowing how your characters live and what’s involved in their everyday living. Use your experience to keep your interest in the story up, and write from the heart. 

6. What are a few of your favorite authors?
I’m a huge Nora Roberts fan. I also love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Diana Palmer, Jeannie Watt and Linda Lael Miller.

7. What is your guilty indulgence?
Soft caramel squares! Some people might say boots too, but I don’t feel guilty about that one.

Thank you so much for having me here today! Remember, if Rodeo Rebel reaches the top 100 by August 8th, I’m giving away a pair of cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat. No purchase necessary! All the details are here!

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Multi-published Romance Author, Debra Kayn, lives with her family in the beautiful coastal mountains of Oregon on a hobby farm. During the summer, she enjoys riding motorcycles, gardening, playing tennis, and fishing. During the winter, you’ll find her outside playing in the snow. A cold weather nut, she lives for the days she’s snowbound and fighting with the woodstove to keep the house warm when the power goes out. A huge animal lover, she always has a dog under her desk when she writes and chickens standing at the front door looking for a treat. She's famous in her family for teaching a 270 lb pig named Harley to jog with her every morning.

Her love of family ties and laughter makes her a natural to write heartwarming contemporary stories to the delight of her readers. As someone who met her husband on a blind date when she was nineteen years old, she’s a believer of love at first sight and happily ever after.

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