Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Guest Blog: Jeanine McAdam: Cowboys and Five Facts About Bull Riding
2) It’s not if a bull rider is going to get hurt but when. An International Federation of Sports Medicine study found that riding a bull is more dangerous than boxing, hockey or football. It is estimated that every 15 rides end in injury.
3) Bulls are scored and ranked just like the cowboys and they are considered athletes like the riders too. So they are cared for very well and there are rules governing bull welfare. For example, a bull can only travel for ten hours at a time and is given an equal amount of time for rest. A championship bull can be worth as much as $500,000.
6) The riders don’t get paid unless they ride. And if they do ride but are bucked off, they don’t get paid. If they get hurt, they don’t get paid. The best riders make about five million dollars their entire career while lower ranked riders can make as little as five thousand. Bull riders are free lancers, no benefits, retirement or health insurance in bull riding.
Animal right activist Rachel Fox is a woman with a mission. The plan is to step into bull rider Logan Cooper’s ring wearing nothing but a poster calling the rodeo a ‘blood sport’. While rescuing this passionate protester from a nineteen hundred pound charging bull Logan decides he likes what he sees. Only problem, he’s got to direct Rachel’s love away from the livestock and onto him. With the press hot on their heels, because who isn’t interested in a story about a bull rider and a naked protester, Logan brings the dark haired, curvy figured Brooklynite to his Montana ranch.
Except, now that he’s got Rachel in his bed he’s nervous his annoying, problematic brothers and surly preteen nephew will scare her off. But when Rachel meets Logan’s deeply flawed family she realizes the bulls aren’t the only ones who need saving, the Cooper brothers need her help too. The only problem is Rachel has a secret, after believing she was infertile, it turns out that this sexy bull rider may have changed her childless fate forever.
Jeanine McAdam is a writer of twenty-five romantic short stories, a few spicy anthologies and three cowboy books. Telling stories about imperfect people finding perfect love is her thing. Even though she lives in New York City she’s fascinated with the American west. She’s currently writing about bull riders and the spunky urban women who adore them in her Skirts and Spurs Trilogy. When she’s not writing she spends time with her teenage sons, ultra marathon running husband and two rescue Labrador retrievers named Desdemona (Desi) and Aaron.