No, Jordan Valley isn’t new, but what I’m doing is. Kind of.
I’m editing a new Jordan Valley book. 🙂
First line of the story: Do they still hang horse thieves in Oklahoma?
It’s not historical. It’s modern day Christian romance, and the POV is a girl named Jessie Cobler. She’s a barrel racer–something I always thought would be fun to do.
While I never had the opportunity to chase cans, I am a big rodeo fan. I love to watch all the competition in a rodeo–team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, and bull riding, but especially the barrel racing.
Years ago, the International Finals Rodeo was held in Tulsa. T-Town was the home of the IFR for 19 of the first 20 years of its life, before it moved on to OKC. 🙁 I think my family went every one of those first 20 years.
I loved it! One of the first dates I had with my hubby was to the IFR. Good times!
It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats
It’s spurs and latigo, it’s the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain and they call the thing rodeo”
– “Rodeo” by Garth Brooks
The last rodeo I went to with my hubby was the Jim Shoulders rodeo in Tulsa, not long before Jim died in 2007. It’s where I got the idea for the beginning of this book. (BTW: Jim was from Henrietta, Oklahoma.)
It was excellent!
Anyway, during the barrel racing at that rodeo, a girl’s horse fell with her.
That sparked my imagination, and I used the fall to start this book. Jessie and her horse hit the dirt. Her horse jumps up, but one of Jessi’s feet stay in the stirrup and she expects to be dragged or kicked to death. But Mitch Tanner steps up to rescue her.
Jessie isn’t a Christian when the book starts, but Mitch and his family are.
He’s a bull rider, and after Mitch saves her, she returns the favor.
Check out Youtube for rank bull rides. It’s interesting to see how men struggle to stay on the back of an angry bull for 8 seconds.
Right now, I’m struggling through edits, but I hope to have it finished before too long. It’s not as hard as riding a bull, but it’s not easy for me, either.
Think you’d like to read a little of the first chapter?
If you’re interested, let me know. I’ll need your name and email address. Email me here.