Monday, January 9, 2012

It's blog hop time! Yep, it's my turn to put up a post for Secret Cravings Publishing 1 year anniversary blog hop tour. We all know I write about cowboys. Gotta love 'em. Anyway, my blog is about a rodeo I went to and let me tell you, it was a very exciting and insightful experience. Let me tell you.

A lot of you may not know this, but the one I went to was technically my first real, sit down and watch, rodeo. I've seen tons on television, but I haven't been to a live one to simply watch the events. The whole experience was amazing.

The smell of livestock permeated the air. Dust clung to the seats, and floor. And the cowboys? All I can say is WOW!

I don't think I've seen that many cowboy butts in tight Wranglers, cowboy hats, dusty boots and sexy men in my life in one place. Well, maybe in Vegas during NFR (National Finals Rodeo). Vegas comes alive with cowboys during the huge event every December.

Anyway, the rodeo the other night started with a game for the kids. They came out of the woodwork to do what they called, "Gold Rush." I'm not really sure what it entailed except for a pile of hay on the ground and dozens of kids scrambling for the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Then came the main events and of course, they held the bull riding to the end. The whole time I watched, I was mesmerized by the way the cowboys sat in the saddle—their concentration never broken by the crowd around them. Calf roping or bull dogging had to be one of my favorite events. Unfortunately, for my concentration, I now have a calf roping cowboy sitting on the edge of my desk, tapping his spur against the side, waiting for me to write his story. By the way, he already has a name. Corey Middleton and he's twenty-six, dark-haired, dark-eyed, nice chest, six-pack abs… um where was I?

I did enjoy the bull riding though, too. I just didn't get a close up look at the event since we sat too far away. Next time, I'm gonna be on the rail. I had a serious temptation to ask a couple of those cowboys to unbutton their shirt, let it hang and give me a sexy look while I took their picture. Alas, my twenty-year-old daughter, refused to let me.

I did learn about a new event for the ladies other than barrel riding. Breakaway calf roping is one of the newer events. The ladies have to rope the calf, just like the men do, but when the rope goes taut, it breaks away from the saddle, thus the name. I had to look it up and I'm sure one of my heroines will be using it. *cheeky grin*

Well, that's it for my blog post. I am giving away something special for one lucky commentee to my blog post. Not only will your name be in the running for the Kindle Fire, but one person will be drawn to receive...............

One month subscription to the Cravings Club. If you don't know what that is, it's a new ebook club with Secret Cravings Publishing. You can find out more at It's a $10 value and if you decide not to continue the club after your free month, all you have to do is cancel.

Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win and thank you for stopping by my blog on the tour.

~ Sandy


Action Packed Boys said...

I've only been to a couple of rodeos myself but had a blast too. Love your books!

Joanne said...

I've never seen a rodeo in person, only on TV. I really want to go to one. It always looks so interesting. And,of course, there's all those cowboys. How could you go wrong? Great post.


Kim S. said...

Oooo, I love a rodeo!! I totally agree with everything you wrote here, it's not a show it's an experience!! I'll have to remember about the finals in Vegas in December....for my daughter! ;)

Happy Anniversary Secret Cravings!!

thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

June M. said...

I love the cowboys in books. Although I have never seen one in real life that can compare to them. I am also allergic to horses so being around a real cowboy would be difficult for me.
Happy Anniversary to Secret Cravings Publishing!
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Na said...

I like reading about cowboys! To me they come across as very down to earth heroes which adds to the appeal. They are hardworking, good with their hands and have loyal hearts -at least those I've met :)


books4me said...

I've never been to a rodeo but have always wanted to! I bet it would be a lot of fun and I would see LOTS of HAWT cowboys...YUM!

Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!

Happy anniversary, SCP!!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Hi Sandy,
I've never been to a rodeo. Don't jnow if I could stand the dust...the cowboys yes, the dust n the smell, no. Thanks for sharing your experience. Happy Anniversary SCP and continued blessings to you.

Kathryn Merkel said...

Wouldn't you know it, I just joined the Cravings Club.

I've not been to a full on rodeo, but where I live there are lots of farms, so I've seen plenty of cowboys up close. Don't you just love the way their boots make them walk? Yummm!

drainbamaged.gyzmo at

Eva's Flowers said...

Happy Anniversay to SCP! I have not been to a rodeo before. You make it sound so exciting, did you say you saw cowboys there ;) that's what I really want to see. But I guess I will have to do with reading about them :D


Sandy Sullivan said...

And the winner is.......

manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

June ~ email me at and we'll get your Cravings Club subscription situated.

Congrats and thank you all for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I do love my cowboys and the rodeo was a neat experience. I'm planning many more for this year. Research you know. LOL

~ Sandy

mcv said...

Never been to a rodeo, but it sounds like fun. I would love to read about it.
mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

Timothy Sternberg said...

I've only been to a couple of rodeos myself but had a blast too.

Teresa K. said...

Happy Anniversary Secret Cravings. May it be a very successful 2012.

Sandy keep writing those wonderful sexy cowboy books.

Teresa K

RoyalCheryl said...

I have never been to a rodeo, but just love Cowboys. Your book sounds like a real Winner. Thank You. Happy Valentine's Day!

Angie Adair said...

Happy Valentines Day! Thank you for the giveaway!