Real Women Ride the Bull

texasholdem_cover (2)WINNERS! WINNERS! The lucky winners of last week’s blog with Robin Kaye are: Jackie and Alison P!  Email me at: christie (at) with your choice of print or e-book and your delivery information and I’ll get you your prizes.  Congratulations!

I have another lovely guest for you today as she debuts her latest release . . . Ava Miles is here to tell us about her new book, Country Heaven, and share with us a little bit about bull riding!  Just read on!  And stick around because two lucky commenters will win a copy for themselves!


So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, the new contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to announce the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN, a story about a down-on-her luck cook who uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image.

Since Christie loves cowboys as much as I do, I selected an excerpt about a woman being the cowgirl for once. My feisty heroine, Tory Simmons, is the private chef of the super-star country singer, Rye Crenshaw. He’s living up to his reputation in a honky tonk in Dallas with one of his usual contests. He and his manager are timing the women brave enough to ride the bull. The prize? Well, you’ll just have to keep reading. Here’s the excerpt.

Her feet sank into the gym mats. The bull suddenly seemed larger than life, from the tip of its fake snout to the well-worn saddle on its fake hairy back. God, she hoped it was fake. She put her foot in the stirrup, grabbed the pommel, and swung her leg over, finding the other stirrup. Then she eased her hand around the pommel and wedged it under the saddle. Curving forward, she gripped the bull’s body with her thighs, keeping her head low. Seconds later, the contraption tipped forward and started to rock.

The bucking increased. She squeezed her thighs as tight as she could, digging her heels under the beast’s belly. She heard shouts and cat calls, but could barely make them out over the ringing in her ears. The bull jackknifed and then turned in a circle. Tory’s thighs screamed, but she kept chanting a few more seconds, a few more seconds. Finally her grip slackened, and she went flying. The breath whooshed out of her lungs when she hit the mat. She lay there for a second, stunned.

She’d done it, and while it felt like she’d only stayed on for a blink of an eye, she knew it had been several seconds. The noise in the bar was deafening as she used her hand to lever herself up. Determined not to weave like everyone had, she took it slow and walked to the gate.

Rye was gaping at her.

Clayton held out the stopwatch. “Seven seconds! Jesus, Tory. You won!”

She’d won? She couldn’t remember ever winning anything! She was looking around for Lola to give the woman a smirk when she realized what winning meant.

Oh no.

A kiss from Rye Crenshaw. Her boss.

Oh, and what a kiss it is. Check out COUNTRY HEAVEN. It’s chock full of Tory’s recipes and Rye’s country music songs. Yes, I wrote them all.

So, here’s my question for you: have you ever ridden the bull?


AvaMiles_CountryHeaven_HRA down-on-her luck cook uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image.

When famous—and infamous—country singer Rye Crenshaw saunters into the diner where she cooks, Tory Simmons is certain she’s got him pegged. He’s a bad boy who indulges himself in all things, women included. But while she couldn’t care less about country music or arrogant men, Rye makes her an offer she can’t refuse when he asks her to be his private chef on his multi-city concert tour. The job is the answer to all her prayers: it will clear out her debt and finance the fresh start she desperately needs.

Rye is certain his sassy new cook is the last woman who’d ever tempt him, but spending time with the wholesome girl next door will do wonders for his damaged public image, whether she likes being forced into the spotlight or not. Her food also happens to be the best he’s ever eaten, both comforting and seductive. But spending time with Tory on the road shows him a new side to her—one that’s as impossible to resist as her food. And when an emergency in his family whisks him home, he does the one thing he’s never risked: he lets a woman into his heart…

Soon the emotions Rye faked for the tabloids become all too real, but will the country heaven he’s found in Tory’s arms survive in the real world?

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Sounds fantastic!  I’m so excited to read this one.  Thank you so much for being here, Ava!  Well, you heard her, have you ever ridden the bull?  Leave us a comment and two lucky people will win a copy of Ava’s book.  Check back next week to see if you’ve won.

17 thoughts on “Real Women Ride the Bull

  1. Wow, what an interesting sounding book. I can’t wait to read it. And, no, I’ve never been on a bull, either live or mechanical. That’s one activity that will never be on my bucket list.

  2. Love seeing people’s reaction to the bull riding. My sister had to tell me about doing it. I have yet to. We shall see when that happens. In the meantime, it’s fun to write about and live through my heroine. Plus, she does get the best prize for doing it. I told my sister I might consider if if that was the prize at the club we went to. 🙂 But that’s unlikely. Hah! Hope you enjoy COUNTRY HEAVEN.

  3. No, have never ridden a bull and never wanted to. lol Did stop in at Micky Gillys in the 80s, but didnt want to ride them either.

  4. I never did actually “ride” a mechanical bull but when I went to Houston in the early 80’s with a friend (on our way to a Club Med resort, but that is another story) we went to a dance/restaurant place with a mechanical bull and we climbed on and took pictures. I might still have that picture somewhere will have to hunt for it.

  5. Have never ridden a bull but have friends in Alberta who raise bulls for the rodeo. I would love to read Country Heaven!

    • Thanks Joanie,I know that you’ve worked with women who were sexually abused- you have a deepand compassionate understanding of the wounds that are so very difficult to healI’m so glad you’ve followed these posts and that you comment on my book, “When Angels We2#ep8&21;This book, for me, was indeed the most difficult book to write- I’m so glad I did!

  6. I have entered every contest I can find on your new release, because I want to read it so, so bad! And, yes Ava I am a country girl, who loves country music, country cooking, and cowboys, so of course I have ridden the bull. And, shocker I stayed on…..Again many congratulations! B

  7. I have well I would not really call it riding because I fall off so quickly :). But there is a bar here in Boise that has a fake bull a person can ride and get a free shot. It was on my 21st birthday and I was having fun!!!


  8. No, I have never rode a bull. Love to watch the bull riding though. Always think of Lane Frost when I think of this event. Still love Tuff H. Would love to win. Thank you for the opportunity.

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