Thank you for joining Riptide on our 4th Anniversary blog tour! We are excited to bring you new guest posts from our authors and some behind the scenes insights from Riptide. The full tour schedule can be found at Riptide. Don’t miss the limited time discounts and Free Books for a Year giveaway at the end of this post!
Please welcome L.C. Chase to the tour.
It was a dark and stormy night . . .
Okay, so it was actually a late afternoon in the middle of August. I’d been sitting on the patio watching the sun set when I had the urge to email Rachel. I had an idea for a series about rodeo cowboys that had been floating around in my head for a while, and Riptide didn’t have any cowboys yet. So, of course I had to do something about that.
Currently there are three titles in the Pickup Men series, with at least one more brewing. I can’t say for sure that there will be more beyond that, but you know what they say about never saying never. There are a couple other stories I would love to explore in that universe as well. For now though, here’s a brief look back at the first three, along with musical highlights, because music often sets the tone of my stories.
Unlike most romance novels, this story starts with Marty Fairgrave and Tripp Colby, an established couple breaking up and finding their way back to each other. It’s a journey in self-acceptance, in being true to yourself no matter the costs, and finding happiness in your truth. The road is hard and painful, but then, anything worth fighting for always is, isn’t it?
“Ain’t Gonna Lose You” by Brett Dennen is Tripp’s theme song. The poor man had a rough go of it when he was younger, and the events of that time colored his perceptions and dictated his actions for the rest of his life. Until Marty, that is. When faced with losing Marty forever, he has to go back and find the strength to overcome his issues, because there is no way he’s going to lose the only man he’s ever loved.
They can make me turn my back on my friends
Send me away to San Quentin
Put me in a hole, a thousand times again
But I ain’t gonna lose you
No I ain’t gonna lose you
For paramedic Eric Palmer, his first introduction to the cowboy lifestyle was when he covered shift for a friend at an upstate New York rodeo. There he fell for the strong, rugged, silent type men who embodied everything the Wild West was imagined to be. It was a quiet power, a self-respect, and a sense of place that Eric felt he was lacking in his own life, which sent him Westward into California to work along side those mysterious men of the land. And then he met pickup man Bridge Sullivan, an all-guns blazing cowboy who takes life by the horns—and pulls all the stops to win Eric’s heart.
Blues and blues/rock were pretty much the musical diet of this book, and “You Were Made For Me” by Augustana became Bridge’s song.
And it doesn’t take a sign to see
Best things never come for free
And even if it’s made to bleed
You know that you can count on me
This story really is about redemption, making amends, accepting your true self, and realizing you are worthy of love. Because of the steps Scott Gillard has to take to get there, and the person he finds himself falling in love with, he finds himself off balance often . . . and reaching for the saddle horn so he doesn’t fall.
In stark contrast is Cory Ackerson, a young man who is strong and secure, and has risen above every obstacle thrown at him. His light becomes a beacon for Scott to overcome his issues be a better person, and every time I heard “House” by Trevor Hall I knew that would be Scott’s theme song.
Well my body said just turn and run
But then I felt the light of the sun
In the heart that I thought had just died
Started coming slowly alive
We awoke in the mansion above and
Call it love
Even if you’re not a big fan of cowboys, the journey of one’s heart for it’s other half is universal. Why not hop up into the saddle and go for a ride?
About Pickup Men
Welcome to the world of professional rodeo, where pickup men are the unsung heroes. Often called the ghosts of the arena, they’re there to get cowboys and roughstock safely out of the ring, be it by pulling a rider from the back of a bucking bronco, or hazing an angry bull back to the paddocks.
Join these strong, silent-type heroes as they find their way on the hyper-masculine rodeo circuit—coming out, coming to terms, accepting and embracing their true selves, and following their hearts.
Cover artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic, free spirit, and adventure seeker who loves hitting the open road just to see where it takes her. After a decade of traveling three continents, she now calls the Canadian west coast home. When not writing sensual tales of beautiful men falling in love, she can be found designing book covers with said beautiful men, drawing, horseback riding, or hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged roommate.
L.C. is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Pickup Men and Pulling Leather; an EPIC eBook Awards winner for Pickup Men; an EPIC eBook Awards finalist for Let It Ride and Long Tall Drink; Bisexual Book Awards finalist for Let It Ride; and an Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards finalist. She also won an honorable mention in the 2012 Rainbow Awards for Riding with Heaven.
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The Pickup Men collection is being sold in a special discounted bundle by Riptide this week only. Check out the sale on this series and other bundles at http://www.riptidepublishing.com/anniversary-sale
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