Meet the Neighbors welcome D’Ann Lindun. I met D’Ann last year when we both released cowboy books to Crimson. Now, she’s releasing a new story that tugs on the heart strings. Writing modern westerns about real people with real problems, D’Ann rocks the genre. Check out her latest, A Cowboy To Keep.
What would you do if your child wanted to become a world champion an activity that might get him or her killed? Would you support their dream, or would you want to protect them? What if the thing they wanted more than air was in their blood? Maybe if you or your spouse had done the same thing? Could you say no?
In A Cowboy To Keep, Laney fears for her son’s life when he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and ride rodeo bulls:
Laney watched Cody leave, her head pounding. The man had a lot of nerve, coming here to give her parenting advice. Before she could react, Justin bounded down the stairs.
“I heard what Mr. Utah said, Mom. He said I had natural talent. Do you know what that means? It means I could be as good as Dad. Maybe better if I went pro.”
“Justin, I want you to listen carefully.” She struggled to find the right words. “Sit down while I make supper.”
“I’m not hungry.”
“Sit down anyway. I want to talk to you about today.”
His face dark as a Wyoming storm, he crossed his arms and glared at her, ignoring her demand. “Why did you take down my posters? And throw away my magazines?”
She drew a breath. “Don’t make me ask again. Sit down, please. We’re going to talk.”
He jerked out a chair, dragged it across the floor, and flopped into it. “I’m all ears.”
Nervous and unsure how to begin, she sat across from him and ran her fingertips across the scarred tabletop. “Justin, you know how your dad died. That bull tromped him to death—”
“That was a ranch bull,” he interrupted. “Rodeos have clowns and bullfighters to get you if something happens.”
“You could’ve been tromped by a ranch bull last night,” she pointed out.
“I wasn’t,” he shot back. “You were there, and you stopped him from coming after me.”
“The point,” she continued, “is that I couldn’t stand to have something like that happen to you. Yes, there are bullfighters, but look what happened to Lane Frost. He was one of the best rodeo cowboys in the world, and that bull gored him before the clowns could get to him.”
“That was a freak accident,” he argued.
“Yes, and what happened to you last night and to Daddy was a freak accident, too. Things happen, Justin, which you don’t expect. It’s my job as your mom to look out for you. I couldn’t prevent what happened to your dad, but I can do everything in my power to keep you safe. That means no bulls.”
His stormy face grew darker. “You can’t stop me from living my own life.”
“Until you’re eighteen, I can,” she said, feeling like a shrew. “You will not go to Mr. Utah’s place and ride his bulls, and that’s final.”
He jumped to his feet. “Dad would’ve let me!” he shouted. “He wanted me to be like him. You want me to be like you, afraid of my own shadow. Well, I’m not like you.”
“That’s enough,” she told him. Her heart hurt, but she had to protect him. “I’ve made my decision.”
Blurb: After Laney Ellis’ husband is killed by a bull, she is left to run their small cattle ranch and raise their son, Justin, on her own. Despite some of Laney’s worst fears, the dream Justin holds dearest is to be exactly like his dad, a champion bull rider. He finds his chance when world champion bull rider Cody Utah moves in next door.
Although attraction between Cody and Laney flares, neither act upon it. Laney refuses to get her family involved with another bull rider, and Cody has heard rumors Laney trapped Wyatt, her late husband, into a high school marriage by getting pregnant.The last thing Cody wants is children.
At a rodeo, Justin is thrown and knocked unconscious. As Justin lays in the hospital, Cody begs Laney to forgive him. He realizes he loves her enough to discourage Justin from the sport. Will Laney let Cody into their lives? Will Justin ride again?
Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, nine ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!