Thursday, February 2

Guest Post & Giveaway: Cassandra Carr


Cassandra Carr

Book one in the Buckin’ Bull Riders series.

Professional bull rider Conner Raub hides a secret from the world. He’s a Dom. When he meets a submissive on tour who pulls at his Dom tendencies, he fights to deny his true self, believing his colleagues will condemn his lifestyle.

Jessica Talbot is new to the BDSM scene and the bull riding tour, but after seeing Conner come to the aid of a submissive being mistreated in a club, she sets out to have him for her own. After their first night together she asks him to train her to submit and he refuses, afraid to mix business with pleasure. But Jessica isn’t deterred. She’ll do whatever it takes to make him realize he can have it all—a career, true love and the BDSM lifestyle he craves.

Researching bull riding: it's a hard-knock life
by Cassandra Carr

When I set out to write this bull rider series (Bk 1, IMPACT, released yesterday), I didn't know a whole lot about bull riding. I'd seen snatches of it on TV and had read a couple of other romance writers who had released stories with bull rider heroes, but neither of those things was nearly enough to write an entire series based on that world.
So what did I do? Research! And boy, was it tough. Do you believe me?!?

After all, I had to comb through the websites for the PBR (Professional Bull Riders tour) and the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association). I had to watch PBR on what's now NBC Sports (Versus at the time) and NBC. Yes, bull riding is a big enough sport that NBC carries it...I also had to talk to bull riders, look at tons of pictures, watch videos...In short, I had to immerse myself into the world as much as possible.

No one feels sorry for me? Yeah, I don't blame you.

I didn't base Conner, the hero of IMPACT, on an actual bull rider because I couldn't find someone who matched the picture in my head. Brady, the hero from book 2, COLLISION, is another story. Brendon Clark is a professional bull rider from Australia. Even better - he's smokin' hot. Check out the picture!

The other picture in the post is one of the young guys in what's essentially the minor leagues of the bull riding tour. This kid is 21 and eats, sleeps, and breathes bull riding. Most of the young riders are like that- you have to be if you want to make it in the highly-competitive world of professional bull riding.

What questions do you have about bull riding? I'm not an expert but I'll do the best I can to answer them. One commenter will win a set of Romance Trading Cards from IMPACT, so be sure to leave your email address!

BIO:
Cassandra Carr is a multi-published erotic romance writer with Ellora's Cave, Siren, and Loose Id who lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. 

For more information about Cassandra, check out her Website at, "like" her Facebook fan page or follow her on Twitter.

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9 comments:

Cassandra Carr said...

Thanks for having me here today!

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Congrats on this new release. What a hot cover. I can't imagine all the hours of research on bull riding. It's such a physical sport that literally just beats the body up. They have got to be dedicated and focused. The knowledge about horses and bulls alone would be so involved.
Is there a big difference between how its done in Australia, South America and the United States? Or is it pretty much the same?
Thanks for the giveaway, and another of your wonderful books to add to my gotta have list..*S*
Darcy
pommawolf @hotmail.com

Cassandra Carr said...

Hey Darcy!
Thanks for coming by. There are a couple of differences that I know about as far as the countries go. I know there's a different bull rope configuration in South America, and I think they way they tie it (secure it, whatever) to the bull can be different, but overall, no.
It's all about staying on for eight seconds no matter where you do it!

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Thank you for answering...*S* I thought I had read somewhere that many of the bull riders travel all over the world to compete. Is that true as well? Is there a world competition?

Darcy
pommawolf @hotmail.com

Cassandra Carr said...

Yes, many travel from other countries to the US and some travel from the US and Canada to other countries. However, from what I can tell the PBR is the Big Daddy of them all, and winning the PBR is pretty much the biggest thing a bull rider can do.

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Thank you for answering. It's a good time to start paying attention, and get back to keeping my eyes out for the shows when available on tv...:)


Darcy

Cassandra Carr said...

PBR is shown on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) and NBC, so you should be able to find it.

Stefani Stayton said...

Are all bull riders men? I would think it's a male dominated sport because of the physical strength. Thanks for sharing!

Stefani
stefanistayton@gmail.com

booklover0226 said...

Both the cover and the blurb rocked me. I look forward in starting this series.


Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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