Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Next Biggest Thing

I was tagged by the very successful author, Mona Risk,
and here I am answering a few questions.

What is the title of your book? Rodeo Man, a 100-page novella published by Rebecca J. Vickery.

Where did the idea come from for the book? There's an abandoned town about 70 miles west of my home that one person owned. He put it on eBay to sell--and it did. I thought, suppose a young woman inherited the town, but she had to camp there one week to claim her inheritance? When she arrived, though, a lone man sat on the porch of the dilapidated honky-tonk. Suppose the man was there for a reason, but he was not to let her know?
What genre does your book fall under?  It's a contemporary rodeo story set in Texas--of course.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  I was so afraid you were going to ask that. I'm not a big movie person, and the young characters today elude me. Let's see--the actress would be petite, with curly strawberry blond hair, and someone who loved to laugh and was fun to be with. She would be feisty, but also have a big loving heart. The actor would be tall, slim, a little lanky, slow-moving--until he sensed danger or was on the back of a bull. He, too, would be easy going and love to tease. 
Maybe someone could give me suggestions? 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  Catching a criminal and lasting eight seconds on a bull are easy compared to winning the love of the feisty, strawberry-blonde beauty who wants nothing to do with him.

Where (or when) can we get your book? When? Mid-January--I think. Where? Amazon, B & N.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Probably two months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? If it were a Western Historical, Rodeo Man would read like one of my Dime Novels-quick paced, fun, and have a romance between two very independent people. The Dime Novels are Angel and the Cowboy, Addie and the Gunslinger, Charlotte and the Tenderfoot, and Kat and the U.S. Marshal.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Someone threatens Marla, and that's when Cody moves into action. He has a protective manner about him, and won't allow anyone to get hurt if he can help it. Otherwise, he's an easy-going, ambling sort of guy.


Marla Ellington inherits an abandoned town on ranchland near Arrowhead, Texas. When she arrives to claim her property, and finds Cody Matheson sitting on the porch of the dilapidated honky-tonk, her temper flares. Anger blazing, she draws a line in the sand.

Cody’s only goal for the week is to win the bull-riding event at the Saturday night rodeo. But when Marla receives an anonymous threat that forces her to leave town, Cody finds himself smack-dab in the middle of a mystery. ’Course, catching a criminal and lasting eight seconds on a bull are easy compared to winning the love of the feisty, strawberry-blonde beauty who wants nothing to do with him. Now it's his turn to decide--walk away? Never.

 ***The next stop on The next Biggest Thing (Monday Jan. 7) will be with the talented Stephanie Burkhart at her blog.
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas


  1. Hi Celia--I enjoyed learning about your latest book. Having read your dime novels and most of your Texas stories I can wait to read this one too.
    Thanks for the mention.

  2. Celia, this sounds like another of your great stories. I will be eager to read it as soon as it is released. Best luck with sales.
    And what a wonderful way to start the new year with a new book out.

  3. Hi Celia,

    Your cover looks great, and this story sounds like another riveting read. Can't wait until it releases!


  4. Celia, I'm not up on all the young actors either, but I think Amy Adams would be perfect to play the heroine. And maybe Keanu Reeves would be a good hero here. As Linda said, great way to start the new year.

  5. I should have known this would be one of your fantastic Texas stories. I love the premise.
    I liked Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in the movie, Australia. They might make the perfect pair for the movie version of this story.

  6. Celia, It sounds like another fun read from you. Congrats on the upcoming release.

  7. Thank you, Mona--I'm hoping it does well. Happy New Year!

  8. Linda--I like having something new out at the beginning of the year. Whether Jan. is a good month to promote is something I might find out.
    Happy New Year!

  9. Thanks bunches, Maggie--Happy New Year!

  10. Caroline--I looked up Amy Adams, and she might be a good fit for my character. Reese Witherspoon would almost make a match, but she's a little too flighty--and too blong. But I like her. I though about Matthew McConaghay (sp), for his build and the ambling way he moves--never seems in a hurry. But his face is not exactly right. Isn't this silly?? We act like our characters are real people.
    Happy New Year!

  11. Oh, that would be a good match, for sure--except both are a little too old for my characters. In their younger days...oh, yeahhhh!
    I loved the movie Australia--every bit of it.They were perfect in it.
    Happy New Year!

  12. Thanks so much, Paty. Happy New Year!