Hi Tina and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about Heart of a Bull Rider!
Harlequin and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the world’s premier bull riding organization, are happy to share a book publishing partnership that debuts in May 2015. Four re-issued, re-titled novels containing distinctive PBR content will be published under the new Harlequin Pro Bull Riders imprint, and feature actual PBR bull riders on the covers.
What inspired you to create the story of the long-lost twins in HEART OF A BULL RIDER?
I thought it would be fun to see what would happen if two completely diverse worlds collided. What would they have in common? Would they be able to relate to each other at all? I liked the idea of the inherent conflict. They had a lot to learn from each other, and about themselves.
You have bull riders as the subject of quite a few of your romance novels. What draws you to this profession?
My teen years were spent in a town where there was a large FFA group. I never wanted to date the football players; I was much more interested in the FFA boys. Many of them were my friends. Several of the guys tried their hand at bull riding. I have a black-and-white photo of one of my boyfriends on a bull in mid-jump. This was before PBR was huge and all the fun that goes along with it now. It was just small-town guys giving it their best shot. I admired that. But I’ve written about just as many other fields, too, like military heroes. Both my dads were in the military, and all my uncles. I was born on a military base. All my heroes work hard, no matter their profession—my heroes are tough and stubborn, but they’re always chivalrous!
You’re known for ‘sexy hunks with attitude and heroines with plenty of sass.’ Do you consider this sass to be a part of your own personality as well?
When I read this question to my husband, he exclaimed, “Yes!” Women are supposed to be intelligent and fun and sassy. We’d be boring if we weren’t!
What upcoming books or projects do you currently have underway?
I’ve just finished a Hell’s Outlaw trilogy for Random House Loveswept, which is releasing in May, and am starting a trilogy for Diversion Books about a magic wedding dress, and lots of small-town angst and drama. And sex. My heroes and heroines fight their attraction to each other, but great chemistry is hard to override.
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The Billionaire: When New York billionaire John Carruth is summoned to No Chance, Texas, to save the local rodeo, he has no idea he is going home. Now the long-lost twin to the town’s
favorite son is determined to win over the people he left
behind—and capture the heart of Chloe Winters, a Texan who has her own ideas of what it means to be part of a small town!
The Bull Rider: Jake Fitzgerald, champion bull rider, didn’t know he had another half. John may be kin, but he’s still a stranger in
these parts. With his billionaire brother hell-bent on changing Jake’s world, Jake knows he has to take a stand. Will he choose family—or will he take a chance on Erin O’Donovan, a woman who has always meant family to him?
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Tina Leonard has sold over 3 million copies of her titles. She has made the USA Today Bestseller, Waldenbooks, Bookscan, and Ingrambook lists, and has written and contracted 71 books and special projects. She is best known for her sparkling sense of humor, endearing communities, snappy dialogue, and memorable characters that include sexy hunks with attitude and heroines with plenty of sass. For more information, visit www.tinaleonard.com or follow her on Twitter: @Tina_Leonard.
About the Cover:
The cover features real-life professional bull rider Reese Cates, whose father and grandfather both rode professionally before him. Reese says he was riding horses before he could walk (his mother, aunts and grandmother were all barrel racers). He competes as a part of the Professional Bull Riders, which includes more than 600 bull riders from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. To learn more about Reese, follow him on Twitter: @reesecates. For more information about the Professional Bull Riders, visit www.pbr.com.