Spotlight & Giveaway: Heart of a Bull Rider by Tina Leonard

Posted May 12th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 54 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome USA Today Bestselling author Tina Leonard to HJ! 

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?

Heart of a Bull RiderI 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.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: Print copy of HEART OF A BULL RIDER by Tina Leonard


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Book Info:

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:

Tina LeonardUSA 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 or follow her on Twitter: @Tina_Leonard.

About the Cover:

PBRThe 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




54 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Heart of a Bull Rider by Tina Leonard”

  1. Darlene

    I have been to a lot of local rodeo’s my favorite part is the bull riding. I watch the PBR on tv but have not been to any real pro shows in person. I have been dying to make it to Vegas when they do the finals there but sadly did not make it.

  2. Joye

    I have been to some PBR rodeos and thoroughly enjoyed them. I would like to read about this kind of story.

  3. doveknoll

    I’ve been to several local rodeos but not any big ones. I would love to attend one of the bigger ones. There are a few close by but I can’t get anyone to go with me. Guess I’ll have to go by myself.

  4. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    I’ve never been to a PBR event, but I have watched a few on television. I hope to see a live rodeo some day – amateur or professional – doesn’t matter to me at this point.

  5. Sylve T.

    i have never been to a PBR event. and the excerpt for this book looks really good! can’t wait to read!

  6. rachbrown2015

    I have never been to a PBR event. My son loves cowboys, so we plan to go to one eventually.

  7. angela smith

    i’ve never been to a rodeo or watched any on tv.but i do like to read books with bull riders in them

  8. debby236

    I went to one at a native american something. All the riders were native american and it looks like a sport requiring a lot of the rider.

  9. Suzanne

    I thought PBR stood for Pabst Blue Ribbon, a beer , so obviously I have not been to a professional bull riding event. Sounds like fun. I would go.

  10. Emily Stemp

    after seeing the amazing movie the longest Ride i love Bull riders. there almost has hot has cowboys

  11. Vicki Clevinger

    Yes I have. Bull riding is my favorite event at a rodeo. My nephew rode bulls for a time. It didn’t last very long.

  12. Sharlene Wegner

    I haven’t been to any events. They aren’t prevalent in NY! I do love a good cowboy story, though!

  13. kerrylynn

    I love the pbr and i love reading these books. I dont like that i cant get them in canada. In october i will be spending my honeymoon with the pbr finals in vegas.

  14. Timberlee R

    Sure have & loved it! Nothing like a cowboy on a bull or a horse for that matter!! Yummy!!

  15. Tina S.

    My husband and I have attended the OKC PBR every year for the past 4 years, the Thackerville PBR event twice and once we attend the Tulsa, OK event this summer we will have attend all of the OK PBR events. Love spending my birthday with the cowboys in OKC!

  16. Nancy Stopper

    I’ve never been to a PBR event but I’ve watched it a couple of times. I try to picture some of the characters from books I’ve read while I watch.

  17. isisthe12th

    I have never been to a PBR event but I have watched them on T.V. and enjoy it alot. I would love to read your book. Thank you

  18. Kathleen Bylsma

    I have always followed roping horses, bull riding, helped in the lounging of the horses and getting them accustomed to noise and distraction. Would love to be included in this drawing!

  19. donnadurnell2013

    I’ve not been to an actual PBR event. Do you recognize the name Jim Shoulders? His wife, Sharon, was in our church congregation [he had already died before we got there]. I know she goes every year to Las Vegas, and gives out an award I believe.
    The book sounds awesome. I always wanted twins (many are in my family lines, both identical and fraternal). And I think a story about separated twins reuniting would be a fun read.

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