Today my talented friend Donna Dalton is sharing with us about her new western romance Her Rodeo Man.  Congrats on this exciting release. Tell us all about it, Donna.

Hello all, and thanks to Beth Trissel for hosting me on The Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers. I’m a fellow member of the Virginia Romance Writers with Beth, and like her, my first love is writing and reading historical romance. However, just for fun, I dabbled in the contemporary genre and now have a western novella that released with The Wild Rose Press on Sept 22, 2010.

The hero of my story HER RODEO MAN is not the conventional cocky, bull riding cowboy, but a wily bullfighter, a rodeo clown with fast feet to go along with all that wit and charm. I remember my first  PBR (Pro Bull Riders) event. It was held at the Richmond Coliseum. Wanting a good view of the action, my husband and I purchased prime seats just three rows away from the sand covered arena.

Bad decision.

The first bull came out of the chute, hopping and bucking and trying to shake off that denim-wearing flea on his back. His momentum carried him across the arena. He slowed just as he reached our section of the grandstands and began to spin. Snot flew from his nose. One long string of goo smacked into me. 

My shirt got an instant decoration – ribbon de slime.  Ewww. Needless to say, I never saw whether that bull rider finished his ride or not.

I cleaned up as best I could and focused back on the bull riding, determined not to let a little snot ruin my  fun. I wasn’t disappointed. The riders demonstrated their well-honed athleticism, clinging to the backs of those bucking bulls like deer ticks on a hound.

But it was the bullfighters who held my attention. Once dislodged, the riders high-tailed it to the safety of the rails. It was the colorful bullfighters charging into danger that had me glued to my seat. One ran straight at a thousand pounds of  beef, rapped the animal on his honker, and took off running. What? Are you nuts? Of course the maddened bull took off after his taunter. The bullfighter stayed just a few steps ahead of the horned freight train, zig-zagging and doing quick-footed reversals. It was a fascinating ballet of man vs animal. Despite being slimed, I thoroughly enjoyed my evening and felt compelled to write about the brave men who play with bulls for a living.

Here’s a blurb for HER RODEO MAN:

Rose McAllister needs a place to hide, somewhere her abusive ex-boyfriend can’t find her. A nursing position at the trauma center in a tiny rodeo town seems the perfect solution. Until she meets Bass Newcomb. The rodeo clown’s wit and charm quickly threatens her plan to remain secluded.

A third generation bullfighter, Bass Newcomb refuses to let anything come between him and his beloved profession—especially an undiagnosed ailment he is trying desperately to keep hidden from those around him. So when a pretty new nurse treats him at the trauma center, he decides to get close enough to make sure she doesn’t accidentally mention his illness to the wrong person. He’s not ready to hang up his rodeo sneakers just yet. But what starts out as a game of cat and mouse soon turns into a battle of hearts as Bass finds himself becoming her rodeo man.
To learn more about HER RODEO MAN or any of my other books, visit my website at or go to my publisher’s website at
Happy Reading!



  1. Beth Trissel // September 24, 2010 at 9:16 AM  

    Fascinating Donna and completely out of my realm of experience.

  2. Donna L Bolk // September 24, 2010 at 9:27 AM  

    So,it's not just the heart-breaking,cowboys we have to watch out for -- it's the snot shooting bulls, too.

    Happy Trails, Donna

  3. Beth Trissel // September 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM  

    Right! Who knew? :)

  4. Nightingale // September 24, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

    Your trip to the rodeo would make a story in itself! What kind of historicals do you write?

  5. Judy // September 24, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

    Hi, Donna! Glad to have you here. Your book sounds exciting! Good thing you overcame your sliming! Look what it produced! Good luck with it...

  6. Mary Marvella // September 24, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

    Welcome, Donna,

    Great details! I love cowboys, even rodeo cowboys! I think I'd like this story. The images are YUMMY.

  7. Donna Dalton // September 24, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

    Yeah, who knew the sliming was a good thing :)

  8. Donna Dalton // September 24, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

    Judy, I write historicals set in America circa 1860 to 1880. My most popular book so far has been The Cavalry Wife, a post civil war story about a Cavalry Officer and his shot-gun bride : )

  9. Joanne // September 24, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

    Hi Donna,
    Welcome to the Pink Fuzzies, and thanks, Beth, for inviting Donna. Best wishes on your book!

  10. Beth Trissel // September 24, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

    The Cavalry Wife has such a pretty cover. Not that your new one isn't super too.

  11. Mary Ricksen // September 24, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

    You cracked me up Donna. I could just picture the whole thing. but, I do love a good rodeo! And a handsome bronc rider.
    Good luck and welcome to our blog!
    I love a great Western...
    Lookin' forward to yours!

  12. Stacy Dawn // September 24, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

    I've read Her Rodeo Man and it was fabulous!! Heart-clenching and funny at the same time. A wonderful story about finding the right person when you weren't looking.

  13. Scarlet Pumpernickel // September 24, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

    Donna welcome to the fuzzies! Love your cover. This sounds like another interesting read. I'm going to have my ereader filled before I know it.