Blind Ride (Roughstock) by BA Tortuga
Published by Pride Publishing (2nd edition)
Book One of the Roughstock Series
Sales Links: Pride Publishing
How to Speak Cowboy, the Bullriding Edition
Cowboys have a language of their own, which can be hard to understand if you’re not around them all the time. Bax and Jason speak Texas cowboy blended with bullriding, which might need some translation. I speak both fluently, so let me give y’all a little explanation.
Bullriding has a lot of terminology in common with rodeo, where bullriding is a common event to end the night. Still, the pro leagues will happily tell you this is not a rodeo, and there are some words you need to know.
Bullrope. This is the rope cowboys fasten around the bull’s torso which they hold for leverage during the ride.
Flank strap: This rope goes around the bull’s torso as well, back by the hind legs. No, it does not go around the bull’s testicles. You know any man who wouldn buck if you tied off his balls? Nope. Bulls are the same way. The flank strap does encourage a bull to buck, because it annoys him, but the bulls are predisposed to what they do.
The nod: A cowboy nods when he’s ready for the gate to open and the ride to start.
The long go and the short go: Bullriding has a long go around where all the cowboys compete. Then the short go around gets together the top ten or more scores and pits those cowboys against each other.
Safety man: This is the cowboy on horseback who ropes bulls out of the arena. Unlike in rodeo, he’s not a pick-up man because he doesn’t help cowboys off a bronc or such. He’s just there for rider and bull safety.
Now, for Bax and Jason’s Texanisms:
“Sat there with his teeth in his mouth.” I get yelled at all the time for this, y’all. All. The. Time. This just means he was so gobsmacked that he sat there with his mouth hanging open and his teeth showing. Yes, we say gobsmacked. While Texas has at least seven distinct dialects, they all more closely resemble British English than any other region in the US.
“You wanna?” This ought to be self explanatory. This is a mating call. One cowboy looks at another, jerks his head toward the door and says, “You wanna?”
“Like a goat looking at a new fence” Also self-explanatory. A goat who has never seen a fence in a certain place before will stare at it, dumbfounded and offended.
“Comin’ up a cloud “ Bad weather is moving in. It’s fxin’ to storm
Fixin’ to: About to. I’m fixin’ to go to the store. It cannot be changed out for fixing to. At least not where I’m from.
Hope that helps, y’all! (the plural of y’all is all y’all. Just sayin’.) Holler at me with any other questions about the way my boys talk!
Jason stood there with the big fake check for the event win, watching the crowd go one of two ways—up and out of the stands, or down to wait for the guys to make the autograph circuit. He fucking hated this part.
That little broad from the XSports channel was waiting with her bright orange hair and her too tight jeans. He knew how it’d go, too. Blah blah blah Jason Scott blah blah blah race for the finals blah blah blah new kids chasing his ass.
He managed to get through all the questions without being an asshole, but not before a huge stack of fans were hanging over the fence, waving programs and hats, hollering his name. He ducked under into the pens and headed toward the back. He just wasn’t good at that whole meet-and-greet thing.
“You’re gonna get a reputation as an asshole, man.” His best buddy, Andy Baxter, fell in beside him, boots clacking against the concrete walkway back to the locker room.
“Yeah, yeah. Better let them think I might be than know I am. ‘sides, I don’t see your happy ass out there, Bax.”
And shit, nine times out of ten Bax was out there glad-handing.
“It was a long night. My knee’s killin’ me.”
That slow Texas drawl always made him smile, because it made everyone think Bax was laid-back, maybe not so bright.
Jason knew better.
“Yeah?” He winced, shook his head. “You came down on it fucking hard. I swear that bull has it out for you.”
It was hell getting old.
“I did.” Bax shrugged, sticking his hands in the pockets of his old school Wranglers. “I ain’t the man of steel I used to be.”
“Bullshit.” There wasn’t any bastard on Earth tough as Bax. He knew it to the bone. “You want to go get a steak?”
“Hell, yes. Someplace not at the hotel.” They were staying at the sanctioned hotel because the sponsors had asked Jason to, but eating there was like sitting in a fishbowl.
“I got the truck here. We can go anywhere.” He nodded to Little Jack and Harvey who were still waiting outside sports medicine. DJ had taken one hell of a spill, just got caught up and dragged. “Y’all heard something?”
Jack shook his head. “They ain’t called the am’blance. That’s gotta be good, huh?”
“Well, you call me, you hear something, yeah?” Bax said, nodding. “Come on, man. Food.”
Blurb for Blind Ride:
Jason Scott has everything a bull rider wants—success, money and traveling partner Andy Baxter. When he loses his sight in an accident, he stands to lose it all.
Jason Scott is at the top of the bull riding game, on his way to a winning season. Along with his traveling partner, Andy Baxter, he’s riding hard on the circuit, working around the country with all of the other bull riders and bullfighters, living the good life. The only thing he wishes he had is Bax, but he’s afraid to take the step that would make them more than friends, worried that it will ruin everything.
When a terrible accident leaves Jason unable to see, his whole life goes south. Jason decides to chuck it all, determined to go home and hide at his momma’s ranch. Bax has other ideas. He wants to make sure his best friend doesn’t give up, and he hatches a plan that stuns Jason and makes their friends and family think he’s crazy.
With the help of the other bull riders and a very persistent bull fighter named Coke, Bax convinces Jason to give life one more try. With Jason cautiously learning to hope, and his relationship with Bax going to the next level, life gets pretty complicated. Everyone gets in on the project, from Jason’s strong-willed mother to an entire ranch full of children, all of them working to help Jason do what he loves.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released elsewhere. It has been re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.
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Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia, her best friend, Sean, and coffee. Lots of good coffee.
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