Friday, May 22, 2015

HARLEQUIN Takes The Bull Rider By The Horns *Giveaway*

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Harlequin, the internationally-renowned publisher, is teaming up with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the world’s premier bull riding organization, to bring you four revived titles featuring swoon-worthy, rugged bull riders. This collector’s edition by USA Today and award-winning author Tina Leonard will feature covers showcasing real-life, top PBR riders Matt Triplett, Reese Cates, Harve Stewart and Zane Lambert.

Each book contains exclusive content, including biographies, interviews, photos, signed reader letters from the ridersand $20 of value-added coupons for select PBR events, fan club membership and upcoming Harlequin titles.   

I am excited to be able to share some of my own exclusive content from a recent interview with Harve Stewart and Reese Cats.

Q- So, Reese, how and when did you start bull riding?
A- I started riding bulls at a very young age. My dad and my granddad both rode bulls. So it was something that I grew up around. Something that I knew I wanted to do. I got on my first calf when I was three years old, and I had already been riding horses and stuff since before I could walk, and I just fell in love with it. The adrenaline rush, the idea that I could make a living doing something that was so fun. I was mesmerized by the sport. I did high school rodeo, college rodeo and worked my way up into the PBR—and here I am today living my dream.

Q- How would you describe yourself to your fans?
A- Wow, that’s a good question. I think a lot of people misinterpret bull riders and have this assumption that we are all cocky, arrogant guys that are too full of ourselves. But there really is a lot
to bull riders. Whenever you’re getting on an animal that weighs between 1500-1800 pounds for a living each and every week, you kind of have to have a little bit of cockiness or arrogance about
you. But we are really and truly a bunch of small-town guys who grew up hard-working, and I think the same holds true for me. 

Q- Do you find you get nervous on competition nights?
A- I think that nerves and adrenaline can be misinterpreted as one or the other, and it can make you perform fifteen percent better or fifteen percent worse. If you interpret it as nerves, then it’s going to cause you to perform worse, and if you interpret it as adrenaline and you harness it and use it to your advantage, you are going to compete even better. So, yeah, there are butterflies there, but you know it’s the same way with Peyton Manning or Michael Jordan whenever he was playing basketball. The greatest athletes in the world know how to harness that and use it to their advantage. And that is what we are trying to do.

Q- What do you see as the ideal romantic night?
A- I think for me it’s not so much about what you do or where you are at, it’s about who you are with. I’ve heard a lot of stories about finding a good woman and how she makes you better but I think the best one was: there was a mayor and he and his wife were eating dinner and they walked by this construction site and this man said hello to the mayor’s wife as they passed by. And the mayor asked who was that and she let him know that was a guy she dated in high school and he told her, well, aren’t you glad you didn’t marry that guy, you would be married to a construction worker, and she informed him very quickly that, no,, if I would have married him, he would have been the mayor. I think there is a lot of truth in that. I think the woman makes the man. I think that the couple makes the date; it doesn’t matter whether you are taking a long romantic walk on the side of a beach or whether you are having a nice dinner with a glass of wine or if you are sitting in front of a fire. If the chemistry is there it’s going to be amazing either way.
 
 I also learned these impressive stats:
#58 Reese Cates @reesecates
World Finals Qualifications: 3
Hometown: El Dorado, Ark.
Residence: El Dorado, Ark.
Height: 5-9
Weight: 155
Born: 1/12/89
Riding Hand: Right
BFTS Season: 8th
Career Earnings: $449,167
High-Marked Ride: 91 points on Firewater at Built Ford
Tough World Finals on Nov. 2, 2008
* 2008 Rookie of the Year


Q- How and when did you start getting into bull riding?
A- I grew up in Stephenville, Texas, which is a big rodeo town—a lot of legends have come from there. Ty Murray and the Carillo brothers (Adam and Gilbert) are just three of the greats to come from Stephenville. When I was 13 years old, I actually got on my first steers at their place and just fell in love with bull riding. They became my friends, and I felt kind of lucky that I was able to have that opportunity because not many people do. It was an opportunity for me to go and get on, and I
didn’t turn it down.

Q- What do you remember about your first Built Ford Tough Series ride?
A- My first Built Ford Tough Series ride was in Anaheim and it was a bull called Nacho Hero. He was just a cool little bull. I don’t think I was even many points—82.25—on him, but it was just neat to get that first one down. It is something you never forget and sticks with you forever. You will have a Top Ten list of your favorite rides, and your first might not make it on that list, but you will always remember it. We’d had two one-day events, and I bucked off at my first two events and then went to California for my third event and rode my first one there. You are nervous and everything. It is new. You see it on TV, but it’s not something that I got to see before I got on tour—I had never been to a Built Ford Tough event until then. It was something really cool to see, but it dang sure took a while to get.

Q- In your career, what would you say was your most memorable moment? And why?
A- Probably when I rode Meat Hook in Thackerville, Oklahoma, a couple of years ago, in 2012. It was my first BFTS event win. I had gotten close quite a bit, finishing second and stuff like that, but I’d never won one. It came down to the last two guys and I stayed on mine. It was kind of a cool pressure situation—and to come out on top is something I will always remember.

Q- What’s your idea of a romantic night out?
A- Just a steak dinner and a movie—maybe even at home. We would go to a nice steak house, like a Del Frisco’s. If it was me planning it, hell, we would go golfing and then to a football game. Though it kind of depends on the girl and what she wants to do.

I was also able to find out:
Harve Stewart @harvestewart
World Finals Qualifications: 6
Hometown: Stephenville, Texas
Residence: Stephenville, Texas
Height: 5-9
Weight: 160
Born: 12/28/87
Riding Hand:  Right
BFTS Season: 9th
Career Earnings: $508,852
High-Marked Ride: 91 points on Savage Shaker in Tulsa, Okla., on July 22, 2007


 Harlequin would like to give one reader a copy of four of these titles by Tina Leonard.

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