Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Do you know what a Pick-up rider is? by Leann Harris

Caleb working on the ranch.
A Ranch to Call Home is out this month.  I've written about my heroine ex-captain Brenda Kaye in other blog posts (LI site) and how she showed up in another book wanting her own book.  Well, once I had such a strong heroine, it was awhile before I knew how the hero in her story was.  My hubby and I still get a traditional newspaper and there in the Metro section, I found my hero, Caleb Jensen.  The newspaper story talked about a man who worked strictly as a pick-up rider.  He's the only cowboy guaranteed a pay-check, and my hero needed a consistent pay-check to help support his younger brother.

Caleb is one of those men who you can count on, unflappable, but all the ladies around the rodeo circuit knew if you wanted a forever after guy, don't waste your time on Caleb Jensen.  Once I started asking Caleb questions about his past, what I learned nearly brought me to tears.  He was, an emancipated minor, who cared for his younger brother.  When Caleb sees Kaye, he knows she's a fellow survivor and he allows himself to dream of things he never thought possible.  So, not only did I have a heroine who barged into a book, with me knowing her entire past, I had a hero who wasn't will to part with his secrets.  They're a great match.

10 comments:

barb phinney said...

Sounds lovely! That's cool about your heroine barging into a story. But as someone from the east coast, never raised around horses, what is a 'pick up rider'?

Sandra Orchard said...

Pick up riders pick up the riders in a rodeo once they've been bucked off to keep them from being trampled. :)

Christine Johnson said...

Interesting. Like Barbara, I had no idea what a pick-up rider was. The first image that flashed through my mind was the two guys I spotted riding in the back of a pickup truck on the interstate at 70 mph. That was pretty crazy, but picking up fallen riders with the bull still bucking in the ring is even crazier. Your story sounds wonderful.

Pamela Tracy said...


Some cowboys walk (hurry) away, so does a pick up rider only come after those who are hurt?

Dana Mentink said...

Hmmm. I never heard the term "pick up rider" before.

Leann said...

Sorry, guys. You've explained it well. Pick up riders do several events, saddle-bronc riding and bare-back riding.

Debby Giusti said...

Great characters, Leann. Plus, I learned a new term.

I am so not cowboy savvy! LOL!

Keli Gwyn said...

This sounds like a great story. I love wounded heroes who have to learn to take a risk on love.

Leann said...

Debby,
Having gone to rodeos all my life, I didn't know that the cowboy there in the ring, waiting to help drag distress cowboys off a bucking horse was named a pick-up rider until I read the article in the newspaper

barb phinney said...

Ahhh! I think I know now. Not that I would ever do anything like that! LOL