Western Roundup Giveaway Hop

Western Roundup Giveaway Hop_2013_smWelcome to the third annual Western Roundup Giveaway Hop, running July 19-31st. After you check out my blog post, please go to Books and Benches  to find out who else is giving away awesome books and visit their blogs as well!

At the end of this of this Roundup, I will draw a name from my commenters (please include your e-mail address!) and the winner will receive your choice of one of my “Dreams” novels: Cowgirl Dreams,  Follow the Dream or Dare to Dream.

3 book covers

Cowgirl Dreams: Defying family and social pressure, Nettie Brady bucks 1920s convention with her dream of becoming a rodeo star. That means competing with men, and cowgirls who ride the rodeo circuit are considered “loose women.” Addicted to the thrill of pitting her strength and wits against a half-ton steer in a rodeo, Nettie exchanges skirts for pants, rides with her brothers on their Montana ranch, and competes in neighborhood rodeos.

Broken bones, killer influenza, flash floods, and family hardship team up to keep Nettie from her dreams. Then she meets a young neighbor cowboy who rides broncs and raises rodeo stock. Will this be Nettie’s ticket to freedom and happiness? Will her rodeo dreams come true? Based on the life of the author’s grandmother, a real Montana cowgirl.

Follow the Dream continues with the rodeo and ranching dream, but as the terrible drought of the “dirty thirties” progressed, Nettie and Jake (based on my grandparents) moved more than 20 times and finallytrailed their herd of horses 400 miles from Cut Bank, Montana to Salmon, Idaho to find grass.

 Dare to Dream travels on to the 1940s when Nettie, Jake, and Neil are settled on a ranch near Ingomar, Montana. The town was established in 1908 as a station stop on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Although the land around Ingomar attracted numerous homesteaders during the decade following the railroad’s completion, the region proved to be far too arid and inhospitable for intensive agricultural use, and the town declined. The railroad through the area was abandoned in 1980, and only a handful of people remain in Ingomar today.

Synopsis: Nettie has recovered from the loss of her friend Marie Gibson in a freak rodeo accident and is ready to ride again. To her dismay, the male-dominated Rodeo Association of America enforces its rule barring women from riding rough stock and denies her the chance to ride. Her fury at the discrimination can’t change things for women—yet.

The “Dreams” series is available from the author’s website http://www.heidimthomas.com, on Amazon, and from the publisher, Globe-Pequot/Twodot Press http://www.globepequot.com/dare_to_dream-9780762797004.

 Heidi M. Thomas grew up on a ranch in eastern Montana, writing stories and riding horses. From one small piece of information about her grandmother has come three novels and one soon-to-be-released non-fiction book about old-time rodeo cowgirls, Cowgirl Up! Heidi’s first novel, Cowgirl Dreams, won an EPIC award and the sequel, Follow the Dream won the WILLA Literary Award. She is a freelance editor, teaches community classes in memoir and beginning fiction writing in north-central Arizona where she also enjoys hiking the Granite Dells.

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  1. I absolutely must read these books! They sound great! robin.christofaro@yahoo.com

  2. […] 12. Dare to Dream […]

  3. Thanks for your giveaway!! These look like great western books. I don’t read as many western novels as I would like!!!

    Judy
    magnolias_1(at)msn(dot)com

  4. I am excited about getting to enter here for this Dream book, it fits this giveaway so well. Cherylslife67(at)charter(dot)net

  5. I have never read any of your writing and would love to. Thank you for participating
    Worley(dot)la(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. They sound like great books

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  7. Heidi, The winners of these books will be in for a treat, no matter which one they choose. Doris

  8. I would love to read one of these books, thanks for the giveaway!

  9. The books sound good! <3

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Take care, & I hope you have a great day!
    Brandi
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  10. I don’t know why but I have always been drawn to books about settling the west. I haven’t ever been anywhere that could be considered west but I dream of it one day.

  11. OOOh, sounds like an interesting read :)

    princesskaydee_88 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  12. They all sound Great. I would love to start with Cowgirl Dreams.

  13. I would love to read them all but Cowgirl Dreams would be first for sure! faramena at gmail dot com

  14. I think we tend to forget how hard it was for women in the rodeo circuit or even all areas of horsemanship. These books can serve as a reminder.

    cmucha319 AT yahoo DOT com

  15. […] 12. Dare to Dream […]

  16. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! I would love to read one of these books.
    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com


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