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Going to the Rodeo
By Sean Michael
Despite the fact that I am from Ottawa, I have managed to go to two rodeo’s! One in Texas and one, believe it or not just outside of Ottawa at the Russell Fair.
Russell is a teeny town in the middle of farmland that holds a fair every year and a part of it is often a rodeo. They have bucking broncs, barrel racers, and bull riding. As small as it is, it’s still a lot of fun and there were guys from all over – not only Ontario, but from out west and even a few up from the states. We got to sit really close and it was very cool. We went two years in a row. Not very many went eight seconds, though.
I also got to go to the rodeo in Austin. The Star of Texas Rodeo was much bigger than the Russell Fair rodeo. The bucking broncs and bull riding were awesome, but my favorite part was probably the mutton bustin’, which I had never heard of before. This was where six years olds rode sheep and tried to stay on as long as they could. Cutest thing ever.
The Star of Texas Rodeo was also the first time I had funnel cake. I hadn’t been to any fairs up here that had it. Well, to be honest, I’d not been to too many fairs at all at that point and I’d only heard of funnel cake as an adult in the first place. Fried dough with powdered sugar on it – why had I never heard of that before or tasted it until later in life? Crazy.
Rodeo features in Amnesia because Thaine was a bull rider, but we never actually get to see him riding in the book as it opens with him in the hospital. Getting hurt is almost a given for bull riders, sometimes quite badly. They keep doing it anyway, and people keep going to rodeos to watch the exciting sport. (And Thaine is back at it by the end of the book, too.)
Smut fixes everything
Who wouldn’t want a do over?
When Thaine wakes up in the hospital after a bull-riding injury, he immediately asks for his lover, Jerry. He has no idea who this man next to his bed is, despite the fact Drew insists they have been an item for the last five years.
Thaine’s best friend, Jesse, calls Jerry. He thinks it’s a pretty crappy thing to do to the new boyfriend, but tells himself it’s unlikely Jerry will come after so many years. He also doesn’t get why Thaine would pass up the opportunity to be with Drew since he’s young, optimistic, and hardworking. In short, everything Jesse ever wanted in a man.
Jerry still carries a torch for his cowboy, so when Thaine asks to go home with him to recover, Jerry agrees. At first they pick up their intense physical relationship right where they left it before the breakup. Jesse, in turn, consoles the now homeless Drew and offers him quite a bit more than a shoulder to cry on. But in the back of all the men’s minds loom Thaine’s lost five years.
1st Edition published by Torquere Press, 2006.
Amnesia is also available in paperback.
Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.