Give the Lady a Ride

(Video by Linda Walker)

GA Winner Badge 2011“She’s no bigger than a newborn heifer,” is Talon Carlson’s first impression of Patricia Talbert when he discovers the ranch he’d hoped to inherit now belongs her. Part-time bull rider, full-time ranch foreman, he realizes his entire future rests in the hands of a tiny woman who doesn’t know beans about either.

The lure of living someplace where no one knows her or cares that her father is a senator sends Patricia into the waves of indecision. New York is home; it’s familiar. But on the Circle Bar Ranch, no one will use her as the gateway to the senator. Maybe on the ranch, she can separate herself from her father and develop an identity of her own.

2008 ACFW Genesis Contest Finalist

2008 ACFW Genesis Contest Finalist

Inside a small wooden box, Patricia finds letters her aunt had written to her uncle, both deceased. The love her aunt had expressed was deeper than anything Patricia had ever experienced in her own failed marriage. But it is the faith shining from page after page that brings her to tears. Had she known this wise woman, maybe she would have learned to trust the Lord, too.

One last letter in the box, to Patricia from her uncle, turns her waves of indecision into a tsunami. He wanted her to stay at the ranch. The temptation is strong, but she has responsibilities in New York. She’s torn, and her growing attraction to Talon isn’t helping.

2012 ACFW Carol Award Finalist

2012 ACFW Carol Award Finalist

The same letter throws Talon’s life into chaos also, because if Patricia decides to leave the ranch, she is to give it to him. All Talon ever wanted was to own a ranch, this ranch. And now, his dreams are just one small woman away. Using as evidence the loss of everyone he’d ever loved, Talon is convinced God wants him single. But his growing appreciation of this spunky little lady is shaking that conviction–to the point he questions whether he wants the ranch more than he wants her.

Time is slipping away, and Patricia needs to decide what to do. But she can’t. To buy time for faith and love to grow, she issues Talon a challenge: “Teach me to ride bulls.”

From here on, they’re in for the ride of their lives.

GtLaR Front Cover Final

(bookcover by Lynnette Bonner)

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Praise for Give the Lady a Ride:

“There’s a good sprinkling of humor throughout the book so if you like to read at the local coffee shop be prepared to randomly burst out laughing in front of strangers.” — Susan M. Steve

Linda Yezak “gave wonderful details about bull riding–from training to breeding bulls to riding in competition.” — Karen Baney

“If Jane Austen had lived in Texas during this century, she may have written this book herself. I loved it.” — Pauline Creeden

Linda Yezak’s “characters were larger than life and I enjoyed getting to know them all. There was a secondary story going on with Talon’s ‘brother’ Chance and Patricia’s best friend Marie which was extremely enjoyable. Both Talon and Chance were wonderful heroes and very romantic. I loved all the interaction between all the characters. The description of the bull riding scenes were so good I felt like I was watching a movie.” — “Sherry”

“I was caught up in the story immediately and didn’t want to put it down until I was finished.” — “Heidiwriter”

“I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a story with a western theme but it is so well written, I was on the edge of my seat during the bull riding scenes.” — Evelyn G. Beal

“The bits of detail made me feel like I was looking in on a scene rather than reading it from my living room sofa.” — Carol Peterson

“If you want a fun read with snappy dialog and spunky relationships, this is the book for you!” — Pegg Thomas

“The dialog had me laughing out loud and engaged throughout the story. Linda’s descriptions of ranch life and the Texas setting came alive in my mind’s eye. I loved the diversity of her characters; they each had their own distinct personalities.” — “wetalk”

“If I were to highlight all the good phrases in this story with my marker, the book would be considerably marked up. If I were to then add highlights to the parts that were well written, interesting, fun, and well-paced, there would be no words left unmarked.” — Kym McNabney, “Writing from the Soul”

“This was an enjoyable short read that doesn’t skimp on descriptions, emotions, or character development in spite of its length. I found Patrica and Talon to be multi-dimensional characters with real depth to their personalities and histories. When the art of bull riding was explained to the reader, there was not an inundation of boring terms or techniques-instead, the reader was encouraged to feel what a bull rider feels and to get into their psyche. Is it feasible to learn to ride a bull in a few weeks or fall in love in a few days? Maybe, maybe not. That’s where the feel good element comes into play.” — Lydia “The Overweight Bookshelf”

This is the “type of book you want to curl up with and savor.” — “Christian Romance Reader”

“I’m a comedy writer, and Linda Yezak’s Give The Lady a Ride easily made me laugh-out-loud. A page turning, very cute, tale of modern-day western romance with powerfully built characters, certain to strum your heartstrings.” — “Funny 1”

“Give the Lady a Ride by Linda Yezak definitely charmed this city slicker. I’ve never been on a horse, but after Yezak’s debut I’m thisclose to saddlin’ up for my own ranch and rodeo adventure (I’ll have to draw the line at palpating cows, though).” — “Joy at Edgy Inspirational Romance”

“I love the behind-the-scenes looks Linda adds to the story to make bull-riding and rodeos and ranch life feel natural and alluring. In my mind these touches, along with appealing characters and heart-felt, heartstring-tugging romance makes Give the Lady a Ride a very sweet read indeed.” — Lisa J. Lickel

“You may want to wear your oldest pair of jeans and grab a cowboy hat after this read. Linda Yezak’s mixture of romance and bull riding on a cattle ranch in Texas will knock you into the dust with its freshness. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about ranching and rodeos alongside stubborn but likable city gal, Patricia Talbert. And if you’re single and searching for true love, Give the Lady a Ride may inspire you to go west.” — “theothersideoffreedom”


50 Responses to Give the Lady a Ride

  1. Naomi Musch says:

    This is a great synopsis. Have you read Susan May Warren’s “Taming Rafe”? Somewhat of a similar theme.

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  2. pprmint777 says:

    I did! Scared me to death when I read the blurb about her book. I had to run out and buy it first thing. But I think mine is sufficiently different from hers to stand on its own.

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  3. Shaddy says:

    Congratulations! I’m not surprised at all with your writing success. Reading your blogs, I could tell you are a woman who can really write. I’ll go look for your book. Is it on amazon.com?

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  4. pprmint777 says:

    How I wish, Shaddy! No, it’s still in edit. I’m trying to get it longer. I should have it done by mid-summer and we’ll see what God has planned for it from there.

    But thanks for the vote of confidence!

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  5. Lorna says:

    I’ll buy a copy. I have a feeling I already know how it will turn out, but I want to find out for myself anyway.

    I miss reading about these “people” on CW and leaving me hanging on Chapter 11 just wasn’t very nice of you. :o)

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  6. Wow, Linda, nice site! This is awsome!

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  7. pprmint777 says:

    Thanks, Raechel! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Good luck with your book. It sounds wonderful. I’ll be looking forward to reading it!

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  9. pprmint777 says:

    Thanks so much, Linda! I’m honored you dropped by.

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  10. Walk says:

    If the little lady in the chaps isn’t the cover photo, it should be, it’d get my attention on the bookstore shelf….. :>)

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  11. pprmint777 says:

    Nope. Won’t happen. It’s been deemed inappropriate. I should go ahead and replace it, but I like it. She looks the way I pictured Patricia while waiting for her turn on the bull.

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  12. Nina Hansen says:

    Just found this page for the first time! I’ve said it before but: I love Ride! And I sure hope you get it published soon so I can read the edited version and recommend it to all my friends!

    God bless you and the book! 🙂

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  13. pprmint777 says:

    Hey, Nina! I’m so glad you dropped by! I’m glad you like Ride, and I sure hope I can get it published. Maybe in 2010!

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  14. Eunice Boeve says:

    A nice synopsis of your book. I think I’d like it and I don’t usually read “romances.” Although I’m in favor of romance. 🙂 I’ll put it on my list to take a look at when it comes out. I agree with WALK about the lady in chaps. It would be an eye-catching cover.

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  15. pprmint777 says:

    I’m honored, Eunice! The book is too short for most Christian publishers, so I’ll be lucky if it sees the light of day. But who knows what God has planned?! 😉

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  16. Alicia Rose says:

    Loved your synopsis of “Give the Lady a Ride.” I shared this with all my friends on Facebook. May this assist with its book sales. 🙂

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  17. Lisa Grace says:

    Congratulations! Great cover, can’t wait to read it. 🙂

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  18. Amber Stokes says:

    Hi Linda! First of all, congratulations on the upcoming release of your book! Very exciting! 🙂

    Second, thank you for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour. 🙂 I look forward to reading the book!

    And third, may I ask who your publisher is? Would you consider your book a novel or a novella? I’m currently working on a manuscript, and I was curious about the strictness of word count when it comes to getting your book published. I think that a lot of full-length novels are closer to 80,000 words or more, but as of right now, I’m thinking my WIP might be a little less than that. Of course, you never know. 😉

    Thanks!

    ~Amber

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  19. Lorna G. Poston says:

    Wow, Linda. Congrats! I’ve read a few chapters on CW—looking forward to reading the rest of it.

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  20. linda yezak says:

    Thanks Lorna! I appreciate your support!

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  21. Kym McNabney says:

    Wow, this sounds great! I recently went to my first ever Rodeo, and love anything cowboy and the ranch life, so this story is calling my name.

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    • Linda Yezak says:

      Yea! Thanks, Kym! I bet you really enjoyed the rodeo. I haven’t been to one in ages, but I love them when I get to go.

      Thanks again for stopping by!

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  22. Carman Boley says:

    Hey!

    I would love to feature you and your book on my blog! Please email me for more details if your are interested. 🙂

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  23. Alice Trego says:

    What a tease of a synopsis, Linda! To be sure, your book has been promoted to Number 1 on my To-Be-Read pile 🙂

    Can’t wait to read Patricia and Talon’s story…

    Alice

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  24. Linda Yezak says:

    Wow! Thank you so much, Alice!

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  25. Hywela Lyn says:

    Super video Linda, I love cowboys, horses and anything to do with the West. Your video is a wonderful tease for the book, beautifully done.

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  26. It is difficult to find inspirational stories that also have humor. I hope to check it out. This sounds like a winner.

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  27. Vanessa says:

    Would you consider your book a novel or a novella? I’m currently working on a manuscript, and I was curious about the strictness of word count when it comes to getting your book published. I think that a lot of full-length novels are closer to 80,000 words or more, but as of right now, I’m thinking my WIP might be a little less than that. Of course, you never know.
    +1

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    • Linda Yezak says:

      Vanessa, mine is too long to be a novella by roughly 15,000 words. It’s a novel, but you’re right, most publishers consider a full-length novel to have 80K words or more. Indy presses and small publishers like the shorter novels because they don’t cost as much to publish. So if you find after all your edits and efforts that you’ve still missed the word-count mark, don’t give up. Try one of the smaller publishers.

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  28. Fantastic synopsis, Linda, you had me HOOKED the moment I read the title, and again in the first paragraph. I couldn’t stop reading this, I know I’m going to enjoy the book – and my wife will to.

    The novel aside, you are doing a fantastic job of marketing your product. I’m learning from you already.

    Sincerely,

    Charles Williams
    @drcjw author “In His Very Steps” http://www.ihvsbooks.com

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  29. Cristian says:

    I have heard so much about this book! I’m definitely going to have to look it up.

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  30. Stephanie Pflug says:

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    Stephelaine@gmail.com

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  31. Sounds like a great book!

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  32. Melanie Whitney says:

    Order #: 102-5015537-7765821
    book sounds awesome!! Thanks for taking part of the Christmas in July!!

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  33. Myriam Lamour says:

    Thank you so much!! order# 103-6517082-1861005

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  35. Linda Yezak says:

    Melanie Whitney wins the free copy of *Give the Lady a Ride* for Chana Keefer’s promotional campaign for her new release *The Fall*! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

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