Where In the World
I occasionally get asked ridiculous questions about Wyoming from people who claim I'm the first person they've ever met from the state. I always worry that I am really a very poor ambassador for the area. It could be because I feel guilty for a con I pulled while on vacation in high school. Before I confess, you should know two things. First, fifteen year olds on family vacations can get very bored. Second, fifteen year old girls will do almost anything to impress sixteen year old boys.
So, I'm on a cruise with my family and spending the majority of my time in one of those teen rooms. On the first day, I manage to meet a guy who lives two hours away from me in Colorado. Somehow we form an instant bond and from that moment on I would do anything to get him to like me. Well, my opportunity came quickly. A couple of teens from New York were completely fascinated by the fact that I was from Wyoming and preceded to ask me a bunch of questions. I could have answered truthfully and given them the impression that Wyoming was like every other state. Sure, I could have done that. I didn't.
No, I went ahead and told them all sorts of lies. I told them about how I rode a horse to school every day like all the other students. I explained that instead of parking spaces we had places to tie up our horses next to food and water so they could wait comfortably while we went to class. I think I even managed to explain how students got the job of cleaning up poop from the parking lot if they got detention. The boy I was trying to impress backed me up on every word of this.
I will say that I have since answered questions honestly and explained to several people that only livestock we owned in my house were two miniature poodles. I should also note that my evil plan worked and said boy turned out to be my first kiss and my first boyfriend.
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by Emily Cale
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Colton is exactly the kind of distraction Amber doesn't want, but he might be exactly what she needs to get back on track.
Recovering from a bad fall during competition, Amber McDonald decides to spend her last week of training before her next rodeo at a Colorado ranch, away from any and all distractions. It'd be the perfect arrangement—if only her fear wasn't stopping her from getting back on her horse.
Then Colt Riley steps in. He's sexy and seems to have incredible insight into her situation, but he's everything she's been trying to stay away from.
Colt knows exactly what Amber is going through...because he's been there before. Forced to give up his riding career after an accident, he sets his mind to helping her get back on track. All that's easier said than done, especially when she discovers his hidden past. Will his efforts be enough to help her get ahead?
Emily Cale spent the majority of her childhood as a visitor to the worlds of her favorite authors. With encouragement from her English teachers, she put pen to paper and began imagining her own stories. Preferring the fascinating lives of her characters, she majored in creative writing. When not lost in a manuscript or a good book, she enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and playing board games. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and a very spoiled cat.
You can find Emily online on her blog (http://www.emilycale.blogspot.com) or on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/emilycale.