top of page
  • N. N. Light

The Bull Rider’s Heart by Betty Derr May is a Love and Romance Festival pick #westernromance #bullrider #romance #lovemonth #giveaway

Title: The Bull Rider’s Heart


Author: Betty Derr May


Genre: Romance


Book Blurb:


A Bull Rider's Heart is a heartwarming and poignant story of second chances, family, and the journey we take to discover our true purpose in life.


A Bull Rider's Heart is a heartwarming story about finding purpose and hope in unexpected places, and learning to let go of the past in order to embrace the future. Whether you're a fan of rodeo or simply looking for a compelling, emotional read, this book is sure to capture your heart and leave you inspired. Cash Maguire had always lived for the thrill of the ride. He was a bull rider, through and through. But when a devastating injury halts his career, Cash finds himself lost and directionless. That is, until a surprise appears on his doorstep - a daughter he never knew he had. As Cash navigates the ups and downs of fatherhood, he's forced to reevaluate his entire life and start down a new path. Along the way, he'll discover that the greatest ride of his life might not be on the back of a bull, but in the love and sacrifices of being a parent. : A Bull Rider's Heart is a heartwarming and poignant story of second chances, family, and the journey we take to discover our true purpose in life.




Leaning against the fence, Cash took a moment to gather himself. Drawing in a deep breath, he felt a single bead of sweat trickle down his spine. The weight of his family's ranch rested squarely on his shoulders, and he understood the enormity of the situation. Realizing he couldn't continue riding bulls indefinitely, Cash acknowledged the limitations of his own body.


Cash listened intently as the announcer captivated the crowd, building their anticipation for the upcoming bull riding event. With determination, he stood tall and inspected his equipment. Everything needed to be in perfect condition, as it would be his lifeline during the ride.


Entering the staging area, Cash was hit by a potent mix of unpleasant aromas - cow dung, sweat, and the unmistakable scent of fear. The atmosphere was heavy with tension. Drawing the notorious bull Cat Ballou, known for its vicious nature, Cash understood this ride could either result in a high score or a devastating failure would impact his finances.


As he sipped water, he became aware that the lump lodged in his throat refused to go down. Suddenly, his mouth felt parched, and his heartbeat intensified. A shudder coursed through Cash's spine, accompanied by a single bead of sweat.


Not one to be intimidated, Cash decided to channel energy and took a daring leap onto the chute railing. His determined fingers curled around the rope tightly as he slid his hand up and down, testing his grip for maximum security.


Adjusting his hat, he felt rather than knew this would be a challenging ride. The bull harbored a strong dislike towards him, which Cash was aware of considering his past encounters. He knew firsthand how merciless the bull could be towards the unfortunate riders.


He expertly wound the rope through his left hand to secure his hold, ensuring it wouldn't slip away. Feeling the surge of adrenaline, he drummed his fingers against the railing, generating some warmth before the moment of truth. The electric atmosphere created by the amused spectators and the comical performance of the clowns. Cash took a deep breath to center himself, then nodded to the official to release the bull.


A tornado in a frenzy of furious hooves and flailing horns. Cash's grip tightened on the rope as he braced himself against the violent bucking and twisting of the beast. Cash's determination grew more vigorous with every jolt and bone-rattling landing. He refused to let fear take hold of him, instead channeling all his focus and strength into maintaining control. As the crowd roared with adrenaline-fueled excitement, Cash dug his spurs into the sides of the massive bull, urging it on with relentless persistence. The seconds stretched like an eternity, but Cash remained resolute, refusing to succumb to the chaos beneath him.


Buy Links (including Goodreads and BookBub):




What’s your favorite part about being a romance author?


I love writing about the stories that are dear to me, and to know others are enjoying my stories and characters.


Here’s my tip to add romance to your love life:


If you have a partner in your life, enjoy them and always think of them first. If you are alone, romance is still alive in your life depending on how you approach it. You can enjoy life on your own should you chose.


Giveaway –


One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon gift card.



Open internationally.


Runs February 1 – 29, 2024


Drawing will be held on March 1, 2024.


Author Biography:


Betty Derr May is a Romance writer, whose books offer not only romance but a romance with a twist. She lives in beautiful Colorado amidst tall majestic trees and mountains. Originally from Oklahoma, her series Marigold is about the people of a mythical town of Marigold they will make you laugh, cry, and sometimes feel the hurt and joy of the characters as she brings them all to life. But they will always entertain you. Betty is the mother of three sons, and three rapidly growing granddaughters. She is also the proud owner of an English Bulldog who can most days be found asleep at her feet while she writes. She is a graduate of Colorado Christian University where she learned some of her story telling ability. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, Sorority Sisters, movies, and working puzzles.


Social Media Links:


Web page  



1 Comment

N. N. Light
N. N. Light
Feb 27

Thank you, Betty, for sharing your book in our Love and Romance Book Festival!

bottom of page