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In his funniest novel yet, cowboy poet Black pits two modern-day rodeo cowboys against wild bucking broncs and ornery bulls, as well as ruthless endangered species smugglers, a vindictive beauty queen, and the hilarious fumblings of the romantic heart. This comical farce is a fine example of western humor loaded with silliness and wacky malapropisms. Cooney Bedlam and Straight Line are rodeo cowboy traveling buddies who ride broncs and bulls for the big money–and bigger belt buckles—of champions. Straight is serious about his career; Cooney is a free-spirit, smitten by Pica D’TroiT, “a pistol-packin’ pawnshop pinup girl.” When Straight and Pica become involved in the fiercely competitive business of cowboy cosmetics, they earn the enmity of a bitter female model and her lovesick boyfriend. As Cooney and Straight compete en route to nationals in Vegas, their misadventures include fighting off an angry mob of animal rights activists with a fly swatter, drinking too much prune juice and tequila, and riding against famous cowboys, including Hubcap Longevity, in a goofy llama race (“A word about llamas: nasty”). Meanwhile, Pica’s framed for smuggling endangered species feathers, and Cooney tries to clear her name and avoid the murderous intentions of an inept Latino gunman (think Desi Arnaz with a pistol). A hoot. (Sept.)
Posted October 29, 2012
Ride Cowboy Ride
This book, written by Baxter Black, cowboy poet and just a good wholesome, fun loving, cowboy, (who has written many books and poetry, one of his most famous poems you will find in the movie “8 Seconds”) we find two rodeo cowboys on the rode making a living riding bucking horses, with dreams of making the national finals. Along the way they run into some trouble. As you read this book you will find it’s full of action packed, bone chilling adventures that will make you want to keep reading. Follow our two rodeo comrades, Cooney and Straight, as they travel down the road chasing their dreams, getting into mischief, and falling in love; in other words, doing what all cowboys love to do. So saddle up and get ready for the ride of your life and Ride Cowboy Ride!
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Posted February 2, 2013
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