First Rodeo

A Novel

2016 USA Best Book Awards: Best New Fiction, Finalist
2016 USA Best Book Awards: Fiction, Chick Lit/Women’s Lit, Finalist

“Hennessey has crafted a narrative that effectively builds on the tropes of chick-lit and cowboy romance to take some deeper turns… An engaging, nuanced female awakening journey in the West.”
Kirkus Reviews

*Please note that the first printing of Judith’s novel, First Rodeo, has transposed pages (a printer error). SparkPress is eager to remove these books from circulation and replace all misprinted copies free of charge. If you have one of these books, please contact Lauren Wise (lauren@sparkpointstudio.com) for a replacement copy.

Kate, an attractive, thirty-something, workaholic, single mother, is in the business of pleasing others. At the top of her “yes” list is her sometimes surly and controlling boss: her father. But when a crisis at work spurs Kate to examine her life, she surprises everyone by taking her young son and heading where few high heels have ever gone: Wyoming, home to more cows than humans. There, at the Prickly Pair Ranch, she meets a young, sexy, bull rider, who’s lived a lifetime in just over two decades. He’s full of big dreams of training horses, and his passion fuels Kate’s dormant dreams of becoming an artist, and sparks fly—and once again, Kate shocks everyone, even herself, and jumps on for the romantic ride of her life.

Fast-paced and wildly entertaining, First Rodeo is filled with humorous scenes of city girl gone country, encounters with handsome cowboys, the struggles of the creative process, and a powerful message: the greatest love of all is the love you have for yourself.

Publication Date: September 20, 2016

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2016 USA Best Book Awards: Best New Fiction, Finalist
2016 USA Best Book Awards: Fiction, Chick Lit/Women’s Lit, Finalist

“Hennessey has crafted a narrative that effectively builds on the tropes of chick-lit and cowboy romance to take some deeper turns… An engaging, nuanced female awakening journey in the West.”
Kirkus Reviews

“…at its heart this story about a single mother blazing new trails after finding business success is plenty appealing.”
Booklist

First Rodeo is a celebration of one of life’s most underrated truths: The most precious relationship is the one you have with yourself.”
Redbook magazine, “20 Books By Women You Must Read This Fall”

“Here’s a love-yourself story you won’t be able to put down.”
Working Mother, “21 New Books to Fall for This Autumn”

“Readers will love saddling up with Kate Marino, the sassy, sexy heroine in Judith Hennessey’s debut novel. Part career woman, part cowgirl, Kate feels most at home on the range with a camera or paintbrush in her hand. But her young son and family obligations keep her tied to a high stakes big city automobile dealership. From romantic relationships with rowdy ranch hands to frank female friendships, Kate’s story gallops along, always in an entertaining tone and always, always in a stylish pair of cowgirl boots.”
―Kelly Standing, author of I’m Still Standing and owner of Standing Media

“A broncbuster and emotional rollercoaster in one! First Rodeo takes us on a rollickin’, rip-roarin’ ride as disillusioned single mom Kate takes off to Wyoming, swapping martini cocktails and Manolos for snakeskin boots and smooching with her younger cowboy under a blue moon. Hennessey handles her uber-feminine portrayal of a thirty-something crisis and love affair with a deft touch.”
―Helen Jacey author of The Woman in the Story and renowned screenplay-writer

First Rodeo is a sizzling read about a young woman who goes in search of herself out West. In this place filled with wide-open spaces Kate faces her real challenge, torn between head and heart, and choice over family or her imagined new future. A page turner destined for the screen.”
―Peter M. Kershaw, Director & CEO Duchy Parade Films

“Part old favorite Northern Exposure and part uber popular Sex and the City, Hennessey’s debut novel is an intoxicating tale filled to the brim with authentic settings, compelling characters, and smart twists. Like any good cocktail, It’s tempting to finish this fast-paced story in one quick shot; but savor it, page by page, as a guilty pleasure.”
―Chris Wiedman, Cox Communications

“Expect the unexpected in this well written, entirely original story, filled with incredible visuals; it screams for the big screen.”
―Shawn Jordan, Exec Vice-President, Director Griffin Communications

“Fans of Janet Evanovich will love feisty Kate Marino of First Rodeo, book one in The Spur Series. Hennessey delivers a cast of colorful characters, non-stop action and a heroine you will find yourself rooting for until the very last line. Don’t miss this must read!”
―Lisa Farkey, President FarMor Media

About the Author

Judith Hennessey was in the automobile industry for twenty-five years, operated her own advertising agency and is a full time-writer. Her works have appeared in multiple magazines and newspapers, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Actively involved in the film industry, she is the executive producer of 20 Ways, an award-winning short film; has served on the board of New Mexico Women in Film; and is partners in the New Mexico based production company White Crow Raven Productions. She is also a cowriter of the screenplay adaption of First Rodeo. Judy lives on an organic farm with her husband in Missouri.

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