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Lily Burana

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TRY: a rodeo rider’s mettle in the face of being thrown off time after time…
 
In Denver, Colorado, Daryl Heatherly is a promising young artist, hoping to find the place she fits in.  Back home in the country just outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming—the real west—she’s returning to the last place her family all lived together, to a life bordered only by sage and sky.  And it’s there she rubs up against J.W. Jarrett, a World Champion rodeo cowboy and old-school Southern gentleman.  Against her better judgment—not to mention that of her best friend, Shawna, and over-protective brother, Jace—Daryl forges ahead despite her own recent heartbreak, not only dating  J.W., but joining him on the circuit to watch him ride.  Even though the chemistry between them is immediate and undeniable, Daryl is determined not to fall for a cowboy, with all the dust and drama that implies—especially when she finds out that J.W. is a man with secrets. But Daryl hasn’t counted on the grit of a man who has outlasted every other rider in the ring—her cowboy isn’t going to give up that easily…
 
A love story set in the New West world of honky-tonks, buckle bunnies and pointy-toed boots, TRY is a fast, fresh, sensually charged novel about holding on to what you love despite all the bumps and bruises.
 
 

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Chapter One

Before I left for Cheyenne, I set my ex-boyfriend on fire. I really wanted to blow his head off, but the lots are cramped in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and there was no way I could shoot him unless I hung the photograph on the clothesline like a target in a carnival shooting gallery. The symbolism appealed but the possibility of taking out my neighbor’s window did not. So I incinerated my ex with my glittery pink lighter while standing over the turtle-shaped wading pool that belonged to the kids next door. In the end, though, I couldn’t bring myself to reduce Alex

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"My God, it's refreshing to read a novel as good and rank and honest as TRY." ----Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“Powerful and passionate…a wonderfully insightful tour of the world of rodeo cowboys and the women who care for them.”  Madison Smartt Bell, author of WAITING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
 
“Lily Burana has written a feisty, funny, sexy novel about romantic love, family love, the love of rodeo, and, above all, the marvelous oddities of the western landscape that brings these loves together.  Daryl Heatherly is a captivating, endearing narrator and her leading man, J.W. Jarrett, will charm the chaps off of the most urbane reader.  TRY is a delight and Burana deserves a gold belt buckle for taking us along for the ride.”—Meghan Daum, author of THE QUALITY OF LIFE
 
“…the perfect best friend…reading (Burana) is like taking a road trip with her.”—The Austin Chronicle
 
"It's hard not to feel affection for a writer who starts her first novel with the sentence: 'Before I left Cheyenne, I set my ex-boyfriend on fire.'"
--New York Post
 
"[Burana] earns her spurs by capturing ...the heartbreak of the rodeo circuit for both cowboys and cowgirls."
--Washington Post
 
"Burana cuts her own path through the modern western landscape."
--Library Journal
 
" A ...sweet, hard-not-to-like debut set amid the dusty, manly rodeo circuit...A touching winter-spring romance set amid full Western regalia."
--Kirkus Reviews
 

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Lily Burana

Lily Burana has written for The New York Times, GQ, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, and a variety of other publications.  She is also the author of the acclaimed non-fiction book STRIP CITY.

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429902465
ISBN10: 1429902469
400 pages
$7.99
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