Why do we enjoy writing and reading about the West? What is it about cowboys that is just plain irresistible? Over thirty authors and bloggers tackle these and other questions by explaining why we love Romancing the West.
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Reading, Writing and Cowboys
I grew up in the Texas Hill Country back when Saturday movie matinees were only ten cents and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans sang Happy Trails to You at the end of every show. Roy always got the bad guy and Dale was always there to cheer him on. Their horses, Trigger and Buttermilk, were special, too. My childish heart loved it all and I wanted to have a horse of my own so I could ride with Roy and Dale. Well, we all know that didn’t happen. I was twelve before I finally got a horse, but Roy and Dale never invited me to ride along on their happy trails. Gene Autry didn’t, either, but I kept on loving cowboys and rodeos anyway.
Fast forward to John Wayne in Red River, True Grit and myriad other Westerns on the silver screen, along with Gary Cooper in High Noon, Alan Ladd in Shane and so many other excellent actors. Then television exploded with exciting Western series. Gunsmoke with Marshal Dillon and Miss Kitty, Bonanza with Hoss, my favorite of the Cartwright boys, also Maverick, The Rifleman, Wagon Train and the unforgettable Lonesome Dove. I loved them all. Cowboys respected God, women, family and the land. They were loyal to the brand they rode for and considered their horses as their best friends.
As time went by I found paperback Western romances in the book stores and became an avid fan of Rosanne Bittner and Linda Lael Miller, two talented authors who are still among my favorites. It was inevitable that I eventually try my hand at writing stories of my own. What can I say? I love cowboys and romance. And I had so many stories in my head just waiting to be told. I had to write them. My latest contemporary romance novel, HILL COUNTRY MAN, is available now and features local rancher/cop Sam Banner, single mom Maggie Oliver, and the secret that almost destroys the love they find after years apart. I hope you’ll read it and let me know your thoughts. a Rafflecopter giveaway