I love northern cowboys.
It’s not that I’ve got anything against all those smokin’ hot Southern cowboys, or the rugged, Stetson-wearing men of the Southwest…
Gathering animals or spreading hay to keep them strong in adverse conditions.
I love this series:
It’s the kind of grit and guts that either draws you in or sends you running!
I was totally drawn into the lives of the Stucky, Hughes and Galt families and their ranches.
Animals are survivors by nature. You’ve only got to look out your window at birds and squirrels and ants and rats and mice and snakes to realize that without any human intervention, animals survive.
But in a for-profit operation, it’s crucial for as many to survive as possible. And that’s where the true cowboy comes in. Or the rugged farmer, dedicated to his farm/ranch no matter what part of the country he hails from.
I’ve noticed distinct differences between Eastern and Western ranches. Eastern ranches tend to house cattle overwinter. Western ranches let the animals roam.
Western ranches use SUVs, utility vehicles and horses to gather and monitor their spreads, and their spreads often cover thousands of acres.
Eastern ranches tend to be in the hundreds of acres, marked with hedgerows spawned by being in Eastern woodlands.
The physical differences are notable, but the intrinsic love for their job, their animals, their stock, their families… that’s universal. Success arises from sacrifice, and that’s what we love about a cowboy story. The sacrificial component of their life, their choices, appeal to us!
Which then makes the cowboy the Almost Perfect Hero.
Of course he can’t be perfect.
Perfect is boring and gets old real quick.
But the profile of a cowboy, the hard-working sacrificial nature makes them great romance hero material.
Now here’s the REALITY: They get annoyed. Grumpy. Mad at the weather and forces of nature… Very few stay even-tempered when their livelihood, family, stock, homes are threatened.
But that’s normal. We wouldn’t want a hero to gloss off everything. We want him to buck up and stand strong and get back on the horse and keep on trying. Because that’s what a hero does.
They don’t give up.
Do you have favorite heroes? Who are they?
Name me your favorite hero to be tucked into a drawing for a copy of the second book of my Double S Ranch cowboy series… “Home on the Range”….
He doesn’t have to be a Western hero… any hero will do.
I want to know what appeals to you, like the northern cowboy appeals to me.
I brought coffee… and peach pie. I might be a Yankee… but I make an absolutely amazing peach pie!
RUTHY’S WINNER FROM AUGUST 31!!!!! DEANNE, YOUR NAME CAME OUT OF THE COWBOY HAT FOR A COPY OF “HOME ON THE RANGE”! E-mail Ruthy at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll get your snail mail!