I love cowboys! It’s a small wonder that I write western historicals. Even when I’m not knee-deep in the 1800’s with Texas gunslingers or amnesiac gamblers or strong silent sheriffs, but writing a present day story, cowboys of some nature always sneak in without me really knowing it!
In Bunking Down with the Boss, the story that won the National Reader’s Choice Award, my hero and CEO of the Triple B Construction company had roots that sprung from ranching. Totally unbeknownst to me when I started writing this story, wealthy, powerful Sam Beaumont had knowledge of helicopter cattle herding having grown up on his uncle’s small ranch. Go figure?? So of course when Caroline Portman needed help rebuilding her stables, practically from the ground up, Sam rode in to the rescue, guns blazing so to speak, ready to help the damsel in distress. Okay, so I got a great cowboy cover on this one, but when the Desire guidelines changed, I found myself in a world of strictly rich and privileged heroes who were comfortable wearing Armani and driving in limousines.
Next came Reese the wealthy oilman from Montana. I couldn’t pass up the chance to give him roots in the west. So how did Reese support himself while trying to build his oil empire and make his fortune? By riding Rodeo, that’s how! Reese met my socialite heroine at a Meet-and-Greet after winning first place in the rodeo. Seems our heroine couldn’t resist a man wearing boots and walking with a killer swagger. After that came Between the CEO’S Sheets . The story was set in Los Angeles with Wade, Sam Beaumont’s brother, out to get revenge on a woman who done him wrong. Wade fell right into the LA lifestyle, living in Malibu, driving sportscars and mastering the fine art of sailing. So how did I sneak the cowboy in? I put him on a horse up in the mountains in Catalina Island. Had to do it. Wade had those Texas roots too, you see. And our heroine Gina was not immune to the corporate man showing her how it’s done atop a horse, (riding, I mean – where did your mind go?) Wade even saves the day, when Gina’s horse spooks!
Next comes my new January release, The Corporate Raider’s Revenge. Set in both Hawaii and Los Angeles, Evan Tyler runs a sleek contemporary hotel chain called Tempest. He’s suave, cool and sophisticated, pursuing Laney with incredible persistance. When he exits his sportscar and walks up her driveway, Laney takes note of his attire. “Boots?” she asks. To this, Evan replies, “Born in Texas.” E’nuf said, and that statement lays the groundwork for my upcoming series, Suite Secrets, with Evan’s cowboy brother, Trent at the helm of an elite, western-themed Arizona hotel called Tempest West.
Five Star Cowboy is the first book in the Suite Secrets series coming in August. Don’t you just love that title, the mix between hotels and cowboys? Not my title- my editor came up with it so I can brag a little bit. There’ll be more about rugged, bone-melting Trent Tyler and the whole Tyler gang later in the year. I didn’t have to “sneak” with this story, Trent is all male, virile cowboy material. What a joy to write!
Often times, I ask myself what is it about cowboys that I love so much? In olden days they led a difficult, gruesome life filled with hard work and little reward. Present day cowboys are few and far between, yet we write them. We fantasize about them. We adore them and think they’re sexy and attractive and appealing. No doubt. One of my favorite authors is Linda Lael Miller and she’s made a name for herself writing the western man both past and present.
There’s a certain mystery and allure about a cowboy. Isn’t there? Or are we shallow enough to simply love a rugged man of the earth, strong in muscle with an awe-inspiring strut and a southern drawl that makes your mouth water? Can that be? Do you simply love a cowboy, no matter what? Does the fact that he’s obscenely wealthy make him more appealing? I honestly don’t know why this New York born, California transplant has such great love of western men, but I do. The more the merrier. What about you?
I invite you to read the prequel to my Suite Secrets Trilogy with THE CORPORATE RAIDERS REVENGE – available now !!