Pamela S Thibodeaux with a favorite topic: Oh, Those Cowboys!

pamela_s_thibodeaux.jpgMy love affair with cowboys began before my interest in the male species developed. In all actuality, infatuation with cowboys grew out of my love for horses; a love that began before I could walk. Combine a love for horses with a love for reading and you wind up with a cowboy fanatic. After all, a cowboy without a horse is not really a cowboy, now is he?


Hi! My name is Pamela S Thibodeaux. I write “Inspirational with an Edge!” romantic fiction and I’d like to tell you a little about my favorite cowboys, but, before we get into the cowboys, let me tell you about the setting for my ‘Tempered’ series.


logo1-bandera.gifSelf proclaimed as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” Bandera, Texas is one of the most visited cities in the United States where tourism is concerned. Located fifty miles north/west of San Antonio, Bandera County is dotted with working ranches as well as dude ranches. The town itself is pretty and quaint, the people are friendly and the décor doesn’t appear to have changed much since its inception in 1852. What better place to set a series of contemporary cowboy stories than in a West-Texas town which is stuck somewhere in time between two centuries?


One of my favorite childhood memories is when my grandparents took me with them to Bandera to visit a family friend. The thing I remember the most (other than the horses) is when we sat on the porch in the evenings, counted stars, and listened to the coyotes.


Now about those cowboys…..

tempered-hearts.gifCraig Harris, owner/operator of the Rockin’ H Ranch in Bandera, Texas tops the list in Tempered Hearts, book 1 of the series. Mix an arrogant, chauvinistic ranch owner and a feisty veterinarian and you get a recipe for disaster…or a flaming love affair.


Blurb: Rancher Craig Harris and veterinarian Tamera Collins clash from the moment they meet.  Innocence is pitted against arrogance as tempers rise and passions ignite to form a love as pure as the finest gold, fresh from the crucible and as strong as steel.  Thrown together amid tragedy and unsated passion, Tamera and Craig share a strong attraction that neither accepts as the first stages of love.  Torn between desire and dislike, they must make peace with their pasts and God in order to open up to the love blossoming between them.  It is a love that nothing can destroy when they come to understand that only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life. 

Next in line, Dr. Scott Hensley. More than a cowboy, Scott is the ultimate cowboy doctor and the perfect hero to heal the battered heart of heroine Katrina Simmons in book 2, Tempered Dreams. Although Scott is raised in Bandera, TX, this story takes place in Lafayette, Louisiana where he moved after the death of his wife and parents. His life-long friendship with Craig Harris–as well as the question as to whether or not the two are actually blood relatives–keeps the connection alive.


Blurb: Dr. Scott Hensley (introduced in Tempered Hearts) has built a wall around his heart since the death of his wife and parents.  Katrina Simmons is recovering from scars inflicted on her as a battered wife.  Can dreams be renewed and faith strengthened?  Can they find joy and peace in God’s love and in love for one another? 


tf-cover.jpgThird in line is Stanley Morrison, a horseman with the unique, God-given talent to pick, break and train horses into loyal creatures. His subtle, gentle approach can tame the wildest of beasts but can he prove himself worthy and gain the acceptance of wealthy ranch owner Craig Harris while winning the hand of his daughter? Find out in Tempered Fire, book 3.


Blurb: Amber Harris is a good girl on the brink of womanhood. Stanley Morrison is a young man at the start of his life. For each other, they have always felt the fireworks that two people in love should feel. But the questions about his past, his pride, and Amber’s father might be the end of what could be a strong relationship. As the two try to protect their budding romance, some unlikely but powerful forces conspire to keep them apart. Will they survive the wishes of everyone around them with their relationship intact?


Last but certainly not least is All-Around-Cowboy, Ace Harris. The only son of Craig and Tamera Harris, Ace is more than a cowboy; he’s a champion bull rider. But Ace is determined not to fall in love. The death of his mother leaves a hole in his heart and emptiness in his soul. Along comes Lexie Morgan (Scott & Katrina’s adopted daughter) who thinks rodeo cowboys have “rocks for brains and a death wish for a soul.” Can these two young people who clash from the onset learn to trust in the healing power of God and find love and happiness amidst tragedy and grief? Find out in Tempered Joy, book 4.


Tempered Hearts, Tempered Dreams & Tempered Fire are available now in Ebook and Print from Com Star Media, LLC.

Tempered Joy will be released this year.

Well folks, now that you know about 4 of my favorite cowboys, I’d love to hear more about yours!

Until later remember….only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.

Pamela S Thibodeaux 

“Inspirational with an Edge!”

PS: One lucky commenter will receive a .pdf of Tempered Hearts, book 1 in the series!

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39 thoughts on “Pamela S Thibodeaux with a favorite topic: Oh, Those Cowboys!”

  1. Good Morning

    Hi, my name is Sherry and I am addicted to romance and cowboys!! (LOL)

    Your books you described above really is a must for me to read. I usually read the historical but have been know to read a modern cowboy story.

    I don’t really have a favorite cowboy, just love them all.

    Have a Blessed Day

  2. I just started reading cowboy romance book and have learned that learned that I love them. You book sounds like a great read.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Ah, Sherry, if you’re trying to kick your cowboy habit you have come to the WRONG PLACE. No twelve step progam here.

    Favorite cowboys…you know who popped into my head first, Robert Redford in Electric Horseman, and that great Willie Nelson song, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.

    My heroes have always been cowboys.
    And they still are, it seems.
    Sadly, in search of, but one step in back of,
    Themselves and their slow-movin’ dreams.

    Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
    Don’t let ’em pick guitars or drive them old trucks.
    Let ’em be doctors and lawyers and such.
    Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
    ‘Cos they’ll never stay home and they’re always alone.
    Even with someone they love.

    Click on this to listen. You know, I love YouTube. EVERYTHING is there.

  4. Hi, Pamela! Welcome to the other side of Petticoats & Pistols!

    Loved your comment about sitting on the porch and counting the stars. What a peaceful picture that made in my mind.

    We don’t *sit* often enough and just enjoy God’s world, do we?

    Thanks for being here for us!

  5. Welcome, Pamela! I’m so glad to have here on P&P as a guest. This is neat. Love your topic too! You can never go wrong when you talk about cowboys. 🙂

    I have a lot of favorite cowboys and most have been on the big screen — John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Alex McArthur, Kevin Costner to name a few. My list is probably about fourteen miles long. lol And I have to add a new one after watching the remake of 3:10 to Yuma. Russell Crowe has become a new favorite. He played a really good bad boy cowboy.

    Hold fast to those childhood memories when you could take things a lot slower. Those were wonderful days. I wish we could get back to them because I think that’d solve a lot of the world’s problems. We’re rushing too fast to judgment and retribution. I like to take a deep breath now and then and reflect on the joys of life.

    Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

  6. I forgot to say that your books sound like they’d be right up my alley. Each book features a wonderful cowboy. And I love your setting of Bandera, Texas!! It’s so beautiful there. Yea for Texas stories! 🙂

  7. Mmmm…. gotta love those cowboys! Can’t say I really have a favorite but I grew up in a town where several of the boys came to school in their boots and hat lol.

  8. Hi Rebekah, Mary, Linda, Pam C, and Ladythink!

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me. I sure enjoy being on BOTH sides of P&P, this is a great site!

    I doubt those memories will ever leave, Linda and Bandera is a wonderful town! If you’ve never been there, do yourself a favor and visit.

    Personally, I’d love to go back there. I’ve donated a copy of my books to the library and had a booksigning at the only bookstore-which sadly is no longer in operation, but one day maybe I’ll return.

    That’s one good thing about memories…you can always go back in your mind. 🙂

    Thanks again, Ladies for commenting!

  9. Hi Pam! WELCOME,and thank you for guesting with us today 🙂

    Your books sound fantastic!! I love those head-strong cowboys. John Wayne and Sam Elliott take top cowboy honors with me….although Tom Sellick has some genuine cowboy in ‘im as well.

    My sister’s hubby is one of them wild rodeo cowboys…and I have yet to see him compete. Gotta do something about that 😉

    Thanks for the great post!!!

  10. How can anyone not love a cowboy lol. I’ve been watching them since I was a little girl and it’s all my dad would put on the tv. Then I progressed to reading about them. Your books sound like more good reads on cowboys – thanks.

  11. Hi Jeanne and Stacey,

    Headstrong cowboys? Well, you’ll LOVE Craig Harris LOL! He’s arrogant, good looking, stubborn but underneath, sweet, overprotective and a SUCKER for blue eyes that cry 😉

    In fact, one of his favorite thoughts is ‘damn those blue eyes and double damn his weakness for them’ (especially since his daughter inherited them and knows how to use them on him too LOL!)

    And you’re right, Jeanne, I grew up watching cowboys too…Bonanza, Big Valley. And now, my husband loves nothing more than a good western movie…Open Range, 3:10 to Yuma, Oh and that other recent one with Robert Duvall where they rescue the Chineese women-shucks I HATE it when I can’t remember the name of a movie LOL!

    Thanks for dropping by.



  12. I love all cowboys. Their sense of honor, grit, ethics and wonderful outlook on life. Gary Cooper, Wyatt Earp, and my favorites from when I grew up during the 1950’s Western craze.

  13. Cowboys represent something extraordinary in society. They all deserve recognition. Lorne Greene was my all time favorite since he embodied the morals and principles that I value. Your novels sound captivating and enthralling. When Glenn Ford played a cowboy part I was in love with him and the role.

  14. Pamela, I also love horses and spent all the time I could with mine growing up I think that’s why I have a fasination with Cowboys I said when I grew up I was gonna marry a cowboy but it is a understatment to say I did Not marry that cowboy but that’s why i love to read stories with Cowboy’s. I think your series sounds wonderful!!

  15. Pamela, I can’t believe i didn’t tell you who my favorite cowboy growing up was Little Joe on Bonanza I so loved watching that show!! and I’m glad Linda added that about the movie 3:10 to Yuma because I wanted to see that.

  16. Hi Anne, Ruth, Estella & Lori!

    I agree, cowboys represent something extraordinary in society and their sense of honor, grit, ethics and outlook on life are sometings I wish more men aspired to today. Alas, that’s why it is so nice to read and write romance and books with heros who have those qualities.

    Thank you for commenting!

  17. Hey Mary

    I totally love you. There is no telling what you are going to say. There is so many stories in you, it is great.

    Cowboys are so great! Clint Eastwood was always a favorite in our house. I let you in on a secret on the Big Valley I loved Nick. Everybody else loved Lee Majors character.

    On the Big Valley I was attracted to Adam. But I could have really loved Hoss.

  18. Lori, yes 3:10 to Yuma is a must-see. You’ll be glad you did. I recommend it to anyone who likes good westerns.

    Pamela, I can’t think of that movie either that has Robert Duvall and those Chinese women. It’s something “Trail.” Darn it, my mind is blank! It’s an excellent movie though and won several Academy Awards.

  19. Just went and Googled Robert Duvall and the name of that movie is “Broken Trail.” It costars Thomas Hayden Church who won best supporting actor for his role. Whew! I’m glad I finally got that off my mind. 🙂

  20. Linda you are right 3:10 to Yuma was a great movie. I am not a big fan of Russell Crowe but he did a great job.

    Broken Trail is the name of the Duvall movie. It was actually very good.

    I watch a movie last night on ION it was Aces ‘N Eights. Pretty good western not great but ok. There is another premiere western coming on there tonight.

  21. Sorry the movie tonight isn’t a western but sounds good. Next Saturday Night is the Western

    Prairie Fever
    03/29/2008 9:00 PM, 2 hrs
    Three women who are unable to handle the rigors of prairie life are escorted back to civilization by a drunken ex-lawman and a female gunslinger.
    Cast & Credits: Kevin Sorbo, Jamie Anne Allman, Lance Henriksen

  22. My favorite tall Texan is not a cowboy, but he
    loves rodeos . In fact, when he was much, much younger, he used to go watch his brother who did
    take part in rodeos. My favorite Texan is my
    Honey and we like the cowboys who rodeo all over
    the country.

    Pat Cochran

  23. Hi, Pamela! I’m glad to read your post today–your books sound lovely! I don’t have a favorite cowboy of my own, but have really enjoyed reading about them. (A city girl here, and just recently had the chance to ride a horse for the first time!)

    I also love connected stories–will these four be your only titles set in Bandera, or do you have more planned?

  24. Favorite cowboys…
    You know, so many great ones listed.
    The thing is, how cool a regular non-cowboy actor can do as a cowboy, Kevin Cosner in Dances with Wolves, Tom Selleck in Quigley Down Under, Kurt Russell in Wyatt Earp, Robert Redford and Paul Newman in Butch Cassidey, plus Redford, like I said earlier in Electric Horseman, you know none of these guys is really a cowboy actor, not in the sense that John Wayne was, or in his early days, Clint Eastwood was, or James Arness in Gunsmoke or Michael Landon in Bonanza, but put on those six guns, chaps and give’em a Stetson and it just really works for me. LOL

  25. Thanks Linda for finding the name of the movie, Broken Trail, that is an excellent western. I agree, Mary, Tom Sellec, Robert Redford (Horse Whisperer) Michael Landon and all the others. Ladies, I’m beginning to think we’re just biased when it comes to cowboys LOL!

    Fedora, I have the 4 titles and the beginnings of a 5th book titled, Tempered Truth. As I mentioned in the blurb, a thread runs through the series as to whether or not Craig Harris (Tempered Hearts) and Scott Hensley (Tempered Dreams) are actually blood relatives. Well the question was answered in book 4, Tempered Joy…but with no details.

    Well, you know we writers NEED to know the details so Tempered Truth will actually go back to the time of their parents and we’ll find out what happened and why people assume they are relatives.

    And then of course, there is always room for the series to grow as the children grow up so who know?

    I’d like to also write a children’s companion book to Tempered Hearts titled ‘They Call Me Temper’ – which is actually Tamera’s nickname.

    Maybe one day…..

    Thanks for commenting!

  26. Sherry, “Prairie Fever” sounds like it’d be a really good western. I like Kevin Sorbo as a cowboy. He starred in one a while back called “Avenging Angel” where he was a preacher but took up the gun when his wife and daughter were murdered. It was an excellent story. I’ll watch for Prairie Fever next Saturday. Thanks for telling everyone about it.

  27. Ooh, thanks, PamT! That sounds great! And yes, indeed details are always a welcome part of a series!! 🙂

    Have a wonderful Easter, btw!

  28. Hi Pamela!

    I haven’t seen you or your books in so long and so happy someone posted this link. Your books sound wonderful and I know the Tempered Series are fantastic reads! You are a fantastic author!

    Nice to see how you are doing and always wishing you the best!


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