Judy Duarte’s heroes have always been cowboys!

Howdy, everyone!

I’m really glad to be blogging at Pistols and Petticoats today.   In fact, just thinking about westerns and romance has me thinking country and humming the old Willie Nelson tune, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys…”

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed a good western—whether it’s in the form of a book, movie or country song.

I cut my teeth on shows like Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, and The Big Valley.   I must admit, though, Bonanza could sometimes be tough to watch.  I used to cringe whenever Adam, Hoss, or Little Joe fell in love, because sure as shootin’, whenever that happened, you could be sure that the poor little woman was fixin’ to die…

But I’d watch the show anyway, pull out a hanky, and prepare for a good cry.

That’s because I love cowboys.  And here’s why:

1.  Cowboys believe in truth and justice

2.  Cowboys choose to do whatever’s right—no matter what the consequence

3.  Cowboys know how to kick back and have fun—Yee Haw!

4.  Cowboys are tough on the outside and gentle within

5.  Cowboys tame wild horses and bad hombres with their bare hands

6.  Cowboys have a unique scent of leather and musk that can turn a woman’s heart on end

7.  Cowboys are sexy and rugged and romantic

8.  Cowboys know how to treat a lady

So when push comes to shove, the bad guys get their comeuppance, and the sun sinks low in the western sky, I want to climb on a horse behind a handsome cowboy, slip my arms around his waist, and ride off into the sunset. 

Happy-ever-after doesn’t get any better than that.

Judy’s latest Special Edition, IN LOVE WITH THE BRONC RIDER, is a June 2008 release.


When Tori took the job at the Rocking C ranch, nobody told her an ornery cowboy came with it.  As a former nurse, Tori new she could help Matt Clayton get back on his feet.  The only obstacle was the injured bronc rider himself….

An accident may have ended his rodeo career, but Matt wasn’t one to back down from a challenge!  Now one bossy redhead was about to meet her match!  But Tori was hiding something.

Would Tori’s secret force her to leave Matt and the feelings he was awakening in her?  Or could love work its healing magic on them both, making this a homecoming neither would forget?

The Texas Homecoming:  There’s no better place for love.

Order Judy’s books by clicking on the thumbnail covers!

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40 thoughts on “Judy Duarte’s heroes have always been cowboys!”

  1. Good Morning Judy, Enjoyed reading your post on what you love about Cowboy’s I really like your #4 tough on the outside, gentle within. Wish you lots of success on your June release In Love with a Bronc Rider, it sounds like a wonderful story!!

  2. All very good reasons to love a cowboy. You forgot the best part those tight jeans.

    Oh so true about Bonanza, I guess the writers had women issues.

    Your new book sound really good. Can’t wait to read it.

    Have a great down ladies, I am finally get my AC fixed today after a week without.

  3. Hi Judy!
    I agree with your reasons. To me, when I think of a cowboy I think of someone who will get any job done. It’s all about the action.

  4. Hi, everyone!

    Thanks so much for inviting me to Petticoats and Pistols and for giving me such a warm welcome!

    My first response, apparently, didn’t post. So I’m going to try again.

  5. All right, I’ve figured out how to do this…


    I’ve always loved the Wild West as a time period, which is why the first few manuscripts I wrote were western historicals. Those manuscripts are still collecting dust bunnies under my bed, but I write stories about contemporary cowboys every chance I get.

    I’m glad you like the covers of the first two books in my Texas Homecoming series. Each book is the story of brothers, men who were adopted by Granny Clayton. The third and last book, HER BEST CHRISTMAS EVER, will be out in December. That hero is a country singing star–and a cowboy at heart.

    Do you guys like country music, too? I sure do.

  6. Hello from Finland! Well, I like country music, too. Mostly. But not all that much those songs, where “my wife left me, my car exploded and a small meteorite killed my dog”.

  7. Hi Judy,Welcome,I remember as a kid I had a pony,an as I watched the westerns on TV I too wanted to be like them,of course there was a big difference between a pony an a horse but when your 13 it isnt,I used to run from behind my pony an jump asride him in one big swoop,what fun that was an a site to see,no saddle just me with my long red hair flying behind my back,tomboy I was,an bareback,but one day the bridle slipped an away he went,yep the long red hair went flyin alrighty,right up the road with me holdin on to the mane screamin,he was sorta tired of me runnin an jumpin on him from behind Im thinkin,an he gave me a run,until some man stopped in his car an ran an grapped a hold of the reins an gave me a real good scolding for riding him without a saddle, an no shoes,mmmmmmm,my daddy wasnt too happy either,so my cowboy days sorta dimmed a bit after that,but I can laugh now,but it wasnt too funny then,that was back in the early 60s,again welcome,Vickie

  8. Hi Judy,
    Great to see you here at Petticoats! I guess we have the same love of cowboys, don’t we? Love your covers! I wandered over to your website – it’s very lovely. I didn’t know you were writing for Kensington too!
    Hope to see you in San Francisco. Are you going?

  9. oh I forgot ,I love Country Music an Christmas books are my favorite to read,thanksVickie

  10. Minna,
    Some of those songs are a bit over the top, LOL. But don’t tell anyone. (I like some of those, too!)

    I’m envious. I would have loved a pony when I was a kid. (Although your experience was scary!)

    My grandad had an old shed, with the rafters showing on top. He strung a rope like a swing, then secured a saddle on top. I’d go out to that shed, as musty and dusty as it was, and I’d ride that saddle and dream up western scenarios until the proverbial cows came home. Thanks for triggering one of my favorite memories!

  11. Hi, Charlene!

    Yes, I’m writing women’s fiction for Kensington now. My first single title, MULBERRY PARK, came out on April. I’m really proud of that book, and the reviews have been awesome. If anyone wants to check out the book trailer, it’s on my web site: http://www.JudyDuarte.com

    And yes, I’ll be in San Francisco. I hope to see you there. I’ll also be at the Orange County meeting in June.

  12. Minna,
    Some of those songs are a bit over the top, but I even like some of them!

    I’m so envious. I would have loved to have had a pony when I was a girl. In fact, my granddad had a big old shed, with open rafters in the ceiling. He used a rope and created a swing for me. But instead of using a seat, he secured an old saddle on it. I used to go out there and ride for hours, creating all kinds of Wild West scenarios in my head. Thanks for triggering a warm memory for me.

  13. Vickie,

    I’m envious. I’d always wanted a horse or even a pony when I was a kid. But I must admit, your experience must have been scary!

    When I was a girl, my granddad had a big shed with open rafters in the ceiling. He strung a rope in the rafters and made a swing for me. Then he secured an old saddle on the rope. I used to go out to that shed and ride for hours on end, creating all kinds of imaginary western scenarios.

    Thanks for triggering a warm memory. 🙂

  14. Hi, Charlene.

    Yes, I’m writing women’s fiction for Kensington now, too. My first book, MULBERRY PARK, came out in April. It’s been getting great reviews, so I’m happy about that. If anyone is interested, there’s a book trailer on my web site: http://www.JudyDuarte.com

    I’m going to San Francisco, so I hope to see you there.

    I’ll also be at the Orange County meeting in June. Maybe we’ll get a chance to catch up. 🙂

  15. Hi Judy! I’m a bit late but I want to welcome you to P&P. We’re tickled to death to have you. We’re both lovers of the same things. I grew up watching all the old TV westerns and knew I wanted to write stories about cowboys someday. And I have, thanks to publishers who like my work.

    You have some of the best titles and book covers! You’ll be happy to know that I saw “In Love With the Bronc Rider” in Hastings here where I live in North Texas. And I had to buy it. Can’t wait to start reading. You’ve hooked me!

  16. I love your reasons and agree. I also grew up on cowboy shows. There weren’t that many channels to watch back then and my dad had control of the TV lol. I really did enjoy them though!!!!

  17. Count me among those who enjoyed all the Western
    shows of the early days, except go a bit further
    back to Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Cisco Kid & Pancho, Zorro, Sky King, The Range Rider, and Bobby Benson on the radio. Also the Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show, which is different from the
    prior mentioned
    Roy Rogers show.

    In Honey’s and my childhood homes and in our home
    together, cowboys have always ruled!

    Pat Cochran

  18. Count me among those who enjoyed all the Western
    shows of the early days, except go a bit further
    back to Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Cisco Kid & Pancho, Zorro, Sky King, The Range Rider, and Bobby Benson on the radio. Also the Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show, which is different from the
    prior mentioned Roy Rogers show.

    In Honey’s and my childhood homes and in our home
    together, cowboys have always ruled!

    Pat Cochran

  19. Hi, Linda-
    Thanks for picking up IN LOVE WITH THE BRONC RIDER. I hope you enjoy it!

    My dad had control of the TV, too. But fortunately, he was big on all the old cowboy shows, which is how I was drawn into them. I can still sing some of the theme songs, like, “Johnny Yuma was a rebel…” and “Head ’em up, move ’em out, Rawhide!”

    I lucked out and married a western lover, too. After he and I watched Open Range (Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner), we just had to buy the DVD. Sigh. I loved KC in that movie. So tortured, so gentle.

    Hey, Lori–that’s KC was a perfect example of #4 in that movie, don’t you think?

  20. Hey, y’all.

    Anyone up for a spur-of-the-moment contest?

    The first 5 people to email me privately at JudyDuarte@aol.com will receive an autograped copy of one of my backlist. And it doesn’t have to be a cowboy book, but it certainly can be. 🙂

  21. Hey Judy – I enjoyed reading the Bayside Bachelor series and some of your others. I have the Talk of the Neighborhood series waiting in my TBR pile was well as Romancing the Cowboy. You are one of those authors that I’ll buy the book without reading the back cover.

    I also was raised on country music, western shows and impossible dreams of living in the Old West.

    Oh wait – I see you have an email address for us…
    …okay I’m back…I just emailed you…

    We bought a 14 hh pony once at an auction. It was 18 yo but you wouldn’t have guessed it the way he pranced around the ring. Well, you know how you should never buy a horse at an auction, right? Well, when the sale ended and we went to trailer the pony, someone from the crowd came over and said, ‘You know that’s a chariot racer, right?”
    What? Seems the pony had just been retired from the races. So yes, he was in excellent shape and could run but he needed an experienced rider because whenever he heard a noise that even resembled a horn, he was off like a shot!

  22. Judy, Your books sound super! Will have to look for them.
    Just last evening my dh and I watched She Wore A Yellow Ribbon. Okay, it’s hokey in today’s world, but honestly those cowboys of yesteryear can do no wrong in my eyes. 🙂
    Rowdy Yates, Bat Masterson, The Rifleman, Maverick, Wagon Train…there were a slew of them that I never failed to watch. Then, when they were canceled, I mourned.
    While I write historical, I married a fella who turned out to be a hunky cowboy (who knew?) after helping to get Neil Armstrong on the moon. So I do enjoy contemporary cowboy stories, too.
    Good luck with your June books.

  23. Hi, Judy! Thanks for reminding us of some fine reasons to enjoy cowboys! I love books about siblings–I’ll be looking for your titles!

  24. Tah Dah!!!!

    We have some winners!

    Books will be going out on Monday to:

    1. Anita Mae
    2. Pamela S. Thibodeaux
    3. Someone who didn’t leave a name, so I’m waiting on a reply.
    4. Pat Cochran
    5. Fedora

    Congratulations, ladies!

  25. I was just going over the posts, making sure I got back to everyone. And I realized that my first post, which I tried to submit 3 of 4 times before getting it right (two clicks on the submit button for me), addressed the first posts. But when I finally got it to stick, it was just a nutshell version of the first post.


    How could I have forgotten those tight jeans?? 🙂

    I really like my covers, too. I had one last year that was great. But in the book (ROCK-A-BYE RANCHER), I described the cowboy hero as the ultimate Marlboro man. (He was in his early 40s and never married.) The cover model, while cute, looked young enough to be my son. And he didn’t look at all like the Marlboro man I’d imagined. But, oh well! 🙂

    You’re right about those cowboys getting the job done. 🙂

  26. Hi ladies just now had time to get back on line after the AC repairman left I had to rush Mama to a hair appointment. Looks like you ladies had some great fun today.

    My favorite western of all time is High Plains Drifter. Love Clint Eastwood.

  27. HI!

    I have not read any of your books yet…as I am just now hearing about them! I love coming here and finding great new authors!!!!!!

    I must say all your reasons for loving cowboys are very convincing ones…even though,no-body would have to twist my arm not to love them!! LOL

    I cant wait to get to read your work!

  28. Pat,
    You’re welcome! I’m glad those books will be getting good homes. 🙂

    It was fun talking to all of you today, especially since we have so much in common.

    I love Clint, too. (Especially in those old Rawhide days.)

    No one would have to twist my arm, either!

  29. Judy I love the covers of your books I will have to check them out. I hadn’t heard of your books before glad you are on Petticoats & Pistols.
    Sorry I am blogging so late took all the kids, nieces and all to the pool. I got a little to much sun today.

  30. Brenda,
    Thanks for stopping by, sunburn and all. 🙂

    Thanks so much for inviting me. You were right, this is a great group–and a fun one at that. 🙂

    By the way, everyone, the unknown winner (#3 on the list above) is Minna of Finland.

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