I remember traveling from New York to California when I was 7 years old listening to my father’s thrilling words of what to expect in the wild, California West. My imagination ran free. I envisioned cowboys and Indians, forts and teepees, and horses galore. The city folk were going to live in the country, after all.
On Saturday mornings, we’d sit together and I’d listen to my dad’s wonderful stories, fully enraptured. My father always made me the “star” of the stories. I was Sheriff Charlene, or Ranger Charlene, or Goldminer Charlene. I would giggle and laugh through those tales and I’m sure even he, who loved American history and knew it upside down and backwards, didn’t realize that those wonderfully vivid stories he told stirred in me a deep love of Western Americana and of writing.
I couldn’t verbalize a story like he could to save my life, but boy, I sure do enjoy writing them! I love to write the west, both in historical and contemporary settings.
So instead of packing a six-gun, my contemporary cowboy comes armed with a hefty bankroll and cool confidence. Instead of riding a spirited black stallion over the plains, my contemporary cowboy drives a Chevy Truck over rough terrain. Instead of protecting the town from villainous bank robbers, my contemporary cowboy protects his company from devious saboteurs. Instead of wearing sexy hip-hugging denims and tall leather boots … um, heck, my contemporary cowboys STILL wear sexy hip-hugging denims and tall leather boots!
What else do they have in common? Whether western or contemp, my cowboys always come up against spirited women who drive them a little bit crazy, confusing and confounding them.
But my heroes always win in the end … they get the girl and ride off into the sunset.
What do you think? Do you read sexy western contemporary stories too? What contemporary cowboy stories have you enjoyed? Would you like to give my newest contemporary a try when it comes out next month?
If so, post a comment and you’ll be entered to win a copy of my January 08 release,The Corporate Raider’s Revenge – the prequel to my new Suite Secrets series from Desire that begins with Five-Star Cowboy. As an added bonus I’ll be giving away this great set of Five-Star western coasters!
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