Give Me a Cowboy is Here!!


….Where nothing beats hard muscle, soft eyes, and a Stetson when a lady’s heart needs winning.  ~~Romantic Times

Yippee! Give Me a Cowboy is galloping straight into bookstores everywhere as we speak!

give-me-a-cowboysmallerThat’s right. The second anthology in this Give Me anthology series releases this week. Seems it was just a short while ago that Give Me a Texan came out. Time passes very quickly when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?

When I first started gathering ideas for Texas Tempest, my story in the Give Me a Cowboy anthology, I had this picture of a woman alone in a cemetery tending a row of graves. I knew they were her husbands and I knew she had a story to tell. But she needed a hero, someone to fight for her. Into my head popped McKenna Smith. I patterned McKenna after Paladin, the Richard Boone character in the TV western Have Gun Will Travel. Like Paladin, McKenna Smith is a gun-for-hire who’s gained a reputation of fighting for truth and justice, oftentimes in the face of overwhelming odds. Folks in Texas call him the Guardian of Justice because of his desire to uphold the law even when there’s little to be had.

McKenna rides into Kasota Springs, Texas (which is an actual old railhead 17 miles south of Amarillo) just as the town is readying for their Fourth of July Celebration and Rodeo.

paladinTempest LeDoux, a five time widow, gets into a heated argument with a man hanging a banner across the street. She orders him to take down the banner because it proclaims a “Cowboy Reunion.” Tempest insists that it read “Rodeo” instead. So that’s how McKenna comes to meet Tempest. He likes how she fights tooth and nail for something she believes in and it strikes a chord in him. That begins their attraction.

Tempest has McKenna pegged as husband number six from the moment the black clothed figure rides into town. She becomes obsessed with making sure he lives long enough for her to get him to the altar. She feels like fate is against her. She just wants one husband who won’t up and die on her before the ink dries on the wedding certificate. And with the rodeo about to begin, she sets out to prevent him from entering any events. What ensues are some hilarious scenes involve a little black magic, a secret potion, and lots of stubbornness.

Though McKenna is dead set against marrying her (he has lawless men to catch and justice to disperse) he can’t deny that she’s the kind of wife a man needs…if a man was looking for one. He doesn’t mind a little kissing and cuddling but lays down the law when it comes to doing it on a permanent basis.

But before he can say “Amen” twice the beautiful Texas Tempest has him in her crosshairs.

The only question is…will he climb on that 1200 pounds of angry muscle and hide in the wild bronc event?

And now for your viewing pleasure, here’s the book trailer.


Jodi Thomas, Phyliss Miranda, DeWanna Pace and I are pleased to bring this anthology to you for your reading pleasure. We hope everyone enjoys this collection of stories about the 1890 Fourth of July Celebration and Rodeo in Kasota Springs, Texas.

Rough and ready and aimin’ to please….Give Me a Cowboy!

Romantic Times says this about Give Me a Texan: “Four ladies who know what it means to be a Texan create a quartet of memorable novellas that bring the great state straight into your heart. The three-dimensional characters and unforgettable heroes, combined with splendid stories, are unmatched for fans of the Old West.”

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Here in the Texas Panhandle, we do love our cowboys. There's just something about a man in a Stetson and jeans that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!

67 thoughts on “Give Me a Cowboy is Here!!”

  1. CONGRATULATIONS on the release of Give Me a Cowboy! Yee-Haw! It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for this day.

    I just had to grin over your heroine, Linda. Tempest LeDoux, widowed 5 times! Hee! I love it already. No wonder she’s so determined to find Husband #6 and keep him alive.

    Loved the video trailer, too. Wow! Very nicely done. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  2. Great trailer, Linda. And what a story. A 5-times widow is a daring and delightful premise. And the cover…yum. That book has got to fly off the shelves.
    Always loved the Richard Boone character. The fact that Boone wasn’t a pretty boy made him even more appealing, to me at least.
    Congratulations on the great RT review. Sounds like you’ve got a real winner here.

  3. Congratulations on the release of Give Me A Cowboy! Sounds like a great anthology. I love cowboys. Great cover and trailer. 🙂

  4. Pam,

    Thank you so much! I hope other readers are as enthusiastic as you and we’ll do okay. Texas Tempest was such a fun story to write. Phyliss and I wrote mother/daughter heroines so there was lots of collaboration done to get and keep everything in sinc.

    We’re really proud of the trailer. Jodi’s son, Matt, designed and put it together for us.

    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Hi Elizabeth,

    Thanks for the compliments about the book and the trailer. Yeah, we’re hoping it flies off the shelves for sure. That makes our job easier. I do think we were fortunate to have the “whole” package. And the wonderful trailer Jodi’s son put together was just icing on the cake. He’s a very talented young man like his mother. 🙂

    I agree about Richard Boone. He wasn’t all that great to look at. He had that rugged craggy face that told lots of stories about his past. But oh man, could he make my heart flutter! He had such a smart toughness combined with a caring heart.

  6. Hi Crystal B!

    I appreciate your comments. You’re so sweet. I really think the stories in this anthology are even stronger than the ones in Give Me a Texan. We had a ton of fun writing these. What makes our work relationship so special is that we’re all good friends and I think it shows.

    Have a great day! 🙂

  7. Hi Maureen!

    Thank you for stopping by to read my blog and watch the trailer. Texas Tempest was such a fun story to write. Tempest LeDoux took on immediate life and ran away with the story. She had the suave debonair McKenna Smith completely bumfuzzled.

    Enjoy your day!

  8. Contrats on your new release and reveiw! I would love to win this book. I have read Give Me A Texan and it was one AWESOME read. I will have to say I love me some cowboys, and you ladies do a fantastic job writing about them.

  9. I love love LOVED Amanda and Payton in The Letter, and thoroughly enjoy your delightful turn of western phrasing, so I can’t wait to read this story! It sounds like so much fun.

    The trailer is awesome, Linda. I really liked listening to the “cowboy” talk rather than reading scrolling words. Very cool.

  10. Hi Linda. Love the post, and I’m so thrilled to be working with you on such great projects. We did have fun, didn’t we? We really had to keep a mindset of Mother and Daughter and how they think differently. My character, Alaine, sure had to keep a tough upper-lip because of her mama’s shinigahans, but then she isn’t all that much of a wallflower herself! It sure was a lark to work off one another’s characters. Matt is a talented guy who does media production professionally, so trailers came natural for him. “Give Me a Texan” won the New Covey Award for his trailer. We’re just proud as punch to have received such a great RT review. Linda, you rest up for this weekend! Hugs to all, Phyliss

  11. Enjoyed the post, Linda. That trailer was great. Can’t wait to read the next book. Linda, your heroine sounds unique & McKenna, all male. Good luck to you all.

  12. Mary and Stacey–

    I appreciate your comments and your enthusiasm so much. It sure is nice to have the recognition for a lot of hard work. Isn’t this the most rewarding business to be in? I feel really blessed.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the trailer. It emphasizes a western flavor.

  13. Hi Quilt Lady!

    Thank you so much for your comments. I’m thrilled that you loved Give Me a Texan. I just hope Give Me a Cowboy will measure up. But honestly, I have to say that I think these stories are all stronger than the previous ones. We had great fun writing our cowboys! Hurrah for cowboys!! Without them some stories would simply fall flat.

    Keep your fingers crossed. You might just be one of the winners today. 🙂

  14. Hi Cheryl!

    I’m so glad you liked the trailer. Jodi’s son did a magnificent job capturing the flavor of our stories. He’s awesome, just like his mom.

    Thank you for the kind words about The Love Letter in Give Me A Texan! It means a lot to hear from readers but comments from fellow writers sure do give my ego a big boost. Yes, Amanda and Payton were two of a kind. Both as stubborn as all get-out.

    Tempest LeDoux and McKenna Smith are another pair of characters that just seemed to mesh from the very first. She’s so hilarious and over the top. A perfect fit for McKenna’s seriousness.

  15. Hi Phyliss!!

    My fellow collaborator and friend. I’m so glad you made it over to help me promote our anthology. I LOVED Alaine and Morgan in your story. Wow! Very special characters. They had such charisma together. I still laugh at the little prick in his pants. LOL And I really liked how you showed Alaine’s embarrassment over her mother. So sweet and touching. I’m just overjoyed to be working with someone who has such talent. That’s you, my dear.

    For those who are wondering, here’s the schedule for this coming weekend and where we’ll be.

    Friday, Feb. 6 — The Art Center in Amarillo from 5 to 9 PM

    Saturday, Feb 7 — Sam’s Club in Amarillo from 10:00 to Noon

    Sunday, Feb 8 — Barnes and Noble in Amarillo from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

    If you’re in the vicinity, please stop by one of these locations. We’d love to see you!

    And, Miss Phyliss, I’ll be looking forward to autographing with you this weekend. We’ll have a great time!

  16. Hi Vickie!

    Thanks for dropping by. It’s always great to see you here. Thank you for the kind comments. No, McKenna doesn’t stand a chance in a million of escaping Tempest. Ha! I felt sorry for the poor guy.

  17. Hi Janet!!

    Thank you so much for coming. You’re so sweet. Always supportive of the members of our writing group. I hope you like the stories in this anthology. Jodi, Phyliss, DeWanna and I had great fun writing them.

    Good luck with your writing! You’re so enthusiastic and eager. I know you’ll be published. I hope it’s soon.

  18. Congrats on that fantastic review! The book trailer is really nice. I will definitely be picking this book up. I love cowboys, and I always look forward to reading your stories.

  19. Hi Teresa W!

    I’m so glad you liked the trailer and are looking forward to reading these stories about the rodeo. A lot of readers don’t know too much about the early days of rodeos. When we decided to write another anthology, we chose a little-known subject in hopes of enticing our readers. All four stories take place in the same town on the same days during a Fourth of July celebration.

    Check back later to see who wins the five autographed copies. Woo-Hoo!

  20. Just read your blog featuring Give Me a Cowboy. I remember Have Gun Will Travel quite well. I know I am giving my age away but I loved that show. I read Give Me A Texan and I am sure I will enjoy Give Me a Cowboy just as much.

  21. Hi Lori Ann!

    Thank you for the congrats. When we heard Romantic Times gave us four stars, it was a joyous moment. The review was wonderful.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the video trailer. We’re really proud of it. I get goosebumps every time I see that opening with the cowboy walking and his chaps flapping against his legs. So sexy! Yes, I have to agree that nothing beats a handsome cowboy in boots and spurs and a Stetson.

  22. Congrats on the release of Give Me a Cowboy. I do love a good cowboy story, and this book will give us 4 cowboy heroes! How great is that!

    I am intrigued by the 5-time widow. I need to know the rest of the story. 😉

  23. I definitely want a cowboy. I can’t think of a better gift. 😉
    Congrats on the new release. I look forward to reading it, especially a story about five husbands. I just have to find out how come she’s going through so many!

  24. Thanks, Linda. Now I’ve got to explain the prick in his pants deal. LOL And, it isn’t exactly how is sounds. When we first began collaboration, we got all of our stories together, outlines, and synopsis. Jodi, Linda, DeWanna, and I sat around Jodi’s dining room table and cussed and discussed where we were directed. You all know how it is when you read and reread and still miss something in the final draft. In the first chapter of my story my hero and heroine meet when she shoots an arrow and it nicks Morgan Payne, the Pinkerton Agent, near, well to be frank, his personals, and he’s thinking about locating a hemp committee to help him tame the gal who seemed to direct her anger toward his trousers. So, I ended with not what is now the final sentence … “If he hadn’t been a tad bowlegged, he’d have the dern piece of jagged flint in his cojones instead of only a nick in his thigh.” I originally wrote and read … “instead of only a little prick in his pants”. Okay, so you all have your ex-rated version of “Roping the Wind”. I never caught it until I read it out loud and all my co-authors looked at me like … you really didn’t write that!!! Then we all burst out laughing. It’s one of those ‘oh no’ moments! Yep, chaps, boots, spurs, and a Stetson is a wonderful combination. Our voice talent, unlike the previous trailers where we used professional voice talent, is a western writer and rodeo announcer, Dusty Richards, a two-time Spur award winner. We thought he added the “true cowboy” flavor to the trailer. Our co-authors are blessed with good friends and great readers around us. Phyliss

  25. CONGRATULATIONS on the release of Give Me a Cowboy. I love cowboys and the stories about them. Ride ’em cowboy!!!

  26. Hi Judy!

    Yes, Have Gun Will Travel was one of my favorite westerns. (lol We must be about the same age!) But I used to drool over Richard Boone. It wasn’t that he was a handsome man, far from it, it was what he dispensed justice with his guns. Remember that Chinese man who worked for him? That was an interesting character. I just loved Richard Boone’s deep baritone voice. Sure was sexy.

    Glad you’re looking forward to Give Me a Cowboy. I think you’ll love these stories.

  27. Hi Marie, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I think you’ll enjoy the stories in this anthology. What’s not to like about four rugged cowboys? lol

    Hi Cheryl C– I appreciate your comments. Yes, Tempest LeDoux has a heck of a story. She’s a very colorful character. I know you’ll enjoy reading all about her and McKenna and the other stories as well. I agree, four sexy cowboys are a lot better than one. 🙂

  28. Hi Shelley–

    Thanks for stopping by to comment. I appreciate it. The best part about having a new book out is getting to talk about it with readers. Tempest LeDoux has a neat story to tell. That woman is as tough as nails. But she’s had to be to survive. You’ll find out all about it in the story.

    Hope you have a fun day!

  29. Phyliss,

    LOL! Yep, that was really funny and what made it even funnier was that you were so serious. 🙂 And that scene in the hotel with the leftover box supper was truly hilarious! You had me laughing out loud.

    We sure had some memorable moments. And I hope we have more if fortune smiles on us.

    I sure hope you get your author copies today! Don’t know where in the world they ended up.

    One of my best moments was when I held the book in my hand and realized our hard work paid off. Tears came in my eyes and I got a lump in my throat. I don’t think readers know what it means to an author to get their book into print. And even after five, each one is really special.

  30. Hi Linda! Woo-hoo! Congratulations on your new release! It looks fabulous. My copy arrived in the mail yesterday 🙂 Can’t wait to read it, as soon as my deadlines are done!

  31. Hi Robyn L,

    Your comment reminds me of that song “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.” LOL Thanks for the congrats. I always like to know that readers are eagerly awaiting my books. Sounds like you really get into stories about tough cowboys and the women who tame them and make them mind their manners. Hope you enjoy these.

  32. Hi Colleen,

    I call you the P&P cheerleader. You’re always so supportive of us Fillies and quick to congratulate the women who win prizes. Thank you so much for stopping by to leave a comment. I appreciate your enthusiasm for western romance and cowboys in particular. They are a breed apart. I guess that’s why they make wonderful exciting heroes!

  33. I totally love a five-times widow, Linda…and naming her Tempest is awesome.

    I’m late getting to the Junction today…but I now I know what a treat I have in store for me. Congratulations…This book’s got everything I love in it. I can hardly wait! oxoxoxox

  34. Hi Kate!

    Thanks so much for the congrats. I can’t believe you already have a copy. Can’t wait to hear what you think of these stories.

    And your new one is out this month also. That’s the one I’m waiting for! I’ve become a big fan of Canadian Mounties. The only difference in them and our cowboys is the way they dress. Otherwise they’re both rugged and tough and sexy as they come. Good luck with yours!

  35. Hi Tanya,

    I always say a little late is better than nothing at all. I’m just happy to see you. Thanks a bunch for your kind comments. I do hope the five time widow angle intrigues readers into buying the book. Everything is always bigger and more outrageous in Texas. I just wanted Tempest to personify that. She’s a larger than life character with a heart of gold. Not too many men dare to cross her.

  36. Congratulations on the release of “Give Me A Cowboy”! I’m looking forward to this book. That is a great video trailer.

  37. Karen B — Thanks for stopping by to comment. Yeah, give me a cowboy and I’d be one happy woman! LOL

    Susan — Thank you for the compliment concerning our video trailer. I’m so glad you liked it. This was such a fun book to do.

    Estella — I’m glad you like the cover. Kensington did a wonderful job. Did you know that this is the same model that we had on Give Me a Texan? It’s just his back side instead of the front. Boy, he’s something! Doesn’t matter which direction he’s facing. LOL

  38. Hi Linda!!! Hi everyone! Oh That title is perfect “GIVE ME A COWBOY”!!! I so been looking forward to this! I loved the first one and got a friend one as a gift too! The anthology are great cuz get to introduce them to a few authors at a time! This is going to be another keeper!

    I found a channel where it has older movies and many of them were captioned!! It was the end of a movie with John Wayne but I was so excited to find it. Its called American Movie Classics, I think that’s what its called. But it has alot of those set western and historical. I so hope to catch more. I love the earlier and historical movies. Otherwise I don’t watch them. Now I want to watch a rodeo too! 🙂 Its a great trailer! If you have TV Land, they show Gunsmoke and Bonanza alot on the weekends. Love those both.
    Congrats on the release of the anthology!!

  39. I read “‘Texan” and have been waiting for “‘Cowboy”
    and now it’s here! Yay!! BTW, enjoyed the trailer!

    Pat Cochran

  40. Amy S — Thanks for stopping by to comment. I appreciate the congrats.

    Caffey — How wonderful to see you come by! It’s been a while, girl. Glad you felt up to it. Yes, I sometimes watch Gunsmoke and Bonanza reruns. I sure enjoy those. I’m glad you found some John Wayne movies that have captions. Some people never think how frustrating it is to not be able to watch movies and know what they’re saying. I for one take so much for granted.

    Sue — Thanks for taking time from your schedule to come by and leave a comment. You and Janet are two special friends who always think about others. Our writing group wouldn’t be the same without you.

    Hi Pat — Yes, your wait is over. Give Me a Cowboy has ridden into bookstores everywhere. I’m so glad you liked the trailer. I think Jodi’s son did an exceptional job with it. And the voice on there is Dusty Richards, a western writer and rodeo announcer.

  41. Hi Linda – Oh boy, it’s 3.00 here in Cal and I feel like I’m late gettin’ to the rodeo!
    Love the book trailer and dang it if you don’t get the nicest, (um,sexiest) covers.
    I’m ordering the book today!! Congrats on the great review!

  42. Ooh,ooh,ooh! GIVE ME A COWBOY sounds fantastic, and I would love to read it! I love western historicals and hope it’s a big success for all the wonderful authors involved!

  43. Congratulations on the release of Give Me A Cowboy! This sounds like a wonderful anthology! Loved the video trailer!

  44. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book. “GIVE ME A COWBOY” the name is perfect. Give me a cowboy any day. the trailer is great and oh my that cover is wonderful.

  45. Hi Linda,
    Congratulations on “Give Me A Cowboy!” Although I would love to have an autographed copy, please don’t enter me in your drawing as I got my copy in my Barnes and Noble order last week and read it over the weekend.

    It was a great book-loved all the stories. I hope there is another one coming????

  46. Hi Za!

    Oh wow, I’m thrilled that you’ve already gotten your copy and have read it! That’s wonderful. I’m so glad you liked our stories. Tell your friends so they might read it also.

    As of this point, right now we don’t have another anthology coming. Hate to disappoint you. But you if Lady Luck shines on us, we may in the very near future. I’ll be sure to announce it here on P&P. Can’t keep good news silent. In fact, I’ll probably be shouting it to the rooftops.

  47. “Give Me a Texan” was a awesome book, but now I need “Give Me a Cowboy! It is so much fun to read multiple stories in one book!

  48. I was thrilled to read all the wonderful comments about our anthology, GIVE ME A COWBOY. It’s been such a privilege working with Linda, Phyliss, and Jodi. Dally and Augustus’s love story was one of my most favorite I’ve ever written for many reasons. The most important reason is the one you’ll find in the author’s note I included at the end of the story. To hear that you all have enjoyed it and are looking forward to it just makes it all the more sweeter. –DeWanna

  49. Writing Dally and Augusta’s story in Give Me A Cowboy was a real treat for me for a lot of reasons, particularly the one I mentioned in the author’s note at the end of my novella. I grew up loving Paladin, Cheyenne, Little Joe, Adam and Hoss. And who can forget Rowdy Yates! Give me truth, justice, boots and jeans any old time.
    –DeWanna Pace

  50. Linda, just passing along an email from DeWanna:

    Whew! Trying to ride saddle alongside Jodi, Linda and Phyliss during our signings for GIVE ME A COWBOY this weekend sure kept this particular petticoat hustlin’. Thanksfor all the wonderful comments about our book. Writing Dally and Augusta’s story was particularly fun and will always hold a special place in my heart, as I mentioned in the author’s note at the end of the story.

    Like some of you, I remember Paladin and Cheyenne. And who can forget Little Joe, Adam, and Hoss. And what about Rowdy Yates? Truth, Justiceand boots & jeans–an irresistable combination for any gal!

  51. Hi DeWanna!!

    I’m so glad you posted comments about our anthology. Loved your story about Augustus and Dally. It was simply one of your best ever. We sure had a lot of fun creating those stories, didn’t we? And it seems that our hard work is being rewarded. Everyone is so enthusiastic about Give Me a Cowboy! Woo-Hoo!!

    I enjoyed being with you, Jodi, and Phyliss this past weekend. You’re a great bunch of friends and fellow writers whom I respect so much.

    See you in Lubbock at Barnes and Noble on Saturday. Take care.

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