Linda Warren Says Cowgirls Do It Best…

 Thank you, ladies, for having me back. I’m always excited to blog at Petticoats and Pistols. As everyone knows, I love westerns.  And I’m holding a drawing for two books so leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for one of them:A copy of Caitlyn’s Prize and The Sheriff of Horseshoe, Texas

 I’ve written a lot of modern day cowboy books, but I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to write about cowgirls. When I was growing up in Texas, my parents raised cotton, corn and cattle. My dad was also the constable in our community and he drilled water wells so he was busy. My mom took care of the cattle. She knew every cow, calf and bull on the property. She knew when to cull the herd, when to sell calves and when to change pastures. So, yes, I thought I can write about cowgirls. A woman can do anything a man can, right? Maybe even better.

I came up with The Belles of Texas for Harlequin Super Romance, a trilogy about three sisters trying to save a rundown ranch. The sisters have the same father, but different mothers. Caitlyn’s mother died in childbirth so she was raised on the ranch. Madison and Skylar spend summers and Christmas on the High Five ranch with their father and Caitlyn. Even though they weren’t raised together, the sisters have a close bond.

Caitlyn, the responsible one, better known as Bossy, takes over running the ranch when their father becomes ill. The middle sister, Madison, sees the good in everyone and her sisters call her Betty Crocker Sweet. Skylar, the youngest, is known for speaking her mind. With a hair-trigger temper to match her personality, Sklyar’s nickname is Bitchy.

When their father passes away, Caitlyn finds his enormous gambling debts have left the High Five ranch in dire straits. And to make matters worse, there’s a codicil to the will that states if the ranch is not showing a profit in six months it has to be sold to Judd Calhoun, a neighboring rancher and the man Caitlyn jilted fourteen years earlier.

Caitlyn is fighting mad. She calls her sisters home to inform them of the situation and to ask for their help to save High Five from Judd Calhoun. Since her sisters weren’t raised on the ranch, they don’t share her point of view. It’s the fight of Caitlyn’s life. She sets out to prove that she can run High Five as effectively as any man.

If you want to find out what happens, pick up Caitlyn’s Prize in July. It’s also part of Cowboy Country month for Super Romance.

The second book, Madison’s Children, comes out in October and the third, Skylar’s Outlaw, in January 2010. A lot of the scenes in the books I took from my childhood. So if you need a good cowgirl read this summer, saddle up and head for Texas. The Belle sisters are waiting to entertain you.

So what’s your opinion? Can a woman do anything a man can?

2009 RITA® Finalist TEXAS HEIRCaitlyn’s Prize – July ‘09
Madison’s Children – Oct ‘09
Skylar’s Outlaw – Jan ‘10


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And don’t forget to leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for Caitlyn’s Prize and The Sheriff of Horseshoe, Texas.

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53 thoughts on “Linda Warren Says Cowgirls Do It Best…”

  1. What a fantastic trilogy, Linda. I love the idea of three different mothers. What a wonderful childhood you had…and fertile ground for your books as well. Welcome to the junction today!

  2. Love the sound of your new trilogy.

    I believe we(women) can do just about anything we set our minds to.

  3. Hi, Linda. I suppose a woman can do everything a man can do. But in my day to day life…I try and get my husband to do as much as possible. 🙂

    I’ve actually got a scene in my WIP the Husband Tree, coming in February, that the heroine ropes and hog ties a steer and the hero gets all mad at her for doing a ‘man’s’ work. And she gives him a nice set down about how any idiot with a good cowpony can bull dog a steer, it’s not about strength because even if the hero is bigger than her and stronger than her, they’re still no match for that longhorn.

    I do think a man does a much better job of emptying mouse traps than a woman…of course I’m busy screaming and running…so that interferes with my skill. 🙂

  4. Mary,
    Yes, any time you can get the hubby to do something is a plus, even when you can do it yourself. LOL.

    The scene from your book sounds wonderful. Guys don’t like to be outdone in any way, and I can imagine the hero’s eyes popping open when she bull dogs that steer.

    There should be a law that husbands HAVE to empty mouse traps. It shoud be in the wedding vows. At the sight of any scurrying, wiggly or slimey creatures, I’m gone. But Caitlyn in Caitlyn’s Prize is much different. And it took a lot of effort to make her that way.

  5. I think mentally woman can do most jobs.
    However, physically some jobs require more brawn and strenght than the majority of woman have.

    I know several female firefighters and I am in awe of their courage, discipline and strenght.

  6. Hi Linda
    Your new series sounds great I’ll be buy them all.
    as for your question Yes if a woman puts her mind to it she can do anything a man can do. I’ve seen my Mom do hard work chopping wood many things a man does, our father was killed in a car wreck when my Mom was 5 months pregnant with me so she had to raise 3 kids and one on the way, after I was born she worked 2 jobs and a part time job at nights, back then we had an old wood burning stove and I remember her out side chopping wood. So yes I say woman can.

  7. Hi Laurie,
    You’re so right. But what women lack in brawnand strength they make up for in intellect. LOL

    And, yes, women firefighters, policewomen, women serving in the armed forces, I’m in awe of all of them.

    Thank you for posting,

  8. Oh, thank you, Penney.

    Your mom is a hero, or should I say heroine. What an incredible woman amd mother. Your mother chopping wood will be a memory you’ll remember forever. It’s, as they say, priceless.

    Thank you for stopping by,

  9. I think in many things in life, women are more capible than men. But like Mary, I want my husband to do them anyhow. That might be the one thing we’re no good at, getting men off their butts.

  10. Hi Linda,

    We’re so happy to have you here today! It’s always a pleasure to be sure.

    I definitely think a woman can do just about everything a man can. Sometimes we go about a bit differently but we always manage to get the job done. Sometimes we do more. My daughter-in-law is the one who works on the cars, fixes slow drains, and puts bones back in place when they pop out. She’s amazing! But I’m not saying my son is lazy. No way. He works really hard to make a living and to be a good dad, husband, and son. My mother was also one of the most independent women I know. She roofed our house once when I was at home and later when my dad passed away. I just hope I’ve inherited some of her gumption.

    Hope you have a wonderful time here today!

  11. Kelly,
    I had to laugh when I read your post. Yes, we suck at getting our husbands off their butts, especially during football season. LOL

    Thanks for the laugh,

  12. Absolutely, we women can do anything we put our minds to. If we didn’t, there would be zero population growth sine there’s no way a man would go through childbirth.

  13. Linda,
    I’m in awe of you daughter-in-law. She really can get things done.

    Your mother sounds like mine. I don’t remember her roofing a house though. That’s amazing and takes a lot of gumption. And what a great role model.

    Yes, I having a wonderful time. I love this blog.

  14. Yes a women can do anything a man can do if they are strong enough. I can do about anything a man can do unless there is a lot of heavy lifting.

  15. Enjoyed reading the coomment and I have added this book to my TBR list.
    Yes, most tasks a woman can do more efficiently, with a better attitude toward doing it, and with less frustration. However, some of the heavy lifting has to be done by a man. Afterall, I wouldn’t want him to think I could do it all!

  16. Linda, I believe that strength of will sometimes achieves more than physical strength. Maybe it’s because woman have, throughout the ages, done anything necessary to protect and nurture, to assure the continuance of the species – men included. 🙂

    I think most women are psychologically geared to hang in there, which is why we so often nurture our men as well as our children. I respect women who are tough enough to do a man’s job, but even more so, I respect some of the women who are mentioned in this blog, who roofed their homes, or worked two jobs AND cooked and cleaned and nurtured their kids.

    Every individual, both male and female, have their strengths and weaknesses, and thank God for making us so different. 🙂 I have known men who could nurture as well as heave, haul and bring home the bacon. But I do believe a woman can do anything that she must.

    Linda, your new series sounds wonderful. Can’t wait!

  17. Hello Linda,

    I love your books. Please count me in the running for “Caitlyn’s Prize”. I already have a copy of “The Sheriff of Horseshoe, Texas”. It was great. Your new trilogy sounds fascinating. Have a great day.

  18. What a wonderful concept for a trilogy. I would love to read all of them. I adore cowboys, how fun to read a twist and read cowgirls.

    Good luck.

  19. Hi Quilt Lady,
    Yes, we need those guys for heavy lifting, if for no other reason than to watch those muscles at work. LOL

    Thanks for stopping by,

  20. Joye,
    Thank you for adding Caitlyn’s Prize to your TBR stack. Hope you enjoy it.

    Yes, a woman does everything with a better attitude. But we still those guys, and it nice sometimes to let them take charge (lifting things).

    Loved your take on this,

  21. Oh, Melinda, thank you. Caitlyn is probably the strongest heoine I’ve ever written, but in the end all she really wants is for the hero to love her. Ah, just like in real life.

    Thank you for posting,

  22. Hi Linda – love the idea of this trilogy. So often it’s families with different dads. I like the idea of sisters connected through their Dad. I’ll be keeping an eye out for these books!

    I think cowgirls do things differently than cowboys but that’s okay. If they didn’t, we might not get little cowboys and little cowgirls.

    I agree about watching those muscles work when we need cowboys to do some heavy lifting! Very nice to see!!


  23. Hi ArkansaCyndi, (love that title)
    I love cowboys, too. I had to change my train oof thought to write these books, and I’m hoping readers will like my cowgirls.

    Thank you for posting,

  24. Linda, your new series sounds wonderful. Can’t wait! I posted a comment earlier, but it’s still “awaiting moderation”. So let me try again.

    Every individual, both male and female, have their strengths and weaknesses, and thank the goddess for making us so different. I have known men who could nurture as well as heave, haul and bring home the bacon. But I do believe a woman can do anything that she must.

  25. Hi Dana,
    Thank you for stopping by. Even though the sisters weren’t raised together, they have a close bond. And their father plays a big role in their lives.

    Yep, we need those cowboys to create little cowgirls and cowboys. LOL

    Hope you enjoy the books.

  26. Hi Jo Anne,
    You said it all. We need each other, that’s why we’re created differently. And when the occasion arises we do what we have to.

    Thank you,

  27. Women can do anything they set their minds to and get it right the first time.
    Your books sound great.

  28. Linda, your new series sounds very interesting. I think a woman can do just about anything a man can but it is more fun watching the man doing it! My husband and I are retired now and we kind of divide the jobs around the house up. The only thing he won’t/can’t do is toilets.

  29. Linda, welcome to the Corral! The trilogy looks wonderful – Caitlyn’s Prize in on my tbr.

    Sure a woman can do anything she put her mind to, but why not sweet talk your man into helping if its something you’d rather not bother with–like Mary and her mice. 🙂

  30. Since I have no man to do what needs to be done I’ve learned to empty mouse traps and a whole lot of other things. My mother also learned to do a lot of things considered “man’s work” when we were growing up because my father was a geologist and out in an oil field a lot of the time.
    I agree with the others – even if you can do it why if you can talk a man into doing it for you?
    By the way don’t enter me in the drawing as I either already have or will be getting copies of them through subscription.

  31. Hi Estella,
    Thank you for stopping by. And thanks for always posting on the American Blog. We can always count on you.

    Ah, I’m glad you like my books. Puts a smile on my face.

    Thanks again,

  32. Oh, Judy A, you’re so right. When you can get the hubby to do it, why not? And it is fun to watch them. LOL

    Sounds as if you and your husband have it all worked out. My hubby won’t do toilets either. LOL

    Thank you for posting,

  33. Hi Ellen,
    Thank you for stopping by. And thank you for being a dedicated blogger on American and SuperRomance. We love loyal readers like you. I saw the dedication in Jeannie’s book. Congratulations!

    If you can handle a mouse trap, you can do anything. You’re my hero!


  34. Hi Crystal B,
    I didn’t know if I could sell cowgirls to my editor, but she loved it. Now I’m hoping that readers will, too.

    Thank you for stopping by,

  35. Given the chance, a woman can do just about anything a man can unless you need a physical strength most women can’t achieve. If it takes smarts, organization, planning, and leadership, there is no reason a woman can’t do as good a job as any man.
    I’ve spent the afternoon planning our late September/early October trip to Texas. We have an Air Force reunion in Ft. Worth. Will head to the Big Bend area before and to the San Antonio area afterwards. We will be coming via Oklahoma City. Haven’t decided if we’ll go 40 to 27 to 20 or angle down 44 and pick up 20. There is too much territory to cover in that short a period of time. Need to spend some more serious time with the map and calendar.
    Too bad all three books won’t be out. I could take them with me and finish the trilogy on the trip. Super Romance and Intrigue are my two favorite Harlequin lines.

  36. Hi Patricia,
    Thank you. All of us at Super Romance thank you.

    You’re planning quite a trip and you’ll enjoy every minute of it. It’s really hot now, painfully hot, so be carefully and drink lots of water.

    In Caitlyn’s Prize, the heroine is out to prove she can do it all. And she does. But it’s not her heart’s desire. It’s love – like it is for all of us. You’ll love the book.

    Thank you for blogging with me, and enjoy your trip to Texas.

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