Kathleen Eagle … Looking for a good cowboy?

Looking for a good cowboy?  Try Harlequin Books.

The word cowboy appears in about half the Special Edition titles every month, and my books are right in there with them.  As the lovely Fillies of Wildflower Junction will attest, cowboys sell books.

I’ve been writing about cowboys since many of you were knee-high to a Shetland Pony, but you’ll only find the word cowboy in three of my pre-Google Special Editions.  My first one was SOMEDAY SOON, and you had to know the song lyrics to get the cowboy message.  It was our song, my cowboy’s and mine, back when he came courtin’.  Well, sorta courtin’.  Okay, I was the one who invaded his territory—the Eastern dude gone West.  But that’s another story.

Back to The Word.  These days, key words mean everything, which is why some of our series book titles might seem a little—dare I say it?—silly.  Key word overload sometimes.  But with cowboy, one word says it all.

And I know you’ve talked about your ideal cowboy many times around this watering hole, so I won’t ask.  (But you’re welcome to tell me.)  I will say that my personal ideal is an Indian cowboy.  And while they’re becoming all too rare out on the prairie, I can bring them to you between the colorful covers.  I’ll bring you a cowboy whose roots reach way down deep in prairie sod, who rides as an extension of his horse, lives his life as a natural part of a land that still refuses to be paved over or plowed under.

While I treat each of my characters as an individual, I keep my husband’s oft repeated claims in mind.  Like, “I’m a jack of all trades, master of none.”  Which means if it is broke, he can fix it.  It might not be pretty, but he can get it working again.  “I’m secure in my manhood.”  Meaning he’ll read a romance on a plane.  And he’ll fly if he has to, but he’d rather ride a horse.

I’m continuing my Special Edition Wild Horse Sanctuary series with ONE BRAVE COWBOY, on sale September 20.  I’d like to celebrate with you by sending two randomly chosen commenters an autographed copy of one of the earlier books in the series—your choice.

ONE BRAVE COWBOY introduces another competitor for Mustang Sally’s Wild Horse Training Contest, a thread that runs through four of the six books connected with my fictitious Double D Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota.  The title cowboy’s name is Cougar.  Just Cougar.  He served in the Army with Mary Tutan (ONCE A FATHER), and he’s a wounded warrior, but his worst scars are not visible.  Newly released from a VA hospital, this Indian cowboy desperately needs to come to terms with his losses at home and on the battlefield.  He came home from his first tour in the Middle East to find his girlfriend—the woman he’d planned to marry—with another man.  During a later tour he was injured in an incident in which a child was killed, and he blames himself.  His hope for saving his sanity—the horses his brother was keeping for him—were sold during his absence.  His entry into Mustang Sally’s Wild Horse Training Competition is the means he’s using to find his way among the living after pulling himself back from the brink of suicide.  Then he meets Celia Banyon and her young son, who was injured in an accident and whose worst scars are also not visible.

Did I mention that many Indian cowboys are also veterans?  Mine is.  He’s comfortable wearing boots, but, like Cougar, he prefers pointed toes and riding heels.  It’s an interesting blend of experience—Indian, cowboy, warrior—that I think you’ll agree makes for one hell of a Western hero.

Thank you for inviting me back to Wildflower Junction!  Now let’s circle up and pass the talking stick around.

I will be giving away two of my earlier novels in the series to two lucky readers

who leave a comment!

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45 thoughts on “Kathleen Eagle … Looking for a good cowboy?”

  1. One Brave Cowboy sounds real good. I’m looking forward to reading this book. I love reading Harlequin books. I use to get the Harlequin books from my local library, but since moving the library I go to now doesn’t carry that many. Nowdays if I want to read any Harlequin books I have to buy them. Since you are one of my favorite authors, your books is something that I normally buy anyways. I enjoy reading your Wild Horse Sanctuary series and I will be looking for One Brave Cowboy around Sept. 20th.

  2. Hi Kathleen! I’ve read and loved your books for years. In fact, you’re one of the first romance authors I read, and someone who made me say, “I want to do that!” Thanks for visiting P&P today! The new book looks great!!!

  3. That One Cowboy One Christmas looks so good,im a Christmas book collecter,,I read them all year long to keep that happy feeling,great post,thanks

  4. Morning Kathleen and welcome back to the Junction. We’re so thrilled to have you drop in for a visit.

    I love that Harlequin is working hard to keep our beloved cowboy stories coming. And I’d really like to hear your east meets west story. 🙂

  5. Love your books can’t wait for One Brave Cowboy.

    Always loved the Indian Romance books. So naturally that just progressed into Indian Cowboys.

  6. I read the story of you and your own cowboy hero in an earlier blog, Kathleen. Great real-life romance. And I’ve loved your fictional Native American heroes ever since I read PRIVATE TREATY way back when. Can’t wait to find your latest and read it. It sounds wonderful.

  7. Good morning, fillies!

    I’m prying my eyes open this morning after hosting the second little girl sleepover we’ve had here this week. They’ve included tea parties and dress-up and Pixie Hollow and non-stop giggling. Do granddaughters have more energy than daughters, or is it true what we used to say back in the Woodstock days? If it’s too loud, you’re too…
    …uh, no. Boomers still rock.

    And we still love our cowboys. (I was a Little Joe groupie.) We played cowboys and school marms the way the the two in the next room are acting out Tinkerbelle’s adventures as we speak. That’s the kind of play that turns us into romance writers, isn’t it, fillies?

  8. Hi Kathleen,

    Your books sound wonderful. I hate to admit I haven’t read any, but I’m on my way to Amazon to fix that.

    We used to play cowboys and school marm, too. We even started building our own schoolhouse one summer. The base remained until my grandmother sold the farm years later. I loved growing up around cowboys and love reading and writing about them today.


  9. Tracy asked for my real-life east meets west story. It was the summer between by junior and senir year at Mount Holyoke–very old women’s college in Massachusetts whose founder said, back in about 1837, “Go where no one else will go and do what no one else will do.” In my day that meant we were star dust, we were golden, and we could save the world. I volunteered for a summer program on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. I missed out on Woodstock that summer, but I met the love of my life the first day I was there. He was training a horse. It’s one of those photographic memories for me–beautiful wild buckskin. And the horse was gorgeous, too.

    It was Sunday–the cowboy’s day off (he was a ranch hand)–and he was in the early stages of breaking the buckskin horse he’d just bought at an auction, so he was doing groundwork. He was wearing a red Western shirt. He was a man of few words back then, but in my mind, every one was a gem. After a romantic summer, I went back to school, but I was determined to go back to Standing Rock and teach after I graduated. I did. And I married that cowboy.

  10. G’Day there!
    Absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED reading IN CARE OF SAM BEAUDRY and look forward to reading more of your books, Kathleen. The characters were so well written that I felt like they were real and should be friends of mine too. I was hooked right until the last page.

  11. I love reading about real cowboys or those trying to be in contrast to those who just try and dress up like one lol. I enjoyed hearing your story about how you met your husband and going back to him after college – no wonder you write such romantic stories!

  12. Hi, Kathleen! Love your wonderful cowboys–so glad you have one for your very own : )

    Sometimes the men who seem to be the most easily defined turn out to be the ones with the most layers. If they are good guys, then it is very much worth your time to work through those layers to the heart of gold found inside. What makes a man most attractive is a quiet confidence, a definite masculinity, that shows itself in thought and action. Handsome men are sometimes merely “pretty”, nice to look at, but not always substantial in personality. When you find a man who is strong, smart and sensitive, sweet and sensual, you don’t want to look at anyone else.

  13. Kathleen, a big welcome to P&P. We’re thrilled to have you. Congratulations on the new release! This book looks and sounds great. I love cowboy stories and can’t get enough. I also write historical western romance. I couldn’t imagine writing anything else. My heart is firmly anchored in the Old West with frontier cowboys. Although I can’t write contemporary westerns I love reading them. Wishing you lots of success.

  14. I loved your real romance story. I was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and have just a small amount of Lakota Sioux in my heritage mixed in with Swedish, Irish, and German. My heritage is a mix of all of the nationalities that lived in South Dakota during the eighteen hundreds. There’s just something about a cowboy isn’t there? I visit Rapid City every three years for a reunion and my heart is in the Black Hills. BTW I’ve been a Kathleen Eagle fan since I read “The Night Remembers” back in the late 1990’s.

  15. Linnae, your heritage sounds like that of my children. My mother’s side of the family goes way back pre-Revolution in Virgina. On Daddy’s side there’s maternal English and German and paternal Swedish. My grandfather immigrated from Sweden and joined the U.S. cavalry in time for the Spanish American War and “Indian campaigns” in the Southwest just after the trun of the century. Ironic, huh? Granddaddy was retired when Daddy was born, but he lived to a ripe old age, died when I was 6, so I do remember him. He was still sporting that handlebar mustache!

  16. Hello Kathleen! Thank you for sharing with us today… I really like the sound of your book… I have not had the pleasure of reading anyhting by you, but I hope to change that! 😀

  17. Hi Kathleen, I do love me some cowboy and you write wonderful ones. Your books look really good and thanks for sharing them with us today.

  18. Oh I do love a story about a cowboy. Well, truth be told, I just love cowboys! 😀 There’s just something so awesome about a cowboy in a pair of jeans, boots and a Stetson or Charlie One Horse hat! AWESOME!

    Thank you for your post today! I would love to win one of your books!

    Smiles, 🙂 🙂
    Cindy W.

  19. OH! nuthin better than a cowboy! Love them cowboy butts in tight Wranglers, add chaps and a stetson and it awesome!
    Thanks for sharing your books with us today! cant wait to read them!

  20. I find cowboys so appealing and the best part is that there are so many variety of them, from the modern Harley-riding cowboy, to the hardworking ranch hand, to the Stetson wearing one of the gun-toting outlaw. There is always a story with a place for one and I can’t wait to meet more.

  21. I love reading about cowboys and especially love the Harlequin books. I love all kinds of cowboys from the old West to modern day. One Brave Cowboy sure sounds like an enjoyable read. Thank you for your wonderful books!

  22. I enjoy readingyour books for most of them are about native american cowboys and I’m friends with alot of them and they also served our country.I haven’t read Cool Hand Luke or Once a father but the other 2 I have, been wanting to read them but went back to school and a busy teenager plus work, just not enough time in the day to read, I’m looking forward to get your new book real soon(One Brave Cowboy) Have a nice labor day weekend!

  23. It’s so much fun reading all the “love me some cowboy” declarations! Ah, yes, that rear view in the Wranglers. Early on I was told in no uncertain terms that in cowboy country, Wranglers rule. (What’s with the droopy jeans on guys these days? Don’t they realize they’re sacrificing their best assets?)

  24. Carole, I hear you on the back-to-school crazies. Attended open house this week for our 2nd- and 4th-grand grands hauling 2 grocery bags full of school supplies purchased over 2 months of back-to-school sales. Hunting is my favorite sport. Bargain hunting, that is. I love those weekly deals in July and August–crayons for a quarter, folders for a penny. That’s my idea of a killing!

  25. Hi Kathleen, your book and your back list sounds fantastic. I need to get them on my Kindle.

    I have a question: I’m working on my first historical western and I realize your books aren’t historicals but is the owner of the ranch called the ramrod, rod, big auger, old man or corporal and the foreman called the straw boss, top screw or cock-a-doodle-do? Or am I splitting hairs here?

    Thank you:)


  26. Someday Soon—-brought tears to my eyes. Oh, yes, I know the song. I have a real life Indian Cowboy who is getting old, now. He’s 84 and a Vet. But he’s been a cowboy all his life. I recall you saying, once a while ago, that you wrote all winter and hit the Pow-Wow trail during the summer. Not so much any more?
    We tried that, but it took too much energy and we Packed into the California Sierra every summer, so it wasn’t too practical for us.
    Have enjoyed your books for many years and this new one sounds like another winner. It is great to see you here today.

  27. Hi Kathleen,

    Welcome to P&P today, though I’m late getting here myself. It’s our last hot day for awhile according to the weatherman, and the family was all gathered at the pool today.

    I have loved your books from the first one I ever read–THE NIGHT REMEMBERS. What a fantastic book that was, and still has a place of honor on my keeper shelf. Jesse and Angela were so tortured in their own ways, and I loved the way you wove their stories together. One of my favorite books of all time.

    I’m reading Cowboy Take Me Away right now, about halfway into it. I am in love with Trace. Totally in love. If Skyler were here I would have to fight her for him. LOLOL Seriously, though, it’s a great story, and I love the chemistry between the two of them. I haven’t read Someday Soon yet, but that will be my next one of yours to lay my hands on, because I love that song. Loved the Judy Collins version of it, and played that record until it was so scratchy you could hardly hear the music. (Yes, that was back in the “old days” of 33 record albums.) What a great song. I enjoyed your post, Kathleen, and look forward to all these great cowboy books!
    Cheryl P.

  28. Cher, it sounds as though you’ve been hitting the Google. I’m guessing some of those terms are regional. The owner of the ranch is the rancher, but in the southwest there would probably be a hispanic term. A ramrod is closer to a foreman, the guy who gives the orders. I’m not sure about the other terms you mention. For a historical writer, some of the best references are the older memoirs like DAKOTA COWBOY, Ike Blasingame, and the classic THE LOG OF A COWBOY, Andy Adams, published right around the turn of the century. Full of authentic lingo.

  29. Speaking of Kindle, some of my single title novels will be re-released by Bell Bridge Books starting early 2012. Mostly contemporary Westerns, although SUNRISE SONG spans the 20th century.

  30. ONE BRAVE COWBOY sounds like a story that touches on many topics that affect so many today. I’ll be looking for it. The warrior tradition in the native american population is still strong and honored. Every pow wow we have attended has always had a veterans dance honoring those who have served and are serving. Many honor the veterans in flag ceremonies at the beginning of the pow wow. They honor their own, but also invite any veteran in the crowd to participate, for it is the warrior they are honoring.
    I have a few of your books on my TBR mountain. I have been on an historical western kick the past few weeks, I’ll have to switch to contemporary cowboys for a while. I am going to print your backlist and see how many I’ve read, I have, and I need to get.

    Hope you and your family have a great Labor Day Weekend.

  31. Mary J, tell your Indian cowboy the Eagles say hello!

    Mary J and Patricia B, it’s been a while since we’ve been to a pow wow. The honor song is my favorite part. I’m a military brat–did I say that?–and nothing stirs my blood more than a flag ceremony, especially when the flag song is sung in Lakota.

  32. Hi again. What if the flag song is sung in Paiute? Our good friend’s daughter sings it here. Makes chills go up and down the arms.

  33. Mary J, I haven’t heard it sung in Paiute, but I hope to. I picked up the phone last Christmas and was greeted by a friend’s rich baritone voice singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in Lakota. Many of these Native languages are endangered. Diversity enriches our country, including language diversity.

  34. You’re stories on Native american cowboys are my favorites and I have been enjoying them for many years. I recently ordered 5 of your earlier books from my favorite bookseller oh how excited I am. keep up the wonderful work.
    Helena James

  35. Bless your heart, Kathleen for your response. 🙂

    Actually, I found this book called Cowboy Lingo written by Ramon Adams and originally published in 1936. Obviously, not all research yields authentic fruit. Thank you very much for the two titles you gave me. I look forward to reading them if they can be found. I truly appreciate you taking the time. 🙂

    All the best with your career,


  36. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. These all look like amazing books. I would love to win one. Thanks again.


  37. The first books I remember reading were the series with Frankie and her family set is SD; I borrowed them to others and never got them back, but I did get a chance to listen to you when you visited the library in Fargo. I often wonder if you’ve ever met a very special couple in Mpls who go to many Indian events. He’s from Pine Ridge and she’s Apache from NM, but they lived in Fargo many years before moving to Mpls.

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