Pam Hillman: That's a Cowboy


I write cowboys, mostly set in the late 19th century, but cowboys aren’t limited to the late 1800s during the grand cattle drives along the Goodnight-Loving Trail. The cowboy image is bigger, bolder, and more widespread than that. He’s become an icon that transcends time periods.


He’s strong. He’s brave. He’s hardworking. He loves God, country, his horse, his dog, and his girl. Possibly in that order. To most of us raised on John Wayne movies and Louis L’Amour novels, a cowboy is no longer just a lean, mean, hard-working machine who rides the range herding cattle. He is…


…the firefighter who enters a burning building and cries when he fails to rescue a terrified child.


…the brave soldier on the foreign battlefield who fights for God and country…and the picture tucked in his shirt pocket.


…the construction worker toting boards and hammering nails, climbing ladders, fighting for that paycheck so he can pay his grandfather’s hospital bill.

…the roughneck who spreads his steel-toed boots wide and swaggers along the deck of a floating oil rig to keep this country in fuel, separated from his wife and babies for weeks at a time.


…the police officer pinned down by a crazed gunman and waiting for the chance to end the madness so he can rescue those held hostage.


…the lineman who works long blistering days in the blazing sun or through winters so cold he can barely think straight, to bring light and heat to the woman who holds him close at night.


…and, yes, he’s the weathered rancher, and the farmer, who battles the elements and long hours to raise cattle and grow grain to bring food to his table, and to this great nation.


Some of these men might not have ever wrangled a cow, they might not have ever thrown a leg over a horse, but they have the heart and soul of a cowboy, that deep-seated determination to provide, protect, and defend what’s theirs. No matter the cost.

 Now that’s a cowboy!!


I’m giving away one copy of “Claiming Mariah” in e-format to one lucky commenter.


Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove the Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of! Claiming Mariah is her second novel.




Pam is thrilled to announce the release of her second novel,

Claiming Mariah


To celebrate, Pam is giving away two eReaders

(choice of Kindle Wi-Fi, 6″ Display, or Nook Simple Touch)

Two Winners: One on facebook. One through Pam’s Newsletter.

Facebook Drawing for Kindle/Nook

Pam’s Newsletter


Registering both places is not required but will double your chances of winning. Also keep in mind that you will receive updates more often being connected on facebook than through the newsletter. Just sayin’

Contest runs from January 1st until March 31st, 2013.


And….that’s not all! There will be prizes offered randomly throughout the tour.


Click here to View Current Giveaways!

(3 Pewter Bookmarks from Deirdre’s Handmade Jewelry PLUS 40% off coupon at Deirdre’s online store. Click link to register and for coupon code)



March 8th: Nora St. Laurent



March 11th:


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29 thoughts on “Pam Hillman: That's a Cowboy”

  1. Congratulations on the release of CLAIMING MARIAH. I checked Amazon for the story summary and it sounds like a good suspenseful read.

    I agree with your assertion that these men are cowboys. The hardworking man represents the essence of what the cowboy is. However, you can’t the image of the hero on his horse with his stetson pulled low shading his eyes.

    Best of luck with your tour and the sales of CLAIMING MARIAH.

  2. There are cowboys every where for sure. Some we just don’t think of..
    Congrats with your book and I wish you many many sales…

  3. Welcome to the Junction, Pam! We’re so happy to have you. Thank you for pointing out that men in countless other professions have the same values and strengths as cowboys. It’s so true.

    Congrats on the release of your second book. It looks exciting. Great cover. Wishing you much success.

  4. Good Morning, Pam and welcome to Petticoats & Pistols.
    My worlds are colliding!
    Pam is one of my fellow bloggers on Seekerville, too.
    It’s fun to have you here!

  5. Patricia, I agree! As I read over this piece again, I realized I should have included a picture of a cowboy!

    ‘Cause, like you said, you just can’t beat a cowboy.

  6. Thanks Goldie, Cori, and Elizabeth.

    The ideal of a cowboy is all around us. I picture the doctor who sees a tragic accident unfold on the freeway. He wades into the tangled mass of burning cars, trucks, and tractor trailer rigs to save lives.

    When the smoke clears, and he walks away, he swaggers just like a real cowboy! 🙂

    Give that man a cowboy hat!

  7. Wonderful heroes out and about everyday! 🙂
    Love the book’s cover, it is truly beautiful! Thanks for sharing Pam! Congrats on book 2!

  8. Tina, raking hay really is a really relaxing job….as long as you stay upwind of the itchy dust from the baler! 😉

    PS…don’t anybody tell my hubby I said so though.


  9. PAMMY!!! Just finished Claiming Mariah and absolutely LOVED it, even more, if possible, than Stealing Jake!! Cannot WAIT to brag on you in a review and on FB, my friend!!


  10. Congrats on your release! You are so right about these hero’s above being cowboys. Solders our men that is fighting our wars are also cowboys. I do love a cowboy.

  11. I love your cover, so pretty! Looking forward to reading “Claiming Mariah”. Congratulations on the release and have fun on all your blog stops.

  12. My daddy wanted his princess to live in his castle and learn all the womanly skills. Eventually he would get tired of my fussing and let me haul the water to the cows on the International B or drive the Super M for picking up rocks or hauling hay. Then it was back to pie baking!

  13. Love your expanded definition of a “Cowboy”.
    I can relate to the hours spent raking hay. My sister and I became the rake operaters the summer we turned 12 and 13. Every summer after that we spent hours raking with the Ford 8N. We did, some times, run the baler and always had to help put the hay in the mow. Raking hay definitely gives you lots of time for thinking and dreaming or making up stories.

  14. Howdy P&P Peeps! My internet went south (or maybe it was GTT, dunno) this weekend, so I apologize for not responding to EVERY comment. Making up for it today.

    Julie, I’m slap-happy thrilled that you enjoyed Claiming Mariah! Whoo-hoo! 🙂

    Charlene, thanks for taking a peek at my cover. I agree with you 100%. I love it.

  15. Quilt Lady, Connie, Martha, Karen and Sharon B, so glad to see you here on P&P.

    We’re all of the same mind, aren’t we? Just give us a great story with a to-die-for hero preferably with a stetson and a pair of boots, and we’re happy! lol

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