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 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. www.pamhillman.com
Pam is thrilled to announce the release of her second novel,
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.
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.