Should’ve Been a Cowboy~ guest Jamie Adams

Emma's Second Chance

“I should’ve learned to rope and ride. . .”

Don’t you just love Toby Keith’s song? Well, maybe that’s a personal preference, but I’m sure most everyone will agree when I say—there’s just something about a cowboy. Those dedicated and heroic men are driven.  It’s not just a Stetson hat, roper-boots, bandanas, spurs and chaps. It’s a way of life, a code that shapes the man and what he does.

I love cowboys, but then I ought to, I was raised by one. The oldest in a family with six children and his widowed mother, my father had to drop out of school and work on a cattle ranch to support his family during the depression.

He had that gallant quality that shadows the cowboy spirit and loved the way of life. If a western was on, you can bet we were watching. Whether it was Sam Elliot’s deep western drawl, the Duke’s trademark swagger, Jimmy Stewart and his country boy persona or Gary Cooper’s smoldering good looks, we knew the good guy always won the girl.

I was hooked.

The Code of the West wasn’t framed and mounted on our wall, but it should have been. It’s what my father taught us.

  1. 1.      Live each day with courage.
  2. 2.      Take pride in your work.
  3. 3.      Always finish what you start.
  4. 4.      Do what has to be done.
  5. 5.      Be tough, but fair.
  6. 6.      When you make a promise, keep it.
  7. 7.      Ride for the brand.
  8. 8.      Talk less and say more.
  9. 9.      Remember that some things aren’t for sale.
  10. Know where to draw the line.

These rugged and handsome heroes show up not only on the big screen, but from the pages of some of the best books written. Western romance authors have gifted us with memories of some amazing cowboys. One of my favorites is Jericho from Karen Witemeyer’s Tailor-Made Bride. I must confess, I sometimes reread the scene where he saves Hannah from the flooded river just because I want to revisit the emotional it stirs. Then there’s Silas Harden in Mary Connealy’s The Husband Tree leading Belle and her girls home, racing time and snow. What a man to have on your side!

Too many to mention, I better stop before I really get carried away.

Thank you for letting me share my passion for the old west with you all today. My fifth book, Emma’s Second Chance is available on Amazon. The cowboy in the story, Sam Hayes, is a small town Marshall who takes his job seriously. Sort of like Matt Dillon with OCD. He’s ruggedly handsome, brave and honest. Everyone loves him and why not, he’s everything you could want in a lawman, only he needs to lighten up. Emma Ward is a strong-willed woman running from poor choices. If anyone can rein in this female-resistant lawman it’s her. But first he has to convince her she wants to.

Tell us about your favorite cowboy, from a movie, book or real life, and be entered into a drawing to win a digital copy of Emma’s Second Chance.


An 1880’s Boston school teacher learns her intended’s heart belongs to another—the night before the wedding. Fleeing to her cousins’ farm in Idaho Territory, Emma  Ward meets a suspicious lawman determined to find out what she’s hiding,  unaware that her jilted fiancé is hot on her trail.

Marshall Sam Hayes has an obsessive concern for law and order. The town’s matchmaker tries to pair him up with the mysterious woman from Boston, but Sam resists. He believes it’s a responsible lawman’s duty to stay single.

 When an angry stranger arrives in town everything changes.

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Jamie Adams fell in love with books at an early age. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott opened her imagination and sparked a dream to be a writer. She wrote her first book as a school project in 6th grade.

A graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature as well as member of American Christian Fiction Writers, The Writing Desk and several critique groups she spends most of her time writing, reading or learning more about the craft dear to her heart.

She loves to connect with other fans of inspirational romances.


Twitter: @Roosgal

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32 thoughts on “Should’ve Been a Cowboy~ guest Jamie Adams”

  1. Some of my favorites: Those two now-grown cowboys of mine who used to swagger around in their 4T wranglers with toy guns strapped on, cowboy boots and too-big 10-gallon hats. Be still my heart. 🙂

    Books and movies: There’s just way too many, but I guess I’ll have to stick with Tell Sackett as far as story goes. Now, in the movies, I might have to switch my allegiance to Orrin played by Tom Selleck.

    And finally, here’s the dedication to my own personal hero in Claiming Mariah: I originally wrote Slade to be larger than life, but first readers scoffed at his amazingly broad shoulders, six-foot-four frame, gorgeous green eyes, and large hands that can soothe a small child or bring a newborn calf into the world. But I know the truth. That man does exist. I married him.

  2. I love John Wayne. Probably The Sons of Katy Elder is my favorite of his movies. It’s hard to go back far enough to remember him as a young man because the older John Wayne, Rio Bravo, Big Jake, True Grit are so iconic. I need to go back and watch some YOUNG John Wayne.

  3. Hi Jamie!! Welcome to the Junction. We’re so happy to have you come chat with us. And what a subject!! Asking me to name my favorite cowboy is like asking me to pick my favorite dessert. Lord, where do I start? Surely Sam Elliott is at the very top of my list. That man melts my heart. Tom Selleck was a great cowboy also and when he paired up with Sam Elliott….talk about cowboy overload! They nearly blew the fuse on the TV. The Sacketts was soooo good. Robert Duvall would be at the top too. Lonesome Dove…need I say more. Open Range, Broken Trail. Kevin Costner was great. And I LOVED John Wayne in THE SEARCHERS!! See, I warned you. Way too many cowboys and western movies. And then I haven’t even started on TV cowboys. I grew up watching westerns. Clint Eastwood, Alex McArthur in Desperado, Clint Walker in Cheyenne, Richard Boone in Have Gun Will Travel, Robert Fuller in Laramie, Lorne Greene in Bonanza. I’ve got to stop. This can go on all day.

    I love the cover for Emma’s Second Chance! Sam Hayes sounds like my kind of cowboy. Gotta put this on my list.

    Wishing you much success!

  4. We watched a John Wayne marathon yesterday. Angel and the Badman is one of our favorites. Quirt Evens is a wounded bad guy that is taken in by a Quaker family. Gail Russell’s character, Penelope Worth, turns him around.

  5. Cowboys are the best! It is hard to beat a good western. I loved all od the cowboys in Lonesome Dove, Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall in Open Range. The list goes on and on……..

  6. Sigh, I was soooo in love with Roy Rogers…and hugely disappointed when I found out he was married to Dale Evans… Then there was ‘Out of the western sky comes…. SKY KING”….

  7. Linda, I first saw John Wayne in The Searchers when I was a little girl and it’s always been one of my favorites.

    It’s too bad they don’t have western series like they did in the 50’s and 60’s. There were some really good shows to choose from: The Big Valley, The High Chaparral, Bonanza. I love Burt Reynold’s character, Quint, on the older Gunsmoke episodes.

  8. Love this post! I grew up on a dairy farm and am a cowgirl at heart. I married a cowboy and I guess I should say he’s my favorite. 😉 That song always reminds me of drivers training, we blasted it in the car on the range and our teacher thought we were nuts. The Cowboy Way is one of my fave movies.

  9. Oh. That is a hard question! From a movie, I liked Mississippi in “El Dorado” (a John Wayne movie). In a book it is a toss up between Levi Grant of “To Win Her Heart” or Travis Archer of “Short-Straw Bride”, both by Karen Witemeyer. If I had to choose one, it would be Levi. He is so sweet and I love how hard he works to keep his lisp hidden.

  10. Jamie, thanks for including Silas Harden with your heroes. I’m honored.

    I recently watched Stagecoach and I don’t think I’d ever seen it before, not from beginning to end. It was so fun to watch John Wayne so young, so handsome.

    El Dorado and Rio Bravo are sort of the same movie. Have you ever noticed that?

  11. Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter.
    So tough. So cool.

    My favorite moment in any western (well, close anyway, because Quigley has a bunch) is in Chisum. John Wayne rides up on a group of outlaws stealing his cattle and the outlaw, all nervous when confronted says, “There’s been some mistake.”

    John Wayne, all squinty eyes says, “You made it.”

    That’s it. Those three words. Perfect cowboy minimalism. I LOVE IT.

  12. I LOVE cowboys! Married a farmer which was as close as I could get. And he is still one of my heros.

    John Wayne and Tom Selleck, and Sam Elliot are movie favorites!

  13. Jamie, I loved Mary Connealy’s THE HUSBAND TREE! Belle certainly got a good one in Silas Harden! And I loved Karen Witemeyers’ The Tailor-Made Bride was fabulous! Jericho was an excellent hero.

    BTW….I just downloaded your book. Can’t wait to read it. Any Matt Dillon hero gets my vote.

  14. Loved this blog! The “Code of the West” is such a practical and honest way of living life and it was the way of the cowboy. Remember the TV show, “Paradise” with Lee Horsley? That was my favorite. I also am a huge fan of Sam Elliott. His voice can rattle your cowgirl boots. 🙂 I look forward to reading your story, Jamie!

  15. Connie,
    Farmer, cowboy…. it’s all the same. I married a sign painter and he’s my cowboy.
    I love Sam Elliot’s unique voice… sigh and my husband does a great imitation of it 🙂

  16. Jan, I’ve never see Paradise. I had to look it up. I missed out on tv during the late 80’s. It looks and sound good. Now I have a new western series to check out!

  17. How can I have overlooked THE COWBOYS with John Wayne???? Any guy who can saddle up with eleven young boys to go on a cattle drive is a true hero. So many memorable lines in that movie and I cried like a baby at the end.

    Jan, I LOVED Paradise with Lee Horsley! Such an excellent series that I’d forgotten about.

  18. Hi Jamie! Cowboys are the best, in real life and in books! John Wayne, Sam Elliot, and Robert Duvall are a few movie favorites. As for books, there are too many to name! I look forward to reading Sam and Emma’s story!

  19. Hi Jamie!

    What a beautiful post. You got my attention with the Toby Keith song — one of my favs — from the past. Nice memories. I also loved the Code of the West — don’t you wish we still lived by those Codes today? Especially for those in that Island called Washington DC…

  20. Welcome to Wildflower Junction today, Jamie. Best of luck with your wonderful book! My favorite cowboy is always and forever Sam Elliott. That gravely voice is just the best. aND He’s a real man’s man, too. Hubby likes him as well.

    For real-life cowboys, I gotta go with the wranglers who led our city-slicker wagon train around the Tetons a while back. Two I remember were Garrett Snow and Jeff Warburton, the wagonmaster. Fun times.

    Please come back and guest with us again!

  21. Thank you for allowing me to share my book today. You’re all so kind and knowledgeable when it comes to my favorite subject 🙂 It’s been so much fun talking about cowboys. A very inspiring subject!

  22. I have been trying, but can’t come up with any one cowboy who is a favorite. I have always enjoyed Westerns, be they movies, books, or TV.

    The one person I know who embodies the Code of the West is my husband. He lived in Arizona when he was 5 and was stationed in Colorado Springs, CO after we were married. He was career Air Force, not a cowboy. I think the important thing about the Code is it outline the rules for living a good, honest life. It is too bad so many people have forgotten how much better life would be for us all if we all followed it.


  24. Everyone has said all of mine. I love Sam Elliott and Tom Selleck, Robert Fuller and Dan Blocker as Hoss on Bonanza. I loved the big guy. Loved Little Joe’s horse but Hoss was my favorite Cartwright. Heath on Big Valley,Roy Rogers. Way too many cowboys out there on the screens. Love George Strait singing.

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