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