Cowboys with Badges with guest Delores Fossen

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a Texas Ranger. Actually, I just wanted to wear a shiny badge and ride a horse so I suppose any type of cowboy cop would have suited me. That probably came from watching too many episodes of Bonanza and Gunsmoke. Ah, Little Joe and Matt Dillon. They were my heroes. I was in love with cowboys and cowboy cops before I was old enough to appreciate just how good they looked in their western duds.

While my sister was doing her normal tomboy stuff as a kid, I would investigate things. All right, there really wasn’t much to investigate on our family’s small ranch—though I did find a missing cat a time or two. I remember lifting fingerprints from glasses with Scotch tape. I remember failing at it as well. And I eavesdropped on conversations. (Boring conversation, I might add.) Yeah, I was a spooky kid, lol, but I was a very sad kid the day my mom told me that girls couldn’t be Texas Rangers. At that time, it was very much a big boys’ club, and there’s was no hope of a girl wearing that famous silver peso badge anytime soon. I cried for a week.

Ranger Badge

Fast forward a couple of decades, and I decided if I couldn’t be a Texas Ranger, then I’d write about them and plenty of other cowboy cops, too. It was a natural fit for me because I love making up those stories of cowboy lawmen, their way of their life, code of conduct and their fights for justice.

There’s also something else at the heart of all my stories—family. I come from a big one, and we’re loud and messy, probably crazy, too, but above all else, we love each other. Well, most of the time. If you have brothers and sisters, you know exactly what I mean. Still, that family bond has stayed with me even when we’re miles apart, and now I have a big family of my own. Four children!

There are plenty of cowboy cops and family in my new series, Sweetwater Ranch, from Harlequin Intrigue, and the series starts this month. In the first story, MAVERICK SHERIFF, Texas sheriff Cooper McKinnon is faced with saving a toddler who might turn out to be his own missing son. He also has to deal with the child’s adoptive mother, Jessa Wells, who’d anything to protect and keep the little boy, not only from danger but perhaps also from Cooper. Even though both Cooper and Jessa have painful pasts, they have to put that aside and “cowboy up” for the sake of the child they both love.

There are seven more books in the Sweetwater Ranch series, and they’ll all be released within the next eleven months. The next one out will be COWBOY BEHIND THE BADGE, the story of Cooper’s younger brother, Tucker, who’s a Texas Ranger. Cooper, Tucker and all their lawmen siblings have their turns at showdowns with danger while finding love and their own happily ever after’s. Those are my kind of stories.

So, do I miss not becoming a Texas Ranger? Not really. Even when I get those pangs of what might have been, I just remember that sometimes life gives you something much better than what you ever expected—I’ve got plenty of that. Love and family. A career I’m blessed to have. And I’ve got a decent shot at that happily ever after part, too, even though I didn’t grow up to be a real Texas Ranger.

Three winners will be chosen to receive a copy of Delores Fossen’s MAVERICK SHERIFF, book 1 of the Sweetwater Ranch series from Harlequin Intrigue.

Maverick Sheriff ResizedDelores Fossen kicks off her new series, Sweetwater Ranch, with a Texas lawman, a beautiful district attorney…and the child they’ll risk everything to protect 

Saving a little boy’s life reopens painful wounds for Texas sheriff Cooper McKinnon. This could be his son, whose loss has haunted him for two years. But Cooper has a formidable adversary in Jessa Wells. She’s the adoptive mother—and she’ll do anything to hold on to Liam.

It’s cruel justice that the man who shares Liam’s rare blood type has an unsolved murder in his own family. And the danger’s far from over. Fighting her desire for Cooper, Jessa has no choice but to join forces with the maverick cowboy. Jessa knows working together is their best shot at keeping the child safe. But it’s the possibility of a future alone that breaks Jessa’s heart.


Author Photo 2013 Resized

USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers Best and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines. You can contact the author through her webpage at

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39 thoughts on “Cowboys with Badges with guest Delores Fossen”

  1. Delores, I am glad to see you have a new series coming out. I am a big fan of Harlequin Intrigues and have read quite a few of yours. I especially enjoy the western ones. We lived in Colorado for three years. These books capture that special feel and spirit that is so much a part of the region.
    It is good to have a dream or aspiration, even if it is one that can’t come to pass. It gives us something to hope for and often helps us appreciate what we find ourselves doing. You have taken a part of that dream and put it into the books you write. Your are sharing it much more than you would have if you had been able to become a Ranger.
    Good luck with the series. I will be looking for it.

    • Patricia, thank you so much! I’ve always felt so fortunate to be able to write the stories I want to write. Love Colorado. I’ve never lived there, but my son was stationed in the Air Force in Cheyenne, and when we visited him, we’d always go to Colorado. So beautiful!

  2. This sounds like a good book and series. I’ve worked with rangers and they are some very good people.

  3. I have always enjoyed books that have Texas Rangers as the lead character. They have always been very swoon worthy too! I would love to win a copy of your book. Thank you for the chance.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  4. Thank you for sharing a great post, Delores, and congratulations on the release of Maverick Sheriff! The Sweetwater Ranch series sounds wonderful!

  5. Love me a good cowboy, cop, or savior story and when they are between the covers of the same book, so much the better!

  6. Love the Harlequin Intrigue books… enjoying the sound of your book and series! Thank you so much for sharing your post with us today!

  7. Delores, I’ve already read MAVERICK SHERIFF as a reviewer for Net Galley, and I wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the story line. Congrats on the release.

  8. Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself and Jessa and Cooper’s story too. I do like Texas Ranger heroes!

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  9. Hi Dolores! Sorry I’m a little late with this. Welcome to P&P. We’re so glad you’re here. I think men with badges are the best kind of heroes. Give me a badge AND a Stetson and I’m one happy woman. I think women like the toughness and the danger that comes with lawmen.

    You book looks wonderful! Love that cover. He’s so sexy! And the different colors hint of danger and suspense. It’s great. Wishing you much success!

  10. I think I was always in love with cowboys although I was never around any. My dad was big into westerns so that is what we watched on tv if the tv would come in. We lived in the country so it was touch and go as to weather the tv worked or not.

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