MY KIND OF COWBOY – Only 5 More Days! – by Pam Crooks

If you’ve ever followed along and read the last book in a series, then you’ll know it’s bittersweet to say good-by to characters you love.

If you’ve ever written the last book in a series, then you’ll know that’s bittersweet, too.

Except saying good-by to characters you’ve had in your head for months, that you’ve developed, plotted over, stressed about, and fallen in love with, it’s WORSE!

So it is with MY KIND OF COWBOY, the last book in my Blackstone Ranch series with Tule Publishing.  And as much as I hate to admit it, this book is my favorite, too, which makes saying good-by even harder.

Jace Paxton is the oldest brother of my three military-cowboy heroes.  He is the one destined to run the prestigious Blackstone Ranch some day. He carries alot of responsibility on his broad shoulders. He knows the power of the legacy he must cherish and protect.

Shandi Flanagan is the opposite of the heroines in my first two books in the series. She’s not a big city girl, new to cowboys and Texas dust. No, Shandi has lived in Paxton Springs her entire life. She grew up with the Paxton brothers. Went to school with them. Had the same friends and went to a few of the same parties, too. She’s a cowgirl at heart, hard-working, sweet as pie, and everyone who knows her loves her.

Jace Paxton is all but clueless to her existence. Except when it comes to being served his favorite brand of cold beer and a hot-off-the-grill burger and fries. He knows she’s a good person. She’s just not on his radar.

That changes, of course, when he rescues her on one of the worst nights of her life.

He begins to see she’s more than an efficient, beloved, and devoted waitress at the town’s most popular watering hole, the Greasy Bull. He learns that working two jobs day in and day out so she can achieve her dream is the kind of person she is.

She opens his eyes, all right. His heart, too.  But there’s a huge obstacle between them, a dream they both share, and no matter who overcomes, the other will be hurt.

MY KIND OF COWBOY will be released Tuesday, March 16th. I hope you read Jace and Shandi’s story to find out more about that dream and which of them achieves it.

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Shandi has been a waitress at the Greasy Bull since she was old enough to get a job there. She’s darn good at it, too. She could run the place blind-folded, in fact.

 

What was the first job you ever had?

Loved it?  Hated it?

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Pam has written 30 romances, most of them historical westerns, but her newest releases are contemporary sweet romances featuring the Blackstone Ranch series published by Tule Publishing. Stay up on the latest at www.pamcrooks.com

35 thoughts on “MY KIND OF COWBOY – Only 5 More Days! – by Pam Crooks”

  1. I worked in retail at a clothing store. I was a larger size than what the store carried. It was not my idea of a great job. I had to try to get people to buy more than they wanted. I found out that retail was not for me.

    • Oh, gosh, I’m not a fan of pushy salesmen/women, either!! Although I don’t really see clerks wandering around the store offering to help customers that much anymore. They’re almost indifferent these days. And then when you DO need help, there’s no one around!!

  2. Aside from babysitting, which paid for my first car, I worked in a grocery store in high school and college–I commuted to a major college in my hometown. Graduated debt-free.

    denise

    • Love this, Denise! What a great work ethic. I, too, babysat ALOT – I was in high demand and a saver, too. Graduating debt-free is a HUGE accomplishment. Congratulations!!

  3. Good Morning Pam. I can’t wait for everyone to read this Book. It’s my favorite too. You did a remarkable job. I was totally swept away and the mystery incorporated was stellar.
    My 1st job was working for a Florist on Mother’s Day, talk about busy, but I absolutely loved it.

    • Oh, being surrounded by sweet-smelling flowers and all that beauty would be a great job, Tonya! What doesn’t make someone happier than a bouquet of flowers? And I love being busy. Mother’s Day would do it, wouldn’t it?

      Thank you for your kind words – and your help! – with MY KIND OF COWBOY. Hugs!

  4. I hate to see this series end too. I am with you, this is my favorite book of the series too. My mother got me my first job, waiting tables at the restaurant she worked at. But it wasn’t for me. I burnt a man on the arm with a coffee pot and another one got a salad dropped in his lap. I was quickly moved to be the seating hostess.

    • I’ve never waitressed before, but I admire anyone who can do it. Dealing with fussy customers and keeping track of who at which table – and oh, sympathies on the mishaps. Yikes!!

      Thank you for reading, reviewing, and loving MY KIND OF COWBOY, Janine! Mu-wah!

    • Oh, interesting! You must love the outdoors, Debra. Being a camp counselor would be a seasonal job, too, so yeah, hard to make a lot of money in a short period of time. But what a great way to spend your summer!

  5. The first job I ever had was chopping out tobacco didn’t think much of that one. The first public job I had was in a sewing factory making blue jeans and it was just OK.

    • Oh, wow, Quilt Lady! I don’t think I would enjoy a job with tobacco – maybe tedious? But then, tobacco is not something grown around here. It would be interesting to learn about it.

      I wrote a book, HER LONE PROTECTOR, where my heroine worked at a sewing factory. That would be tedious, too, but it was a much needed paycheck for her, and she was glad for the job. And then there was a terrible fire . . . ha!

      You must have been a good seamstress even then, a skill that brought you to making quilts, eh? Everything happens for a reason!

  6. My first job was at IBM when I was in high school and got credit for working there. I worked in the wafer room. I loved the job but I had to get a ride with someone else that was always late so they let me go.

    • Well, heck! That’s a bummer, Charlene!! I don’t know what the wafer room was, but your job sounded technical. What a shame you couldn’t keep working there.

  7. Golly, Pam, I love your covers. Some of the best covers I’ve ever seen. I love your work, too. These are some of the best contemporary covers I’ve seen.

  8. My first job was working at the Totem Pole in Nisswa, MN, a tourist town surrounded by many lakes. I learned so much from my first boss. Honestly Pam, I haven’t read this series but I’m hooked now and will get to it one of these days. When I discovered you as an author of historical western romance, I bought many of your books. Every one an excellent read! You are very talented. So, contemporary romance, here I come! I know the series will be good just because you wrote the books. Congratulations! Book covers are excellent!

    • Good morning, dear Kathy! I assume the Totem Pole was a souvenir shop or something like that? If so, those shops have the most unique items. Fun to see!

      How are you feeling these days? Your kind words mean the world – I know you’ll read my contemporary series when the time is right for you.

      Thanks for being here!

      • I’m doing better. Ran into neuropathy issues and could not weight bare so oncologist decided to forego chemo this week and he ordered an ultrasound. The tumor is shrinking and responding well to chemo. I have four to six chemos left. My husband is taking good care of me. And, my walk with God has sustained me through difficult days. I’m in good hands.

    • I loved babysitting, too, Melanie. I suspect you were paid about the same amount as I was. Fifty cents an hour! I sat occasionally for an attorney, and they only paid 35 cents an hour!! Needless to say, they weren’t my favorite family.

      Sitters nowadays are paid wa-ay more. I don’t know how parents can afford to go out!!!

      I feel that babysitting was good training for motherhood, don’t you?

      Thanks for stopping by. Always great to hear from you.

  9. Awe, My Kind of Cowboy sounds like a must-read for me! My first job was a full-time job right after I graduated from high school. I worked in the admitting office at a downtown hospital. I was there for 11 years.

    • Howdy, Sharon! Wow – was jumping into a full time job right off the bat a shock for you? It would be an adjustment for me for sure, but obviously you enjoyed what you did for staying there for 11 years. Good for you!

  10. I’ve actually never had a job. I had planned to get a job last year after I graduated high school, but sadly things changed too much. Thankfully, it means I can spend more time in my writing, blogging, and book reviewing.

    • It sounds as if you’re very busy and productive doing what you’re doing. You’re young, and you have your whole life to get a job. I’m sure you will someday and hopefully it will be book-connected and something you look forward to doing every day!

  11. I, too, did a lot of babysitting and it was great training for working with kids of all ages after college. I also got paid in the summers for driving tractor and helping rake, bale and stack hay. My first job requiring a W-2 form was with our Town summer recreation program. We supervised the playground and taught crafts. It was very low key compared to today’s structured recreation programs. My mom always said it was a glorified babysitting job but It paid better than babysitting.

    • Hi, Alice! Sounds like you’re a hard worker!. I had two daughters who worked our city parks recreation program, and yes, maybe glorified babysitting but it gave the kids something to do during the summer. The city had some nice crafts and games for them. My girls loved it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Your book sounds like a very good read and the book cover is Beautiful! My first job I had was a File Clerk, and I really loved it. Have a Great rest of the week and stay safe.

  13. Hi, Alicia! I’ve done my share of filing over the years, and it takes an eye for detail and some concentration! One misfiled document, and you might never find it. Ha!

    My best to you as well.

  14. I babysat forever. Put myself through college that way at $.50 an hour. That tells you how long ago that was. I also watched the counter at my father’s TV repair shop one summer. My first outside the family job, was at a resort in Lake Placid serving tables. People stayed for a week and were assigned to the same waitress all week, 3 meals a day. We were required to live on site and pay room and board. Our days started at 6am and ended at 9pm, 7 days a week. During the busy season, which was most of the summer, our only breaks were for our meals. After room and board were deducted I cleared about $20 a week. For serving 21 meals during that week, sometimes to families of 8, we got $15 to $20 as a tip. It was miserable. One of the girls quit and made more in one day at a local restaurant than she had in a week at the resort. College students needing a job were a dime a dozen, so they could get away with it.

    It is hard for your readers to say good bye to characters. It must be so much harder for the authors who Brough their stories to life.

    • I can relate to 50 cents an hour, Pat. That’s what I was paid, too, so you must have babysat ALOT to put yourself through college. Good for you.

      Quite a story about working at the resort. Sheesh! I doubt they could get away with that today.

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