Howdy, Everyone!

I’m here! My first official post for Petticoats and Pistols, and I have to say, I’m a bit nervous. The lovely, talented, and sweet Margaret Brownley has left some big shoes for me to fill. She will be truly missed, but, like all of you, I wish her love and happiness in her exciting new life.

I’m also thrilled to be joining this amazing group of ladies. I’ve known some of them for years and am becoming fast friends with the other “fillies”. To stand here beside them is…aw, heck. For a writer, I’m at a loss for words. I’m also excited to get to know all of the readers. I promise to do my best responding to comments and answering any questions ?

I thought I should probably tell you a little about myself. I’ve been at this writing business a long time. It took a while to figure out what kind of stories I loved writing the best. As a result, I tried suspense, historicals, rom com, paranormal, you name it. Finally, I took to heart the old saying, write what you know, and sold my first Western/small town book to Harlequin in 2005 for the then American line. It’s been full steam ahead ever since. The American line eventually became the Western line, which sadly folded several years ago. I now write for Harlequin Heartwarming and, starting in 2022, Love Inspired Mountain Rescue Suspense.

My promo material says, “Who Doesn’t Love a Cowboy Romance?” and that sums up exactly how I feel. I’ve lived the country/western lifestyle for as long as I can remember, getting my first horse when I was just a kid. We once owned over fifty “pets” that included chickens, ducks, goats, a donkey, mules, and horses — besides the usual cats and dogs. There wasn’t a day I didn’t pet a velvety nose, smell the sweet scent of hay, collect fresh eggs, and wash out a water trough. I once rode in a mule-drawn wagon for three days from north Cave Creek, Arizona to Young (the state’s most remote town located on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon). In my younger days, I competed in horse shows. And while I have a great love of rodeo and watch it whenever possible, I’ve never participated beyond riding a mechanical bull or attempting to rope a practice dummy (plastic calf). While I, sadly, no longer own any horses, I have friends who let me visit whenever the mood strikes. Yes, that picture below is me with a baby mule taken about six months ago when she was just a few days old.

I pour that love of all things cowboy into my contemporary Western stories, trying to make them as realistic as possible. What a great gig, right? I couldn’t be luckier. I get to wake up every day and do what I enjoy best of all — write books about the life I love.

I can’t wait to get to know all of you and share my stories with you.

Warmest wishes to you and yours,

Cathy McDavid


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Cathy McDavid has been penning Westerns for Harlequin since 2005. With over 50 titles in print and 1.5 million-plus books sold, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins is married to her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world seven years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking cowboys riding the range, busting broncs, and sweeping gals off their feet — oops, no. Make that winning the hearts of feisty, independent women who give the cowboys a run for their money. It a tough job, but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

59 thoughts on “Howdy, Everyone!”

  1. Hi Cathy … welcome! My husband and I opened up a fishing came in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. We joined a 20 team mule and horse pack riding 13 miles into the mountains. The mules were especially fun to observe. I look forward to learning about your
    books and getting to know you!

  2. Yee-haw! Your big day has finally arrived! Welcome, welcome – I’ve loved getting to know you and look forward to having you with us for a long time. Hugs!

  3. Hi Cathy! We are so glad to have you with us here at Petticoats & Pistols! I am really looking forward to getting to know you–yes, you are so right–WHO DOESN’T LOVE A COWBOY ROMANCE? LOL (I don’t know anyone who doesn’t!) Welcome to the corral!

  4. Cathy, we’re tickled to death to have you. You come from a great background and I think it prepared you for the western romance books you write. It’s odd how we know immediately when something fits. I felt the same way when I began writing this genre. Like slipping on an old familiar shoe. Wishing you much success, new Filly sister. 🙂

  5. welcome this wonderful blog and its wonderful group of ladies. just be who you are and you will be loved.

  6. Hello from Texas, very nice to meet you. Looking forward to learning about your books . Have a great rest of the week and stay safe.

  7. Welcome! I’m a huge fan of all things country since that’s all I’ve ever known too. Cows, horses, chickens and all the other farm life shenanigans – I love it all. Thanks for sharing and being here!

  8. Welcome. Glad to have you joining the Fillies. I enjoyed the Harlequin American and Western lines and was sad to see them closed down. Luckily Those stories are showing up in different lines. You were lucky to grow up as you did. Not only was it a good life, it gave you a good background and lots of ideas for your writing. I have read one of your books and look forward to finding out more about you and your books.

  9. Welcome. So nice to meet you. I look forward to hearing about your adventures and books. Hugs ?

  10. Welcome. So nice to meet you. I look forward to hearing about your adventures and books. Hugs ?

  11. Welcome!! It is very nice to meet you. I am sorry I am late in welcoming you. I am trying to get caught up for the week. God bless you.

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