It’s GAME DAY with a Cowboy Word Search

Howdy! Glad to see you at the corral for today’s word search. I’m also doing a giveaway for a Hold Your Horses T-shirt and a copy of Big City Cowboy, the first book I sold. All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

To give you a topic to comment on and because we all can use a Monday morning pick me up, I’m starting off with a photo of the cowboy who inspired me to write Big City Cowboy. Our guide on a horseback ride in Estes Park, Colorado, when we arrived, a man from NYC was trying to talk this Colorado cowboy into modeling. Would you believe he had no idea why people would ask him that and why they wouldn’t take no for an answer. (My reaction–Had he looked in a mirror lately?!) What reason can you think of that would leave a cowboy leave his ranch for the Big Apple to model? Leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway.


Now for the word search. Find these words related to cowboys. To play, click here.

Have fun!

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Julie Benson has written five novels for Harlequin American, and her Wishing, Texas series is available from Tule Publishing. Now that her three sons have left the nest in Dallas, when she isn't writing, Julie spends her time working on home improvement projects, rescuing dogs, and visiting Texas wineries with her husband. Visit her at

67 thoughts on “It’s GAME DAY with a Cowboy Word Search”

  1. Thank you so much for the opportunity. I have issues with finding words in puzzles due to my eyesight. Thank you. God bless you.

    • Debra, I’m finding there are too many things I have trouble with doing because of my eyesight, too. (And I don’t have any issues other than age!) I miss being able to do cross stitch. Between poor close up eyesight and my right index finger not bending, it’s too difficult. I’m so glad, though, that you stopped by to say hello. Take care and have a wonderful Monday!

  2. Welcome today. A fun word search. Thanks. Fun about the cowboy. So very generous about the give a way. Thanks.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    • Lori, I’m glad you enjoyed the word search. Some of our fillies are so creative thinking of games. I loved Mary’s jigsaw puzzle! That’s why I figured I’d liven it up with a picture of the cowboy who inspired my first cowboy hero! Thanks for stopping by today. Take care and stay safe.

    • Maureen, thanks for stopping by the corral today! If you’re interested in reading my books, the ebook version of To Catch A Texas Cowboy will be free on July 30. Make sure to mark it on your calendar!

    • Cathy, I loved doing them as a kid. When I substitute teach and there’s a word search, invariably someone asks for help because they can’t find a word. They’re amazed how fast I find it. Then I explain how I have a system. I check for the first letter, then scan the six adjacent letters for the next letter. I do that until I find it. Yup, I was one of those kids.

    • Kathy, that’s not bad at all! When I would do word searches as a kid, it always seemed there was one that was super hard to find. That was what got me!

      I hope you’re doing well. I keep praying for you.

  3. Cowboys are down to earth, sincere and have no artifice. They are cowboys plain and simple and the glitz does not appeal to them.

    • Ellie, you are so right about cowboys! That’s what made it so fun about throwing one into the NYC modeling business. I’d love to go back and rewrite that book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of it, but there’s a few scenes I’d redo. I’ve learned so much about writing since I wrote that one. Most of it from the amazing editor I had for my first three Harlequin novels. Kathleen Scheibling taught me more than I can ever thank her for.

      Thanks for stopping by today. Take care and stay safe.

  4. Your book sounds like a great read! Thank you for sharing your word search, they help exercise my brain. 🙂 Thank you for the chance of your generous giveaway. Have a Great week and stay safe.

    • Morning Alicia! I’m glad you enjoyed the word search. I love games that make me exercise my brain.

      The shirt is fun. There’s a little boutique (Rustic Ranch) in Valley View, Texas, that has the best saying on T-shirts. Pretty much all my giveaways come from that shop. I wrote one of my very first post on the town. It’s my favorite getaway spot. It has the wonderful boutique, two wineries (on on the lake and one on the town square), a burger joint, a pizza one, and a distillery. Not bad for a town of 750 people.

      Thanks for stopping by today. Have a fantastic Monday.

  5. The cowboy lives a life that is meaningful, worthwhile, and filled with the beauty of this earth. Why would he want anything more? It would be shallow.

    • Ruth, I love your why would he want anything more comment. The Rory (the cowboy above) said almost the exact thing to my middle son. He couldn’t wrap his brain around why the people who kept bugging him didn’t get that he wanted nothing to do with it.

      Thanks for stopping by today. Take care and stay safe.

  6. 198 seconds to do word puzzle! Lots of fun! The only reason I think a cowboy like him would leave to pursue modeling would be if he had a big ego, or if he were in a money bind! Ora seeker of fame!

    • Lana, great job on the word search!

      I had my cowboy need money fast. The first thought was because his ranch was in trouble, but I felt it had been done too much. I came up with another reason he was in a bind. I don’t want to spoil it, but it has to do with family.

      Thanks for stopping by today.

    • I’m glad you stopped by today. I can’t see why a cowboy would leave the beauty of the Rocky Mountains either. That’s why the reason had to be something (or someone) he loved more than anything. As an author, I love putting characters into the most awkward situations. It makes adding a bit of humor much easier.

      Take care and stay safe.

  7. Thanks for the chance to win! One of the only reasons I can think of for a cowboy to leave the ranch and go to the big city is for love.

    • Megan, you’re right about that, but in this cowboy’s case, it wasn’t romantic love that made him head to the city. Thanks for stopping by today. I’m glad you enjoyed the word search.

  8. I enjoy word search games very much and always have the patience for them. Cowboys realize what is important and nothing else matters.

    • Sharon, I’m glad you enjoyed the word search. They’re a great way to exercise our minds. A lot of cowboys are loners, or at least we think of them that way, but I like writing about ones who have families. Either ones of birth or ones they’ve chosen.

      Thanks for stopping by and take care.

  9. If he needed money either to buy land that had just come available either to establish his own ranch or increase the size of his ranch, a good modeling gig would help raise funds fast. He could need money for medical bills for himself or someone he cared for or was responsible for. He could want money to buy prize stock to improve or establish his herd. If he got a good enough offer it would be more than worth his time. Another consideration would be the possibility of having shoots on site out West, maybe even on his ranch. That way he wouldn’t have to stay in the city very long.

    • Patricia, you hit on the one I used. I had Rory needed the money for medical bills for someone he loved. I had that insurance had determined the treatment experimental and thus, wouldn’t pay. They couldn’t wait to fight it out. The treatment needed to start right away.

      Thanks for stopping by today and for giving me all the other good ideas as to why a cowboy might need money.

  10. That’s a great question. Why would he leave fir the big Apple. It would have to be a lucrative deal to help him financially. Ranching is hard and expensive especially when weather is your biggest gamble. So I guess if the money was right, he might take the opportunity to do something out of his comfort zone to better his ranch, but it would be another gamble as he would have to leave all he loves behind and fir a shirt tone.
    Thanks for the puzzle, I’ll have to give it a whirl later today.

    • Tonya, I love making characters go out of their comfort zone. It opens up so many options to add humor to the story. I especially enjoy doing that to my heroes. I sent Rory to NYC to model. In To Bet On a Cowboy, I put Rory’s brother, Griffin (a playboy) on a dating reality show. (Boy did he learn a lesson!) In another book, I said what’s the worst person I could put a bachelor in charge of? I thought of a baby, but decided against that. The other age group? Teenagers. I made him responsible for his teenage niece while his brother was deployed.

      Thanks for stopping by to chat, Tonya. Have a great Monday.

  11. Good morning, Julie! And thank you for the “Monday morning pick me up”! The only reason I can think of for a cowboy to leave his ranch would be to follow his true love. Believe it or not, I have never done a word search on line. I couldn’t get my fingers and mouse to work. lol! I need more coffee this morning, I guess.

    • Sharon, Rory (the real cowboy above) is a darn fine pick me up any time! I have his picture in my office. 🙂 It helps when I need a little extra writing boost.

      I had never done an online word search before either! I tried this one before I posted it to make sure the link word.

      Take care and stay safe. Thanks for stopping by today.

  12. Enjoyed the word search. I don’t think a true cowboy would want to leave the ranch to become a model. Ranching is in a true cowboys blood and they would not be satisficed anywhere else.

    • I’m going to post what I did that forced Rory to agree with the winner’s name tomorrow. You’ll have to tell me then if you believe he’d agree for this reason. I said part of it above because Patricia got fairly close. He needed money to pay for medical bills. But he certainly didn’t want to go and modeling went exactly like he thought it would. It was a pain in the butt and he hated it. However, that was what made the story fun for me to write.

  13. Love the word search! Maybe he needs the money to save his ranch, or he needs the money for a family members life-saving surgery, or he’s following the woman he loves.

    • Trudy, I’m glad you enjoyed the word search.

      You and Patricia have hit the reason I used with Rory. He needed money for life-saving treatment for a family member. Check back tomorrow. I’ll reveal the giveaway winner and more details on how I motivated Rory to agree to model in NYC.

    • Teresa, men can be stubborn. That was why I had to give my hero a reason he couldn’t turn away from. Check back tomorrow for the winner and what I did.

      Thanks for stopping by. Take care and stay safe.

    • Janine, I’m glad you enjoyed the word search. Great time. And my hero didn’t want anything to do with modeling. The fact that he had to for the money made the story fun to write. Take care and stay safe.

  14. It is an interesting question. A cowboy who tries modeling might do it because he has stars in his eyes, he might admire celebrities and wish for more respect and admiration in his life. Maybe he’s under-appreciated at home. He would probably have an innocent view of fame and stardom that would probably quickly be crushed as soon as he tried it. Then he would want to go back home fast!

    • Abigail, you’re right about the fact that the minute my hero tried modeling he wanted to go back to Colorado. Thanks for stopping by the corral today.

  15. Thanks for the word search. It took me 737 seconds. I think that if a cowboy would leave it would have to be for the money.

    • Diana, I’m glad you enjoyed the word search. You’ll have to return tomorrow to find out the giveaway winner and how I got my hero to go to NYC to model. Take care and stay safe.

  16. Hi Julie, this is definitely one of my favorite game day challenges. I do seek and find, so it was so much fun. Man, my score was over 10 minutes, but I did accidently move the two bottom lines off screen for a long time and that cost me lots of time, but I’m not fast any way. Thanks for a fantastic game day. Hugs, Phyliss

  17. Hi Julie I Love thee word search games and Thank you for this awesome giveaway ! Cowboys are always amazing!

    • Crystal, I’m glad you enjoyed the word search. As to the cowboy, yup, it was easy to see why NYC ad folks wanted him to model! Thanks for stopping by today.

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