Oh, yes. Cowboys are out and rich millionaires, vampires and sheiks are in.
At least that’s what I’m hearing in the romance industry. Now, I like rich millionaires, vampires and sheiks as well as the next gal. So much so that I’m considering writing a new series featuring sheik heroes. But please don’t tell me cowboys are out. And please don’t give up on
You may not think of
as the wild west anymore. Most of it
isn’t. But today there are still
thousands of acres of ranch land and many wild spots along the border of Texas Texas and . My latest mini-series The Safekeepers takes place in a small town near the Mexican border
and on a huge ranch. It’s the story of
two brothers and their sister. The men had
behind, the sister wanted them to return.
But all of them come home to find their future on the ranch of their
childhood. None of the heroes is exactly
a cowboy either. In fact the hero of IN
SAFE HANDS is a retired British soldier.
But each of them has the mindset of the cowboy. Texas
may not be as chic or sophisticated as
a European capital. Nor does it seem as
much fun as a place like Texas . But there is just something about New Orleans that fits like a
favorite pair of old shoes. Texas
Paraphrasing the state’s travel guide:
is so big it feels like a whole other country!
Yes, the state does have fabulous sand beaches and big city sights. But what makes it still Texas to me are the gorgeous mountains and
rugged desert. The water-carved canyons
and bluebonnet-strewn rolling ranchlands.
The still isolated and wooly feel of the land bordering the Texas . The land is somehow our history as a nation. Rio Grande
And if it weren’t for
where would all the cowboys go? Gotta love those hunky cowboys with broad
shoulders and rippling muscles, honed from wrangling all that cattle and riding
all those horses. Texas
The modern romantic cowboy is more of a mindset than an actual person. He must be tough and hard working, but he must also be kind and honest to a fault. A cowboy is always the good guy. We Americans need books about cowboys to remind us that the country is large, but never so large that we can’t stop and enjoy the world around us the way a cowboy does on horseback.
Modern cowboys don’t ride on horseback much anymore. They use SUV’s and helicopters to ride the herds. But the cowboy still stands for all that is pure and true. He’s never on the wrong side. He knows that a job must be done and he’s the guy who can do it. He can stay up all night to finish a job (or make love to his woman) the same way his counterparts did a hundred years ago on the trail. A cowboy never looks for trouble. He’s the man who will take on the bad guys in a heartbeat, but will also go twenty miles out of his way to take a sick dog to the vet. They defend good people who cannot defend themselves. They are honest and polite. And they know how to treat a woman.
Modern cowboys are not all molded alike. They each have their own style, and that style is uniquely suited for romance novels.
I love reading and writing romances about modern cowboys. What about you? What’s your favorite kind of hero today? Leave me a comment and I’ll draw one person to win a signed copy of IN SAFE HANDS. The winner will be drawn next Thursday (12 April 2012)
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