Thursday, April 05, 2012

Introducing...Linda Conrad's HunkyTexan Cowboys plus giveaway

Romantic Suspense Author  Linda Conrad Introduces her latest trilogy which features Hunky Texan Cowboys   and has a giveaway for PHS readers.  

Texas cowboys are out.



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 Texas.

You may not think of Texas 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 and Mexico.  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 left Texas 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.

I know Texas may not be as chic or sophisticated as a European capital.  Nor does it seem as much fun as a place like New Orleans.  But there is just something about Texas that fits like a favorite pair of old shoes.

Paraphrasing the state’s travel guide:  Texas 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 Rio Grande.  The land is somehow our history as a nation.

And if it weren’t for Texas 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.
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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  1. My favourite hero today is a cowboy.

  2. Don't shoot me! Shiekhs are my favorite, but cowboys are a close second. Why, you ask? I think it is because they are both usually physically strong, powerful yet gentle, and have money but don't flaunt it. I think too it is because I don't know any sheikhs or cowboys, so I enjoy the spun tales instead.

  3. Perfect! My work colleague has just gone to Texas to visit her sister. We usually bring some biscuits back when we go on holiday. She asked what to bring back and the unanimous answer was a photo of her and a hunky cowboy for our wall! No biscuits for us!

  4. Oh boy, I screwed up. This is NOT the blog I intended to post. Yikes!

    Yes, I doing cowboys but my new series is CHANCE, TEXAS. And I'm giving away copies of TEXAS BABY SANCTUARY and TEXAS MANHUNT.

    This is me with a red face. Soooooo Sorry!

    1. I like cowboys, not such a fan of sheikhs. And I love the song 'I could waltz over Texas with you'.

  5. Thanks everyone for commenting. Still feeling TSTL.
    But I do love cowboys and Texas!
    Here's the real drawing:

    So what do you think of books about Texas? Like them or hate them? I'll give a signed copies of TEXAS BABY SANCTUARY and TEXAS MANHUNT to two people drawn at random from those who comment.


  6. Thought you might like to see the blurb for TEXAS MANHUNT, book #2 in the Chance, Texas series (out April 17)

    Rancher Travis Chance has a soft spot for lost souls. Stranded and broke in Chance, Texas, Summer Wheeler ignites in him a fierce desire to protect her. Clearly the fragile beauty is hiding something. But despite his disastrous romantic history, Travis knows in his gut he can trust her.

    Summer comes to Chance looking for one of the men who devastated her life. Though she hates lying to him, Travis’s job offer provides a means to her end. But she never counted on falling for the sexy rancher and his troubled little girl. Then “accidents” start happening at the family homestead. Has Summer brought the danger to the two people who are teaching her to love again?

  7. I think Texas is a great setting whether it's for a cowboy romance, or the TV show Friday Night Lights, there's just something inviting about it, down home but with a swagger. Oh, and I love your heroine's name in Texas Manhunt.

  8. LOL. Glad you like her name, Summer. I've always loved the name and had never used it before.

  9. Okay all you cowboy/Texas lovers, here's a little excerpt from TEXAS MANHUNT to tempt you:

    Now that she was out of the immediate danger, all her senses had become acute. She felt every inch of his hard body pressed against hers. Heard his heavy breathing next to her ear. Could even swear she felt his heart beating in a staccato rhythm along with her own.

    These heightened senses were making her feel reckless and alive.

    She wanted to feel more. Everything. Wonder what he would do if she tilted her head up and kissed him?

    “I’m…I’m not sure if I'm hurt,” she mumbled into his chest. “Everything is numb.”

    “It’s the adrenaline. Unfortunately, it’ll wear off.”

    With sudden clarity, she realized adrenaline was probably the reason she was feeling so…needy…all of a sudden. This wasn’t the same as earlier today when he’d wanted to kiss her. It was just a case of her rolling in the hormones. And he was providing a strong shoulder to keep
    her steady, not offering himself for some kind of seductive dance in the sunshine.

    What was wrong with her, anyway? Maybe she was crazy.

    Travis thought he must be going insane. He should be worried about her having internal injuries from her fall. Or checking for painful deep bruises and whiplash. Or wondering whether she would sue him for everything he had.

    But the lush, earthy-smelling woman in his arms was turning him on. He had developed an intense erection she was probably noticing right this minute.

    Hell. He needed to get a grip. Try reminding himself how vulnerable and frightened she must be. He bit the inside of his cheek and thought about the horses.

  10. Just picked winners at random.

    Congrats to Summer and Scarlet Wilson. Please email me with your mailing address to:

    Tks all for making this a lot easier.